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Filmotomy’s New Year’s Resolutions: Shannon’s List

As the new year quickly approaches us, we have decided to set out our new year’s resolutions for 2019. As we are all about the world of cinema here at Filmotomy, our new year’s resolutions are film related. These are a selection of films that we have always set out to see but until now, we have never got around to doing so. Please keep checking back with us through out the year to see whether we managed to keep our new year’s resolutions.

following words by Shannon Watson

In 2019, I’m setting myself three film resolutions: I will finally watch the following films after years of neglect. No judgement please!

Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon (1975) directed by Sidney Lumet

The amount of times I’ve seen Sidney Lumet’s crime drama, Dog Day Afternoon and simply scrolled by is criminal. And really, I’m not sure why. The synopsis is a whirlwind alone: A man robs a bank to pay for his lover’s operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. With an IMDB user rating of 8.0 and a Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating of 95%, I know other people love it. And I probably would too. So what am I waiting for? 2019, it seems.

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) directed by Wes Anderson

This is the film that, when I happen to mention I enjoy watching films, people always say: “Omg, have you see The Royal Tenenbaums?” And I have to awkwardly say, nope, not seen it. And the conversation is over. So, to keep conversations alive, I’m watching this out of peer pressure, really. And I think I’m ok with that. I know very little about it too, so it’ll be even more of a surprise when I finally get around to watching it.

Melancholia

Melancholia (2011) directed by Lars von Trier

It’s taken me 24 years to watch a Lars Von Trier film (my first being Dogville), but I’d like to watch more. Part of me feels that I shouldn’t enjoy his films as in reality, Lars is a pretty trash human who’s done all sorts of intimidating things to his cast members – especially women (women get a pretty bad rep in. But, I feel like to form my own opinion of his craft, I’ve got to watch more right? So after reading a few articles, it seems Melancholia is his most accessible film to date. So that’s where I’ll continue in 2019.

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