I've previously mentioned my project to watch the American Film Institute's list of the best 100 movies of all time. Except that my project accumulated some other movies, including a list of IMDB's best 250 movies at some point in time - I forget when I looked. Years ago, anyway. Shortly after Pirates of the Caribbean left the theaters.
And then AFI had more lists of movies, including a top 10 movies in 10 different categories - the best sports movies, the best gangster movies, the best (not hotels) westerns. The point of this is to see movies that I feel I ought to watch, and I will hopefully appreciate, but really, 10 sports movies? I've already seen Rocky AND I've seen Field of Dreams, surely that's sufficient.
All that is to say that my project entails more than 100 movies, even though I still think of it as a "top 100" project. And, as of today, I'm down to 50 movies to go. I recently watched Planet of the Apes, finally. I didn't know that Rod Serling was a screenwriter on that movie, though it's not at all surprising, given that so much of Serling's stuff is so easily ruined by spoilers. (Spoiler: it's not a planet MADE of apes, they just live there.)
And just now, I watched The Searchers with John Wayne and Natalie Wood. Meh. I am appreciating seeing these icons (Heston, Wayne, Brando) in their signature roles, rather than in Simpsons episodes poking fun at them. Or maybe I'm looking forward to appreciating the Simpsons episodes more fully.
It's entirely possible that I'll finish this list (assuming I don't merge any other lists into it soon) by the end of 2010.