January 2020’s Movie Watch List with Juicy Stats

I’m going to try and do one of these breakdowns at the end of every month because stats are fun.  I watched a lot of the Oscar noms so I can have something to be angry about after the winners are announced.   If any of these catch your eye and you want to talk about them, fire away in the comments.

An asterisk (*) indicates a first time viewing.
Links will take you to write-ups posted.
Bold font indicates a write-up is done and scheduled to be posted.
Strike-through means I didn’t like it enough to finish it.

Jan1 – Ryan’s Daughter*
Jan2 – Blade Runner: The Final Cut*
Jan2 – Blade Runner 2049*
Jan3 – The Ox-Bow Incident*
Jan3 – Easy Money*
Jan4 – Mr. Majestyk*
Jan4 – Lock Up*
Jan4 – Escape Plan*
Jan5 – The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)*
Jan5 – Chopping Mall*
Jan7 – The Cannonball Run
Jan7 – Spiderman: Far From Home*

Jan8 – Valdez Is Coming*
Jan8 – The Cannonball Run II
Jan8 – Cop and a Half*
Jan9 – Navajo Joe*
Jan9 – The Freshman*
Jan10 – Raven*
Jan10 – Blade*
Jan11 – Marriage Story*
Jan12 – Gilda*
Jan12 – My Forbidden Past*
Jan12 – The End*
Jan12 – The Two Popes*
Jan13 – I Love You, Alice B. Toklas*
Jan13 – Waiting for Guffman
Jan14 – The Two Mrs. Carrolls*
Jan14 – This is Spinal Tap

Jan15 – The Getaway (1972)*
Jan15 – Best In Show
Jan16 – The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing*
Jan16 – A Mighty Wind
Jan17 – For Sama*
Jan17 – For Your Consideration
Jan18 – Parasite*
Jan18 – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood*
Jan19 – Harriet*
Jan19 – Jojo Rabbit*
Jan20 – Conflict*
Jan21 – The Joker*

Jan22 – Death Wish (2018)*
Jan23 – Ford vs Ferrari*
Jan23 – Bombshell*
Jan24 – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood*
Jan25 – Vice*
Jan26 – The Caine Mutiny*
Jan26 – The Big Chill*
Jan26 – Marty*
Jan27 – Mommie Dearest*
Jan28 – Family Business*
Jan28 – Frenzy*
Jan29 – Papillon
Jan29 – Boyz N The Hood*
Jan30 – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Jan31 – True Grit (1969)*
Jan31 – Harold and Maude*
Jan31 -American Factory*

I wasn’t going to add movies that I didn’t finish, but I guess it is important for me to remember how I tried them.  So, I don’t recall which day but I also did give these a try:
Jan – Machete*
Jan – Sucker Punch*
Jan – The Adventures of Baron Munchausen*

Juicy Stats:
Total Number of movies watched: 60 (A nice round number!)
The number of first-time watches: 51
Oldest movie: The Ox-Bow Incident, 1943
Longest movie: Ryan’s Daughter, 3hrs 27mins
Most watched actor: Burt Reynolds (7)
The number of movies watched by decade:
‘30s – 0
‘40s – 5
‘50s – 3
‘60s – 3
‘70s – 9
‘80s – 11
‘90s – 6
‘00s – 4
‘10s – 19

How I watched them:
PVR/DVR – 25
DVD collection – 6
Blu-ray collection – 5
4K Blu-ray collection – 1
Public Library DVD – 5
Netfilx – 3
Amazon Prime – 1
Legit Stream – 1
Pirates – 12

Action – 8
Comedy – 11
Mockumentaries – 3
Comic Book – 3
Documentaries – 2
Dramas – 17
Film Noir – 4
Horror – 1
Satire – 2
Science Fiction – 2
Thrillers – 2
Westerns – 5

Baseball analogy time!
These are the “batting stats” compiled for the FIRST TIME watches.  I give each movie a rating out of 5.  5s are home runs, 4s and 3s are hits, 2s and 1s are pop or ground outs, and NAs (did not finish) are Strike Outs.  This tells me how well of a job I’m doing at picking which movies to watch.

Good Movie Average:  39/51 = 0.765
Home Runs: 6 (Parasite, Marriage Story, Marty, For Sama, The Two Mrs. Carrolls, Jojo Rabbit)
Strikeouts: 4 (Family Business, Sucker Punch, Machete, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen)

Most underrated: Mr. Majestyk
Most fun: The Getaway (1972)
Most Forgettable: Escape Plan
Worst Movie: Death Wish (2018) or Raven
Better than I remembered:  Cannonball Run II
Best re-watch: Papillon (1973)
Most disappointing: The Joker or I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
DVD I bought that is heading back to the thrift store from where it came: Blade
Better Than Advertised: Marriage Story
Better Than Expected: Easy Money
Most surprising performance: Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
A tough film everyone should watch: For Sama
Top 4 Movies I watched for the first time in January 2020: Marty, Jojo Rabbit, Parasite, Marriage Story

For MOAR juicy stats, check out my pal and Fandango co-host Ram Vox’s blog who is doing similar break downs.  He scored Uncle Buck with a 3.5/4 instead of a perfect 4/4, so be sure to give him heck for me!



  1. Jan – Machete*
    Jan – Sucker Punch*
    Jan – The Adventures of Baron Munchausen*


    OK, so Munchausen is spotty. I have it for my Terry Gilliam collection. Sucker Punch I was gaga over back in 2000-whevener-it-came-out. Probably more to do with the short skirts but I do remember reviewing it positively.

    Machete is where we must differ. I love Machete and Machete Kills.

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    1. I recorded Munchausen for the Gilliam and I gave it 30 mins but I was bored. I had to move on.

      Sucker Punch couldn’t keep me for 5 minutes. Definitely not my bag.

      I gave Machete 15 minutes. I wouldn’t consider it as bad. It is just not my thing.

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      1. Would you try Machete again? My mother in law used to watch it with me, my god I made her watch some awful things! I made her watch Anvil, and I didn’t tell her that Lips showed full male full frontal in that movie.

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  2. This is awesome. I don’t even know if watched 60 movies in the last year let alone month haha.
    Having said that I watched 1917 the other night and that was a great flic.

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  3. Fabulous post – yes please, a statistical analysis like this at the end of each month!
    Have you seen the Good Place? There’s a funny Cannonball Run II recurring gag in that show.
    Nice to see so much Christopher Guest & co. on the monthly viewing too

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    1. My only wish is I had your graphing/charting abilities so I could add some eye candy to these posts!

      I have not watched The Good Place yet. I hear really good things though. Might be time to jump on now since it is wrapping up, right?

      We covered the Guest films for my podcast so it was the good kind of homework.

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  4. Mars you are a machine. CB and the Gal do about 8 tops in a month.
    So many good ones on your list. Ive done takes (because I love the films) on Getaway, Ox Bow, Valdez. Seen many more that you watched. Mr Majestyk is one of those great 70 films (Ill get to it). When you have a bad ass like Al Lettieri (also in The Getaway) and a story by Elmore Leonard (wrote Valdez also) you cant lose. I’ll save comments for the individual takes. Couple quick things. Bogart shows his chops in Caine. The final shootout in True Grit gets me everytime. John Waynes best. The remake of Postman is pretty good with Nicholsan and Lange. Great stuff Mars. I like your new direction. You have my undivided attention. Well kinda.

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    1. I agree with all of this except for the Nicholson Postman because I haven’t seen it yet for some reason.
      Al Lettieri is becoming my unsung hero of the ’70s. I think he would have been more celebrated if was able to hang around longer.
      I’m already up to 10 movies for February, lol.

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  5. Man! That’s a run… I’ve watched three films so far this year (Rise of Skywalker and John Wick 2 & 3). Some here on my list to get to…

    … however (and this is the serious stuff), fucking The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is the business. I love it. Give it another go… you cannae drop a film 30 minutes in. Nope. Also, Machete is wonderfully bonkers. Plus, it’s got Steven Seagal.

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    1. If it makes you feel better I have not seen any of those three yet!
      With a couple of exceptions, I think Gilliam’s films are not my bag. 30 mins is a lot longer than I gave some! It wasn’t doing anything for me at that point so I felt it was an acceptable amount of time.
      I don’t know what to tell you about Machete. It felt like a joke that got old really fast for me. I’m happy everyone else likes it though!

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      1. Oh man, the Wick flicks (haha!) are seriously good. Straight up shoot ‘em ups. No fucking about.

        And in all seriousness, I’m very much that guy who will watch a movie till it’s done. Even if it’s a bowl of shit (I’m looking at you, Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker (last two truly dreadful flicks I’ve seen)). I admire your ability to call time and walk away.

        Skip to the showdown on Machete though. Seagal owns it.

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        1. I watched the first Wick and really liked it. I’ve heard the other two are not as good but I really want to see them. Just need to make the time.

          I find if I don’t allow myself and out I’ll never watch anything. I don’t want to commit two hours to something I won’t enjoy. I’ll check out the showdown if I can find it one YouTube.

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