The A-Z List

Originally written on January 9, 2016

As part of my quest to watch more movies this year, I thought I’d make it easier on myself by making a list that will help me with figuring out what to watch next. I figured it would be fun to try and find at least one movie starting with each letter of the alphabet. This proved to be a bit more difficult than I had intended, but I’m happy with the results.

The Guidelines: Only movies that I have not already seen; they have already left the theaters at the time of this posting; they all came out in the last five years or so. I’m sure that I’ll catch up on the classics that have been off of my radar, but for now I want to get up to date with the things I’ve been hearing about, but never got around to seeing.

I came so close to filling out all the letters that I even added some non-English movies to round out the harder ones. It’s not like I have a problem with subtitles; I just hate missing out on dialog and I don’t have the attention span to keep my eyes glued to the screen. Hopefully, I’ll brush up on some Spanish and French while watching, so it won’t be an issue.

So here’s the list of 26+ (there were some where I couldn’t choose) movies that I am going to try to watch over 2016. Some are critically acclaimed, some are just fun movies that I’ve been wanting to check out and others just piqued my interest for whatever reason.

  • Anomalisa
  • Buzzard
  • Computer Chess
  • Dallas Buyer’s Club
  • The Edge of Tomorrow
  • Frank
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Haywire
  • Inside Out, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Jurassic World
  • Killer Joe
  • Life of Pi
  • The Master
  • Nightcrawler, No
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • The Queen of Versailles
  • Room
  • Sicario, Snowpiercer
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Unknown
  • Volver
  • Whiplash
  • X-men: First Class
  • You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Happy watching to me!

A New Year

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So it seems odd to be writing about the New Year in February, but it’s the reason for this blog’s existence. This year I have made a resolution to watch more movies. Pretty simple. I love movies and going to the theater, but I find it difficult to sit through a whole movie when I’m at home. The funny thing is that I can easily sit through 4 episodes of an hour-long series without even thinking twice about it. I think my attention span is built for binge-watching.

In order to get myself ready for more movie-viewing enjoyment, I made a couple of commitments and intend to track my progress here. First, I’m going to go to the theater every month. The plan is to see more films as they are released so they don’t fall into the black hole that is my Netflix queue. Second, I’ve compiled an alphabetical list of movies released in the past 5 years or so that I want to see before this year is over. The idea is to use this list to catch up on what I’ve missed and getting at least one for every letter has forced me to include things that probably never popped up on my radar. I’ll be posting the list along with my experience so far.

As of today, I’ve watched 19 movies this year, counting only ones that I have not seen before. I have been writing and will continue to make short summaries of my experience watching these films. Since the television schedule has begun to pick up again, I’m a little behind on the number this month compared to January, but I’m sure it will ramp up again soon.

I’m excited to see where this journey will lead me.