I have been watching movies since I was old enough to sit up straight. Being raised with two older siblings, I was exposed to my fair share of classic 80’s movies—all the best that John Hughes and his comrades of that decade had to offer. I can remember sitting in our family friend’s basement and being forced to watch A Nightmare on Elm Street. I was 4 years old. (Thanks a lot Mom and Dad for not protecting your little girl against the harsh realities of burnt faces, striped sweaters, and metal-clawed gloves!)
My point is: I have loved motion pictures for as a long as I can remember. Yet lately, I find that my self-proclaimed “movie-buffness” is being called into question. The aforementioned title has been challenged by at least three of my friends this holiday season alone. And how, may you ask, did they come to this unfortunate conclusion? Because I had never seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and have yet to see A Christmas Story (gasp away, it won’t affect me in the least). I have no legitimate reason for never watching these movies. I simply did not have an interest in doing so.
This tale comes with two confessions- number one, these are not the only “classics” that have been overlooked in my movie watching; number two, there are several movies that I don’t care to admit to having watched one time, let alone two or three times– movies that could have been replaced with the films that most people consider must-watches.
With the start of this New Year, I am determined to reaffirm my movie-buff title. Because of said goal, I will take on a hefty task. By year’s end (2013) I plan to watch most, if not all, of the films that the American Film Institute rated as the top 100 in their 2007 updated list. To keep me in check I will give you, my fellow movie-watchers, a periodic update of my progress and thoughts on said movies. Wish me luck ladies and gents!