Revisiting 2012: Movies

I’ve been meaning to get to this post for awhile now, and with the kid, the framebuilding, work, and more craziness in 2013, I haven’t been able to sit down and really dig into my analysis. So, here’s some insights into my viewing list from 2012.


As of 2014, I don’t watch movies like I used to. Hell, I don’t even track them anymore (maybe in 2015?). I’m honestly a little surprised at how many I watched in 2012 — both in number and in total number of minutes.

Number of Movies Viewed


This works out to a movie every 6.5 days — slightly more than once a week. Not bad considering we had a new baby at home. Or not surprising. Babies spend a lot of time sleeping on you when they’re young, and it makes it particularly easy to sit down and watch a movie.

Total Minutes


Holy shit, that’s a lot. In hours, that’s 112.2, or 4.67 days of sitting there watching a movie.

Genre, Rewatching, and Animation


Unsurprisingly (I am an unabashed nerd, after all), science fiction and fantasy was the biggest segment of what I watched in 2012 (34%), and it wasn’t even close, with comedy coming in second at 21%, and drama at 18%.

Like many people, I am guilty of re-watching movies. Don’t ask me how many times I’ve seen Major League, you don’t want to know. Some years are bad for that, but 2012 wasn’t.


Only 20% of the movies I watched in 2012 were ones I’d seen before.

During the year, I felt like I was watching a large amount of animated movies. Turns out I wasn’t.


Animated movies (6) accounted for 11% of my movie intake in 2012.

Progress Graphs

movie_minutes per day

This first graph shows how many minutes per day I consumed. Big gap there early in the year? Starts just before Eddy was born early, spans the NICU time, and the settling-in time at home.


When looking at total accumulated minutes, you can kinda see where things were flat for a bit in the early part of the year, and then climbed rapidly until June where the growth rate leveled off a bit. Here’s a hybrid look at the minutes:


And lastly, let’s look at average minutes per given day. This is a number that will generally fall over time, as each day’s count of the total minutes to that point is divided by the Julian date (# of the day). The little spikes are from days I watched a movie. You’ll notice that over time, they influence they have on the number is reduced and the spikes are smaller and smaller. By the end of the year, I was watching an average of 18.3 minutes per day (even though I obviously wasn’t watching a movie every day).



Best Comedy: Horrible Bosses
Best Drama: (tie) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Argo
I really enjoyed both of these. I really don’t know how I’d gone so long without seeing the former, and now I kinda want to watch it again.
Best Documentary: Being Elmo
Best Action: Sherlock Holmes
2009 edition.
Best SF&F: The Avengers
Best Family: How to Train Your Dragon
This was up against Brave and it was a very close thing.
Worst Overall: Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
As I’ve said elsewhere, subtitling this piece of shit “The Adventure Begins” is really the pinnacle of hubris. I’d seen bits of it on TV back in the 80’s and it was on HBO at like 3 a.m. while I was up late with Eddy (who wouldn’t sleep). I was really aghast that this ever even made it into theatres. Then I was really offended by the outright waste of electrons used transmitting this.
Best Overall: The Avengers

2 thoughts on “Revisiting 2012: Movies”

    • I haven’t been keeping up this level of detail with movies (since 2012), but I have been rocking it with the reading list again this year. Going to have some awesome metrics. AND AND AND since I finally started taking public transportation again, there’ll be a big spike in my consumption of said written word.

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