#52PickUp 2017- A Retrospective

Well shit, that was an interesting failure, huh?

I began the second year of revisiting childhood films, once per week NOT wanting to do it at all. The process of writing about each film was a chore and it wasn’t fun. I had held myself to it for 2016 because I had this newfound love of completing things. And yet, when I started 2017’s version, I had come across an equally strong hatred for the series.

But I persisted and kept the posts coming, while also talking about them on our podcast, Not Quite Hollywood. I enjoyed that segment better because it was more of a conversation about the film and not just me writing in solitary.

Then in late October, I decided to end the podcast, and with it, the discussion of the #52PickUp of the week. I had my friend Kevin on, and he asked me if the others watched the retro film as well. I told them that they rarely did, and after recording, he said the podcast had hit a wall, where I just rambled on for five to ten minutes with no interaction.

He had a point. Then, I realized that the whole show had been askew and I made the decision to stop recording immediately.

Nevertheless, I continued to watch the film that I had set out to watch and finished watching all Fifty-two of them. Here is the complete list along with another snazzy collection of logos.

It goes without saying that I will never do this series in this way (or perhaps at all) ever again. Sometimes, you have to kill your little darlings, especially if they’re horribly deformed and are a bane to my your existence. A thinly veiled metaphor, indeed. No one will suspect a thing…


1.  D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) [My Not Quite Hollywood Take]

2. Overnight Delivery (1998) [NQH]

3. Cool Runnings (1993) [NQH]

4. Small Soldiers (1998) [NQH]

5. Suburban Commando (1991) [NQH]

6. Little Monsters (1989) [NQH]

7. Mousehunt (1997) [NQH]

8. Maximum Overdrive (1986) [NQH]

9. George of the Jungle (1997) [NQH]

10. Batman: The Movie (1966) [NQH]

11. Eraser (1995) [NQH]

12. Rookie of the Year (1993) [NQH]

13. Waterworld (1995) [NQH] <–THIS IS THE BIG ONE WHERE WE TALK ABOUT THE #52PickUp Series as a topic!

14. A Goofy Movie (1995) [NQH]

15. Happy Gilmore (1996) [NQH]

16. E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982) [NQH]

17. Lake Placid (1999) [NQH]

18. Timecop (1994) [NQH]

19. Bio-Dome (1996) [NQH]

20. Alien: Resurrection (1997) [NQH]

21. 3 Ninjas (1992) [NQH]

22. Swordfish (2001) [NQH]

23. Harry and the Hendersons (1987) [NQH]

24. Coneheads (1993) [NQH]

25. The Addams Family (1991) [NQH]

26. Superman III (1987) [NQH]

27. My Girl (1991) [NQH]

28. Free Willy (1993) [NQH]

29. Police Academy (1984) [NQH]

30. Office Space (1999) [NQH]

31. Veronica 2030 (1999) [NQH]

32. Pet Semetary (1989) [NQH]

33. Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991) [NQH]

34. Airplane! (1980) [NQH]

35. Rocketman (1997) [NQH]

36. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) [NQH]

37. Arachnophobia (1990) [NQH]

38. House II: The Second Story (1987) [NQH]

39. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987) [NQH]

40. Prom Night 3: The Last Kiss (1990) [NQH]

41. Hocus Pocus (1993) [NQH]

42. The Frighteners (1996) [NQH]

43. Scream (1996) [NQH]

44. Halloween (1978) [NQH]

45. Steel (1997) [Sadness]

46. Encino Man (1992)

47. True Lies (1994)

48. Problem Child (1990)

49. Camp Nowhere (1994)

50. Major Payne (1995)

51. Jingle All the Way (1997)

52. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

52PickUp Retrospective2017

Top Three Years:

1st- 1993/ 1997: 5 each

2nd- 1987/ 1991/ 1995/: 4 each 

3rd- 1990/ 1994/ 1996/ 1999: 3 each 

-Jamie (@GuyOnAWire)

If anyone is still wondering what this series was about, then click here.




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