Thursday, December 24, 2015

#100MoviePact


After five years, I am starting a new year without a book to be written.
To gainfully (?) employ my late nights, I am starting the 100 Movie Pact (inspired by my wife’s Saree Pact in 2015) with which I also hope to revive my comatose blog.

In some of my best movie-watching years, I have crossed the 200 count and thought nothing of it. However, in the present scheme of things, hundred seems to be a fairly steep target and I will have to judiciously add Pixar/Marvel to the mix in order to get to the number.

Also, I have listed down some criteria to make the #100MoviePact a little more than turning up at the nearest multiplex twice a week.

Here they are:
  • Will write a minimum of hundred words about each of the films I watch. These will not (necessarily) be reviews but a random collection of thoughts during the viewings. 
  • Will only include first-watch movies. Repeat viewings won’t be included in the count.
  • Will watch at least five movies as part of film festival(s).
  • Will watch at least five first-day-first-shows. (This is likely to be the toughest to get to.)
  • Will watch movies in at least three different cities.
  • Will watch the movies with not more than one break. This also means TV movies don’t count, unless I record them and watch in one go.
  • Will watch at least 50% of the movies in languages other than Hindi and English.
I have kicked off the project by ordering DVDs of Court, Masaan and the Criterion edition of the restored Apu Trilogy. Goes perfectly with my plan of bringing in non-Hindi, non-mainstream films into the mix.

I will start the #100MoviePact on 1st January, 2016.
If you also love watching movies, join in…

(Leave a comment on the post if you are planning to take this up as well. Would be good to exchange notes, share thoughts and talk movies!)

7 comments:

Manoj said...

Hi Diptakirti. Where did you order the Criterion Edition of the Apu Trilogy? I am unable to find it. Thanks. Regards

Diptakirti Chaudhuri said...

@Manoj - Ordered it on Amazon USA and getting it shipped to India.

palsworld said...

Great pact! Will look forward to your reviews (one of the reasons I was hooked to your blog :))

Please watch Marathi movies - they are making great ones these days & most of them are with sub-titles.

Cheers,

kala kavva said...

So, 2 movies a week.. with 2 weeks break?

Is this confined to new released movies only, or they can date back only six months or so?
Or there is no limit?

I am interested, but I don't have the writing skills which you have.

A grain of sand said...

Sounds interesting! All the best with your movie challenge :-)

Bricks4KidzChesterCo said...

not sure if I can do 100 movies. but i shared it here https://www.facebook.com/allthingsindiancc/

Manoj said...

Thank you