365 Movie Challenge

In 2017 I plan on tracking all the films I watch. I assume that most years I watch between 200 to 250 films. This year my goal is to see 365 films. A movie a day. Unoriginal? Absolutely. Uninspired? Indeed. At the very least I hope this will force me to re visit some films I haven't seen in a long time and open some BluRays that have been collecting dust.

Please let me know if you have any recommendations. You can hit me up on Twitter, I'm @following_films.

Jan 4th

Go North




In the aftermath of an unknown catastrophe, a community left with zero living adults has descended into a modern-day Lord of the Flies, run by a small cabal of what had been the jocks occupying the athletic and social upper crust of the local high school, headed by Caleb (Patrick Schwarzenegger).

Faced with the bleak despair of their situation, Josh (Jacob Lofland) and Jessie (Sophie Kennedy Clark) strike out on a dangerous journey into the unknown to find family and hope for the future, with Caleb and his vicious underling Gentry (James Bloor) in hot pursuit.

GO NORTH is the narrative debut of Emmy-nominated documentarian Matt Ogens (MEET THE HITLERS) and was Executive Produced by Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME, RATS). Its haunting, evocative score was composed by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla.

Patrick Schwarzenegger gives an outstanding performance in this well crafted coming of  age drama/horror/thriller.

Jan 3rd

We Are The Flesh


After wandering a ruined city for years in search of food and shelter, two siblings find their way into one of the last remaining buildings. Inside, they find a man who will make them a dangerous offer to survive the outside world.

A difficult to watch, experimental film that is executed with confidence and skill. One of the strongest debut I've seen in years.


Jan 2nd

Inherent Vice



In a California beach community, private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) tends to work his cases through a smoky haze of marijuana. One day, Shasta, a former lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc's help; it seems that Shasta's current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case.

Easily one of the best films of 2014 and a rare film that gets better with subsequent viewings.
Jan 1st

Drive



Great way to start out the year. Ryan Gossling and his jacket absolutely kill it in this one. DRIVE is the story of a Stuntman/Mechanic who makes ends meet as getaway driver for hire. 

I'm assuming at some point somebody reading this has not seen DRIVE. Do yourself a favor stop reading this. Go watch it now. Albert Brooks is absolutely terrifying in this film. Honestly, that should be more than enough to sway you. If not... who are you? This is not a question I am asking of you, but one you should ask of yourself.