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Movies and Statistics

I love statistics. I love seeing how all the little bits fit together and the patterns and all that kind of thing. And I love movies. With those two things in mind, I have, since 1995, been keeping a list of every movie I have seen. Not just at the cinema but on TV and DVD/videos that I own and that I borrow.

And, last night. I saw movie number 2000. Movie number 1000 was a bit of a disappointment. In fact, it was one of the worst movies ever and it bugs me because I should have known before I went in there. So this time, I decided I’d make sure it was a good movie. I almost saw Blade Runner 2049 as number 2000. But I decided that the company was probably just as important as the actual movie so Blade Runner was number 1999, and it was good.

And last night my wife and I downloaded a Colossal to watch together. And I enjoyed it a lot. She wasn’t such a big fan. She hated it, actually. Oh well. 2000 was still pretty good.

Below is the year by year stats for my movie viewing.



Unfortunately, I started the list on July 1st, 1995, so I haven’t included that year in my averages seeing it would mess everything up a bit. 1995 actually does my head in in so many ways, but I can’t delete it, because I have the info, and I can’t include it in some areas and… Argh. (And obvioulsy2017 is not yet complete, but I can live with that stuff my data.)

Anyway, there is probably nobody else in the world interested in my list, but you can all look anyway. 🙂

Some information that clears up anomalies in the data… I met my wife in March of 2006. And our daughter was born in April of 2008. See what getting a life can do to you?

205 Books: What the Day Owes the Night

My Algerian book, What the Day Owes the Night, was due at my local library on October 10th but actually arrived quite a bit earlier than that. As a result, I’ve already read it. And I am pleased to say I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the first two books of my challenge.

daycover.jpgIt is set partly during the Algerian war for independence but covers the ground with a bit more subtlety than was achieved in 1One Thousand Splendid Suns.

There were a couple of things that seemed a bit contrived or unlikely but overall it was a great story with a well-rounded cast of secondary characters and a nice sense of place.

And I have to say that the translation seemed to be much better than that provided for The Fall of the Stone City. It is impossible to tell for sure, of course, because the Stone City may have been dry and awkward in Albanian (or French, or whatever language it was in) as well.

So, all in all, book number 3 of Around the World in 205 Books was a definite step up. Next… Andorra. I’ll let you know a short list shortly, and it is a list that picks itself.