September 2013 in film + DVD collection update and little announcements!

September has flown past us, and in approximately two and a half months I’ll be graduating from college. (Scary!) Then I’ll be starting grad school, to which I was accepted this month. (Even scarier!) Not quite so scary are the stats for this month of movie watching, so lets all calm ourselves and have a look at the past 30 days in film.

New-to-me viewings: 42

Re-watches: 3

Total for the month: 45

Total for 2013 thus far: 320

September 1954 Girl Scouts calendar (via scouts.elysiumgates.com)
September 1954 Girl Scouts calendar (via scouts.elysiumgates.com)

The new-to-me list:

  1. Pizza My Heart (2005)
  2. Five Steps to Danger (1957)
  3. Our Idiot Brother (2011)
  4. Good Time Girl (1948)
  5. Mermaids (1990)
  6. It’s All Over Town (1963)
  7. Move Over, Darling (1963)
  8. I Love You Again (1940)
  9. One Too Many (1916)
  10. The Lady Says No (1951)
  11. Young Guns (1988)
  12. New Shoes (1936)
  13. Ich möchte kein Mann sein (1918)
  14. A Cold Wind in August (1961)
  15. The Black Sleep (1956)
  16. Riddick (2013)
  17. Blue Crush 2 (2011)
  18. September 30, 1955 (1977)
  19. The Reinactors (2008)
  20. Redhead (1934)
  21. Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance (1994)
  22. How to Be a Serial Killer (2008)
  23. Young Adult (2011)
  24. Daydream Nation (2010)
  25. The Clairvoyant (1934)
  26. Don Jon (2013)
  27. Simply Irresistible (1999)
  28. The Cat and the Canary (1927)
  29. The Wrong Mr. Fox (1917)
  30. Mr. Flip (1909)
  31. Alkali Ike’s Auto (1911)
  32. Fox Trot Finesse (1915)
  33. A Cure for Pokeritis (1912)
  34. Be My Wife (1921)
  35. A Natural Born Gambler (1916)
  36. Mabel’s Dramatic Career (1913)
  37. Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life (1913)
  38. The Rounders (1914)
  39. A Muddy Romance (1913)
  40. A Movie Star (1916)
  41. Teddy at the Throttle (1917)
  42. The Dalton Girls (1957)

Note: many of the films I watched late in the month are silent shorts… so while 45 may seem like a big number for this month (especially considering I’m back in school), I was able to watch nearly 15 of these shorts in a single night — in fact, in just a few hours! Without the shorts this would have been a somewhat slow month since I’ve been bogged down with coursework. (Remind me again why I didn’t give myself an easy final semester?)

Viewing methods:

  • Amazon Instant Video – 2
  • Big screen – 3
  • My collection – 18
  • Netflix DVD – 1
  • Netflix Instant – 19
  • In class – 1
  • TV/DVR – 1

By decade:

  • 1900s – 1
  • 1910s – 13
  • 1920s – 2
  • 1930s – 4
  • 1940s – 3
  • 1950s – 4
  • 1960s – 3
  • 1970s – 1
  • 1980s – 1
  • 1990s – 4
  • 2000s – 3
  • 2010s – 6

DVD collection update
almost made it through September without a single DVD collection addition, which would have made my first-ever two month streak of no DVD buying in the past couple of years. I still did pretty well at sticking to a semi-ban, purchasing three bargain DVDs and receiving one as a gift from my mom. The films are:

  • The Awful Truth – Continuing in my journey of Cary Grant complete-ism, this was a long overdue addition to the collection. Now I don’t have to keep a copy from TCM saved on my DVR anymore!
  • Carolina – I saw this on Netflix last year and loved it. Couldn’t pass it up when I found it for less than $5.
  • Simply Irresistible – This wild and wacky 1999 rom-com was gifted to me by my mom, who said it was the weirdest movie she’d ever seen aside from the time I made her watch Lady in a Cage. Keep an eye out for a review of this one soon.
  • Wings – Another long overdue addition, one of my favorite Clara Bow films! I was holding out for the Blu-ray, but the DVD was on serious clearance at Barnes & Noble and I couldn’t help myself.

Tiny announcement!
I’ve decided to, for the second year in a row, cook up the one-woman movie-fest known as HORROR HALF-WEEK. You may remember that last year, Halloween week, I looked at four horror flicks from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. This time around I’m looking at the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s as well as providing recommendations of spooky films and spooky songs in a special edition of What to Watch! This four-day event will take place October 28 – 31. THIS IS NOT A BLOGATHON but I would like to invite those of you who have your own blogs to join in on the fun if you’d like. (I know a lot of people have already signed on for Halloween-themed blogging events, so no pressure.) Stick to my decades or pick your own series of decades. Write about any films you’d like, and you don’t have to claim them or let me know ahead of time, since — I repeat — this is not an organized blogathon. Anything goes, no rules.

Another tiny announcement!
Beginning some time in the near-ish future, probably in December, I’m going to start publishing a series called “Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns.” (The title is not creative at all, I realize.) Basically, what I’m going to do is subject myself to hours and hours of my least favorite film genre in order to see if I can find a few films that increase my appreciation of it. I’ve got my Netflix queue loaded up with a couple of films to kick off the series, but I want your input on what I should watch, so please leave Western movie suggestions in the comments here and I’ll pop them onto my “to watch” list. Bonus points if they’re available on Netflix, the Internet Archive or Amazon Prime.

One more!
I made an account on Letterboxd so feel free to add me there if you’ve got one. :) I also reluctantly reactivated my Facebook page for grad school networking purposes, so TMP has a page there now. New posts are automatically sent there but I also have posted a “Name that movie!” guessing game, updates to the Top Film of the Week feature that most of you probably didn’t even know I had on the front page of TMP, and a fun little ditty called “Hilariously Awful Netflix Poster of the Week.” You can find the link in the right-hand sidebar over there ——->

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10 thoughts on “September 2013 in film + DVD collection update and little announcements!

  1. Oh Lindsey, you already KNOW which Western I want you to watch: The Gunfighter, of course. But if you’d like some secondary choices, I’ll throw in some of my favorites: Winchester ’73, Red River (an awesome moment with Joanne Dru and an Indian arrow), The Outlaw Josey Wales, and a dark horse pick that my Dad and I really love, Open Range. All are available to rent from Netflix, but none to stream, so I don’t think I get any bonus points.

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    1. You can have half bonus points — I have DVD delivery and streaming, but since I share the DVD queue with two family members it takes me a while to get stuff haha. I will add all of these too my watch list, though, and check for them at the library so I can see them sooner. :)

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        1. My library has all of those except Red River, and they’re all checked in! I’ll have to see if I can make a trip up there this weekend.

          Luckily for Todd #884, there will be no refund showdown this time. I know going into this series of posts that I’m not going to like every film, so it would be unfair of me to request refunds. (Plus it’s impossible to refund a free library rental… unless you hold the secret to time travel and can refund my two hours of viewing.)

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          1. I suggest an all-night ‘Todd’s Western Favorites’ marathon this Saturday…they’re all too cool to limit to just one per night! And that way, if you hate them all, you’ve taken care of the pain all at once…just like ripping off a Band-Aid.

            And I do hold the secret to time travel, but unfortunately, I’m not willing to share that secret at this time.

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            1. I do love a good themed movie marathon, so I’ll see if I can! I should be able to make it to the library on Friday but I’m not sure I’ll have time for all four films on Saturday. Depends on how much coursework I get done over the next couple of days.

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                1. Movies = important, coursework = equally important… partially because I’m a perfectionist about my GPA and partially because it’ll help me get more money for grad school haha. I will squeeze in at least a few viewings on Saturday though :)

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    1. Classics of the Corn remains a favorite of mine too, and a priority. :) Unfortunately I haven’t been running across as many corny films as I’d like to lately, but I do have a few more drafted and will continue on the hunt.

      Thank you for the well-wishes regarding grad school! I’m very nervous but also very happy to be starting something new.

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