Today is my birthday. Well, technically, as I’m writing this, tomorrow is my birthday, but I’m scheduling this post ahead of time, so I’m not wrestling with WordPress on my actual birthday. It’s all pointless anyway, because by the time you’re even reading this it could be the day after my birthday, or the week, or even next year, in which case it’s my birthday again, doesn’t time fly? Anyway, I thought I’d use this day as a mini-announcement for a List I’ve aided to my many projects upon this site.
Empire magazine recently celebrated their 301st issue my taking a poll amongst their readers, and compiling the best 301 movies of all time. They did something similar a few years ago, resulting in the top 500 movies of all time, which is a list I’ve already been working my way through, so I thought it only right that this list be added in too. I made this decision before actually checking through the list, assuming that not many films would be added on that I wasn’t due to watch and review at some point anyway. As it turns out, there’s a total of 40 new movies, 12 of which I’ve already reviewed:
12 Years A Slave
The Dark Knight Rises
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Iron Man 3
Man of Steel
Star Trek Into Darkness
The World’s End
These are all new releases (since the last Empire list), and I believe at least one of them (12 Years A Slave) will be added to the 1001 Movies list in the next edition, although I still think Avengers Assemble should be added on too.
As for the rest of the new editions, there’s a mixture of movies I’ve seen several times:The Fifth Element
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
How to Train Your Dragon
Some recent ones I’ve just seen the once:Frozen
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Silver Linings Playbook
The Wolf of Wall Street
Some that I’ve never seen at all:Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Conan the Barbarian
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
And some unexpected choices I clearly need to re-evaluate:(500) Days of Summer
The Little Mermaid
You can see the entire list here. I won’t be diverting my full attention to this list – it’ll take very much a back seat to the 1001 List – but I may divert and cross one of it from time to time. As you can see, the films on it are a lot more commercial and family friendly than the 1001 List, which will make for a nice break I think. Look out for a few reviews from this list in the next week or so.
Also, I’ve added a few names to the lists of Film-Makers I’m working through. This was inspired by my review of The Color Purple recently, which I’d have voted as the Steven Spielberg film I was most dreading watching, so now I’ve crossed it off I can consider the rest of his filmography as up for grabs. Joining Spielberg are some of my other favourite directors – Edgar Wright, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino and Stanley Kubrick, along with Paul Newman because, like Steve McQueen, he’s just so damn cool. This makes 11 film-makers I’m currently working through (alongside Kate Winslet, Alfred Hitchcock, George Clooney, the Coen brothers and Steve McQueen), and I’d really like to round that out to a dozen. Suggestions will be gratefully received. Again, this will be a back-burner project that I dip into from time to time, and it helps that most of the people chosen have large portions of their filmographies that also coincide with my various lists.
Anyway, happy birthday to me.