The Flashback Episodes! (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 we’ll 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 and 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. But 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 at that time. Nostalgia counted for nothing. Any films with no stars were terrible.

No.TitleRating
1Salt ⭐⭐⭐
2Knight and Day ⭐⭐⭐
3StreetDance ⭐⭐⭐
4Armour of God ⭐⭐⭐
5Iron Man 2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
6The Incredibles ⭐⭐⭐⭐
7The Big Boss ⭐⭐⭐
8Tremors ⭐⭐⭐⭐
9Flash Gordon ⭐⭐⭐⭐
10Back to the Future ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
11Cars ⭐⭐⭐
12Mad Max ⭐⭐⭐
13Young Frankenstein ⭐⭐
14Cronos ⭐⭐⭐
15I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry ⭐⭐⭐⭐
16Silver Streak ⭐⭐⭐
17Dumb and Dumber ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
18The Terminator ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
19Triangle ⭐⭐⭐⭐
20Without a Paddle ⭐⭐⭐
21Slither ⭐⭐⭐
22Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus 
23Eraser ⭐⭐⭐
24Bitch Slap ⭐⭐⭐⭐
25Alphaville ⭐
26Black Sheep ⭐⭐
27Fire and Ice ⭐⭐⭐
2828 Days Later ⭐⭐⭐⭐
29The Switch ⭐⭐⭐
30Under Siege ⭐⭐⭐
31Dragnet ⭐⭐⭐⭐
32Perfect Creature ⭐⭐
33Toy Story 3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
34Inception ⭐⭐⭐
35Surf’s Up ⭐⭐⭐⭐
36Robocop ⭐⭐⭐
37Barb Wire ⭐⭐⭐⭐
38Shaun of the Dead ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
39Sherlock Holmes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
40The Trial of the Incredible Hulk ⭐⭐
41Smokey and the Bandit ⭐⭐⭐
42The Proposal ⭐⭐⭐
43The Island ⭐⭐⭐
44Couples Retreat ⭐⭐⭐⭐
45The Time Traveller’s Wife ⭐⭐⭐
46Cloverfield ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
47Underworld ⭐⭐⭐⭐
48Beyond the Valley of the Dolls ⭐⭐⭐
49The Accidental Husband ⭐⭐
50Get Him to the Greek ⭐⭐⭐⭐
51Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls ⭐⭐⭐⭐
52Starship Troopers ⭐⭐⭐⭐
53Tokyo Gore Police ⭐
54Teeth 
55Die Hard ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
56Die Hard 2: Die Harder ⭐⭐⭐⭐
57Hot Fuzz ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
58Despicable Me ⭐⭐⭐⭐
59Fletch ⭐⭐⭐
60RED ⭐⭐⭐
61A Perfect Getaway ⭐⭐
62Clash of the Titans ⭐⭐⭐
63The Lost Boys ⭐⭐⭐⭐
64The Great Outdoors ⭐⭐⭐⭐
65Death Proof ⭐⭐⭐
66Planet Terror ⭐⭐⭐⭐
67Kick Ass ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
68Up in Smoke ⭐⭐⭐
69South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
70The Last Samurai ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
71Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ⭐⭐⭐
72Appleseed ⭐⭐⭐⭐
73Ninja Assasin ⭐⭐⭐⭐
74Ghostbusters ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
75The Invasion ⭐⭐⭐
76Evolution ⭐⭐⭐⭐
77The Mist ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
78Predator ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
79School of Rock ⭐⭐⭐⭐
80Pitch Black ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
81Hot Shots! ⭐⭐⭐
82Dreamcatcher ⭐⭐
83Juno ⭐⭐⭐
84Mr and Mrs Smith ⭐⭐⭐⭐
85Daredevil ⭐⭐
86Demolition Man ⭐⭐⭐
87Ghost Ship ⭐⭐⭐
88The Karate Kid ⭐⭐⭐⭐
89Solomon Kane ⭐⭐⭐
90The Transporter ⭐⭐⭐⭐
91Constantine ⭐⭐⭐⭐
92The Bourne Identity ⭐⭐⭐⭐
93The Bourne Supremacy ⭐⭐⭐⭐
94Kung Fu Hustle ⭐⭐⭐
95Superbad ⭐⭐⭐
96Splice ⭐⭐⭐
97Skyline ⭐⭐
98No Country for Old Men ⭐⭐⭐
99Donnie Darko ⭐⭐⭐⭐
100Taken ⭐⭐⭐⭐
101Rocky ⭐⭐⭐⭐
102The Bourne Ultimatum ⭐⭐⭐⭐
103Conan the Destroyer ⭐⭐⭐
104American Pie ⭐⭐⭐⭐
105The Mask ⭐⭐⭐⭐
106American Pie 2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
107Apocalypse of the Dead ⭐
108Dawn of the Dead ⭐⭐⭐⭐
109The Social Network ⭐⭐⭐⭐
110Rec ⭐⭐⭐⭐
111Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ⭐⭐⭐⭐
112Land of the Dead ⭐⭐⭐
113The Goonies ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
114The Objective ⭐
115Ace Ventura: Pet Detective ⭐⭐⭐⭐
116Rec 2 ⭐⭐⭐
117Romancing the Stone ⭐⭐⭐
118Howl’s Moving Castle ⭐⭐⭐⭐
119Monsters ⭐⭐⭐
120Die Hard: With a Vengeance ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
121True Lies ⭐⭐⭐
122Alien ⭐⭐⭐⭐
123The Descent ⭐⭐⭐
124Friday the 13th ⭐⭐⭐
125The Spy Who Loved Me ⭐
126Scary Movie ⭐⭐⭐
127Van Wilder: Party Liaison ⭐⭐⭐⭐
128Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ⭐⭐⭐⭐
129The Waterboy ⭐⭐⭐
130Attack the Block ⭐⭐⭐⭐
131Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ⭐⭐⭐⭐
132Heat ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
133Dinocroc vs. Supergator ⭐
134Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life ⭐⭐⭐⭐
135The Hangover ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
136The Hangover Part II ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
137Cocktail ⭐⭐⭐
138Clash of the Titans ⭐⭐
139Dodgeball ⭐⭐⭐⭐
140The Running Man ⭐⭐⭐⭐
141Sharktopus 
142Kill Bill: Volume 1 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
143Lucky Number Slevin ⭐⭐⭐⭐
144Step Brothers ⭐⭐
145Role Models ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
146Zoolander ⭐⭐⭐⭐
147Orange County ⭐⭐⭐
148The Chronicles of Riddick ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
149Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny ⭐⭐⭐
150The Disappearance of Alice Creed ⭐⭐⭐⭐
151eXistenZ ⭐⭐⭐
152The Expendables ⭐⭐⭐
153Foxy Brown ⭐⭐⭐
154Green Lantern: First Flight ⭐⭐⭐⭐
155The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ⭐⭐⭐⭐
156AVP: Alien vs. Predator ⭐⭐⭐
157Forest Gump ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
158V for Vendetta ⭐⭐⭐⭐
159TRON: Legacy ⭐⭐⭐
160The Horde ⭐⭐⭐
161Jennifer’s Body ⭐⭐⭐
162Stiletto ⭐
163This is Spinal Tap ⭐⭐⭐⭐
164The Box ⭐⭐⭐
165Deep Blue Sea ⭐⭐⭐⭐
166Kung Fu Panda ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
167Se7en ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
168The Way of the Dragon ⭐⭐
169Unbreakable ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
170Barbarella ⭐⭐⭐⭐
171The Tourist ⭐⭐⭐
172xXx ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
173The A-Team ⭐⭐⭐⭐
174Transformers ⭐⭐⭐⭐
175Transformers: The Movie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
176Demons ⭐⭐⭐
177Hard to Kill ⭐⭐⭐⭐
178Total Recall ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
179Vicky Cristina Barcelona ⭐⭐⭐
180Predators ⭐⭐⭐⭐
181Resident Evil ⭐⭐⭐⭐
182Resident Evil: Apocalypse ⭐⭐⭐⭐
183Resident Evil: Extinction ⭐⭐⭐⭐
184Resident Evil: Afterlife ⭐⭐⭐⭐
185Resident Evil: Degeneration ⭐⭐
186The Men Who Stare at Goats ⭐⭐⭐
187Push ⭐⭐⭐⭐
188The Girl who Played with Fire ⭐⭐⭐
189Iron Man ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
190Jaws ⭐⭐⭐⭐
191Horrible Bosses ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
192Black Swan ⭐⭐⭐
193Dr Who and the Daleks ⭐⭐
194Into the Blue ⭐⭐⭐
195American Hot Babes ⭐⭐⭐
196Blade ⭐⭐⭐⭐
197Catfish ⭐⭐⭐⭐
198There’s Something About Mary ⭐⭐⭐⭐
199Batman Begins ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
200The Dark Knight ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
201A Knight’s Tale ⭐⭐⭐
202Femme Fatale ⭐⭐⭐
203Mortal Kombat ⭐⭐⭐
204Tamara Drewe ⭐⭐⭐⭐
205Swordfish ⭐⭐⭐⭐
206Ninja Scroll ⭐⭐⭐⭐
207Street Fighter II ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
208Coming to America ⭐⭐⭐⭐
209Rango ⭐⭐⭐⭐
210The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest ⭐⭐⭐
211The Italian Job ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
212Spread ⭐⭐⭐
213Pulp Fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
214Batman ⭐⭐⭐⭐
215Tango and Cash ⭐⭐⭐
216The Blues Brothers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
217The Inbetweeners ⭐⭐⭐⭐
218Akira ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
219Paul ⭐⭐⭐⭐
220The Wedding Singer ⭐⭐⭐
221The Adjustment Bureau ⭐⭐⭐
222Just Go With It ⭐⭐⭐⭐
223Rocky IV ⭐⭐
224The Muppets Take Manhattan ⭐⭐⭐
225Lost in Space ⭐⭐⭐
226Donkey Punch ⭐⭐
227Striptease ⭐⭐⭐
228Underworld: Evolution ⭐⭐⭐⭐
229Batman and Robin 
230Spring Breakdown ⭐⭐⭐
231Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ⭐⭐⭐⭐
232Toy Story 2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
233Van Helsing ⭐⭐⭐⭐
234How to Train Your Dragon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
235A Boy and His Dog ⭐⭐
236American Virgin ⭐⭐
237Mystery Men ⭐⭐⭐
238Ink ⭐⭐⭐⭐
239Battle: Los Angeles ⭐⭐⭐⭐
240The Thing ⭐⭐⭐⭐
241Conan the Barbarian ⭐⭐⭐
242Warrior ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
243Equilibrium ⭐⭐⭐⭐
244Beetlejuice ⭐⭐⭐
245One Eyed Monster ⭐⭐
246Batman: Mask of the Phantasm ⭐⭐⭐
247The Fifth Element ⭐⭐⭐⭐
248The Replacement Killers ⭐⭐⭐
249Ong Bak ⭐⭐⭐⭐
250Godzilla ⭐⭐⭐
251Jumper ⭐⭐⭐
25210,000 BC ⭐⭐
253The Rocky Horror Picture Show ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
254Happy Gilmore ⭐⭐⭐⭐
255Shallow Hal ⭐⭐⭐
256Sucker Punch ⭐⭐⭐⭐
257Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever ⭐
258Hulk ⭐⭐⭐
259Mars Attacks ⭐⭐
260The Losers ⭐⭐⭐
261Beverly Hills Cop ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
262The Last of the Mohicans ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
263Dead Snow ⭐⭐
264Evil Aliens ⭐⭐
265X-Men 2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
266Independence Day ⭐⭐⭐⭐
267Death Note ⭐⭐⭐⭐
268Inside Man ⭐⭐⭐⭐
269Life of Brian ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
270Interview with the Vampire ⭐⭐⭐⭐
271Hot Shots! Part Deux ⭐⭐⭐
272Tangled ⭐⭐⭐⭐
273The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ⭐⭐⭐
274King Kong ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
275Dinoshark 
276Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ⭐⭐⭐⭐
277I, Robot ⭐⭐⭐⭐
278Scream ⭐⭐⭐⭐
279Fantastic Four ⭐⭐⭐
280Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery ⭐⭐⭐⭐
281Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me ⭐⭐⭐⭐
282Pandorum ⭐⭐⭐⭐
283District 9 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
284Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ⭐⭐⭐⭐
285Bad Teacher ⭐⭐
286Assassins ⭐⭐⭐
287Battle Royale ⭐⭐⭐⭐
288Casino Royale ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
289Quantum of Solace ⭐⭐⭐⭐
290Black Dynamite ⭐⭐⭐⭐
291Dante’s Inferno ⭐⭐⭐⭐
292Tucker and Dale vs Evil ⭐⭐⭐⭐
293Transporter 3 ⭐⭐⭐
294Bridesmaids ⭐⭐
295Red Sonja ⭐⭐⭐
296Close Encounters of the Third Kind ⭐⭐⭐⭐
297Twilight ⭐
298How to Rob a Bank ⭐⭐⭐
299New Moon ⭐⭐
300300 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
301Eclipse ⭐⭐⭐
302Surrogates ⭐⭐⭐
303Wonder Woman ⭐⭐⭐
304Breaking Dawn Part 1 ⭐⭐
305Superman – Doomsday ⭐⭐
306John Tucker Must Die ⭐⭐⭐⭐
307American Pie: The Wedding ⭐⭐⭐
308Nacho Libre ⭐⭐⭐
309Thor ⭐⭐⭐
310Snakes on a Plane ⭐⭐
311Shaft ⭐⭐
312G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra ⭐⭐⭐
313Serenity ⭐⭐⭐⭐
314Titan A.E. ⭐⭐⭐
315Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
316Mr. Nice ⭐⭐⭐⭐
31728 Weeks Later ⭐⭐⭐⭐
318Mimic ⭐⭐⭐
319X-Men: The Last Stand ⭐⭐
320Broken Arrow ⭐⭐⭐
321Get Smart ⭐⭐⭐
322The Blackout ⭐
323Stake Land ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
324Next ⭐⭐⭐
325It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie ⭐⭐⭐
326X-Men Origins: Wolverine ⭐⭐⭐⭐
327Time Bandits ⭐⭐⭐⭐
328Scrooged ⭐⭐⭐⭐
329Goldeneye ⭐⭐⭐
330Tekken ⭐⭐⭐
331Naked Weapon ⭐⭐
332Vamp ⭐⭐
333Franklyn ⭐⭐
334Devil ⭐⭐⭐
335Minority Report ⭐⭐⭐⭐
336Forgetting Sarah Marshall ⭐⭐⭐
337Desperado ⭐⭐⭐⭐
338The ‘Burbs ⭐⭐⭐⭐
339Burlesque ⭐⭐⭐⭐
340Team America: World Police ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
341The Fast and the Furious ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
342Groundhog Day ⭐⭐⭐⭐
343Moon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
344Office Space ⭐⭐⭐⭐
345Megamind ⭐⭐⭐⭐
346Captain America: The First Avenger ⭐⭐⭐
347Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ⭐⭐⭐
348Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ⭐⭐⭐⭐
349Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 ⭐⭐⭐
350Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
351The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear ⭐⭐⭐⭐
352The King’s Speech ⭐⭐⭐⭐
353Stand By Me ⭐⭐⭐⭐
354Little Shop of Horrors ⭐⭐⭐
355Shrek ⭐⭐⭐⭐
356Road Trip ⭐⭐⭐⭐
357The Grinch ⭐⭐⭐
358License to Drive ⭐⭐⭐
359National Treasure ⭐⭐⭐
360Star Wars: The Phantom Menace ⭐⭐⭐
361Star Wars: Attack of the Clones ⭐⭐⭐⭐
362Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
363Star Wars: A New Hope ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
364Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
365Star Wars: Return of the Jedi ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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