Project 365 – VICTORY!

…on the 11th day of Castmas the Chrazzas gave to me…

So here we are Casta fans – I’m sure you can no doubt tell from the oh so subtle title and my prolific singing in the soundclip above that I DID IT!  I finally stuck to a New Year’s resolution and completed one of the stupidest and most arduous tasks I’ve ever undertaken!

But here I am at the other side and you know what? I feel great. Not only have I finally managed to verse myself on a great deal of “classic” cinema, I’ve also managed to keep very abreast of the newest cinema releases throughout the year, as well as finding a few hidden gems I might have otherwise missed were I not scouring the world for movies every waking second of my life. Add in the fact that I have a full time job, have been on a couple of extended holidays, watched a ridiculous amount of TV and have a very time hungry passion outside of work and watching 365 films has been no mean feat.

People have asked me whether I think watching all these movies has been a waste of time, and I can quite honestly say that no, it hasn’t. Except maybe for Knowing… For the most part, watching movies has been a way of killing dead time either on the way to work, at the gym, on longer journeys, or just when I’m sat at home completely broke. Fair to say I could have used the time more constructively but that just wouldn’t have been me :p

I am a little shocked however that I managed to watch over fifty in the first three weeks; in comparison the last fifty took me over twice as long at nearly eight weeks. God I was a loser at the beginning of 2010. Look how much has changed.

Another thing people have asked me is what I’m going to do with all my free time next year. Well I’m thinking of splitting the time I spent watching movies (ave. 12.8 hours a week) into thirds and still spending a portion of that watching movies (for Casta’s sake!), the second third maybe doing something useful like the gym or something (where conveniently I can watch movies whilst on the exercise bike…) and the least third I want to spend concentrating on my own creative writing. Thinking on it, I might just use the second third on Casta instead.

The rest of this post is largely going to be further info for the datahounds and statcats like me out there, so if you’re not interested in that kind of thing then you’re probably just as well stopping here.

Before you go though I’d urge you to check out the picture just below (it’s the poster for every movie I watched this year in order and took me HOURS to make!)  and also to click on both the picture above and  the thumbnail of Marty Me at the bottom of this post – they’re very special for a reason that should become clear as soon as you click on them!

Thanks then to everyone who has supported me on my stupid venture throughout the year and lent me DVDs, come to the cinema with me (usually against their will), given me Orange Wednesday codes, let me change the channel or simply suggested movies I should watch.
You guys were great.

But I was better.


If you’re still with me, here’s some stats for you!

This year I watched;

  • 365 new movies (plus Toy Story 2 3D and the Back to the Future rerelease)
  • 115 of these were in the cinema (31.33%)
  • 135 were cinematic releases this year (36.78%)
  • The average length of those movies was one hundred and eight minutes (and forty nine seconds)

I spent;

  • 39,929 minutes watching new movies. Or twenty seven days, seventeen hours and twenty nine minutes if you prefer.
  • 12,148 (30.4%) of these minutes were spent in the cinema. That’s eight days, ten hours and twenty eight minutes.
  • The most films watched in any one day was five (twice, once in week three and once, unsurprisingly on the last day of the EIFF)
  • The most films watched in a week was nineteen (week two)
  • The most consecutive days without watching any movies was fifteen (whilst in Canada – although I did try and watch both Yojimbo and Weird Science but fell asleep in both and as such they don’t make the 365)

The best of these movies will be announced in the Castatrophies tomorrow.

For those who think this amount of film watching has been excessive, I’ll happily point out that I didn’t watch any movies on 140 days (includes those from now up to the end of the year), which accounts for 38% of the year. Ner ner!


(c) indicates I watched the film at the cinema

(r) indicates the film was a cinematic release this year but I caught it on DVD

1. Sherlock Holmes (c)
2. Bad Lieutenant (r)
3. The Hurt Locker
4. Coraline
5. Extract (r)
6. Monsters Vs Aliens
7. Rocky Balboa
8. Man on Wire
9. Max Payne
10. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
11. Primer
12. (500) Days of Summer
13. Daybreakers (c)
14. I love you Beth Cooper
15. The Proposal
16. X Men Origins: Wolverine
17. The Brothers Bloom (r)
18. Push
19. Leatherheads
20. Superman: Doomsday
21. The Square
22. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
23. Dr Stangelove
24. Half Nelson
25. Max Manus: Man of War
26. Underworld Evolution
27. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
28. American Pie: Book of Love
29. Hellboy: Blood & Iron
30. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
31. Resident Evil: Extinction
32. Observe & Report
33. American Pie: Beta House
34. The Road (c)
35. Easy Rider
36. Hellboy: Sword of Storms
37. Falling Down
38. The Book of Eli (c)
39. The Pursuit of Happyness
40. Waltz with Bashir
41. In Bruges
42. Casablanca
43. Aliens
44. Last of the Mohicans
45. Four Weddings and a Funeral
46. Bangkok Dangerous
47. American Gangster
48. Deliverance
49. Race to Witch Mountain
50. Up in the Air (c)
51. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
52. Get Carter
53. Charlie & Boots
54. Knowing
55. Me & Orson Welles (c)
56. Citizen Kane
57. The 6th Day
58. Away We Go
59. Bruno
60. The Lionshare
61. Ponyo (r)
62. Bonnie & Clyde
63. Good Will Hunting
64. Stardust
65. Raging Bull
66. Shooter
67. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
68. Precious (r)
69. Badlands
70. Pulp Fiction
71. A Cock and Bull Story (Only how much I watched)
72. A Prophet (c)
73. Pretty Woman
74. Dr Zhivago
75. The Goonies
76. Edge of Darkness (c)
77. Mystic River
78. The Dukes of Hazzard
79. Jaws
80. Time Bandits
81. Jennifer’s Body
82. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
83. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2009)
84. Heat
85. The Princess and the Frog (c)
86. 12 Angry Men
87. 2001: A Space Odyssey
88. Rocky II
89. The Graduate
90. Rocky III
91. Manhattan
92. Rocky IV
93. Hotel Rwanda
94. Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief (c)
95. LA Confidential
96. The Wolfman (c)
97. The Jacket
98. True Romance
99. Rocky V
100. The Manchurian Candidate
101. Sahara
102. Annie Hall
103. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
104. Solomon Kane (c)
105. A Serious Man
106. Cocoon
107. Wolf Creek
108. Stormbreaker
109. Some Like it Hot
110. Right at Your Door
111. My Name is Khan (c)
112. Severance
113. Balibo
114. Requiem for a Dream
115.  The Darjeeling Limited
116. From Paris With Love (c)
117. Lethal Weapon
118. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
119. Misery
120. State of Play
121. Crazy Heart (c)
122. The Informant
123. Alice in Wonderland (c)
124. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (c)
125. Green Zone (c)
126. My Neighbour Totoro
127. The Blind Side (c)
128. Shutter Island (c)
129. Hot Tub Time Machine (c)
130. Kick Ass (c)
131. Whip It (r)
132. Repo Men (c)
133. Dear John (c)
134. Crying with Laughter (c)
135. It’s Complicated (r)
136. The Ghost (Writer) (c)
137. Iron Man 2 (c)
138. The Joneses (c)
139. Cheaper by the Dozen
140. Julie & Julia
141. The Men Who Stare at Goats
142. Centurion (c)
143. How to Train your Dragon (c)
144. Fanboys
145. The Final Destination
146. The Disappearance of Alice Creed (c)
147. Pandorum
148. The Time Traveller’s Wife
149. Four Lions (c)
150. Ninja Assasin
151. Alien
152. Newsmakers
153. Alien 3
154. Robin Hood (c)
155. Rock’N’Rolla
156. Date Night (c)
157. The Godfather
158. Defending your Life
159. Sunshine
160. The Godfather Part II
161. The Godfather Part III
162. A Knight’s Tale
163. Risky Business
164. The Last King of Scotland
165. The Dark Crystal
166. Zodiac
167. 13 going on 30
168. Prince of Perisa: The Sands of Time (c)
169. Braveheart
170. Ray
171. The Killer Inside Me (c)
172. Boogie Nights
173. Changeling
174. (c)
175. Thelma & Louise
176. Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
177. Death at a Funeral (c)
178. 30 Days of Night
179. The Losers (c)
180. Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade
181. Milk
182. E.T.
183. Not Another Teen Movie
184. The Tooth Fairy (c)
185. Greenberg (c)
186. Superhero Me (c)
187. Skeletons (c)
188. High School (c)
189. The Good Heart (c)
190. The Extra Man (c)
191. Get Low (c)
192. Son of Rambow
193. World’s Greatest Dad (c)
194. Third Star (c)
195. Mean Creek
196. Restrepo (c)
197. Toy Story 3 (c)
198. Jackboots on Whitehall (c)
199. Monsters (c)
200. Eagle vs. Shark
201. The Station Agent
202. L’arnacouer (c)
203. Labyrinth
204. Whatever Works (c)
205. Get him to the Greek (c)
206. Twilight
207. New Moon
208. Eclipse (c)
209. Capote
210. Youth in Revolt (r)
211. Cop Out (r)
212. Shrek Forever After (c)
213. Predators (c)
214. The Pianist
215. Go
216. The Breakfast Club
217. Titanic
218. Alien Resurrection
219. It
220. Inception (c)
221. A Few Good Men
222. Singin’ in the Rain
223. Duck Soup
224. Raw Deal
225. FIT
226. Dirty Harry
227. Splice (c)
228. Synecdoche, New York
229. I Love You Phillip Morris (r)
230. The Bounty Hunter (r)
231. The A Team (c)
232. Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) (c)
233. The Karate Kid (2010) (c)
234. Commando
235. Resevoir Dogs
236. The Happening
237. Predator
238. Lars and the Real Girl
239. She’s out of My League (r)
240. Collteral Damage
241. The Rebound (c)
242. Conan the Barbarian
243. Predator 2
244. Knight and Day (c)
245. Night at the Museum
246. Magnum Force
247. The Enforcer
248. Evil Dead
249. 3:10 to Yuma
250. Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events
251. The Sorceror’s Apprecntice (c)
252. Mad Max
253. Midnight Meat Train
254. Evil Dead II
255. Salt (c)
256. The Expendables (c)
257. Sudden Impact
258. Rambo III
259. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
260. The Dead Pool
261. Full Metal Jacket
262. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (c)
263. Gattaca
264. Mulholland Drive
265. The Girl who Played with Fire (c)
266. The Italian Job
267. Flags of our Fathers
268. Samurai Fiction
269. Michael Clayton
270. The Human Centipede (r)
271. So I married an Axe Murderer
272. The Illusionist (c)
273. The Switch (c)
274. Grown Ups (c)
275. Dinner for Schmucks (c)
276. Going the Distance (c)
277. The Visitor
278. Swingers
279. Cyrus (c)
280. Tamara Drewe (c)
281. The Other Guys (c)
282. Devil (c)
283. The Town (c)
284. Winter’s Bone (c)
285. The Hole (c)
286. Almost Famous
287. Bronson
288. Buried (c)
289. Carrie
290. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
291. El Topo
292. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
293. Goodfellas
294. Hard Candy
295. Enthiran: the Robot (c)
296. In the City of Sylvia
297. Junebug
298. A Town Called Panic (c)
299. The Killer
300. The Social Network (c)
301. The Last Boy Scout
302. Moulin Rouge!
303. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (c)
304. Night on Earth
305. The Incredible Melting Man
306. Ong Bak 2
307. The Puffy Chair
308. Quiet City
309. Revolutionary Road
310. Sling Blade
311. Time Crimes
312. The Union
313. Videodrome
314. Despicable Me (c)
315. Cemetery Junction (r)
316. Wall Street
317. XX/XY
318. You, Me & Dupree
319. Zidane
320. Red (c)
321. Easy A (c)
322. THX 1138
323. Gone Baby Gone
324. Halloween
325. La Horde
326. Bubba Ho-Tep
327. Paranormal Activity 2 (c)
328. The Arbor (c)
329. Paranormal Activity
330. Burke & Hare (c)
331. Top Gun
332. The Karate Kid
333. Let me In (c)
334. Due Date (c)
335. The Seventh Seal
336. Schindler’s List
337. Skyline (c)
338. We Are What We Are (c)
339. Thirst
340. The Kids Are Alright (c)
341. Mary & Max (r)
342. Chico & Rita (c)
343. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One (c)
344. MacGruber (r)
345. The Crazies (r)
346. Jackass 3D (c)
347. Unstoppable (c)
348. Machete (c)
349. Megamind (c)
350. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (c)
351. 12 Rounds
352. The American (c)
353. The Illusionist (2006)
354. Withnail & I
355. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (r)
356. Killers (r)
357. The Warrior’s Way (c)
358. Exit Through the Gift Shop (r)
359. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (c)
360. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (c)
361. The Tourist (c)
362. Brighton Rock (c)
363. Smoky and the Bandit
364. Tron Legacy (c)
365. Once
366. Back to the Future (c)
367. Toy Story 2 3D (c)


6 Responses to Project 365 – VICTORY!

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Christopher Wakeman, Chris Madden. Chris Madden said: Project 365 – VICTORY!: […]

  2. Dan says:

    Congratulations man, that’s an awesome achievement!

    At least I think it’s an achievement.

  3. Richard Foster says:

    Amazing feat of movie viewing! I’ve been following your progress on here throughout the year! Maybe your next challenge should be to make your own short movie for us Casta fans!

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