Film Quest ’18

For the NINTH year in a row, I’m keeping track of all the movies I’ve watched for the first time. Just like the past few years, I’ll be attempting to ensure that at least 20% of the movies I see are 20+ years old.  Last year I fell short (at 13%), so I’m taking extra care this year to try to hit that list. I continue to maintain a list of films that I’m challenging myself to see, and recommendations are appreciated!

Another thing I’m doing again this year that I started doing last year is that I’ll also be tracking the full seasons I watch of television shows. Those will be tracked separately, but they deserve to be counted as well.

Note: In the header for each month, I indicate how many movies I saw during that month the prior year, indicating how many of the total films were in-theater views. For example, i saw 7 films in January 2017, 3 of them in the theater.

My 2018 Viewing List

January (last year: 3 of 7 in theaters, up from 2 in 2016)

1.  Molly’s Game (1/1)
2. The Adventures of Robin Hood {1938} (1/1)
3. I, Tonya (1/6)
4. Brewster’s Millions {1945} (1/12)
5. The Meddler (1/13)
Stranger Things season 2
6. Boys Town {1938} (1/18)
7. The Great Bank Robbery {1969} (1/18)
8. Doom (1/18)
9. Captain Underpants (1/21)
Lovesick Season 2
10. Darkest Hour (1/25)

February (last year: 1 of 4, down from 3)

11. The Dream Team (2/3)
12. Ingrid Goes West (2/6)
13. The Zookeeper’s Wife (2/12)
14. The Circle (2/12)
15. The House (2/16)
16. Good Time (2/17)
17. Call Me By Your Name (2/17)
18. The Post (2/18)
19. Black Panther (2/20)
20. Phantom Thread (2/23)
21. Peter Rabbit (2/25)
22. Atomic Blonde (2/28)
23. Game Night (2/28)

March (last year: 2 of 19, down from 3)

24. Victoria & Abdul (3/10)
25. Out Of Africa (3/12) {review}
26. Thoroughbreds (3/15) {review}
Everything Sucks! Season 1
27. Professor Marston and The Wonder Women (3/21) {review}
28. Isle of Dogs (3/25) {review}
29. Ready Player One (3/31) {review}

April (last year 5 of 9, down from 6-of-10)

30. Roman J. Israel, Esq (4/12)
31. Paddington (4/15)
32. The Florida Project
Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1
33. Avengers: Infinity War (4/27)
34. Rough Night (4/29)
35. LEGO DC Superheroes: The Flash (4/30)
36. Wind River (4/30)

May

37. Baywatch
38. Deadpool 2 (5/21)
Punisher: Season 1
39. Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 (5/26)

June

40. Big Hero 6 (6/3)
41. Solo: A Star Wars Story (6/10)
42. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (6/28)

July

43. Incredibles 2 (7/1)
44. Table 19 (7/1)
45. Sorry To Bother You (7/6) {review}
46. Woody Woodpecker (7/7)
47. Ant-Man and The Wasp (7/11) {review}
48. The Hitman’s Bodyguard (7/16)
49. Pokemon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
50. Seven Samurai (7/23)
51. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (7/26)

August

52. Ordinary People (1980) (8/4)
53. Pokemon: The Movie – I Choose You! (8/5)
54. Diner (1982) (8/5)
55. BlackKklansman (8/10)

September

56. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (9/1)
57. Philomena (9/1)
58. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (9/13)
59. Ocean’s 8 (9/14)
60. Murder On The Orient Express (9/19)
61. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (9/22)
62. Tag (9/25)
63. The Mummy [2017] (9/27)

October

64. The Old Man & The Gun (10/6)
65. A Star Is Born [2018] (10/8)
66. Pitch Perfect 3
67. Tully (10/12)
68. Venom (10/14)

November

69. Bohemian Rhapsody (11/3)
70. Chariots of Fire {1981} (11/8)
71. Chappaquidick (11/10)
72. The Spy Who Dumped Me (11/12)
73. The Natural {1984} (11/12)
74. Black Dynamite (11/13)
75. Patti Cake$ (11/14)
76. The Price of Everything (11/17)
77. Pokemon: Zoroark – Master of Illusion (11/18)
78. RBG (11/19)
79. Uncle Drew (11/24)
80. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (11/26)
81. Game Over, Man! (11/27)
82. Westworld {1973} (11/27)
83. Strange Days {1995} (11/30)

December

84. Ralph Breaks the Internet (12/1)
85. 9 to 5 {1980} (12/1)
86. Get Me Roger Stone (12/2)
87. Woman in Red {1984} (12/3)
88. Tomb Raider (12/4)
89. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (12/5)
90. Neighbors 2 (12/6)
91. Pokemon: The Power of Us (12/8)
92. Rampage (12/8)
93. Gringo (12/9)
94. Bad Moms (12/10)
95. Holiday in Handcuffs (12/12)
96. The Disaster Artist (12/16)
97. Hearts Beat Loud (12/17)
98. Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse (12/19)
99. Kramer vs Kramer {1979} (12/20)
100. Aquaman (12/27)

Beefing Up The Resume

Movies from 1998 or Prior: 16 (currently 16%)

1. The Adventures of Robin Hood {1938}
2. Brewster’s Millions {1945}
3. Boys Town {1938}
4. The Great Bank Robbery {1969}
5. The Dream Team {1989}
6. Out Of Africa {1985}
7. Seven Samurai {1954}
8. Ordinary People {1980}
9. Diner {1982}
10. Chariots of Fire {1981}
11. The Natural {1984}
12. Westworld {1973}
13. Strange Days {1995}
14. 9 to 5 {1980}
15. Woman in Red {1984}
16. Kramer vs Kramer {1979}

Next Up….

A Bad Moms Christmas
The French Connection
Anna Karenina
Captain Phillips
Death Wish
A Star Is Born (1954)
A Star Is Born (1976)
Foxtrot

“Challenge” List:

The MUST SEE List

***  Out of Africa – Latest Best Picture Oscar winner I haven’t seen

* Chariots of Fire – Next movie on the Best Picture Oscar winner ladder

***** Ordinary People – Third movie on the Best Picture Oscar winner ladder

******* Kramer vs Kramer – Fourth

The Deer Hunter – Fifth

The French Connection – Sixth

The Other List

All About Eve
Blow Out (1981) & Coppola’s THE CONVERSATION and BLOW-UP by Antonioni
Brazil
Breathless
**** Call Me By Your Name
Capote
Cinema Paradiso
*** The Disaster Artist
Gone with the Wind
****** I, Tonya
In the Heat of the Night
**** Ingrid Goes West
@Jackie
The Lives Of Others
Magnificent Seven, The
Metropolis
% Paths of Glory
! Patton
****** The Post
Signin’ In The Rain
The Sound of Music
Take Shelter
!! Terms of Endearment
Tokyo Story
The Tree of Life
% United 93

@ = Award Show reasons
! (or multiple !!!) = Past Best Picture Winner
% = Part of The Half Popped 100

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