I saw an update from a blogger acquaintance, Jim, on my wall last week. I’ve only met Jim a few times, and he seems like a nice, very smart guy. I happen to be in platonic love with his soul mate Mr. Lady who makes Jim seem even cooler. Anyway.
I fawn and flatter here in hopes that he won’t take offense to my reposting a seemingly benign status update that gave me what I think is the coolest idea I’ve had, like, ever.
Well, maybe the coolest idea I've had this week.
This Facebook post got over two hundred comments.
I was surprised to feel a somewhat initial visceral reaction to some people’s admissions. “I’ve never seem ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ ” for example. In case you don’t know, I am a HUGE fan. Like, nerdy comic book buying, own the entire DVD set, would write fan fiction if I had the time or guts kind of fan.
HOW CAN YOU NEVER HAVE SEEN THAT?!
Except. I’ve never seen Goonies and that, apparently, is some kind of crime against humanity.
There’s a tendency to think of pop culture as frivolous, but, you know, these shared experiences of music, literature and song transcend space and time and connect us in the most powerful of ways. They are shared moments in the production of globalized, communal history.
As time goes on, I get less less comfortable with trying new things, so I had this idea that maybe I’ll try new things by doing old things that I haven’t done. Like, a cultural bucket list. Of course, I can’t really wrap my head around how experiencing a cabbage patch doll or buying an Atari at age thirty eight is going to really be the same as having one when I was eight.
I like movies.
Here’s my plan:
STEP 1 (Completed): Find a crowd sourced list of “the best movies of all time.” I chose IMDB's Top 250.
STEP 2 (Completed): Among the top fifty movies, identify the movies I’ve not seen. Allow me to brag a little and say that the two of the top three movies on the list are my favorite movies. Godfather I & II. There are fifteen movies on the list that I’ve not seen. Notice many of them came out AFTER I had kids or a very long time ago.
#4 The Dark Knight (2008) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468569/?ref_=chttp_tt_4
#8 Twelve Angry Men (1957) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050083/?ref_=chttp_tt_8
#20 Seven Samurai (1957) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047478/?ref_=chttp_tt_20
#21 City of God (2002) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317248/?ref_=chttp_tt_21
#24 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064116/?ref_=chttp_tt_24
#27 Leon: The Professional (1994) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110413/?ref_=chttp_tt_27
#34 City Lights (1934), Starring Charlie Chaplin http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021749/?ref_=chttp_tt_34
#36 Spirited Away (2001) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245429/?ref_=chttp_tt_36
#38 The Intouchables (No, not the Untouchables 2011) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675434/?ref_=chttp_tt_38
#40 Modern Times (1936) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0027977/?ref_=chttp_tt_40
#41 Sunset Boulevard (1950) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043014/?ref_=chttp_tt_41
#43 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/?ref_=chttp_tt_42
#44 The Pianist (2002) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253474/?ref_=chttp_tt_44
#46 The Departed (2006) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407887/?ref_=chttp_tt_46
#48 The Dark Knight Rises (2012)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407887/?ref_=chttp_tt_46
STEP 3: Watch the above fifteen movies. Not on the same day. One per week.
STEP 4: Write a VERY brief post on each movie. I’m a geek in many ways, but I’m not prepared to graduate to the level of movie reviewing geek. I’ll focus on why I didn’t watch the movie when it came out and if I feel like my cultural competency has increased or something smarty pants like that.
Goals like being healthier and cursing less seem more evolved, but I like the idea of doing this. I’m going to announce which movie I’m watching on the Monday before, so if you want to play along on social media, that’d be cool. I feel like making a hashtag for this is to market-y (which market-y stuff is awesome, but I’m not into that, right now, as previously discussed.)
Monday has passed, but I’m excited to get started. The plan for this weekend is The Dark Knight. And BEFORE you ask me HOW IS THAT YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THIS MOVIE? Remember, I’ll explain why next week.
I would like to note, for the record, that Goonies? Is not on the list.