Thursday, January 21, 2010

Anal Retentive's Delight: 2009, the Movies and Me

Fans of Obsessive Compulsion Disorder rejoice! It's a follow up to last year's popular movie journal stat sheet! (Here's the 2008 version)

Total Films Watched: 288

Down by five from last year, the decrease due to the fact that my wife and I purchased a house in January and moved in March. A lot of energy usually spent watching films was instead reserved for home repairs and gardening. Another effect was a longer work commute which changed sleep habits slightly (read: I go to bed a little earlier) and a lot more house guests than usual. And in July we adopted our beloved Cocker Spaniel, Lucky, who more often than not proved more entertaining than most films.

Films Watched Theatrically: 80
Films Watched via DVD: 177
Films Watched from Television broadcast/DV-R: 21
Films Watched via Netflix Streaming: 9
Films Watched on YouTube: 1

A slight shift in viewing habits as I became a DirectTV customer with a Digital Video Recorder which led to my scouring of Turner Classic Movies schedule for interesting programming. I'd say 90% of films watched via TV broadcast were presented in their original ratio aspect. Netflix really improved their streaming and selection quality and proved a valuable resource, especially considering a wealth of films currently out-of-print on DVD. For someone who spent the majority of the year incessantly bitching about people and corporations devaluing the theatrical going experience, I saw six less films at the theatre compared to last year.

Films Watched by Decade:

2000s: 129
1990s: 9
1980s: 47
1970s: 48
1960s: 18
1950s: 14
1940s: 11
1930s: 9
pre 1930s: 3

First film watched in 2009: The Magnificent Seven
First film watched theatrically in 2009: Doubt
Last film watched in 2009: Up!
Last film watched theatrically in 2009: Avatar

Number of films watched for the fist time in 2009: 214
Number of films watched for the second time in 2009: 37
Number of films watched for the third or more time in 2009: 37

Strange how that balanced out.

Filmmakers Who I saw Three or More Films by in the calendar year (not counting multiple viewings of the same film, ie Tarantino doesn't make the list even though I watched Jackie Brown and Inglourious Basterds twice):

Note: The list is presented in chronological order of my personal viewing.

Joe Dante: 5 (The Second Civil War, Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, The Screwfly Solution, The 'burbs)

John Landis: 5 (Kentucky Fried Movie, Animal House, Into the Night, American Werewolf in London, Trading Places)

Werner Herzog: 5 (The Enigma of Kasper Hauser, Heart of Glass, Stroszek, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Woyzeck)

Woody Allen: 4 (Another Woman, Hollywood Ending, September, Whatever Works)

Brian DePalma: 3 (Carrie, Body Double, Obsession)

Sam Raimi: 3 (The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Drag Me to Hell)

Fatih Akin: 3 (In July, Head-On, Crossing the Bridge)

Clint Eastwood: 3 (Gran Torino, Changeling, Blood Work)

Budd Boeticher: 3 (Decision at Sundown, Buchanan Rides Alone, Ride Lonesome)

Paul Schrader: 3 (Blue Collar, Cat People, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters)

John Huston: 3 (The Maltese Falcon, The Dead, Wise Blood)

Roger Corman: 3 (X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes, Bucket of Blood, Bloody Mama)

If you remember (or took another gander) at last year's entry, you will notice that once again Herzog and Dante topped this list, I am working through their collected works. Herzog will probably be on here next year still, but I have finished watching Dante's filmography. Also you may be asking why I watched those particular four Woody Allen films, well astute readers will notice that the first book I read this year was a biography of the Woodman, which prompted me to fill my holes in his directorial output (still haven't gotten around to Anything Else yet).

Number of Movies Watched per Month:

January: 35
February: 25
March: 22
April: 27
May: 22
June: 23
July: 19
August: 18
September: 25
October: 22
November: 23
December: 27

Started the year off with a bang but ultimately it was a pace that I couldn't keep up with. Lucky came into our lives in July and that coupled with having house guest pretty much every weekend during those months explains the paltry numbers for the end of summer.

Movies by Country of Origin:

United States: 238
United Kingdom: 20
France: 12
Italy: 10
Germany: 9
Spain: 3
China: 3
Australia: 3
Japan: 2
Israel: 2
India: 1
Mexico: 1
Korea: 1
Turkey: 1
South Africa: 1

Last year I stated that I should really watch more foreign films. What do I do: watch 16 more US productions than in 2008 is what I do. Ugly American alert! As mentioned last year, with so many films being international productions, it's difficult to ascertain a specific country, in those instance I just chose what made the most sense to me. And don't get too excited, the South African film I saw is the same one you did, District 9.

10 best pre-2000 films I saw for the first time in 2009:

Blue Collar (1978, Paul Schrader)
The Devils (1971, Ken Russell)
Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973, Peter Yates)
The Furies (1950, Anthony Mann)
Holiday (1938, George Cukor)
The Innocents (1961, Jack Clayton)
Lacombe Lucien (1974, Louis Malle)
Love in the Afternoon (Chloe in the Afternoon) (1972, Eric Rohmer)
Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
Violent City (1970, Sergio Sollima)

And finally, here are the seasons of Television series I watched to their completion this year (this list may be missing some stuff, its culled from my spotty memory):

Flight of the Conchords: Season 2
Lost: Season 5
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7
Mad Men: Season 1
Saxondale: Seasons 1 & 2


Mummbles said...

Once again you impress me with your movie watching skills and knowledge. I have no idea how many movie I saw last year, so I am keeping a running record on my blog for 2010 movie seen... but with my internship starting (Monday!)I am sure my numbers will be down from last year.

I would like to see a top list of movies you liked best in 2009, if I so may request.

Good article!

Wesley said... really broke it down, Kevin.

I guess when the A's are out of the playoff hunt by mid-May it leaves you with a lot of time?! ::sigh::

Wesley said...

p.s. The link for Sean's blog on the right side of the page is broken....

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kevin, i am in awe.

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