I started this crazy Film Watch experiment way back in April 2009 – watching, noting and blogging each film that I watched in an attempt to remember what was good, and not so good. Along the way, it turned into a Life List thing, to watch 500 films. At first the goal seemed a million miles away, but gradually it has seemed more doable, and now I am halfway through! Also along the way, it has become less of a personal thing, and more of a thing that Mr C and I can enjoy together.
Anyway, enough of the waffle, to celebrate the halfway point I compiled a few statistics about what I’ve watched, when, where and whodunit.
I’ve never really liked super long films but actually I think as I watch more, my tolerance for the longer-form story has developed. Unfortunately, my spare time hasn’t expanded any more, so we still tend to opt for a normal length movie. Even with that, there are a few that sneak through that took a big chunk of the day.
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (2hrs 58)
- The Incredible Hulk (2hrs 52)
- Dances with Wolves (2hrs 50)
- The English Patient (2hrs 42)
- 2012 (2hrs 38)
On the flip side, there are the super short films that take up no time at all. Sometimes these almost don’t feel like they have enough time to get going, but they are also mostly kid’s movies and that makes sense because I do have a short attention span.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1hr 10)
- Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (1hr 14)
- Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (1hr 16)
- Chicken Run (1hr 17)
- Toy Story (1hr 17)
I had thought there might be more of a trend with how many films we watched, but it’s so changeable! The only obvious highlight is December 2010. Something crazy must have happened then.
Through the Years
Clearly, we watch more and more recent ones as they come out – mostly because we love trailers and get all excited about what is coming out soon. My education into some of the older films is not progressing as well as you might like, but we’re gradually getting through the classics.
Zemeckis has a bit of an advantage here, given that three of those films are part of the Back to the Future trilogy and just HAD to be watched.
- Robert Zemeckis (6)
- Steven Soderbergh (5)
- John Lasseter (4)
- Michael Bay (4)
- Ridley Scott (4)
I score each film out of five, sometimes rather controversially, and this graph shows how many films have received each score. It makes sense that they are skewed to the better scores, because having seen a trailer, we already have some knowledge of what is coming up and will only watch something that looks interesting. We are predisposed to like them, although it doesn’t always work out that way!