So I've been pondering my lists of 100 Favorite Movies that I've just posted, and I decided to just point out some interesting stats, patterns, whatever. Interesting to me, anyway :-)
What Actors Do I Love?
8 Harrison Ford movies (The Fugitive, Sabrina, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Witness)
6 John Wayne movies (The Sons of Katie Elder, Rio Bravo, Operation Pacific, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, North to Alaska, The Longest Day)
4 Hugh Jackman movies -- and all as the same character!!! (X-Men: Days of Future Past, X2: X-Men United, X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
4 Maureen O'Hara movies (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, The Rare Breed, The Parent Trap, The Black Swan)
4 James Stewart movies -- (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, The Rare Breed, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Destry Rides Again)
3 Bobby Darin movies (Gunfight in Abilene, Hell is for Heroes, Captain Newman M.D.)
3 Glenn Ford movies (3:10 to Yuma, Blackboard Jungle, The Fastest Gun Alive)
3 Dana Andrews movies (Laura, The Best Years of Our Lives, State Fair)
3 Alan Ladd movies (Shane, Whispering Smith, This Gun for Hire)
3 Rudolph Valentino movies (The Sheik, Moran of the Lady Letty, The Son of the Sheik)
3 Russell Crowe movies (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Quick and the Dead, LA Confidential)
3 Steve McQueen movies (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Hell is for Heroes)
3 Tom Hanks movies (Toy Story, You've Got Mail, Apollo 13)
Right now, my top 3 favorite actors are John Wayne, Hugh Jackman, and Harrison Ford. So that meshes pretty well with who I have the most favorites from.
What Genres Do I Love?
13 Action/Adventure movies
9 WWII-related movies
6 Fantasy movies
5 Superhero movies
3 Sci-fi movies
3 Film noir
What Decades Do I Love?
3 from the 1920s
3 from the 1930s
8 from the 1940s
12 from the 1950s
17 from the 1960s
4 from the 1970s
14 from the 1980s
17 from the 1990s
13 from the 2000s
8 from the 2010s
Conclusion: the 1970s are best ignored, for the most part.
What Ratings Do I Favor?
18 Not Rated
You probably know this, but for those who don't, movies didn't used to have ratings. In the 1920s and early '30s, there was no rating system at all. Individual theaters and the towns or cities they were in decided what was appropriate for their audiences. In 1934, the Hays Code went into effect, and from then on until the mid-1950s, movies who didn't pass muster didn't get distributed. In the mid-1950s, that changed to movies being labeled "Approved" if they passed the code, but others did get distributed without a rating. In the late 1960s, that was changed to the MPAA rating system that was basically like what we have now, except the ratings were G, M, R, and X. In the mid-1970s, that was changed to G, GP, R, and X. And in the 1980s, we got G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17. Which means that movies until the mid 1980s that we would now consider PG-13 were either PG or R. Which can be a little confusing when you deal with a lot of old movies like I do, so just thought I'd explain what all those Not Rated and Approved things are -- those are old movies!
Oh, and for those of you who are now wondering which movies on my list were R so you can avoid them, they're Conspiracy Theory, Hamlet, Tombstone, Witness, The Quick and the Dead, and L.A. Confidential. Now you know.