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Old January 3 2012, 04:19 AM   #990
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011


I watched 310 films (or 311 if you count Shutter Island which I watched twice). Of those 310, I watched 306 for the first time.

Other Stats:
Average year of release: 1966
Oldest movie watched: 1919
Silent films watched: 24
Most watched directors- Three way tie with six movies each: Edward Sedgwick, Howard Hawks and Michael Curtiz
Non-English films excluding silent: 28.5 (Heaven (2001) is half English, half Italian)

I'll start with the worst movies I've seen this year because it's easier. Under no circumstances watch these films:
11 Meltdown: Days of Destruction (2006) TV Movie: It has Venus Terzo (Da Vinci's Inquest, X-Men: Evolution) in it. That is the only good thing I'm going to say about it. Bad science, I mean really bad science, and I'm a Star Trek fan!
91 Christmas in Wonderland (2007): Terrible.


I've watched so many movies this year a top 10 list is too difficult.
Top 13 (in viewing order):

6 Tokyo no kôrasu [Tokyo Chorus] (1931): This film made me want to see more Japanese pre-WWII and in particular Ozu films.

50 Metropolis (1927) Restored: The restored version is like a completely different film.

70 On the Waterfront (1954): Watching Marlon Brando makes me think of a young Shatner. Now obviously Shatner is not as talented as Brando but Shatner's physicality early in his career reminds me of Brando. I wonder how much Shatner was imitating Brando, how much of it was subconscious, how much it had become the acting style of the time and how much of it is coincidence.

84 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962): Tom Courtenay with an amazing performance, powerful film. I need to watch more "Angry Young Man" films.

118 Ladri di biciclette [Bicycle Thieves] (1948): This film stayed in my thoughts every day for weeks.

145 Missing (1982): Fantastic performance from Jack Lemon.

175 Smultronstället [Wild Strawberries] (1957): Facinating.

184 Fail Safe (1964): Disturbing.

200 Shichinin no Samurai [Seven Samurai] (1954)

229 Das Kabinet des Dr Caligari [The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari] (1920): Visually stunning.

242 The Householder (1963): One of many films on my list that I've never heard of that is a must see. Much like #118 on my list this is an example of a fantastic film done on a small budget.

275 La strada [The Road] (1954): Anthony Quinn can act.

310 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Honorable Mention (or part of my top 25):
37 Suna no onna [Woman in the Dunes] (1964)
49 Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
54 The Lost Weekend (1945)
127 Pokolenie [A Generation] (1955)
134 Kanał (1956)
141 Popiół i diament [Ashes and Diamonds] (1958)
203 Le Dernier Métro [The Last Metro] (1980)
244 Sunset Boulevard (1950)
253 The Remains of the Day (1993)
277 American Splendor (2003)
279 Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
302 The China Syndrome (1979)

and

299
Kurutta ippęji [A Page of Madness] (1926): WTF, but strangely compelling. This film is still incomplete and the version I saw was without the narration that would have accompanied it when it was first shown. If this film were complete it might rank higher or lower; as it is it falls short of an honorable mention.
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