I can’t wait to live in a city that gets the limited release movies first.

A few days from now I’m going to pull my wall calender down and look through all the movies I’ve seen this past year. (Yes, every time I see a movie I write it down on the calendar under the date I saw it.) Then I’m going to make a list of my top 10 of 2009. Unfortunately I have yet to see some movies that are technically a 2009 release. The Lovely Bones, Crazy Heart and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus are the first three that come to mind. So my top 10 list could potentially change and I’ll have to make another top 10 list a month or so from now (or longer if I don’t get a chance to see one in the theater). Needless to say, the upcoming top 10 list is subject to change.

Speaking of lists, now that we’re nearing the end of a decade (which I’m not so sure we are… Do we start with the number 0? Wouldn’t 2000 be the end of the last decade and 2010 be the end of this one? Whatever, I don’t care.) there have been some top 10’s or top 25’s of the decade. Most of the lists I’ve seen I haven’t agreed with. Granted some of these lists are based on user ratings like imdb’s but still… how can a movie that just came out be number 5? Yeah, Avatar, I’m looking at you. I can think of 25 other movies I liked more than Avatar that came out in the past 10 years. But how could I possibly think of all the movies that came out from 2000 to 2009 and make a list?

How about my dvds? I decided I could go through all my dvds and figure out which ones came out in 2000 or later and then make a top 25 list from those. I know I don’t have every movie but I probably have most that would make my top 25 list. I started today with drama. It took me a while to get it all organized. Tonight I’ll go through comedy and tomorrow action and family. Then after I pick my favorites from those I’ll try and condense the list to 25. This list will take me a little longer than the top 10 of 2009 so be patient. Should be fun though.

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More Oscar awesome-ness.

I decided to start with year 1967 instead of ’69. Mainly because I have Bonnie and Clyde from Blockbuster at home right now and it was nominated that year. I found the nominees from ’67 and ’68 so I thought. Why not? The only reason I was starting with ’69 was because I own all the Best Picture winners from ’69 to present. I could rent the other 4 and watch the winner from my own collection. As it gets closer to the 2008 winner I end up with more and more nominees as well.

So the first movie of my experiment will be Bonnie and Clyde. Wish me luck.

And the Oscar goes to…

It’s that time of year. The Oscar race has begun. I’ve decided I’m going to try something interesting this year. I know what movies have won Best Picture in the past but what are the movie’s I would would have picked to win? Would Shakespeare in Love still beat Saving Private Ryan (I can tell you right now, that ain’t gonna happen), would Titanic still beat Good Will Hunting or would A Beautiful Mind still beat Fellowship of the Ring or Moulin Rouge?

This is obviously going to require me to see all the nominees from each year so I’m not sure how far back I’ll be able to go. If I could see all the nominees from 1980 on I’d be pleased. I’ll have to do some searching on Blockbuster to see if all the movies are available. I’ll keep you updated.

Update: I was actually able to find all the nominees from 1969 to 1979 except for one. The Emigrants from 1972 is not on Blockbuster Online. Even though I was able to find all those movies a lot of them say “Very Long Wait” in the queue. So we’ll see how this goes. It’s going to take me a while to get through these movies (which is why I stopped at 1979) especially when I start my 2nd job in January.