2013 movies by the numbers

December 13, 2013|Matt Pais, @mattpais | RedEye movie critic

375: Approximate number of hours I spent watching movies (with about 225 movies times approximately 100 minutes)

8: Number of survival stories in October (“Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “All is Lost,” “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” “Escape Plan,” “Carrie,” “We Are What We Are”)

2: Unnecessary remakes in November (“Delivery Man,” “Oldboy”)

12: The number that appears in two of the year’s best films (“12 Years a Slave,” “Short Term 12”)

1: Movie about beer whose filming involved real beer (“Drinking Buddies,” not “The World’s End”)

4: Bad sequels in July (“The Smurfs 2,” “Red 2,” “Grown Ups 2,” “Despicable Me 2”)

2: James Franco characters who go by non-human names (Alien in “Spring Breakers” and Gator in “Homefront”)

$14 million: The five-day opening weekend box office gross of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” which is still getting a sequel despite flopping.

3: The jobs occupied by writers/directors/stars Lake Bell (the good “In a World …”) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (the bad “Don Jon”)

41: Estimated number of lame ‘90s references in “The To Do List”

42: The name of the movie “42”

2: Movies about the White House going down (“White House Down,” “Olympus Has Fallen”)

2: Romeo and Juliet interpretations (“Romeo and Juliet,” “Warm Bodies”)

86: Percentage of time wasted in the disappointing “The Counselor”

3: Excellent performances by Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Mud,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”)

2: Starring roles for Leonardo DiCaprio as flawed rich dudes (“The Great Gatsby,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”)

4: Mediocre Saoirse Ronan movies (“Byzantium,” “The Host,” “Violet and Daisy,” “How I Live Now”)

35 minutes: Approximate length of the argument in “Before Midnight” (as far as I recall)

70 minutes: Running time of “Scary Movie V” without credits

7: Zero-star movies (“Upside Down,” “The Book Thief,” “Grown Ups 2,” “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s,” “Spinning Plates,” “The Internship,” “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III”)

5: Four-star movies, if I can include one I should have given four stars (“Spring Breakers,” “Blue is the Warmest Color,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Her,” “Only God Forgives”)
 

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