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New Year, new what?

Last year I thought I had come up with the ultimate New Year’s Resolution: “Just say yes”. It definitely helped me start off the year more positively. In the past I’ve made resolutions that we all know are going to fail: eat less; excersise more; give up chocolate; give up alcohol; give up sugar; be happier… and on and on. So I thought that my new “yes” mantra was actually something positive, something that would help me get out more, do the unexpected and move away from safe. I also thought it might help to make me happier by doing something practical. I’m sad that it didn’t last the whole year but I’m definitely going to give it a try again this year.

Aside from saying yes more and from the traditional exterior (body) and interior (happiness) goals, I wanted to do something for me this year, something practical again. I want to watch the films that everyone is supposed to have seen. Growing up I only ever watched Chick flicks, my favourites being: anything by Richard Curtis; Pretty Woman; Wild Child; Freaky Friday, Mean Girls etc. etc. Not exactly high class, although lots of those still remain in my top feel good film list. There are so many films that I should have seen that I had no interest in  exploring in the past, films such as Casablanca, Citizen Kane and The Godfather! So 2017 is the year that I rectify this.

A couple of years ago my brother suggested to me that I should listen to one of his favourite podcasts, “It’s about two middle agen men who talk about films” he said,” but it’s not really about the films. It helps people and it might help you.” I was going through a hard time so anything that might help to cheer me up, get me out of the rut I had dug  myself, I was willing to try. Although naturally, because my brother had suggested it, I resisted it for a good few months. When I finally did download it, after a few weeks of listening to the interviews of the actors/actresses I had heard of, I listened to full episodes and then I was hooked. The podcast, ‘Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s film review’, really was making me feel better. It was a distraction from life, which I was desperate for. It also made me feel foolish for not having seen any of the classics, hence the list. This is what I’ve got so far and throughout the year I’m hoping to add to it, so that I see 52 films.

52 Classic films for 2017 (the start of the list…)

  1. Casablanca
  2. Citizen Kane
  3. Pans Labyrinth
  4. Shawshank Redemption
  5. Blade Runner
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  7. The Godfather
  8. Taxi Driver
  9. Die Hard
  10. Psycho
  11. Schindler’s List
  12. The Silence of the Lambs
  13. Jaws
  14. Pulp Fiction
  15. Thelma and Louise
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