I feel like there are two schools of thought on sharing your goals:
1) it's stupid. don't tell anyone, just be an adult and do it
2) tell people, that way your friends at least have a chance to rip the mudslide out of your hands and be like "but you said NO MORE THAN THREE MUDSLIDES TONIGHT you know they GIVE YOU A STOMACH ACHE!!!"
Anyhow, I think option 1) is probably-to-most-definitely correct, at least with those big, important life goals. Like, "I'm going to try to be a nicer, more patient person this year" or "I'm going to write my grandfather a letter once a week." Maybe keep those to yourself. But unimportant goals like, "I want to learn how to blend foundation better on my jawline"? Those are ripe for sharing! What else is blogging for!
This is a long-winded way of me saying that for someone who writes movies I am horrible at watching them. I basically just watch the same movie over and over again (either Something's Gotta Give or A League of Their Own) while simultaneously eating yogurt. But that's about to change! Because here I am PUBLICLY declaring my new goal of watching more movies! And I'm starting with the Coen Brothers.
Okay, so recently I went to a wedding in St. Petersburg. And not St. Petersburg, Florida you plebes—St. Petersburg, Russia. (Hence my new favorite sentence "this one time, when I was at wedding a stone's throw from the Winter Palace...") Anyhow, horribly hungover on the flight home from the most decadent weekend of my life, I watched the entire second season of FARGO on the plane. I didn't sleep a wink. Basically, if you haven't watched season 1 or 2 of FARGO on FX drop whatever breakfast burrito you're eating and get thee to the nearest Apple TV stat. Cause, I mean, how good is that shit? SO CHOICE. (BTW, that's how my skills as a media reviewer work. Real prime.) For seriousness though, the combination of the acting, writing and cinematography in season 2 is enough to make a avalanche of Emmy's come pouring down the side of Noah Hawley's house and into the bathtub where he's currently taking a bubble bath at any moment. He should be careful.
FYI: Below is Noah Hawley, aka God. I bet he doesn't take bubble baths because he's too busy being a cinematic multi-threat genius who casually writes best-selling novels on the side, but he should take more baths. He deserves them.
Anyhow, when I got home I listened to a couple of interviews Mr. Hawley gave promoting the second season. He spoke (duh) about how all of the Coen Brothers movies have influenced each season of FARGO, not just the original film itself. And as I was sitting there on my bed and sweating out all the Beluga vodka I had consumed in Russia, I realized I have seen very little of the Coen Brothers oeuvre. (Yeah, that's right, I just wrote oeuvre. I went to film school. I sort of have to say things like that now.)
Don't get me wrong, I've seen a good amount of the Coen's biggest hits: Fargo and The Big Lebowski (but only once...) and I did see No Country For Old Men in theatres, but that was completely by accident. (I thought for some I was going into the sequel to Brokeback Mountain. Turns out those two movies are very different!) But Raising Arizona! Barton Fink? O Brother Where Art Thou? Nope, nope, and nope.
But the thing about dedicated movie-watching that is often so hard for me (#mylifeissohard) is that I have trouble focusing if I'm not sitting in a theatre. Like, I just like watching movies in theatres. I like sitting in the dark where I would never even think to take my phone out to check Instagram because I'm not a heathen, I like gigantic screens, I like overpriced popcorn and I like watching things with other people. So until I get that private home theatre I'm gunning for, it's hard for me to watch old movies with the same focus I give the new releases I (frequently) go to in theatres. (Shout-out to going to movies in theatres so that they're still around in 20 years!)
But you know what? I'm just going to GET BETTER at it. Some people train for marathons or study for a CPA exam: I'm gonna train not to check IMDB five times during a movie just so I can see where I know that cashier from. Plus, I think there's a lot to learn by going through a filmmakers oeuvre chronologically. (Gretchen was right: oeuvre is SO going to happen!) Okay, maybe I only think this because I took one class in grad school where we literally had to watch all of Martin Scorcese's movies chronologically, but it was freaking awesome. (And yes, we watched them all in a silent, dark theatre and therefore I absorbed the shit out of them.) Now, I feel like Scorsese's my favorite director. But perhaps that's also just because I know his film's best, and have seen his development as an artist decade after decade? This life of ours is filled with so many unanswerable questions.
Anyhow, RAISING ARIZONA is first on the list! I know absolutely nothing about this movie other than it makes me vaguely think of that Lindsay Lohan flick GEORGIA RULE? (Also, this is why people who find out I write movies and then ask me any questions about them usually end up walking away from me at parties.)
As Oprah would say, thank you for coming along on this Coen Brothers journey with me! Now go watch FARGO season 2!
Hi! I'm Caroline.