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2011… a year in movies

Not surprising that I rang in 2012 by watching a movie! In 2011, I recorded every movie I saw in theatres. I think I’ll keep it up for 2012, though it got a bit competitive which ran up my numbers slightly. In the end, I watched 77 movies in theatres. That works out to be 1.5 movies a week!

Fortunately, I saw many of these for free between scene points, free advanced screenings, gift cards (the perfect gift!) and film festivals.

To add to the incredible nerdiness I’m feeling, I even made graphs to chart my movie watching habits.

 


All in the name of science…

I also discovered that Cineplex takes the majority of my money, but no real surprise there as they have the majority of the theatres in Canada.

2011 had both good and bad movies – as all years, but below are my favorites of the year – in no particular order. Note: I categorize these as my “favorites” as in, those I enjoyed watching – I’m not anticipating them to all be award winners!

I hope 2012 is full of equally nerdy movie watching habits – Happy New Year to everyone!

And, for those of you who want to see the full list…

  1. January 1 – Tron Legacy
  2. January 3 – Due Date
  3. January 9 – Blue Valentine
  4. January 11 – The Way Back
  5. January 16 – The Green Hornet
  6. January 17 – The Mechanic
  7. February 2 – The Company Men
  8. February 11 – Gnomeo and Juliet
  9. February 13 – Biutiful
  10. February 19 – Incendies
  11. February 28 – Of God and Men
  12. March 7 – Adjustment Bureau
  13. March 8 – Rango
  14. March 12 – Battle LA
  15. March 20 – Lincoln Lawyer
  16. March 22 – Paul
  17. March 27 – I Saw the Devil
  18. April 2 – Source Code
  19. April 5 – Insidious
  20. April 7 – Good Neighbours
  21. April 9 – Hanna
  22. April 21 – Rio
  23. April 30 – Limitless
  24. May 2 – Superheroes
  25. May 3 – Fast Five
  26. May 6 – Thor
  27. May 10 – Beginners
  28. May 15 – Bridesmaids
  29. May 19 – Even the Rain
  30. May 22 – Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides
  31. May 28 – Hangover 2
  32. June 3 – X-Men First Class
  33. June 6 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  34. June 14 – Super 8
  35. June 20 –  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  36. June 21 – Midnight in Paris
  37. June 23 – Green Lantern
  38. June 28 – Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
  39. July 13 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2
  40. August 4 – Crazy Stupid Love
  41. August 4 – Captain America
  42. August 9 – Cowboys and Aliens
  43. August 10 – Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  44. August 14 – Horrible Bosses
  45. August 15 – The Help
  46. August 20 – Bad Teacher
  47. August 28 – Terri
  48. August 30 – Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
  49. September 1 – Our Idiot Brother
  50. September11 – Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
  51. September 13 – Our Mother’s Arms
  52. September 15 – The Day
  53. September 16 – The Awakening
  54. September 16 – Wurthering Heights
  55. September 17 – Snowtown
  56. September 18 – Where Do We Go Now
  57. September 20 – Contagion
  58. September 25 – Money Ball
  59. October 1 – 50/50
  60. October 8 – Ides of March
  61. October 10 – Real Steel
  62. October 20 – Paranormal Activity 3
  63. October 25 – Three Musketeers
  64. October 31 – Puss in Boots
  65. November 7 – Anonymous
  66. November 13 – In Time
  67. November 15 – Tower Heist
  68. November 26 – The Descendants
  69. November 27 – Hugo
  70. December 5 – The Muppets
  71. December 9 – Shame
  72. December 21 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  73. December 24 – The Adventures of Tintin
  74. December 27 – Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows
  75. December 28 – Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  76. December 29 – MI4 Ghost Protocol
  77. December 31 – War Horse
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Paranormal Activity 3, a review

Paranormal Activity is quickly going to become a “Saw” type series if they don’t slow down on the sequels. I can’t say I expected much from this movie, and it delivered even less.

Paranormal Activity 3 follows the same family who have been haunted by this demon in all of the movies (though this time, the demon is known as “Toby”. Aww). While Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2 were during the same time period, this movie is set in the past (1988) when the girls were small. Without spoiling anything, basically it’s another paranormal activity type movie – someone sets up a video camera and catches the demon as things get worse and worse in their home.

You can probably picture how it ends, and you can definitely live without seeing it!

 

*SPOILERS*

Ok, I have quite a few questions about this movie:

1. Anyone else have no idea what the little girl “agreed to” to get Toby to stop hurting her sister? Because someone had to explain it to me, and that kind of defeats the purpose. Even though I’ve seen the other two movies, apparently she was agreeing to give him her first born son? Anyone else have other views on this?

2. WHY did the cult-leader grandma kill her own daughter? What the hell was happening with that?

3. WHYYYY does no one in these movies ever think that someone might be telling the truth!? Just watch the video footage, dear god!

4. At the end of the movie, why was the little girl like “cool, Toby let’s be friends again” after her mother and “acting” father were killed?! She was terrified in the closet about five minutes before she accepted him back into her life!!

5.Wasn’t the childhood home supposed to burn down…? Are they saving that for Paranormal Activity 4?!

 

The best part of the movie for me was totally situational – some guy walked into our theatre, and didn’t immediately realize he was in the wrong one. He was looking around for his friends, when someone in front of us whispered “…Toby?” and everyone in the audience laughed.

You know the movie isn’t good if your favorite part isn’t even related to the film.


Moneyball, a review

Ah, Moneyball. Bound to be a money maker due to the appearance of Brad Pitt, but definitely not the best of his movies I’ve ever seen.

I was desperate to see this after all the hype it got at tiff, but I knew better to watch it during the festival itself (what’s the point, when it came out in theatres a mere week later?). The movie is based on the true story of the 2002 Oakland A’s team, and how they were able to compete with teams who had 3x their budget by re-evaluating the statistics used to choose players and create a team.

I had really high expectations for this movie, which probably lead to my disappointment (I should know better than to expect greatness!) the movie was good, and well acted, but overall a little too slow for my taste. It was one of those movies that I kept looking at my watch, because it just seemed like I was in there forever.

Also, tell-tale sign – the theatre was just about empty. On opening weekend, an empty theatre is NEVER EVER a good sign. NEVER. I want to have to search for seats half an hour before the movie starts on opening weekend.  

I’ll be interested to see how well this movie does overall – I’ve spoken to other friends who loved it – so maybe I’m the only one who will write a negative review! After all, I didn’t like Bridesmaids and everyone else in the Western world did…

note: this movie was so slow that my review doesn’t event warrant spoilers!