112 Movies in 1 Year

In 2010, I broke my personal record for most films seen in theatres in a single calendar year. The final count came to 112. I assembled a video, my first video, to represent the films I saw. Here it is, in the order in which I saw them

Leap Year, Up in the Air, Youth In Revolt, Daybreakers, The Book of Eli, The Lovely Bones, Nine, Legion, The Tooth Fairy, Edge of Darkness, When in Rome, An Education, Dear John, From Paris with Love, The Wolfman, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Valentine’s Day, Shutter Island, Cop Out, The Crazies, Alice In Wonderland, Crazy Heart, Brooklyn’s Finest, Green Zone, She’s Out of My League, Bounty Hunter, Repo Men, How To Train Your Dragon, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Last Song, Clash of the Titans, Date Night, Kick Ass, Death at a Funeral, The Back Up Plan, The Losers, Furry Vengeance, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Iron Man 2, Letters to Juliet, Robin Hood, Shrek Forever After, MacGruber, Sex and the City 2, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Get Him to the Greek, Splice, The Karate Kid, The A-Team, Toy Story 3, Jonah Hex, Knight & Day, Grown Ups, Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Last Airbender, Predators, Despicable Me, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Inception, Salt, Ramona & Beezus, Charlie St. Cloud, Dinner for Schmucks, The Other Guys, Step Up 3D, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Eat Pray Love, The Expendables, The Switch, Piranha 3D, Takers, The Last Exorcism, The American, Machete, Going the Distance, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Easy A, The Town, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, You Again, The Social Network, My Soul To Take, Secretariat, Life As We Know It, Jackass 3D, Red, Hereafter, Catfish, Paranormal Activity 2, Saw 3D, Megamind, Due Date, Unstoppable, Skyline, Morning Glory, The Next Three Days, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows prt 1, Tangled, Love and Other Drugs, Faster, Burlesque, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Tourist, Tron: Legacy, The Fighter, How Do You Know, True Grit, Black Swan, Little Fockers, Gulliver’s Travels.

Return of the List!

Brodie Fanns!

If you remember, a while back I did an epic mini-series of blog postings where I counted down my top 100 favourite films. As a follow-up, I started to post the top 10’s of my various family members. I then took a break from that, due to big happenings in the world of cinema, including the end of the Writer’s Strike, and then my fatigue inducing Oscars 08 Live blog-a-thon.

But now I’m back, from outer space… kidding, I’m back with that follow-up series, and this week, I’d like to thank my sister for providing me with her top 10 list. Also… her son, my nephew, is due in like… 2 months. I couldn’t be happier for her and my brother-in-law.

Here’s Heather’s List:

1.Gone With the Wind

2.Love Actually

3.Never Been Kissed

4.Hairspray (the new one)

5.How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey)

6.Beauty and the Beast (Disney)

7.The Goonies

8.Forrest Gump


10.The Passion of the Christ (not so much favorite, just a really powerful movie…hard to watch…saw it twice in theathers and bought it but I haven’t watched it since.)

Well, that’s my sister’s list. Next week… who the heck knows. Could it be Katherine? One of my parents? Is Jesus stopping by? The world may never know. At least not till Friday. Have a good one!

-Brodie Mann

100 Favourites: The Wrap-Up

Brodie Fanns!

Never fear, last week was not the last you had heard from the list. This week is. I’m doing the post-game this week. A few stats and figures.

The list was originally about 400 long, in it’s first inception during the summer of ’04 I believe. In those four years it’s been altered many a time, obviously. The original list was not a ranked list, it was just a list. After about six months, I decided it should be ranked. The first top 10 resembled the current one, though it included the 1931 Dracula. After a while, I deemed it unnecessary to have two films in the top 10 that were essentially different, yet near identical, versions of the same story, with Nosferatu also being based on the story of Dracula. Yes, they are technically two wildly separate and different films, but I couldn’t justify both of them being in the top 10. So I went with my favourite of the two, Nosferatu, and the rest is history.

To make it easier on me, I cut 200 films out of the list. And that original list is now lost in memory, as I don’t have a back up anywhere. So there it sat. 200 films, the top 20 had since been ranked, and I was making process. Then about… mid last year, I decided “Hey, I’m writing in a blog now, I should do my top 100.” So I sliced another hundred out of the list. The original is on this computer still. Then I ranked the back 50. And that brings us to today. The list has been published. Go us!

Just today, I sat down and took a long hard look at the list. I am happy with the list. That doesn’t mean it won’t change in the future. I still haven’t decided if I want any 2007 flicks in the list, (Zodiac, No Country for Old Men and Sunshine are strong contenders). And there are plenty of classics I have yet to see.

It was criminal that I didn’t have any foreign, non-english films on the list, so I may add in a few of those. Don’t know why I would forget them in the first place.

And who knows… someone may come out with a flick in the future that just blows me away. Cloverfield was amazing. Not Top 100 amazing… but damn close.

Just so you know…

an * denotes inclusion of trilogies

The actors with the most films on the list:
Al Pacino and Harrison Ford* with 4 each. Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Ian McKellen, Kevin Spacey, Michael J. Fox*, Christopher Lloyd* and Elliot Gould with 3 each.

The actresses with the most films on the list:
Uma Thurman, Cate Blanchett* and Lea Thompson* with 3 each. Diane Keaton, Julia Roberts and Carrie Anne Moss with 2 each.

The directors with the most films on the list:
Quentin Tarantino, Frank Capra, Sidney Lumet and Stanley Kubrick with 4 each. Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson* and Robert Zemeckis* with 3 each.

Alright peeps… that’s alls I gots for you now.

Next week… keep an eye out for reviews for Rambo, a somewhat similar data list, and a top 10 list from someone who isn’t me.



-Brodie Mann

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