It’s been ten full years – and ten fantastic years at that! A movie every day (and on some days more than one!) has brought us to a grand total of 4,000 films of all shapes and sizes!
Starting back on New Year’s Day in 2013 with the brilliantly sly crime comedy Sexy Beast, and finishing today on New Year’s Eve with Ingmar Bergman’s beautiful epic Scenes From A Marriage, there are so many wonderful highlights to look back on from these past ten years.
I’ve had the chance to watch back classic personal favourites – all the Star Wars movies, the Indiana Jones films, Pixar classics, cosy old musicals like The Sound Of Music and Oliver!, and so many more films that I’ll never tire of watching again and again.
Some movies that I thought I’d never see nor care for have ended up being personal favourites, including everything from offbeat independent films like Girl Walk // All Day and Short Term 12 to guilty pleasures like Flipped and EuroTrip, modern surprises from The Handmaiden to Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, and classic works of international cinema like War And Peace and A Short Film About Love.
Of course, it’s not all been good. I mainly have you (you know who you are) to thank for getting me to sit through true masterpieces like Nazis At The Centre Of The Earth, Sharknado, ThanksKilling 3, Car’s Life 2 and everything in between. That being said, as painful as all of those films were – they really make you appreciate the good films when they come along.
Starting this ‘project’ as it came to be was in fact a total accident – I just happened to watch a couple of films in a row in the first couple of days of January 2013, and wanted to see how long I could keep the streak going.
At first it was one week, then one month – then the big milestone was one year!
After one year, the goal turned to three, and then – as we’ve now reached – an entire decade, which is frankly ridiculous.
There have been ups and downs, and looking back it’s remarkable to see how the experience of watching and enjoying movies has changed so much over the last decade. The advent of Netflix and such may seem like a blessing, but it’s possibly a double-edged sword if you’re really looking to enjoy a wide variety of high-quality cinema.
That being said, I’ve had a wonderful time watching a movie every day through all that time – it’s been surprisingly educational, but most of all hugely entertaining! There was no grand plan to make anything out of this, but I’m enormously happy with the memories of it all.
So, with ten years of daily movies and reviews now at an end – what will become of The Mad Movie Man?
Well, I’ll still be watching movies of course – albeit like a normal person once again.
As for the website, it should be on the Internet for a little while yet, so do check back to scroll back through my favourite movies to see if there’s anything you like – and I might even update the site with new recommendations in the future!
Not much more to say I suppose, apart from once again… thank you so much for following along!