As the year is almost at its end, it’s time to look back at the past year, both in blogging and in movies.
At the beginning of the year I had three movie related New Year’s resolutions:
1. Try to see more movies at the cinema
2. Having seen at least 225 movies out of the IMDB top 250
3. Write more articles (instead of mostly reviews)
I’m happy to say that I managed to realise all of them. I saw 33 movies at the cinema, way more than I did the year before and I reached my IMDB goal at the end of November.
This year I also wrote more articles, like the ones on tips to improve your blog, which were helpful for a lot of people, I wrote about the death of DVD & Bluray, cliche movielines and trying to understand disruptive behaviour at the cinema.
Writing more articles also had its effect looking at the number of visitors and as a blogger it’s always nice to see that. The article I did called “If movies were titled like John Carter” had the most views ever (almost 13.000 views in one month alone) and was one of the most enjoyable pieces I did.
I also started my “The Story Behind…” series where I look at the logos of big movie studios. These are still read every day and Time Entertainment even linked to one of them.
Interviews and guest posts
I also did interviews with directors Kurt Kuenne (Dear Zachary, Shuffle) and Roger Lay, Jr. (Toy Masters). I’m already happy to announce that I have an amazing interview planned for the beginning of next year.
I am also very thankful for the amazing participation in the Movie Confessions Blogathon with almost 80(!) entries. The various relay races I had going were also a lot of fun to follow and thanks to my readers I was nominated for a Lammy and was runner-up for best blogathon.
Above is an overview of allmost all movies I saw in 2012. It’s a total of 311, which is quite a bit less than last year’s 340. Still that’s a total of 32530 minutes or 542 hours or 22,5 days of non stop movie watching. Which comes down to an average of one movie every 1.17 days. Out of those movies there were only 34 movies which were rewatches.
The My Filmviews tens
If you’ve been reading My Filmviews for a longer time, you will know that I don’t give out perfect scores easily. This year there were only 7 movies which I gave that score. They are:
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
No Mercy (2010)
Seven Pounds (2008)
The Raid (2011)
The worst movies I’ve seen this year
Although I always hope that the movies I choose to see will be great, there are bound to be some disappointments. The movies which I couldn’t enjoy (and have given a score of 3 and lower) are:
Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986)
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Madea’s Witness Protection (2012)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Take This Waltz (2011)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)
So which ten movies were my favorites? I have to say that filling the top 10 this year was quite difficult, because filling it proved to be difficult. There are some 2011 movies in the list, but the reason for it is a simple one: They were not available in the Netherlands yet last year and were released here in 2012. Honorable mentions, movies which I really thought about including, were two comedies: Pitch Perfect and 21 Jump Street. Wasn’t expecting anything from them but they both were very nice surprises.
This movie tells such a compelling story in such a fascinating way that when the credits rolled I wished it would have continued for another hour. I wanted to know more about the main character and as a viewer you kind of understand the confusing situation she’s currently in.
James Bond made his return this year in a way I really enjoyed. From the opening action scene till the final I was hooked and cared about M and Bond. Plus Javier Bardem’s role as Silva is one of my favorites this year.
A movie which lead to very mixed reviews, but I’m in the camp who loved it. This movie had some of the most visually memorable sequences I saw this year. Add to this great performances by Gandolfini, Pitt and others and I couldn’t leave it out.
Expectations for this movie were very high and it seemed it couldn’t live up to them for many reviewers. I wasn’t one of them. It’s been such a long time since I saw a science fiction movie which I couldn’t wait to see again. Sure it has got it’s flaws, but does that really matter if you are taken into such an amazing world?
This was the biggest surprise to me. I didn’t expect much from End of Watch, but the story of two cops played exquisitely by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña is thrilling, moving and from time to time funny.
It seems not a year goes by where I don’t include a movie starring George Clooney and this year it is The Descendants. It shows Hawaï in a way you don’t seem often and is a movie which is funny, despite the story of a man trying to find out more about the lover of his deceased wife, while struggling with raising his daughters and having to decide about the future of a part of the islands.
I can’t remember an action movie which wowed me as much as The Raid did. Sure its complete story can be summed up in one sentence and there is no character development, but all of that doesn’t matter when it treats you to so much spectacle during its running time.
Ben Affleck proved again that he’s a talented director with his telling of this unbelievable, but true, story about the CIA trying to free embassy personnel from Iran impersonating a movie crew. It gives you no moment to breathe and there’s nothing to fault it for.
Number one is another true (and unbelievable) story about a rich disabled man deciding to hire an unqualified guy to take care of him. A heartfelt story which will make you smile. If you have not seen it yet, you should.
So what was your film year like and what were your favorite movies?