We'd like to interrupt the 1980 Project wrap-up currently in process to look at my film watching stats for the recently completed year. Personally, this was a particularly emotionally draining and sad year for me. Interestingly though, my film viewing seriously increased from the last two years, perhaps due to life generally making me a bit anti-social leading me to stay in and take comfort in the form of cinema.
Not all the year was bad, I made my first trip to Europe (France and Italy) in May, note below how that month featured the least amount of films watched but even then we caught a few repertory screenings in Paris and I watched five films on the flight back to America (thanks mainly to my lack of sleeping on airplane abilities and the book I brought on the plane not being all that compelling), and materialistically this was the year I finally got an HD television and Blu-Ray player, allowing me to watch films on Netflix Instant directly on my television, not to mention high-def cable channels (love you MGM HD!).
For the 2009 stats post, click here.
For the 2008 stats post, click here.
Total Number of Films watched in 2010^ : 352 (an impressive increase of 64 films from 2009)
First Film Watched: Monkey Business (1931, Norman MacLeod)
First Film Watched Theatrically: Antichrist (2009, Lars Von Trier)
Last Film Watched: The Town (2010, Ben Affleck)
Last Film Watched Theatrically: Tron Legacy (2010, Joseph Kosinski)
Films Watched for the first time: 231
Films Watched for the second time: 72
Films Watched for the third or more time: 49
Method of viewing:
Netflix Instant: 50
Online (YouTube, Hulu, etc.): 3
Airplane (watched on a little screen behind a seat from the US to Europe): 3
By month: January: 28
By Country: United States: 241
United Kingdom: 22
Czech Republic: 1
Directors Who I Saw three or more films by in 2010:
John Landis: 7 (Spies Like Us, Into the Night, Three Amigos, Amazon Women on the Moon (co-directed), Coming to America, Oscar, Innocent Blood)
Dario Argento: 6 (Deep Red, Suspiria, The Card Player, Opera, Inferno, Jenifer)
David Cronenberg: 5 (Shivers, Scanners, Rabid, The Brood, Fast Company)
Kinji Fukasku: 4 (The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honor or Humanity, Death Match in Hiroshima, Proxy War, Police Tactics)
Werner Herzog: 4 (Fitzscarraldo, Where the Green Ants Dream, Cobra Verde, Lessons of Darkness)
Howard Hawks: 4 (A Song is Born, Ball of Fire, Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Man’s Favorite Sport)
John Carpenter: 4 (Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, The Thing, Starman)
Hal Ashby: 3 (The Last Detail, Lookin’ to Get Out, Being There)
Martin Scorsese: 3 (Taxi Driver, Shutter Island, Raging Bull)
J. Lee Thompson: 3 (Cape Fear, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes)
Sam Fuller: 3 (Underworld USA, Pickup on South Street, Crimson Kimono)
Sergio Corbucci: 3 (The Great Silence, Django, Navajo Joe)
Larry Cohen: 3 (It’s Alive, It Lives Again, Black Casear)
And to give equal due to the boob tube:
Television Series Completed in 2010 (some of these shows started their season in 2009, or I began watching the DVDs prior to 2010): 18
Mad Men: Season Two (2008)
It’s Gary Shandling’s Show: Season One (1986-87)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season Four (2008)
Star Trek: Season Two (1967-68)
Community: Season One (2009-10)
Lost: Season Six (2009-10)
Mad Men: Season Three (2009)
The State: Complete Series (1993-95)
Justified: Season One (2010)
The Rockford Files: Season One (1974-75)
Seinfeld: Season One (1990)
Eastbound and Down: Season One (2009)
Seinfeld: Season Two (1990-91)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season Five (2009)
Mad Men: Season Four (2010)
Eastbound and Down: Season Two (2010)
Boardwalk Empire: Season One (2010)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season Six (2010)
With the exception of the Seinfeld and The State, everything was a first time viewing of the entirety of the noted season.
Over the next week or two, I will intersperse my books read and favorite pre-2009 films watched for the first time in 2010 lists with the 1980 Project wrap-up. And hopefully I will be able to swing the extra 13 films in 2011 to get the total up to an average of a film a day.
What did you watch in 2010?
^ Some rules: Films have to meet the standard Academy rule of being at least 45 minutes in length to count as a full length film. I must see the movie from beginning to end, so catching the last hour of a ninety minute movie would not be counted. Made for TV movies count, however, two hour TV pilots/finales do not count unless it was presented as a film in some capacity (for example: the 1970s pilot of Battlestar Galactica was shown theatrically so it was counted). Each viewing counts, so if I saw a film twice, each viewing counts as a film watched.