N ormally, I don't keep track of such things as the number of movies I see.
But each year around this time, when the Golden Globe and Oscar nominees are named, I wish I had.
Not so much for the numbers, but as reminders so that I might reasonably evaluate the movies I've seen. I'm getting older, you see, and if I don't write things down, the odds are pretty good I might forget about them altogether.
So this year -- I'm talking about 2012 -- I did keep a list.
And I'm glad I did because there is no way I would have guessed I'd seen more than 70 films in the movie theater.
I'm sure there are plenty of people living in York County who see that many movies every year, or more.
Mike and Peg Keesey, for example -- yes, the Mike Keesey who used to be the boys' basketball coach at York Catholic -- probably see more movies each year than I do. Or, at least as many.
Still, more than 70 movies in a year -- that's better than one a week, on average -- is higher than most, I suspect.
It's a sign I don't have much of a life, I guess. But I could be doing worse things with my time. Of that, I'm certain.
Anyway, this has been a good movie year for me. Of the five films nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama for the Golden Globe this year, I've seen four. Of the nine nominated for Best Picture by the Oscars, I've seen six.
In the Best Motion Picture comedy or musical division, I've seen three of the five nominated for the Golden Globe.
That's better than most years, when it seems like there always are two or three movies that either don't make it to York or I miss them for some reason.
Interestingly enough, if I ranked the movies I actually saw this year on the basis of pure enjoyment or entertainment, there were a couple I'd have ranked pretty high that were not nominated for the Golden Globe and/or Oscar awards.
I really enjoyed "The Hunger Games," for instance. It was the best-viewed movie for four straight weeks in the United States -- the first film since "Avatar" to accomplish that. And by year's end, it was still one of the top-10 highest grossing films for 2012.
But the experts ignored it.
The biggest disappointment for me was that the Academy of Motion Pictures completely overlooked "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which I thought was easily one of the three best pictures I'd seen last year. In fact, I went to see it twice. I rarely do that if I have to pay for the ticket.
Both movies might have been hurt by the fact they were released in March and April, pretty early in the year for people to remember perhaps when it's time to give out the awards.
Same goes, I think, for a really good movie titled "Being Flynn," starring Robert DeNiro, which came out in March. It received no notice, either.
Now I can nit-pick the lists of nominations just like everyone else, because that's the great thing about us humans, we all like different things and we draw the line at different places.
But I'm not going to do that. I'll say just two things: 1) As much as I enjoyed "Les Miserables," -- and I enjoyed it immensely -- it is not the best musical ever put on film. I know that's how it's being promoted, but it's simply not true. One of the best? Perhaps in the top five or so.
But before you get too carried away with yourself about its greatness, I'd encourage you to rent a copy of "Singin' in the Rain," or "Jesus Christ Superstar," or "West Side Story," or "The Sound of Music," or "Cabaret," or even "The Wizard of Oz."
And 2) "Lincoln," was easily the best movie made last year. And you don't even have to be a history buff to recognize that.
If you haven't seen it, you should. It's still playing in the theaters. As history epics go, it's as close to the real deal as a movie can get. It's as honest a portrayal of a time, place, circumstance and people as I've ever seen.
Normally, in historical films, the critics and historians have a field day criticizing the lack of accuracy and pointing out all of the mistakes. But even they have been hard-pressed to criticize the historical integrity of this film.
And if Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't win the Oscar/Golden Globe for best performance by an actor, I'd say he got robbed.
Of course, I said the same thing about American Idol performers that I thought were sure things -- Jessica Sanchez, Crystal Bowersox, Adam Lambert and Katharine McPhee, for example -- and none of them won, so I wouldn't bet any money based on my assessments.
But I can't imagine anyone giving a better performance than Day-Lewis. In fact, as I watched the movie, it almost felt like the real Abraham Lincoln was on the screen doing his thing.
Day-Lewis was just that good.
Columns by Larry A. Hicks, Dispatch columnist, run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.