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Media Consumed in 2012

Here are the lists of movies/TV watched and video games played in 2012. I'll put the lists under a cut because they are quite long and, frankly, you just might not care.

(Italics denote rewatch/replay etc.)


Movies

My favourite movies of this year were The Dark Knight Rises followed really closely by The Hunger Games. My favourite movies seen for the first time this year were The Lives of Others, The Station Agent and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. My favourite revisit was the incredible restoration BluRay reprint of The Godfather. The worst movie seen this year was Yellowbeard.

My goal this year was to watch 150 movies, which I failed with rather spectacularly. In fact, I didn't even make it to 100, unless you count the things that I watched more than once (The Godfather, The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight Rises, Tinker Tailor soldier Spy and The Station Agent). I was however still pleased with my movie consumption this year as I have neglected film for quite a long time. Huge thanks to fridge_buzz_now for recommending a fuck ton of horror movies, of which I saw, well, 2. But they were good!

001. Killer's Kiss | ★★★☆☆
002. The Killing | ★★★★☆
003. Network | ★★★★★
004. Sneakers | ★★★☆☆
005. The 39 Steps | ★★★☆☆
006. The Godfather | ★★★★★
007. The Godfather Part II | ★★★★★
008. The Godfather Part III | ★★★★☆
009. The Ipcress File | ★★★☆☆
010. The Conversation | ★★★★☆
011. In the Heat of the Night | ★★★★★
012. The King's Speech | ★★★★☆
013. Waltz With Bashir | ★★★★★
014. Koyaanisqatsi | ★★★★★
015. Persepolis | ★★★★☆
016. Amadeus | ★★★★★
017. Robin Hood (Disney) | ★★☆☆☆
018. The Devil Rides Out | ★★★★☆
019. Paths of Glory | ★★★★★
020. Hard-Boiled | ★★★☆☆
021. The Lives of Others | ★★★★★
022. Infernal Affairs | ★★☆☆☆
023. Lolita (1962) | ★★★★☆
024. Star Trek | ★★★★☆
025. Carrie | ★★★★☆
026. The Aviator | ★★★★☆
027. The US vs John Lennon | ★★★☆☆
028. The Boys From Brazil | ★☆☆☆☆
029. O Brother, Where Art Thou? | ★★★★☆
030. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind | ★★★☆☆
031. Kurt and Courtney | ★★☆☆☆
032. Death Race 2000 | ★★★☆☆
033. The Seventh Seal | ★★★☆☆
034. Clerks | ★★★☆☆
035. Enemy of the State | ★★★★☆
036. Patriot Games | ★☆☆☆☆
037. The Birdcage | ★★★☆☆
038. Zulu | ★★★★☆
039. X-Men | ★★★☆☆
040. Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb | ★★★★★
041. Glorious 39 | ★★★★☆
042. The Long Goodbye | ★★☆☆☆
043. Videodrome | ★★★☆☆
044. 2001: A Space Odyssey | ★★★★★
045. X2 | ★★★★☆
046. The Cooler | ★★★★★
047. The Station Agent | ★★★★★
048. The Day After Tomorrow | ★★☆☆☆
049. Dune | ★★☆☆☆
050. Escape From Alcatraz | ★★★★☆
051. Serenity | ★★★★☆
052. Yellowbeard | ★☆☆☆☆
053. The Truman Show | ★★☆☆☆
054. Jaws | ★★★★★
055. Ed Wood | ★★★★☆
056. Batman Begins | ★★★★★
057. The Evil Dead | ★★☆☆☆
058. The Next Three Days | ★★★★☆
059. True Grit | ★★★★★
060. Pride and Prejudice | ★★☆☆☆
061. The Quiet American | ★★★★★
062. 3:10 to Yuma | ★★★☆☆
063. The Dark Knight Rises | ★★★★★
064. Inception | ★★★★★
065. Tough Guys | ★★☆☆☆
066. The International | ★★★☆☆
067. Downfall | ★★★★☆
068. Hard Eight | ★★★☆☆
069. A View to a Kill | ★★★☆☆
070. Robocop | ★★☆☆☆
071. The Machinist | ★★★☆☆
072. The Princess Bride | ★★☆☆☆
073. Ronin | ★★★★☆
074. In the Loop | ★★★★☆
075. Requiem for a Dream | ★★★★☆
076. Quiz Show | ★★★★★
077. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 | ★★☆☆☆
078. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 | ★★★☆☆
079. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy | ★★★★☆
080. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid | ★★★★★
081. The Blues Brothers | ★★★★★
082. The Hunger Games | ★★★★★
083. Pontypool | ★★★★☆
084. Jackie Brown | ★★★★★
085. Tommy | ★★★★☆
086. The Lair of the White Worm | ★★★★☆
087. Equilibrium | ★☆☆☆☆
088. The Fall | ★★★★☆
089. FX2 | ★☆☆☆☆
090. Skyfall | ★★★★☆
091. Red Dawn | ★★☆☆☆
092. Armageddon | ★☆☆☆☆
093. Little Women (1994) | ★★★☆☆
094. Rocky | ★★★★★
095. I Capture the Castle | ★★★☆☆
096. Magical Mystery Tour | ★★★☆☆



TV

As always, mostly sitcoms, and most of these were rewatches, but I simply don't believe that you can watch Seinfeld too many times. Highlights of this last year was the final series of The Thick of It and the first series of its US counterpart, Veep. In terms of drama, Game of Thrones proved hugely engaging (if not a little tough to rewatch) and Sherlock continued to deliver the goods in a charming and clever way. Best thing seen for the first time was undoubtedly Firefly but what will really stay with me is watching the incredible BBC documentary series about Auschwitz.

001. Middlemarch (BBC, 1994) | ★★★☆☆
002. Father Ted s1 | ★★★★★
003. Father Ted s2 | ★★★★★
004. Father Ted s3 | ★★★★★
005. Sherlock s2 | ★★★★★
006. Game of Thrones | ★★★★★
007. Arrested Development s2 | ★★★★★
008. Dirk Gently | ★★★★☆
009. Twin Peaks s1 | ★★★★★
010. Twin Peaks s2 | ★★★★☆
011. Firefly | ★★★★★
012. Seinfeld s1 | ★★★☆☆
013. Seinfeld s2 | ★★★★☆
014. Seinfeld s3 | ★★★★★
015. Seinfeld s4 | ★★★★★
016. Seinfeld s5 | ★★★★★
017. Seinfeld s6 | ★★★★★
018. Seinfeld s7 | ★★★★★
019. The Thick of It s1 | ★★★★★
020. The Thick of It s2 | ★★★★★
021. The Thick of It: Rise of the Nutters | ★★★★★
022. The Thick of It: Spinners and Losers | ★★★★★
023. The Thick of It s4 | ★★★★★
024. Jonathan Creek (complete series) | ★★★★☆
025. The IT Crowd s4 | ★★★★☆
026. Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State | ★★★★★
027. The Mighty Boosh s1 | ★★★☆☆
028. The Mighty Boosh s2 | ★★★★☆
029. The Mighty Boosh s3 | ★★★★☆
030. Veep | ★★★★★
031. The League of Gentleman s1 | ★★★★☆
032. The League of Gentleman s2 | ★★★★☆
033. The League of Gentleman s3 | ★★★★★
034. Drop the Dead Donkey s1 | ★★★★☆
035. Drop the Dead Donkey s2 | ★★★★☆
036. Ballet Shoes | ★★☆☆☆



Videogames

I have played more games than are on this list, but these are the ones that I started and finished (or in terms of the racing games, played enough of the form a balanced opinion). 2012 saw Call of Duty continue to satisfy but without delighting, gave my favourite game ever, Metal Gear Solid 3, a loving HD overhaul and saw me enjoy a Halo game so much that I actually saw it through. Without a doubt though, the real delight this year was The Walking Dead, a game which had me in tears throughout as a result of the portrayal of the relationship between a man and a young child. Beautiful.

001. Batman: Arkham City | ★★★★★
002. Dead Space | ★★★★★
003. Dead Space 2 | ★★★★★
004. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 | ★★★☆☆
005. Metal Gear Solid 2 | ★★★★★
006. Metal Gear Solid 3 | ★★★★★
007. Metal Gear Solid | ★★★★★
008. Portal 2 | ★★★★★
009. Max Payne 3 | ★★★★★
010. Trials Evolution | ★★★★☆
011. Forza Motorsport 4 | ★★★★★
012. Bioshock 2 | ★★★★☆
013. inFamous 2 | ★★★★☆
014. Killzone 3 | ★★★★☆
015. Resident Evil 4: HD Edition | ★★★★★
016. Gran Turismo 5: Academy Edition | ★★★★★
017. Forza Horizon | ★★★★★
018. Call of Duty: Black Ops II | ★★★☆☆
019. Halo 4 | ★★★★☆
020. The Walking Dead (episodes 1-5) | ★★★★★

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poisoned_flower
Jan. 5th, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
How come GoT was tough to rewatch?

My other half is playing The Walking Dead for PS3, I think he's only done episodes 1-3 so far though. Lee & Clementine's relationship is very cute :) Do you watch The Walking Dead TV show too?
theimposter
Jan. 11th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the TV show, but am planning to pick up the comic book omnibuses very soon. If the TV show is anything like the game then I'm sure I'll love it.

Game of Thrones was tough to rewatch simply because of how bleak it is. It's excellent, don't get me wrong, but there are barely any moments of levity that lift you from the overarching sense of doom. And watching it for the second time, with the knowledge of exactly what was going to happen, seemed bleak and futile. Looking forward to season 2 though.
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