Challenge #2 – Classic Movies I want to watch

Challenge #2 – Classic Movies I want to watch

Being VERY passionate about cinema, I have seen a looooooot of movies. I mean a LOT. To give you an idea, my friends call me "IMDb". That pretty much sums it up.

So to create this list, I have spiced things up a bit. I have selected classic movies (i.e. widely categorized as "must see" movies in various lists and articles I found on the internet), but the below movies have all been released before I was born. So before the 1980's.

I probably won't stop watching newly released movies, but this will definitely help me widen the range of movies I tend to watch.

Movies I've seen are indicated below using in this color. I will update this list every 6 months or so.

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Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902) // I was lucky to see the remastered version on a big screen at Cannes Film Festival. A beautiful insight on how movies were made at the very beginning.
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)
The Kid (1921) // Charlie Chaplin always works for me.
Nosferatu (1922)
The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
The Gold Rush (1925)
Metropolis (1927)
The General (1927) // Buster Keaton had to be on that list. A genius.
All Quiet in the Western Front (1930)
M (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
City Lights (1931)
Freaks (1932)
Duck Soup (1933)
King Kong (1933)
It Happened One Night (1934)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The 39 Steps (1935)
Modern Times (1936) // How Machines eat Man. A visionary tale.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) // Childhood classic! And of course, Errol Flynn in green tights :)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Bringing up Baby (1938) // I remember laughing from beginning to end.
The Rules of the Game (La Règle du jeu, 1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939) // Not a personal classic of mine. I've seen it when I was in my 20's.
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Mr Smith goes to Washington (1939)
The Great Dictator (1940) // A visionary tale. Intelligent and subtle.
Rebecca (1940)
His Girl Friday (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Citizen Kane (1941) // Didn't really get what was the whole fuss about this movie...
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Ball of Fire (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) // So quirky and witty and funny.
Double Indemnity (1944)
Laura (1944)
Notorious (1946)
Gilda (1946) // Rita Hayworth is splendid.
The Best Years of our Lives (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
Bicycle Thief (1948)
Rope (1948) // I have seen a lot of movies from Alfred Hitchcock. I was never really blown away by any of them. Honestly I don't always remember the full plot. I just think it's not my kind of cinema.
The Third Man (1949)
Rashômon (1950)
All About Eve (1950) // A masterpiece. 
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
A Streetcar named Desir (1951) // To be honest, I wasn't really moved by this movie. It was ok, but not extraordinary.
An American in Paris (1951)
Ikiru (1952)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
The Earrings of Madam de... (1953) // I've seen this movie completely by chance: the movie I wanted to see was sold out, so I was redirected to the second movie screened that day. A masterpiece! 
Roman Holiday (1953)
The Wages of Fear (Salaire de la Peur, 1953)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Mr Hulot’s Holiday (1953) // Silly, quirky, awkward. A delight. 
La Strada (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
Sabrina (1954) // Being an absolute Audrey Hepburn fan, I refrained from putting all her movies in this list because, well, eventually, I will watch them all 😀
To Catch a Thief (1955)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Night of the Hunter (1955)
Les Diaboliques (1955)
The Searchers (1956) // I remember seeing that movie when I was a teenager. It was ok.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
The Killing (1956)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Paths of Glory (1957)
The Bride on the River Kwai (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Funny Face (1957) // Aaah Audrey <3
Love in the Afternoon (1957) // Aaah Audrey, again <3
Vertigo (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Some like it Hot (1959) // One of my all time favorite movies. I have seen it many many times.
North by Northwest (1959)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The 400 Blows (Les 400 Coups, 1959) // Witty. The movie works mainly thanks to its actor, the young and cheeky Jean-Pierre Léaud.
Breathless (A bout de Souffle, 1960)
Psycho (1960)
Spartacus (1960)
The Apartment (1960)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) // Not my favorite Audrey Hepburn movie.
Yojinbo (1961)
Jules et Jim (1961)
West Side Story (1961)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) // Interesting, but I honestly wasn't too excited about it.
Dr No (1962)
The Man who shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Charade (1963)
The Leopard (1963)
Contempt (Le Mépris, 1963)
The Birds (1963)
Les Tontons Flingueurs (1963) // An absolute classic! I've seen it several times and it's pretty amazing. The dialogs in French are a piece of Art.
8 ½ (1963)
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
My Fair Lady (1964) // "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plains" :)
Rebel Without a Cause (1964) // Probably very powerful when it was released. Thought it was good but not fantastic.
The Great Spy Chase (Les Barbouzes, 1964)
Goldfinger (1964)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, 1964)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) // Being a huge Beatles fan, I just had to watch that movie!
Dr Strangelove (1964) // Very strange! Peter Sellers is absolutely fantastic.
Mary Poppins (1964) // I've seen it when I was a kid. I think it's one of those movies that you just shouldn't watch again as an adult!
Repulsion (1965)
The Sound of Music (1965) // Did NOT like this movie at all!
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
La Grande Vadrouille (1966) // A classic in France. I've seen it quite late (in my 20's) so it doesn't really do it for me.
How to Steal a Million (1966)
The Graduate (1967) // Still wondering what's the point and why the fuss about that movie....
Mon Oncle (1967) // As always with Jacques Tati, it's quirky and awkward. Also a visionary depiction of home filled with new technologied quite similar to today's connected homes.
Playtime (1967)
Blow-up (1967)
The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, 1967)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) // Did NOT get that movie............
Easy Rider (1969)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Damned (1969)
Satyricon (1969)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Peau d’Ane (1970) // One of my childhood classic. I'll just say one thing: the dresses <3
Patton (1970)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
A Clockwork Orange (1971) // Subversive and disturbing. A masterpiece.
Deliverance (1972)
The Godfather (1972) // Must see.
Mean Streets (1973) // Martin Scorcese is definitely one of my favorite directors. I've seen pretty much all his movies, and this is not one of my favorite.
Enter the Dragon (1973) // Aaah, Bruce Lee <3
Badlands (1974) // So disappointed by this movie. I really wanted to see it because I utterly loved "The Thin Red Line". 
Chinatown (1974)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Monthy Python and the Holy Grail (1975) // "Chargez la vaaache!!" ahahah Classic!
Barry Lyndon (1975) // A masterpiece from the first image to the end.
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) // Very powerful and heartbreaking.
Cria Cuervos (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976) // "You talkin' to me?!" Masterpiece.
Star Wars (1977) // Personal classic of mine (and of millions of people). I don't know how many times I've seen it. I'm of course VERY excited about the new movie coming out at the end of the year!
Apocalypse Now (1979) // Classic. Of course.

Challenge #1 – My own list of books to read before I die

Challenge #1 – My own list of books to read before I die

I love reading. I think I always have. But when I'm looking for a new book to read, I can spend hours in a book store... That's why I came up with that list. I've mixed various lists I found on the internet. Classic books. Different nationalities.
La crème de la crème.

Note #1: Books I've read are indicated below using this color. I will update the list every 6 months or so. Crossing fingers I will stick to it haha :)

Note #2: Of course, I read books outside of this list. Newly released books, awarded books, books that receive good critics etc. What can I say? I'm only human and I do lack discipline sometimes :)

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"Things Fall Apart" Chinua Achebe
"The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" Douglas Adams
"Watership Down" Richard Adams
"The Five People You Meet In Heaven" Mitch Albom
"Little Women" Louisa M Alcott
"Antigone" Jean Anouilh // Probably one of my favorite plays.
"The Handmaid’s Tale" Margaret Atwood
"Pride and Prejudice" Jane Austen // Loved it, of course :)
"Emma" Jane Austen
"Persuasion" Jane Austen
"Sense and Sensibility" Jane Austen
"The New York Trilogy" Paul Auster
"Father Goriot" (Le Père Goriot) Honoré de Balzac // Classic of French literature! I've read other books from this author and they're usually very good.
"The Wasp Factory" Iain Banks
"The Ice People" (La Nuit des Temps) René Barjavel // One of my favorite books ever. I've actually been thinking about reading it again.
"Flowers of Evil" (Les Fleurs du Mal) Charles Baudelaire // Classic. Beautiful. 
"Captain Corelli’s Mandolin" Louis De Bernieres
"The Faraway Tree Collection" Enid Blyton
"Fahrenheit 451" Ray Bradbury
"Jane Eyre" Charlotte Brontë // Must read
"Wuthering Heights" Emily Brontë // Powerful and haunting.
"The Da Vinci Code" Dan Brown
"Possession" AS Byatt
"Notes From A Small Island" Bill Bryson
"The Thity-Nine Steps" John Buchan
"The Plague" (La Peste) Albert Camus // Classic French novel.
"In Cold Blood" Truman Capote // Captivating and cold.
"Alice in Wonderland" Lewis Carroll
"Journey to the End of the Night" Louis-Ferdinand Celine // Classic French novel.
"Don Quixote" Miguel de Cervantes
"Dangerous Liaisons" (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
"The Alchemist" Paulo Coelho // Did NOT get that book. Greatly disapointed.
"Waiting for the Barbarians" JM Coetzee
"Belle du Seigneur" Albert Cohen
"The Woman in White" Wilkie Collins
"Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Heart of Darkness" Joseph Conrad
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Roald Dahl
"Robinson Crusoe" Daniel Defoe
"Great Expectations" Charles Dickens // Loved it. 
"David Copperfield" Charles Dickens
"A Tale Of Two Cities" Charles Dickens
"Oliver Twist" Charles Dickens
"Crime and Punishment" Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"Count of Monte Cristo" Alexandre Dumas
"The Three Musketeers" Alexandre Dumas // Thrilling and adventurous.
"Middlemarch" George Eliot
"A Wrinkle in Time" Madeleine L'Engle
"Birdsong" Sebastian Faulk
"As I lay Dying" William Faulkner
"Bridget Jones’s Diary" Helen Fielding // Loved it. So girly and fresh.
"The Great Gatsby" F. Scott Fitzgerald // Loved it.
"Madame Bovary" Gustave Flaubert // Classic French novel. Read other books from this author and they're all pretty much classic a well.
"The Diary of Anne Frank" Anne Frank // Must read. Never forget.
"Life before us" Romain Gary (Emile Ajar) // Probably one of my favorite books EVER. I simply love this author. He wrote this book under an alias and managed to win the Goncourt Prize a second time. It was revealed after his death, before a Goncourt Prize can be awarded only once to a person.
"Promise at Dawn" Romain Gary // His autobiography. A masterpiece.
"Cold Comfort Farm" Stella Gibbons
"Memoirs of a Geisha" Arthur Golden // Great.
"Lord of the Flies" William Golding
"The Wind in the Willows" Kenneth Grahame
"The Tin Drum" Günter Grass
"For Those I Loved" Martin Gray // Must read. Never forget.
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" Mark Haddon
"Far From The Madding Crowd" Thomas Hardy
"Jude the Obscure" Thomas Hardy
"Tess of the D’Urbervilles" Thomas Hardy
"A Brief History of Time" Stephen Hawking
"The Scarlet Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Catch-22" Joseph Heller
"The Sun Also Rises" Ernest Hemingway
"The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway
"Dune" Frank Herbert
"The Secret Garden" Frances Hodgson Burnett
"The Kite Runner" Khaled Hosseini // Must read. So powerful.
"A Thousand Splendid Suns" Khaled Hosseini // Powerful, infuriating, devastating.
"Les Miserables" Victor Hugo
"Brave New World" Aldous Huxley
"A Prayer for Owen Meaney" John Irving
"The World According to Garp" John Irving
"The Remains of the Day" Kazuo Ishiguro
"Never Let Me Go" Kazuo Ishiguro // One of my favorite books. So heartbreaking.
"Three Men in a Boat" Jerome K Jerome
"Ulysses" James Joyce
"On The Road" Jack Kerouac
"Les Fables" Jean de La Fontaine // Every French person reads this in middle school. So great!
"To Kill a Mockingbird" Harper Lee // Must read. Themes of this book feel so very actual...
"If This is a Man" Primo Levi // Must read. Never forget.
"One Hundred Years of Solitude" Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"Love In The Time Of Cholera" Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"Life of Pi" Yann Martel
"Rebecca" Daphne Du Maurier // Incredible. Suffocating atmosphere. So cynical and crual.
"The Road" Cormac McCarthy // Powerful.
"Atonement" Ian McEwan
"Moby Dick" Herman Melville
"Winnie the Pooh" AA Milne
"A Fine Balance" Rohinton Mistry
"Cloud Atlas" David Mitchell
"Gone With The Wind" Margaret Mitchell
"Anne of Green Gables" LM Montgomery
"Lolita" Vladimir Nabokov
"The Time Traveler’s Wife" Audrey Niffenegger
"1984" George Orwell // Visionary.
"Animal Farm" George Orwell // Human nature.
"My Father’s Glory" (La Gloire de mon Père) Marcel Pagnol
"The Bell Jar" Sylvia Plath
"Paroles" Jacques Prévert
"In Search of Lost Time" (A la Recherche du Temps Perdu) Marcel Proust // I've read the first book "Du Côté de Chez Swann". It's interesting and witty, but I don't think I'll push further.
"His Dark Materials" Philip Pullman
"Swallows and Amazons" Arthur Ransome
"Housekeeping" Marilynne Robinson
"Cyrano de Bergerac" Edmond Rostand
"American Pastoral" Philip Roth
Harry Potter series, JK Rowling // Loved every single one of these books. My favorite one is the Order of the Phenix.
"The Shadow of the Wind" Carlos Ruiz Zafon
"Midnight’s Children" Salman Rushdie
"The Little Prince" (Le Petit Prince) Antoine De Saint-Exupery // I've read it when I was 8. Honestly didn't really like it. It felt really naive... Should probably read it again some time.
"Catcher in the Rye" JD Salinger // Did not like that book.
"Persepolis" Marjane Satrapi // Must read. 
"The Lovely Bones" Alice Sebold
"A Suitable Boy" Vikram Seth
"Hamlet" William Shakespeare
"Othello" William Shakespeare // Honestly one of my favorites from Shakespeare.
"Frankestein" Mary Shelley
"A Town Like Alice" Nevil Shute
"Maus" Art Spielgelman // Must read. Never forget.
"Grapes of Wrath" John Steinbeck
"Of Mice and Men" John Steinbeck // One of my favorite books ever. I've cried like a baby at the end. So powerful.
"The Charterhouse of Parma" Stendhal // Classic!
"Red and Black" (Le Rouge et le Noir) Stendhal // Classic!
"The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" Robert Louis Stevenson // I've read it several times. I love every bites of it.
"Dracula" Bram Stoker
"Perfume" Patrick Süskind // Great book.
"Gulliver’s Travels" Jonathan Swift
"The Secret History" Donna Tartt
"Vanity Fair" William Makepeace Thackeray
"The Lord of the Rings" JRR Tolkien
"The Hobbit" JRR Tolkien
"War and Peace" Leo Tolstoy
"Anna Karenina" Leo Tolstoy
"A Confederacy of Dunces" John Kennedy Toole
"Hucklebery Finn" Mark Twain
"Art of War" Sun Tzu
"20,000 Leagues under the Sea" (20 000 Lieues sous les mers) Jules Verne
"Around the World in 80 Days" (Le Tour du Monde en 80 jours) Jules Verne
"Froath on the Daydream" (L’Ecume des Jours) Boris Vian // Loved it. So witty and strange and poetic.
"The Color Purple" Alice Walker
"Brideshead Revisited" Evelyn Waugh
"Charlotte’s Web" EB White
"Picture of Dorian Gray" Oscar Wilde // I love Oscar Wilde. His writing is so fluid and natural. So easy to read.
"Mrs Dalloway" Virginia Woolf // I've read it. I honestly don't remember much of it. Not really sensitive to Ms Woolf's writing...
"Germinal" Emile Zola
"L’Assommoir" Emile Zola // Zola is one of the best. Read many of his books. This one if great! Another great novel from him "Thérèse Raquin".

Today I turned 31.
The first thing I thought this morning was: I have now lived one third of my life.
Am I sad about it? Sure. Am I happy looking back? Mostly.

I've had great highs & great lows.
I've decided to focus on the highs of life.
Every single high.
From small & insignificant to huge & overwhelming.

Life is short.
But it's not a race.
And it's not a contest.
Not all days are lovely. Some actually really suck...
But we should make sure that most are.