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One Year of Movies: February’s Results

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Flickr - Ball and Howell Regent 8mm - aka_kathEven though February was the shortest month I found myself watching more movies than in January (if only by one). Perhaps it was the sleepless nights?  Nothing like insomnia to give you more hours in the day.  I was also feeling a bit nostalgic this month, so I dusted off some my favorite films like STAR TREK (2009) and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

For those of you just joining us, this post is a continuation of the New Year Movie Experiment series (here are January’s Results).  If there are further details you’d like me to reveal in these articles then just shoot me a tweet @GabrielNovo or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Flicks

I saw 26 movies in February.  That’s one more than last month and hopefully the beginning of an upward trend.  I listed the movies in chronological viewing order, starting at the top of column one and going down from there.

Killer Elite Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy Gigi
Fright Night (2011) Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy Star Trek (2009)
Love and other Drugs Just Wright Kevin Hart: Laugh at my Pain
It’s Complicated Something Borrowed Kiss of the Dragon
My Neighbor Totoro The Animation Show In Time
Secretary Legally Blonde Puss in Boots
Wayne’s World 2 Fiddler on the Roof Mrs. Doubtfire
Valentine’s Day X-Men: First Class Exporting Raymond
Coneheads 300

Genres

This month I focused more on the funny.  Laughter is the best medicine, as they say, and I needed a huge dose of chuckles.  I forgot how much I loved watching comedian specials.  I saw 3 this month and plan to inject many more into next month’s viewing schedule.

7 Comedy 3 Animation 1 Horror
6 Romance 2 Sci-Fi 1 Documentary
4 Action 2 Musical


The one documentary I did see kinda fell into the comedy realm as well.  Phil Rosenthal’s attempts to understand the Russian culture and adapt “Everybody Loves Raymond” to it was pretty amusing.  It was also interesting to see how much of Raymond came from Rosenthal’s own personality.  Very similar to Larry David and his writing of George Costanza in “Seinfeld”.

Stats

Here’s the breakdown of time stats, what sucked, and a couple of other nuggets.  If there are any other specific stats you want to see just let me know.  These posts are organic and constantly changing, so you’ll need to tell me what works and doesn’t work for you.

  • Total Minutes Watched: 2760
  • Total Hours Watched: 46
  • Longest Film: 181 minutes (Fiddler on the Roof)
  • Shortest Film: 60 minutes (Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy)
  • Overall Average Film Length: 106.15 minutes or 1.77 hours
  • Oldest Film Watched: Gigi (1958)
  • Worst Film Watched: In Time
  • Repeat Offenders: Secretary, X-Men: First Class, Fright Night (2011)

IN TIME was a thoroughly disappointing film.  The lead actors brought little to the film basically sleepwalking through their roles.  I don’t completely blame Timberlake because his character was written as directionless and generally ill defined, but Seyfried needed to do something other than imitate an owl by staring at everything with those huge eyes of hers.  I found many of the supporting characters (Matt Bomer, Cillian Murphy, and even Alex Pettyfer) to be much more interesting and better acted than the leads.

The one thing that really killed this film for me was how they crapped on the beautiful premise setup by Bomer’s character Henry Hamilton which was: What would you do with your life if you had all the time you ever wanted and more?  Instead of developing Timberlake’s character and taking the story in challenging directions the entire thing devolved into a Robin Hood slash Bonnie & Clyde bullshit ride.  The writer (who was also the director and producer) didn’t have the chutzpah to make this film great and let it fall into the formulaic clichés we’ve seen a hundred times before.  Another lost opportunity for Sci-Fi to make audiences think.

What do you think of these stats?  Am I wasting away my life or not diving deep enough into my passion.  Also, if you’re running this little experiment at home let me know how it’s coming along in the comments or shoot me a tweet @gabrielnovo.  If you enjoy these articles then feel free to have them delivered directly to your inbox.

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