April 2013 in film + DVD collection update!

Happy May! Here’s the monthly wrap-up for April.

New to me viewings: 36

Re-watches: 10

Total watched this month: 46

Total in 2013 so far: 172

The “new to me” list:

  • The Host (2013)
  • Step On It (1936)
  • Crime Doctor (1943)
  • Just Before Dawn (1946)
  • Millerson Case (1947)
  • Between Two Worlds (1944)
  • The Alphabet Killer (2008)
  • Killer’s Kiss (1955)
  • Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961)
  • The Imposter (2012)
  • Kumare (2011)
  • High School Big Shot (1959)
  • Young and Dangerous (1957)
  • Hideout (1949)
  • Chained for Life (1952)
  • Hiding Out (1987)
  • Big Brown Eyes (1936)
  • Kiss and Make Up (1934)
  • Woman on the Beach (1947)
  • I’ll Take Sweden (1965)
  • The Strange Awakening (1958)
  • The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)
  • Forty Guns (1957)
  • To Paris with Love (1955)
  • Beyond the Darkness (2011)
  • Oh, God! (1977)
  • Curtain Call (1999)
  • Cruel Intentions (1999)
  • Roxie Hart (1942)
  • He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
  • Wings in the Dark (1935)
  • The Brylcreem Boys (1998)
  • Tell It to a Star (1945)
  • The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (1971)
  • Man in the Vault (1956)
  • In the Loop (2009)

Tally by decade:

1920s – 1
1930s – 4
1940s – 10
1950s – 8
1960s – 2
1970s – 2
1980s – 2
1990s – 3
2000s – 6
2010s – 6

Viewing methods:

Amazon Instant – 5
At the theater – 3
DVR/TCM – 11
From my DVD collection – 9
From the library – 2
Netflix Instant – 16

DVD collection update:

A Star is Born (Judy Garland version – bought used at a local record store)

Cary Grant: Screen Legend Collection (B&N DVD sale)

Charade (THANK YOU MOM!)

The Devil Wears Prada (Target cheap-o shelf)

Higher and Higher (starring Frank Sinatra – bought used at a local record shop)

Mad Men Season 5 (FINALLY! – On sale at Target)

Mill Creek 50 Movies: The Nifty Fifties (Cheap-o shelf at Target)

Mill Creek 50 Movies: The Sensational Sixties (Cheap-o shelf at Target)

TCM Screen Legends Collection: Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers ($10 at Target! – The Gay Divorcee, Shall We Dance, Swing Time & Top Hat)

Also today is the local library’s book sale day and I hit the jackpot by finding a copy of Lauren Bacall’s “By Myself,” a book on the making of South Pacific, a free book from the ’70s about nuclear experimentation and a book of Noel Coward’s personal letters… all for the low, low price of $1.75! Expect posts on these books some time in the future since they’re all related to classic film or to social context of the time.

9 thoughts on “April 2013 in film + DVD collection update!

  1. You’ll have to let me know what you think of the two sets from Target, The Nifty Fifties and The Sensational Sixties. I’m curious if any of the entries are in widescreen…and I’m still debating on which decade I’d like to buy!


    1. None of the films I’ve watched so far have been in widescreen. The quality has been comparable to the other Mill Creek sets that I own. My biggest worry in picking up more of them was that I didn’t want to buy a set in which I already owned 30 of the 50 films, but there actually isn’t much overlap. I still want the ’40s, ’70s, ’80s and drive-in classics sets, but they’re all sold out at my Target now!


      1. I own the drive-in classics set, and even though it’s made up of ’70s exploitation and ’80s teen comedies, it’s still a lot of fun in a low-level sort of way…the teen comedies especially, because they take me back to the fun and frolic (and fashions and hairstyles and retail establishments) of Southern California in the 1980s. And as an added bonus, most of the films are presented in widescreen!


        1. Interesting! I would have figured it’d be more ’50s/’60s than ’70s/’80s in that set. Maybe I’ll just get that one and skip the separate ’70s and ’80s sets.


          1. Wait! I goofed! I thought the drive-in set included the 12 films from the ‘Too Cool for School’ collection, but it doesn’t…I got my sets mixed up! Sorry about that…but I still think the drive-in set would be your best bet.

            And I do love that ‘Too Cool for School’ collection…a good deal at $6, if you like corny Crown International teen sex comedies of the 80’s…all in glorious widescreen!


            1. Last time I went to Target they had ONE drive-in set left, so if it’s still there when I’m in that area this weekend I’m going to have to snatch it up. I didn’t even know there was a ‘Too Cool for School’ collection!


              1. I found the ‘TCFS’ collection three years ago in a bargain bin for $3, and since then I’ve been hooked on these Mill Creek sets. And if Target runs out, Amazon has the drive-in set for $7.99, and the ‘TCFS’ set for $6.79!


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