July 2017 in Film

Happy August! As is tradition here on TMP, let’s kick off the new month with a look back at what I watched last month. Here is July 2017 in film.

New-to-me viewings: 21

Re-watches: 3

Total for July: 24

Total for 2017, so far: 141

This year has been much lower than past years for viewing, but July was a pretty good month. I only fell two short of last year’s total, 26.

The new-to-me list:

  • Abandoned (2015)
  • Unbranded (2015)
  • The Left Handed Gun (1958)
  • The Five Heartbeats (1991)
  • The Little Hut (1957)
  • The Silver Horde (1930)
  • Escape to Burma (1955)
  • East Side, West Side (1949)
  • Night Waitress (1936)
  • The House (2017)
  • Baby Driver (2017)
  • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
  • Julie (1956)
  • The Hidden Hand (1942)
  • Chance at Heaven (1933)
  • Mr. Lucky (1943)
  • Bed of Roses (1933)
  • What the Health (2017)
  • The Craft (1996)
  • What’s With Wheat? (2016)
  • M’liss (1936)

A pretty all-over-the-place list this month. A couple of Stanwyck films, a few documentaries, a pre-code or two, several trips to the theater. My favorite discoveries were probably The Five Heartbeats and East Side, West Side. Of the 2017 releases, War for the Planet of the Apes was my favorite.

Re-watched:

  • Rebecca (1940)
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)
  • Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

You can probably deduce from this what Friday’s “Favorite Things” film will be. It rhymes with Shmeshmecca. (I also picked up the novel recently, so you can expect a Book vs. Film post on it at some point!)

Viewing methods:

  • At the cinema – 3
  • From my collection – 2
  • From my mom’s collection –  1
  • Netflix – 6
  • TCM – 9
  • Warner Archive Instant – 2
  • WatchTCM – 1

My goal to make a dent in the DVR is going well, with nine of this month’s films watched from TCM recordings. The Netflix number is higher than it’s been in a long time, thanks to those documentaries!

By decade:

  • 1910s – 0
  • 1920s – 0
  • 1930s – 5
  • 1940s – 4
  • 1950s – 4
  • 1960s – 0
  • 1970s – 0
  • 1980s – 0
  • 1990s – 2
  • 2000s – 1
  • 2010s – 8

Documentaries and theater trips helped the 2010s reign supreme this month. It was a pretty even split between classic and modern. Still, I watched 13 films from the 1930s through 1950s — just over half of the month’s viewing.

The month in blogging:

July is my birth month, so to celebrate, I posted the second annual “Birth Year Films” review. This year’s 1991 highlight was The Five Heartbeats, a great musical drama about the rise and fall of a Motown group.

The featured “Favorite Things” film of the month was How to Steal a Million, starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. Such a fun crime caper.

I started up a new bi-weekly series, Collector’s Corner. The series will feature posts about organizing your film collection, periodic collection updates, lists, and other collection-related stuff! It started things off with an introduction and collection update.

The Stanwyck project saw one update: Union Pacific (1939), co-starring Joel McCrea.

Finally, for the sixth year in a row, I’m sharing my recommendations for TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars programming! July wrapped up with my recommendations and watchlist for the first week of August.

I hope you all had a great July, and here’s to a film-filled August. Happy viewing!

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