2014 in Review + Five years of movie-tracking!

Every year that I’ve blogged, I’ve done an end-of-the-year wrap-up with some stats regarding my viewing habits.* (See: 2012 | 2013) This year, I’ll be doing the same, with an added bonus! I was reminded, after archiving my “Watched in 2014” list on Listography, that 2014 was my FIFTH YEAR of tracking my viewing. So, in addition to the usual stats, I’ll be doing a little comparison of the past five years (three of which I’ve blogged)!

*Not to be confused with WP’s annual year-in-review.


 

First, a final look at 2014.

Viewing Stats

New to me in 2014: 264

Re-watches in 2014: 52

Ratio of old and new viewing: Approx. 66 new-to-me for every 13 re-watched

Total number of films viewed: 316

Traditionally, I’ve included a “favorite discoveries” list here, but that’ll be getting its own post this year. Keep your eyes peeled!

A few of my 58 theater trips were to the beautiful Redford Theatre, where I hope to catch a greater number of screenings in 2015! (Photo by Lindsey for TMP)

A few of my 58 theater trips were to the beautiful Redford Theatre, where I hope to catch a greater number of screenings in 2015! (Photo by Lindsey for TMP)

Methods of viewing:

  • At the cinema – 58
  • DVR – 13
  • Hulu – 9
  • From my collection – 110
  • Internet Archive – 5
  • Netflix DVD – 7
  • Netflix Instant – 61
  • Redbox – 1
  • TCM/Watch TCM – 49
  • Vimeo – 1
  • Youtube – 2

Tally by decade:

  • 1900s – 1
  • 1910s – 5
  • 1920s – 20
  • 1930s – 45
  • 1940s – 44
  • 1950s – 37
  • 1960s – 12
  • 1970s – 4
  • 1980s – 20
  • 1990s – 11
  • 2000s – 29
  • 2010s – 95

The 2010s take the cake as a decade, with 95 films watched. However, I still watched more classics than modern films — 164 total from the 1900s to 1960s.

My first film viewed in 2014 was 1936's Sitting on the Moon, which apparently set the trend for the year: the 1930s were my most-viewed classic decade! (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

My first film viewed in 2014 was 1936’s Sitting on the Moon, which apparently set the trend for the year: the 1930s were my most-viewed classic decade! (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

Films seen on the big screen, listed alphabetically:

  • 3 Days to Kill (2014)
  • 22 Jump Street (2014)
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
  • The Best of Me (2014)
  • Beyond the Lights (2014)
  • Blended (2014)
  • Brick Mansions (2014)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • Chef (2014)
  • Christmas Vacation (1989)
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
  • DisneyNature Bears (2014)
  • Divergent (2014) – Seen in theaters twice
  • Draft Day (2014)
  • The Drop (2014)
  • Earth to Echo (2014)
  • Endless Love (2014)
  • The Equalizer (2014)
  • Expendables 3 (2014)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
  • Fury (2014)
  • The Gambler (2014)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • The Giver (2014)
  • Gone Girl (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Her (2013)
  • Hercules (2014)
  • Horrible Bosses (2014)
  • The Hundred Foot Journey (2014)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I (2014)
  • The Imitation Game (2014)
  • Interstellar (2014)
  • Jersey Boys (2014)
  • Labor Day (2014)
  • Let’s Be Cops (2014)
  • Lucy (2014)
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  • The Maze Runner (2014)
  • Million Dollar Arm (2014)
  • The Monuments Men (2014)
  • Nebraska (2013)
  • Need for Speed (2014)
  • Neighbors (2014)
  • Nightcrawler (2014)
  • Noah (2014)
  • Non-Stop (2014)
  • The November Man (2014)
  • The Other Woman (2014)
  • The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
  • St. Vincent (2014)
  • The Theory of Everything (2014)
  • Think Like a Man 2 (2014)
  • Top Five (2014)
  • Whiplash (2014)
  • Wild (2014)

Bloggy Things

Top 5 pre-’70 movie posts, based on number of views in 2014:

Top 5 post-’70 movie posts, based on number of views in 2014:

*Fun fact: This is actually my most-viewed post of all time, and consistently ranks as the highest-viewed post in the daily stats!

Top 5 TV posts, based on number of views in 2014:

Though none of my Dick Van Dyke Show "Recap and React" posts made the top five, the co-star of the series, Mary Tyler Moore, proved popular with TMP's readers! (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

Though none of my Dick Van Dyke Show “Recap and React” posts made the top five, the co-star of the series, Mary Tyler Moore, proved popular with TMP’s readers! (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

Top month of blog views: November – 10,744 views!
2014 was a year of big views for TMP! Two months (October and November) passed the 10,000 mark, and even the lowest viewing month (February) got a whopping 6,493 views. There were 99,255 total views in 2014 – up by over 35,000 compared to 2013! Thank you all, new readers and old, for your support of TMP!


 

Did I meet 2014’s goals?

My goals for 2014 were as follows:

  1. Finish watching the Slapstick Encyclopedia and publish the planned 11-part series covering it.
  2. Aim for one Mill Creek Musings posts each week, so the project will progress faster.
  3. Continue (and hopefully FINALLY finish!) the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project
  4. Host another blogathon or two!
  5. Again, watch more world cinema!
  6. Finish at least 75% of the books on my TBR pile. (I’m off to a good start! I finished The Chaperone, read the books on South Pacific and Ben-Hur, read the Jean Harlow filmography book and started Springer’s book on musicals to kick off the year.)

And, my progress…

  1. I did finish the Slapstick Encyclopedia, and posted reviews of every film! Here’s the wrap-up.
  2. I did well with this for most of the year, but it kind of fizzled out near the end. I know I use grad school as an excuse all the time, but hey… it’s grad school. I’ll pick the Mill Creek viewing back up in 2015.
  3. I didn’t host any blogathons, but I did participate in a few! TMP took part in five blogathons in 2014:
    1967 in Film Blogathon
    The Classic Movie History Project
    The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon
    SleuthathonWorld War I in Classic Film
  4. Failure! I watched a few, but not a lot.
  5. Failure, failure, failure. I did read quite a few books from this list, and I read quite a few film books in general, which I’m proud of, but I didn’t hit that 75% goal.

I won’t be setting goals this year, because my resolution for the year is to put less pressure on myself in all aspects of life… including hobbies, like blogging!


FIVE YEARS OF MOVIE-TRACKING!

How did 2014 compare to previous years?

A comparison of my past five years of movie-watching!

A comparison of my past five years of movie-watching!

*I didn’t begin differentiating between new/re-watch in the list until 2011, so those stats aren’t available for 2010.

I may never top 2012, my first year of blogging, during which I watched over 600 films. That seems crazy to me now, but it was certainly a fun year for viewing! Our most recent year, 2014, was my second-lowest in terms of number of films viewed, but also had the fewest re-watches. And, as you can see in the chart above, though my total viewing number has been a little bit all over the place, my re-watch number has steadily decreased. I’ve become addicted to discovering new-to-me flicks!


This post has been a little bit massive — thanks for sticking with it, if you’ve made it this far. Here’s to another great year of viewing and movie-tracking!

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “2014 in Review + Five years of movie-tracking!

  1. Todd Benefiel says:

    Dang, you sure do have me beat in movie watching, and movie reviewing! Although I can proudly say I’m averaging one movie watched per day in 2015! And I see you went to the 30th anniversary screening of ‘Ghostbusters’…me too. Sadly, that was my last movie seen in a theater last year, way back in September! Keep up the good work, Lindsey!

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    • Lindsey says:

      Wow, that’s a long time without a theater trip! My amount of theater visits definitely picked up in 2014 — I feel strange now if I go more than a week without visiting my beloved Emagine multiplex.

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