Status Update 1
Rather than including this content in the review, I thought I would take a moment and talk about the challenge so far. My life was full before I took this challenge on. I feel the pressure already to keep up with the movies and the amount of time I’m going to put into this throughout the year. That said, I want to reflect on how awesome Cathy, my wife, truly is. Not only did she fully offer her support when I told her this crazy idea, but she has sat with me through each of the films this week. She hasn’t complained that I’m treating this like another job and putting a lot of time into it. I know she won’t either. That’s been our relationship for the last eleven years. It’s why we work, and why we will continue to work.
I wrote the rules of this challenge to give myself the option to not watch a movie on any given day, but have to watch seven within the week. I did that to accommodate the days where real life gets in the way. I’m hoping to watch one a day for a while though, to get this into a routine. This Saturday, I’m going to get to take seven of my film students to see Jaws with a Q&A with Richard Dryfus. This opportunity was made possible by my extremely supportive Principal. How many public schools get to do things like this? I would venture not that many. I’ll write my review on Jaws this Saturday, a film I’ve seen countless times, taught to dozens of classes, and love completely. Needless to say, I could write the review right now, but instead I’ll discuss the event, how it impacts my students, and the joy it brings me to share film with those who maybe didn’t look at it the way that I do.
The fondness I have for movies will show. I’ll likely give 9 start reviews to movies that others gave less than five. Not because I think that a comedy can compare in film elements to The Godfather, but my reviews are about the enjoyment I feel while watching the movie. Sometimes my reviews will reflect the production values shown by the film, and in the best films it will reflect both. However, I think movies are about the journey you get to go one for the time that they run. If the journey is positive than the movie was successful. That’s the reason I decided to do this challenge. I love films. There are tons I’ve never seen. I’d love to see them all, this year I’ll get a little bit closer to that impossible goal. Thanks for all the support shown so far. If you keep reading, I’ll keep writing, and as long as people keep making movies I’ll plan to keep watching.