the list

I was going to wait until we got to #50 before I did this, but whatever. What’s so special about round numbers?

As you’ve probably noticed, about half the movies my wife and I watch happen to be on the Internet Movie Database’s list of the Top 250 movies. Some time around March 2008 we started the ginormous project of watching every movie on the Top 250, or at least all of them that are readily available on video (someday, Sleuth, someday…).

As of this writing, we’re 246 movies in, with 63 left to watch (yeah, I know, math is hard). I’m declaring those 63 movies (in the order they happen to be in at the moment) to be the first of what will someday be many Very Slow Marathons.

Very Slow Marathon #1 – The IMDb’s Top 63
[note: I’ll update this post with links as we go, and you’ll be able to find it above in the Very Slow Marathons tab]

watched:
Reservoir Dogs, 1992 (8/10, 3.6/4)
L.A. Confidential, 1997 (7/10, 3.0/4)
The Third Man, 1949 (8/10, 3.4/4)
Requiem for a Dream, 2000 (3/10, 2.3/4)
Chinatown, 1974 (5/10, 2.3/4)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004 (10/10, 3.9/4)
Double Indemnity, 1944 (7/10, 2.6/4)
M, 1931 (7/10, 3.4/4)
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi, 2001 (8/10, 3.5/4)
Aliens, 1986 (9/10, 2.8/4)
To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962 (8/10, 3.5/4)
The Pianist, 2002 (4/10, 2.7/4)
Das Leben der Anderen, 2006 (7/10, 3.2/4)
The Departed, 2006 (8/10, 3.9/4)
Paths of Glory, 1957 (6/10, 2.8/4)
The Shining, 1980 (8/10, 3.1/4)
A Clockwork Orange, 1971 (6/10, 2.8/4)
Saving Private Ryan, 1998 (5/10, 2.8/4)
Wall-E, 2008 (10/10, 4.0/4)
Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, 2001 (9/10, 3.9/4)
Alien, 1979 (9/10, 3.2/4)
Lawrence of Arabia, 1962 (4/10, 2.3/4)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991 (4/10, 1.6/4)
Vertigo, 1958 (7/10, 3.3/4)
Taxi Driver, 1976 (7/10, 3.6/4)
American History X, 1998 (7/10, 3.1/4)
American Beauty, 1999 (8/10, 3.6/4)
Forrest Gump, 1994 (6/10, 2.5/4)
Apocalypse Now, 1979 (7/10, 3.2/4)
Léon, 1994 (7/10, 2.4/4)
Citizen Kane, 1941 (6/10, 3.0/4)
North by Northwest, 1959 (7/10, 2.7/4)
Sunset Boulevard, 1950 (7/10, 3.2/4)
Dr. Strangelove, 1964 (9/10, 3.6/4)
It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946 (8/10, 2.9/4)
The Two Towers, 2002 (9/10, 2.6/4)
Memento, 2001 (7/10, 2.8/4)
Seven, 1995 (6/10, 2.2/4)
The Matrix, 1999 (6/10, 2.2/4)
The Silence of the Lambs, 1991 (8/10, 3.4/4)
C’era una volta il West, 1968 (7/10, 3.1/4)
Psycho, 1960 (7/10, 3.2/4)
The Usual Suspects, 1995 (8/10, 3.0/4)
Rear Window, 1954 (7/10, 3.3/4)
Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981 (8/10, 3.1/4)
The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001 (9/10, 2.7/4)
Cidade de Deus, 2002 (6/10, 2.7/4)
Fight Club, 1999 (8/10, 2.9/4)
Goodfellas, 1990 (4/10, 2.6/4)
Shichinin no samurai, 1954 (7/10, 3.5/4)
The Return of the King, 2003 (9/10, 3.0/4)
Casablanca, 1942 (9/10, 3.7/4)
Star Wars, 1977 (9/10, 3.2/4)
The Dark Knight, 2008 (10/10, 3.8/4)
The Empire Strikes Back, 1980 (9/10, 3.0/4)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975 (8/10, 3.4/4)
12 Angry Men, 1957 (8/10, 3.7/4)
Schindler’s List, 1993 (5/10, 2.6/4)
Pulp Fiction, 1994 (8/10, 3.6/4)
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, 1966 (9/10, 3.6/4)
The Godfather: Part II, 1974 (6/10, 2.7/4)
The Godfather, 1972 (9/10, 3.7/4)
The Shawshank Redemption, 1994 (5/10, 2.2/4)

to watch:

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4 Responses to the list

  1. Jeff says:

    I know you’ve seen a bunch of those, right? Do the rules stipulate that you both have to watch them again, together, in the context of the IMDB Top 250 Cinema Challenge Extravaganzathon?

    • Daniel says:

      Yep, them’s the rules – watching them all in one go. (If you can call something that lasts about three years “one go.”) We’ve seen about two thirds of the “top 63,” but watching some of the Top 250 wouldn’t be nearly insane enough.

  2. jeff says:

    You should do Dr Strangelove next! Ice cream, Mandrake. Children’s ice cream…

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