You all heard about that famous book called "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", right!? There has been many editions of that book, and I saw bunch of lists here inspired by that book. But the thing is, those books are always more of the same, and you'll find more of the same movie titles in all those books, repeating year after year.
But I say, lets forget about that book, and lets all make something completely different here...a unique list that will only share the same name with that book, and not much more!
But, here's the thing...to do that, I'm going to need your help! Now, I'm not sure that I'm popular enough to make this happened simply because the entire project relies on the help of other members of Letterboxd, and to make it work, this list must be seen by as many people as possible! So its very possible that this project will die and fail sooner then later. But I'm willing to try!
So yeah, I need your help to create this list! Everybody can participate...every member on Letterboxd who stumbles on this list and is willing to add movies that he think people should see (before they die). Everything goes (except short movies)! It doesn't matter if its some cheap (but hopefully great) little movie, or well known blockbuster, or simply a well known classic. If you think that the movie deserves to be on this list, just mention that movie title in the comments section, and I will placed it on the list, that's all.
Basically, all of you are creating this list, I will be just editing, and of course, will be adding some of my own movie titles that I think should be on this list.
Now, to avoid the chaos in the comment section, here is couple of rules (please, stick to them)...
1. Each member can post only one movie title per comment. Next to the title you can write a few words about why you think that movie should be on the list, or why people should see it. Or if you already wrote the review for that movie, you can post the link of your review next to the title, and I will add that link under Notes.
2. You can't post two comments with movie titles in a row, one after the other. Give others a chance to participate, and wait for someone else to post his title after you comment. If you do post two (or more) comments/titles in a row, I will simply ignore that second comment, and just add the first you posted.
And that's about it as far as the rules goes. If I notice that we need more rules for some reason, I'll just add them here and inform you about that in the comment section...
As for the updates of the list...well, I have my own life and things to do, so I won't be updating this list "every 5 minutes". But I will try to do it on daily basis (if its possible), as soon as I find the time to do that.
Now, what do you say Letterboxd community!?? ARE YOU IN!?? If anything, it should be at least a lots of fun (I hope)...so LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPENED!!!
PS. I'm starting this list with fantastic Korean movie A HARD DAY...
Well, first of all, I want to thank everyone who participated in creating this list! Of course this list wasn't created by ALL Letterboxd members (as is stated in the title of the list), not even close, but nevertheless, there was a large number of Letterboxd members who were part of this unique project. I won't name anyone because that simply would not be fair to the rest, and it would take to much time...so once again, thank you ALL, you know who you are! After all, your names and nicknames are written next to the movies you suggested.
If you told me 5 months ago that this list will be finished in a five months, I would tell you "No way!! You're crazy!!". But here we are, having a finished list with 1001 movies! All thanks to you good people, and thanks to Letterboxd crew who promoted this list on couple of occasions trough their Twitter and Facebook accounts.
When I started this project, I didn't really believe that I will finish it! You see, I started this project twice before, on two different forums, and both times, projects simply died after 200-300 movies. People just lost their interest. And since Im not really much popular here, I had a feeling that this project won't reach many people. so it will go unnoticed. But as you can all see, things played out just nicely...
And speaking of popularity...I know that some will think different, but the truth is that I never did this to gain popularity, or anything like that. As I said earlier, this was just an interesting idea, a social experiment so to speak, that I've tried to do before, but the whole thing failed...twice! So I said to myself..."well, they say that third time's a charm, so let me try again, on a different platform, Letterboxd". And indeed it worked like charm!
As for the list...I would say that this is very interesting and unique list, based completely on different opinions from people all around the world. There were some obvious choices, some interesting choices, some weird choices, and some really questionable choices! Some people wrote why they think that the movie they suggested deserves to be on the list, and some didn't do that. Unfortunately, I didn't insist on those "explanations", but maybe I should have, because it would be interesting to hear/read why some of the movies end up on this list. For example, there is couple of movie here that are on IMDb Bottom 100 list, and I hope they didn't end up here because people who suggested those just wanted to be sarcastic or something like that. Personally, I don't think that every movie from this list deserves to be on this list, but I'm not here to question anybody's opinion. It is what it is, and as I said, its based strictly on different opinions from all kind of people...and everybody are entitled to their own opinion, and that's the beauty of it!
Now, before I finish this conclusion, lete me just give you some statistics. We have:
- 2 movies from 1910's
- 23 movies from 1920's
- 32 movies from 1930's
- 37 movies from 1940's
- 54 movies from 1950's
- 101 movies from 1960's
- 104 movies from 1970's
- 129 movies from 1980's
- 152 movies from 1990's
- 201 movies from 2000's
- 166 movies from 2010's
We also have...
- 56 animated films
- 40 documentary films
- 32 westerns
- 184 action films
- 112 horror films
- 114 science fiction films
For more detailed statistics I need more time, but for now, this will do I guess.
The next logical step would be of course to watch all these movies, but that's hell of a challenge, and honestly...Im not ready for that challenge yet hehe! But I'm sure that among many Letterboxd members there are people willing to accept that challenge! If you are among those people, and you read this, let me know in the comment section how are you doing with the challenge, and how many movies from this list you saw already.
Anyway...that would be it. Once again, bi, big, BIG THANKS to all those who participated in creating this list! Who knows, maybe one day someone releases this list as book or something haha...
PS. I have an idea for something similar, but genre related, but will see when and if I will start those projects...