Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Project

Hello Internet.

I like movies. Everyone likes movies, really, but I'm an especial fan of them. Mind you, I like all forms of fiction, but there's just something really fantastic about movies. They're stylish, they're engrossing, they're iconic. They paint a picture not of what the world is like, but what we think it's like, what it should be like. Movies, more than anything else, show the true nature of human society. The movies possess a pure, undeniable glamor that no other medium has, and even better than that, they are darn entertaining. They are, in short, awesome. So I said to myself: I should see some really good movies. This will be important later.

On a related note, I'm sure you've heard that we are fast approaching the Apocalypse. On December 21st, 2012, the world will suddenly and completely cease to exist. According to the Mayans anyway, and I don't know about you, but I can't remember a single time that the Mayans were wrong about something. So I said to myself: What a perfect day for a deadline! It's quite poetic.

From those two conclusions I created Project Apocaflicks, through which I will watch some of the best American movies ever made. And who decides what the best American movies ever are, you ask? Why the American Film Institute, of course, who, much like the Mayans, are never wrong. You can find them here. They apparently make a lot of lists. They have lists of the best movies in a particular genre in eighteen different genres. I've decided to take advantage of this, and will be watching the top ten movies in thirteen different genres, all before December 21st, 2012. I will not, however, be watching movies that appear in more than one list more than once. I will be watching them in the list in which they rank higher. All this means that I have roughly 101 weeks to watch 114 movies. I hope you'll stick with me all the the way through.

Here we go.

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