Friday, June 19, 2009

Introducing the Mass Movie Project

Also posted at the new Mass Movie Project blog.

Have you ever thought "You know, what I'd really like to do is watch every movie ever filmed and set in Massachusetts."? Of course you have.

Well, now there is a way to do it. Join the Mass Movie Project.

So far, we've identified about 120 movies that fit our criteria and our plan is to watch all of them. What is the criteria you ask?
  1. Movie must be filmed primarily in Massachusetts. (So a movie set in MA but filmed in Canada or L.A. would not qualify)
  2. Movie must be set primarily in Massachusetts. (So a movie filmed here as a stand in for another location would not qualify)
  3. Movie must have had some sort of a theatrical release. (A made-for-TV or direct-to-video film would not qualify)
  4. Documentaries have been left out.
That's about it. We'll identify two or three movies each month to watch. and the Mass Movie Project Facebook group is the place to review, commend, pan, mock, or otherwise discuss the movies.

We are starting with the 10 films the Boston Globe has deemed "10 Memorable Boston Films." Following that list, we will go through those Massachusetts films that have either won or been nominated for Academy Awards and/or Golden Globes. Those will be in order from most awards to fewest. Once we've exhausted those movies, we'll trudge through the remaining 90+ films. Finally, if a hard to find movie--for instance a film that is not available on DVD--somehow surfaces, we'll slide that into the rotation out of order. In fact, the first film to be announced fits that description.

To get you started, here are the Mass Movie Project's first five films:
  1. The Carey Treatment (1972). Not available on DVD--Only available on Turner Classic Movies June 19 at 10am or Aug. 4 at 1:30pm.
  2. Mystery Street (1950).
  3. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973).
  4. The Verdict (1982).
  5. Good Will Hunting (1997).
For more information or to join, go to the Mass Movie Project on Facebook. If you don't want to join the Facebook group but want to follow along, regular updates and reviews will be posted to the new Mass Movie Project blog.

Update: Here is the full list of movies. Any updates, suggestions, comments or corrections are welcome.

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