I would watch all of my movies in alphabetical order.
Okay, so it wasn't learning a new language or anything. But I own over 200 movies, and I've never before attempted something like this. Sure, I'll decide to watch a movie here or there, but I realized I'd left some languishing on the shelf for years. It's not because I don't like them, but because I just don't often say, "I think I'll watch 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' today!" I don't think I've ever gone, "You know what my day needs? A little 'Curious Case of Benjamin Button.'" Both good movies, but not go-tos for me.
So it was decided. One at a time, from A to Z. Or rather, from '2 Days in Paris' to 'Zombieland.'
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I ended up getting rid of the very first movie that I watched: '2 Days in Paris.' I couldn't see myself watching it again, and I also couldn't imagine anyone wanting to borrow it. So congratulations, Goodwill! Another DVD for your illustrious collection.
From then on I kept plugging away, going through roughly one movie every two days. Sometimes I was away on vacation and didn't take any movies with me, other times I worked on a project in my room and watched more than one movie in a sitting.
One of the most entertaining aspects of this venture was that every so often my co-workers would want to play "Guess What Movie Valerie is Watching," and I'd give them different clues, leaving them to try to come up with what movie might come between.
Fourteen months and 227 movies later, I'm finally done! It was a sad moment when the credits for 'Zombieland' finally rolled – so much so that I immediately watched the entire movie again with commentary.
In not-so-shocking news, I made several lists as I watched. Sometimes I forgot to write things down, so it's not as comprehensive as I'd like, but c'est la vie. ("La vie." –Woodchuck Todd, 'Easy A')
Standout Scenes (Or: Scenes to Make Your Soul Soar)
Almost Famous: Tiny Dancer
Big Fish: Daffodils
Finding Neverland: "That is Neverland"
Gone with the Wind: The End: Scarlett at Tara
Little Miss Sunshine: Olive puts her head on Duane's shoulder*
Return of the King: "You bow to no one"
Moulin Rouge: 'Come What May' Finale*
That Thing You Do: Good and kissed*
Up: House on Paradise Falls
Waitress: Dr. Pomatter Hugs Jenna
The Way Way Back: Owen shields Duncan from Trent**
*Terrible video quality, but it's all I could find, sadly. Still-- SO GOOD.
**I can't even find even a PICTURE of this moment, so here's a trailer instead.
Movies Better Than I Remembered
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Gone With the Wind
Movies Less Awesome Than I Remembered
The Phantom of the Opera
Movies I Own That Take Place in 1899
Funniest Movies I Own
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Waiting for Guffman
Favorite Teen Comedies
10 Things I Hate About You
Never Been Kissed
Can't Hardly Wait
Actors That Are In More Than Five Of My Movies
ZOMG This Is My Childhood
The Chipmunk Adventure
The Last Unicorn
The Rescuers Down Under
I Just Really Want You To Watch These Movies
Blast from the Past
Return to Me
The Way, Way Back
My Top Five Favorites
A League of Their Own
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
That Thing You Do
So there it is. The movie marathon that took over a year.
Final note: Five is a lot of 'Twilight' movies to watch in a row.