A hobbyist’s backlog

In the closed meeting rooms of offices, we solemnly discuss sprint backlogs and technological debts. Why not talk similarly about a hobby that you pursue a little more seriously? With the tune of Misty Mountains playing in the back of my head, I search for words to illustrate the kind of debt that I, a serious movie-watcher, owe to myself!

This is majorly about The Lord Of The Rings. I first saw the movie and then read the book but I still felt I had just skimmed the surface of an epic which has enthralled so many. I always wanted to revise the trilogy but only got around to start doing it during my current Diwali visit to Ahmedabad. I don’t intend to finish it, something that is no small task given the humongous variety of characters, events and perspectives that constitute the LOTR. Rather, I intend to watch the movies again, paying more attention to details, and also go through the book as time permits.

Apart from the trilogy, there are other movies as well which I have to revisit to understand them better, or just to find more reasons to call them great. Some of these titles include No Country for Old Men, Once Upon a Time In The West and Lost Highway, among others. This Watch Again list is different from My Watchlist which is simply a list of movies to help me quickly choose a new film to watch next.

One other thing that goes on, along with the usual movie-watching, is an attempt to get the benchmarking of my IMDb ratings right. There was a time, in the beginning, when I’d rate most of the movies as seven or eight, and only occasionally rate a title five. For example, there was a time when I gave Torque a full seven stars out of ten! I am still learning how to get my ratings right.

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