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:
- Blade Runner
- Tokyo Story
- La Grande Illusion
- Bicycle Thieves
- The 400 Blows
- Andre Rublev
- Cries and Whispers
- A Matter of Life and Death
- The Apartment
- 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.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
- A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
- For Keeps by Pauline Kael
- Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark by Brian Kellow
- Understanding Movies: The Art and History of Film by Raphael Shargel
- The Men Who Would Be King by Nicole Laporte
- Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut
- This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- 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?