Several of the blogs I read do monthly statuses on what movies they have seen. I haven’t done any posts like this so far, but I figured I’d give it a try. Prior to this year I never even tracked what movies I watched, so I wouldn’t have been able to do a post like this prior to February 2012 anyway. The halfway point of the year seemed like a good time to start these posts, since I could also give a half year status. I will probably do monthly posts going forward.
The two main lists that I am taking movie suggestions from right now are the 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list and a list I put together of every Oscar Best Picture nominee. You can see those lists by clicking on these links: 1,001 Movies; Oscar Nominees. I started actively pursuing the movies on them in February 2012. I had seen roughly half of the movies on each list prior to starting.
So far in 2012 I have seen 197 movies that were new to me, 16 movies that I re-watched, 5 TV series I watched on DVD, and Game of Thrones Season 2 on HBO. Among those 197 films, 68 were from the 1,001 Movies list and 31 were Best Picture nominees. (Some movies were in both lists.)
The best movie I saw in January was The Artist. The worst was It’s a Boy Girl Thing. In February the best was Hugo and the worst was Amor Delor Y Viceversa. In March the best was Up in the Air and the worst was Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I. In April the best was The Wedding Banquet and the worst was a three way tie among the experimental films Flaming Creatures, Blond Cobra, and Wavelength. In May the best was The Avengers (2012) and the worst was Four Lions.
Here are the 39 new movies I saw in June (*=1,001 Movies, +=Oscar nominee):
Inside Deep Throat
The Secret of Kells
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close+
Snow White and the Huntsman
Man on a Ledge
The Snake Pit*+
Never Let Me Go
The Red Shoes*+
Uprising: Hip Hop and the
The Gleaners and I*
Ace in the Hole*
Days of Heaven*
This Means War
21 Jump Street
A Very Long Engagement*
Far from Heaven*
The Truth About Love
Love and Other Disasters
A Little Princess (1995)
Sons and Lovers+
The best film I saw in June was A Very Long Engagement. I love Amelie, so I don’t know why it took me so long to see the follow up film that Jeunet did with Audrey Tautou. If it had not been an expiring film in my Netflix Instant queue I probably still would not have seen it yet.
I’d like to make a special mention of Olivia de Havilland’s performance in The Heiress because it was the best I saw in June. The movie was quite good, too. Ace in the Hole was another film that was very good.
The worst film I saw in June was La Captive. I found out afterwards that you really have to have been a reader of Proust in order to appreciate this film, since it is based on one of his stories. Not having read him, I didn’t get much out of this movie at all. Saying it was a little slow is like saying The Matrix had a few bullets fired in it.
I have now seen 589 of the 1,089 movies on the 1,001 Movies list (54%). I’ve now seen 331 of the 494 Best Picture nominees (67%) and 83 of the 84 Best Picture winners. 1934 winner Cavalcade is the only one I have yet to watch.