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Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Year in Movies: 2011 Edition

I stole this idea from my wonderful friend, Max. I've never tallied up how many new movies I saw in a year, so I figured I'd see what my results looked like. I tracked the movie, date, how/where I saw the movie, director, and actors. 96 new movies in total ranging from old classics like All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard to 45 2011 releases from Source Code to The Tree of Life. I'm quite surprised how many I saw. I feel like it's been a fairly busy year. Between doing one show, working two jobs, getting healthy, and moving in with my partner, life has taken some exciting new routes.

The List
Rabbit Hole
True Grit (Coen Bros.)
Viva Las Vegas
Blue Valentine
Connie and Carla
Joan Rivers: a Piece of Work
Wendy and Lucy
About a Boy
The Town
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Capturing the Friedmans
Jesus Camp
Food, Inc.
Solitary Man
Red Riding: 1974
The Fighter
All About Eve
An Affair to Remember
Animal Kingdom
Patrik 1.5
Then She Found Me
The House Bunny
Red Riding: 1980
Red Riding: 1983
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish)
Source Code
Cedar Rapids
Eat, Pray, Love
Scream 4
My Soul to Take
I Spit on Your Grave (remake)
Love Story
The Hangover 2
Dinner for Schmucks
X-Men: First Class
Sunset Boulevard
The Last House on the Left (remake)
Jackass 3
Super 8
Bram Stoker's Dracula
No Strings Attached
The Pride of the Yankees
Midnight in Paris
Little Fockers
Green Lantern
Bull Durham
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Friends with Benefits
The Help
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Swedish)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Captain America: The First Avenger
The Debt
Fright Night (remake)
Big Night
The Mist
The People Under the Stairs
The Thing (John Carpentar)
Trick 'r Treat
The Howling
The Last Exorcism
Paranormal Activity 3
The Ides of March
Footloose (remake)
Shaun of the Dead
Pet Sematary
J. Edgar
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
The Muppets
My Week with Marilyn
The Descendants
Young Adult
Mission:Impossible-Ghost Protocol
The Adventures of Tintin
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Darkest Hour
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The Tree of Life
White Christmas

My Top 10 2011 Releases

The Artist (viewed in 2012)
Super 8
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris

Please note at this point, I have NOT seen-We Bought a Zoo, War Horse, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Iron Lady, Shame. I saw The Artist on January 1, 2012

Notable Performances

Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Armie Hammer (J. Edgar)
Albert Brooks (Drive)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Debt, The Tree of Life)
Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Bérénice Bejo (The Artist)
Viola Davis (The Help)
Charlize Theron (Young Adult)
Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Leonardo DiCaprio (J.Edgar)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50)
Ryan Gosling (Drive, Crazy Stupid Love, The Ides of March)
Brad Pitt (Moneyball, The Tree of Life)
George Clooney (The Descendants)

WORST Movie of the Year: The Darkest Hour
WORST Performance: January Jones (X-Men: First Class)

We shall see what 2012 brings to me. Who knows how often I'll make it to the theater. It's already shaping up to be a good here at the cinema.

12 to Look Forward to in 2012
The Woman in Black
The Hunger Games
Dark Shadows
Snow White and the Huntsman
Rock of Ages
The Avengers
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
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  1. Love it Paul! And 96 movies!! That's more than I've ever gotten through in a year. Well done, sir. Much to love and look forward to! (PS added your blog to my links) xoxo

  2. Thanks Max! I always love reading yours as well. We need to see more together. Can't wait to hear what your next blog mission is going to be when you are done with the AFI 100.