I like to consider myself a fan of movies. However, in July 2012 it occurred to me that, as of late, I had demonstrated far more interest in the idea of watching movies than in actually watching movies. So I decided to do something about it. I’ve made a commitment to watch and review one movie each day, and to keep up with this for as long as I stay interested. Along the way I’ll be sharing some thoughts on my life and whatever else comes to mind. It could be fun.
My goal is to keep my scope as broad as the world of cinema itself. So I’ll be watching not only mainstream releases, but also independent films, documentaries, and foreign movies. While my focus has tended to be on more recent releases, I’ll also watch older movies. This includes movies from when I was growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, as well as cinema classics, (and not-so-classics) from decades past.
Sometimes this task I’ve set for myself has been a great deal of fun. Other times it has been a bit of a chore. As this blog has evolved, I’ve come up with a few different themes and gimmicks to help me get through the week. I’ve got Wednesday Weirdness, where I watch and review the stranger side of cinema. There’s the Saturday Replay, where I re-watch a movie (usually a favorite,) that I’d seen prior to starting this blog. There was also my Olympic Film Festival, where I watched an Olympic-themed movie every day during the summer games in London.
The only restrictions on what I watch and review here is that a movie must have had a theatrical release in some form. (I do count film festivals and limited releases.) Also, except for Saturday Replays, it needs to me a movie I haven’t seen before, because increasing the number of movies I’ve seen is the whole point here. These rules are, of course subject to change. Six months from now I might be using this space for reviewing TV episodes, and complaining about politics, but probably not. As I’m discovering, One Movie Each Day, isn’t just an activity, it’s a way of life.