Sooo...I think I've mentioned once or twice my love of books. Or maybe you've just noticed all the book reviews and interviews I've been posting. But I don't think I've mentioned my other passion, so it's probably past time I did.
I can remember being a movie addict as long as I've loved books. And if I'm not reading, I'm just as likely watching movies.
Ok, so, I know there are a lot of people out there who say they like movies. But movies are like my Rain Man thing—I can remember where I was and what I was feeling the first time that I saw almost any movie. And most times they’re feelings of love and being swept away by the characters and the story—much like my feelings for books. I am also very good at placing actors and actresses in movies, along with who they’ve worked with. Sometimes I can even tell you songs that they were singing. And even if I don’t get it right away, it usually comes to me. It’s just kinda my thing.
So…what movies do I like? All of them. I’m not picky. I get the same feelings of picking up a new or favorite book every time I sit down to watch a new or favorite movie—those feelings of falling in love with a story, and then falling in love all over again. I love them all.
And I’m not just talking about the newest releases—Which I catch as often as I can—But also the classics. I was practically raised on AMC—I’d still be a fan, if they hadn’t added ads. That’s when I switched to TCM and Encore. I used to have the biggest crush on Bing Crosby (*sigh*). You have no idea how much Christmas music that man put out! I loved Bing and Fred, Fred and Ginger, Cary Grant (*swoon*), Danny Kaye, James Garner, Audrey Heburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder….and everything since.
Not to say I can’t be picky if I want to—I like happy endings and I like closure. I don’t mind surprises, but I hate feeling cheated or tricked—Especially with misleading advertising. There have been a couple movies where I thought I was going to see a comedy, and ended up seeing a cancer movie. The thing is, I probably would have seen the movie anyway, but I need to be in the right frame of mind, the right mood to enjoy it. And pretty much the only reason I read books and watch movies because I want to enjoy them.
Oh, but back to my obsessive love of movies. Back during one of my high school math classes, I happened to be extremely bored. And that’s when I started my list. I took a fairly empty notebook, and I started writing down every movie I’d ever watched. EVER. And then, since math class didn’t get any more interesting that semester, I kept listing more movies. My classmates, not being any more entertained by math than I was, even started trying to help me with suggestions—Did I have this one, or Had I seen that one??? After a couple of pages of movies, it became obvious that I needed a more organized process, so that’s when I started doing pages alphabetically. That way, I could flip to whatever letter and just skim through to see if I’d listed it or not. I ended up with a couple thousand movies in my notebook.
A couple years later, when I was on summer break from college I decided to type my list on my computer. That was about five computers and four emails ago, when I probably saved it on a 3” floppy to be on the safe side. I think there’s a certain irony that with all that technology, the only remnants of that list are still in the original notebook. And though I’m sure that notebook is still around somewhere, it’s most likely back home in my room or closet, or at the bottom of some forgotten pile of important things.
Soooooo…That means I started from scratch. Kind of. That very summer when I typed up my very first list of movies, I also cross-checked them with the Blockbuster Entertainment Guide to Movies and Videos 1999. It’s basically an encyclopedia of movies, with over 23,000 reviews. As of now, I’ve read it cover to cover twice. Although I do have a great memory for movies, it never hurts to have a good reference—Also helpful for those pesky movies that I have yet to watch! Plus, with so many remakes, and a few movies with the same or similar titles, I found it was helpful to list the year of the movies I’d seen, in order to narrow down the specific version.—Just last in 2009 alone, 9, Nine, and District 9 were all released, not to mention James Cameron's Avatar and M. Night Shyamalan's Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nine was actually a musical remake of 8 ½ and Avatar: The Last Airbender was adapted from an anime tv series! So, like I said, I’ve found it best to be as specific as possible.
Now, I absolutely ABHOR writing in books, marking them, breaking the spine, dog-earing pages—Just not cool in my book. Literally.
Or at least that’s how I used to be. I still am, for the most part. I still don’t break the spine of dog ear pages, but when I’m using something as a reference or a textbook, I will occasionally highlight and underline things. Also, autographs=EXTREMELY COOL.
Which brings me back to my Blockbuster encyclopedia; when I was first typing up the list, I wanted a way to keep track of where I was, but at the time I was still very hesitant to make any permanent marks. So I compromised. I put a pencil tick in the margin next to every movie I watched as I entered them onto the computer. While it did make things a lot easier this time around, I still had to go through each page, because there were quite a few that I hadn’t watched at the time, but have watched since (even within the last week!). But this time around, I highlighted entries as I entered them. Because I didn’t want giant bleeding gobs of yellow, I mainly highlighted the first line of each entry. I only highlighted the entire entry for my absolute favorites (with Bing Crosby)(or Alfred Hitchcock) and special series, like James Bond, Dirty Harry, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek…
And I have finally completed my master list. Which will probably be out of date next week. But I figure I can update it once a month, or so. So…if you are at all curious, here they are:
I’ve also posted them as pages at the top of my blog. I had to split them into three pages in order to avoid getting an error message.