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So every year at this time, I sort out how many movies we actually saw this past year - not including some of the wonderful films

we saw at our annual "Queer Film Festival" in August - also, not counting if they opened the year before (i.e. Hobbit).

 

Turns out, as my usual lucky numbers go, we saw a total of 33 films! From Hobbit #3 in 3D AND IMAX (Jan.7),

to Sisters on Christmas Eve.

 

I will not list them. But out of all the major films that did fairly good in the year, we probably saw the majority of them.

A few art films, one documentary, and a good number of "meh" movies we'd rather have seen later on, on tv.

 

But - my 2015 Fave Movie is...... Inside/Out. I loved it, I laughed at lot at the stuff aimed squarely at adults, and it

turned out to be a very poignant and beautiful film, that deserves to counted as one of Disney/PIXAR's best, ever.

Here's to a great year of films in 2016!

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"Movies Seen in 2015" (o;

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I thought this was a "last movie you watched" thread so I'm going to pretend it is.

 

Theater: Star Wars. I don't know how to geek out on it but it was excellent; highly recommended for anyone out there who might need outside help in deciding whether to watch it.

 

Home: Almost Famous. I could never live that life but I wish I could jump into the movie and stay there forever.

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In no particular order, here are ten of my favorite films from this past year.

 

Bridge of Spies

The Martian

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Steve Jobs

Inside Out

Creed

Ant-Man

Jurassic World

 

Least favorite film - Insurgent

Biggest disappointment - Avengers: Age of Ultron

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So, I know people on this site enjoy the "numbers" game when it comes to parks and rides. Here's the numbers game being played by Star Wars right now:

 

ALL TIME RECORDS

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (37 records)

Opening Weekend / Holiday Opening / December Opening / PG13 Opening / 3-Day Gross

$247,966,675

(2nd Place Opening: Jurassic World $208,806,270)

 

Worldwide Opening Weekend

$528,966,675

(2nd Place Opening: Jurassic World $524.9 Million)

 

Second Weekend

$149,202,860

(2nd Place Second Weekend: Jurassic World $106,588,440)

 

Top Opening Theater Average - Wide Release / Top Theater Average - Wide Release

$59,982 @ 4134 Theaters

(2nd Place Average: Jurassic World $48,855 @ 4274 Theaters)

 

Single Day / Opening Day / Friday

$119,119,282

(2nd Place Single Day: Harry Potter 7 Part 2 $91,071,119)

 

Sunday

$60,553,189

(2nd Place Sunday: Jurassic World $57,207,490)

 

Monday / Non-Holiday Monday

$40,109,742

(2nd Place Monday: Star Wars The Force Awakens $31,362,029)

 

Tuesday / Non-Opening Tuesday

$37,361,729

(2nd Place Tuesday: The Amazing Spide-Man $35,016,884)

 

Non-Opening Wednesday

$38,022,183

(2nd Place Non-Opening Wednesday: Transformers $29,073,898)

 

Non-Opening Friday / Christmas Day

$49,325,663

(2nd Place Non-Opening Friday: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen $36,740,666)

(2nd Place Christmas Day: Sherlock Holmes $24,608,941)

 

Opening Week / 7-Day Gross

$390,856,054

(2nd Place 7-Day: Jurassic World $296,211,655)

 

4-Day Gross

$288,076,417

(2nd Place: Jurassic World $234,151,090)

 

5-Day Gross

$325,438,146

(2nd Place: Jurassic World $258,493,605)

 

6-Day Gross

$363,460,329

(2nd Place: Jurassic World $278,389,075)

 

8-Day Gross

$440,181,717

(2nd Place: Jurassic World $325,326,090)

 

9-Day Gross

$496,913,249

(2nd Place: Jurassic World $364,438,525)

 

10-Day Gross

$540,058,914

(2nd Place: Jurassic World $402,800,065)

 

Fastest to $100M: 1 days $119,119,282

(2nd Place: 2 Days Jurassic World $151,598,780)

 

Fastest to $150M: 2 days $187,413,486

(2nd Place: 2 Days Jurassic World $151,598,780)

 

Fastest to $200M: 3 days $247,966,675

(2nd Place: 3 Days Jurassic World $208,806,270)

 

Fastest to $250M: 4 days $288,076,417

(2nd Place: 3 Days Jurassic World $258,493,605)

 

Fastest to $300M: 5 days $325,438,146

(2nd Place: 8 Days Jurassic World $325,326,090)

 

Fastest to $350M: 6 days $363,460,329

(2nd Place: 9 Days Jurassic World $364,438,525)

 

Fastest to $400M: 8 days $440,181,717

(2nd Place: 10 Days Jurassic World $402,800,065)

 

Fastest to $450M: 9 days $496,913,249

(2nd Place: 15 Days Jurassic World $460,533,660)

 

Fastest to $500M: 10 days $540,058,914

(2nd Place: 17 Days Jurassic World $500,373,390)

 

All-Time Domestic: 5th ($600,949,526)

All-Time Worldwide: 9th ($1,228.3 Million)

 

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My top 5 films of the year (so far, as there are many I still need to see, such as Mad Max and Spotlight, among others)

1. The Martian

2. Inside Out

3. Tomorrowland

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

5. Kingsman: The Secret Service

 

Worst movie- Paper Towns

Biggest disappointment(s)- tie between Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pitch Perfect 2, and Paper Towns

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My favourite movie of this past year, also got a pin made for it (no surprise),

but I bought the French version of it at Disneyland Paris. However, that is all that

remains of the French-worded publicity for the movie. Everything at the Resort is

in English, now.

 

But the pin survived. Happy New Year Everybody!

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Vice-Versa? Oh well, the French loved it, too.

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The English version rules now, at WDS. (taken Sept.21, 2015)

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Just watched Tomorrowland and Vacation.

 

Didn't really care for either one. Tomorrowland was just boring, although the retro 1964 World's Fair footage was cool.

 

Vacation pissed me off since they did stupid logistical stuff.

 

If a family is driving from Chicago to Wally World (which I assume is in LA), why would they take route B instead of route A (See pictures below). Also, he said at the top of the film that it would take 2 days to get there. Yet they spent more than a few nights along the way.

 

And finally, the BIG coaster they all want to ride is called Velociraptor. He even says it's over 400 feet tall and 100+ mph. Yet, the coaster turns out to be Ninja at SFOG, far from the tallest and fastest. I assume the average film goer will not care, but this pissed me off! They could have at least filmed TTD or Kingda Ka!

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The most direct route from Chicago to Wally World

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The route they actually took. Idiots!

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Just watched Tomorrowland and Vacation.

 

Didn't really care for either one. Tomorrowland was just boring, although the retro 1964 World's Fair footage was cool.

 

Vacation pissed me off since they did stupid logistical stuff.

 

If a family is driving from Chicago to Wally World (which I assume is in LA), why would they take route B instead of route A (See pictures below). Also, he said at the top of the film that it would take 2 days to get there. Yet they spent more than a few nights along the way.

 

And finally, the BIG coaster they all want to ride is called Velociraptor. He even says it's over 400 feet tall and 100+ mph. Yet, the coaster turns out to be Ninja at SFOG, far from the tallest and fastest. I assume the average film goer will not care, but this pissed me off! They could have at least filmed TTD or Kingda Ka!

 

I'm in the minority here as I never cared for the original National Lampoon's Vacation and had no interest in the new version; I think Christmas Vacation is the best of this series.

 

Tomorrowland starts out well, but goes off the rails.

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Last movie watched: "Saving Mr. Banks," which I found engrossing, amusing and enjoyable. P.L. Travers was a f--king riot, and awkwardly relatable. The storyline was inspiring; as much as I hate to admit it, I've come around to finding the story of Walt Disney inspiring in general, even though it wasn't all sunshine and pixie dust. I know the plot was modified and embellished and many scenes were a little obvious and convenient; it certainly leaves out a lot of controversy, but I'd rather just see it as a movie standing on its own than obsess over the less-pretty reality of the true story.

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The last movie I saw in the theater was Point Break on Christmas with my family. It was a fun popcorn flick that you turn your brain off for, but if you're looking for a thought-provoking thriller I suggest you look elsewhere.

 

The one I saw in the theater before that was The Peanuts Movie. I'm a HUGE Peanuts fan, and I was very pleasantly surprised by it. Its modern and was adapted to reach today's younger audience, but at the same time they stayed faithful to the Peanuts series and didn't sell-out or make a crapload of pop-culture references like a lot of modern adaptations are. if Sparky (Charles Schulz) were alive today, I'll bet he'd be very proud of the finished product!

 

I also saw Animal House on TV with my family on Christmas Eve. Its one of my parent's favorites, and I think its seriously one of the funniest movies of all time.

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I caught The Hateful 8 last night, and it's an "old dark house" movie set in the Old West--sort of Reservoir Dogs meets Stagecoach with a spaghetti western sensibility. If you like spaghetti westerns and Tarantino flicks, you'll probably like Hateful 8. If not, you won't.

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Going with Piano John for Vacation. I loved how out of all the coasters at SFOG, They picked Ninja? Wile E. Coyote would have been better.

 

Also, I had to laugh at how horribly photoshopped all those extra rides were. Delirium from Kings Island, I think the Hulk was in there, And I think I saw Dragon Khan too?

 

 

The car made me laugh and that was about it. It was too R-rated IMO. They should have made it PG-13 or PG

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^ With Walley World you can do no wrong with whatever coasters you 'borrow' from other parks.

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And a new Hallmark ornament this past Holiday Season! But I don't think the

Chevy Chase character is that 'recognizable' as John Candy is, here. No matter,

it's got sound too! And bought at 75% OFF!

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Saw two movies in the last week:

 

The Hateful Eight - Was apprehensive about this, as Django Unchained is easily in my top ten worst movies of all time. But I liked this. It's kind of predictable, but it did hold my attention, despite being over three hours long. Was glad I made the effort to get to a 70mm showing.

 

Spring - It starts out like a drama/love story. And then odd things start to happen...seriously, this movie works best if you know nothing about it. Don't even read the description on Amazon Prime. Just watch it. Best movie I've seen in a year. Or more. Scary, creepy, occasionally funny, and totally original. If more movies were even half this good, I'd go to the theater a lot more.

 

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I caught The Revenant today, and while I think it's a very well made movie, it's more an endurance test than "entertainment."

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