In 2016 I watched 118 films. Ninety-seven totally new to me films and twenty-one films I’ve seen at least once before. Looking at these numbers, I personally didn’t see this as an accomplishment. But mentioning the numbers to friends or family, and their jaws drop.
From a different perspective I guess the accomplishment in watching this many films is in finding the time. It’s not hard when you’re finding time for something you’re passionate about. I’m not a film expert/critic/buff—but there’s something about films that I enjoy.
Perhaps I should see these numbers as an accomplishment—something to look back on and be proud of. It’s more films that I’ve seen in a year than I have in a long time. I’ve made the time to watch this ridiculous number of films as well as maintain some sort of life. (I have a tendency to be a hermit sometimes.)
I have a bad habit of not recognising when I’ve accomplished something—big or small—it takes someone else to show me. That shouldn’t be the case. I, and all of us, should see when we’ve done something to be proud of. Write it down or record it somewhere. I started using Letterboxd to keep a tally of all of the films I’ve seen. I love going back through my film diary and seeing what I saw over the past year.
We all need to remember to pat ourselves on the back every now and then. Recognise the accomplishments, whatever they may be. Even if it’s just watching a shit tonne of films.
PS. Here are my top 15 films that I saw in 2016 (because I couldn’t just pick 10):
Spotlight, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, The Big Short, Goodfellas, Midnight Special, The Lobster, Everybody Wants Some!, The Nice Guys, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Kubo and the Two Strings, Hell or High Water, The Little Prince.