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#15 of 40 Things

For several years I’ve kept track of the films I see in theaters, but I’ve never kept track of every single film I see at the cinema, on television and on DVD. So I chose to do that in my 40th year, mostly from the curiosity of just how many movies I really do watch throughout a year. Last year wasn’t nearly as numerous as years before, but I love that I have an accurate accounting of my entertainment choices during a single year. And I loved doing this so much that I’ve continued it, keeping record of all movies and TV viewings every single day. It will either reveal me to be highly interesting (ha!) or even more quirky than I ever realized!

The 90(ish) Films I Watched in My 40th Year

300 (Starz) Moonshot (TV)
(500) Days of Summer (DVD) Mr and Mrs Loving (TV)
12 Monkeys (TV) Mr and Mrs Smith (TV)
The Affair of the Necklace (Starz) Murder on the Orient Express (TCM)
All the King’s Men (TCM) Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (DVD)
Angels & Demons (PPV) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (cinema)
Attraction (DVD) On the Doll (DVD) Clayne Crawford scenes
The Blind Side (cinema) Prince Caspian (DVD)
The Break-Up (TV) Public Enemies (cinema)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (TCM) Quantum of Solace (DVD)
Brick (Starz) Rachel Getting Married (DVD)
Bright Young Things (Starz) abandoned The Recruit (TV)
The Brothers Bloom (DVD) Reds (TCM)
Burn After Reading (DVD) Righteous Kill (Starz)
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Starz) A Room With a View (TCM)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (TV) The Ruins (Starz)
Cadillac Records (DVD) Secondhand Lions (TV)
Citizen Jane (Lifetime) Serenity (TV)
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler Slumdog Millionaire (DVD)
The Dark Knight (DVD) Splendor in the Grass (TCM)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (DVD) Star Trek (DVD)
Defiance (DVD) State of Play (DVD)
District 9 (DVD) Steal This Movie (Starz)
Doctor Zhivago (2002) (TV) Steel City (DVD)
Double Indemnity (TCM) Step Brothers (Starz)
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (TCM) Sunshine Cleaning (DVD)
The Education of Little Tree (Starz) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Showtime)
Evil Remains (DVD) Clayne Crawford scenes Sweet Bird of Youth (TCM)
False Prophets (DVD) Taxi (TV) Christian Kane scenes
For Your Consideration (Starz) Terminator Salvation (cinema)
Friday Night Lights (TV) The Great Raid (TV)
Gone in 60 Seconds (TV) The Thing Called Love (VHS) yes, VHS!
Gossip (HBO) Toy Story / Toy Story 2
3D Double Feature (cinema)
Grey Gardens (HBO) Trouble the Water (HBO)
Hide (DVD) twice Unknown (DVD)
How to Make an American Quilt (TV)
Samantha Mathis scenes
(cinema +once again on DVD)
Howard’s End (TCM) Up in the Air (cinema)
The Jane Austen Book Club (Starz)
Marc Blucas scenes
A Very Long Engagement (Starz)
Julie & Julia (cinema) We Own the Night (Starz)
Just Married (TV)
Christian Kane scenes
When the Levees Broke — Acts I and II (HBO)
Leatherheads (Starz) John Krasinski scenes The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Starz)
Like or Something Like It (TV) The Wrestler (DVD)
Little Women (Starz)
Samantha Mathis and Christian Bale scenes
Wristcutters (DVD)
Clayne Crawford scenes
A Love Song for Bobby Long (IFC)
Clayne Crawford scenes
X-Men: The Last Stand (TV)
Lucky You (Starz) abandoned Xs & Os (DVD)
Made of Honor (Starz) Kevin McKidd scenes


inadvertent accomplishment (#35 of 40 things)

When I added #35 to my list of 40 Things I planned to spend a full day in a specific location in Dallas, and when I never made it happen I assumed that would simply be one more thing to push into the future. But now I’ve remembered that I actually did visit a sculpture garden, last summer, on the day I walked among the cattle. It was inadvertent, this garden visit. I just stumbled across a tiny little spot in the middle of a concrete city block, and I collapsed into the shade for no other reason than to escape the heat and prevent the dehydration that was threatening to overtake me. Thankfully, I did recognize where I was, that I was surrounded by art and had a camera in my hand, although I’ve only just realized that those moments qualified as my #35. Funny how things work out.
#35 - sculpture garden
#35 - sculpture garden

a day in the Dallas Arts District (#25 of 40 things)

Just over a year ago I set out to accomplish 40 things in my 40th year. Though my 41st birthday has now passed and I’m still working on the list, I did accomplish quite a few things and am just now getting around to posting them. I do plan to continue until I cross off every last item, but for now I am content with inching toward the goal.
On July 29, 2009, I spent the day in the Dallas Arts District in order to cross off #25. I only had enough time for one museum — and even then I only managed to get through 3/4 of the exhibits in the four hours I had available for browsing — but it was incredibly good for my soul. I can spend all day in art museums and return in a couple months and spend another full day without ever getting bored. I’m in awe of the collections, in awe of the names painted in corners of masterful works. On this particular day, I thrilled the most to be standing less than three feet from an actual Jackson Pollock canvas. It truly took my breath away, as did the reminder that he painted his masterpieces in the 1940s! It’s true that the greatest artists are always ahead of their time. And the Dallas Museum of Art is filled with them.
Rock-Rock  Dallas Museum of Art
click to view photos from my day at the museum

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