Archive for November 23, 2012

The Films I’ve Watched Since Graduation

I got the idea for this when I wrote that Oscar Quest: Full Extent article. I thought, “Well, shit — I’ve watched a lot of movies. What if I actually kept track of them all the way until now?” Since I never stopped watching movies in bulk. I’m still doing it. So I thought it would be prudent to try to figure out the exact number of films I’ve watched since I graduated.

Well, not the exact number, since I rewatch things all the time, and those impossible to count, after the fact. It would actually be more impressive if I did try to calculate the number of everything I’ve watched, but what was easier to calculate was the number of films I’ve watched for the first time since graduation. So that’s what this list will be. A list of all the films I’ve watched FOR THE FIRST TIME since I graduated.

I graduated on May 23, 2010. Today is exactly two and a half years since that date. And My Top Tens of the 1930s are going up in three weeks, so for all intents and purposes, my insane movie-watching period is over.  Originally it was the Oscar Quest, then it was the decades lists. Those have gone up every three months since the blog started. So every three months, I was bulk-watching movies, while also watching all the new stuff that came out. Now that those lists are about to be over, I don’t think I’ll be putting up quite the numbers I have. (Then again, give me free time with nothing to do… we know what happens. So let’s not assume that’s definitely gonna be the case.) I’ll still be watching stuff — I’m still doing a Top Tens by Directors list on my own time, and I’m still watching everything that comes out. Plus I’m also trying to get to a certain number of movies I’ve watched since graduation by the three-year mark (I’ll tell you at the end, once we establish the number we’re currently at). So this felt like a good time to put the list up. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Curious… very curious.” “Sorry, but what’s curious?” “I remember every wand I’ve ever sold, Mr. Potter. It so happens that the phoenix whose tailfeather resides in your wand gave another feather… just one other. It is curious that you should be destined for this wand when its brother gave you that scar.”

The Box Office Report – November 23-25

Last week, in Box Office…

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 made a shit ton of money, to nobody’s surprise. $141.1 million. Right in line with expectations. Moving on.

Skyfall fell 53.5%, which is pretty good, to second place. It made another $41.1 million. Of a $200 million budget, they’ve made $160 million domestically and about $500 million more worldwide. I think they’re doing pretty well here.

Lincoln, in expanding to about 1,800 theaters, made — holy shit — $21.1 million. All right. Go Spielberg. Good for you. I didn’t think America would give a shit about this, but I was wrong. And for that, I’m happy.

Wreck-It Ralph fell about 44% and made $18.6 million in third place. This has made $120 million after three weeks, domestically. Good for them. I’m excited to see it.

Flight fell to fourth place and $8.8 million. Which is right around where it was expected to fall. They’ve made double their budget on this one, so that’s good.

Nothing else made above $4 million. (more…)