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New Year’s Resolution Update – Part 2

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Here are the additional Criterion Collection movies I’ve seen since my last post:

  1. I Fidanzati (195) (Criterion Collection link)
  2. The Marriage of Maria Braun (204) (Criterion Collection link)
  3. Hiroshima Mon Amour (196) (Criterion Collection link)
  4. Night and Fog (197) (Criterion Collection link)
  5. Ali – Fear Eats the Soul (198) (Criterion Collection link)
  6. Schizopolis (199) (Criterion Collection link)
  7. Veronika Voss (205) (Criterion Collection link)
  8. Umberto D. (201) (Criterion Collection link)
  9. Jimi Plays Monterey/Shake! Otis at Monterey (169) (Criterion Collection link)
  10. Lola (206) (Criterion Collection link)
  11. The Pornographers (207) (Criterion Collection link)
  12. Knife in the Water (215) (Criterion Collection link)
  13. Through a Glass Darkly (209) (Criterion Collection link)
  14. Winter Light (210) (Criterion Collection link)
  15. The Silence (211) (Criterion Collection link)
  16. Richard III (213) (Criterion Collection link)

The last five are by far my favorites out of this group. “The Marriage of Maria Braun” is also an exceptional film. Of course, “Night and Fog” as well as “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” has extreme historical importance and “Schizopolis” is just wacky Soderbergh…which is valuable for being unique.

I’ve decided to move in with my girlfriend. So we purchased a 46″ LED television and a new entertainment center. Once we get a new A/V receiver, the visual and auditory experience I’ll have with each of these movies will be a little bit better. I’m excited about all of these things. I plan to continue the 1 Criterion movie per week contract with myself.

Since the company I worked for was acquired, I haven’t been able to go to the gym as much. This issue is multiplied by the fact that my back is still giving me problem and I’ve have a strange issue with my shoulder for the last 2 months. Regardless, I’ve dropped 5 pounds since my last writing, which is still not meeting my target, but I have aspirations to start running when I can and doing weights whenever I can get into the gym. That will help with the 1 pound per month contract.

New Year’s Resolutions update

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I have had the same New Year’s resolutions for the most recent two years:

  1. Watch 1 Criterion Collection film per week, starting with spine number 1.
  2. Lose 1 lb. of weight per month.

In 2009, I lost 1 lb. per month and watched 51 films from the Criterion Collection. This year I started tracking my progress as I was going along, so that I could catch up in the middle of the year rather than at the end.

Here is a list of Criterion movies I’ve seen thus far in 2010:

  1. Straw Dogs (182)
  2. I Am Curious … (Blue)
  3. Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne
  4. Indiscretion of an American Wife/Terminal Station
  5. By Brakhage – Anthology
  6. Stolen Kisses
  7. The Honeymoon Killers
  8. The White Sheik
  9. Bed and Board
  10. Love on the Run
  11. Throne of Blood
  12. Jubilee
  13. Le Coup de Grace
  14. Quai des Orfevres
  15. Il Posto

Since this is the 15th week of the year, I’m one film behind so far. I Fidanzati is at my house ready to be watched.

I’ll start posting reviews of these movies as I watch them to keep a better record. I’d like to be able to write full essays of each movie as I see it. I’ll get to that point eventually. Let’s start with just a grade and some information about what I found interesting about it.

As for losing weight, I had been going to the gym three days a week. One of those days I was dead lifting 50 reps of 275 lbs, and got somewhere near in the middle when my back gave out and I dropped the weight. I had a hard time untying my shoes afterward. After doing some research, all signs point to herniated disc. So I’m out of weightlifting commission for the near future.  I wasn’t really on track anyway. I started this year off 12 lbs less than I was in January 2009. That means I was at 252. I should be at 248 now, but am really at around 250 pretty consistently. It looks like there’s some hard work in my near future.

By the way, here are my long term (meta) weightlifting goals:

  1. Clean and Jerk body weight (by either losing weight or gaining power/strength/technique)
  2. 50 pull-ups without touching the ground (can change grip)

I’m up to 7 pull ups (from 0 one year ago) and I can power clean and jerk 185 lbs.