I watched 70 movies in 2012: 49 that I hadn't seen before, 21 that I had (though usually not in the past ten years or so). Almost all of my favorites were ones I had seen before; unsurprising, given that I was rewatching them specifically because I had liked them a lot the previous time(s).
Rather than list everything I watched, I'll just list my top twelve favorites, roughly in order starting with my most favorite; movies with the same ranking number are approximate ties. An asterisk indicates a movie I hadn't seen before.
- 1. Shakespeare in Love
- Third time I've seen it, I think. It gets better every time I see it; this time, it was near-perfect.
- 2. Brazil
- Not quite as perfect as previous watchings, but still remarkably good.
- 3. A Fish Called Wanda
- Still hilariously funny (even the humor-of-embarrassment bits), but one particular scene (involving fish) is still pretty painful to watch, and the movie's mocking of Ken's stutter is a little distressing.
- 3. Love Actually
- Still very funny and thoroughly charming, and even manages some depth. If only they had left out the fat jokes.
- 4. The American President
- Funny and charming and all-around delightful. Good to see Sorkin in peak form. (Last time I saw this was before I watched West Wing.) Lots of great facial expressions.
- 4. * Avengers
- A lot of fun. Some problems, but nothing huge.
- 4. * Conversation(s) with Other Women
- Really good, really unusual.
- 4. Out of Sight
- Still really good. Sharp, often funny, and great chemistry between Clooney and Lopez. It gets a little oddly dark in the second half, shifting the tone and sort of the genre, and the scene in the trunk near the beginning is a little offputting; but even so, very good.
- 4. * Phineas & Ferb: The Movie
- Very fun, very funny. (Had never seen the show before this. Have now seen the show, but I like the movie better.)
- 4. *? The Sound of Music
- Lovely and charming and very funny in places. Enjoyed it a whole lot. Might deserve to be a little higher on this list. I'm not actually certain whether I've seen this before or not, but I've certainly been listening to the songs since high school or earlier.
- 4. 10 Things I Hate About You
- Still excellent and still very funny and smart.
- 4. Up
- Still excellent, still hilarious and very sad, still has some annoying gender stuff.
Looking at this list, I'm disappointed about political stuff, specifically about diversity of characters.
For example, I think the majority of them technically pass the Bechdel test, but I don't think any of them do much better than a technical pass; most of them feature one prominent female character surrounded by several prominent male characters. There are few if any people of color in most of them, and I think no more than three or four queer (or even ambiguously quasi-queer) characters in the entire set.
My five runners-up to this list (left out to make this entry a little less long) include more people of color and more queer characters, but still very few women. Maybe I should make more of a point of intentionally watching more diverse-charactered movies. Most of the above favorites came out ten or more years ago, but that's not an excuse; by and large, the more recent ones lower down on my list don't do much better in these areas.