January 11, 2010

Now Showing: Movies I Missed

I was amused at how much I enjoyed writing and posting yesterday's entry. I suppose I shouldn't be; I know I'm a cyclical kind of person and the things I like to do wax and wane during a year.

But this morning I knew I needed to cross one thing off the list (already, yay!) and add one thing to it, seeing as how they're related.

Crossing off: Find a volunteer position
Adding: Watch as many of the movies that "everyone" has seen that I haven't

"How can these possibly be related?" you may ask. It's a fair question, but they actually are.

Since it was a list of goals for the year, I went ahead and included the finding of a volunteer position. In actuality, I'd already found one and it just started. I'm volunteering at a local library, doing one of my favorite things: looking for books and other library materials when they are requested by patrons. There's nothing I love more than a treasure hunt, and it's like a new treasure hunt every time I go. It's like a little win when I find a title that's on the "We've looked before but haven't found it" list, I must say.

Among the things I get to hunt down are videos (yes, there are still some) and DVDs. When I spent a little more time in the DVD section, I was amazed at how many recent movies were there, as well as many that have been in my "meaning to see" category for ages. That, of course, spawns another list. You might be surprised by some of the movies on it, but there are many popular movies that I don't go to see, especially if everyone is hyping it up. I'm also one of the few people in the country who doesn't use Netflix, or many of these would have been ones I'd have had in my queue and probably would have seen while I was waiting for the newer movies.

List 2: Movies I've Been Meaning To See
  • All About Eve
  • Almost Famous
  • Annie Hall
  • Atonement
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Borat
  • Breaking Away
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Bullitt
  • Burn After Reading
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Casino
  • Chinatown (I tried to watch this once before, but I fell asleep)
  • Cold Mountain
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Fame (original)
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (I know, I know, but I haven't seen it)
  • Finding Neverland
  • Flags of Our Fathers
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Garden State
  • Giant
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • The Godfather Part II
  • Goodfellas
  • Gorillas in the Mist
  • Grand Hotel
  • Harold and Maude
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • The Hustler
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • Letters From Iwo Jima
  • L.A. Confidential
  • The Manchurian Candidate (original)
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Michael Clayton
  • Meet Me In St. Louis
  • Monster's Ball
  • Moonstruck
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Network
  • An Officer and a Gentleman
  • The Queen
  • The Pianist
  • The Producers (both versions)
  • Ratatouille
  • Ray
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • The Right Stuff
  • Rushmore
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Schindler's List
  • Seven
  • Slap Shot
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Taxi Driver
  • Terms of Endearment
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • 12 Angry Men
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Young Frankenstein
All over the map, isn't it? It's a lot longer than I anticipated, but once I got started, I decided to go all out. I don't know how many of these the library actually has, and there's no way I'm going to fit them all in this year, but at least I've finally got them down in one place.