Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 Forecast

Ah, it's that time of year again. Time for magazines to do their annual end-of-the-year editions including this year's huge "In Memoriam" section, along with other yearly highlights (Including "2009: A year in Kate Gosselin's hair DON'Ts.") Champagne and lobster tails are on sale at the grocery store, and 20-somethings across the nation are buying Pepto and Alka-seltzer in preparations for the inevitable aftermath of New Year's Eve (See: Hangover.) People are undoubtably saying "Gosh, I can't believe it's 2010 already," the same way they said "Gosh, I can't believe it's 1980 already," and while of course there is a general sentiment of starting over and new beginnings in the air, it's just the same old thing, isn't it?

But I guess it's only natural to go through with these rituals. Despite the fact that you are virtually the same person on December 31, 2009 as you are on January 1, 2010, there's no denying the feeling that everyone gets a clean state to start over. (I imagine the sales of diet foods and gym memberships skyrocket around this time of year.) And I'll also have to admit that there is something cathartic about reminiscing the past year as a whole. We rarely take this opportunity to harshly criticize the bad decisions of the year, but to instead promise to reconcile them for the next one. And, for our sanity, it's important to look at our accomplishments, however small they may seem.

As for my accomplishments? They were small, but to me, very important. And I refuse to list them on my blog (That seems a bit narcissistic, right? And by having a blog in the first place I'm a bit of a narcissist, so I'll draw the line there.) As for my mistakes, oh I've made plenty, but I'd like to think I've learned from them.

What I would like to share are my goals for next year. (I've found that when you share goals with your friends, you are more likely to see them through, so here goes.) I'm not going to bore you with the typical resolutions: eat healthy, work out more, spend less, read more, start an herb garden in the backyard, blah, blah, blah. This year, I'm actually excited about my resolution. It's more of a project, really. It's loosely inspired by The Julie and Julia Project, in which Julie Powell decided to cook every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volume I in a year. That goal was far loftier than mine ( In fact it was too lofty for Powell herself, seeing as she didn't finish on time, which the film version of the book glaringly left out.)

My 2010 project has nothing to do with cooking. It was sort of due to the fact that, as a cinema major, I have yet to see a lot of movies that you're "supposed" to see. Not that these movies are on a syllabus anywhere, but they're the movies that when you tell someone you haven't seen it they respond with some exaggerated hang gesture, perhaps slapping their hand on their forehead, and gasp "how have you NOT seen that?!" Often times having not seen a movie that someone else deems is a "must see" can be as offensive to this person as calling their mother a hairy-back-mary, or anything else equally off-putting. I know I am guilty of having these reactions too, but I think it's impossible to have seen every movie. Right? Maybe I'm being too defensive, because people tend to give me a hard time about this, but I mean, I am a busy girl with lots or important things and duties and responsibilities and how the hell am I supposed to see all of those movies?

Oh wait... Enter 2010 New Year's resolution...

(Drumroll please.)

I plan to watch all of AFI's top 100 films, and blog about them in one year. That's roughly 2 films a week, which may not seem like a huge commitment, but add that to a full course load, a part time job, a social life and the fact that I want to see all the Oscar nominated films too, and it's a pretty daunting task. But it's a task I'm excited about! I love film, and though I doubt I'll love every film on that list, I'm sure I'll appreciate them in one way or another. I'd also like to clarify something: I in no way think AFI is the end-all and be-all of film lists, but you'd be crazy to deny the fact that it is a pretty solid list.

Well, I hope 2009 has been good to you, and that 2010 is even better. Thanks for supporting this little blog of mine and well, I guess there's nothing left to say but, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

-Cait

Here is one of my favorite clips from one of my favorite movies. I always get a Nora Ephron/Rob Reiner hankering around New Year's...





PS
Here is the AFI Top 100 list if you want to check it out.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

FINALS a.k.a. what has been ruling my life for the past three weeks.

Oh me, oh my!

I've been so busy and haven't been blogging. I had tons of ideas for fun posts, just not the time or energy to put them together. However, I have almost three weeks off of work and school starting tomorrow and I will surely make up for lost time. Don't give up on me just yet!

And believe me, 2010 has some interesting projects awaiting. Hope you have all survived finals and/or holiday madness!

...And do I ever post without accompaniment?

Here is easily one of the coolest holiday covers I've ever heard. It's Beck's side project "Record Club" featuring Feist, Wilco, among others covering Skip Spence's "Little Hands."

Enjoy and you'll be hearing more from me very soon :)

-Cait



Record Club: Skip Spence "Little Hands" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.