Today is the final day of 2013. It’s time to look ahead at my personal goals for 2014. Specifically, what I plan to watch in the upcoming year. I’ve broken it down into my DVD watch list and then some theatrical movies I’m most anticipating.
2014 will be the year of Hitchcock. I’ve attempted this for the last two years and always get off track. Since I’m starting off the new year with a goal to not only buy less but to also watch less movies, I feel confident I will make it through the Hitchcock film library this year. I have a copy of A Year of Hitchcock: 52 Weeks of Suspense by Jim McDevitt and Eric San Juan ready for my journey. While I won’t cover every single Hitchcock film here, expect to see more than a few pop up from time to time.
Since I finished all of the Godzilla films in 2013, I plan to wrap up the Gamera series along with some random other Japanese monster flicks, including the Daimajin trilogy. While I don’t think I’ll be doing one article per film, I will definitely be sharing my thoughts on them.
More comedy is on the agenda with Abbott & Costello, Our Gang and Laurel & Hardy topping the list. I plan on writing about these occasionally as well since I find most monster kids love these comedies too.
More westerns are also on my list. This is a genre I used to love and, sadly, has been much neglected in recent years. Vince and the gang at the B Movie Cast podcast are covering The Big Gundown (1966) on their first show in 2014, so I must not be alone.
Finally, my never-ending goal of more Akira Kurosawa. With a copy of Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema by Peter Cowie in my possession, this is another goal I hope to see accomplished in 2014.
As for the cinema, there are several movies I’m highly anticipating. I think you can see genre films are topping this list.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4)
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)
- Godzilla (May 16)
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (November 21)
- The Hobbit: There and Back Again (December 17)
While it seems like a lot, it really isn’t considering how many movies I watch in a given year. That said, I do plan to watch less in 2014 as I hope to concentrate more on two other neglected passions of mine, reading and old radio shows. I’ve been in a big horror phase for at least 5 years or so but I’ve decided 2014 needs to be more diverse and a little more light-hearted. So there will be fewer horror movies watched in 2014. Therefore, you’ll find other genres being covered more on this blog going forward. But fear not, my love for the monsters and horror will still be the cornerstone of this site. I suspect there may be some book reviews as well as an article or two on other topics.
Don’t worry if a few weeks go by without a post. That just means I am being successful at better balancing my life and personal interests. I will continue to update Facebook with each new Monster Movie Kid blog entry as I find that is the best way to get the word out there whenever I write something new.
However, I must thank B Movie Cast and 1951 Down Place as they are two of the sites where most of my hits originate from besides Facebook. If you aren’t listening to both of those podcasts, do yourself a favor and start now! While I’m on the topic, special thanks to Desmond Reddick at Dread Media, Derek M. Koch at Monster Kid Radio, Terry Frost over at Paleo Cinema and the Martian Drive-In Podcast and award-winning author Stephen D. Sullivan for their ongoing support as well. Be sure to also check out the Horror Etc. podcast and the Facebook pages for all of these supporters and others I know that I am missing.