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Expanding the Reach

First of all, I would like to direct all readers towards the column to your right. Towards the bottom, you’ll find a new section devoted to what your authors are currently watching. Check back here on Mondays to see the new films and shows we are spending our precious time watching. If you have a comment about what we’re watching, go ahead and add it to the newest post on the page.

When you look at mine, you’ll see that I’m working on two different television shows. I’m still watching some films through rentals at the library and Netflix’s Instant Watch. However, I have found my queue to be a bit lacking in new films and there’s nothing on there that I really want to see despite having 337 items on it.

That being said, I’m taking on a rather extensive challenge. I recently purchased Roger Ebert’s The Great Movies: Volume I. If you haven’t heard of the book, it is a collection of reviews written by Ebert on the past films he considers great and influential.

In order to enlighten a younger generation about the great films that preceded their time, Ebert asked his editor for permission to write a bi-weekly column highlighting those he deemed “great”.

Scanning through the book I can already say that I’ve seen less than half of those listed in here, which makes it a unique challenge. For those that I have already seen, I’ll do the same as Ebert and re-watch them, then I’ll read through Ebert’s assessment and give you my own two-cents. The book is arranged alphabetically and I don’t see a reason not to just go through the book front to back. It’s unclear how long this will take, but I will attempt to bring you one viewing per week.

First up is 2001: A Space Odyssey. Fitting in that I own the film, but haven’t watched it yet.


2 responses to “Expanding the Reach

  1. Eric April 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Ebert’s Great Movie writings are excellent. I have also been working my way through his collection to catch up on classics I missed. There is a really great website that helps keep track of your progress for his list and several others at

    Curious to hear what you thought of 2001. I just saw it for the first time a few months ago, and it blew my mind.

    • Adam Minor April 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks for your comment Eric. I’ve used before but I’d forgotten about it until now. Thanks for reminding me. Although I’m a fan of most of Kubrick’s other work, I’ve always had trouble with 2001. Maybe it’s too meta for me, but I’ve tried and failed a few times to get through it. My review should be up very soon though!

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