52 Movies in 2014

i love watching stuff

If stuff means “anything that’s not longer than an hour”, which is why I’m a bad movie-watcher…


I’m not so into challenges, at least yearly reading challenges because I seem to fail epicly at them. But I want to try something new this year – I want to watch 52 movies (so, roughly 1 per week).

I bet you’re wondering why! (You’re not, you probably couldn’t care less, but shhhhh.) Well, because I always WANT to see movies but then somehow never get around to it. And because there’s about a bajillion movies that everyone has seen but me. And because my honeyman really likes movies, and lately we’ve been watching more things together, so why not.

And why am I bothering to write a whole post about this? Because it’s my blog and I can if I want to! Because it CAN be a bookish thing, since there are a ton of movies-that-were-books-first that I haven’t seen. Because I need suggestions!

I’m making a “MUST-watch” list – so like 15 to 20 movies that I really really need to finally see. (The other 30+ I’ll probably just pick at random or go to the theaters to see.) So far I have…

  1. Good Will Hunting
  2. Roots
  3. Clue
  4. Gone With the Wind
  5. Braveheart
  6. The Great Gatsby
  7. ?

So clearly, I need more on my list. And now it’s time for you to throw movies at me! If you’re wondering whether I’ve seen it or not – I probably haven’t. Especially if it’s NOT comedy, because comedy is my fave. Oh, and horror isn’t really my jam.




  1. *cracks knuckles* well. The kind of movies I like tend not to be ones everyone’s seen (which makes me sound like a douche, I realise, but maaaan I just hate blockbusters, generally-like, not always, but usually).

    SO. Having said that, if you haven’t seen any Tarantino, obviously you have to see all his films (Pulp Fiction is the besssssst!), I love older stuff like Midnight Cowboy and OMG Casablanca, and then more indie-ish films like The East and Rachel Getting Married and Another Earth (Another Earth is sooooo good). And and and musicals. Just, all of them.

    Aw, Sarah, I wish we lived in the same plaaaaace and then we could go round each other’s houses and watch movies!


    1. I HAVE seen a surprising amount of Tarantino! Even if I don’t always love them, and I kind of don’t like him, but still. Casablanca is a good classic-movie I’ve never seen, maybe I’ll add that to my list.

      I totally wish we lived near each other so we could watch things! Except then you’d have to deal with me being all “Ehhhh, let’s do something else instead.” because I have a horrible attention span and I’m bad at watching movies… hence this post!


  2. Hello! I am Roberta from Italy and this is the first time I comment on your blog. I think Little Women and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory would be perfect for next Christmas Season (I also always watch Gremlins and The Holiday with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz before Christmas, weird selection maybe but it works for me :D). Then, I would absolutely suggest Easy A (loosely ‘based’ on The Scarlet Letter) The Help (but please red the book before!) Stardust or even better Coraline and The Jabe Austen Book Club (not only inspire by Jane Austen, but also based on the namesake book by Karen Joy Fowler.
    Have a nice day!


  3. This sounds like a fun challenge! Here are a few more for you to consider, though you may have seen some of these:

    The Shawshank Redemption
    Lars and the Real Girl
    American History X
    When Harry Met Sally

    Which Gatsby will you watch?


    1. YES, When Harry Met Sally! How have I not seen that?? And Lars sounds familiar…

      I’ve seen Shawshank, and American History X. I’ll probably watch that newest Gatsby. I wanted to see it when it came out, but never got around to it.


  4. I’m an avid reader and have trouble sitting through movies as well, but here are my all time favorites that I highly recommend.
    1)Death At A Funeral (British version NOT the american remake with Chris rock)- it’s is hilarious, yet understated.
    2) Inglorious Basterds – trust me on this one. You will want to stand up and cheer during this movie.
    3) Django Unchained- see above note. Tarantino’s cinematic equivalent to giving racism the middle finger. Great Movie.
    4) Bridesmaids and Friends with Kids or I Love You Man if you’re in the mood for a comedy.
    5) Say Anything for your sentimental 80’s love story fix.
    6) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- really good- action packed movie with a female lead.


  5. This is an awesome challenge. 🙂 YAY for #4. Gettysburg (1993)! The Artist! Working Girl (Melanie Griffith.) Dead Poets Society. The John Adams mini-series. Schindler’s List. To Kill a Mockingbird. All the Little Women movies. The Remains of the Day. Howards End. Sense & Sensibility (1995). Lincoln. 84 Charing Cross Road. Out of Africa. Seven Years in Tibet. How to Make An American Quilt. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. A Streetcar Named Desire. All About Eve. It Happened One Night. A River Runs Through It. Atonement.


  6. I don’t know what you have seen of course, but I’ll just second a few that have already been suggested – The Shawshank Redemption and American History X (for some reason I have a feeling you might like it, if you haven’t seen it already). I would also recommend Quentin Tarantino films as well as Wes Anderson movies (so quirky, I love The Royal Tenenbaums so much). I could go on because obviously there is a TON of good movies out there!


    1. YUP, saw Shawshank and American History X (such a fucked up movie, but so good). I need to watch The Royal Tenenbaums! I hear things about it and references to it all the time and never know what anyone’s talking about, lol.


  7. I’m a pretty big movie buff (my husband and I are notorious for spending way too much money in the theater, especially around this time of year when all of the big Oscar buzzy movies are coming out), so I love that you’re trying this challenge. SUCH a good call on Good Will Hunting, I just re-watched it for the first time in years the other day and it totally holds up.

    Have you watched much Wes Anderson? I’m not a big comedy fan, except for his strange quirkiness. Fantastic Mr. Fox is based on a Roald Dahl book and is my favorite (plus, I think it’s the most accessible).

    Some of my other favorites: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pan’s Labyrinth (amazing fantasy/horror), Almost Famous


    1. I don’t think I’m familiar with Wes Anderson at all! I’ll check out Fantastic Mr. Fox.
      Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Pan’s Labyrinth are both really good, but weirdly I’ve only seen them once each. Maybe I’ll include some re-watches this year…


  8. I keep track of my movies in a spreadsheet and on my IMDB watchlist and have only seen 42 movies this year, 5 of which were watched over Christmas and were short like Scrooge and the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Some of the great ones I’ve seen this year were Argo, The Butler, and Gravity. Isn’t it funny how we read more books than we watch movies? 🙂


    1. Oh crap, I should probably make some sort of spreadsheet to keep track of my goal of 52… and I’m sure there are times I’ll be annoyed with my movie-watching because I could be reading instead 🙂

      I want to see Gravity!


  9. Really really wonderful movie that not enough people have seen: The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! It’s this movie set during the Cold War in which a Russian submarine accidentally goes aground on a little vacation island in New England. The submarine captain (it is Alan Arkin and Alan Arkin is the best) comes ashore to try and find a way to get the submarine ungrounded, and everyone on the island panics because Russians. It’s so funny and great, and Alan Arkin is in it.


  10. Seconding the suggestion of Stardust. I just rewatched it recently and it’s one of my favorites (although very different from the book, but I like the movie better). Trying to think of movies that haven’t already been mentioned but I’m drawing a blank.


  11. I LOVE this idea – I’m just the same, constantly buying movies and hoping to watch certain films, but then never getting around to them because FOR SOME REASON watching the same amount of time but in 20-minute box set episodes is so much easier. Someone needs to tell me WHY THAT IS, SARAH.

    Have you seen The Silver Linings Playbook? That’s awesome. I just bought Blackfish – the documentary thing about orcas at Seaworld – because woooooow that film’s got the entire WORLD talking, apparently. I seconded When Harry Met Sally waaaaaaay up the comments there because NORA EPHRON – also You’ve Got Mail if you haven’t seen that. It was the movie that made me want to run my own little bookshop and then I DID FOR FOUR AND A HALF YEARS. 🙂

    I might have to join this challenge, and also keep coming back when I think of more movies. We’ll tackle our mental movie to-watch lists together!


    1. I love You’ve Got Mail. I want her bookstore!

      I do need to see The Silver Linings Playbook! And to read it, eventually. But seriously, watching 20-25 min episodes is just so much more fun than watching movies… I don’t know why. Someone needs to investigate this! I will lay on the couch and do marathon episode watching, but I have to struggle to sit down and watch a movie. Wth. I’m glad you’re doing this too! Although I’m not hosting in any official capacity, but I’m glad we can try to motivate each other 🙂


      1. Right? My husband and I have also realized it’s much easier for us to commit to a half-hour show than an hour-long show, even if we’re going to sit there for three hours either way. We blitz through sitcoms, but have been working on the first season of Doctor Who for months. It’s terrible.


      2. I love sitcoms so much. And I can get totally sucked into hour-long shows, but I never want to start watching them. And I’m SO bad about movies. But the honeyman still loves movies and I miss going to the movie theaters more, so I’m going to try!


  12. Movies, movies, movies. Let’s see. Heathers! And The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This Is the End. An Officer and a Gentleman. Pretty in Pink. End of Watch. Looper. 12 Angry Men. Triangle. Because I Said So. Up in the Air. Penelope. Empire of the Sun. Fight Club. True Grit. Some Kind of Wonderful. Midnight in Paris. A Single Man. Gladiator. Memento. The Notebook. A League of Their Own. Never Been Kissed. While You Were Sleeping. Casino Royale. Skyfall.

    Just a few of my favorites.


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