Happy New Year 2016!
It is the first day of 2016 and therefore time for a big HAPPY NEW YEAR! to everybody reading this blog.
The beginning of the year also marks an anniversary for me since it was New Year’s eve 2009/10 that I made the crazy decision to watch all these movies and went right ahead to order a compilation from film pioneers like Méliès and Lumière. Six years later and I am closing in on the 1/3 mark (the List is growing so that point keeps moving away).
At this point I am 314 movies down the List and a single movie from finishing 1955 (Oklahoma!). I know most of my fellow bloggers would have finished the list in that time, but I take it slow and I also only started writing about them in 2012 (poor excuse). Still the pace suits me fine and I will now stop complaining about it, I promise.
In 2015 I processed 64 movies from the list and a few more if you count Danish entries and a few extra movies I reviewed. This took me from 1951 to 1955. There are a lot more movies each year now and 1955 covers a staggering 20 entries. Fortunately the quality is generally good and although it is slow going it gives a more in-depth view on each year with lots of entries. Also it allows space for world cinema, which in the post war period was lagging behind Hollywood at least technically.
So, what was the greatest experience of 2015 movie wise? With so many excellent movies that is an awfully difficult choice, but I will go with “Seven Samurai”. Although it was a re-watch it overwhelmed me in a way I did not expect and in a great year like 1954 it takes a lot to stand out.
On the book list I did not do so well. Four books is nothing to brag about. Partly this is due to poor planning on my side (finishing a book without having the next one ready), but also these old books make for very slow reading. However I am busy reading again and hopefully I can pick up the pace there a bit.
Finally I wish to thank my readers and especially those commenting on my writings for doing just that in 2015 and wish you all the best for the new year.