I love movies. Some people might call me a movie buff or aficionado, but I wouldn’t. Here’s my problem. I’ve seen a fair number of good to great movies, but the number of bad movies I’ve seen far outweighs them. I always seem to default to action movies and comedies, not that that’s a bad thing, but I would like to broaden my horizons.
Several recent movie-related incidents brought my film-knowledge deficit to light. First, I decided to watch Pixels this week. I knew it wasn’t going to be good, but I thought it might be a guilty pleasure type movie. Something that would make me chuckle with references to old video games, etc. I was not expecting one of the worst movies i've ever seen. I’m not writing this to bash Pixels, but what struck me after watching it was the thought of how much time I waste on bad movies when I could be watching something much better. The second thing that happened this week actually happened this morning. I was working out, listening to my latest audiobook (my new obsession while exercising or driving!), and suddenly the characters were referencing Blade Runner, a movie I have not yet seen. I immediately stopped my book, switched to my kettlebell playlist on Spotify, and kept going. I get it, a movie released in 1982 is well past the window for getting upset over a spoiler, but that doesn’t mean I had to listen. Now I can’t resume my book until I watch Blade Runner, which, of course, is happening tonight. I need to keep listening! But I want to try to avoid a situations like this again. I should have watched a classic movie such as Blade Runner before now. I just kept putting it off. Well, no more!
For years I have wanted to watch every Best Picture Winner in order, and no time is better than the present. I know there are great movies that did not win Best Picture, and I know there are some bad ones that did, but I figure this is a great place to start. I went through the list today. I’ve seen thirty-four of the eighty-eight winners so far, and I am going to rewatch the ones I’ve already seen.
I plan on watching one movie per week followed up with a post on Friday with my thoughts and takeaways from the movie. I’ll be sure to include any links where the movies can be streamed, rented, or bought. Even with my goal of one movie per week, this will probably take me close to two years. I’m very excited to get started on this, and I hope you enjoy it too!