September 2010

And lo, in the 9th month of the 10th year, I didst see 11 new films, and one of them was

Number One-Hundred

Excuse me while I do a little victory dance.

After last year’s failure (not sure if I’ve mentioned that?) it feels very, very nice to reach my goal with several months to spare. Indeed, I’m almost drawing equal with my most successful year, 2007, when I reached 100 in early September (and 104 in early October, hence why I’m not that far behind).

“What were those final 11 films?” I hear you cry in the desperate thirst for knowledge. Well, dear reader, I happen to have a handy list right here:

#90 Bhaji on the Beach (1993)
#91 The Band Wagon (1953)
#92 Force of Evil (1948)
#93 Brigadoon (1954)
#94 The History Boys (2006)
#95 Gigi (1958)
#96 Robin Hood: Director’s Cut (2010)
#97 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)
#98 It Happened Here (1965)
#99 Hercules (1997)
#100 The Hurt Locker (2008)

So, what next?

My goal’s achieved — no more new films ’til January 2011!

Ha, not bloody likely. I may not push myself quite so hard now — I’ve got a pile of reviews to catch up on and the Battlestar Galactica box set calls to me again — but I also have another target in mind:

In 2007 I made it to 129 films, so naturally I’d love to get to 130.

It’s a pretty doable aim, too — I just have to keep my current rate up. I’ve averaged 11.1 films per month so far this year, which if continued would see me up to 133(.3) films this year. And in fact, if you took out my incongruously weak worst month (April, with 3 films), that average jumps a whole film to 12.1, which would mean 136(.3) films this year.

But that’s all theoretical and entirely unrelated to real life, of course. So we’ll see. If I don’t make 130 I won’t be too upset — just one more film and this will be my second-best year so far, and I reckon I can manage that much in three months! — but it gives me something else to aim at for now.

Next time on the all-new 100 Films in a Year monthly update…

The afterlife of 100 Films in a Year. As it were.

Which does not mean a month of death-themed films, no no no. But rather, how far will I reach in the first instalment of my three-part quest to reach…

130 Films in a Year!

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