Project 365 – VICTORY!

December 24, 2010

…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)

Project 365: Weeks 35-40

October 17, 2010

So here we are chums, in this our week of celebrations, there’s yet another thing for us to be excited about – I’m up to three hundred! Take a minute and think about that – let it sink in… THREE HUNDRED MOVIES SO FAR! Only sixty five to go! Surely I’m on to a winner! Woohoo!

I watched thirty five films in the six weeks since the last update, eighteen of which were at the cinema! Go statistics!

So the thirty five then;

266. The Girl who Played with Fire
267. The Italian Job
268. Flags of our Fathers
269. Samurai Fiction
270. Michael Clayton
271. The Human Centipede
272. So I married an Axe Murderer
273. The Illusionist
274. The Switch
275. Grown Ups
276. Dinner for Schmucks
277. Going the Distance
278. The Visitor
279. Swingers
280. Cyrus
281. Tamara Drewe
282. The Other Guys
283. Devil
284. The Town
285. Winter’s Bone
286. The Hole
287. Almost Famous
288. Bronson
289. Buried
290. Carrie
291. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
292. Back to the Future
293. El Topo
294. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
295. Goodfellas
296. Hard Candy
297. Enthiran: the Robot
298. In the City of Sylvia
299. Junebug
300. A Town Called Panic

Highlights: The Illusionist, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Back to the Future, A Town Called Panic
Lowlights: The Human Centipede, The Other Guys, Bronson, El Topo

Surely I’m on the home straight now!

Project 365: Weeks 27 – 34

August 30, 2010

Well obviously I dropped the ball on this one didn’t I? Not actually on watching the movies, but keeping you informed about them. From now on I’ll try to update more regularly but no promises! I’m still on target albeit with a smaller buffer than before but I’m feeling confident that I’ll still be able to get through 365 by December 31st.

Okay so here are the sixty films I’ve watched in the eight weeks mentioned above:

206. Get him to the Greek
207. Twilight
208. New Moon
209. Eclipse
210. Capote
211. Youth in Revolt
212. Cop Out
213. Shrek Forever After
214. Predators
215. The Pianist
216. Go
217. The Breakfast Club
218. Titanic
219. Alien Resurrection
220. It
221. Inception
222. A Few Good Men
223. Singin’ in the Rain
224. Duck Soup
225. Raw Deal
226. FIT
227. Dirty Harry
228. Splice
229. Synecdoche, New York
230. I Love You Phillip Morris
231. The Bounty Hunter
232. The A Team
233. Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)
234. The Karate Kid (2010)
235. Commando
236. Resevoir Dogs
237. The Happening
238. Predator
239. Lars and the Real Girl
240. She’s out of My League
241. Collteral Damage
242. The Rebound
243. Conan the Barbarian
244. Predator 2
245. Knight and Day
246. Night at the Museum
247. Magnum Force
248. The Enforcer
249. Evil Dead
250. 3:10 to Yuma
251. Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events
252. The Sorceror’s Apprecntice
253. Mad Max
254. Midnight Meat Train
255. Evil Dead II
256. Salt
257. The Expendables
258. Sudden Impact
259. Rambo III
260. Night at the Museum 2
261. The Dead Pool
262. Full Metal Jacket
263. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
264. Gattaca
265. Mulholland Drive

Highlights: Singin’ in the Rain, Dirty Harry, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Lowlights: Get Him to the Greek, Duck Soup, The Happening

Project 365 – Half Year Review

July 7, 2010

Well well well! It’ been some time since I’ve done one of these (as evidenced by the sheer number of films above) but what better time to catch up than when we’re in the business of catching up?

So the 1st of July was the 182nd day of the year and thus fell exactly half way from start to finish. Like a mid point. Gee, I’m clever today. Enough ramble, time for FACTS and ANALYSIS!

In the first six months of the year I saw two hundred and five films, of which fifty six were at the cinema (accounting for 27.32% of all films watched). A further seven were cinematic releases this year that I caught since being released on DVD which, when added to the fifty six previous means I’ve seen sixty three cinematic releases so far, accounting for 30.73% of all films seen. The total runtime of these films (as gathered from IMDB and Wikipedia) is a mammoth twenty two thousand, five hundred and eighty seven minutes (it looks more impressive in words) which translates to fifteen days, sixteen hours and twenty seven minutes watching movies – of which five thousand, nine hundred and ninety one minutes were spent actually watching movies in the cinema (not accounting for trailers) – that’s four days, three hours and fifty one minutes!

I ♥ data analysis.

The films then!

Weeks 20 – 26

150. Four Lions
151. Ninja Assasin
152. Alien
153. Newsmakers
154. Alien 3
155. Robin Hood
156. Rock’N’Rolla
157. Date night
158. The Godfather
159. Defending your Life
160. Sunshine
161. The Godfather Part II
162. The Godfather Part III
163. A Knight’s Tale
164. Risky Business
165. The Last King of Scotland
166. The Dark Crystal
167. Zodiac
168. 13 going on 30
169. Prince of Perisa: The Sands of Time
170. Braveheart
171. Ray
172. The Killer Inside Me
173. Boogie Nights
174. Changeling
176. Thelma & Louise
177. Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
178. Death at a Funeral
179. 30 Days of Night
180. The Losers
181. Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade
182. Milk
183. E.T.
184. Not Another Teen Movie
185. The Tooth Fairy
186. Greenberg
187. Superhero Me
188. Skeletons
189. High School
190. The Good Heart
191. The Extra Man
192. Get Low
193. Son of Rambow
194. World’s Greatest Dad
195. Third Star
196. Mean Creek
197. Restrepo
198. Toy Story 3
199. Jackboots on Whitehall
200. Monsters
201. Eagle vs. Shark
202. The Station Agent
203. L’arnacouer
204. Labyrinth
205. Whatever Works

Project 365 – Back in Action

May 12, 2010

Well I think it’s about time I brought you up to speed on project 365. As mentioned a while ago I was finding the whole thing too easy and so decided to try and watch the entirety of Lost. Truth be told I actually managed to do this a few weeks ago and so, as well as having a three week holiday in Canada, doing my back in and moving house, I’ve also managed to get myself fully up to date with 24, Breaking Bad, Flashforward, Modern Family, The Office, Parks & Recreation and the Big Bang Theory.

Whilst pummelling all that I did still manage to see some films, but nowhere near as many as previously, at one point I even managed to go twenty four days seeing only a single movie in the middle. In the sixty five days from hiatus start I managed to see twenty eight movies which pales somewhat to the one hundred and twenty one I saw in the sixty three days before it.

Whatever the weather I’m still on track and am feeling refreshed from not having watched quite so many films recently. I’d better get back to business and build up a good lead now so I can make myself do something else stupid before I finish…

Suggestions are always welcome – either leave me a comment here or look to the right for other ways to get in touch.

Enough waffle.

Weeks 10 – 19

122. Crazy Heart
123. The Informant
124. Alice in Wonderland
125. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
126. Green Zone
127. My Neighbour Totoro
128. The Blind Side
129. Shutter Island
130. Hot Tub Time Machine
131. Kick Ass
132. Whip It
133. Repo Men
134. Dear John
135. Crying with Laughter
136. It’s Complicated
137. The Ghost (Writer)
138. Iron Man 2
139. The Joneses
140. Cheaper by the Dozen
141. Julie & Julia
142. The Men Who Stare at Goats
143. Centurion
144. How to Train your Dragon
145. Fanboys
146. The Final Destination
147. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
148. Pandorum
149. The Time Traveller’s Wife

Highlights: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Crying with Laughter, How to train your Dragon
Lowlights: Whip it!, Cheaper by the Dozen, Centurion

Project 365 – ON HIATUS!

March 9, 2010

Hiatus Chris? Surely not! Is this all going to fizzle out like everything else you do? What are you playing at?!


Okay so at the moment I’m around twice as far ahead in my goal of watching 365 films this year as I need to be at this point in time. The two main reasons for starting the project in the first place were:

1. To catch up on all those “classic” films I really should have seen by now.

2. The challenge.

See the thing is, whilst I’ve very much been sticking to point one, point two hasn’t really come into it and as of yet there hasn’t been any challenge involved at all. As alluded to in our most recent episode, the malaise has kicked in and I certainly feel that in a lot of cases, I’m watching films just for the sake of crossing another one off the list and that was never really the point.

So here’s where the additional challenge comes in… In 2004 there was a TV show released which a few of the more eagle eyed listeners (ooh we’re multi sensory!) out there might have noticed. This show was Lost. I never started watching Lost – in fact I always said that I’d watch it all when it’s finished – that way I wouldn’t have to have the annoyance of finding out exactly nothing every episode then waiting a week just to find out nothing again. Well very recently I was kindly reminded of the fact that Lost has very nearly finished now and that’s where the idea of this challenge hit me.

Watch all of Lost in time to watch the series finale.

The series finale is on the 23rd of May and a quick bit of maths reveals the fact that there are 120 episodes to watch leading up to the finale (including all the others in Season 6). Each episode is around forty two minutes long which means that in seventy six days, I need to watch eighty four hours of Lost – an average of sixty six minutes a day until then. This might sound pretty easy – especially when you consider how much time I spent watching film in the first two months – but when you factor in my three week holiday to Canada in a fortnight, having to keep up with current cinema releases for Casta and the inevitable lull in interest following the same characters for such an extended period, I think I’m on for a fair old challenge!

So in the meantime I’ll keep watching films but just not quite as avariciously as before – I won’t be doing my weekly updates, I might just do them every time I hit twelve films or something. Hopefully then I’ll come back to 365 after Lost is finished with renewed interest and a greater appetite for a more difficult challenge.

Wish me luck!

Project 365 – Week 9 – Feb 26th – Mar 4th

March 5, 2010

Another fairy lean week this week but then again if I continue to manage to watch seven per week from here on in, I’ll reach my target in about October so no complaints from me!

So this week we had:

115. Requiem for a Dream
116. The Darjeeling Limited
117. From Paris With Love
118. Lethal Weapon
119. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
120. Misery
121. State of Play

No highlights and lowlights this week as they were all really good films in their own ways (for details of why From Paris with Love isn’t completely rubbish, be sure to tune in to episode 13 of Casta). Watching Requiem for a Dream first thing on Friday morning with a hangover might not have been the best decision though…