The 2019 Sprint-to-the-Finish

This becoming a yearly tradition is not something in which I take any pride. My circumstances being what they are, I have to deal with the cards I dealt myself. What it stacks up to is a considerable task, to reach 100 movies for 2019, and I’m not sure it’s going to happen this year.

Months ago, my hopes were high. I reached out to some fellow film enthusiasts to try to determine what my goal for 2019 would be, and despite some ideas I would have liked to have run with… I lay dormant. So now, here I am, 366 days after my “Sprint to the Finish 2018” post established my intentions to see 32 additional movies to hit 100 before the calendar flip, and if that’s all I needed at this point, I might actually be optimistic. I accomplished the goal last year, I could do it again. One movie every two days wasn’t bad at all.

But that’s not my reality, here in 2019. Because my current total is 59, which means I have to average almost 1 movie per day for the remainder of the year if I’m going to hit 100. If I’m being honest with myself, I really don’t think I can do it.

That’s not going to stop me from trying, though.

Because I know how things are likely to end up, I want to set a slightly more achievable goal for myself, and it has to do with Film Ladders. As that’s a topic unto itself, I’ll simply say that I’ve been trying to see all of the Academy Award Best Picture Winners, and currently I’ve seen from the most recent all the way back to The Godfather (1973). I’ve seen a few Best Picture winners that are older than that, but because I haven’t seen The French Connection (1972), my progress on the “ladder” stops with The Godfather. My goal for the next six weeks is to get all the way back to (and including) Ben-Hur (1959). As you’ll see on my ladder page at Half Popped Reviews, that means I need to watch the following:

  • The French Connection
  • Patton
  • Oliver! (which is going to be tough, since Netflix doesn’t have the DVD)
  • In The Heat Of The Night
  • A Man For All Seasons
  • The Sound of Music (no, I really haven’t seen The Sound Of Music yet)
  • My Fair Lady
  • Ben-Hur

Whether it’s the movie’s runtime, subject matter, or availability, few of the titles on there are going to make this especially tough. It would really come in handy if some of you lived locally and had them on DVD or Blu-ray that I could borrow… but I’ll do my best. I’ll have to watch one of those every 5 days to stay on pace. I’ll do my best to keep you posted (and you can also follow along as I update my 2019 Film Quest progress list)!




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