My Houston-based colleague, film critic, teacher and author Joe Leydon, has just turned 59, and feels that with a milestone year in front of him, it’s high time he caught up with famous films he’s never seen. We all have such a list, though some of us are more reluctant to admit it than others. Joe has not only decided to go public, but to publish a weekly diary of his observations. If you don’t read his reviews in Variety, or any number of other outlets, this may be a nice way to catch up with a good writer and lifelong film buff.
To quote him directly,
“I'm launching—with , I admit, no small amount of trepidation—a project that I've dubbed Take 59. During the next 52 weeks—from Aug. 22, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012—I’m going to view, once a week, a 20th century movie that I've never seen before, that I feel I should see before I turn 60. But wait, there's more: I'm also going to post an appraisal of each movie, and each posting will come with the Take 59 label.
“I’m likely going to embarrass myself, and get a fair amount of heckling, when I fess up and name the names of—
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