1) Lose 10 pounds: Weighed in at 236.6 on 03/08/2014. Done.
2) Blog my progress on 101 Things monthly. This is #2.
3) Watch a movie from every year since moviemaking began. 127 total to see (using 2015 as the cutoff), 15/127 done.
1888 ROUNDHAY GARDEN SCENE First known movie produced. Obviously this is one of those “important only because it’s historic” deals. There is very little about this that makes it inherently interesting. It doesn’t reveal anything about the late 1880s really, it’s too short to have a plot..it’s just the filmmaker’s son and several relatives walking in a circle. No doubt it was mindboggling in its day but now it’s just fun to realize we are watching echoes of history more than 125 years ago.
1889 MONKEYSHINES, NO. 1 Depending on which source you believe, this is either 1889 *or* 1890. I am using it as 1889 because the only other film I see listed for the year (LEISURELY PEDESTRIANS, OPEN TOPPED BUSES AND HANSOM CABS WITH TROTTING HORSES) has no known surviving prints or stills. Honestly, this film is much too blurry to make out what is actually occurring.
1890 LONDON’S TRAFALGAR SQUARE Only ten frames of film are still known to survive and are in the linked animated .GIF. Again, not terribly exciting but you see what turn of the century London thoroughfares were like.
1891 MEN BOXING Exactly what you’d think. The film was made by associates of Thomas Edison.
1892 LE CLOWN ET SES CHIENSThis French film (“The Clown and His Dogs”) is the first known animated film.
1893 BLACKSMITH SCENE. This film was shot by Thomas Edison. This is the first publicly exhibited film. Drinking a brewski while using really big hammers…probably a GREAT idea. *eyeroll*
1894 ANNIE OAKLEY Yep, she was a good shot…
1895 THE EXECUTION OF MARY STUART This is pretty shocking stuff considering the vintage. It’s a re-enactment of the beheading where we see the head detach and the executioner show the trophy to the gathered crowd. Ewwww….
1896 THE KISS Features the first ever celluloid kiss. No tongue. *sigh*
1897 OLD MAN DRINKING A GLASS OF BEER Exactly what it sounds like from the title.
1898 SANTA CLAUS The first Christmas-themed movie and also the first instance of parallel action. Charming short.
1899 THE KISS IN THE TUNNEL You can just envision the ad: “From the makers of the sizzing THE KISS comes the even naughtier (and more Freudian) THE KISS IN THE TUNNEL!” This one is the first to show a “phantom ride” where the camera shot mimicks being a passenger in the train watching it enter the tunnel bookending the liplock.
1900 JEANNE D’ARC (JOAN OF ARC)JEANNE D’ARC This was the first totally color film. Ten minutes long and all hand-tinted.
1901 FIRE! An early narrative film. Reasonably good watch for what it is but thoroughly unrealistic that the FIRST thing the firefighter does upon entering the blaze is spray the fiery walls with the extinguisher rather than getting the man inside out.
1902 LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (A TRIP TO THE MOON) Early French narrative film. This was genuinely entertaining. Glad I watched this one.
4) Get a list of 20 book recommendations from Ellen and read them all. Still working on “The Women’s Room” by Marilyn French.
5) Lose 20 pounds: This will be achieved when I hit 227.
6) Run a 5K: Still like the idea of a color run…and will probably do one eventually…but I’ll be doing the LoveWorks 5K in Gahanna, OH on 05/31/2014. I’ve started classes on 03/08 geared toward getting me ready for it. I also picked up new running shoes today :)