When 2012 started I decided on a little experiment where I would keep track of every film I’d see that year. This post is a summation of my first month of the experiment. The format may change here and there as I figure out the best way to present this info, but suggestions are HIGHLY recommended.
I’ll also write the occasional milestone posts such as 100 hours, 100 movies, etc. I am an absolute film fanatic, so hopefully there’ll be many those. If there are any other topics you’d like me to discuss or further details you’d like me to reveal then just shoot me a tweet @GabrielNovo or leave a comment in one of these posts.
I saw 25 films during the course of January. For me that’s a little on the light side. January was a tough month personally and professionally, so the few films I was able to watch were a welcomed respite. I listed the movies in chronological viewing order, starting at the top of column one and going down from there. If there were alternate endings I include whether or not I watched them both, but didn’t add anything to the runtime. Speaking of runtimes, I pull all my information from IMDB to maintain consistency in my data gathering.
|I Am Legend (both endings)||Edge of Darkness||Resident Evil IV Afterlife|
|Men In Black 2||Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||Casino Royale (1967)|
|The Hangover Part 2||Priest (2011)||Bunraku|
|National Lampoon’s Movie Madness||The Rite||Secretary|
|Liar, Liar||A League of their Own||The Little Prince|
|Beauty Shop||Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey||Fright Night (2011)|
|Sherlock Holmes||X-Men: First Class|
|Drive||The Mummy (1999)|
As you can tell from the list movies, my tastes are ALL over the place. None of these were films I was dragged to by a demanding spouse as I honestly do enjoy every type of film out there. I’m just as happy watching a silent black & white film as I am a modern thriller with slick special effects. It all boils down to good story telling. If you have it, I need to see it. These are listed from most watched to least watched.
Once again IMDB was the final arbitrator as to what the film’s genre was. I didn’t want to deal with multi-genre category BS. I’m trying to keep this experiment as simple and easy to maintain as possible. Horror being the overall winner wasn’t a surprise; I’m a HWA member, been to horror conventions, and bumping into Clive Barker was what kicked off this blog. I needed the laughs in January, so Comedies came out strong. The rest of the mix and match is normal for me.
Ok, let’s start with some blunt honesty. I like stats, but I’m not a super stat nerd so I won’t be able to pick out every little minutia. If there’s a stat nerd out there who wants to lend a hand, please feel free to contact me buddy. I could always use the help. For this I’m gonna go with a simple list. Again, suggestions on better display formats are very very welcome.
- Total Minutes Watched: 2729
- Total Hours Watched: 45.48
- Longest Film: 155 minutes (Gladiator)
- Shortest Film: 86 minutes (Liar, Liar)
- Overall Average Film Length: 109.16 minutes or 1.82 hours
- Oldest Film Watched: Casino Royale (1967)
- Worst Film Watched: National Lampoon’s Movie Madness
This is only the beginning, but it’s already cool to see how my tastes break out. It’s also good to see cold hard numbers when it comes to my passion. Perhaps a sobering realization or two will pop up during the year. So far, so good.
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.