400 of 1001: A Trip Report
The year is 2009. It is September and the start of my senior year of college. The work load is lite and my first class isn't until 10:30. That and the fact that I won't be on the lacrosse team anymore means I have a ton of extra free time. I was
hanging around on the internet doing nothing of importance. Then, I stumble upon 1001 Movies to See Before You Die
and it peeks my interest.
I had seen the book before and thumbed through it once while waiting in a book store. However, I had never taken the time to see what my count was. That fateful day seemed as good as any to read the name of every movie on the list and check off any one I had seen. The final score was 114, a respectable number for a 23 year old. However, the next day, I looked at the list again. There were so many films that I had not seen yet. And that is how it all started, my quest for 1001.
Fast forward to present day, this Wednesday in fact. After a long day at work I come home and put on The Big Heat. 89 minutes later I hit 400. It was a long journey, but after almost 3 years of watching one list movie every 5 days, I had reached this milestone.
An occasion like this should not go unnoticed. In anticipation, two months ago, I contacted a local theater in Boston and rented out a theater that have for small private events. Invites were sent out to my close friends and family. When everyone had finished arriving there were 20 people all looking forward to the private double feature.
We began with Rear Window staring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. It is one of my favorite films by Alfred Hitchcock and something I expected few of my guest had seen before. Then, after a short intermission, we watched Clueless staring Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd. A movie I suspected many people would have seen before, but knew everyone would enjoy. Everyone gave high praise for both movies.
Now I just need to think of something that will top this for 500.