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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

entry arrow11:19 PM | The Halfway Mark

51 out of a 100. Halfway there. Whew! I had no idea what I was getting into when I decided to be extra with Joops Miranda’s film meme challenge more than a month ago. I’ve been tagged before this but never bothered because the meme’s restrictions were unappealing. Only ten? I struggle with even a hundred! And no commentary? How can you convey impact without commentary! Hence, “extra.” And the commentaries have been getting longer and longer each day. But this has become an exercise of utter involvement: I actually rewatch the films first before posting, I do research, and titles have come and gone in my list with some regularity, etched in stone only when I go past them in alphabetical order. [The only film I let slip was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which I completely forgot about, although I was already deep in the L’s.] But the exercise has been good. It has given me a sense of days passing in the pandemic, and it has allowed me analysis of my own cinematic taste. And so the next time somebody asks me, “What’s your favorite movie?”—that unanswerable query—I’ll just send them this list. [This is your fault, Joops.]

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