How Many Movies Have You Seen In Your Entire Life?

Summary

Newsweek critic David Ansen has courageously revealed the more quietly kept secret of every cinephile: his lifelong, bordering-on-eccentric, meticulous obsession with movies. You see, he's been keeping a film diary since he was 12 years old in which he's detailed every film he's seen since. Every. Single. Film. Back to Article

Comments

TheAnswerMVP2001

Snipes .

Sorry I have better things to do, and I'm still not getting what's so impressive. He wrote down the titles of all the movies he saw after he saw them...WOW that took 10 seconds each time! I'd be more impressed if he wrote a review for each one of them, that would at least have taken some time and effort. There's a few people on here who do similar things, they post 3-5 movies a day with ratings yet no review. I'm not knocking that, if it gives them kicks good for them, but I'm not about to pat them on the back for taking one minute to post the movie and the rating, doesn't help anybody else out and it didn't take a whole lot of effort to do.

Oct 26 - 01:38 AM

0LDB0Y

OLD BOY

mjsieber-

congrats, you single-handedly turned this thread into a masterbati0n thread.

I would be extremely impressed for anyone who keeps a diary/record of their lifetime masterbati0n. Perhaps a short review of the position, location, what kind of lube used, to whom you masturbated to, the amount and the condition of the load, etc.

What say you?

Oct 26 - 02:02 AM

TombstoneLawDog

Daniel Klein

I'd be extremely impressed if people would actually learn how to spell 'mastUrbation' when they're spending this much time making witty comments about it. I think on the first page Witherwings got it right and then people *STILL* went back to spelling it wrong. Impressive.

As to the whole counting thing, 3486. ..And 'yes,' that's the number of time's I've masturbated since this morning.



..Make that 3487.

Oct 26 - 11:44 AM

frothy

D F

Precisely 2,903..

Oct 26 - 03:49 AM

The Paki Don

Shahbaz Sarwar

Well, I want to become an actor, and I have, not a similar system, but something that could resemble it... a little bit. I've kept every cinema ticket that I've paid for over the past almost 7 years. When I have a noteworthy role in a movie that hits a commercial, main-stream cinema (not art house, been there, done that :) ...), I will count my tickets and the money I've paid to watch movies, until my project of actually being in one comes true.

I know it sounds weird, but it makes sense to me. That's why I never take part in any of those "eat the cinema ticket, if the commercial you think would come first, does come first" bonanza. It messes with the system, man!

Now, flame me.

Oct 26 - 05:10 AM

D-ROCK21

John Dotson

I am willing to bet most of you haters talking trash watch 161 movies a year and just don't even realize it. Whether it be on Cable, a theater, or whatever. This guy just took the time to document it.

Oct 26 - 05:15 AM

HisNameIsFrank

jamie taylor

I've seen well over 3,000 movies myself and I'm only 28. My brother and I used to rent 7 movies at a time(a special that a video store had going on) We would watch and record all 7 and return them two days later. Then we would rent 7 more. We'd watch at least 240 movies a year for the longest time.

Oct 26 - 05:21 AM

Albert

Alberto De la Hoz

Well I have a record of all the video games I've played since I was 10. I started it so I knew which games I couldn't finish in the renting span, so I could rent 'em again.

BTW... I HATE YOU, BATTLETOADS (for NES)!!!

Oct 26 - 06:24 AM

Ne0x1ty

Chris Stein

Omg! Give the man some credit... On average, he's seen at least 3 movies a week for 50 years. I think that is incredible. I LOVE movies, but I do run into dry spells or get really busy with life...

Also that he's been keeping a journal logging the progress for 50 years. How many things that you still have that are that old that you use on a regular basis? And I don't wanna talk heirloom ****.

Oct 26 - 06:26 AM

dahluzz

joe shmo

so if i hunker down and write the names of 8,000 movies in a journal and have the handwriting look all crappy at the beginning and then get increasingly more refined and then kind of get crappy again due to the indifference of old age, can I get an article too?

Oct 26 - 06:45 AM

alsanali

Alsan Ali

No... but people will wonder about your masturbation habits.

Oct 26 - 07:11 AM

alsanali

Alsan Ali

No... but people will wonder about your masturbation habits.

Oct 26 - 07:11 AM

Vitamin M

Matthew Haynes

I was doing this at one point when I was in junior high (the movie counting) I guess I've updated on Blockbuster.com...I've rated around 3,500 films that I know I've seen and I'm 28 so I guess I'm on a similar pace as this guy...of course I watch a lot of films more then once...so yeah I'm not knocking the guy but really it's not a big deal to make a list of 7,000 films in 60 years. but to keep in theme with the jerk off talk he should go back and give each film a rating between 1-5 jerks...as in how many times he...never mind...

Oct 26 - 08:11 AM

Goosemagnetic

Mike Gainer

i wrote down how many times i missed the toilet. 7,714.

Oct 26 - 08:19 AM

bigteddyt

Jeremy Thompson

not including films on tv, he sees 161 movies a year.... that's 3 a week... and 146 pages? that's plenty to summarize a film. not critique mind you, summarize. i'm an animation student, and every single one of my professors asks us to pitch a story in 2 sentences. you shouldn't need more than that. plus, if you're seeing 3 movies a week, how many of those are just crap. you could summarize those with less than two sentences. you people make fun of him, but he works for newsweek. how many of you review movies on blogs no one ever reads?

Oct 26 - 09:31 AM

Unbreakable Samurai

Unbreakable Samurai

I've seen around 2000. I keep track and could look it up, but I don't feel like it at the moment. I just turned 22 and always see more than three a week, so I should easily beat him adventually. And I'm masturbating right now.

Oct 26 - 10:23 AM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

Here's the other thing, people. David Ansen is not some dude who has just seen a bunch of movies in his life and wrote the titles down. He is a film critic. He writes film reviews and has been writing reviews for Newsweek (not too shabby an outfit, I might add) since 1977. And I'm pretty sure he started as a critic even before that.

So, yes, kudos to everyone who can keep apace with his viewing rate, but don't hate. Congratulate!

Oct 26 - 11:14 AM

highdough

Richard Blascock

Ya, I'm not sure why people are insulting him for seeing that many movies. HE GETS PAID TO WATCH MOVIES. Just by doing his job he probably has to see more than 120 movies a year. Add in film festivals, weeks with a lot of releases, and it would be pretty simle for a working film critic to see that many movies.

I started keeping track of the movies I watched 15 years ago. I give every movie a rating (1-10), when I saw it and on some of them I give a short review. I still haven't figured out how to count ho many movies that is, but I'd like to find out.

Oct 26 - 11:20 AM

TombstoneLawDog

Daniel Klein

I'd be extremely impressed if people would actually learn how to spell 'mastUrbation' when they're spending this much time making witty comments about it. I think on the first page Witherwings got it right and then people *STILL* went back to spelling it wrong. Impressive.

As to the whole counting thing, 3486. ..And 'yes,' that's the number of time's I've masturbated since this morning.



..Make that 3487.

Oct 26 - 11:44 AM

crystalwhiteeyes

Tommy Savor

Do porno films count? Cause then we would have our answer if he indeed masterbated.

Oct 26 - 12:36 PM

vitajex

Mike M

I would estimate that I've seen about 3,500. I've watched 5-15 movies a week since I was a teenager. I've got 4,500 ratings on Netflix but a lot of those are TV on DVD, so they don't really count. And yes, I could probably tell you a little something about every one I've seen. Who directed, starred, wrote, produced; the decade made, the storyline and maybe some interesting trivia tidbits. It's an obsession, admittedly, but it's certainly better than perusing message boards looking for a way to turn the conversation to self-stimulation. :)

Oct 26 - 12:58 PM

jpotter

John Potter

1.) "masturbated" is spelled with a "u."
2.) there's nothing wrong with a little newsies and/or mighty ducks.

Oct 26 - 12:58 PM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

Nice, another Newsies supporter!

Oct 26 - 01:16 PM

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