2009 Movie Consumption

As I mentioned previously, in 2009 I decided to keep track of every movie I watched during the year. Now that we're a few days into 2010, I've had time to process that list. Here's the results:

Number of movie viewings in 2009:
141 (45 new and new-to-me, 96 rewatchings.)

What's included in this number? See below (links are to my reviews).

Old movies I just discovered (or finally managed to sit down and watch all the way through):
  • Anna Karenina (1935)
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • Easy Living (1937)
  • The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)
  • I'll Be Seeing You -- Watched while I was on a Ginger kick. Crazies on vacation find each other and fall in love, the moral being that if you settle for second best, it may just turn out to be first best. This movie includes what just may be the worst advice ever given by an aunt. The rather pedestrian script is elevated by the acting, especially Joseph Cotten's tender performance.
  • Idiot's Delight -- I'd seen the clip of Clark Gable singing "Puttin' on the Ritz" before, but it was neat to finally watch it in context.
  • Key Largo -- How did I never see this wonderful film before? I liked seeing a more subdued side of Bacall.
  • Kitty Foyle
  • The Lady From Shanghai
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
  • Meet John Doe
  • Modern Times
  • Ninotchka
  • Random Harvest -- I was surprised at first by how much the movie differed from the book, but really the plot twists in the book would just not work on film.
  • The Secret Garden (1949)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) -- Loved Leslie Howard, not so keen on Merle Oberon. Favorite lines: "It rhymes!" "Oh, yes, it's a poem!"
  • Son of Paleface -- The enjoyment here was not so much from watching the movie as from making fun of it.
  • Stage Door
  • The Women (1939)
(Guess I'm slowing working at rounding out my 1930's movie knowledge.)

A surprising number of documentaries:
  • The Business of Being Born (recommended for anyone expecting or thinking of having a baby)
  • Following Sean
  • Man on Wire
  • Maxed Out
  • Seven Up (a few in the series)
  • Word Wars -- Fascinating look at the world of competitive Scrabble, I watched this after I read the book Word Freak. The one moment that sums it all up is the interview of a young boy playing in a lower division of a tournament. When asked if he wants to make it to the top division someday, he explains how he doesn't want to become super obsessed to the point of not having a job (like the characters we've been following all along). Ouch.
  • And from Ken Burns: Jazz, The National Parks, Lewis & Clark
Movies made in 2009 that I actually managed to see in 2009:
  • He's Just Not That Into You
  • Julie & Julia
  • Star Trek
  • Up -- I love how Mr. Fredricksen looks like Spencer Tracy, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner era. The brilliant visual storytelling that sets up the background of Carl and Ellie is the best part of the film, and leaves me teary-eyed every time.
(Of these, only Julie & Julia and Star Trek were actually seen in the theater.)

Some other new-ish movies I watched:
The Worst Movies I saw in 2009:
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (2002)
  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist -- I hated this film. Perhaps I'm just not the intended audience, but this movie has the distinction of being the only movie this year I couldn't even watch all the way through. I didn't think it was at all charming but instead found it gross and vulgar and turned it off. (I weep for the future.)
Movies I hadn't seen in a while that I was really happy to rewatch in 2009:
  • The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
  • Benji -- I'm a sucker for cute dogs. And "I Feel Love" is such a great 70's theme.
  • Breaking Away
  • It's Always Fair Weather
Double Rewatched:
(I did a lot of rewatching of old favorites as always, but I revisited these movies more than once in the year.)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  • The Apartment
  • Casablanca
  • Double Indemnity
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Laura
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • North by Northwest
  • The Third Man
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • WALL-E
  • You've Got Mail
That's it for my list. I'm glad I kept track of the movies I watched in '09, and now I'm already two movies into 2010! This year I'm sure I'll keep rewatching my favorites while supplementing with Netflix, and maybe I can catch a few more flicks while they're still in theaters. Hopefully it will be another good year for movies... and Moviewings!


MrJeffery said...

some fun films. i love key largo.

Vanessa said...

What a surprisingly small list of films that came out this (last) year! Don't like going to the cinema?

Wendymoon said...

Vanessa: It is a small list of new films, isn't it? I tend to prefer old movies, but there's always a few newer ones I want to see. And I do get around to seeing them... eventually.

I do like going to the cinema, I just don't go that often anymore. I'm usually content to wait for movies to come out on video. But I've already been to see Avatar (in 3D) this year. So hopefully I can increase the number-of-movies-seen-in-a-theater category on my watched list this year. :-)

Leigh said...

Just discovered your blog! I'm adding to my blog roll!

Have you ever seen Waterloo Bridge? The 1940 version with Vivien Leigh? If not, you should! And then watch the 1931 version with Mae Clarke and Bette Davis.

Happy 2010!

The Kid In The Front Row said...

Glad to see Double Indemnity and Modern Times on this list. I really didn't think Nick And Norah was so bad at all!

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