Films in 2015: A Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed us by, but here we are, at the start of 2016 — time for TMP’s annual Year in Review viewing wrap-up! (Say that ten times fast.) In last year’s review, I mentioned that I had been tracking my viewing for five years, so 2015 continued that tradition for a sixth year. It was also my fourth year of blogging (TMP’s anniversary is coming up on January 18!), and I watched a ton of great stuff! Let’s take a look at the year’s stats.

Viewing Stats

New to me in 2015: 268

Re-watches in 2015: 61

Total number of films viewed in 2015: 329

About 13 new-to-me flicks for for every 3 re-watches.

Methods of viewing:

  • Amazon Instant Video – 6
  • At the cinema -49
  • DVR (non-TCM) – 13
  • From my collection – 68
  • From family collections – 2
  • From the library – 1
  • Hulu – 20
  • Internet Archive – 8
  • Netflix DVD rental – 11
  • Netflix streaming – 35
  • Roku free movie channels – 1
  • TCM/WatchTCM – 98
  • Warner Archive Instant – 4
  • YouTube – 13

TCM and their streaming service, WatchTCM, earned most of my attention this year (by a landslide) with 98 viewings, though I was also surprised to find when compiling these numbers that I visited the theater 49 times this year. That’s almost once a week!

Tally by decade:

  • 1900s – 0
  • 1910s – 1
  • 1920s – 13
  • 1930s – 57
  • 1940s – 75
  • 1950s – 45
  • 1960s – 18
  • 1970s – 2
  • 1980s – 4
  • 1990s – 6
  • 2000s – 26
  • 2010s – 82

I’m surprised that my most-viewed decade is the current one, though I guess I shouldn’t be with so many trips to the theater! (Some of those theater trips were to revival showings, but the majority were new releases.) Even with the hefty number of 21st century films, only about 36% of my viewings were from the 1970s or later.

The Best and the Worst

As any avid viewer knows, when it comes to discovering new-to-you films, you win some and you lose some.

The year’s winners, earning instant-favorite “5/5!” or “SUPER FIVE” ratings:
Born to Kill (1947)
Dear Murderer (1947)
First a Girl (1935)
Goodbye Again (1933)
It Started with Eve (1941)
Lured (1947)
Orphée (1949)
The Shock (1923)
The Tall Target (1951)
The Window (1949)

Ten instant favorites discovered this year, two of which were from 1949, and three from 1947. Now, the year’s losers, earning scores of zero to one out of five:
Bridal Suite (1939)
Claudia and David (1946)
Cottage to Let (1941)
Haunted Honeymoon (1940)
The Intruder (1933)
Noose for a Gunman (1960)
Top of the World (1955)

Blog Stats & Most-Viewed

Total views for the year: 118,994! What?!

Best month in views: December with 11,323. Woah!

Top 5 old movie features, based on number of views in 2015:

Top 5 pre-’70 reviews, based on number of views in 2015:

Top 5 post-’70 movie posts, based on number of views in 2015:

Top 5 classic/period TV posts, based on number of views in 2015:

Top 5 bookish posts, based on number of views in 2015:

This post wraps up TMP’s three-day reflection on the past year in blogging, viewing, and movie-loving, which means that tomorrow we’ll start a brand new year of reviews, features, and “Favorite Things.” Happy 2016!

One thought on “Films in 2015: A Year in Review

  1. A very good year of movie-watching, Lindsey! Hope your 2016 is just as prolific, and I’ll do my best to be there for each and every post. And by the way, I like the new look and layout of the site!


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