Film-Year

A long time ago in a land far, far away… alright it was England, so not really that far away, and the year was 2011. That seems like a long time ago. So much has happened since then but will get into that later.

Right now I want to tell you about Film-Year. I’ll give you a second to guess what it might entail. It’s fairly obvious once you know. Any ideas? Alright, that’s enough time.

Film-Year was a year-long challenge that I created. The basic premise was to watch 365 films in 365 days. I had a lot of DVDs. They sat in a bookcase looking cool and flashy, but I could tell they were sad. I had to give them purpose and that meant watching them again.

Firstly, I came up with some rules.

  • I had to watch 365 unique films. Watching one again would not count.
  • Each film had to be feature-length, TV shows would not count.
  • It didn’t matter how many I watch in one day as long as I watch all 365 before Midnight on December 31, 2011.

Sounds easy, right. Trust me, it wasn’t. I love films. I could watch them all the time. Believe it or not, my wife didn’t want to watch films all of the time… So, I ended up squeezing them in whenever and wherever I could. If she wanted to watch a film, no matter what it was I agreed.

I started off quickly, but then gradually slipped back as the year progressed. Finding time was getting harder and harder. Somehow I managed to keep within touching distance. I never let it become impossible to catch up. Then it took a huge push through November and December to finally complete the challenge.

Being the total nerd that I am, I kept statistics. Here are my favourite facts about Film-Year.

  1. I watched a film released in each year from 1974 to 2011.
  2. 40% of the films were films that I had not seen before, that’s 147 new films.
  3. The most films watched in one day was 5 on 16/04/2011 and 30/12/2011.
  4. Samuel L. Jackson was the most watched actor appearing in 11 films, whilst Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger could only manage 10 each.
  5. Total time spent watching films was 39,231 minutes or 653.9 hours or 27.2 days.

Here is the full list of films with my rating. I’m sure there will some you disagree with, there are probably some that I disagree with, but that was then and this is now. I tried to rate each one based on how I felt watching it that time. Nostalgia counted for nothing. Any films with no stars were terrible.

No. Title Rating
1 Salt  ⭐⭐⭐
2 Knight and Day  ⭐⭐⭐
3 StreetDance  ⭐⭐⭐
4 Armour of God  ⭐⭐⭐
5 Iron Man 2  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
6 The Incredibles  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
7 The Big Boss  ⭐⭐⭐
8 Tremors  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
9 Flash Gordon  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
10 Back to the Future  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
11 Cars  ⭐⭐⭐
12 Mad Max  ⭐⭐⭐
13 Young Frankenstein  ⭐⭐
14 Cronos  ⭐⭐⭐
15 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
16 Silver Streak  ⭐⭐⭐
17 Dumb and Dumber  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
18 The Terminator  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
19 Triangle  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
20 Without a Paddle  ⭐⭐⭐
21 Slither  ⭐⭐⭐
22 Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus
23 Eraser  ⭐⭐⭐
24 Bitch Slap  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
25 Alphaville  ⭐
26 Black Sheep  ⭐⭐
27 Fire and Ice  ⭐⭐⭐
28 28 Days Later  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
29 The Switch  ⭐⭐⭐
30 Under Siege  ⭐⭐⭐
31 Dragnet  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
32 Perfect Creature  ⭐⭐
33 Toy Story 3  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
34 Inception  ⭐⭐⭐
35 Surf’s Up  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
36 Robocop  ⭐⭐⭐
37 Barb Wire  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
38 Shaun of the Dead  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
39 Sherlock Holmes  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
40 The Trial of the Incredible Hulk  ⭐⭐
41 Smokey and the Bandit  ⭐⭐⭐
42 The Proposal  ⭐⭐⭐
43 The Island  ⭐⭐⭐
44 Couples Retreat  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
45 The Time Traveller’s Wife  ⭐⭐⭐
46 Cloverfield  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
47 Underworld  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
48 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls  ⭐⭐⭐
49 The Accidental Husband  ⭐⭐
50 Get Him to the Greek  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
51 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
52 Starship Troopers  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
53 Tokyo Gore Police  ⭐
54 Teeth
55 Die Hard  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
56 Die Hard 2: Die Harder  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
57 Hot Fuzz  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
58 Despicable Me  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
59 Fletch  ⭐⭐⭐
60 RED  ⭐⭐⭐
61 A Perfect Getaway  ⭐⭐
62 Clash of the Titans  ⭐⭐⭐
63 The Lost Boys  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
64 The Great Outdoors  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
65 Death Proof  ⭐⭐⭐
66 Planet Terror  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
67 Kick Ass  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
68 Up in Smoke  ⭐⭐⭐
69 South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
70 The Last Samurai  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
71 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time  ⭐⭐⭐
72 Appleseed  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
73 Ninja Assasin  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
74 Ghostbusters  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
75 The Invasion  ⭐⭐⭐
76 Evolution  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
77 The Mist  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
78 Predator  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
79 School of Rock  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
80 Pitch Black  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
81 Hot Shots!  ⭐⭐⭐
82 Dreamcatcher  ⭐⭐
83 Juno  ⭐⭐⭐
84 Mr and Mrs Smith  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
85 Daredevil  ⭐⭐
86 Demolition Man  ⭐⭐⭐
87 Ghost Ship  ⭐⭐⭐
88 The Karate Kid  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
89 Solomon Kane  ⭐⭐⭐
90 The Transporter  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
91 Constantine  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
92 The Bourne Identity  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
93 The Bourne Supremacy  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
94 Kung Fu Hustle  ⭐⭐⭐
95 Superbad  ⭐⭐⭐
96 Splice  ⭐⭐⭐
97 Skyline  ⭐⭐
98 No Country for Old Men  ⭐⭐⭐
99 Donnie Darko  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
100 Taken  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
101 Rocky  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
102 The Bourne Ultimatum  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
103 Conan the Destroyer  ⭐⭐⭐
104 American Pie  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
105 The Mask  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
106 American Pie 2  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
107 Apocalypse of the Dead  ⭐
108 Dawn of the Dead  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
109 The Social Network  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
110 Rec  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
111 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
112 Land of the Dead  ⭐⭐⭐
113 The Goonies  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
114 The Objective  ⭐
115 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
116 Rec 2  ⭐⭐⭐
117 Romancing the Stone  ⭐⭐⭐
118 Howl’s Moving Castle  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
119 Monsters  ⭐⭐⭐
120 Die Hard: With a Vengeance  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
121 True Lies  ⭐⭐⭐
122 Alien  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
123 The Descent  ⭐⭐⭐
124 Friday the 13th  ⭐⭐⭐
125 The Spy Who Loved Me  ⭐
126 Scary Movie  ⭐⭐⭐
127 Van Wilder: Party Liaison  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
128 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
129 The Waterboy  ⭐⭐⭐
130 Attack the Block  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
131 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
132 Heat  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
133 Dinocroc vs. Supergator  ⭐
134 Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
135 The Hangover  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
136 The Hangover Part II  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
137 Cocktail  ⭐⭐⭐
138 Clash of the Titans  ⭐⭐
139 Dodgeball  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
140 The Running Man  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
141 Sharktopus
142 Kill Bill: Volume 1  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
143 Lucky Number Slevin  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
144 Step Brothers  ⭐⭐
145 Role Models  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
146 Zoolander  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
147 Orange County  ⭐⭐⭐
148 The Chronicles of Riddick  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
149 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny  ⭐⭐⭐
150 The Disappearance of Alice Creed  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
151 eXistenZ  ⭐⭐⭐
152 The Expendables  ⭐⭐⭐
153 Foxy Brown  ⭐⭐⭐
154 Green Lantern: First Flight  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
155 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
156 AVP: Alien vs. Predator  ⭐⭐⭐
157 Forest Gump  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
158 V for Vendetta  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
159 TRON: Legacy  ⭐⭐⭐
160 The Horde  ⭐⭐⭐
161 Jennifer’s Body  ⭐⭐⭐
162 Stiletto  ⭐
163 This is Spinal Tap  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
164 The Box  ⭐⭐⭐
165 Deep Blue Sea  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
166 Kung Fu Panda  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
167 Se7en  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
168 The Way of the Dragon  ⭐⭐
169 Unbreakable  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
170 Barbarella  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
171 The Tourist  ⭐⭐⭐
172 xXx  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
173 The A-Team  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
174 Transformers  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
175 Transformers: The Movie  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
176 Demons  ⭐⭐⭐
177 Hard to Kill  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
178 Total Recall  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
179 Vicky Cristina Barcelona  ⭐⭐⭐
180 Predators  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
181 Resident Evil  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
182 Resident Evil: Apocalypse  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
183 Resident Evil: Extinction  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
184 Resident Evil: Afterlife  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
185 Resident Evil: Degeneration  ⭐⭐
186 The Men Who Stare at Goats  ⭐⭐⭐
187 Push  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
188 The Girl who Played with Fire  ⭐⭐⭐
189 Iron Man  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
190 Jaws  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
191 Horrible Bosses  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
192 Black Swan  ⭐⭐⭐
193 Dr Who and the Daleks  ⭐⭐
194 Into the Blue  ⭐⭐⭐
195 American Hot Babes  ⭐⭐⭐
196 Blade  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
197 Catfish  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
198 There’s Something About Mary  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
199 Batman Begins  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
200 The Dark Knight  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
201 A Knight’s Tale  ⭐⭐⭐
202 Femme Fatale  ⭐⭐⭐
203 Mortal Kombat  ⭐⭐⭐
204 Tamara Drewe  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
205 Swordfish  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
206 Ninja Scroll  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
207 Street Fighter II  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
208 Coming to America  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
209 Rango  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
210 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest  ⭐⭐⭐
211 The Italian Job  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
212 Spread  ⭐⭐⭐
213 Pulp Fiction  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
214 Batman  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
215 Tango and Cash  ⭐⭐⭐
216 The Blues Brothers  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
217 The Inbetweeners  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
218 Akira  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
219 Paul  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
220 The Wedding Singer  ⭐⭐⭐
221 The Adjustment Bureau  ⭐⭐⭐
222 Just Go With It  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
223 Rocky IV  ⭐⭐
224 The Muppets Take Manhattan  ⭐⭐⭐
225 Lost in Space  ⭐⭐⭐
226 Donkey Punch  ⭐⭐
227 Striptease  ⭐⭐⭐
228 Underworld: Evolution  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
229 Batman and Robin
230 Spring Breakdown  ⭐⭐⭐
231 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
232 Toy Story 2  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
233 Van Helsing  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
234 How to Train Your Dragon  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
235 A Boy and His Dog  ⭐⭐
236 American Virgin  ⭐⭐
237 Mystery Men  ⭐⭐⭐
238 Ink  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
239 Battle: Los Angeles  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
240 The Thing  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
241 Conan the Barbarian  ⭐⭐⭐
242 Warrior  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
243 Equilibrium  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
244 Beetlejuice  ⭐⭐⭐
245 One Eyed Monster  ⭐⭐
246 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm  ⭐⭐⭐
247 The Fifth Element  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
248 The Replacement Killers  ⭐⭐⭐
249 Ong Bak  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
250 Godzilla  ⭐⭐⭐
251 Jumper  ⭐⭐⭐
252 10,000 BC  ⭐⭐
253 The Rocky Horror Picture Show  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
254 Happy Gilmore  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
255 Shallow Hal  ⭐⭐⭐
256 Sucker Punch  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
257 Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever  ⭐
258 Hulk  ⭐⭐⭐
259 Mars Attacks  ⭐⭐
260 The Losers  ⭐⭐⭐
261 Beverly Hills Cop  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
262 The Last of the Mohicans  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
263 Dead Snow  ⭐⭐
264 Evil Aliens  ⭐⭐
265 X-Men 2  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
266 Independence Day  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
267 Death Note  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
268 Inside Man  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
269 Life of Brian  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
270 Interview with the Vampire  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
271 Hot Shots! Part Deux  ⭐⭐⭐
272 Tangled  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
273 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen  ⭐⭐⭐
274 King Kong  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
275 Dinoshark
276 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
277 I, Robot  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
278 Scream  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
279 Fantastic Four  ⭐⭐⭐
280 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
281 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
282 Pandorum  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
283 District 9  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
284 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
285 Bad Teacher  ⭐⭐
286 Assassins  ⭐⭐⭐
287 Battle Royale  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
288 Casino Royale  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
289 Quantum of Solace  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
290 Black Dynamite  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
291 Dante’s Inferno  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
292 Tucker and Dale vs Evil  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
293 Transporter 3  ⭐⭐⭐
294 Bridesmaids  ⭐⭐
295 Red Sonja  ⭐⭐⭐
296 Close Encounters of the Third Kind  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
297 Twilight  ⭐
298 How to Rob a Bank  ⭐⭐⭐
299 New Moon  ⭐⭐
300 300  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
301 Eclipse  ⭐⭐⭐
302 Surrogates  ⭐⭐⭐
303 Wonder Woman  ⭐⭐⭐
304 Breaking Dawn Part 1  ⭐⭐
305 Superman – Doomsday  ⭐⭐
306 John Tucker Must Die  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
307 American Pie: The Wedding  ⭐⭐⭐
308 Nacho Libre  ⭐⭐⭐
309 Thor  ⭐⭐⭐
310 Snakes on a Plane  ⭐⭐
311 Shaft  ⭐⭐
312 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra  ⭐⭐⭐
313 Serenity  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
314 Titan A.E.  ⭐⭐⭐
315 Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
316 Mr. Nice  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
317 28 Weeks Later  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
318 Mimic  ⭐⭐⭐
319 X-Men: The Last Stand  ⭐⭐
320 Broken Arrow  ⭐⭐⭐
321 Get Smart  ⭐⭐⭐
322 The Blackout  ⭐
323 Stake Land  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
324 Next  ⭐⭐⭐
325 It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie  ⭐⭐⭐
326 X-Men Origins: Wolverine  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
327 Time Bandits  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
328 Scrooged  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
329 Goldeneye  ⭐⭐⭐
330 Tekken  ⭐⭐⭐
331 Naked Weapon  ⭐⭐
332 Vamp  ⭐⭐
333 Franklyn  ⭐⭐
334 Devil  ⭐⭐⭐
335 Minority Report  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
336 Forgetting Sarah Marshall  ⭐⭐⭐
337 Desperado  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
338 The ‘Burbs  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
339 Burlesque  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
340 Team America: World Police  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
341 The Fast and the Furious  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
342 Groundhog Day  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
343 Moon  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
344 Office Space  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
345 Megamind  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
346 Captain America: The First Avenger  ⭐⭐⭐
347 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  ⭐⭐⭐
348 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
349 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1  ⭐⭐⭐
350 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
351 The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
352 The King’s Speech  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
353 Stand By Me  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
354 Little Shop of Horrors  ⭐⭐⭐
355 Shrek  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
356 Road Trip  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
357 The Grinch  ⭐⭐⭐
358 License to Drive  ⭐⭐⭐
359 National Treasure  ⭐⭐⭐
360 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace  ⭐⭐⭐
361 Star Wars: Attack of the Clones  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
362 Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
363 Star Wars: A New Hope  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
364 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
365 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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