January 1, 2011

2011, my year of movies!

Happy new year everyone!  One of many things I want to try hard at this year is to watch more films instead of tv shows – I consume a ton of media, while knitting, while editing photos and my website, while doing other crafty things, etc, and most of it tends to be tv shows because it’s so easy to start a show and just go with it… for weeks at a time… even if it’s not a particularly good show…  I never stoop to reality tv (well except for Project Runway), and most of the shows I get hooked on are decent quality (most, not all), but I really wish I fit more good movies into my media consumption.

So, new project for 2011!  I am going to try to watch 365 movies this year, and I will keep track of every single one!  This blog post will be my list for the year – I’ll edit it a couple times a week or so, to update it with what I’ve watched.  It will include films seen in the theater, but most of what I watch is while working at home, so the quality of films will vary depending on how much I need to focus on what I’m doing at the same time.  I plan to re-watch lots of old favorites and films I’ve seen but only partly remember – I figure re-watching good or decent movies is better for my brain than watching (or re-watching) bad or only semi-decent tv.

I may include notes sometimes – just like whether I liked it or not – and date watched… and just for fun, to keep track of what’s what, I’ll be including some symbol coding when applicable:

** = seen in the theater
∞ = had already seen it more than once, aka old favorite
•• = had already seen it at some point but didn’t remember it well
BMB = bad movie bingo!

and, after each movie: (date – day of the year), so (1/20 – 20) means January 20, which is the 20th day of the year.

And now, the list!

365.  Crazy, Stupid, Love. (12/31 – 365)

364.  The Descendants (12/31 – 365)**

363.  Diner (12/30 – 364)

362.  The Doom Generation (12/27 – 361)

361.  Presumed Innocent (12/27 – 361)

360.  CQ (12/26 – 360)

359.  Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (12/26 – 360)**  (I had zero expectations for this, which I went to with my parents, and it was actually a super fun time, hah!)

358.  Love Actually (12/23 – 357)∞  (holiday season classic, of course)

357.  We Bought a Zoo (12/23 – 357)**

356.  Kick-Ass (12/22 – 356)••

355.  Scrooged (12/20 – 354)

354.  Let Me In (12/17 – 351)

353.  Bad Santa (12/16 – 350)

352.  Cradle Will Rock (12/15 – 349)

351.  Beauty and the Beast (12/15 – 349)••

350.  Cannibal! The Musical (12/14 – 348)

349.  Hunger (12/13 – 347)  (wow, so intense)

348.  Death Becomes Her (12/13 – 347)••  (half-watched this because I remembered liking it when I was a kid. silly.)

347.  Limitless (12/12 – 346)  (this premise had so much potential, but it just sucked so hard, bummer)

346.  You’ve Got Mail (12/11 – 345)••  (I should probably mark this as ∞ because I’ve seen it more times than I’d like to admit, for some strange reason…)

345.  Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (12/10 – 344)••  (remembered loving this movie in college – yes, still good stuff)

344.  In Bruges (12/08 – 342)  (took me long enough to see this one, liked it a lot)

343.  Hot Rod (12/08 – 342)••  (cool beans)

342.  The Freshman (12/08 – 342)••

341.  The Door in the Floor (12/07 – 341)  (maybe I saw this long ago… I don’t remember for sure because it was so boring and unmemorable)

340.  Spanglish (12/06 – 340)••

339.  In Good Company (12/05 – 339)••

338.  The Safety of Objects (12/05 – 339)

337.  Friday Night Lights (12/03 – 337)

336.  Black Snake Moan (12/01 – 335)

335.  Drive Me Crazy (11/25 – 329)••

334.  Dancer in the Dark (11/25 – 329)••

333.  Breaking the Waves (11/23 – 327)••

332.  The Town (11/23 – 327)

331.  Never Been Kissed (11/22 – 326)••

330.  Dick (11/22 – 326)••

329.  Outbreak (11/21 – 325)

328.  Heaven (11/19 – 323)

327.  Cloverfield (11/18 – 322)••

326.  Life During Wartime (11/17 – 321)

325.  Stake Land (11/15 – 319)

324.  Contagion (11/13 – 317)**

323.  Timecop (11/11 – 315)

322.  Rear Window (11/09 – 313)**

321.  Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (11/08 – 312)

320.  I Love You, Man (11/08 – 312)∞ (with commentary)

319.  Zero Effect (11/05 – 309)

318.  Prelude to a Kiss (11/05 – 309)

317.  Monsters, Inc. (11/04 – 308)••

316.  The Pixar Story (11/04 – 308)

315.  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox (11/03 – 307)

314.  Strange Days (11/03 – 307)

313.  Winnebago Man (11/02 – 306)

312.  Pandorum (11/02 – 306)

311.  Bill Cunningham New York (11/02 – 306) (loved it!!)

310.  My Dinner with Andre (11/01 – 305)

309.  House on Haunted Hill (1959) (11/01 – 305)

308.  Superstar (10/31 – 304) (the Andy Warhol documentary, inspiration for Halloween)

307.  Carnival of Souls (10/30 – 303)

306.  Red State (10/30 – 303)

305.  Attack the Block (10/29 – 302)** (excellent!!)

304.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes (10/29 – 302)**

303.  True Stories (10/27 – 300)

302.  Lake Mungo (10/26 – 299)

301.  Philadelphia (10/26 – 299)••

300.  The Next Three Days (10/25 – 298) (ohmygod how can these modern day action movies be so boring?!)

299.  Monsters (10/24 – 297)

298.  The Puffy Chair (10/24 – 297)

297.  The Ward (10/23 – 296)

296.  The 39 Steps (10/23 – 296)

295.  Criminal (10/22 – 295)

294.  Brothers (10/21 – 294)

293.  Home Room (10/21 – 294)

292.  Office Killer (10/20 – 293) (being a huge Cindy Sherman fan, as soon as I discovered that this movie existed and was immediately watchable I had to watch it immediately. fun stuff.)

291.  Parenthood (10/18 – 291)••

290.  Coal Miner’s Daughter (10/18 – 291)

289.  The Ghost Writer (10/18 – 291)

288.  Brief Encounter (10/16 – 289) (loved this!)

287.  Heavenly Creatures (10/16 – 289)

286.  Southland Tales (10/16 – 289) (wow so bad)

285.  House (10/15 – 288) (this movie was amazing. seriously.)

284.  28 Weeks Later (10/15 – 288)••

283.  28 Days Later (10/14 – 287)••

282.  Shaun of the Dead (10/14 – 287)** (so fun to see this in the theater!)

281.  Session 9 (10/12 – 285)

280.  Blood Diamond (10/09 – 282)

279.  Manic (10/09 – 282)

278.  The Perfect Host (10/09 – 282)

277.  Don’t Bother to Knock (10/08 – 281)

276.  Case 39 (10/06 – 279)

275.  The Future (10/04 – 277)**

274.  Tree of Life (10/01 – 274)**

273.  Dance of the Dead (9/30 – 273)

272.  The Chosen (9/30 – 273)

271.  Insomnia (9/29 – 272)

270.  The Usual Suspects (9/29 – 272)••

269.  Don Juan DeMarco (9/29 – 272)••

268.  The Brave One (9/28 – 271)

267.  New Waterford Girl (9/28 – 271)

266.  Death to Smoochy (9/28 – 271)••

265.  Alexandra’s Project (9/27 – 270)

264.  Cry-Baby (9/27 – 270)••

263.  House of 1000 Corpses (9/26 – 269)  (blech)

262.  Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (9/26 – 269)••

261.  Rain Man (9/25 – 268)••

260.  Ponyo (9/25 – 268)

259.  Mammoth (9/24 – 267)  (love Michelle Williams and Gael García Bernal both so much, but damn, this was brutal)

258.  She-Devil (9/24 – 267)

257.  The Sting (9/24 – 267)

256.  Cold Weather (9/23 – 266)

255.  The Million Dollar Hotel (9/23 – 266)

254.  Casino (9/19 – 262)

253.  Serious Moonlight (9/18 – 261)  (because adrienne shelly wrote it)

252.  I’ll Take You There (9/18 – 261)  (love adrienne shelly!)

251.  Searching for Bobby Fischer (9/15 – 258)

250.  Elizabethtown (9/13 – 256)•• (rewatched because i remembered nothing from my first half-watch years ago and needed to revisit after reading My Year of Flops – Rabin started with this review, then changed his attitude at the end of the book in review #2 of the same film.  yeah it was pretty bad…)

249.  Awakenings (9/12 – 255)

248.  28 Days (9/10 – 253)••

247.  Point of No Return (9/08 – 251)

246.  Edmond (9/06 – 249)

245.  The Cry of the Owl (9/06 – 249)

244.  The Incredible Shrinking Woman (9/05 – 248)

243.  Apollo 13 (9/05 – 248)••

242.  Beautiful Creatures (9/04 – 247)

241.  The Secret of My Success (9/04 – 247)

240.  You Again (9/04 – 247)  (I’ll basically watch anything with Kristen Bell)

239.  Hulk (9/02 – 245)

238.  Tapeheads (8/31 – 243)

237.  TrollHunter / Trolljegeren (8/30 – 242)**  (fun time!)

236.  Radio Flyer (8/29 – 241)••  (had a weird memory of this movie from seeing it as a kid and watched it out of curiosity because of that)

235.  Crimes and Misdemeanors (8/29 – 241)

234.  Super 8 (8/28 – 240)**  (loved it!)

233.  Kalifornia (8/28 – 240)

232.  Mrs. Doubtfire (8/28 – 240)••

231.  Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (8/27 – 239)  (read the first three books, so that influenced my view of the movie, but it was still excellent! visually amazing!)

230.  The Morning After (8/27 – 239)

229.  Missing (8/25 – 237)

228.  Everything Must Go (8/21 – 233)**

227.  The Man Who Fell To Earth (8/20 – 232)

226.  City Island (8/20 – 232)

225.  Network (8/20 – 232)

224.  Welcome to Collinwood (8/17 – 229)

223.  The Shape of Things (8/16 – 228)

222.  Better Off Dead (8/11 – 223)••

221.  The Italian Job (2003) (8/09 – 221)

220.  Drop Dead Gorgeous (8/08 – 220)••

219.  Scream 4 (8/08 – 220)

218.  Muriel’s Wedding (8/06 – 218)

217.  River’s Edge (8/05 – 217)

216.  The River Wild (8/05 – 217)

215.  London to Brighton (8/05 – 217)

214.  Temple Grandin (8/04 – 216)  (loved it!)

213.  Capturing the Friedmans (8/03 – 215)

212.  X-Men: First Class (8/02 – 214)**

211.  The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (8/02 – 214)

210.  The Long Kiss Goodnight (7/31 – 212)••

209.  Superman Returns (7/31 – 212)

208.  Dude, Where’s My Car? (7/27 – 208)••

207.  Happy Accidents (7/26 – 207)

206.  Benny & Joon (7/25 – 206)∞

205.  Open Water (7/24 – 205)

204.  The Outsiders (7/24 – 205)••

203.  Camille (7/24 – 205)

202.  Emma (7/23 – 204)

201.  Superman II (7/23 – 204)••

200.  10 Things I Hate About You (7/22 – 203)∞

199.  8mm (7/22 – 203)

198.  Lonesome Jim (7/22 – 203)

197.  All Good Things (7/21 – 202)

196.  Strictly Ballroom (7/20 – 201)

195.  Four Rooms (7/19 – 200)

194.  Shutter Island (7/18 – 199)•• (think I liked this even better after a second viewing!)

193.  Skyline (7/18 – 199)

192.  Win Win (7/17 – 198)** (loved it!)191.  The Thing (7/17 – 198)

190.  Contact (7/14 – 195)••

189.  Hanna (7/14 – 195)**

188.  Conspiracy Theory (7/14 – 195)•• (saw this when it came out, in high school, but didn’t remember it at all – wow terrible)

187.  Red Dragon (7/12 – 193)

186.  Revenge of the Nerds (7/12 – 193)

185.  Blue Valentine (7/10 – 191)

184.  Just One of the Guys (7/10 – 191)

183.  Book of Love (7/10 – 191)

182.  Barry Munday (7/09 – 190)

181.  Meek’s Cutoff (7/08 – 189)**

180.  Speed 2: Cruise Control (7/07 – 188)••BMB  (I think I saw this when it came out, when I was in high school, but of course it’s completely unmemorable and we thought it would make for some fun bingo)

179.  Accepted (7/07 – 188)

178.  Super High Me (7/07 – 188)

177.  Creepshow (7/05 – 186)••

176.  The Bourne Identity (7/05 – 186)••

175.  A Hard Day’s Night (7/04 – 185)

174.  Fritz the Cat (7/02 – 183)

173.  The Silence of the Lambs (7/01 – 182)••

172.  Southern Belles (7/01 – 182)  (I really love Anna Faris… this movie was just okay, not good, but she was great)

171.  Tape (6/30 – 181)••

170.  Gentlemen Broncos (6/28 – 179)

169.  The Italian Job (1969) (6/28 – 179)**

168.  Aaah! Zombies!! (6/25 – 176)

167.  Some Girl (6/25 – 176)

166.  Who’s the Caboose? (6/24 – 175)

165.  Pulp Fiction (6/24 – 175)••

164.  Babe: Pig in the City (6/23 – 174)

163.  Get Over It (6/22 – 173)

162.  Meet Bill (6/22 – 173)

161.  Source Code (6/20 – 171)**

160.  Sleeping Dogs Lie (6/12 – 163)

159.  It’s Kind of a Funny Story (6/11 – 162)

158.  Intermission (6/11 – 162)

157.  Incendiary (6/11 – 162)

156.  SubUrbia (6/09 – 160)••

155.  According to Spencer (6/09 – 160)

154.  Jack Goes Boating (6/08 – 159)

153.  Wonder Boys (6/08 – 159)

152.  The Open Road (6/08 – 159)

151.  The Verdict (6/07 – 158)

150.  Ten Inch Hero (6/06 – 157)

149.  My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (6/06 – 157)

148.  Loser (6/06 – 157)••

147.  Scorched (6/06 – 157)

146.  The House of Yes (6/03 – 154)••

145.  Two Hands (6/03 – 154)

144.  The Cable Guy (6/02 – 153)••

143.  The People I’ve Slept With (6/02 – 153)

142.  Cedar Rapids (5/31 – 151)**

141.  Cave of Forgotten Dreams (5/31 – 151)**  (so glad we saw it in 3D!)

140.  Bridesmaids (5/17 – 137)**  (gosh I love Kristen Wiig so much)

139.  The Botany of Desire (5/16 – 136)

138.  Best in Show (5/14 – 134)∞

137.  Four Lions (5/13 – 133)

136.  Paul (5/12 – 132)**  (best part = Kristen Wiig)

135.  Extract (5/11 – 131)  (best parts = Kristen Wiig + Mila Kunis)

134.  Fun with Dick and Jane (5/11 – 131)••

133.  The Education of Shelby Knox (5/09 – 129) (I kind of live-blogged this one on pinterest because of the rage that needed to be let out)

132.  Leaves of Grass (5/07 – 127)

131.  The Strangers (4/29 – 119)

130.  Dead and Breakfast (4/28 – 118)

129.  Best Laid Plans (4/27 – 117)

128.  In Her Shoes (4/23 – 113)••

127.  Chasing Liberty (4/22 – 112)••BMB

126.  With Honors (4/22 – 112)••

125.  Freeway (4/22 – 112)

124.  Morning Glory (4/21 – 111)

123.  The Lookout (4/18 – 108)

122.  Six O’Clock News (4/18 – 108)

121.  Amelie (4/17 – 107)∞  (this is definitely one of my favorite films, but somehow I hadn’t watched in at least 5 years, more I think – how’d that happen?? so good!)

120.  Sherman’s March (4/16 – 106)

119.  Clueless (4/14 – 104)∞

118.  High Fidelity (4/14 – 104)∞

117.  Party Girl (4/12 – 102)

116.  Empire Records (4/11 – 101)∞

115.  A History of Violence (4/09 – 99)

114.  The Killing (4/09 – 99)

113.  Get Shorty (4/07 – 97)

112.  A Dirty Shame (4/07 – 97)

111.  Reservoir Dogs (4/06 – 96)••  (I almost watched 5 Tarantino films 5 days in a row, but missed it by a day, oh well)

110.  Meet Me in St. Louis (4/04 – 94)

109.  White Oleander (4/04 – 94)

108.  Beneath the Dark (4/04 – 94)

107.  Jackie Brown (4/04 – 94)

106.  Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (4/03 – 93)

105.  Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (4/02 – 92)••

104.  Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (4/02 – 92)

103.  Death Proof (4/01 – 91)

102.  The Last Word (4/01 – 91)

101.  Black Swan (3/31 – 90)**

100.  Alone in the Dark (3/29 – 88)BMB

99.  Leaving Las Vegas (3/29 – 88)••

98.  Flawless (3/29 – 88)

97.  Laura (3/27 – 86)

96.  Planet Terror (3/26 – 85)

95.  Tank Girl (3/25 – 84) (wow so bad)

94.  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (3/25 – 84)

93.  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (3/25 – 84)

92.  Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (3/22 – 81)•• (watched with RiffTrax, and I use the word “watched” loosely here – I probably shouldn’t even count this, but I was in the same room as the tv the whole time it was playing)

91.  The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste) (3/21 – 80)**

90.  Don’t You Forget About Me (3/21 – 80)  (made me want to re-watch every John Hughes film)

89.  Frozen (3/21 – 80)

88.  Eagle vs Shark (3/20 – 79)••

87.  Zack and Miri Make A Porno (3/20 – 79)••

86.  Pump Up the Volume (3/19 – 78)∞

85.  Joe Versus the Volcano (3/18 – 77)

84.  Resurrected (3/18 – 77)

83.  Splice (3/15 – 74)

82.  Phoebe in Wonderland (3/14 – 73)

81.  The Nines (3/13 – 72)

80.  Somewhere (3/11 – 70)**

79.  Kicking and Screaming (3/11 – 70) (by Noah Baumbach from 1995, not the Will Ferrell soccer movie)

78.  It’s All About Love (3/10 – 69) (as recommended by the book My Year of Flops)

77.  King of California (3/10 – 69)

76.  Short Cuts (3/06 – 65)

75.  Dogtooth (3/05 – 64)

74.  Hounddog (3/05 – 64)

73.  Edgeplay (3/05 – 64)

72.  The Runaways (3/05 – 64)

71.  Mystery Team (3/03 – 62)

70.  Keith (3/03 – 62)

69.  Daybreakers (3/02 – 61)

68.  Superbad (3/01 – 60)∞

67.  I Love You Phillip Morris (3/01 – 60)**

66.  Hard Eight (2/28 – 59)••

65.  The Elephant Man (2/28 – 59)

64.  Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (2/28 – 59)

63.  Big Night (2/27 – 58)

62.  127 Hours (2/26 – 57)**

61.  Henry Fool (2/25 – 56)

60.  The Young Victoria (2/24 – 55)

59.  Popeye (2/24 – 55) (I needed something really stupid after finishing that last one, and this was indeed really stupid)

58.  Deliver Us from Evil (2/24 – 55)

57.  The Importance of Being Earnest (2/23 – 54)

56.  The King’s Speech (2/23 – 54)**

55.  Right at Your Door (2/23 – 54)

54.  Mamma Mia! (2/23 – 54)

53.  Dear Zachary (2/22 – 53) (I finished this one about an hour before writing this and I still feel completely physically beat up)

52.  Bridget Jones’s Diary (2/21 – 52)•• (I’ll quote myself on twitter as I was watching this: “can i just be a girl and tell you i’m watching a very silly movie for 1 reason and there is not nearly enough of him”)

51.  Moulin Rouge (2/20 – 51)∞

50.  The Saddest Music in the World (2/20 – 51) (need to give this another watch sometime when I’m in the right mood, as I was distracted and couldn’t really take it in)

49.  Red Riding Trilogy: Part 3: 1983 (2/20 – 51)

48.  Beautiful Girls (2/18 – 49)••

47.  Dazed and Confused (2/17 – 48)∞ (every time I watch this, it’s better than I remembered it being, somehow)

46.  Red Riding Trilogy: Part 2: 1980 (2/16 – 47) (watched part 1 a couple months ago)

45.  The Pick-up Artist (2/16 – 47)

44.  Zodiac (2/15 – 46)••

43.  Saved! (2/15 – 46)∞

42.  Zombieland (2/15 – 46)∞ (saw it about a year ago, or less, in the theater, loved it so much I had to give it a re-watch, so it counts as an old favorite I think)

41.  Blackout (2/14 – 45)

40.  The Trotsky (2/14 – 45)

39.  Fearless (2/14 – 45)••

38.  Easy A (2/11 – 42)

37.  The Social Network (2/10 – 41)**

36.  Every Little Step (2/10 – 41)

35.  Stigmata (2/07 – 38)••

34.  The Thing Called Love (2/07 – 38)

33.  The Independent (2/06 – 37)

32.  In America (2/05 – 36)••

31.  Poison Ivy (2/05 – 36)

30.  True Grit (2/04 – 35)**

29.  Man on Wire (2/01 – 32)

28.  Devil in a Blue Dress (1/31 – 31)

27.  Grass (1/30 – 30)

26.  Moog (1/29 – 29)

25.  Identity (1/27 – 27)••

24.  Y Tu Mamá También (1/26 – 26)

23.  Paris, Texas (1/25 – 25)

22.  The Others (1/24 – 24)••

21.  Pizza (1/23 – 23)

20.  Encounters at the End of the World (1/21 – 21) (So good!!)

19.  Remains of the Day (1/20 – 20)

18.  A League of Their Own (1/18 – 18)••

17.  What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1/18 – 18)

16.  Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1/17 – 17)  (I can’t believe I had never seen this! Wacky!)

15.  Drop Dead Fred (1/17 – 17)  (This was another of those… remembered liking it when I was a kid, curious, it’s on instant, eh why not?)

14.  Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (1/15 – 15)  (Wow.)

13.  A Star Is Born (1/14 – 14)  (1954 one)

12.  Sweetgrass (1/12 – 12)

11.  Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (1/12 – 12)**

10.  The Sound of Music (1/09 – 9)∞

9.  Delirious (1/09 – 9) (I had vague memories of liking and/or being weirded out by this movie when I was a kid, so when it came up on instant, I half-watched it out of curiosity… pretty bad…)

8.  Down with Love (1/07 – 7)∞

7.  Poltergeist (1/06 – 6)

6.  Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (1/06 – 6)  (I didn’t know anything about Joan Rivers before watching this – now I’m a big fan!)

5.  Back to the Future part III (1/05 – 5)••

4.  Hannah and Her Sisters (1/04 – 4)

3.  Back to the Future part II (1/03 – 3)••

2.  Back to the Future (1/02 – 2)∞  (we had to re-watch it since Pete got me the game for xmas and it’s SUPER fun!)

1.  The Red Shoes (1/01 – 1)

So that’ll be updated all throughout the year, and I’ll probably do new posts occasionally referring to it…  Most of what I watch at home is from Netflix, and mostly on instant, so if you’re an instant user, you could follow along to see recommendations, and please go ahead and comment with your recommendations for me!

Just to finish off, since it is the 1st of 2011, I made a quick list of my personal favorites of 2010 – just my favorite films that were released in ’10 that I’ve seen, which leaves out tons of good movies.  Our theaters are all third run, so most of the movies that were released in the last few months aren’t even out yet for us, and there are lots that we missed in the theater and are now in the DVD queue.  So, with that said, my top 5, as of right now without much thought put into it:

 

  • 1.  Never Let Me Go
  • 2.  Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • 3.  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • 4.  Inception
  • 5.  can’t decide… Toy Story 3 / Youth in Revolt

And winner for my number 1 absolute worst film of 2010:  The Expendables (long story about why we saw it in the first place).

Ok so that’s that.  Wish me luck, and tell me what I should watch!

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