12 New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

I always thought it was silly that people choose a favorite number, but that has not stopped me from having one myself. The number that I have consciously chosen to favor since my childhood is 12. It was on the back of my baseball jersey for the 13 years that I played, it was at the end of my first several e-mail addresses, and it has been a subconscious good luck charm for me. With that in mind I can’t help but feeling like 2012 is going to be a particularly good year for me.

Every year I create a list of resolutions which is more like a To-Do list. This year I thought that I would have all my resolutions inspired by the number twelve. Below are the 12 things that I would like to accomplish this year in various categories.

See 12 Blind Spot Films

There are dozens of films that I am flat out ashamed I have never seen and this year I plan to do something about it. I have compiled a list of 12 films that many cinema enthusiasts would consider essential classics, but I have never seen. The list is partially inspired by the 1,000 greatest films list on They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? which lists many films that are in my blind spot. Before the ball drops for 2013 I hope to have seen the following:

  1. Blade Runner
  2. Tokyo Story
  3. Breathless
  4. La Grande Illusion
  5. Sunrise
  6. Bicycle Thieves
  7. The 400 Blows
  8. Andre Rublev
  9. Cries and Whispers
  10. A Matter of Life and Death
  11. The Apartment
  12. Dog Day Afternoon

Read 12 Books

When I first bought my Nook e-reader about a year and a half ago, I devoured book after book for a few months. Since then I have fallen away from taking the time to read and I really miss it. I have received several recommendations for good film books which I hope to get to and I also would like to catch up on a few classics that I have never read. I also included the first two books in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire because I have a tendency of picking up popular reads years after they were popular (I came to the Harry Potter books in the same way). The only one of these that I have already read is The Hobbit, which I haven’t read since Junior High and I’m excited to revisit.

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  3. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  4. For Keeps by Pauline Kael
  5. Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark by Brian Kellow
  6. Understanding Movies: The Art and History of Film by Raphael Shargel
  7. The Men Who Would Be King by Nicole Laporte
  8. Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut
  9. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  12. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

See 112 New Releases

This year I came awfully close to seeing 100 new movies and I will end the year having seen about 90. Next year I’m hoping to break 100 and keep going all the way to 112, just to keep with the theme of this list. I realize that 120 also has a 12 in it and is a more round number, but for some reason 112 seems like a reachable number while 120 seems insane. (I mean, c’mon, I’m not Justin Jagoe!)

Lose 12 Pounds

Not film related in any way, but I thought I would throw it on there. I don’t consider myself fat, but I definitely let things go over the Holidays. Everybody could get into better shape this time of year, am I right?

Get 1200 Followers on Twitter

You can help with this one! I would love to break 1200 followers this year on my @filmmisery Twitter handle. If you are not following already, head over to the Twitter and do so. Otherwise I would appreciate any traffic you could send my way. Long live the tweets.

Those are mine. What are your film and non-film related New Year’s resolutions?

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  • Jose

    Start using Netflix more often, I’ve had it since October and I’ve only seen like 10 items (8 movies and 2 shows, the pilot for My so called Life and most of Dilbert, the tv series). I need to get on it more often.

  • Luiz Angel

    Woah.. those 12 movies amazes me that you haven’t seen them…
    I LOVE The 400 Blows.

    Good for you.

  • Going to try and start watching some films from Robert Altman’s filmography. The only one I’ve seen is “A Prairie Home Companion” (which I thought was okay, but nothing special), so I figure it’s about time for me to see some others.

    Not sure what else. My film viewing tends to be of the “oh, this looks good, let’s watch it” kind. I’ll jump around from decade to decade and director to director, so I don’t really have a lot of goals aside from eventually watching every great film ever made.

    Also, the “Song of Ice and Fire” books are completely amazing. Read all 5 this summer. The best fantasy series I’ve ever read. Enjoy!

  • Mine is to watch all the old classic hollywood and maybe foreign movies to make a pretty great Top 200 movies list like you guys did :P

    Basically to watch good movies.

  • Wow. Those blind spots… particularly number 11! 6 are in my top 100, with 2 in my all-time top ten! Alas, I probably have many more to catch up on from your list. Also, I would recommend ‘Jules and Jim’ if you haven’t seen it. That one seems particularly suited to your tastes.

    ‘This Side of Paradise’ is amazing, as is ‘Frankenstein.’ However, that is far from my favorite Hemingway and ‘Moby Dick’ bores me. Nonetheless it sounds like you will have an interesting and very busy year. I have no resolutions at all other than posting more on Film Misery!

  • Fun post Alex. I think my goal will be to see 1000 movies in the year! 2011 is my highest count so far with 573. Figured I could break that now that I go to more films during the week and watch even more at home.

    • Good lord! How many of those are new releases?

    • Joseph Bridges

      I thought I did good for watching 378 on the year (304 New and new to me films + 74 favorite film re watches)

    • Eric M

      Oooh… this is disparaging. Between school, club sports, and college football, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to match the movie counts of everyone else on this site. Rather, I wanted to do enough so I wouldn’t bring shame to everyone else here…

      With an outstanding 41 movies from 2011, and approximately 110 other movies that were new to me, I fell only 153 movies short of Joseph and just 422 away from Jeremy.

      If someone can just direct me to a fan-site for either roshambo or basket weaving, I’ll leave you all forever to find a hobby I can keep pace with.

  • You haven’t seen Blade Runner! I would like to be in your spot, so that I could experience it for the first time. Also when you do watch it, I would first watch the Final Cut and skip the Theatrical version.

    This year I’m taking movie watching a bit more seriously. During the last few months I’ve only been watching episodes of Mad Men and The Sopranos, but this year I’m hoping to increase the number of movies I’ve seen by a good amount.

  • Joseph Bridges

    I know that a lot of people list other films like The Red Shoes, Kes, or Don’t Look Now as the best British film ever made, but the one I would pay any sum of money to see any day is A Matter of Life and Death.

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