This little experiment, which started in January of last year, was born of a curiosity regarding my favorite obsession, movies. How many hours of my life were spent enjoying films and which genres did I watch the most? What other interesting tidbits could I garner from an accurate catalogue of my own viewing habits? Thus One Year of Movies was created and I started on my journey.
Here we are, 243 movies later. I’ve compiled all the big ticket stats (total hours, total movies, etc.) and some more nuanced stats along with a few milestones (i.e. 100th movie). I definitely didn’t fall into any typical demographic. My tastes are all over the place and my viewing habits are probably on the extreme end of the scale.
There were a couple of disappointing duds and a few films which pleasantly surprised me. Some were so niche that almost none of my friends saw them while others were old standbys. There were even a handful of films which inspired me to pick up a pen and write. In spite of 2012 being a shitty year in general, I did experience some great movies.
The Big Picture
- Movies Watched: 243
- Total Minutes Watched: 26843
- Total Hours Watched: 447.4
- 1st Movie of 2012: I Am Legend
- Last Movie of 2012: The Witches of Eastwick
- Most Watched Movie: Tie @ 4 times each (Labyrinth, Puss in Boots, The Avengers, Star Trek )
- Most Watched Genre: Comedy (61 Films)
I spent a staggering 447.4 hours watching movies. To be honest, I would have loved to have broken through the 500 hour barrier along with 300+ movies watched. Slowing down near the end of the year was unfortunate, but unavoidable with the insanity life had in store for me. I’m surprised I got any films in during that time.
2012 was packed with a lot of laughs. Comedy, both of the film and standup variety, kept me going. Action films were a close second with 51 movies logged. My least watched genre was Musicals with only 4 seen. This isn’t because I dislike the genre, but because they don’t make them as frequently as they used to.
I didn’t see as many foreign language films as I would have liked. THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC was a standout in that category. I kept starting DAY WATCH, but just couldn’t get into it which was weird because I absolutely loved NIGHT WATCH. Perhaps I need to recalibrate my subtitle senses. Documentaries barely made a dent. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but it’s not nearly as entertaining.
Horror had a solid showing at 23 movies. Sadly, the quality of those films was very inconsistent. Many of them were old favorites I had revisited. Of the new batch, only a smattering were worth a damn: CABIN IN THE WOODS, FRIGHT NIGHT (2011) <—surprisingly, and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. I chewed through a ton of trailers for horror flicks, but many of them looked poorly put together or clichéd from the outset so I decided to skip them altogether. I don’t understand why movie studios use horror as an excuse for shitty writing. It’s a real shame.
Sci-Fi was in a similar predicament. The oldies were just as good, but the newer stuff tended to disappoint. MEN IN BLACK 3 was much better than anticipated and so was CHRONICLE. If I could, I would punch IN TIME in the throat for destroying a beautiful premise. I love this genre, I’m just not a fan of what it put out in 2012.
The Devil & His Details
Here are all the smaller details scattered throughout my spreadsheet.
- Longest Film: 200 minutes (Henry Rollins: Provoked)
- Shortest Film: 56 minutes (Dana Carvey: Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies)
- Average Length: 110.47 minutes or 1.84 hours
- Oldest Film Watched: Gigi (1958)
- 100th Movie (Movie, Date): Blink, 04/17/12
- 300th Hour (Movie, Date): The Matrix Reloaded, 06/03/12
- 200th Movie (Movie, Date): Romeo+Juliet, 08/21/12
- 400th Hour (Movie, Date): Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,10/27/2012
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Normally I would include a listing for Worst Film, but there were several movies vying for the title so I thought it best to focus on the positive while letting the horrible fade from memory.
It’s A Wrap!
This experiment will most certainly be continued into 2013. I won’t be doing monthly breakdowns like I initially did because they generated little interest. Instead I’ll keep writing the milestone posts which people seemed to enjoy. I’m still open to suggestions on other statistics to record or reveal, so feel free to leave them in the comments.
This was more fun than I thought it would be. Even with all those hours spent watching movies, it never felt wasted or tedious. I truly am a film nut.
How did your year of movies shape up? Are there more stats you’d like me to share? Let us know 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 or share them with a friend using the buttons below.