In an effort to watch movies I’ve never seen, and to avoid making decisions, I wrote myself a little script the other day called
movienite I grabbed a list of 600+ movies under the TCM Channel on HBO Max. I randomized1 the list and created 2 text files: movienite.txt and watched.txt.
I wrote a little command-line script (hat tip that to that decades-old, but reliable
sed command) that shows me the first line of the movienite.txt file: the next movie to watch. Since it is very unlikely that I will watch a movie every night, I wrote a second script that that moves the first line of the movienite.txt file to the end of the watched.txt file.
The first movie that popped up (and, yes, I did watch it) was a Charles Bronson film called 10 to Midnight, a police thriller which was pretty terrible writing, and pretty bad acting, but that made it that much more fun to watch. Wilfred Brimley was in the film as well.
I like the randomness of it. It’s once less decision to make. I joked with Kelly that it’s like the old Saturday Night Movie in the 1970s: you get what you get, that’s it.
If you are curious, here are the next 9 movies that I’ll be watching at some point. I did peek at the first ten, but I haven’t looked at the list after that, and I don’t plan to. I like the element of surprise too much.
- Hobson’s Choice
- Gone with the Wind
- The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
- The Kid
- Modern Times
- The Man with the Golden Arm
- How to Be a Player
- Cheyenne Autumn
- It’s pseudorandom in that sequels aren’t picked before the previous film has been watched. So
movienitewon’t put Superman II before Superman: The Movie. ↩