A Brief Rundown of What to Expect

This is what most of my entries will look like. There will be other posts from time to time, but when writing about the films themselves, it will be along the lines of this format*.

Film Title (Year of Release or Completion)

OR: An alternate title of my own choosing

Director(s) and Writer(s) Credits

Year of National Film Registry (NFR) Induction

The Plot: I sum up the plot of the film as best I can (but keep in mind I’ve probably had a few).

Why It Matters: An explanation of why the NFR has deemed this film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant“.

But Does It Really?: I argue whether or not this film really should belong on the registry (and if not, what movie should take its place).

Shout Outs: Whenever the film references other films on the NFR.

Everybody Gets One: Special mention to people you may not realize are in one of these films, proving my theory that “everybody gets one” classic film.

Wow, That’s Dated: No matter how timeless a film may be, there’s always something about it that shows the signs of the time it was made.

Take a Shot: Answering the age old question, “Can I make a drinking game out of this film using only the film’s title?”**

Seriously, Oscars?: A look at how often the Academy Awards ignore the greatest films, either by denying a film any trophies or by not nominating them in the first place.

Other Notes: My other random thoughts that occur to me while watching the film.

Legacy: A rundown of every major influence this film has had on popular culture.

Further Viewing: Any additional film or clip or whatever that I think you would enjoy.

Listen To This!: A recording related to the film that has been preserved at NFR’s sister foundation the National Recording Registry.

*Format subject to change without notice. Offer void in Arizona and Utah. Many will enter, few will read.

** UPDATE: Turns out the answer is, “Yes, but who cares?” Take a Shot has been replaced with “Title Track”, in which I discuss the film’s title if it has an interesting story behind it, is mentioned prominently in the film itself, or is also a song in the movie!

What Are You, Nuts or Something?

In December 2016, the National Film Registry (or NFR as it’s known to fans) added 25 films to its list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films”. This brought the total number of films since its inaugural selection in 1989 to 700. Shortly thereafter, some guy named Tony (yours truly) looked at the list of 700 and figured he had already seen a lot of them and wanted to see more. So, in the midst of referring to himself in the third person, he set a goal for himself; to watch every film on the National Film Registry, or at least a whole lot of them.

“But why keep this to myself?”, he typed. “Why not put this on the internet where people can take pride in being the first to comment on something?” So one WordPress account later, he founded “The Horse’s Head”.

Okay, third person narrative over.

Welcome to The Horse’s Head! It’s real simple; I watch every movie on the National Film Registry and write a post about it. You read, comment, share, judge, whatever you want. It’s quite a daunting task ahead of me. I compare it to scaling Mt. Everest, except every December they add a few hundred feet to the top. I fully admit that I will probably never see every film, but the prospect of the attempt sounds like a lot of fun.

So please join me for the ride. Or don’t. I ain’t your boss.

Happy Viewing,

Tony