February 2018 in Film

Happy March! Another month gone means another wrap-up here on TMP. Let’s take a look back at what I watched in February.

New-to-me viewings: 17

Re-watches: 3

Total for February: 20

Total for 2018, so far: 36

Not a bad total for a short month! I did a bit more viewing than in January.

The new-to-me list:

  • I, Tonya (2017)
  • My Sassy Girl (2001)
  • Miss Granny (2014)
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
  • The Tattered Wings (1955)
  • Planet of the Vampires (1965)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  • Hello Again (1987)
  • Corridor of Mirrors (1948)
  • Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
  • Pilot #5 (1943)
  • Head Over Heels (2001)
  • Winchester (2018)
  • Annihilation (2018)
  • Comrade X (1940)
  • They Met in Bombay (1941)
  • Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)

Some interesting stuff this month. I enjoyed most of what I watched! My favorite discoveries were Planet of the Vampires and Corridor of Mirrors.

Re-watches:

  • Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
  • Coyote Ugly (2000)
  • Music and Lyrics (2007)

You can tell from this selection of re-watches that my sister and I had a “movies from our youth” night in February!

Viewing methods:

  • Amazon Video – 2
  • At the cinema – 5
  • FilmStruck – 3
  • From my collection – 3
  • From my sister’s collection – 3
  • Netflix – 1
  • TCM – 3

By decade:

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

You’ll notice a lot of newer titles this month! I tend to watch older movies by myself (mostly because I’m a lot more obsessed with them than anyone I know in the real world, but also because I like to be able to give my full attention to a classic I’m watching for the first time). A lot of my viewing this month was done with other people, which accounts for the higher number of post-1970 flicks. I went to the theater five times, which is a lot even for me, but I saw a lot of good stuff! (Annihilation was my favorite new release of the year so far, if you’re curious.)

The month in blogging:

First, the regular ol’ reviews of the month:

  • Broadway Bad (1933) – Joan Blondell and Ginger Rogers star as best-friend showgirls, Blondell becoming embroiled in scandal when her marriage falls apart
  • Curse of the Demon (1957) – Dana Andrews investigates a devil-worshipping cult and a mysterious curse in England
  • Death of a Scoundrel (1956) – George Sanders stars as a con-man/playboy whose death kicks off an investigation into a long roster of suspects (his many enemies!)
  • Man’s Castle (1933) – A romantic drama about a homeless woman who finds love in a shanty town, starring Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young
  • Out of the Fog (1941) – Ida Lupino stars as a Brooklyn gal who falls for a gangster in attempt to escape her “boring” life
  • Peyton Place (1957) – A melodrama about society and all of its oppressive expectations in small-town New England
  • Pretty Baby (1950) – A comedy in which Betsy Drake finds herself trapped in a lie, after someone mistakes a doll she’s carrying for a real baby

I enjoyed all of this month’s reviewed films, but if you want two quick recommendations, Man’s Castle and Out of the Fog stood out from the pack!

In addition to the classic film reviews, I shared raves about a period television series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Set in the midcentury, the series follows a housewife who finds herself breaking into the world of stand-up comedy after her separating from her husband. If you have Amazon Prime and have not yet watched it, you’re really missing out!

The “Favorite Things” film for February was one of my favorites to star Gene Tierney, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Such a fun film, and a beautiful love story (appropriate for the Hallmark month).

The “Collector’s Corner” series saw two updates. First, I shared some of my favorite romance films from my collection for Valentine’s Day. For the final post of the month, I took a look at my collection break-down by decade.

And that’s it for February! Here’s to a movie-filled March!

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