The List 2015


The Tenth List

2015 marks the 10th year I’ve kept a viewing list. It’s expanded over the years (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006), but for some reason, I still get immense pleasure being able to look back at the year via titles I’ve watched. Names of the films I saw with people or saw on my own, the shows I dove into or kept on in the background immediately bring to mind what was happening for me during each—a far more effective diary for me than any other method I’ve tried.

The stats: Moving to Edinburgh this autumn increased what was already a massive boom in cinema viewings since moving away from big city commuter life in 2012. Living a 15-minute walk from at least four movie theatres is, well, as great as I’ve ever dreamed. This year’s list also reflects a return to research-themed movies for various projects I took on (hence the high fairy tale presence). This is also the second year of tracking with whom I watched movies, and along with my regular movie buddies, two visitors definitely won the prize for highest viewing ratio. My brother visited in the summer and between scaling the Scottish Highlands and Icelandic waterfalls, we made up for 3 years apart by watching a ton of movies. Jonathan’s end of the year visit also resumed our film-watching habits and part 2 of his list will show up next year. As far as the continuing high TV series numbers, since doing a PhD is basically being a self-employed writer who works from home, yeah, lots of TV.

mad-max-fury-road-poster2Favorites of 2015:
Mad Max: Fury Road
Straight Outta Compton
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
Steve Jobs
Wild
Inside Out

Most Disappointing of 2015:
Tomorrowland: A World Beyond
A Little Chaos
Jurassic World
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Brooklyn

On Faves and Disses:
Well, Mad Max. After I saw it the second time I knew I wanted to see it on the big screen as much as humanly possible before it left forever. So I did that. And Mad Max pretty much outshines everything this year for me, but the others on the list were the ones that hit me most emotionally, intellectually, or were just outstandingly well-told stories.

For the Disses, usually I wouldn’t include something like Jurassic World, that looked like it was going to be terrible, but it exceeded terrible by such jaw-dropping levels that it would be a travesty to ignore its crimes against filmmaking. Age of Ultron was ‘fine’, not terrible, but it should have been awesome, so its on the Disappointment list. Brooklyn’s here because it’s received such critical hype, but despite decent performances by actors I like, there’s no ‘there’ there. The horribleness of Tomorrowland was the subject of one of my 3 blog posts last year, and A Little Chaos committed so many wrongs its hard to narrow down, but by somehow making Kate Winslett look ugly and pathetic, it certainly earns its place on the list.

Total Films: 163

Straight_Outta_Compton_poster[ ] Big Screen Viewings: 58

Most Watched Film of 2015: 9 Times
Mad Max: Fury Road (8 Cinema Viewings)

Films Viewed 3 Times:
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakes
Into the Woods
Warm Bodies
Thor 2: The Dark World
Snow White & the Huntsman

Films Viewed Twice:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Back to the Future
Back to the Future 2
Back to the Future 3
Ant-Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Wreck-It Ralph
Maleficent

Running Tally of Most Watched Films Since 2007: *New Total
19 The Young Victoria (2010)
17 *Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
14 *Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
13 *LOTR Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
13 *Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)
11 The Hunger Games (2012)
11 *Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
11 *Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
10 Marie Antoinette (2006)
10 Twilight (2008)
10 *Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
10 *A Christmas Story (1983)

star-wars-force-awakens-official-posterTV Series Completed: 104

Favorite First-View Series:
Turn: Washington’s Spies
Jane the Virgin
Black-ish
Maron
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Most Frequent Film Companions:
Francois: 10 films
Matt: 9 films over 13 days
Ellen: 8 films
George: 7 films
Rosie: 7 films
Jonathan: 6 films over 5 days

The List 2015: Films
LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
LOTR: The Two Towers
LOTR: The Return of the King
Snowpiercer
[ ] Paddington
Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
Snow White and the Huntsman
[ ] Into the Woods
Mirror Mirror
[ ] Into the Woods
[ ] Wild
[ ] Into the Woods
[ ] Birdman
[ ] Big Hero 6
The Matrix
Office Space
Lady Jane
steve-jobs-movie-poster-800px-800x1259[ ] RSC Live: Love’s Labours Lost
Thor 2: The Dark World
Lost in Translation
Snow White (1937)
Princess Mononoke
Maleficent
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Thor 2: The Dark World
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
A Casual Vacancy
Tess of the D’urbervilles (2008)
Snow White and the Huntsman
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Guardians of the Galaxy
[ ] Cinderella (2015)
The Blue Lagoon
The Eagle
The Sound of Music
[ ] A Little Chaos
[ ] Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ever After
10 Things I Hate About You
[ ] Far From the Madding Crowd
[ ] NT Live: Man and Superman
[ ] Mad Max: Fury Road
[ ] Tomorrowland: A World Beyond
Tea With Mussolini
What We Do In The Shadows
[ ] Mad Max: Fury Road
[ ] Mad Max: Fury Road
[ ] Mad Max: Fury Road 3D
[ ] Mad Max: Fury Road
[ ] Mad Max: Fury Road
[ ] Mad Max: Fury Road
X-Men: First Class
Warm Bodies
[ ] Spy
Star Trek (2009)
WILD_movie_posterX-Men: Days of Future Past
[ ] Mad Max: Fury Road
[ ] Jurassic World
Moonstruck
Warm Bodies
Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior)
Zoolander
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Warm Bodies
Begin Again
[ ] Mr. Holmes
Wet, Hot American Summer
Obvious Child
The Runaways
Maleficent
[ ] NT Live: Everyman
[ ] Ant-Man
Snow White and the Huntsman
Whip It
Looper
Thor 2: The Dark World
[ ] Inside Out
Thor
The Avengers
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1
[ ] Ant-Man
Serenity
Harry Potter 3: Prisoner of Azkaban
Iron Man 3
Captain America: The First Avenger
Iron Man 2
I Am Number Four
Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot
[ ] Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
What We Did On Our Holiday
[ ] The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Back to the Future
Back to the Future 2
Back to the Future 3
[ ] RSC Live: Othello
Wreck-It Ralph
L.A. Story
Stacey-Aoyama-Eric-Tan-Inside-Out-Movie-Poster-Disney-2015Harry Potter 5: Order of the Phoenix
Tangled
[ ] NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem
[ ] Straight Outta Compton
Step Brothers
Mr & Mrs Smith
Hello I Must Be Going
[ ] Legend
[ ] Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
A Mighty Wind
Election
[ ] ROH Live: Le Nozze di Figaro
[ ] Macbeth (2015)
Romancing the Stone
[ ] NT Live: Hamlet
[ ] The Martian
[ ] Back to the Future
[ ] Back to the Future 2
[ ] Back to the Future 3
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1
[ ] Suffragette
[ ] The Program
Walk the Line
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Singles
Coal Miner’s Daughter
Elf
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The Good Girl
[ ] Brooklyn
[ ] Steve Jobs
About Time
mockingjaypostersmall_0[ ] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
[ ] KBCT Live: A Winter’s Tale
[ ] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Jingle Bell Rocks!
[ ] The Good Dinosaur
[ ] Victor Frankenstein
[ ] Carol
Back in Time
Gosford Park
[ ] NT Live: Jane Eyre
[ ] Spectre
[ ] Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens 3D
Ex Machina
[ ] Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
Avengers: Age of Ultron
[ ] Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
A Christmas Story
Bridget Jones’ Diary
Harry Potter 1: Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter 2: Chamber of Secrets
Wreck-It Ralph
21 Jump Street
Harry Potter 6: Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter 7: Deathly Hallows Pt 1

The List 2015: Series: (In Alphabetical & Numerical Order)
3rd Rock from the Sun: 1
3rd Rock from the Sun: 2
3rd Rock from the Sun: 3
3rd Rock from the Sun: 4
3rd Rock from the Sun: 5
3rd Rock from the Sun: 6
TURNS2-400x600A-Z: 1
A Different World: 1
A Different World: 2
A Different World: 3
A Different World: 4
A Different World: 5
A Different World: 6
Agent Carter: 1
Black-ish: 1
Black Mirror: 1
Bob’s Burgers: 5
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 2
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 7
Catastrophe: 1
Chuck: 1
Chuck: 2
Chuck: 3
Community: 4
Community: 5
955053b611e99b5acd8380137cf96536Continuum: 1
Continuum: 2
Continuum: 3
Dead Like Me: 1
Dead Like Me: 2
Delivery Man: 1
Doctor Who: Series 1
Doctor Who: Series 2
Doctor Who: Series 3
Doctor Who: Series 4
Doctor Who: Series 5
Doctor Who: Series 6
Doctor Who: Series 8
Doctor Who: Series 7
Don’t Trust the B#% in Apartment 23: 1
Don’t Trust the B#% in Apartment 23: 2
Episodes: 4
Firefly: 1
Friends: 1
Friends: 2
Black-ish-ABC-poster-season-1-2014Friends: 3
Friends: 4
Friends: 5
Friends: 6
Friends: 7
Friends: 8
Friends: 9
Friends: 10
Game of Thrones: 5
The Goldbergs: 2
Grace & Frankie: 1
Hjørdis: 1
Inside Amy Schumer: 1
Inside Amy Schumer: 2
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: 10
Jane the Virgin: 1
Maron: 1
Maron: 2
Maron: 3
Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2
Master of None: 1
maron-550b5b9bf1ff3Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: 1
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: 2
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: 3
Modern Family: 6
My Little Pony-Friendship Is Magic: 4
The Office (US): 1
Once Upon A Time: 2
Once Upon A Time: 3
Once Upon a Time: 4
Parks & Recreation: 7
Playing House: 2
Portlandia: 3
Pushing Daisies: 1
Pushing Daisies: 2
Silicon Valley: 1
Slings & Arrows: 1
Slings & Arrows: 2
Slings & Arrows: 3
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: 2
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: 3
11590969Star Trek Deep Space Nine: 4
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: 5
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: 6
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: 7
Summer Heights High: 1
That 70’s Show: 1
Turn: Washington’s Spies: 1
Turn: Washington’s Spies: 2
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: 1
Vexed: 1
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Who Do You Think You Are USA (BBC): 2
Who Do You Think You Are USA (BBC): 3
Wilfred (US): 3
Wilfred (US): 4
Wolf Hall: 1

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Posted on Sat, Jan 9th, 2016 at 12:47 am
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