Sunday, January 29, 2012

2011 Year End Blowout Extravaganza! Posterized: Movies Watched January-February

In the 2010 I fell about a dozen or so titles short of averaging watching a movie a day. So, when the clock strucketh twelve on January 1, 2011, I looked at myself in the mirror, where I said to my reflection, “come on, you’re anti-social, and have little to no life of which to speak. You can do better. Nay, you must do better!” So I set out to shatter my normal average of about 300 films viewed per year. It was rough, I had my doubts, there were days when I wanted to just read a book, or the sunshine beckoned, but luckily my elderly rascally manager Cortland Finnegan (no relation to the Tennessee Titan cornerback) whipped me into shape during my moments of doubt, and after a good four minute training montage set to a blistering poppy number, I was back on the horse. And well, let’s just say I passed the 365 film mark by mid-November.

So to celebrate my ocular fortitude, before I do my normal viewing analysis where I break down films watched by decade, country, what Baldwin brother was in said film, etc, I thought I’d share my “accomplishment” by displaying the posters for all the films watched in 2011, two months a day. To keep it tidy, let’s do this chronological style, staring with January-February.

A few notes:

-Only films watched from beginning to their end count. So if I turned on HBO and caught say The Wizard at the 20 minute mark and watched the rest of the film, it is not eligible. Neither would Little Monsters be if I started to watched it and Martians come down to earth and destroyed my satellite dish with 10 minutes remaining. However, if I went to the cinema to see Vice Versa at a repertory screening at the New Beverly, and watch the film from start to finish, then it does count. (note to self: watch more Fred Savage films).

-TV movies count, but TV series do not, even special two parters (but for shits and giggles, and since I watched my fair share of television as well, I am including the TV series whose seasons I watched in their entirety at the end of each entry. Remember, some of these I started pre-2011)

-I count each movie I see as a viewing, so if I watched Mamma Mia! ten times, that counts as ten viewings! AND DON’T JUDGE ME!!!!!

-Presentation became a point of contention for some films, so here’s what I decided, if the film was presented in separate intervals like Carlos, which was separated by Netflix into three nearly two hour segments with credits, it counted as three films. However, when I saw the Kill Bill: Whole Bloody Affair cut, it only counted as one film, despite its previous split incarnation

Films in italics are films that I would rate a B+ or higher on the ol’ grading system, or 4 or more stars on the 5 star system

And finally for films whose year of release is written this way (2010/11) the first is the year of the film’s premiere release (or for foreign films, year of release in their country) the second is the American release date, for year end lists, since I am American at least until Alvin and the Chipmunks 4: Battlechip Potemkin premieres, I go by the second date.



TV Series

1.) 1.1-Remember the Night (1940, Mitchell Leisen)/DVR (TCM)/1st
2.) 1.1-Breathless (1960, Jean Luc Godard)/DVD/3rd
3.) 1.1-Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979, Joan Micklin Silver)/Netflix Streaming/1st
4.) 1.2-Play It Again, Sam (1972, Herbert Ross)/DVD/2nd
5.) 1.3-The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, Wes Anderson)/Blu Ray/1st
6.) 1.4-Battles Without Honor or Humanity: The Final Episode (1974, Kinji Fukasaku)/DVD/1st
7.) 1.5-Night of the Demon (1980, James C. Wasson)/DVD/1st
8.) 1.5-Family Plot (1976, Alfred Hitchcock)/DVD/2nd
9.) 1.6-The Book of Eli (2010, The Hughes Brothers)/DVR (HBO)/1st
10.) 1.7-Everyone Else (2010, Maren Ade)/Netflix Streaming/1st
11.) 1.8-Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991, Rachel Talalay)/DVD/3rd
12.) 1.9-Happy Go Lucky (2008, Mike Leigh)/DVR (Starz)/1st
13.) 1.9-I'm Still Here (2010, Casey Affleck)/Netflix Streaming/1st
14.) 1.10-Rome Open City (1945, Roberto Rosellini)/DVD/1st
15.) 1.11-Dogtooth (2009/10, Giorgos Lanthimos)/Theatre (Cinefamily)/1st
16.) 1.11-The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973, Peter Yates)/DVD/2nd
17.) 1.12-Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990, Mick Garris)/DVD/2nd
18.) 1.14-The Big Lebowski (1998, the Coen Brothers)/DVD/approx 5th
19.) 1.14-Best Worst Movie (2010, Michael Stephenson)/DVD/1st
20.) 1.16-Blue Valentine (2010, Derek Cianfrance)/Theatre (Arclight Pasadena)/1st
21.) 1.17-The Fighter (2010, David O. Russell)/Theatre (Arclight Pasadena)/1st
22.) 1.17-The Walking Stick (1970, Eric Till)/DVR (TCM)/1st
23.) 1.19-Hell Up in Harlem (1973, Larry Cohen)/DVD/1st
24.) 1.19-Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970, Don Siegel)/Netflix Streaming/1st
25.) 1.20-Life During Wartime (2010, Todd Solodnz)/DVR (TMC)/1st
26.) 1.21-Paris, Texas (1984, Wim Wenders)/Blu Ray/2nd
27.) 1.22-Youth in Revolt (2010, Miguel Arteta/DVR (TMC)/1st
28.) 1.23-Nighthawks (1981, Bruce Malmouth)/DVD/2nd
29.) 1.23-Frozen (2010, Adam Green)/Netflix Streaming/1st
30.) 1.25-Planet of the Vampires (1961, Mario Bava)/DVD/2nd
31.) 1.26-Lola Montes (1955, Max Ophuls)/Netflix Streaming/1st
32.) 1.28-Fuzz (1972, Richard A. Colla)/DVR (Showtime)/1st
33.) 1.28-127 Hours (2010, Danny Boyle)/Theatre (Laemle Playhouse)/1st
34.) 1.28-The Last of the Mohicans (1992, Michael Mann)/Blu Ray/2nd
35.) 1.30-The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981, Karl Reisz)/Netflix Streaming/1st
36.) 1.31-Victory (1981, John Huston)/DVD/1st
37.) 2.1-Hell Night (1981, Tom DeSimone)/DVD/1st
38.) 2.3-Hard Rain (1998, Mikael Salomon)/DVD/1st
39.) 2.4-Green Zone (2010, Paul Greengrass)/DVR (HBO)/1st
40.) 2.4-Enter the Void (2009/10, Gaspar Noe)/Netflix Streaming/1st
41.) 2.4-Easy A (2010, Will Gluck)/Blu Ray/1st
42.) 2.4-Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton)/Blu Ray/3rd
43.) 2.5-Major Dundee (1965, Sam Peckinpah)/DVD/1st
44.) 2.7-Above the Law (1988, Andrew Davis)/Netflix Streaming/2nd
45.) 2.9-Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994, Wes Craven)/DVD/3rd
46.) 2.9-The Mechanic (1972, Michael Winner)/DVR (MGM HD)/2nd
47.) 2.10-Red Sun (1971, Terrence Young)/DVD/1st
48.) 2.11-Dirty Harry (1971, Don Siegel)/DVD/approx 4th
49.) 2.11-Dark Forces (1980, Simon Wincer)/Netflix Streaming/1st
50.) 2.11-They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969, Sydney Pollack)/Theatre (LACMA)/2nd
51.) 2.11-The China Syndrome (1979, James Bridges)/Theatre (LACMA)/1st
52.) 2.12-Cold Weather (2011, Aaron Katz)/Theatre (Laemle Sunset)/1st
53.) 2.12-Looker (1981, Michael Crichton)/DVR (Encore)/1st
54.) 2.12-The American (2010, Anton Corbijin)/Blu Ray/1st
55.) 2.12-Horsefeathers (1932, Norman MacLeod)/DVD/2nd
56.) 2.13-The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, Jack Arnold)/DVD/2nd
57.) 2.13-The Mechanic (2011, Simon West)/Theatre (AMC Citywalk)/1st
58.) 2.13-The Roomate (2011, Christian Christiansen)/Theatre (AMC Citywalk)/1st
59.) 2.13-The Manitou (1978, William Girdler)/Netflix Streaming/1st
60.) 2.14-MacGruber (2010, Jorma Taccone)/Blu Ray/1st
61.) 2.15-Carlos part 1 (2010, Oliver Assayas)/Netflix Streaming/1st
62.) 2.16-Gas-s-s (1970, Roger Corman)/DVD/1st
63.) 2.19-Still Bill (2010, Damani Baker, Alex Vlack)/DVR (Showtime)/1st
64.) 2.19-Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010, Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch)/DVD/1st
65.) 2.20-Cabaret (1972, Bob Fosse)/DVD/1st
66.) 2.20-Take the Money and Run (1969, Woody Allen)/DVD/3rd
67.) 2.20-Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)/Blu Ray/approx 15th
68.) 2.21-Carlos part II (2010, Oliver Assayas)/Netflix Streaming/1st
69.) 2.23-Carlos part III (2010, Oliver Assayas)/Netflix Streaming/1st
70.) 2.23-The Trip (1967, Roger Corman)/DVD/1st
71.) 2.24-Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982, Carl Reiner)/DVD/2nd
72.) 2.25-Paternity (1981, David Steinberg)/DVR (Showtime)/1st
73.) 2.25-Unknown (2011, Juame Collet-Serra)/Theatre (Arclight Pasadena)/1st
74.) 2.25-Paisan (1946, Roberto Rosellini)/DVD/1st
75.) 2.25-Let Me In (2010, Matt Reeves)/Blu Ray/1st
76.) 2.26-The Heartbreak Kid (1971, Elaine May)/Netflix Streaming/1st
77.) 2.26-The Illusionist (2010, Sylvian Chomet)/Theatre (Los Feliz 3)/1st
78.) 2.26-The Backlot Murders (2002, David DeFalco)/Netflix Streaming/1st
79.) 2.28-The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008/10, Kim Ji-Woon)/DVD/1st

TV Series

TV1.) Party Down/Season 1 (2009, John Enbom, Paul Rudd, Dan Etheridge, Rob Thomas)


Mummbles said...

Great to see you back blogging, you outdid yourself here. Great posters, cannot wait to see the rest of these blogs.

le0pard13 said...

Yes, great to see you back, my friend. Also great to see a number of favorites of mine on this segment. FANTASTIC MR. FOX, THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (I assume you saw the director's cut... I have the theatrical, too on R2), NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, and the original THE MECHANIC (man, I hated the remake), RED SUN, DIRTY HARRY, and I loved the American remake LET ME IN.

Heck, we saw FROZEN (which I think was an underrated film). Even my friend and author John Kenneth Muir thought it a worthy pic. BTW, what did you think of THE AMERICAN? Looking forward to whatever you have in store, Colonel. Thanks.

Colonel Mortimer said...

Thanks you guys. I owe you both some commenting on your respected blogs.

Leopard, I was a pretty big fan of The American, as the existential hitmen milieu (reminiscent of the works of Jean Pierre Melville) is a particular soft spot for me.

I thought Frozen was okay, a decent little film with some harrowing sequences but some underdeveloped characters, but I found it miles better than the director's (Adam Green) prior film, the obnoxious slasher film Hatchet.

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