I’ve ended my 365 Movies challenge. Actually I ended on day 318 with the movie Train to Nowhere. It almost seemed appropriate. I was not feeling the challenge anymore. I’m pretty sure I had missed another movie day and most importantly, I wasn’t having any more fun. It was great when I started, but then it turned into a chore, and in the end I was really starting to dread it, especially when my life became really busy last month.
There was a time when I would have not written this post. I would’ve let the subject just fade away all the while berating myself for being a failure once again. But you know something? I am not a failure, I’ve watched 327 movies (I’ve watched two new movies since 318 and this includes the seven movie rewatches) so far this year.
Even more than that, I’ve expanded the types of movies I watch. I’ve watched movies in Swedish (Patrik, 1,5) German (Rammbock: Berlin Undead, Iron Sky, The Wave #210) , French (Vidocq, Ca$h #252), Hindi (Delhi Belly, Dhoom), Italian (Gommorah #224), Bokmal-Norwegian (Dead Snow #225) and Hebrew/Yiddish (Eyes Wide Open #170). I’ve watched comedy, action, science fiction, thrillers, and even a chick flick or two. I’ve learned about adults with autism (Wretches and Jabberers), illegal immigration (Train to Nowhere #318), and about the architect of the 1965 March on Washington (Brother Outsider:The Life Of Bayard Rustin). And after all this time, I’ve finally watched the holy frickin’ trilogy (Star Wars #172, The Empire Strikes Back #175, and Return of the Jedi #176).
How can anyone call that a failure?
Will I do this again next year? Probably not, watching a movie a day can be daunting and besides I have way too many television series in my Netflix queue that I’ve been ignoring. Besides, I didn’t get to rewatch as many movies as I would have liked to and when I would do a movie marathon it only counted as one movie. But, of course, I will still be watching movies. I predict I will watch at least 100 next year, minimum.
One thing I hadn’t expected when I started this challenge was how it would shape parts of my life. At first I was going to just keep track of them in a notebook, because I was already writing an occasional review for another website. But then I started writing them here and it helped me so much with my writing skills. Then someone read some of my reviews and asked me if I would be willing to do a small weekly audio segment. That became Been Caught Streaming on KJSR.net. That’s on a hiatus now because I’m becoming a DJ on the station, doing a weekly two hour show playing music from movie soundtracks (Thursdays from 7-9pm EST). There is a bit a review in there as well but I’m not sure if I’m going to add back the Been Caught Streaming segment yet. It seems I just can’t get away from movies. Not that it’s a bad thing.
So yes, for all intents and purposes, this is the end of the 365 Movies challenge, although I will still be keeping track of any other movies I watch in the next 29 days. But as far as a movie a day? That’s over, I quit. But I’m not a failure.