July 2016 in Film

New-to-me viewings: 16

Re-watches: 10

TOTAL FOR JULY: 26

TOTAL FOR 2016, SO FAR: 154

The new-to-me list:

  • Big Leaguer (1953)
  • Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015)
  • Badman’s Territory (1946)
  • Real Life (1979)
  • The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
  • Raffles (1939)
  • Memories (Short, 2016)
  • Go West, Young Lady (1941)
  • Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
  • So Goes My Love (1946)
  • Great Day in the Morning (1956)
  • Internes Can’t Take Money (1937)
  • The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
  • The Lady Gambles (1949)
  • Girlfriends (1978)
  • I Know Where Lizzie Is (2016)

This month saw a higher proportion of re-watches, which included a few classics.

  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
  • Blonde Crazy (1931)
  • Now, Voyager (1942) – Screened on the big screen at the Redford!

Viewing methods:

  • At the cinema – 2
  • DVR: TCM – 1
  • DVR: Other – 1
  • From my collection – 10
  • Netflix – 3
  • Warner Archive Instant – 4
  • WatchTCM – 4
  • YouTube – 1

By decade:

  • 1910s – 0
  • 1920s – 0
  • 1930s – 4
  • 1940s – 6
  • 1950s – 2
  • 1960s – 1
  • 1970s – 2
  • 1980s – 2
  • 1990s – 0
  • 2000s – 5
  • 2010s – 4

A pretty wide variety this month, but the ’40s win out as most-viewed decade with a total of six films!

The month in blogging:

July was a special month in the classic movie fandom as we celebrated the 100th birthday of Olivia de Havilland! I contributed to the Olivia Centenary Blogathon with a list of a few of my favorite performances from her filmography, and also dedicated the month’s “Favorite things about…” post to Livvie, covering They Died With Their Boots On.

The “One year, one film” series finally wrapped up its forty-year exploration of contemporary film reviews with the following posts: 1963 – It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; 1964 – Dead Ringer; 1965 – Von Ryan’s Express.

I kicked off two new series on the blog this month. First, Birth Year Films, which I’ll be publishing every year on my birthday (July 29) — a review of a film from the year I was born, 1991. We started off the tradition with The Butcher’s Wife.  Films + Songs is the second new series. I hope to publish it monthly. The basic idea is that I put a playlist on shuffle and write down the first five songs, matching each with a film that I’m reminded of when listening to the song. You can check out Volume 1, and expect Volume 2 in a week or two!

Two classic film-related book reviews contributed to my summer reading challenge in July: Laughing in the Dark by Ted Sennett and The Real James Dean, edited by Peter L. Winkler.

And, finally, with the half-way point of the year passing us by, in early July I published a list of my favorite film discoveries and biggest disappointments of 2016 so far.

Hope you all had a wonderful viewing month, and happy August!

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2 thoughts on “July 2016 in Film

  1. Hi Lindsey! That’s quite a lot of movies you saw last month. I still need to write my review of Laura, but I’m concentrating on new releases reviews right now. Hey, you saw ‘Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong,’ what did you think of that? I got to hang out w/ the director Emily Ting last year during a local film fest, that was quite an impressive directorial debut.

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    • I liked it a lot! Sweet, but somewhat sad — a perfect blend of the two. I found it beautiful to look at, as well. I hope it’s the start of a wonderful, long career for Emily Ting!

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