A year in review.

20 Sep

I’ll be the first to admit, watching a movie a day for a year may not be the most productive goal for most people unless you’re actively looking to gain weight or are doing research for California’s new medicinal herb, but in my world of styling print and film, I considered it an extension to my work day.   I wanted to take a more critical look at film in taking notes of art direction and wardrobe design, while also noting the crews and their work history (thank you, IMDB.com.)   My selection was all over the place; from films I’ve seen a million times to movies I would roll my eyes at because I knew they were going to be utter crap, to whatever my inner genie at Netflix recommended to me, to movies I really, really wanted to see.  I take it as a positive sign that Netflix currently can only recommend foreign documentaries because I stomped pretty hard on their instant streaming.

In the end, it feels really good to be done.  The days pass more slowly when you’re obsessed with accomplishing a daily task.  The biggest challenge, as you might have guessed, was finding the time, in which I didn’t quite make my goal.  It was actually 365 movies in 375 days, but I have the excuse of only having a foreign speaking TV for 25 of those days, in which I had to make it up on the plane (5 movies to/from Japan, I was too excited to sleep!)    I learned a lot, got a ton of inspiration, and now have a diary of notes that touches upon nearly every decade of the past 250 years to pull from for ideas.  Phew, now I have time to finally start watching The Wire.

Here’s the list.  Superlatives to come.

  1. Julie and Julia (the embarrassing inspiration, but I do love some Julia Child)
  2. Bottle Rocket
  3. Ghostbusters
  4. Sex and the City
  5. Romeo and Juliet
  6. Art and Copy
  7. The Karate Kid
  8. Brokeback Mountain
  9. Little Children
  10. World’s Greatest Dad
  11. The September Issue
  12. Auto Focus
  13. Youth Knows No Pain
  14. Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  15. The Savages
  16. Sense and Sensibility
  17. Extract
  18. Superbad
  19. Inglorious Bastards
  20. Amelie
  21. Easy Rider
  22. Glenn Gary Glenn Ross
  23. The Sandlot
  24. Adventureland
  25. Junebug
  26. Dirty Driving: Thunder Cars of Indiana
  27. It Might Get Loud
  28. The Lives of Others
  29. The Hangover
  30. Animal House
  31. Transworld Skateboarding
  32. Juno
  33. There Will be Blood
  34. Walk the Line
  35. Boogie Nights
  36. Groundhog Day
  37. Apollo 13
  38. 27 Dresses
  39. Lost in Translation
  40. Baby Mama
  41. Dead Man Walking
  42. A Serious Man
  43. Ordinary People
  44. Coraline
  45. Wall-E
  46. Marley and Me
  47. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  48. Pan’s Labyrinth
  49. Rain Man
  50. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  51. La Strada
  52. Wall Street
  53. Risky Business
  54. Milk
  55. The Queen
  56. Schmatta – Rags to Riches
  57. The Aviator
  58. Before Sunset
  59. Confessions of a Super Hero
  60. King of Kong
  61. Before Sunrise
  62. Australia
  63. Annie Hall
  64. Michael Clayton
  65. Glory
  66. Food, Inc.
  67. Forget Paris
  68. Flags of Our Fathers
  69. Lean on Me
  70. Cashback
  71. Jaws
  72. New York, I Love You
  73. Thumbsucker
  74. Gentlemen Broncos
  75. Maxed Out
  76. Dan in Real Life
  77. Kramer vs. Kramer
  78. Frontwards
  79. Letters from Iwa Jima
  80. The Goonies
  81. About Last Night
  82. The Wackness
  83. 2001 Space Odyssey
  84. Blindsight
  85. Shawn of the Dead
  86. Man on a Wire
  87. Strictly Ballroom
  88. Dazed and Confused
  89. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  90. Bubble
  91. Kicking and Screaming
  92. Frozen River
  93. The Royal Tenenbaums
  94. Bobby
  95. Public Enemy
  96. 500 Days of Summer
  97. Gremlins
  98. District 9
  99. The Shining
  100. Julie and Julia
  101. Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
  102. Better Off Dead
  103. Frank Lloyd Wright
  104. Back to School
  105. The Wrestler
  106. Color of Paradise
  107. Batman: The Dark Night
  108. Home Alone 2
  109. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  110. Beautiful Losers
  111. 21
  112. Up in the Air
  113. Sunset Blvd.
  114. A Christmas Story
  115. Hoop Dreams
  116. Wendy and Lucy
  117. Raging Bull
  118. Avatar
  119. It’s Complicated
  120. The Family Stone
  121. Funny People
  122. My Sister’s Keeper
  123. Choke
  124. Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices
  125. Revolutionary Road
  126. He’s Just Not that into You
  127. Touch of Evil
  128. Rachel’s Getting Married
  129. Of Mice and Men
  130. Encounters at the End of the World
  131. The Soloist
  132. Spinal Tap
  133. Manufactured Landscapes
  134. Charlie Wilson’s War
  135. Boys N the Hood
  136. Bad Boys
  137. Band of Brothers (mini series)
  138. Amreeka
  139. Big Fan
  140. Cadyshack: The True Story
  141. Clueless
  142. World’s Fastest Indian
  143. Crazy Heart
  144. The Big Lebowski
  145. Run Lola Run
  146. Leatherheads
  147. The Wild Bunch
  148. Extraordinary Measures
  149. Varsity Blues
  150. Pride and Glory
  151. Beer Wars
  152. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf
  153. The President’s Men
  154. Station Agent
  155. Caligula
  156. Once
  157. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
  158. An Education
  159. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  160. Fletch
  161. Short Cuts
  162. A Single Man
  163. Reality Bites
  164. Ralph Nadar: An Unreasonable Man
  165. Pregnancy Pact
  166. Say Anything
  167. Donnie Darko
  168. Two Lovers
  169. PCU
  170. Primal Fear
  171. High Fidelity
  172. America the Beautiful
  173. Some Kind of Wonderful
  174. Killer at Large: Why Obesity is Killing America
  175. I’ve Loved You for so Long
  176. Unusual Suspects
  177. Forrest Gump
  178. This American Life
  179. 5 Oscar Nominated Short Films: The Door, Instead of Abra Cadabra, Kavi, Miracle Fish, The New Tenants
  180. Defending Your Life
  181. Natural Born Killers
  182. Yes Man
  183. Gran Torino
  184. Cocoon
  185. Antichrist
  186. The Blind Side
  187. Paperheart
  188. The Breakfast Club
  189. The Last of the Mohicans
  190. League of Ordinary Gentleman
  191. Top Gun
  192. 400 Blows
  193. Europa Europa
  194. Wristcutters: A Love Story
  195. Magic & Bird
  196. The Art of the Steal
  197. Mulholland Drive
  198. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  199. The Blues Brothers
  200. The Ghost Writer
  201. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
  202. Last Picture Show
  203. Requiem for a Dream
  204. The Box
  205. Pollack
  206. Fatal Attraction
  207. King Corn
  208. Year One
  209. The September Issue
  210. The Big Chill
  211. Friday Night Lights
  212. PS I Love You
  213. W
  214. Singles
  215. Blue Velvet
  216. Semi Pro
  217. Rosemary’s Baby
  218. Walkabout
  219. Inglorious Bastards
  220. Teen Wolf
  221. My Left Foot
  222. Precious
  223. All About Eve
  224. She’s the One
  225. The Straight Story
  226. Broadcast News
  227. Taking Chance
  228. Vicious Kind
  229. No Impact Man
  230. Basic Instinct
  231. Good Hair
  232. City of God
  233. Valentino: The Emperor
  234. Wings of Desire
  235. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  236. Endless Summer
  237. What’s Eating Gilbert’s Grape
  238. Harold and Maude
  239. This Emotional Life
  240. The Commitments
  241. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  242. UP
  243. Michael Palin: From Pole to Pole
  244. St. Elmo’s Fire
  245. Malcolm X
  246. Annie
  247. 2 Days in Paris
  248. Stand By Me
  249. The Assassination of Jesse James
  250. Richard Pryer: Here and Now
  251. Vicky Christy Barcelona
  252. Million Dollar Baby
  253. You Don’t Mess with Zohan
  254. Art and Copy
  255. My Kid Could Paint That
  256. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  257. Raising Arizona
  258. Business of Birth
  259. Gray Gardens
  260. Atonement
  261. District 9
  262. The People vs. Larry Flint
  263. A State of Mind
  264. The Diving Bell and Butterfly
  265. Last Chance Harvey
  266. This is It
  267. The Future of Food
  268. For Your Consideration
  269. 180 South
  270. Blade Runner
  271. Joan Rivers
  272. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  273. Chaplin: The Movie
  274. 180 South
  275. Hell House
  276. Friday Night Lights
  277. The Puffy Chair
  278. Sunshine Cleaning
  279. Gasland
  280. Heat
  281. State of Play
  282. Timer
  283. Muppets Take Manhattan
  284. Flirting with Disaster
  285. Pi
  286. Brewster’s Millions
  287. Iron Man
  288. When You’re Strange
  289. Outsourced
  290. Tales from the Scrypt
  291. Capitalism: A Love Story
  292. National Lampoons Vacation
  293. Harold and Maude
  294. Greenberg
  295. The Conversation
  296. Capitalism: A Love Story
  297. Cyrus
  298. Mary and Max
  299. Street Fight
  300. No One Dies in Lily Dale
  301. Away We Go
  302. Lucky
  303. Overnight
  304. Marie Antoinette
  305. Step Brothers
  306. Happy Accidents
  307. Inception
  308. Me, You and Everyone We Know
  309. The Sure Thing
  310. The Invention of Lying
  311. Pulp Fiction
  312. Winter’s Bone
  313. Cool Hand Luke
  314. The Women
  315. Homeless Motel Kids in Orange County
  316. Best Worst Movie
  317. Back to the Future
  318. Palindrome
  319. Look Who’s Talking
  320. Coco Chanel
  321. Soap Dish
  322. Moon
  323. Beer Wars
  324. A Dog Year
  325. Memento
  326. The Family Man
  327. A Few Good Men
  328. The Pressure Cooker
  329. Troll 2
  330. Chinatown
  331. Toll 2
  332. Bigger, Stronger, Faster,
  333. Fame
  334. Funny People
  335. American History X
  336. For All Mankind
  337. The Odd Couple
  338. Children of Invention
  339. The Baxter
  340. Goonies
  341. College, Inc.
  342. Napolean Dynamite
  343. Where the Wild Things Are
  344. Date Night
  345. Bjarnfredarson
  346. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  347. Gremlins 2
  348. Runaway Juror
  349. Melinda and Melinda
  350. The Informant
  351. The Fugitive
  352. Training Day
  353. The Kid Stays in the Picture
  354. The Cove
  355. Yellowstone
  356. I.O.U.S.A
  357. La Dolce Vita
  358. If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise
  359. The Thin Blue Line
  360. Vicky Christy Barcelona
  361. Deliver Us from Evil
  362. I’m Still Here
  363. Shawshank Redemption
  364. Beautiful Girls
  365. The Graduate

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