I know I’m jumping the gun since Christmas is still a few days away and New Year’s isn’t for almost two weeks, but it’s been on my mind so much lately that it just seemed right to put it all down. I had so much fun last year going after my 2012 resolutions that I’ve decided to double down and create a list of resolutions for 2013.
Watch Martin Scorsese’s Documentaries
If you love movies, it’s impossible not to appreciate Scorsese. His feature-length films have been a security blanket for most of my life, and he’s one of my very favorite directors. And yet, I haven’t seen many of his documentaries. I might have seen half. In 2013, I’m going to check all of the rest of them off, starting with My Voyage to Italy (1999).
AFI’s 100 Years of Musicals
The list itself is nice and brief- just 25 films. I’ve seen six so far, meaning I have 19 more to go. This is either going to be the biggest chore or the biggest revelation of 2013. But it’s only right to give these a try.
Watch every film on the BFI Greatest Films Ballots for Edgar Wright, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Coppola, Gaspar Noé, and Lukas Moodysson
Phil, a long-time reader and commenter, came up with the idea of going after the Sight and Sound lists. When surveying the director’s ballots earlier this year, I realized that I hadn’t seen a lot of my favorite directors’ favorite movies. That list of directors I’ve mentioned is a great cross-sampling of either lists from my favorite directors, directors with challenging and new (to me) top 10s, or both. Those directors are my launching point.
Finish the AFI Top 100
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I watched the overwhelming majority of the AFI Top 100. I stopped around 80 films. A few more have been spackled in here and there, but there are still 12 more to go at this point. It should be an easy task and it’s long overdue.
At Least Three films Each from Pédro Almodovar, Yasujiru Ozu, Satyajit Ray, and Busby Berkeley
Consider this the “familiarize yourself with great directors” category. All four of those directors have been on my radar for a long time but my exposure has been very limited. I’ve seen five, total, from that quartet. 2013 is the year I tackle more of their catalogues.
… and At Least Ten Non-Satyajit Ray Films from India
Michael at Le Mot du Cinephiliaque gave me this idea. I talk a lot about French films and Czech films, I’ve seen plenty from Italy and Germany, and I have a decent handle on Japan. But my exposure to Indian cinema is next to zero. Ten Indian films should be a nice starting place to at least familiarize myself with what they have to offer.
Ten Classic or Non-New Release Films in the Theater
This resolution was so much damned fun in 2012 that it’s worth bringing back, but with a much smaller goal. The Classic French Film Festival alone, in July, will enable me to wipe out the whole list if I choose.
The AV Club 50 Best Films of the 90s
Frankly, when Eric at The Warning Sign recommended the AV Club’s New Cult Canon, I thought it was a great idea. And then I found out that I still had 74 more to go, which means it would almost have to be my ONLY resolution. So instead I picked an easier one- the AV Club’s 50 Best Films of the 90s. It can’t all be about challenging myself, and this seems as light and easy as possible. I only have 14 more to go to complete this list.
At Least Five Ray Harryhausen Films
For those of you that don’t know, Ray Harryhausen was a legendary special effects guy in Hollywood. He’s one of the ultimate unsung heroes of movie history. And I’ve only seen one movie he ever worked on. By this time next year, I want five more added to that list.
That’s it. I briefly toyed with the idea of going after iCheckMovies’ list of the top 500 horror films but came to my senses really quickly. I have over 200 to go. That resolution would eat up my entire year, and it wouldn’t be a particularly well-rounded year. There are more resolutions this year compared to last year, but they’re smaller and more bite-sized. It washes out around 125 to 150 films, depending on how much I’m missing from those Sight and Sound ballots. I have a good feeling that all of these will be completed. Wish me luck.