Actually, I probably spent more.
You see, in early 2009 I decided to start saving all the tickets stubs from the movies I went to see. I have a notoriously bad memory, so I wanted to keep track of the films I saw, in the hopes that at year end, I would be able to reflect on these films and come up with the list everyone does. The Top 5 Film List. I am a woman with a limit budget, though. I have to choose my films wisely. Every now and then I’ll go crazy and splurge for the random film just because a bunch of friends are going and I want a night out, but for the most part I only see films that have somehow persuaded me to open my wallet and give up my precious cash. Here is a list of the films I choose to do that with this year. What does this list say about me as a person, as a film-goer? Let’s look at the list and see.
*I thought I had started saving stubs in January, but the first stub I have is late February. Either I didn’t see a film the first two months of 2009, or I had just forgotten to save the stubs. Oops.
- 2/28/09 – Double Feature – King Kong (1933) & 42nd Street (1933)
- 3/1/09 – Double Feature – Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) & Footlight Parade (1933)
- 3/3/09 – Triple Feature – Taxi! (1932) & Lawyer Man (1932) & Blonde Crazy (1931)
- 3/10/09 – Watchmen Directed by Zack Snyder
- 3/13/09 – The Passion of Joan of Arch (1928) Renee Jeanne Falconetti. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
- 3/15/09 – Sunshine Cleaning Amy Adams, Emily Blunt. Directed by Christine Jeffs
- 3/21/09 – Slap Shot (1977) Paul Newman. Directed by George Roy Hill
- 3/31/09 – Vampyr (1932) Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
- 4/02/09 – Monster Vs. Aliens 3D DreamWorks Animation
- 4/19/09 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton. Directed by Mike Nichols.
- 5/10/09 – Double Feature – White Heat (1949) & Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) Both Star James Cagney
- 5/11/09 – Double Feature – The Unholy Three (1925) & Freaks (1932) Both directed by Tod Browning
- 6/5/09 – The Hangover Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis. Directed by Todd Phillips
- 7/5/09 – Public Enemies Johnny Depp, Christian Bale. Directed by Michael Mann
- 7/18/09 – Harry Potter & the Half-blood Prince Daniel Radcliffe. Directed by David Yates
- 8/3/09 – Moon Sam Rockwell. Directed by Duncan Jones
- 8/20/09 – That Touch of Mink (1962) Doris Day, Cary Grant. Directed by Delbert Mann
- 8/22/09 – District 9 Directed by Neil Blomkamp
- 8/30/09 – Big Fan Patton Oswalt. Directed by Robert D. Siegel
- 9/12/09 – The Cove Directed by Louie Psihoyos
- 10/11/09 – East of Eden (1955) James Dean. Directed by Elia Kazan
- 10/24/09 – Where the Wild Things Are Directed by Spike Jonze
- 10/24/09 – Little Shop of Horrors (1986) Rick Moranis. Directed by Frank Oz
- 12/26/09 – Avatar Directed by James Cameron
Movies I remember seeing, but don’t have the stub for:
- Zombieland Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg. Directed by Rueben Fleischer
- Double Feature – Adventureland & The Daytrippers Both directed by Greg Mottola
- Visioneers (2008) Zach Galifianakis. Directed by Jared Drake
- G-Force 3D Gerbils & Zach Galifianakis. Directed by Hoyt Yeatman
- The Room (2003) Tommy Wiseau in all credits.
So, dear readers of Matterful, what does my movie list of 2009 tell you about me? ….besides the fact that I have an unnatural love of short red headed men (Cagney & Galifianakis).
As for my favorite film of last year? That’s actually really hard. Moon really made me think, but Zombieland & The Hangover are the films I had the best time watching. Fuck Avatar.