February 2019 in Film

It’s alive! And by it, I mean “she.” And by “she,” I mean me. Hello again, movie buffs!

I apologize for my unexpected disappearance from the blog for a couple of weeks. February was another wild one. Working like mad, coordinating my Oscar pool (I took second place), dealing with bomb cyclones and power outages, a serious decluttering/redecorating project. It all kept me occupied and every time I logged into WordPress to churn out a planned blog post (usually at 11:53 pm on the day I originally hoped to post it), I just couldn’t type a word.

Here’s hoping March is a more fruitful month for the blog, but before we get to that, let’s take a look back at February’s viewing.

New-to-me viewings: 14

Re-watches: 0

Total for February: 14

Total for 2019, so far: 32

The new-to-me list:

  • The Hunt for Red October (1990)
  • Mile… Mile & A Half (2013)
  • BlacKkKlansman (2018)
  • Eighth Grade (2018)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Dumplin’ (2018)
  • Like Father (2018)
  • Crimson Tide (1995)
  • Bird Box (2018)
  • What Men Want (2019)
  • Isn’t It Romantic (2019)
  • End Game (2018)
  • Period. End of Sentence. (2018)
  • Roma (2018)

I know I should be shouting the praises of Roma from the rooftops (it was one of my — and everyone’s — top contenders for Best Picture, after all) but my favorite viewings this month were Dumplin’, Isn’t It Romantic, and Bird Box — the last of which lands on the favorites list because I had the pleasure of watching it with my sister at Detroit’s wonderful Senate Theater, with author Josh Malerman in attendance. We got scared by a human dressed as a bird, got conned into buying Sprite by the vintage intermission reel, and got our books signed, making for a lovely Saturday afternoon.

Re-watches:

  • None!

Viewing methods:

  • Amazon Video – 2
  • At the cinema – 3
  • FandangoNOW – 1
  • From my collection – 2
  • Netflix – 6

By decade:

  • 1910s – 0
  • 1920s – 0
  • 1930s – 0
  • 1940s – 0
  • 1950s – 0
  • 1960s – 0
  • 1970s- 0
  • 1980s – 0
  • 1990s – 2
  • 2000s – 0
  • 2010s – 12

This month, I got to see how the other half lives. I didn’t watch a single classic film. The oldest film I watched was from 1990. Though I enjoyed quite a bit of what I watched, it was a very strange month and I don’t feel like myself!

The month in blogging:

I only made three posts in February other than the January wrap-up… but at least they were three fun ones!

I shared my favorite things about the brilliant In a Lonely Place (1950), a grim story of a Hollywood screenwriter and the gal who falls for him until she begins to suspect he’s a murderer.

Honky Tonk (1941), starring Clark Gable and Lana Turner, bested Boom Town in my short list of “greatest films that plant Gable in the old West.”

Finally, I took a look at one of Ingmar Bergman’s underrated gems, 1955’s Dreams. I may be one of the few to love it, but I recommend it enthusiastically.

That’s it for February! I hope 2019 is treating you well so far, and here’s to a movie-packed March!

4 thoughts on “February 2019 in Film

  1. I’ve become so used to seeing a post from you nearly every day, I’m surprised I didn’t notice you only had THREE posts in February! And funny that all of your viewings were from 1990 and later…hard to believe I had more classic movies viewed than you did that month! And here’s another good one, which should reveal what I think about modern movies these days: the only films I’ve seen from your list were from the ’90s!

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    1. Haha, I wish I could still do daily posts! I’m not sure if I’m unknowingly sleeping more or what, but I somehow have even less time for the blog than I did in grad school. I have so many notes left over from films I watched *in 2018* that I just haven’t had the time/energy to properly draft. Hoping to keep a consistent Tues/Thurs schedule this month to catch up on those. I feel much the same way you do about modern movies, but do discover gems occasionally! There are a few films from last year I’ll add to my collection.

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      1. Sorry I’m late…your replies and/or comments aren’t coming through as e-mails anymore…I’m finding them by chance on my blog site. So I apologize for not answering on time!

        I’ve got notes that go back YEARS…I’m just now making a stack of them (all sloppily handwritten on paper), and either going through and actually writing the reviews for them, or shredding them and starting anew. This along with the 200 other chores and projects I have waiting around the apartment! And don’t fret: I lasted just two months trying to do post a day…you accomplished that for years!

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        1. Oh, that’s odd! No worries, though. WordPress loves to give us glitches, haha. I’ve only been able to keep up with comments by downloading the app!
          In the past I’ve had to scrap a few reviews because I went to write them and remembered next to nothing about the film, even with my notes. I hope not to do that with my recent leftovers (I think most of them are my final FilmStruck discoveries, which were all very memorable) but sometimes it’s necessary!

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