Two years of watching Movies You must See Before You Die

Listed in this post are my favorite films that I’ve watched since October 2014 from the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. You can read more about the first year, but I do have a couple of things I’d add to my initial commentary: In case you hadn’t noticed already, I place a heavy emphasis on cinematography. Also, I just realized that I don’t have a column for (the mostly useless) MPAA ratings. I’ll leave that up to you to research. More on the technical details after the list…

Europa Europa

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One year of watching Movies You Must See Before You Die

I’ve mentioned the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die in almost every film-related post over the past 12 months. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been at this list of movies for that long, but in reviewing the films I’ve seen since then, I realize now that it’s definitely time for an update.

Zepfanman's Favorites from 1001 Movies

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Let’s hear some women talk

Let me take a moment to explain in my own words something that is very important to me.

Blue is the Warmest Color movie still

I just saw the new X-Men (Days of Future Past). Out of all the comicbook-to-film series, I think I’ve enjoyed the X-Men the most. These mutant stories weave political, scientific, and psychological themes with eye-popping muscles and badassery. I won’t give away any spoilers about the latest installment, but there was an impressionable balance of special effects and dialogue… between and about men. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the movie, but Days of Future Past is a prime example of the normative failure of Hollywood to show women interacting with each other on screen.
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Zepfanman’s mega spreadsheet of movie ratings

Some people like to write reviews on films. I prefer to crunch movie numbers. Read on (below the spreadsheet) for an explanation. Bonus: Check out my ongoing 10 Years 10 Films project, a history of film since 1888!

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Movies spreadsheet

2020 update: Use my frequently-updated XLSX Dropbox link for the latest spreadsheet. I usually edit it at least once a week. As of April 13th, I’m at 5800 entries.

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Hibernating

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Bear (photo via SamuraiCatJB)
The Tuesday Zep was a good 43 week experiment. I will continue to blog, but not likely on a weekly basis. As I mentioned in November, I’m going to use the “winter blues” excuse to take a break for a little while and return reinvigorated for the spring! As always, if you have topics that you think I should cover or if you want to guest blog, let me know.