Wow, okay. So I just got through this entire month without failure. That's... that's actually pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. 100 movies in just thirty-one days. That's something I'm proud of, but something that I never intend to do again. I'll be honest, there were multiple times in this month where I doubted I would complete the challenge. I doubted that I would actually be able to sit through 100 freaking movies this month, but hey, I did so that's pretty goddamn awesome.
When I first set this challenge I simultaneously thought it would be harder and easier. That sounds weird, but please let me explain. I actually thought I would have had a harder time sitting through all the movies. I thought I wouldn't be able to sit through all these movies, or that I wouldn't get enough time to actually see them all. As it turns out, I underestimated my laziness. But what was harder to do was to actually get the urge to put a movie on. I'm usually great at picking a movie to watch. There's always a movie I haven't seen that I really feel like watching or a movie I love that I would kill to watch again. There were multiple times this month where I just didn't know what to put on or I wanted to watch a movie I'd already seen this month I'd want to watch one thing, but the runtime would be too long or I wouldn't have it available or there wasn't enough time and I was running out of days etc. That, to me, was the biggest challenge with this month, something I didn't foresee happening.
Since I'm covering a few more days than I did with previous recaps, I had a fair few more films to watch. Since the last recap I watched about 35 movies, finishing the challenge off with my favourite film of all time: Goodfellas. I rewatched plenty of movies in the past week and a half, but I'll just go through some of the highlights. I saw 4 James Bond movies this week - On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and The Man With The Golden Gun. None of them are the best Bonds around, but they're not bad either. I also went through and rewatched the Jurassic Park trilogy. The first is still flawless, the second still rather underrated and the third I can still find enjoyment in, unlike most. The final mentionable one this week was Gremlins, which is a film I almost reviewed on Christmas. Well, until I got sick. Gremlins is still so bloody awesome, and arguably one of my top 50 films of all time (and yes, I do have a list).
So now for the high points in the week. Of course, there were plenty of highlights from the rewatches eg. Jurassic Park, Gremlins, Evil Dead, Up etc. but there were plenty of new classics I discovered. On Christmas Eve I sat down and watched Miracle on 34th Street for the very first time, and what a movie. Entertaining in every sense of the word. Another brilliant piece of cinema was The Aviator, which has now completed my Martin Scorsese filmography. Then there's Oldboy, the 2003 Korean movie. It's a violent, psychologically disturbing and twisted movie, and one of the best foreign films of all time.
While I always try to avoid as many bad films as I can, there were two this week that are deserving of a mention. The first is Spaceballs, a Star Wars parody that's shockingly beloved by many. I hated it, although slapstick parody movies aren't really my thing. After all, Scary Movie is one of the worst films I've seen in my life. Spaceballs brought plenty of cringes, but very few laughs. There were a couple of smile-worthy moments, but nothing amazing or even that funny. And the other movie is Oldboy. Yep, Oldboy. Not the genius, foreign language version, but the American remake from the last year, and boy is it terrible. It tries to be both the original and its own thing, but in doing so it just mucks everything up.
So it's now January. I watched an unbelievable amount of movies last year, and I'm glad to have seen most of them. Most. You can find the full list of movies I watched this month here. I hope you all have a happy New Year and I can't wait for the year ahead. And don't worry, I'll be posting my most anticipated for 2015 very shortly. Because yes, I have to do that too. Just like every other goddamn person on this planet.