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2012 Movies

I’m keeping here a running list of the films I see in 2012, in theaters and elsewhere, so it will be easier for me at year’s end to summarize my experience.

2012 Films Seen in Theaters
One for the Money (twice)
The Grey
Man on a Ledge
The Secret World of Arrietty
Wanderlust
This Means War
Friends with Kids
21 Jump Street
The Lorax
The Hunger Games (four times)
Mirror, Mirror (twice)
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
American Reunion
The Three Stooges
The Raven
The Five-Year Engagement
Dark Shadows
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (twice)
The Avengers
Rock of Ages (twice)
Snow White and the Huntsman
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
People Like Us
Moonrise Kingdom (twice)
That’s My Boy
To Rome with Love
Ted
Brave
The Dark Knight Rises
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
The Amazing Spiderman
The Watch
Hope Springs
The Campaign
Ruby Sparks
The Bourne Legacy
Celeste and Jesse Forever
Trouble with the Curve
Looper
Pitch Perfect (three times)
Hotel Transylvania
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (twice)
Here Comes the Boom
Seven Psychopaths
Silver Linings Playbook
End of Watch (twice)
Cloud Atlas (two and two-thirds times)
Argo
Wreck-It Ralph
Flight
Life of Pi
Anna Karenina
Lincoln
This is 40
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Django Unchained

2011 Films Seen in Theaters in 2012
We Bought a Zoo
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Iron Lady
The Artist

2012 Film Seen on Video (or by some other means)
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Gone
A Werewolf Boy

Other Films
In the Mood for Love (2001)
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1990)
Moneyball (2011)
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
The Station Agent (2003, second viewing)
Cedar Rapids (2011)
Terri (2011)
Big Fan (2009)
American Wedding (2003)
Thor (2011)
Casablanca (1942) on the big screen at the Cannery
Charulata (The Lonely Wife) (1964)
Melancholia (2011)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Cactus Flower (1969)
The Sting (1973)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Ride the Wild Surf (1964)
Modern Girls (1986)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) on the big screen at the Cannery
Green Lantern (2011)
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Stand-In (1937)
Daytime Drinking (2008)
Before Sunrise (1995)
Green Lantern (2011)
Oslo, Hawaii (2004)
Megane (2007)
Kamome Shokudo (2006)
Before Sunset (2004)
Beats, Rhymes & Life: Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (2011)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
Junebug (2005)
The Recipe (2010) at the Movie Museum
Enchanted (2005)
Ella Enchanted (a second viewing; 1999)

Talkback x 3

  1. ai
    29 August 2012 @ 6:32 am

    Film 5 for Before Sunrise

    1. If you had to travel by train through Europe for several days, which book would you bring along?

    2. Like Jesse, would you ever ask a stranger to wander the streets of a foreign city? Why do you think Celine took the risk of getting off the train?

    3. What did you think of the song they sampled in the listening booth, Come Here, by Kath Bloom?

    4. What word would you have given the poet to compose a poem?

    5. What month or date are they supposed to reunite?

  2. me
    9 September 2012 @ 2:52 am

    Fun questions!

    1.
    If you had to travel by train through Europe for several days, which book would you bring along?

    I have something of a motion-sickness problem, so I’m not even sure I could read anything in a moving train, but assuming either that it’s a smooth ride or that I’ve got enough Bonine in my system, wouldn’t the obvious choice be Murder on the Orient Express? Or what about Water for Elephants? In truth, I’d probably read what I usually read when I travel: murder mysteries by Sue Grafton or Janet Evanovich.

    2.
    Like Jesse, would you ever ask a stranger to wander the streets of a foreign city? Why do you think Celine took the risk of getting off the train?

    I’m assuming that somehow a conversation is begun between me and this stranger. I tend to mind my own business when I travel, and am usually not chatty at all, although if the woman seemed nice and seemed to want to converse, then yes: I could totally see myself asking a stranger to get off and wander. I wrote a short-short story in college about strangers meeting on a bus ride and striking up a conversation.

    I could be wrong, but I think Celine could just tell that this was someone she could trust, and the easy way the two converse on the train makes it likely that they could be good friends. When you communicate so well with someone, you don’t want the encounter to be fleeting. The finite nature of a train ride hastened the relationship. It seems a natural decision.

    3.
    What did you think of the song they sampled in the listening booth, Come Here, by Kath Bloom?

    I’m listening to it now. Her voice reminds me a lot of Judy Collins or Joni Mitchell. This is a musician I’m unfamiliar with; I for some reason assumed she was some European singer, but she’s American and this song isn’t very old.

    There’s a wind that comes in from the north, and it says that loving takes its course;
    Come here; come here.
    ‘Though I am not impossible to touch, I have never wanted you so much;
    Come here; come here.

    In the context of the film, I liked the song, but had difficulty concentrating on it because the characters are so awkward and uncomfortable. This record store scene really disappointed me. I thought first that a record store was too easy a choice for the writer: characters often seem to interact in record stores or book stores and it’s kind of a cheap device. But then I thought about what I would do if I got off a train in a European city I’d never been to, and the obvious first choices are a bar, a restaurant, a cafe, a book store, and a record store. So then I thought that this scene was hurried through. I’ve spent a lot of time in record stores and book stores with potential love interests, and the conversations we have had were exciting, disappointing, revealing, awkward, and comfortable, sometimes all at the same time. I thought the script moved the characters too quickly into the listening booth and skipped over a lot of the early, interesting conversation that should have taken place.

    When I listen to the song now, I really like it. My rock and roll tastes have always leaned folky anyway.

    4.
    What word would you have given the poet to compose a poem?

    The character doesn’t have a lot of time to come up with a word, so I’m thinking I’d give him one of my go-to words when talking about words: lipstick, avocado, race car (that’s two words, so that’s out), antiseptic, or miso. Of these, lipstick seems the most poetic. I think I’d go with that.

    5.
    What month or date are they supposed to reunite?

    Ah, I can’t remember. I do know how far into the future it’s supposed to be, but I won’t write it here in case anyone’s reading who hasn’t seen the film.

    —–

    Anyone else want to give some answers to these questions?

  3. mel
    23 October 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Heh… gotta love the “Other films” list because at least I saw several of them over my life…

    Gosh… “Ride the Wild Surf” : I remember seeing that in Honokaa’s People Theater back in the 1960s when I was a kid… my Mom took me… great surf shots, North shore and catchy theme song by Jan & Dean.

    Yep, seeing films like “Casablanca” and “Singing in the Rain” is a real treat. Saw these for the first time when I was in college on the big screen we had there…. The technicolor process used in “Singing in the Rain” is absolutely stunning on the big screen. Don’t know how that transferred to DVD but I would suspect it look good too.

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