October 2013 in film + DVD collection update!

New-to-me viewings: 42

Re-watches: 4

Total for October: 46

Total for 2013 thus far: 366

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The list of new-to-me films:

  • The Living Ghost (1942)
  • Santa Fe Trail (1940)
  • Behave Yourself! (1951)
  • Open Range (2003)
  • Dames (1934)
  • Busby Berkeley’s Kaleidoscopic Eyes (Short doc, 2006)
  • And She Learned About Dames (Short, 1934)
  • Good Morning, Eve (Short, 1934)
  • Melody Master: Don Redman and His Orchestra (Short, 1934)
  • I Only Have Eyes For You (Cartoon short, 1937)
  • Those Beautiful Dames (Cartoon short, 1934)
  • Gravity (2013)
  • The Gunfighter (1950)
  • Winchester ’73 (1950)
  • Ponette (1996)
  • Ghoulies (1985)
  • Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)
  • California Firebrand (1948)
  • Doctor in the House (1954)
  • Cleanflix (2009)
  • The Lone Gun (1954)
  • Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)
  • The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955)
  • Lydia (1941)
  • Belle of the Yukon (1944)
  • Cloudburst (1951)
  • New Year’s Evil (1980)
  • Certo, certissimo, anzi… probabile (1969)
  • The Stuff (1985)
  • Captain Phillips (2013)
  • The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957)
  • The Whole Town’s Talking (1935)
  • Passing Parade No. 15: Trifles of Importance (Short, 1940)
  • The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
  • Gun Street (1961)
  • Days of Jesse James (1939)
  • The Dead (1987)
  • The Awakening (2011)
  • Last Kind Words (2012)
  • Escape by Night (1960)
  • The Grace Lee Project (2005)
  • Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

Viewing methods:

  • From my collection: 4
  • From the library: 11
  • On the big screen: 3
  • Netflix Instant: 22
  • TV/DVR: 6

By decade:

  • 1920s: 1
  • 1930s: 8
  • 1940s: 7
  • 1950s: 10
  • 1960s: 5
  • 1980s: 4
  • 1990s: 1
  • 2000s: 6
  • 2010s: 4

DVD collection update:

  • Beethoven Triple Feature (Beethoven, Beethoven’s 2nd, Beethoven’s 3rd) – I JUST REALLY LOVE PUPPIES, OKAY? And it was only $4.
  • The Adventures of Milo & Otis – Another cheap puppy movie. I wore out the VHS of this when I was a kid and haven’t seen it in forever… so you can probably expect a Childhood Favorites Revisited post on it!
  • The Adjustment Bureau – Gift from my mom (Thanks, mom!)
  • The Break-Up – My sister and I could have sworn that we owned this on DVD. We kept catching bits and pieces of it on cable and, after consulting my list and realizing that we didn’t actually own it, we picked up a cheap copy at Target.
  • Ponette – Another gift from my mom (Thanks, mom!)

I got a couple of Blu-rays as gifts from my dad (Thanks, dad!): Contraband (more a gift for himself haha, but I am the keeper of the movies), Saturday Night Fever/Grease double feature and the 75th Anniversary Edition of The Wizard of Oz!

Finally, I got my hands on quite a few Shirley Temple films on VHS. I was gifted twenty VHS tapes, some still in the shrink-wrap. The films are: Baby Take a Bow, Bright Eyes, Captain January, Curly Top, Dimples, Heidi, Just Around the Corner, The Little Colonel, Little Miss Broadway, Little Miss Marker, The Littlest Rebel, Now and Forever, Our Little Girl, two copies of Poor Little Rich Girl, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Stowaway, Susannah of the Mounties, Wee Willy Winkie and Young People. Provided my dusty ol’ VHS player still works, I’ll be doing a series of reviews on these films. Huge thank you to Danny Contreras for giving these tapes to me!

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13 thoughts on “October 2013 in film + DVD collection update!

  1. I’m really impressed by your new Shirley Temple collection. Sounds like you’ve hit the motherlode!

    Ii read Shirley Temple Black’s autobiography this summer, which I really enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to your review of the movies she talked about that I haven’t seen.

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      • Do you ever sleep? You go to school, you take classes, you watch a gazillion movies a month… and now you want to tackle thick autobiographies.

        At the risk of sounding like your mother, I hope you’re keeping your strength up by taking vitamins and eating your vegetables.

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        • Haha, I sleep plenty, actually! I’ve just become very good at staying organized and scheduling my time efficiently. I naturally work at a pretty fast pace, too — I’m always weeks ahead on readings and assignments. I’m sure it will become much more of a struggle when I start grad school in January!

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  2. I think I see ‘Open Range’ on that list up there…can’t wait to hear what you think! And cool that you now own ‘The Adjustment Bureau’…same here, and it’s one of my favorites of that year. Have you seen it before?

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    • Yep! My mom and I saw it at the matinee together and both really enjoyed it. I haven’t seen it again since then, so I’m excited to give it another watch.

      Open Range review will be up on the 14th!

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      • Cool! I’m feverishly working on getting my blog up and running again by January 1st, and I’ve got a few other things going on (like a move to San Diego in the next month or so), so I apologize for the delinquency of some of my comments to your posts!

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  3. I found Cleanflix as a documentary to be very entertaining, but the actual subject matter it documented was appalling to me. Then again, I’m upset that censorship prevailed for nearly the first half of cinema history. What did you think about it?

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    • I’m glad Cleanflix and its imitators were forced to shut down. If you don’t agree with the content of a movie you just should avoid it altogether, not pirate it and chop it up until it’s censored as you see fit.

      As for censorship in classic cinema, I’m more on the fence. I don’t agree with the concept of censorship, of course, but the fact that people found such clever ways to work around it is one of the things I love most about watching films from that period. That creativity and subtlety, especially in comedy, was lost with the death of the Code.

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      • Yeah, I prefer to think that the writers would have been just as clever without the existence of the Production Code, but the truth is they probably would not have been. So at least something positive came out of it.

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        • I’m sure they would still have been very clever — the pre-code era is evidence of that. But the fact that they had to work around the regulations forced them to think out of the box more than they would have otherwise. The jokes had to be tongue-in-cheek but they were still so very effective. I just love the style of humor that resulted from it.

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