Films in 2015 Review + 2016 Blind Spots

This post is basically a statistical overview of my movie year. Since 2012 I’ve managed to watch more than the equivalent of one new-to-me movie per day (in 2014 I watched 402), but this year I fell a little short. Though it was great watching more than 365 movies per year for the past 3 years, I don’t think I’ll be able to watch quite as many in the years to come. Still, I’d say the final number of films I watched in 2015 is still massively impressive, and it really was quite a year for me in movie-watching.

New-to-Me: 340

Re-Watched: 122

Total: 462

New-to-Me Films by Decade:

  • 1920s – 4
  • 1930s – 39
  • 1940s – 89
  • 1950s – 71
  • 1960s – 37
  • 1970s – 26
  • 1980s – 16
  • 1990s – 16
  • 2000s – 13
  • 2010s – 29

The 1940s is usually the decade I watch the most films from for each month, so I’m not surprised that it ended up being my most-watched decade of the year. Plus, I re-watched 36 films from that decade, totaling to 125 overall! And with the 1950s coming in second (with 21 re-watches and totaling to 92 overall), I think a lot of it had to do with all the noir films I watched in June, July, and November thanks to TCM’s Summer of Darkness and of course Noirvember.

As far as individual years go, I saw the most new-to-me films from 1950 with 16, followed by 1947 with 15. I also had 4 re-watches from both those years. Looking at the films I watched and revisited from those years, a lot of it was because of all the noir I watched (along with a few old animated Disney movies)!

List of Re-Watched Films:

  1. Horse Feathers (1932)
  2. Random Harvest (1942)
  3. And the Oscar Goes To… (2014)
  4. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  5. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  7. Roman Holiday (1953)*
  8. Broadcast News (1987)
  9. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
  10. The Palm Beach Story (1942)
  11. The More the Merrier (1943)
  12. Rear Window (1954)
  13. Breathless (1960)
  14. The Sound of Music (1965)
  15. The Graduate (1967)
  16. Magnificent Obsession (1954)
  17. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  18. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  19. The Third Man (1949)
  20. Jaws (1975)
  21. The Letter (1940)
  22. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  23. Ministry of Fear (1941)
  24. Gun Crazy (1950)
  25. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  26. An American in Paris (1951)*
  27. Raw Deal (1948)
  28. Double Indemnity (1944)
  29. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
  30. Funny Girl (1968)
  31. The Narrow Margin (1952)
  32. Angel Face (1952)
  33. Nightcrawler (2014)
  34. Stage Door (1937)
  35. Criss Cross (1949)
  36. Brute Force (1947)
  37. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
  38. The Little Foxes (1941)
  39. Royal Wedding (1951)
  40. Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  41. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  42. Tootsie (1982)
  43. Vivacious Lady (1938)
  44. Snow White and the Seven Drawfs (1937)
  45. Pinocchio (1940)
  46. Psycho (1960)
  47. Fantasia (1940)
  48. Dumbo (1941)
  49. Bambi (1942)
  50. Saludos Amigos (1942)
  51. The Three Caballeros (1944)
  52. Make Mine Music (1946)
  53. Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
  54. Melody Time (1948)
  55. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
  56. Cinderella (1950)
  57. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
  58. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
  59. The Haunting (1963)
  60. The Iron Giant (1999)
  61. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  62. Peter Pan (1953)
  63. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  64. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  65. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  66. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
  67. The Jungle Book (1967)
  68. The Aristocats (1970)
  69. Look Who’s Talking (1989)
  70. Robin Hood (1973)
  71. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
  72. Back to the Future (1985)
  73. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
  74. Back to the Future Part III (1990)
  75. The Rescuers (1977)
  76. The Uninvited (1944)
  77. The Innocents (1961)
  78. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  79. The Black Cauldron (1985)
  80. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  81. Oliver & Company (1988)
  82. Rebecca (1940)
  83. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
  84. Out of the Past (1947)
  85. The Little Mermaid (1989)
  86. The Naked City (1948)
  87. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
  88. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  89. Night and the City (1950)
  90. Pickup on South Street (1953)
  91. Aladdin (1992)
  92. The Lion King (1994)
  93. Gilda (1946)
  94. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
  95. Pocahontas (1995)
  96. All That Heaven Allows (1955)
  97. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
  98. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
  99. Hercules (1997)
  100. Mulan (1998)
  101. Tarzan (1999)
  102. Fantasia 2000 (1999)
  103. Dinosaur (2000)
  104. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
  105. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  106. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  107. Treasure Planet (2002)
  108. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  109. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  110. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  111. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
  112. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  113. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  114. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  115. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  116. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  117. Brother Bear (2003)
  118. Home on the Range (2004)
  119. Chicken Little (2005)
  120. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
  121. Bolt (2008)
  122. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

*re-watched twice in 2015

List of Films I Saw in Theaters (in italics marks a re-watch):

  1. Cinderella
  2. Rear Window
  3. The Sound of Music
  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  5. Tomorrowland
  6. Inside Out
  7. Double Indemnity
  8. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  9. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  10. Psycho
  11. The Iron Giant
  12. The Martian
  13. Back to the Future
  14. Back to the Future Part II
  15. Back to the Future Part III
  16. Crimson Peak
  17. Spectre
  18. The Good Dinosaur
  19. Roman Holiday
  20. Star Wars: The Force Awakens*
  21. Miracle on 34th Street

*saw twice in theaters

List of New Releases I Saw (ordered by their release date):

  1. Ex Machina
  2. Cinderella
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Tomorrowland
  6. Inside Out
  7. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  8. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  9. The Martian
  10. Crimson Peak
  11. Spectre
  12. The Good Dinosaur
  13. A Very Murray Christmas
  14. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There are plenty of movies that were released this past year that I really wanted to see but didn’t get a chance to, so I’ll be playing some catch up in the next couple months.

2016 Blind Spots

Last year I successfully took part in Ryan’s Blind Spots challenge, and I enjoyed doing it so much that I’m happy to say I’m doing it again for 2016 (you can read more about it at The Matinee here)! So just like last year, I’ll try to watch one of the 12 movies I’ve chosen for the challenge per month. On the 28th of each month (as I did last year), I’ll make a post about my thoughts on the movie. I thought about focusing on one era or country this year, but I decided to pick a dozen various movies like I did before, all of which I’ve been wanting to watch for personal interest or because of their huge acclaim. What’s also exciting this year is that one of my picks will actually be presented in theaters by TCM and Fathom Events, so if all goes well I’ll actually see one of my blind spots on the big screen! Anyway, here’s what I’ve chosen:

2016 Blind Spots

Pandora’s Box (1929)
Rome, Open City (1945)
Ikiru (1952)
The Wages of Fear (1953)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
The Producers (1967)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Scarface (1983)
The Green Mile (1999)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)

In addition to the Blind Spots, I’m also taking part in the 52 Films By Women challenge, where I’ll try to watch one film directed by a woman per week. I was only able to watch a few films from TCM’s Trailblazing Women program back in October, but I loved discovering great women-directed films, and there’s plenty for me to see. It’s sure to be an exciting year in movies, and I hope 2016 gives you all a fantastic year in film discoveries!

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6 thoughts on “Films in 2015 Review + 2016 Blind Spots

  1. Nice variety of picks. I’ve seen all but two.

    I LOVE The Ten Commandments in all its overblown De Millieian splendor. Wonderful set pieces and Heston is perfect as Moses. All the others have some wonderful elements, even Requiem which I hated has an amazing performance by Ellen Burstyn, but of them all aside from Commandments I’m interested to hear your take on Wages of Fear, that’s a brilliantly executed film.

    • I’ve been meaning to watch The Ten Commandments for a few years now and never got around to it, so I thought it’d be perfect for a Blind Spot, I’m really excited to finally see it!

      Requiem for a Dream is actually the one movie on my list that I was hesitant about adding, as I’ve heard how disturbing it is, but I’m most curious to see Ellen Burstyn’s performance.

  2. I’ve seen just one of your Blind Spot movies, and that was ‘The Green Mile’, which is definitely worth a watch. And good lord…462 movies watched last year? At some point this year I’m going to go for a film a day for a month, but 462 is well beyond my grasp! Although…two days into the new year, and I’ve watched two movies!

    • When I was looking into The Green Mile I noticed it the director of it also made The Shawshank Redemption, which I love, so I’m looking forward to seeing it!
      Seeing as 2016 is a leap year, the extra day might give you more time to watch more movies! Maybe you can try the film-a-day goal for February, though you’re off to a good start for this month already. 🙂

  3. I’m impressed with the amount of films you saw! Last year I watched 198 new to me films and rewatched 67 for a total of 265. The year before was 302 I think. I’ve thought of doing some kind of post like this but never felt like typing up all the titles haha

    • Thanks! 200+ films is still a great accomplishment, a lot of people I know don’t even get past 100 in a year haha.
      And for wrap-up posts like these, I usually have a draft post and add titles as I go just so I don’t have to do it all in one sitting.

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