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Goodreads has a feature called Reading Challenge that allows users to set reading goals for the year. Basically, you tell the app how many books you want to read, and then you log the books you’ve read throughout the year, and it tracks how close or far away you are from reaching your goal. It’s a nifty feature for people who are into goal setting or who are just interested in tracking and seeing what their reading habits looked like, how they changed or didn’t change, throughout the course of a year.
That’s great for book nerds, but what about us cinephiles? I know at least a few fellow film fans who set goals and track their movie watching habits (Our own Sailor Monsoon watches a movie a day – at least) throughout the year and beyond.
But what about you guys and gals: What movie-oriented goals do you have for 2020? Any New Year’s resolutions? Want to watch more independent or obscure movies? Plan on catching up on superhero movies? Need to expand your horizons with more foreign films?
As far as I know, there’s no direct analog for Goodread’s Reading Challenge for movies, but many of us here at SAW use an app called Letterboxd to manually record, rate, and track the movies we watch. You can record the date you saw a film, rate it, and review it. There’s also a feature that allows users to mark the films that you love with a heart icon. Letterboxd allows you to indicate viewings that are rewatches and to create multiple watchlists for a variety of purposes. You can sort films by genre, release date (including year and decade), your rating, and the date you watched them, and the app keeps a diary of all of your watches that you can go back and review whenever you want. While Letterboxd lacks a a feature that is exactly like the Reading Challenge, the app can be used in essentially the same way.
As for me, my current situation seriously inhibits the types and quantity of movies I can watch, so my only goal for the new year is to watch more movies than I did in 2019, which was an abysmal year for me in terms of movie watching.
So let me kick the question back to you: What are your movie New Year’s resolutions for 2020?
Tell us all about it in the comments and we’ll see you in the trenches.