July 24, 1998

Saving Private Ryan

savingA moving and powerful story, with unforgivable plot holes.

July 3, 1998

Moviegoing by the Numbers

Exactly how often do I go to the movies?
My Daddy Years are in purple.
I have been out to the movies 762 times in 23 years. At two hours apiece, that's over 15 days straight (with no bathroom breaks)! Over the last decade I've averaged almost two movies per month.
Since my first son was born in 2009 my pace has slowed a tad- except for 2012, when I saw five movies in one weekend at South By Southwest, I have not seen more than twenty movies in a year since I became a dad. I have gone to the movies with my older son twice - as a newborn baby my wife and I took him to see Fantastic Mr Fox at a Baby Friendly screening on MLK Day 2010; and we went to see Shaun The Sheep The Movie when he was five.


  • I saw so many movies in 1995 because I was on, well, I guess you could call them "business trips" every weekend? It's a long, embarrassing story. Lots of my life choices in the 90s are embarrassing;
  • I was a member of the Brattle Theatre for a few years in the early 2000s, which included free passes, and discounted admission, which is reflected in my numbers in those years.
  • I was unemployed for all of 2001 and only working part time for half of 2002, and I went to a lot of movies in that era too.
  • I saw five movies in one weekend at South by Southwest 2012.
  • I only managed to see 16 movies in 2015 because I saw three movies in three days while my family was out of town between Christmas and New Years'.
  • August 2016 Update: I've only seen eight movies in the theater so far, which puts me on pace to my lowest annual total on record.


mulanUnremarkable. (July 3rd & 11th, 1998 at Hoyt's Falmouth Cinemas)