August 27, 2014

One of the first arguments Nick and I had after beginning our relationship after we saw a production of “Edward II” at our college. After leaving the theater, Nick asked me, “So, what did you think?” I gave my typical answer of “Oh, it was good!”

I had no idea what I had just gotten myself into.

That one time we had the theater to ourselves for Wall-E, July 2008

I had never been one to really evaluate movies, books, and the like. I just read or watched them and that was that. No real process and once it was watched, it was done. Nick, on the other hand, had a critical eye. Not necessarily a bad thing, but he enjoyed dissecting the different parts of what we experience together.

It took a few years to really get used to, but now I feel like I’m starting to develop my own critical thoughts about movies, books and TV shows. And that? That is exciting. Unfortunately over the last few years, Nick and I have discovered a little problem.

I’m not exactly sure at what point in our relationship Nick and I realized this, but we are really lacking in the movie watching department. (Using AFI’s 100 Years 100 Movies as a guide, Nick has seen 21 and I have seen 15. Yikes.) Growing up, I tended to watch the same movies over and over again. And my tastes? Well, I wasn’t exactly watching Best Picture nominees.

Ever start a project and then realize it was way more than you expected? That’s what happened with our movie watching venture. We wanted to watch the classics, but realized that we were missing lots of good movies, especially those that were coming out in theaters. It’s been months now and we have finally started to make some progress. All thanks to what we are calling “The List.”

Nick (he’s a saint, I swear) spent hours upon hours working on “The List.” I’m serious, it has taken him about a month to finally get all of the movies that we need to watch in order by year. (He loves this kind of thing, it’s a hobby for him!) He went through the most popular movies of each year from 2014 (including unreleased movies this year) all the way back to 1939 (which was a particularly good year for movies.) Now, as we watch them, we scratch them off our list and move on. (Hence the name of this post… the list really IS infinite, as movies are constantly being released. Also ironic, but we haven’t actually seen “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist.” #pointproven)

But throughout this process, Nick and I have become a little bit like amateur movie critics. Sure, we aren’t the next Siskel and Ebert (who he adores, by the way) but we each have distinct tastes and know enough about movies that we can have a pretty healthy debate after watching a movie. I can pick out certain things that I enjoyed and things that I didn’t like as much. We have pretty similar tastes, but they’re different enough that we still have pretty interesting debates.

A few weeks ago, Nick had the idea of doing short movie review vlogs and I enthusiastically agreed to doing it. We’re still working out the details, but hope to record our first vlog in the next couple of weeks. Along with the vlogs, I’m going to share some tweets along the way using #NickandWhitsInfinitePlaylist on Twitter. I’m not super funny, but I try?

So, if two people were trying to take on a nearly impossible task and watch the most popular movies of the past 100 years… what movies would you add to the list?

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