Picking and watching movies alphabetically

The question What do we watch? is a tough one to answer. We decided to break out of our self-established, comfortable, filter bubble and started watching movies alphabetically.

Moving out of the filter bubble has been a good experience:

  • We saved a good amount of time with the chosen selection method.
  • We’ve watched movies we would never have picked.
  • We watched classics, B-movies, genres we’d usually skip, etc.
  • We also lost some saved time by watching movies which weren’t good — but is that a difference to any other selection method?
  • We made an exception for the letter X and skipped it.1

We started on 15th February 2020 and made it through the alphabet by end of March 2020. That’s a pace of 267 = 3.714285714 movies per week.

Movies are a form of art. Let’s keep it alive and diverse by watching movies which aren’t edited to drive business metrics to new heights.

The movies we watched with my ratings

Ratings are on a scale of 1 (bad) to 10 (good).

  1. Ad Astra 6/10
  2. Beach Bum 5/10
  3. Crawl 1/10
  4. Death Race 2050 2/10
  5. Escape from Alcatraz 6/10
  6. Fitzcarraldo 7/10
  7. Gisaengchung (aka Parasite) 5/10
  8. Hidden Figures 6/10
  9. It's All Gone Pete Tong 4/10
  10. Judgement at Nuremberg 8/10
  11. Knockin' on Heaven's Door 6/10
  12. L.A. Story 4/10
  13. Moon 5/10
  14. Nothing But the Truth 5/10
  15. Once upon a time in America 5/10
  16. Paths of Glory 6/10
  17. Quadrophenia 5/10
  18. Rocco 5/10
  19. Star Wars: Episode IX - Rise of Skywalker 6/10
  20. Trance (2013) 6/10
  21. Upgrade 5/10
  22. Vanilla Sky 5/10
  23. Watership Down 2/10
  24. ❌ None we're available to us.1
  25. Young People Fucking 4/10
  26. Zoku Shinya shokudô 6/10

I’m in for a repetition.

  1. We’re not into superhero movies. I’m d’accord with this opinion: Martin Scorsese: I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain., The New York Times, 4th November 2019