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100 Movies Challenge 2018

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At the beginning of 2018 I decided I’d like to watch more films. I often found myself watching the same films over and over again and I felt like I needed to broaden my horizons!

I had a look on the IMDB Top 100 Greatest Movies of All Time (The Ultimate List) for inspiration and realised that I had only seen a handful of films on the list. I decided to challenge myself to work my way through the list over the course of 2018 and see what I had been missing out on!

I originally told myself I’d watch everything on the list throughout 2018, however by mid-February that was proving quite a challenge. I’ll be honest, a lot of the films on this list I had previously never even heard of, and lots of them I wasn’t particularly interested in, which surprised me considering I called myself a movie fan. As Netflix was my main source, it was often hard to try and track down some of the titles on the list, so I decided to abandon the IMDB list and continue to search for films that I had previously never seen.

Here’s a list of the films I managed to get through:

  1. Schindlers List
  2. The Godfather
  3. Good Will Hunting
  4. North by Northwest
  5. Rain Man
  6. Pulp Fiction
  7. To Kill A Mockingbird
  8. Shawshank Redemption
  9. The Persuit of Happyness
  10. Shape of Water
  11. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Misouri
  12. The Revenant
  13. The Danish Girl
  14. Prisoners
  15. Slumdog Millionare
  16. Charlie St Cloud
  17. The Road
  18. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
  19. A Quiet Place
  20. Jaws
  21. Isle of Dogs
  22. The Open House
  23. Notting Hill
  24. Role Models
  25. Stanford Prison Experiment
  26. Downsizing
  27. Lord of the Flies
  28. Adventureland
  29. The Fundamentals Of Caring
  30. How It Ends
  31. Misery
  32. Jackie
  33. Sully
  34. The Wedding Singer
  35. David Brent: Life on the Road
  36. Nowhere Boy
  37. Deadpool
  38. The Nice Guys
  39. The Social Network
  40. Fury
  41. The Edge of Seventeen
  42. Zero Dark Thirty
  43. Sing
  44. Crazy, Stupid, Love
  45. The Purge: Election Year
  46. Gravity
  47. Bad Moms
  48. The Breakfast Club
  49. How to Train Your Dragon
  50. Stronger
  51. Psycho
  52. About Time
  53. Wonder
  54. 22 July
  55. The Hangover
  56. The Hangover Part II
  57. The Hangover Part III
  58. Get Him to the Greek
  59. The Girl on the Train
  60. This is 40
  61. Arthur Christmas
  62. Jigsaw
  63. Sierra Burgess Is a Loser
  64. Watchmen
  65. Birdget Jones’s Baby
  66. Sausage Party
  67. Bohemian Rhapsody
  68. Love Actually
  69. Dumplin’
  70. Jack Frost
  71. Birdbox

…….. and it’s safe to say I failed my 100 movies challenge! To be able to complete this challenge I would have had to watch at about 2 movies a week – on the surface this sounds pretty easy, but life just seems to get in the way and it’s hard to find time to commit to watching films. With a full time job, trying to read books (see what I read in 2018 here), general life stuff and watching Friends constantly on repeat, there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a week! I also watched a few new TV shows this year that I had previously never seen…

TV shows I watched in 2018:

  1. Black Mirror
  2. The End of the F***ing World
  3. Lovesick
  4. Riverdale
  5. The Office
  6. Stranger Things
  7. 13 Reasons Why
  8. Extras
  9. Derek
  10. Bates Motel
  11. The OA
  12. Evil Genius
  13. The Staircase
  14. Dark Tourist
  15. Dogs
  16. Safe
  17. Ozark
  18. The Haunting of Hill House
  19. Gavin & Stacey
  20. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  21. The Sinner
  22. Friday Night Dinner
  23. Impractical Jokers
  24. Haters Back Off

Stand out favourite movies and TV shows:

Bohemian Rhapsody:
I saw this one at the cinema and didn’t want to blink it was so good. I loved every second of it. I wouldn’t exactly call myself a huge Queen fan, I like their music and appreciate what they did but I wasn’t sure what to expect going to see this. This film made me realise how good their music really was and showcased their amazing journey and Freddie’s battles beautifully.

A Quiet Place:
Another title I saw at the cinema (maybe I enjoy films a lot more when I see them there) but I thought this film was excellent. As a big horror/thriller fan and someone who has seen way too many films within that genre I often tire of these kinds of films because I feel like I know exactly what is going to happen. A Quiet Place was completely different, so unique and a really refreshing film to watch. It had me on the edge of my seat with great suspense and some good shocks.

Schlindler’s List:
I didn’t know what to expect with this one as I’d always heard of it being one of the best films ever made. This film is long and heart-wrenching so you need to be in the right frame of mind to watch it. I couldn’t believe at the end that this was actually a true story and seeing the families of those that Oskar Schindler managed to save is just wonderful.

Gravity:
I was completely immersed in this film. I was fascinated by the cinematography and couldn’t even begin to work out how they created some of the scenes. They made life in space look more realistic than any space film I have previously seen.

Bates Motel:
I actually started watching Bates Motel before I watched Psycho, so I wasn’t entirely sure of the premise of the series. Once I had watched Psycho I felt more connected to the story. I loved the on-screen relationship between Norman and his mother Norma. Throughout the seasons of Bates Motel you can really see the deterioration of Norman’s mental state and it really builds up to the Norman we see in the movie.

Derek:
All I knew about Derek before watching it was that it starred Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington (sold it for me), however I honestly had no idea what the series was actually about. I adored this TV show, for a comedy it had so many lovely heartwarming stories and messages. I actually cried at one of the episodes in Derek – I’m definitely not an emotional person when it comes to films and TV and I most certainly never thought I’d cry anything other than tears of laughter at something that involved Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington. This was such an emotive show in many different ways.

 

Throughout my life there have been countless occasions where I have been discussing movies with friends, family and work colleagues and felt like I had been living under a rock because of the sheer horror on peoples faces when I told them I hadn’t seen huge cult classics and popular films like Jaws, The Godfather, Psycho and many many more! I definitely feel more enlightened after completing this challenge and enjoy my new ability to recognise quotes from a few of the famous films that I definitely should have seen before now.

This post was inspired by Rachael from Helpless Whilst Drying‘s 100 movie challenge.

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