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On January 29, 2012 Joe Gola said,
Gola wrote:
. . . it occurred to me that it might be fun & interesting as a project for 2012 to watch all the movies I've listed as favorites to see how they hold up for me.
And I agreed.

Now 2012 is now gone. I managed to rewatch 12 of the 14 movies that I claimed at one precise moment to be my favorites, and share with the good folks of Chit Chat how they held up.

This Geeklist collects those dozen reports. The snippet of text associated with each item is taken from the appropriate thread.

Questions, comments, concerns? Happy to continue the discussions, here or on the original threads . . .

The two movies that didn't get watched? I simply cannot find a copy of Woddy Allen's Play It Again Sam, which is a shame, since this is a movie I haven't seen in two decades and am very curious to see how it holds up to memory, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show which I just never felt the urge to watch this year -it really is more event than movie . . .

What did I learn through all this? As much as anything, I learned that I missed at least as many of my potential "Top 10" movies as I included in this list! So here are a dozen more movies I'll be looking at in 2013 . . .

Blues Brothers
The Birdcage
District 9
A Few Good Men
Gremlins
Hudson Hawk
MirrorMask
Play It Again Sam
The Spy Who Loved Me
St Elmos Fire
Up In Arms
Up In The Air

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The book, Pretty In Pink: The Golden Age of Teenage Movies describes Heathers as "more quotable than God" and two decades on it still is.

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Most movie "horror" relies on the cheap jump scare. Yes, you jump, or scream, and grab your date's hand. But the tension is released, and where's the fun in that. Real horror comes from unreleased tension - I promise you, what I'm seeing in my imagination is much scarier than anything you can show me on a screen . . .

Unless it's a spiral staircase. Those things are terrifying.
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The first time I saw The Pink Panther Strikes Again, I must have been 13 or 14, watching with my family at my Grandparents' house one Friday night. By the time the opening credit sequence began, (yes, *began*) I was laughing so hard that I was on the floor, gasping for breath, tears running down my face.

Obviously, that is one of my favorite memories. But does the movie hold up to the passage of time, and the high expectations of such a specific and wonderful memory?
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I think everyone is at least a little bit in love with Zooey Deschanel. It is hard to take your eyes off of her when she is on screen. Love at first sight doesn't seem so unlikely when it is Zooey who is being seen for the first time.
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Harpo repeatedly bopping the head of Gottlieb - with mallet, cigar box or sandbag - still makes me giggle every time. Guess it goes to show that good slapstick is timeless.
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Whatever this move is or isn't, it certainly explores the creative process in a way that engrosses. If Seinfeld is a show about nothing, Adaptation is a movie about making a movie about nothing.
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People always used to question why I loved this movie, calling it depressing and without any redemption. I argued then, and still believe, that Ben tells us what he is going to do, and does exactly what he planned.
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You can't go far wrong with a movie which has subsequently colored the sport which it revels in as much as this one. Admit it - you know what you assume just got said every time a player gets tossed by an ump . . .
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Metropolitan is the perfect example of how I like to discover a movie. I want to know nothing about it in advance, if possible I don't even want to be looking forward to it. I like the entire experience to be a complete surprise.
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The Prestige is one of those movies that you can only see for the first time once, and that is as close to spoilers as I will allow myself to come, because if you haven't seen it yet, you need to come to it unspoiled.
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It turns out that I have a thing for a movie with an internal logic that may not be apparent on first viewing, and Eternal Sunshine . . . is a perfect example. I love the circular nature of the story (all the stories here, in fact), down to the smallest detail - Joel not recognizing his pajamas when he wakes up in the very first shot . . .

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12 months, 12 movies. And on the last day of the year, in the last hours in fact, I watched my undisputed favorite.
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