Keeping a Film Diary

So this year I decided I would keep a film diary. This came about because at the end of last year I wrote an article about my Top 10 films of 2012 and found I struggled to remember everything I had seen. So I figured if I kept a diary I wouldn’t encounter this problem at the end of 2013.

The way it works is simple; I write the title of whichever films I watch on the day that I watch them. I don’t include any other information, just the title. It sounds pretty painless right?……wrong!!!

Unfortunately I have a fairly aggressive competitive streak, and the fact that I started writing down the films I had seen, meant that I suddenly created a target for myself to reach by the end of the year; I aimed to average 2 films per day (730 movies). As with any feat of endurance and skill I started off strong, taking in 64 films in January and another 50 in February. But then family events, weddings, parties, festivals, illnesses and more all began creeping in. I found myself losing valuable viewing time at an ever increasing rate.

Heres Johnny cultoid

I can break 700 films!!!….If I just watch ‘Marley and Me’!

Having counted up at the end of june I was at a total of 243 for the year so far. Whilst this is a pretty decent total, it’s nowhere near where I wanted to be and means I have to fit in just under 500 films in the latter half of the year to meet my stupid target!!!

So what is the point of this article?

Basically that a film diary is a horrible thing to have. It has become a monster that lurks on my coffee table, reminding me that unless I’m watching a movie at that very moment, I am one step closer to failing 2013 as a whole!!!

So don’t do it people. Consider my plight a warning. Enjoy films when you watch them and don’t risk becoming that sad obsessive who values quantity on an even keel with quality!

On the bright side I’ll have plenty of films to trawl through when compiling my ‘Best of 2013’ list come December.

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.


  1. Steve Dempster

    28 July, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I too have started keeping a film diary, but I discovered Letterboxd ( which is a great way to post reviews and also go back over all the films I’ve ever seen and give a rating out 5 stars. It’s great fun but will eat into your day before you know it. Keep up the good work with Cultoid!

    • James Weller

      15 August, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Cheers Steve, I checked this out, really cool site! great way of keeping tab. Very fond of the IMDB app too, really good for wishlisting films, it adds them to your calendar when they’re released at the cinema and a little push notification comes through, Genius!

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