Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A merciful end to January

My eyeballs need a vacation.

I may have made statements like that before, during/after similar movie-watching binges. But never before have I come off a month where I saw both the most new movies I've ever seen, and the most movies I've ever revisited -- in the same month.

That's right, my big January 2nd, in which I saw eight movies (seven on the plane from Australia, one at home), was a major predictor of things to come. The month got going and simply never let up. When the dust had cleared, after I watched Humpday last night, I'd seen a total of 40 movies that I'd never seen before, and 13 I was seeing for at least the second time. Divide those 53 movies by 31 days, and you get an average of 1.71 movies a day. That's pretty impressive/obsessive, however you choose to look at it, considering that I put in a full day of work on 20 of those 31 days.

Want a look inside my madness? Don't say I didn't warn you.

First, the movies I'd never seen before:

The Proposal (1/2/10)
The Time Traveler's Wife (1/2/10)
Paper Heart (1/2/10)
Jennifer's Body (1/2/10)
Duplicity (1/2/10)
Michael Jackson's This Is It (1/2/10)
Land of the Lost (1/2/10)
First Snow (1/2/10)
Shortbus (1/3/10)
Brothers (1/4/10)
Waltz With Bashir (1/7/10)
Quigley Down Under (1/8/10)
He's Just Not That Into You (1/8/10)
Nine (1/10/10)
The Cove (1/11/10)
Crazy Heart (1/13/10)
An Education (1/14/10)
Whatever Works (1/15/10)
Antichrist (1/16/10)
The Messenger (1/16/10)
The Princess and the Frog (1/16/10)
Playing God (1/16/10)
Invictus (1/17/10)
The Final Destination (1/18/10)
Management (1/21/10)
Sugar (1/22/10)
Two Lovers (1/22/10)
Crank High Voltage (1/22/10)
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1/23/10)
The Uninvited (1/23/10)
The Soloist (1/24/10)
Big Fan (1/25/10)
The Unborn (1/26/10)
Year One (1/27/10)
Gigantic (1/28/10)
The Lovely Bones (1/28/10)
The Blind Side (1/28/10)
Food, Inc. (1/30/10)
Tyson (1/30/10)
Humpday (1/31/10)

And the movies I had already seen:

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (1/3/10)
Once (1/9/10)
Moon (1/17/10)
Gosford Park (1/23/10)
Waking Life (1/24/10)
Hustle & Flow (1/26/10)
Adaptation (1/27/10)
Finding Neverland (1/29/10)
Memento (1/29/10)
Sideways (1/30/10)
United 93 (1/30/10)
Finding Nemo (1/31/10)
Donnie Darko (1/31/10)

What does it all add up to?

Find out over the course of the next two days, when I FINALLY post my much-ballyhooed rankings of all the 2009 films I've seen (tomorrow), and my best films of the last decade (Wednesday).

Now, please pass the Visine.

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