by Anthony King
I thought long and hard (90 seconds) for a topic this week. Two things popped into my head: we celebrated Patrick's 74th birthday a few days ago (he looks fabulous for his age, doesn't he?), and, of course, a tweet. After becoming sober I embraced the “one day at a time” mentality: the principle that we only focus on the time at hand – not the future, or the past. While this is great advice for living one's life, this is terrible advice for watching movies. We look ahead at the release calendar, and we (should) watch old movies. Thus, this week's topic. So we'll begin there and head to the very recent past and look at what I've watched recently.Training Day. Kanaca Nitsua replied, “Can't believe this is over 20 years old, wtf.” Other titles at the top of the replies included The Crow, The Lost Boys, The Beach, E.T., Hook, The Goonies, Twister, and Dumb and Dumber. The oldest movie from this small sampling is 41 years old. And FOR THE LOVE OF GOD HOOK NEVER DID NOR WILL IT EVER HOLD UP! Every year I share my top discoveries list in which I employ the Brian Saur rule: anything released before the year 2000 counts. Since I've been keeping track of such things (in 2017) I've had three movies from the '90s appear on a discoveries list (Bringing Out the Dead, The Ice Storm, and The Daytrippers). The rest are from the '80s and beyond.
This isn't to toot my own horn by any means. I write this column and do podcasts for one purpose: to bring attention to movies I think are interesting. I think I can safely assume I don't have any regular readers of my column under the age of 30. (If you're out there let me know!) On the same token, I assume any regular readers/listeners of mine aren't averse to older movies. But on the off chance that there's that one Zoomer out there that likes to listen to me ramble on every week, I hope and pray that person discovers something great that was released decades before they were even a glint in their parents' eyes. Now, as I attempt to be as open a book as possible, allow me to be transparent about my previous viewing habits. Here is a breakdown of my Letterboxd stats of the most movies I've seen according to their release date.
2019 (109 films) – I have an excuse: I was a judge at a film festival the previous year.
2018 (101 films) – The year of said film festival.
2017 (96 films) – It wasn't even a great movie year, so your guess is as good as mine.
1982 (91 films) – Did you follow along with my 52/82 series last year?
1983 (80 films) – Hello 2023 FTM Fest!