January 2016 in Film

If I could choose one word to describe 2016 thus far it would be “hectic.” Despite this, I managed to do quite a bit of viewing over the past thirty-one days, as I somehow always do. Let’s take a look at the titles and numbers!

New-to-me viewings: 31

Re-watches: 2

TOTAL FOR JANUARY: 33

TOTAL FOR 2016, SO FAR: 33

The new-to-me list:

  • Right Cross (1950)
  • The Long Night (1947)
  • Love is News (1937)
  • That Wonderful Urge (1948)
  • Another Dawn (1937)
  • Silver Dollar (1932)
  • Imitation of Life (1934)
  • Words and Music (1948)
  • Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
  • The Reformer and the Readhead (1950)
  • The First Auto (1927)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Scene of the Crime (1949)
  • The Girl in White (1952)
  • Mildred Pierce (miniseries, 2011)
  • Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story (2001)
  • Ex Machina (2015)
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
  • The Big Short (2015)
  • My Favorite Brunette (1947)
  • Winter Meeting (1948)
  • The Ladykillers (2004)
  • Life of Crime (2013)
  • Extract (2009)
  • Room (2015)
  • Daddy’s Home (2015)
  • Miracles for Sale (1939)
  • The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)
  • The Finest Hours (2016)
  • The Revenant (2015)
  • Spotlight (2015)

Viewing methods:

  • Amazon Instant Video – 3
  • At the cinema – 7
  • DVR: Decades – 1
  • DVR: FXM – 2
  • DVR: TCM – 3
  • From my collection – 3
  • Netflix – 4
  • Warner Archive Instant – 7
  • WatchTCM – 3

Seven trips to the theater this month, mostly catching up on the hyped-up and award-winning/nominated films of 2015. I also spent a lot of time with Warner Archive Instant, which is swiftly becoming one of my favorite ways to watch films. Their available selection includes so many titles I’ve been wanting to watch for a long time, and also many that I’ve never even heard of!

By decade:

  • 1910s – 0
  • 1920s – 1
  • 1930s – 3
  • 1940s – 9
  • 1950s – 5
  • 1960s – 0
  • 1970s – 0
  • 1980s – 0
  • 1990s – 0
  • 2000s – 4
  • 2010s – 11

A big month for the 2010s, thanks to those 2015 catch-up viewings as well as a few “background noise” films put on to keep my ears busy while working on other stuff. Also a great month for the ’40s with nine films viewed! Classic vs. modern: 18 to 15

The month in blogging:

Not a day of posting missed this month, and I celebrated four years of blogging as well! Here are some of the highlights from January on TMP —

I followed Lucille Ball on a journey through the Hollywood PR machine with a review of Annabel Takes a Tour for the Backstage Blogathon.

The “One Year, One Film” series entered the 1950s and saw three more posts, covering 1950 (In a Lonely Place), 1951 (The Tall Target), and 1952 (Moulin Rouge).

I offered up my movie “playlist” for a hypothetical 24-hour Stanwyck marathon for the Remembering Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon.

I shared a list of fourteen of my favorite underrated directors from the classic era. I also discussed one of old Hollywood’s best-known directors, William Wyler, and his films with Audrey Hepburn for the Symbiotic Collaborations blogathon!

I talked about one of my favorite Joan Crawford films, Mildred Pierce, in comparison with its source material and the 2011 miniseries adaptation of the novel.

I reviewed the three films of the Garbo Silents Collection DVD set: Flesh and the Devil, The Temptress, and The Mysterious Lady. I also spent three days covering an assortment of Fred MacMurray films.

All in all, a great month for TMP! I look forward to seeing what February brings this year along with its extra day!

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