750 Movies

Some of you may know that my husband and I watch movies a lot and we borrow them all from our local public library. I’ve blogged about it at the 365 mark and at the 500 mark. We started mid-January 2011. Since we just pasted 750, specifically 752, and I figure it’s time for an update. I’ll just list some of the things about our movie watching habits that I find interesting.

To recap: the rule of the game is, Al picks the movies and decides what we are going to watch, it’s kind of his thing and I go along for the ride. It has led me to discover some amazing movies I would otherwise not pick. We always watch them together, so movie watching goes on pause when I am on a work trip or when we are on the road.

Five most watched actors:

  1. Robert De Niro 33
  2. James Stewart 31
  3. Robert Duvall 26
  4. Jack Nicholson 25
  5. Anthony Hopkins 24

Two movies that my husband watched and I didn’t:

  1. The Shining. I couldn’t, it creeps me out.
  2. Apocalypse Now. I think Al and I were in the middle of an argument about something and so I sat in the other room and worked while he watched it. Turned out ok though, from what I could hear it was pretty weird.

One movie we couldn’t finish watching:

Seven Psychopaths with Christopher Walken. It was so gross and so graphic, about 30 minutes in we looked at each other and rather knew it was time to turn it off. We ended up watching 3:10 to Yuma with Glenn Ford instead. I love Glenn Ford.

One movie that kept me on the edge of my seat:

Wait Until Dark with Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, especially the scene where he jumps out at Audrey Hepburn and grabs her ankle at about 1:36 of the following clip.

Three movies I had been wanting to watch for a long time:

  1. X2: X-Men United with Patrick Stewart (I also adored the one with James McAvoy)
  2. Star Trek, the 2009 one
  3. Star Trek Into Darkness, I loved Zachary Quinto as Skylar in Heroes

Things I have learned:

  • Keanu Reeves is cute, but he still sucks. Case in point: A Walk in the Clouds. Great movie, but we watched this one for Anthony Quinn, not Keanu.
  • I should have watched Les Miserables years ago, it was such a sweet movie.
  • Movies I saw when I was younger are different upon second watching. For example, The Bridges of Madison County and The Piano. I felt like I was watching them for the first time.
  • I still find It’s a Wonderful Life kind of boring, but I love James Stewart, especially in Rear Window and The Cheyenne Social Club.

Actors we’ve seen in 10 or more movies:

  • Dustin Hoffman 22
  • Liam Neeson 21
  • Ed Harris 21
  • Tom Cruise 19
  • Michael Caine 19
  • Clint Eastwood 18
  • John Wayne 18
  • Henry Fonda 18
  • Burt Lancaster 18
  • Al Pacino 17
  • Donald Sutherland 17
  • Christopher Walken 16
  • Paul Newman 15
  • Gregory Peck 14
  • Robert Redford 14
  • Kevin Costner 14
  • Gene Hackman 14
  • Jack Lemmon 13
  • Charlton Heston 12
  • James Mason 12
  • David Niven 12
  • Lee J Cobb 12
  • Kirk Douglas 11
  • Cary Grant 11
  • Sean Connery 11
  • Dennis Hopper 11
  • Ben Stiller 10
  • Peter Sellers 10
  • Viggo Mortensen 10
  • Richard Dreyfuss 10

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