If you were to ask me if I have seen a certain film the probable answer I would give is 'no'. It's not that I don't like watching films I just don't seem to get round to watching them. This goes from classic films, teenage coming of age dramas through to Hollywood blockbusters. Take for example Citizen Kane – it may be over 70 years old now but it is still described as many as the best film that has ever been made. Even on Rotten Tomatoes it scores an amazing 100%. I first recorded it on video (yes, video!) when I was doing my journalism degree. Orson Welles' epic tale is one based on the real life publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst so perfect all round for my studies. It remained unwatched. Last year I recorded it again when it was shown but I still haven't put aside 2 hours to watch it.
As someone who was a teenager in the 1980s and 1990s you would have expected that I would have watched back then the big blockbuster movies of the day. While Tom Cruise was single-handedly making aviator sunglasses the must wear accessory through his role in Top Gun the whole thing completely passed me by. As did Tom Cruise's next outings in The Color of Money and Cocktail. Off the top of my head here are some more films which always feature in must-watch lists but I've never seen.
Gone With the Wind
Breakfast at Tiffany's
North By Northwest
The Usual Suspects
The Sixth Sense
Much to my husband's disgust I fell asleep in the cinema when we went to watch The Matrix. Consequently I didn't go with him to see the sequels. I never went to the cinema to watch The Lord of the Rings but when we watched it at home it bored me to tears. When The Hobbit came out my husband and daughter went together to see it whilst I stayed at home doing something more interesting such as tidying my sock drawer. Last year we recorded American Hustle and sat down to watch it but after 15 minutes my husband and I didn't have a clue what was going on and decided to abandon it. So I have tried to watch certain films but failed spectacularly.
I have a challenge for 2017 and that is to watch 5 classic films I have never seen before. These films fall into different genres and probably aren't films I would normally make the effort to sit down and watch but in the spirit of #NewYearNewYou I'm prepared to give them a try. If you fancy joining me you can buy the films here.
Strangers on a Train
To celebrate my 2017 #NewYearNewYou film challenge I'm offering the same bundle of films to win on Twitter.
#NewYearNewYou Twitter 'Retweet' giveaway – Terms and conditions
Clause 1 Entrants must be resident in the UK aged 18 or over. To enter the #NewYearNewYou giveaway entrants must “Retweet" the given message and image to @jibberjabberuk and follow the @jibberjabberuk Twitter account.
The #NewYearNewYou giveaway is free and no purchase is necessary. Only one entry per household. Clause 2 Entries must not be submitted through agents or third parties, and any such entries will be invalid. The use of duplicate Twitter accounts by one entrant in order to enter the giveaway is also prohibited. Clause 3 The Closing Date for the #NewYearNewYou giveaway is Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 23.59 (GMT). Clause 4 The Promoter will not be held responsible for any entries that are delayed or lost in transmission. Clause 5 The Winner will receive a Prize which consists of 5 DVD films. These will be Westworld, Get Carter, GoodFellas, Dirty Harry, Strangers on a Train. If these films are unavailable alternative films will be offered. The Prize will be facilitated for delivery dependant on the giveaway won and will be advised to the Winner at time of giveaway notification by the Promoter. Each Winner will be responsible for all other costs prior to and after fulfilment of the giveaway, and not otherwise provided herein. Clause 6 The Winner will be the first #NewYearNewYou giveaway entry that is randomly selected from all the entry submissions received by the Closing Date in respect to the Promotion. The Winner will be notified through a “Tweet” message placed on Twitter directly to the Winner. Clause 7 No cash or other alternatives to any Prize is available; and not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. The giveaway must be claimed by the person named on @jibberjabberuk within 28 days of notification from the Promoter (in accordance with Clause 6). Failure to claim the giveaway within this period, shall lead to the giveaway being forfeited and entitle the Promoter to redraw another winner without liability. Clause 8 The Promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative giveaway of equal value should this prove necessary. Clause 9 By entering the #NewYearNewYou giveaway all entrants confirm they have read, accepted and agreed to be bound to the Terms and Conditions of which the application instructions, form part, and consent to being contacted for the purpose of Clause 6 (if applicable), and acknowledge that Twitter is not the promoter and has no liability in connection with this promotion. Clause 10 The Promoter is not sponsored, endorsed or administered or associated with Twitter, and Twitter does not endorse the products of the Promoter. No information relating to any entrants is collected on behalf of or passed onto Twitter. Clause 11 The Promoter is Fetch Dynamic Ltd.#Retweet & #Follow to #win these 5 classic films for a #NewYearNewYou #giveaway Ends 23.59 22.01.2017. T&Cs: https://t.co/mA7GxdaPLa— Ness (@jibberjabberuk) January 18, 2017