Hello, caped crusaders, and welcome back to The 300, my so serious attempt to watch 300 movies in theaters in the year 2018. I’ll be seeing new releases, classics, hidden gems, and festival films to experience the wide world of cinema in all its glory. With that much variety, I hope you see something here you’ll want to check out.
As always, there are three rules for The 300:
- The movie must be at least 40 minutes long, meeting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ definition of a feature film.
- I must watch the movie at a movie theater, screening room, or outdoor screening venue.
- While I can watch movies I’ve seen before 2018, I cannot count repeated viewings of the same film in 2018 multiple times.
This week and next week’s installments of The 300 will be a little lighter than usual because of life happening outside the theater. Lots of other work to finish and projects to finally put in order. It feels good having just an extra day or two away from the movies. I know I’ll be going to the movies a fair amount in 2019, but it won’t be anywhere near this much. I want my afternoons and evenings free again. I am like a child now sick at an ice cream buffet.
Things will pick up again in a big way soon, however, as I start to cover the 2018 New York Film Festival (NYFF). The festival runs from September 28 to October 14, with a slate that includes Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA, Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, and the Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Expect a festival preview and the first reviews for NYFF in two weeks, followed by complaints of burnout.
And so, onward.