December 24 – December 31
Films watched: None
Books read: None
- Please Give – by Nicole Holofcener
- Undercover Brother – by John Ridley – 10/24/2000
- Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle – by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg – 5/28/2003
- The Lookout – by Scott Frank – 12/31/1998
- The Social Network – by Aaron Sorkin – 5/28/2009
It was a mad dash at the end, but I’m happy to report that I actually completed my main goal of watching 365 films in 2010! I even read 52 scripts! Although I didn’t reach my goal of reading 24 books that have been adapted into movies (I read 16) nor writing a screenplay (I finished the 1st act), I believe I have definitely accomplished a lot more than I would have if I hadn’t set those goals at all.
Looking back, there were quite a few really amazing films I saw in 2010. Many of them were well-known classics such as Tokyo Story or Umberto D, but there were also many new discoveries for me. David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive was certainly a dreamy cinematic experience. Koreeda’s Still Walking is almost like a modern day Ozu film. My car movies phase introduced me to such classics as Vanishing Point, Le Mans, and Two-Lane Blacktop, and my new food obsession took me to the scrumptious Babette’s Feast.
Scott Frank’s The Lookout was a very pleasant discovery, and so was Starting out in the Evening. I saw some films that I had been wanting to see in years, and many of them turned out to be even better than I expected. George Sluizer’s The Vanishing (the original version) is one of the most chilling films I have ever seen. Swingers is thoroughly enjoyable. And A Simple Plan is a first class thriller that deserves to be in the same league as Fargo.
And some of my least favorite movies? Cannonball Run. Catwoman. Everybody Wants to be Italian.
Pick of the Year:
Total films watched: 365 (in 365 days)
Total books read: 16 (8 to go)
Total screenplays read: 52 (0 to go)