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The Gauntlet Has Been Thrown!!

Well, my beloved husband, Paul Livingston, is going away on tour for the entire month of March.  This leaves me needing a project.  This morning I woke up (as if…) inspired.  My challenge to myself:


I know you’re out there. I can hear you breathing. 

Let me explain.  I have rehearsals all this month for a musical I’m doing that opens at the end of March.  For any of you who’ve ever done theatre, you’ll know exactly how much of a time commitment this is on its own.  I also work full time as an actor/property manager, so there’s another huge chunk o’ the day gone.  And then, well, I do have a life.  So a movie a day seems pretty damned ambitious to me. 

There’s another reason for this madness.  I used to work at a video store…two, actually–VisArt Video in Chapel Hill, NC (as well as their other branches throughout that area) was my home for years, and later there was Video H20, where I met my beloved Bill Ackerman and truly began to delve into Dario Argento.  Working in a video store has one, big-assed, double-edged sword: THERE ARE A MILLION MOVIES TO WATCH.  This has left gaps in my movie knowledge that I am damned ashamed to admit to, but here I am, a film blogger, no less, who has never seen Blade Runner.

Oh, shut up.  Yes, I fucking KNOW, all right?!?!? I KNOW!!!!!!!!!! I’ve also never seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, or Kramer Vs Kramer.  It’s fucking pathetic.  I’m trying to rectify that now.  SO!! Here’s the EEE-vil plan:

Take a nice long look at the films below.  Each film has been judiciously chosen (oh, all right, I was pretty much sticking to the Netflix play it now queue because logistically I need to be able to watch any of these at a moment’s notice).  You’ll see some categories are scant.  That’s because most Family Films I haven’t seen already suck.  I’m sorry.  You’ll also notice that there are a few films that you’re not going to believe I haven’t seen.  Here’s the thing–some of them, I have.  It’s just been so long I cannot remember a single thing, like Smokey & the Bandit–that one I watched around the tender age of five or so.  It’ll be nice to revisit them with an adult (??) mind.  

Each movie will be put on a piece of paper and dropped into a bag.  Every day I’ll draw a name from the bag.  Simple as pie.  I’m hoping y’all will find this interesting.  Feel free to comment–I’d love to hear about what these films mean to you.     

Drama Family Classics Foreign Documentary
The Man Who Wasn’t There Tuck Everlasting The Great Escape Enter the Void Roger & Me
The Road to Perdition Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Manchurian Candidate La Femme Nikita Harlan County, USA
The French Connection   Intolerance Seven Samurai The Future of Food
Badlands   How I Won the War Yojimbo  
Bonnie & Clyde   Spartacus Ichi (sightless female warrior)  
Carlito’s Way     Battle of Shaolin  
AntiChrist     My Life As a Dog  
Five Easy Pieces        
Kramer vs Kramer        
From Here to Eternity        
The Right Stuff        
The Way We Were        


Westerns/War Horror Action Comedy/Dark Comedy SciFi
Kelly’s Heroes Nosferatu Rambo The Man With Two Brains Blade Runner
The Magnificent Seven Killer Clowns From Outer Space Commando Valley Girl Strange Days
Platoon Dolls   Victor/Victoria Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Hamburger Hill Sugar Hill   Trust  
The Wild Bunch     Smokey & the Bandit  
      Peggy Sue Got Married  
      Just One of the Guys  
      Repo Man  


Yes. It is a very screwball mixture.  So be it.

Update 3/2/11:

I’ve come up with a format for how I’ll comment on and rate these films.  Otherwise, we all know I’ll spend an hour per film, and I just don’t have that kind of time.  I will answer the same questions for every film and rate them on a scale of 1 to 5 dancing elephants.  Because I love elephants.  I’ve also added “La Vie En Rose” to my possible films because Netflix sent it, so I gotta watch it at some point soon.  Let’s begin!!


5 Responses to “The Gauntlet Has Been Thrown!!”

  1. You know, there are 17 films on your list that I’ve never seen if that makes you feel any better. I own copies of 23 of them, though ‘Blade Runner’ (which is very good) isn’t one of them. In the summer of 2005, I decided to cross a number of “you haven’t seen…?!” films off my list, and in one month I saw ‘Lawrence Of Arabia’, ‘Gone With The Wind’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ and ‘Schindler’s List’.

    Also, aww shucks.

  2. No. Way. Bill!! I’m speechless!!!

  3. Yep. AND I still haven’t managed to catch up with…brace yourself…Gladiator, Cabaret, The Abyss, Amistad, Dirty Dancing, Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (which I’ve owned for at least 8 years), Akira, Field Of Dreams, Patton (not the whole thing, anyway), Chicago, JFK (again, only saw half, owned it for 5 years), What The (Bleep) Do We Know, Black Hawk Down, The Last Emperor, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo or any Tyler Perry movies…yet.

  4. Is there a follow up post to this? I’d love to know how it went!

  5. Ahh yes the link that I didn’t click. Got it.

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