Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Year at the Movies: 2012 in Review

 Like many film fans, I like to keep lists of all the movies I watch, not just for bragging rights but also to remind me what I have seen and what I still need to watch. Here's the 2012 list of films, which is mostly classics (of course), liberally seasoned with movies I watched with the other members of the household.

Cars 2 (2011)
Wing Chun (1994)
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Fright Night (2011)
Cape Fear (1962)
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
The Thing from Another World (1951)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
D13: Ultimatum (2009)
The Artist (2011)
Tron: Legacy (2010)
The Blob (1958)
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
The Red Balloon (1956)
I Capture the Castle (2003)
Jane Eyre (1943)
Casablanca (1942)
Dragonwyck (1946)
For Me and My Gal (1942)
The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
The Bat (1959)
Great Expectations (1946)
The Three Musketeers (1948)
It Happened One Night (1934)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Oliver Twist (1948)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Destry Rides Again (1939)
Red Tails (2012)
Ninotchka (1939)
The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Blood and Roses (1960)
The Descendants (2011)
Madhouse (1974)
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
The Man from Laramie (1955)
Cover Girl (1944)
Alakazam the Great (1960)
The Naked Spur (1953)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Being Elmo (2011)
Countess Dracula (1971)
Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002)
The Far Country (1954)
Dark and Stormy Night (2010)
The Great Train Robbery (1903)
Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1895)
Employees Leaving the Lumiere Factory (1895)
A Corner in Wheat (1909)
Vampyr (1932)
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
Flash Gordon (1980)
One Week (1920)
La Jetee (1962)
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
Repo Man (1984)
Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
The Long, Long Trailer (1953)
Annie Hall (1977)
They Might Be Giants (1971)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
John Carter (2012)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
The Mummy (1959)
The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Cars (2006)
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
The Muppets (2011)
Rango (2011)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
American Scary (2006)
Bend of the River (1952)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Mister Roberts (1955)
Seven Chances (1925)
Winchester 73 (1950)
The Three Amigos (1986)
The Haunting (1963)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Apartment (1960)
The Great Dictator (1940)
Mirror Mirror (2012)
Safety Last! (1923)
Diary of a Chambermaid (1946)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Westward the Women (1951)
 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
The Blue Angel (1930)
Knock on Wood (1954)
Shall We Dance (1937)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)
Without Love (1945)
Casablanca (1942) - Again!
Pirates! (2012)
Copacabana (1947)
Stalag 17 (1953)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
The Shootist (1976)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
The Avengers (2012)
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
Angel and the Badman (1947)
Men in Black (1997)
Francis the Talking Mule (1950)
High Anxiety (1977)
The Avengers (2012) - yes, we saw it twice
Men in Black 3 (2012)
Mulan (1998)
This Gun for Hire (1942)
Failure to Launch (2006)
Just Like Heaven (2005)
Annie (1982)
Stand Up and Cheer (1934)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
The Littlest Rebel (1935)
The Little Colonel (1935)
Grand Hotel (1932)
The Blue Bird (1940)
The Stranger (1946)
Dimples (1936)
Dinner at Eight (1933)
Thor (2011)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Rock of Ages (2012)
Brave (2012)
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Magic Mike (2012)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Amelie (2001)
Jewel Robbery (1932)
The Devil Makes Three (1952)
500 Days of Summer (2009)
Man Wanted (1932)
An American in Paris (1951)
Undercurrent (1946)
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Wild Target (2010)
Les Diaboliques (1955)
Brigadoon (1954)
Gunga Din (1939)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Twentieth Century (1934)
Wife vs. Secretary (1936)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Rocky (1976)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
The Rules of the Game (1939)
The Navigator (1924)
Bombshell (1933)
 The Big Clock (1948)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
The Birds (1963)
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
Haunted Honeymoon (1986)
You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
I Married a Witch (1942)
Obsession (1949)
Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)
It (1927)
House of the Long Shadows (1983)
Frankenweenie (2012)
The Innocents (1961)
The Ghoul (1933)
The Three Musketeers (1948) - second time this year
The Vampire's Ghost (1945)
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
The Bad Seed (1956)
Blue Hawaii (1961)
Mad Love (1935)
The Devil Doll (1936)
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
The Undying Monster (1942)
The Naked City (1948)
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Mark of the Vampire (1935)
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
Clue (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Ivanhoe (1952)
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Night and the City (1950)
Red Garters (1954)
The African Queen (1951)
The Muppets (2011) - again
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Lincoln (2012)
The Hobbit (2012)
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
101 Dalmatians (1961)
Die Hard (1988)
White Christmas (1954)
Lockout (2012)
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Jesse James (1939)

The final count for the year is 219, or about four movies a week on average. Hammer horror, super heroes, Bogart, Hepburn, Westerns, musicals - and quite a bit of Shirley Temple thanks to the 11 yr. old Temple fan! It was a great year at the movies. Here's looking forward to many more movies in 2013!