April 2020’s Movies Watched List with Juicy Stats

March was a light month for watching movies but I was able to pick it up in April, despite not getting to a movie until the 6th.  That was the day I decided to shut off CNN before The Bragging Dildo came back on.

And, in spite of me intentionally going to Tubi to look for some bad movies to watch, it looks like I got my swing back after last month’s slump!  Not only have I rediscovered Jackie Chan, but also watching Ruby Dee in a couple of Sidney Poitier films made me a fan.  That, with a couple of late ’60s hidden gems with Burt Reynold’s has me counting up a lot of home runs!

The List

  • 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 enjoy it enough to finish it.

Apr6 – Jumping Jack Flash*
Apr7 – 9 to 5


raisin in the sun
Apr8 – Bad Lieutenant* (1992)
Apr9 – Police Story*
Apr9 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf*
Apr10 – Nobody’s Fool*
Apr10 – Police Story 2*
Apr11 – Police Story 3: Super Cop*
Apr11 – The Artist*
Apr11 – Edge of the City*
Apr12 – A Raisin in the Sun*
Apr12 – Night Shift
Apr13 – Crime Story*
Apr13 – All Through the Night*


Apr16 – First Blood
Apr17 – Jackie Chan’s First Strike (AKA: Police Story 4: First Strike)
Apr18 – New Police Story 2004*
Apr18 – The Grapes of Wrath*
Apr19 – Adam’s Rib*
Apr19 – Cactus Flower*
Apr21 – Police Story: Lockdown (AKA: Police Story 2013)*


railrodder
Apr22 – The Railrodder
Apr22 – Thunder Road* (1958)
Apr23 – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Apr23 – Zero Dark Thirty*
Apr24 – Death Promise*
Apr24 – The Way We Were*
Apr25 – Mission Killfest*
Apr25 – Hell Comes to Frogtown*
Apr26 – 100 Rifles*
Apr26 – The Harder They Fall*
Apr27 – Sam Whiskey*
Apr28 – Bleeding Steel (AKA: Police Story REBORN)*
Apr28 – Blockers*
Apr28 – Island Of Fire (AKA: The Prisoner)*
Apr29 – Drunken Master (AKA: Drunken Fist)*
Apr29 – The Bachelor Party*
Apr30 – Buster
Apr30 – The Last Temptation of Christ


The Juicy Stats:
Total Number of movies watched: 39
The number of first-time watches: 30
Oldest movie: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Longest movie (That I finished): Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2hr 16m)
Most watched actor: Jackie Chan (10)
The number of movies watched by decade:
‘30s – 0
‘40s – 4
‘50s – 4
‘60s – 6
‘70s – 3
‘80s – 9
‘90s – 7
‘00s – 1
‘10s – 5

How I watched them:
PVR/DVR – 23
DVD collection – 1
Blu-ray collection – 4
4K Blu-ray collection – 0
Public Library DVD – 0
Netflix – 0
Amazon Prime – 1
Tubi – 4
YouTube – 1
Kodi – 2
Pirates – 5

Genres:
Action – 9
Comedy – 8
Crime – 1
Documentaries – 1
Dramas – 9
Film Noir – 1
Kung Fu – 2
Romance – 1
Science Fiction – 2
Thriller – 2
War – 1
Western – 3

Baseball 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, an NA (did not finish) is a Strike Out.  This tells me how well of a job I’m doing at picking which movies to watch.

Good Movie Average:  21/30 – .700 even  (Last month: .443)

Home Runs: 8
The Grapes of Wrath
Police Story
Police Story 2
A Raisin in the Sun
Edge of the City
Sam Whiskey
The Harder They Fall
Adam’s Rib

Strikeouts: 3
Zero Dark Thirty – Yeah, I’m not very sympathetic to those who torture others.
The Artist – Nope.
The Last Temptation of Christ – What the hell, Marty?

Awards:
Most underrated: Many good ones this month that should be better known: The Harder They Fall, Sam Whiskey, Edge of the City, A Raisin in the Sun, Adam’s Rib
Most overrated: The Artist
Most fun: Police Story 1 & 2
Most Forgettable: The Way We Were
Better than I remembered:  The Railrodder
Not As Good As I remembered: Buster
Best re-watch: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, First Blood
Movie I can finally cross off the Bucketlist: The Grapes of Wrath
Most disappointing: Bad Lieutenant, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Most surprising performance(s): The entire cast of A Raisin in the Sun, Jack Warden (Edge of the City)
Worst Movie: Mission Killfest
Best Movie(s): A Raisin in the Sun, Edge of the City, Police Story 1, Police Story 2

Feel free to tell me how terrible my opinion(s) are in the comments!

14 comments

          1. I’ve been in the same league now for 10 years. Not to much turnover with guys as it’s a keeper league. We keep 8 guys every year and draft 19 more. It’s competive and fun.

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  1. Mars. You are very open minded and you are a watching machine. A buddy of mine seen ‘Last Temptation’ in Paris when it first came out. When he went into the movie house there were a few protesters out side. When he came out after the movie there was a full fledged riot. I dont know whether it was because people wanted their money back or they took acceptation to Marty’s religious views. Anyways the cops were having a field day.

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    1. Probably the same yahoos who would protest The Life of Brian. I had no problem with the religious stuff, I just found it boring and weird.

      I feel like I’m not open minded enough, lol. But I do try to give things a chance.

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      1. Very same “yahoos” with one CB type guy at the box office with his ticket stub trying t get his money back. I was a little more forgiving than you on this one. Even Harvey Keitel with his Brooklyn accent as Judas. Classic. It’s hard to sit through something that just isn’t doing it for us.

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  2. I look forward to these monthly recaps, Kevin – I come for the movies watched list & stay for the juicy stats!
    I think I liked the Artist more than you did but we’re on the same page with excellence of Jackie Chan

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    1. Thanks man! Yeah, The Artist is just not my cup o’ tea.

      Jackie is the man. I just finished watching a movie he made in 2017 called The Foriegner. Its on Netflix right now. It more of a darker thriller but he is still doing his own stunts!

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