October 2017 in Film

New-to-me viewings: 10

Re-watches: 5

Total for October: 15

Total for 2017, so far: 206

This was a pretty low viewing month for me! There were a couple of reasons.

First, I spent nine days camping in the one corner of Pennsylvania with no Verizon coverage. I was lucky to get all of the early Halloweek posts up — had to go into town, about 40 minutes away, to do so every day! (Luckily, this was no inconvenience, as we already had to pass through or near town to get to many of the historic sites and hiking/biking trails we wanted to hit during our stay.) I like to stay as “unplugged” as possible on camping trips, but this was the first time in many years in which our only connection to the outside world at the campground was a pay phone (!) at the ranger’s station, haha.

Equally as exciting as my trip, I started a new job in October! The hiring process involved a lot of questionnaires and testing, which took up time earlier in the month, and I started training the very day I returned home from my camping trip.

I’m settling in to the new position and my new schedule now, so November shouldn’t have quite as low of numbers. And though fifteen is but a tiny blip compared to my largest viewing months, I did watch a lot of cool stuff in October. Here are the details!

The new-to-me list:

  • The Doughgirls (1944)
  • No Man of Her Own (1950)
  • The Silenced (2015)
  • To the Bone (2017)
  • Death of a Scoundrel (1956)
  • Three Who Loved (1931)
  • The Happy Road (1957)
  • Flatliners (2017)
  • The Handmaiden (2016)
  • Curse of the Demon (1957)

Quite the eccentric mix this month. Caught up on a few more recent titles I’d been meaning to watch for several months (To the Bone and The Handmaiden), sought Halloween thrills (The Silenced, Curse of the Demon), and even snuck in a Stanwyck viewing (No Man of Her Own).

Re-watched:

  • Cat People (1942)
  • The Ring (2002)
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
  • The Innocents (1961)
  • The Amityville Horror (1979)

Mostly spooks, of course, in October! The Innocents and The Amityville Horror were yesterday’s Halloween picks.

Viewing methods:

  • Amazon Video – 1
  • At the cinema – 1
  • From my collection – 3
  • From my sister’s collection – 1
  • Netflix – 2
  • TCM – 2
  • Warner Archive Instant – 3
  • WatchTCM – 2

By decade:

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

The month in blogging:

October is always a fun month here on TMP. Usually we celebrate the season of spooks with Horror Half-Week, but this year that tradition was replaced with Halloweek, eight whole days of spine-chilling flicks. The celebration kicked off with a recap of Horror Half-Weeks past. The seven following features were: The Hidden Hand (1942), The Beast with Five Fingers (1946), Scared to Death (1947), Night Watch (1973), Night School (1981), The Craft (1996), and The Love Witch (2016).

Collector’s Corner, the bi-weekly series talking all things related to my film collection and bookshelves, saw two updates. The first was a look at the genre breakdown of my film collection. Later in the month, the Corner got cobwebbed with a list of my favorite horror film purchases.

There was one entry into the Second Looks series, reviews of films I’m long overdue to re-watch. I kicked myself for waiting so long to crack open my DVD of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

The Stanwyck Project, which draws ever nearer to its end, saw two updates. With A Message to Garcia, I’ve officially seen and reviewed every Stanwyck film from the 1930s. We also took a look at her later career this month with one of her TV movies, 1970’s The House That Would Not Die.

And finally, the Favorite Things feature of the month was a special one, in honor of the spooky holiday and in honor of the birthday of my certified cat lady sister: Cat People (1942)!

There you have it — the update for October! I hope you all had a great month, and here’s to a movie-filled November!

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