New-to-me viewings: 25

Re-watches: 10

Total for July: 35

Total for 2014 thus far: 194

New-to-me list:

  • Love Island (1952)
  • The White Orchid (1954)
  • The Seventh Sign (1988)
  • Short Circuit (1986)
  • This Magic Moment (2013)
  • High Tide at Noon (1957)
  • Earth to Echo (2014)
  • 21 Jump Street (2012)
  • The Baxter (2005)
  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
  • Lady Gangster (1942)
  • The Rebound (2009)
  • Best Man Down (2012)
  • Sweetie (1989)
  • You Said a Mouthful (1932)
  • Cairo (1942)
  • White Gorilla (1945)
  • The Head (1959)
  • Wings: Grandeur in the Sky (2012)
  • Winner Take All (1932)
  • Wagon Master (1950)
  • Gun Fever (1958)
  • Lucy (2014)
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
  • Broadcast News (1987)

My favorite discovery of the month, by a mile, was Broadcast News. This film had been sitting in my Netflix queue for quite a while and I’m disappointed in myself for waiting so long to watch it. It’s fantastic and will be getting a full review some time down the road. Another highlight of the month was my re-watch of Wings for an upcoming blogathon. I fall a little bit more in love with that film every time I re-watch it!

Viewing methods:

  • At the cinema – 3
  • From my DVD collection – 15
  • Netflix Instant – 7
  • DVR (non-TCM movies) – 3
  • TCM/WatchTCM – 7

By decade:

  • 1910s – 0
  • 1920s – 1
  • 1930s – 3
  • 1940s – 5
  • 1950s – 10
  • 1960s – 1
  • 1970s – 0
  • 1980s – 4
  • 1990s – 0
  • 2000s – 4
  • 2010s – 7

DVD collection update

July was my birthday month so I got quite a bit of stuff. Some were gifts, some were purchases justified by the logic of “Hey, it’s my birthday!” I’m just going to do a quick run-through of the titles with notes about how I got them. Sorry the special features aren’t listed this month — I don’t have the time to dig the DVDs out of their stacks today!

  • Fistful of Dollars (Gift to Self – Bargain)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Gift to Self  – Bargain)
  • Hell on Wheels Season 3 (Gift from Dad)
  • Jesse James (Gift to Self – Bargain)
  • The King’s Speech (Gift from Mom)
  • Like Water for Chocolate (Gift to Self – Bargain)
  • Miller’s Crossing (Gift to Self – Bargain)
  • National Lampoon’s European Vacation (Gift to Self – Bargain)
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (Gift to Self – Bargain – Now I own the original AND the remake!)
  • Pretty Little Liars Season 2 (Gift to self – $5 off birthday coupon from WB Shop!)
  • Pretty Little Liars Season 3 (Gift to self – Discount, but not bargain $14 – Gift to self!)
  • We’re the Millers (Blu – Gift from Dad to himself, but I am the collection keeper, so it’s getting catalogued)

A quick note for August’s blogging!

I may end up taking a little break or missing a few days of blogging in the second half of the month. On August 15 I’m leaving for a rustic camping trip, and while I’ll have access to WiFi when we go into town, I will be without electricity to charge any of my electronic devices. I’ve got car chargers and a WordPress app on my phone, so I may be able to pull it off, but I can’t promise I won’t miss any days! Last year I was able to have a pre-written post up every day during my camping trip, but I was also staying at a modern campground with electrical hookups.

At the very least, I will commit to making that week’s Summer Under the Stars recommendation post (which is already drafted and ready to go). I hope not to miss any days, but I thought I’d give you all some warning just in case. I haven’t missed a day of blogging since 2012, so it would be weird if I disappeared for a few days without a word!

From now until August 15 blogging will continue as normal, and after the trip, TMP will return to its normally-schedule programming on August 25.