February 2016 in Film

The leaping month of February has come and gone. Today is the first of a brand new month, which ’round these parts means it’s time to take a look at the previous month in viewing. Here’s what I watched!

New-to-me viewings: 17

Re-watches: 6

TOTAL FOR FEBRUARY: 23

TOTAL FOR 2016, SO FAR: 56

A pretty low viewing month for me! I usually watch closer to 30 films. I found myself spending a lot more time leisure reading this month, which of course left less time for viewings. Can’t complain, though — I read a lot of good stuff, and 23 is still almost a film a day.

The new-to-me list:

  • World of Tomorrow (2015)
  • Tender Comrade (1943)
  • Grease: Live (2016)
  • The Wedding Date (2005)
  • The Prodigal (1955)
  • Bedside (1934)
  • Doctor Monica (1934)
  • Hail, Caesar! (2016)
  • The Choice (2016)
  • Palooka (1934)
  • How to Be Single (2016)
  • The Duke is Tops (1938)
  • April in Paris (1952)
  • Risen (2016)
  • The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
  • The Witch (2016)
  • Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Viewing methods:

  • At the cinema – 7
  • DVR: Non-TCM  – 2
  • From my collection – 6
  • Netflix – 3
  • Warner Archive Instant – 2
  • WatchTCM – 3

For the second month in a row, I made seven trips to the cinema! One of those trips was to the Redford to see To Catch a Thief, which I gushed about on the blog a few days later.

It was also a big month for viewings from my own DVD collection. I watched several films for the Mill Creek Musings series (from the 50 Classic Musicals set) and a few other random titles. Yes, I’m finally digging into those Mill Creek sets again! I’m toying with the idea of bringing the series back on a weekly basis so I can continue making consistent progress. We shall see.

No TCM viewing on TV this month, but I did catch three films on the WatchTCM streaming service.

By decade:

  • 1910s – 0
  • 1920s – 0
  • 1930s – 5
  • 1940s – 2
  • 1950s – 3
  • 1960s – 0
  • 1970s – 0
  • 1980s – 0
  • 1990s – 0
  • 2000s – 4
  • 2010s – 9

I think this may by the first month in the history of the blog in which every decade is in the single digits. But then, it was a low viewing month overall. Classic to modern ratio remained pretty even, newer films getting a slight edge due to all of those theater trips with friends and family — 10 to 13.

The month in blogging:

February saw the first ever TMP Oscar ballot competition. Results were posted yesterday.

The “One Year, One Film” series progressed forward in time by two years with posts on Niagara (1953) and The Long, Long Trailer (1954).

I shared two classic Hollywood book reviews: Audrey Hepburn in the Movies by Timothy Knight and James Cagney’s autobiography

I took a look at two Tyrone Power films that tell the same story: Love is News and That Wonderful Urge

And, finally, I shared reviews of all three of James Dean’s starring films: Giant, Rebel Without a Cause, and East of Eden

There you have it — February in review! I hope you all had a great viewing month, and here’s to a magnificent March.

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5 thoughts on “February 2016 in Film

  1. Todd Benefiel says:

    I have not seen ONE of those movies on your list…that might also be a first! But in two days I’m heading next door to see ‘Hail, Caesar!’, so please don’t burn me in effigy just yet!

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      • Todd Benefiel says:

        Saw ‘Hail, Caesar!’ last night, and I was quite disappointed, so like ‘Invasion of the Star Creatures’, we once again share negative feelings towards a film. It seemed like the story had such potential, but went nowhere, and though the acting and quality of filmmaking were great, I couldn’t figure out what the point of it all was. Oh well…at least the popcorn was good.

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        • Lindsey says:

          Yeah, good performances and a whole lot of visual beauty, but the script was a little bit of a mess. Some of the references to real scandals were very tacky and off putting to me (like Loretta Young’s pregnancy). I usually enjoy the Coens but not this time!

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