Mr. Bill George Presents

Statistics, Lies, And Videotape

In Film on September 11, 2009 at 10:16 AM

I’ve always been fascinated with statistics. Especially everyday life statistics. Such as the amount of time every year the average person spends waiting in line. Or the number of times we blink. Or the amount of a certain food we eat. I love when we are able to take a step back from ourselves and view our habits through the prism of cold, hard, truth-telling numbers.

In fact, I wish I had a statistician. I think everyone should have a statistician assigned to them. Just to follow you around and keep track of what you’ve eaten, where you’ve gone, how much time you’ve spent doing something, how many times you’ve worn that outfit, how far you’ve walked, how many times you’ve yawned, how many bathroom visits you’ve made etc. etc.

And, as we all know, the knowledge of being observed changes behavior so the statistician would have to be invisible. Maybe God (if he/she/it exists) is doing just that. And when reach heaven he pulls up an Excel spreadsheet and says, “Alright, let’s take a look at the numbers here…”

But there is one statistic measuring my actions that I think I can recount accurately: Most Watched.

We all have a certain handful of movies that we watch much, much more frequently than others. Sick days, rainy days, you name it. The type movie we feel it is our mission in life to show to anyone who hasn’t seen it. The type of movie we not only know all the words to, but every single sound effect, music cue, cut, angle, facial expression etc.

Because of my affinity for film I have can think of many movies that fall into that category (The Blues Brothers, The ‘Burbs, Apollo 13, Tremors, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, A Few Good Men, almost all of M. Night and Spielberg’s work etc.)

But there is one film I know for fact I’ve spent more time watching than any other:

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

I’ve seen it countless times (well it would be counted if I had a damn statistician…).

For a span of two or three years I actually had a New Year’s Eve ritual that involved T2. I was never very big on New Year’s Eve as a holiday or the parties than resulted because of it. And often times I’d just as well stay home, watch the ball drop and hit the hay. But when I was in middle school (I think it was) I made it a habit that every New Year’s Eve, as soon as the ball dropped, I’d pop James Cameron’s masterpiece into my VHS, in order to ensure that the first film I watched of that new year would be non-other than T2.

Alright folks, now I want to hear from you. Shout out your most watched movies in the comments section. I’m really interested to see what kind of mix we get.

  1. yes t-2 is great, i just bought it on blu-ray as a matter o fact. and hmm lets see i probably have seen saving private ryan and groundhog day enough times that i could most likely do a one man show replaying the whole thing from memory.

  2. love the bit about god’s excel spreadsheet
    also, the fact that you watched it so it would be your first movie o the new year is hilarious
    as for my stats?
    from birth to middle school: billy madison, happy gilmore and honey i shrunk the kids
    high school and up: under the tuscan sun, dances with wolves

  3. I love this post bye the way, but I would have to say that I’ve been watching the Prestige a lot. Other movies like the inside man, catch me if you can,Jurassic park, the departed and American beauty are all great.

  4. Alright, it’s probably cliche, but Good Will Hunting and The Breakfast Club.

  5. There’s a few for me, but as far the number one most-watched movie goes, I’d have to say “V for Vendetta”. Hands down. I love it; I know every scene, every word, every cut, music cues, and the order of deaths in fight sequences. To me that film is more than just two hours of action, it stands for something, it has a message to send; there’s so many underlying issues at play that it feels as though everytime I watch it I pick up on something I hadn’t realized before. And I love showing it to people who haven’t seen it.

    And, of course, there’s always “Super Troopers”!

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