Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ben's 2008 Movies By the Numbers + Golden Globe Predictions

Not only do I see a hell of a lot of movies on the big screen every year, I also keep pretty detailed records about everything I see. Yes, my dorkiness extends THAT far. I have a spreadsheet that contains a year-by-year ranked list of every movie I've seen since 1994. I have albums filled with every ticket stub from every movie I've seen since '94. In my daily planner, I record every movie I see, where & when I see it, and with whom. My friend Suzanne calls this the most harmless and endearing case of OCD she's ever seen, and I like to think that's true, heh. And now, because I am bored and curious, let's take a look at some of the stats from my 2008 moviegoing experiences. I know you're excited!

I saw 104 different movies in theatres in 2008. But I actually went to the movies 106 times, because I saw WALL-E and THE DARK KNIGHT twice each. This is, believe it or not, my second-LOWEST total since my eight-year 100+ streak began. (The lowest was when I went to the movies 101 times in 2006; the highest was an astounding 120 in 2001.)

• Full price admissions: 61
Free advance screenings: 11
• Free passes/awards programs/gift cards/etc.: 34

Monday: 13
Tuesday: 10
Wednesday: 14
Thursday: 16
Friday: 21
Saturday: 13
Sunday: 19

AMC Empire 25: 38
Loews Lincoln Square: 17
Regal 42nd St. E-Walk: 13
Regal Union Square: 6
Lincoln Plaza Cinema: 5
Loews 34th Street: 5
Ziegfeld Theatre: 3
Landmark Sunshine Cinema: 3
Regal South Plainfield (NJ): 3
IFC Center: 2
Clearview Chelsea Cinema: 2
Tompkins Square Park: 2
Village East Cinema: 1
Loews Orpheum: 1
Angelika Film Center: 1
Regal Kaufman Astoria: 1
Loews 84th Street: 1
Regal 64th & 2nd: 1
Loews New Brunswick (NJ): 1

I saw 14 double-features during the year, some of which contained some unusual pairings (and some of which were paired by design):

• Cassandra's Dream & Cloverfield
• 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days & Rambo
• Funny Games & The Counterfeiters
• Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay & Baby Mama
• Son of Rambow & Red Belt
• The Foot Fist Way & The Strangers
• The Incredible Hulk & The Happening
• Star Wars: Clone Wars & Vicky Cristina Barcelona
• Hamlet 2 & In Search of a Midnight Kiss
• Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist & How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
• Religulous & Choke
• Changeling & Role Models
• The Reader & Revolutionary Road
• Waltz With Bashir & Seven Pounds

I was also a little more social this year, attending 32 movies with someone, and 74 by myself. Normally, I see far more by myself, but having a girlfriend gives me a built-in movie buddy -- in fact, I saw 20 movies with her alone! Awwww! :)

Ummm, okay, that's enough of that. Now let's take a look at some quick, explanation-free predictions for tonight's annual Hollywood self-fellating ceremony, aka THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS!

• Best Picture (Drama): Slumdog Millionaire
• Best Actor (Drama): Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
• Best Actress (Drama): Meryl Streep, Doubt
• Best Picture (Musical/Comedy): Vicky Cristina Barcelona
• Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
• Best Actress (Musical/Comedy): Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading
• Best Supporting Actor: Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
• Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
• Best Animated Feature: WALL-E
• Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
• Best Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
• Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir
• Best Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
• Best Original Song: "Down to Earth," WALL-E

I have no interest in the TV awards, but if THE OFFICE is nominated for anything, I hope it wins!


  1. Wow. You're a much bigger geek than I could have ever imagined. :-)

  2. What Suzanne doesn't know is that the binders of movie stubs are kept right next to your lists of all the people you murdered.

  3. Okay, so which double features did you see by design or as a "theme night" and which just happened to be at the same multiplex?

  4. Well, I guess the only ones that were really paired by design were CLONE WARS and VICKY CRISTINA, because I thought I day filled with Star Wars and Scarlett would be pretty sweet. (I was right, even though the less said about this Star Wars film, the better.) Then I enjoyed a double-dose of Kate Winslet with THE READER and REVOLUTIONARY ROAD. I also may have seen N&NIP and HTLF&AP together because they both had really long titles, but I don't remember if that's true. All the others were pretty much a result of being two movies I wanted to see with convenient showtimes. They weren't necessarily at the same multiplex -- for example, I saw 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS at the IFC Center in the Village, and then had to hustle up to Times Square to catch RAMBO. But that's all just part of the game!