Hello and welcome all of you who have decided to follow me on this movie watching journey. I’ve decided to start this blog because I wanted to take on a challenge recently given to me by a friend. I have a large movie collection and I love movies a lot. That got the two of us talking about how often we watch movies. He eventually said that I, “…could probably watch one a day for the next year and never miss a day.” I took that as a challenge…and an awesome idea.
So, one movie a day…everyday…through my entire movie collection. That’s the goal. I may not be able to blog every day, but I will certainly do my best. This blog will stand as a record of my travels through my movie library and as a means of communicating to you the reader the ups and downs of a variety of different films that I happen to have (both the proud and the embarrassing).
Now, for most…this trip would be done in a matter of weeks…maybe a few months at best. I’ve heard that the average movie collection in any given home in the U.S. stands at about 30-60 movies. However, as my friend pointed out and as my wife often reminds me…I have an “obsession” with movies. I love them. I just love them! I even love watching “bad” movies because it makes the good ones that much more enjoyable when you watch them (not to mention they often give me a good laugh and I enjoy warning people about how bad they are). With that said, this journey will take me over a year to complete my DVD collection alone. Not to mention my Blu-Ray and VHS library and Digital Copies. All in all, I have enough to watch one movie a day…every day…for over two years. Thus, in my case, the word “marathon” fits well I think. We’ll see how well I do.
With all of this said there are a few rules that I will be putting in place to guide me on my journey.
1. I only watch feature-length films.
This means no TV shows, stand up comedy acts, music concerts or short films (animated or otherwise) will be counted in this journey. There may be an occasional exception if it happens to be part of a film series (example: The Animatrix in The Matrix series). However, by in large I will only be reviewing and counting major motion pictures show on the big screen.
2. Only watch movies that are in my movie collection.
Because of the size of my budget I don’t want to spend a ton of money on new movies or seeing anything currently in the theater. This is a challenge to get through every movie in my library and to re-discover some of my favorite films. In my journey I may write about a movie you haven’t seen yet, or perhaps one that you haven’t seen in a long time and totally forgot about. The nice thing about all of this is that each movie will be something that you the reader can go check out on your own without having to blow a tone of money on it. You may find a new favorite or rediscover an old favorite. I’m hoping that happens to me.
3. Any film series must be watched as a series.
This just makes sense to me. The story arch is best seen when watching movies in a series back to back. After reviewing and recapping each movie in the series individually I’ll comment on my thoughts about the series as a whole as well. This will be a tough one to stick by at times because I have a large number of completed series in my movie library. The least of which is not the entire James Bond Collection (yes that includes Never Say Never Again and the Casino Royal farce), all the Rocky movies, the Godfather Collection, The Star Wars Saga, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Collection among others. If there is a film collection that I do not have the entire collection…well see rule #2.
4. All film series must be watched in the stories chronological order rather order of release date.
This means that, as an example, I would watch the Star Wars Saga starting with Episode 1 and moving forward. In some cases where the chronological order is difficult to follow (such as the Saw movies) then I default to the order in which they were released.
5. Movie selection will be picked semi-randomly out of a hat.
That’s right, I have the name of each title in my movie library printed out on their own slip of paper and they are all in a “hat.” The reason I say “semi-randomly” is because I’m reserving the right to pick seasonally appropriate films during particular times of the year (I.E. Christmas movies in December…scary movies in October…and so on). For the most part, however, I won’t know what I’m going to watch and review until I pick the title out of the hat. It will be as much a surprise to me as it is to you.
So that’s the basic structure of this adventure known as “The Goulson Movie Marathon.” I’ll do my best to make it as fun and entertaining as possible. I don’t claim to be a great writer or a good critic. I just love movies. If you’re a movie lover like myself…this should be a fun ride.
~Daniel J. Goulson