Well, my dear readers (whoever you are), it is almost time to part ways.
I have been writing to you all about movies for nearly nine months, and as the school year comes to a close (and I graduate), I will no longer be able to do my weekly post about film.
From all of the awards season excitement to my weekly movie suggestions, it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts and ideas with all of you.
So, for my last post ever on the Spectator website, I am going to give a list of what I will be trying to watch this summer.
Over the course of the school year, I build up a backlog of movies that I want to watch, but simply don’t have time to. Unless I see a movie in theater, the majority of the movies I watch throughout the year are ones I have already seen before since I usually have some form of homework or another…but I’m also graduating, so hopefully I’ll just be able to watch new movies all year long, but we’ll see.
Since December, I have had a 16-movie box set of Werner Herzog’s films that I’ve been meaning to catch up with, along with a collection of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films. That’s about 27 movies right off the bat. Yes, 27.
After I finish those bad boys off, I have a film from Ingmar Bergman, “Cries and Whispers” that needs to be watched. The other foreign film saved up is one that has been pretty inaccessible for over two decades, “A Brighter Summer Day.” I’m not really sure what to expect from it, but among certain film circles it’s one of the greatest movies of all time.
Hopefully these will tide me over until the bi-yearly Criterion Collection sale at Barnes and Noble which will see me dropping about $300 on movies. It’s the one big splurge I allow myself per year (twice per year) and I end up getting enough stuff to last me until the end of summer. Movies I expect to purchase are Terrence Malick’s “The New World,” “In a Lonely Place,” “The Player,” and “Phoenix.” Of course I’ll end up buying way more than I intend to, but hopefully I have enough saved up from getting my movie tickets reimbursed from the Spectator, thanks guys!
It’s been a long time since I could just sit down and binge movies, and depending on wherever I end up working, this may or may not be possible. If you would like to keep up to date on my progress, head on over to RagingFilm.com where you can see what I have been watching.
As always, thank you for reading my thoughts on movies. I hope I’ve inspired at least one person to go out and watch new movies.
Scott Johnson is a senior Film Studies and Journalism double major. You can follow him on Twitter @scott7893 and find more of his reviews at RagingFilm.com