Films in 2012: March wrap up!

Today is April Fools’ Day, but there will be no jokes here at TMP. The first of the month means it’s time to get down to business and check out the previous month in film!

New to me: 40

Repeats of old favorites: 15

Total watched in March: 55 (Theater trips: 2/55)

I watched more films this month than I did in January or February. Hurrah! I’m surprised by this, since I did a heck of a lot of leisure reading this month as well and encountered the ultra-fun rush to get all of my term papers finished. I didn’t meet my goal of hitting the 150 mark for the year, but I did come pretty close. Quite a few re-watches were done this month, thanks in part to my finally acquiring The Complete Thin Man Box Set, which I absolutely LOVE. My two trips to the theater were to see the same film: The Hunger Games, of course.

Total watched in 2012 so far: 148

The March list (Full 2012 list can be viewed at Listography):

  • Convoy (1978)*
  • Catching Hell (2011)*
  • The Hunger Games (2012)
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Woman (1958)*
  • Pocahontas (1995)
  • Life or Something Like It (2002)*
  • Tortilla Heaven (2007)*
  • The Common Law (1931)
  • This Gun for Hire (1942)
  • Breakfast for Two (1937)
  • Campus Rhythm (1943)
  • Tell It to the Judge (1949)
  • The Hunger Games (2012)
  • American Violet (2008)*
  • Shattered Glass (2003)
  • The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  • Alice Adams (1935)
  • Havana Widows (1933)
  • “Johnny Belinda” (1948)
  • I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
  • The Heiress (1949)
  • The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
  • Flying Down to Rio (1933)
  • Jack Frost (1998)
  • Grease (1978)
  • Of Two Minds (2012, TV)
  • Urban Cowboy (1980)
  • Executive Suite (1954)
  • Idiocracy (2006)
  • Smoke Signals (1998)
  • Daisy Kenyon (1947)
  • Caged! (1950)
  • Blues in the Night (1941)
  • Bedside Manner (1945)
  • Banjo On My Knee (1936)
  • Mighty Joe Young (1998)
  • Dancing Mothers (1926)
  • Blue-Eyed Butcher (2012, TV)
  • Hope Floats (1998)
  • Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
  • O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
  • Anna Christie (1930)
  • William Powell: A True Gentleman (2005)
  • Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To (1990)
  • Song of the Thin Man (1947)
  • The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)
  • Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
  • Another Thin Man (1939)
  • After the Thin Man (1936)
  • The Thin Man (1934)
  • The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)*
  • The Rainmaker (1956)
  • Betsey’s Wedding (1990)
  • Sommersby (1993)

*These reviews are not written up yet, but will be posted as part of a new series, “Reviews in a line or two.” I don’t have much to say about any of them and want to get right into my April “to watch” list, so I’m going to keep the reviews short and sweet.

Five favorite discoveries: Smoke Signals (1998), The Hunger Games (2012), The Heiress (1949), Daisy Kenyon (1947) and most importantly Johnny Belinda (1948). I watched a lot of really great films this month, so it was hard to narrow it down to five! And it goes without saying that the Thin Man films I hadn’t seen are pretty high up there as well.

Five disappointments: Tell It to the Judge (1949), Betsy’s Wedding (1990), Written on the Wind (1956), Alice Adams (1935) and Bedside Manner (1945). There weren’t any huge disappointments this month — I actually enjoyed all of these films at least somewhat. But with so many great films in the mix, these just didn’t live up to their potential for me.

The breakdown by decade:

  • 1920s – 1
  • 1930s – 10
  • 1940s – 11
  • 1950s – 6
  • 1960s – 1
  • 1970s – 2
  • 1980s – 3
  • 1990s – 8
  • 2000s – 7
  • 2010s – 6
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