Audrey on a Mission Starts Her 1000 Movie Journey

Hello all (or as is more accurate, the few who happened to have stumbled upon this blog while no doubt looking for something else)!

This is me: I'm a casting assistant by day, movie addict by night.  I graduated from college with a degree in film (or as my boyfriend called it, one of those fake majors) nearly a year ago.

This is my hare-brained scheme: I'm going to watch EVERY SINGLE ONE of the films listed by "They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?" as the top 1000 films of all time.  Even the shitty, pretentious art house cinema.

Here's what TSPDT has to say for itself: 

This is, as you know by now, a consensus listing of the most critically-acclaimed films of all-time, based on as many lists as we have been able to collate over the years. It is as definitive a consensus list as you will probably find. Thanks to you, it is also a very well supported listing of films that we enjoy compiling each year, and - in the main - does represent truckloads of the best that cinema has to offer.

The January 2011 list of the 1,000 Greatest Films has primarily been compiled by using 2,138 individual critics' and filmmakers' personal lists/ballots of their favourite/best films.  

As per previous versions we have also factored in (although to a much lesser degree than the aforementioned individual ballots) over 1,300 magazine polls, film institute polls, individual polls from 'esteemed' critics or filmmakers and many other polls of interest."

That's good enough for me.  Check them out yourselves!

Here's how it will work: For every film on the list, I'll write a review and post it here.  I'm not going to watch and review in any particular order, because some of these films are a mite difficult to track down, and it will take me more time than I have left in my life to try and watch them in list order.  I will, however, post each film's position on the list when I review it (as of the January 2011 listing).

It's not going to be easy.  I fully expect to sweat blood and cry tears of frustration as I wade through some films that I personally don't think should be in the same zip code as the Top 1000.  But I'm equally sure that I'll find some wonderful gems that, for whatever reason, have been woefully underappreciated.

I'm excited to get started!  I hope you'll stick with me as I undergo this film journey that only the most ambitious (and, let's face it, mildly unstable) film buffs will attempt.  Enjoy!

The first film to be reviewed is: The Sound of Music

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