The List 2011

It’s my annual list of films & shows I watched! For ye who have not read the lists from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, or 2010, here’s a lil rundown. My lists are based only on what I watched in 2011, which accounts for the presence of 2010 films I didn’t see in the theatre until 2011 and the absence of spectacular films from 2011 that I’ve yet to see. My “Favorites” are based on the overall experience of the film- what impacted or enchanted me, not always objectively on what I think were the most quality films. My “Disappointments” have to do with unmet expectations, which is why bad movies I knew would be bad aren’t on the list. Brackets [ ] mean films seen in the theatre.

New: This year I logged the hours of all films and non-first-run TV shows I watched. If I didn’t finish a film or series, I didn’t count it, nor did I count currently-airing shows I watch weekly on Hulu. Rather than just list the hours as a big, fat number, I calculated the sum as 40 hours-a-week, since watching stuff is basically my fourth part-time job. Not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed by the “work week” total of my viewings, but it satisfies my enjoyment of statistics.

Enjoy! Tell me some of your Faves & Dissapointments

Favorites of 2011
The Muppets
Jane Eyre
The King’s Speech

Most Disappointing of 2011
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Super 8
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Tempest

Favorite TV-on-DVD Discoveries
Lark Rise to Candleford
The IT Crowd
Garrow’s Law
Being Human (BBC) *And yes, ALL of these are BBC shows

Total Films: 267

Total Television Series: 69

Films Viewed in Theatre: 34

Harry Potter film viewings: 22 (.42 per week)

Watched 3 Times
Harry Potter: Order of The Phoenix
Nanny McPhee
LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring

Watched 4 Times
Harry Potter: Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 1

Most Watched Film of 2011 (5 times)
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2

Repeat in-Theatre Viewings
Thor (2)
X-Men: First Class (2)
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2 (4)

“Work Weeks” spent viewing: 26.9 = Half a year

The List 2011: Films

LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
LOTR: The Two Towers
LOTR: The Return of the King
Holiday (1938)
Secret of the Kells
Harold and Maude
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Persuasion (1995)
The Muppet Movie
The Great Muppet Caper
[ ] Tangled
[ ] The Tempest
Waking Sleeping Beauty
Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day
Sense & Sensibility
[ ] Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 1
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Version
MST3K: The Final Sacrifice
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Evening Primrose (1966)
In and Out
Marx Brothers: The Big Store
Becoming Jane
The Last Station
Bright Young Things
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Young Victoria
Star Trek (2009)
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth
[ ] Somewhere
The Pillars of the Earth
Mrs. Brown
The Two Towers: Extended Edition
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
The Princess and the Frog
Annie Hall
[ ] The King’s Speech
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Castor Et Pollux (2008)
Harry Potter: Half-Blood Prince
An Ideal Husband
Peter Pan (1953)
The Way We Live Now
The Color of Magic
Chariots of Fire
Gosford Park
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Fairy Tale: A True Story
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Wuthering Heights (2009)
The Last Unicorn
The Return of the King: Extended Edition
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Return to Oz
Practical Magic
Please Give
The Virgin Queen
The World According to Sesame Street
Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition
Galaxy Quest
Lord of the Rings (1978)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Friends with Money
Nanny McPhee Returns
[ ] Red Riding Hood
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Trouble With Angels
To the Ends of the Earth
[ ] The Adjustment Bureau
Never Let Me Go
How to Train Your Dragon
Billy Elliot
Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day
Peter Pan (2003)
Boy A
The Social Network
L.A. Story
The Sword in the Stone
[ ] Jane Eyre (2011)
Jane Eyre (2006)
Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake”
Jane Eyre (1997)
[ ] Sucker Punch
Ballet Shoes
Les Miserables (1998)
When Harry Met Sally
Swan Lake (ABT 2005)
Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix
Wild Target
[ ] Modern Times (1936)
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (Bolshoi 1989)
Tron (1982)
Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor –
– Atomic
[ ] Hanna
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Nanny McPhee
Country Strong
Paper Heart
Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
Bright Star
Whip It
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Easy A
Black Swan
The Breakfast Club
Tout Près Des Étoiles
Center Stage
Youth in Revolt
Dancer’s Dream–The Great Ballets of Rudolf Nureyev: Sleeping Beauty
Paul Taylor: Dancemaker
In the Shadow of the Stars
Every Little Step
[ ] Thor
Blood on the Flat Track: Rise of the Rat City Rollergirls
Tron: Legacy
Anywhere But Here
[ ] Thor
Gnomeo & Juliet
Monsters Inc.
[ ] Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Jesus Christ Superstar
Peter Pan (2003)
City Island
[ ] X-Men: First Class
Gulliver’s Travels
Nanny McPhee
Born to Be Wild: The Leading Men of ABT
Marie Antoinette
Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter: Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 1
[ ] Super 8
17 Again
[ ] Company (2011)
Shakespeare Retold: Macbeth
Shakespeare Retold: Much Ado About-
– Nothing
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning
– Thief
Star Trek (2009)
The Narnia Code
Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire
Ru Guo · Ai
The Karate Kid
The Notebook
The Princess Diaries
Letters to Juliet
Under the Tuscan Sun
Imagine Me & You
Leap Year
Someone Like You
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
[ ] X-Men: First Class
Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets
Ella Enchanted
Mean Girls
The Island
Paper Heart
No Strings Attached
The Incredibles
[ ] Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2
Snow White (1937)
Walt & El Grupo
[ ] Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Pirate Radio
Nanny McPhee
A Single Man
The Kids Are All Right
Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix
[ ] Crazy, Stupid, Love
[ ] Captain America: The First Avenger
[ ] Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2
Dr. Strangelove
District 9
Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban
[ ] Cowboys & Aliens
I Am Number Four
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 1
The Eagle
Sleepless in Seattle
French Kiss
You’ve Got Mail
Kate & Leopold
Sunshine (2007)
The Beaver
[ ] Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2
Jane Eyre (1943)
Hamlet (RSC 2008)
Funny People
South Riding
[ ] Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Other Woman
John Adams
Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets
Space Camp
Back to the Future
Back to the Future 2
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
The Swan Princess
The Chipmunk Adventure
[ ] 50/50
[ ] The Royal Tennenbaums
The Adjustment Bureau
[ ] Anonymous
The Last Starfighter
Pete’s Dragon
[ ] In Time
Back to the Future III
My Boy Jack
Sleeping Beauty
Jane Eyre (2011)
Blue Valentine
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Monster’s Inc.
[ ] The Dark Crystal
Harry Potter: Half-Blood Prince
Breakfast with Scot
Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban
Låt Den Rätte Komma In
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Le Hussard Sur Le Toit
The Pixar Story
[ ] Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1
[ ] Hugo
Harry Potter: Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 1
Bridget Jones’ Diary
[ ] Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
The Help
Harry Potter: Half-Blood Prince
Love Actually
A Christmas Story
Santa Claus: The Movie
Rory O’Shea Was Here
Sherlock Holmes
White Christmas
Little Women
[ ] The Muppets

The List 2011: Television Series

Dae Jang Geum: 3
Shameless (BBC): 1
Vicar of Dibley: 2
The Catherine Tate Show: 2
Miranda: 1
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: 2
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: 1
Parks & Recreation: 1
The Big Bang Theory: 2
Kings: 1
Vicar of Dibley: 3
Lark Rise to Candleford: 1
Dr Who: The Daleks (1963)
Dr Who: The Edge of Destruction (1963)
Dr Who: Genesis of the Daleks (1974)
Lark Rise to Candlford: 2
Dr Who: The Caves of Androzani (1984)
Parks & Recreation: 2
In Treatment: 2
Clatterford: 1
Clatterford: 2
Clatterford: 3
Vicar of Dibley: Anniversary Specials
Ballykissangel: 1
Being Human (BBC): 1
Planet Earth: 1
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: 3
Monday, Monday: 1
Ballykissangel: 2
Mad Men: 3
The IT Crowd: 1
Miranda: 2
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: 4
Slings & Arrows: 1
The IT Crowd: 2
Lark Rise to Candleford: 3
Slings & Arrows: 2
Torchwood: 2
The IT Crowd: 3
The IT Crowd: 4
The Forsyte Saga: 1
Long Way Down: 1
Slings & Arrows: 3
Lark Rise to Candleford: 4
Misfits: 1
Star Trek The Next Generation: 1
True Blood: 3
Being Human(BBC): 2
Big Love: 4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 3
Garrow’s Law: 1
Deadwood: 2
Grandma’s House: 1
Star Trek The Next Generation: 2
Desperate Romantics: 1
Deadwood: 3
Fringe: 3
Misfits: 2
The West Wing: 2
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: 5
Star Trek: The Next Generation: 3
Bored to Death: 2
Northern Exposure: 6
The West Wing: 3
Garrow’s Law: 2
The Comeback: 1
Star Trek the Next Generation: 4

Posted on Thu, Jan 5th, 2012 at 12:30 am
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Comments: 11

  1. 1 | Roberta

    January 5th, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I’m too lazy to scroll….is Downton Abbey on your list? It was one of my faves this year….and way back in the day when i was closer to your age i was deeply impacted by John Cassavetes classic “A Woman Under the Influence” – did you ever see that one?

  2. 2 | Kj

    January 5th, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I LOVE Downtown Abbey, but it was a currently running show (BBC & Masterpiece Theatre) so I don;t count it. Can’t wait for season 2!

  3. 3 | Courtney

    January 5th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    The Muppets was my favorite this year. I got the soundtrack for Christmas and nothing makes me happier right now than listening to it. You just can’t help but smile.

  4. 4 | LaLa

    January 5th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    ooooo I cannot believe you loved Thor. oh goodness.

    and yes. Hanna was AWFULLY disappointing. But if we had left after the first fight sequence at the secret location I would have declared it an excellent film.

  5. 5 | LP

    January 7th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Sorry to hear “The Tempest” was a disappointment for you. I’ve been waiting forever to get that dvd from the library, and hope to see it soon. The trailers were so good for that one- Helena Mirren as a female version of Prospero? Sign me up! And I liked Julie Taymor’s film “Titus,” so I have high hopes for this one. What did you dislike about it?

    -Linda P.

  6. 6 | Kj

    January 8th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I too love Julie Taymor as a director and was excited about the casting and design of the film. But ultimately, it was just plain boring. I didn’t really realize how much I didn;t enjoy it until it was over. It was just lack luster. Needed to be on a stage, not the screen. I was really surprised that I was disappointed. It’s not bad, just not great like it should’ve been.

  7. 7 | LP

    January 11th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    So I finally got that copy of “The Tempest” from the library, and on first watching, I have to agree with you. I walked away thinking “I’m glad I’ve seen it, but I don’t think I’ll need to see it again.” Then I sat down and watched the ‘making of’ featurette, and of course, there you get the director talking about all of her great intentions and they showed this AMAZING footage of the private Hawaiian island that they filmed on, and they talked about how lucky they were that one day these waves were exploding along a certain shore and how they quickly filmed all the dukes walking along that ridge with the waves cresting magnificently behind them, symbolically showing the unrest they have brought to the island by setting foot upon it, or how they staged the young lovers scene in a tight crevice in the rocks, to help illustrate how they could move ‘nowhere but towards each other.’ They went into a detailed analysis of the meaning of Caliban’s “moon calf” body markings, and showed how the actor (Djimon Hounsou) brought his own personal study of the art of Butoh movement and utilized it towards his performance. And then they showed some really amazing looking raw footage of Helen Mirren and Ben Whishaw rehearsing their scenes together, since on the film, his work as Ariel would be almost entirely done on green screen, and she would not have him present on the island to work with during filming. I saw that and suddenly I wished they had released a second disc showing nothing but raw rehearsal footage, because the glimpses we were given were really powerful. So on a second viewing, the film improves a fair amount, because I can recognize more in their choices, though I do agree that the film will not be able to surpass a stage performance. The Helen/Ben footage really drove that home. It’s great how they were able to use CGI to create an Ariel that was transparent, flew, flitted into many shapes, etc. But to see Helen Mirren as Propsera actually on the floor with Ben Whishaw (wearing only a tiny pair of shorts as his Ariel was costumed very much in his own skin), there was a really arresting sexual chemistry between them that even Julie Taymor had to comment on. Shakespeare’s words really come to life when they are spoken between two people who are sharing a real moment together, and will always be most at home on a stage.

  8. 8 | Kj

    January 11th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    That’s always a frustrating tension when the creativity doesn’t translate into the experience of the piece itself. Maybe a better film would have been a documentary about making the film- which of course i would love- but then I still get left with the fact that the test of an interpretation/performance should be in the piece itself, not its preparation.

    but i’m glad to know that it improves upon being more informed about it. Ben Whishaw seems to only ever have sexually chemistry with himself, so I love hearing that he and Helen Mirren caused sparks. 🙂

  9. 9 | » Film Viewings 2011 Dramaturgically Speaking

    January 18th, 2012 at 12:40 am

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  10. 10 | LP

    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Ack! Yankee Candles went up in price again. They are now $28 for a large candle!

  11. 11 | Kj

    January 23rd, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    wow, you’re not kidding. Just looked at the catalogue and medium jars are now the former price of large jars. Derf!

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