I Watched A Couple Movies…

Each summer I make a to-do list of activities to complete before my break is over. Often, this list has several items never crossed off. Sometimes these activities are replaced by more entertaining activities I never considered at the start of the season. More often they are replaced in favor of watching a movie. With this in mind, and inspired by my brother’s film teacher who makes a point to watch one movie every day, I wrote down “watch at least one movie every day” on my to-do list. Admittedly, I did not watch a movie every day. While my family vacationed in Europe, I was too consumed by sightseeing and the homework for the five summer courses I was taking to watch movies. I did watch some movies, but not every day. I have decided to give myself a pass on this front.

Below is a list of all the movies I watched and their directors. Asterisks denote movies I rewatched (14 total). I would like to make a few notes.

  • Do you notice the distinct lack of female directors? Because I do! Out of 114 movies, only 20 were directed solely by women and 1 was co-directed by a woman and a man. RBG was co-directed by 2 women. 2 of those 20 movies were directed by Sofia Coppola. Some of the movies I sought out because they were directed by women, but by and large I simply worked my way through my Netflix queue, the summer’s new releases, and movies that looked interesting in the moment.
  • Yes, I watched children’s movies. I watch the loveliest children in the world as a job, but some of the movies were watched out of pure nostalgia (i. e. Barbie of Swan Lake). What I want to say now, briefly, about children’s movies is that although some directors are artful at including jokes specifically for the parents, they all need to be watched by leaving the adult ego at the door and through the eyes of your inner child. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies made me laugh out loud in the theater. The often criticized yet Oscar nominated Boss Baby was charming when viewed as an accessible, childish fantasy. And the Barbie movies added ten years onto my lifespan out of the joy I got in reliving my childhood now, as I quickly hurtle towards real adulthood.
  • As a film major, I have endured my share of slights and praises for my movie taste. The slights come when I have elected to watch, and likely enjoy, a movie that is seen as beneath cinematic standards. The praise comes when I have pressed play on a charming indie darling with laurels from major movie festivals. Here’s the thing: it is super duper crazy hard to have a movie made, even harder to have it distributed so actual audiences can see it, and the hardest to have it be so good that at least one entire generation celebrates the artist’s work. Every single person on this list had a movie made and an audience of at least one. I cannot shirk each director that success. While I have strong opinions and am critical of several of the movies on this list, the few that I truly did not like are likely ones that you will read and want to praise me for having watched. Film majors get a bad rap for being pretentious, probably because most of us are. I’m not sure if I was ever pretentious about any film except The Godfather. I don’t think people would call me out in between their praises. However, this exercise has taught me to be more forgiving of people’s movie tastes, including my own. Just because whatever powers that be have decided that a movie is good, it might be, to put it plainly, a pile of crap.

In short, nothing is more humbling than watching more movies than you have days and still knowing you have barely begun to scratch the surface of movies to watch.

Total Days of Summer: 107 

Total Number of Movies: 114

  1. Tabloid – Errol Morris
  2. Cruel Intentions – Roger Kumble
  3. *Call Me By Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  4. Adam – Max Mayer
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  6. My Life as a Zucchini – Claude Barras
  7. The Lonely Italian – Lee Farber
  8. The Outsiders – Francis Ford Coppola
  9. Casablanca – Michael Curtiz
  10. *Mamma Mia – Phyllida Lloyd
  11. Somm – Jason Wise
  12. *Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  13. The Incredible Jessica James – Jim Strouse
  14. Atonement – Joe Wright
  15. Book Club – Bill Holderman
  16. Deadpool – Tim Miller
  17. She’s Gotta Have It – Spike Lee
  18. The Road to El Dorado – Bibo Bergeron & Don Paul
  19. The Fog of War – Errol Morris
  20. The Kissing Booth – Vince Marcello
  21. Blue Jay – Alexandre Lehmann
  22. Barbie: The Princess and The Popstar – Zeke Norton
  23. Life of the Party – Ben Falcone
  24. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  25. Farewell, My Queen – Benoît Jacquot
  26. The Battle of Algiers – Gillo Pontecorvo
  27. Thoroughbreds – Cory Finley
  28. Hearts and Minds – Peter Davis
  29. Violet and Daisy – Geoffrey Fletcher
  30. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Peter Sollett
  31. The 40-Year Old Virgin – Judd Apatow
  32. Ernest and Celestine – Stephanie Aubier, Vincent Patar, & Benjamin Renner
  33. Paris is Burning – Jennie Livingston
  34. Blue Jasmine – Woody Allen
  35. Ocean’s 8 – Gary Ross
  36. Incredibles 2 – Brad Bird
  37. Big Night – Stanley Tucci
  38. Set It Up – Claire Scanlon
  39. *The Bling Ring – Sofia Coppola
  40. Carol – Todd Haynes
  41. American Sniper – Clint Eastwood
  42. RBG – Betsy West & Julie Cohen
  43. Tag – Jeff Tomsic
  44. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  45. Dirty Wars – Richard Rowley
  46. Definitely, Maybe – Adam Brooks
  47. Barbie of Swan Lake – Owen Hurley
  48. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Michel Gondry
  49. *Julie & Julia – Nora Ephron
  50. Catch Me If You Can – Steven Spielberg
  51. A Bigger Splash – Luca Guadagnino
  52. *About Time – Richard Curtis
  53. Mr. Roosevelt – Noël Wells
  54. Cedar Rapids – Miguel Arteta
  55. *Marie Antoinette – Sofia Coppola
  56. Wet Hot American Summer – David Wain
  57. *Ratatouille – Brad Bird
  58. A Selection of Wes Anderson’s Short Movies: Bottle Rocket, Moonrise Kingdom Animated Book Short, Cousin Ben Troop Screening, Castello Cavalcanti, Prada: Candy – Wes Anderson
  59. *Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  60. A Serious Man – Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
  61. Being Flynn – Paul Weitz
  62. *The Way Way Back – Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
  63. Quiz Show – Robert Redford
  64. Stranger than Fiction – Marc Forster
  65. Maggie’s Plan – Rebecca Miller
  66. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  67. A Year in Champagne – David Kennard
  68. Spanglish – James L. Brooks
  69. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Genndy Tartakovsky
  70. Toast – S. J. Clarkson
  71. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  72. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Ol Parker
  73. Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Nicholas Stoller
  74. Butter – Jim Field Smith
  75. Sharp Edges – Sandra Luckow
  76. Hotel Transylvania – Genndy Tartakovsky
  77. Hotel Transylvania 2 – Genndy Tartakovsky
  78. Boss Baby – Tom McGrath
  79. Melvin Goes to Dinner – Bob Odenkirk
  80. Miss Stevens – Julia Hart
  81. *West Side Story – Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise
  82. In Bruges – Martin McDonagh
  83. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Terry Gilliam
  84. *Bee Movie – Steve Hickner & Simon J. Smith
  85. 5 to 7 – Victor Levin
  86. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies – Peter Ride Michail & Asron Horvath
  87. Risky Business – Paul Brickman
  88. Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham
  89. *Amélie – Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  90. Nowhere Boy – Sam Taylor-Johnson
  91. Jackie: A Tale of Two Sisters – Edward Cotterill
  92. Cinema Paradiso – Giuseppe Tornatore
  93. Flower – Max Winkler
  94. The Informant! – Steven Soderbergh
  95. 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  96. The Social Network – David Fincher
  97. Always at the Carlyle – Matthew Miele
  98. Somewhere – Sofia Coppola
  99. Final Portrait – Stanley Tucci
  100.  Laggies – Lynn Shelton
  101. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mike Newell
  102. The Party – Sally Potter
  103. 3 Generations – Gaby Dellal
  104. Crazy Rich Asians – Jon M. Chu
  105. BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee
  106. Clouds of Sils Maria – Oliver Assayas
  107. Big Eyes – Tim Burton
  108. Wish I Was Here – Zach Braff
  109. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  110. Mortified Nation – Michael Mayer
  111. *An Education – Lone Scherfig
  112. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Susan Johnson
  113. In Search of Fellini – Taron Lexton
  114. Step Brothers – Adam McKay

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