An Education

As someone who was not a Film Studies major, I must admit that my movie knowledge is far less robust than it probably should be for someone who now has a film-centric blog. Before I even made the decision to start this website, I had a plan to use this month of inactivity before my move back to Paris to watch some classic movies that I hadn’t seen yet. Though I’m sure I won’t be able to get through the entire list during this period, I hope to use this blog as a bit of inspiration to go beyond my comfort zone and watch things that I might not have ordinarily chosen.

The reasoning behind my choosing these twenty films varied. Some are films that are often mentioned or referred to in professional critic reviews, while others are movies that I have been meaning to watch for a while but never got around to. I’ll admit that there are a few that are only on there because I feel ashamed that I’ve never watched them despite being a self-proclaimed cinephile, not because I expect I’ll find the subject matter interesting. I also made sure that over half of the films were directed by women (denoted by asterisks), because supporting gender equity in the film industry is so critical. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are twenty films that I’m hoping to watch before the end of the year.

  1. Taxi Driver
  2. Monster*
  3. The Godfather
  4. The Princess Bride
  5. The Piano*
  6. Cleo from 5 to 7*
  7. Fargo
  8. The Savages*
  9. The Babadook*
  10. Do The Right Thing
  11. Thirteen*
  12. Reservoir Dogs
  13. The Shawshank Redemption
  14. The Hurt Locker*
  15. The Shining
  16. Red Road*
  17. The Virgin Suicides*
  18. A Clockwork Orange
  19. Fast Times at Ridgemont High*
  20. Mustang*

This list is far from extensive–only a few movies on it would probably be called “classics,” and the oldest film on the list, Cleo from 5 to 7, was released in 1962, leaving several decades of filmmaking unexplored (for now). Additionally, the majority of these films were made in the U.S. (I promise to do better about promoting foreign movies in the future, especially Latin American ones). However, I hope that watching and reviewing these films will help me grow into a stronger critic and that I’ll find some new favorites along the way.

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