Films in 2016 Review + 2017 Blind Spots

The year 2016 is officially behind us, now that we’re about a week into the new year. As such, one last post looking at my year in movie-watching, mostly looking at my viewing habits in the past 365 days. For 2016, I ended up watching 20 more new-to-me films than I did in 2015, but fell just 5 movies short of the equivalent of watching a movie a day…

New-to-Me: 360

Re-Watched: 68

Total: 426*

*2 of my re-watches were also films I discovered in 2016, so they weren’t counted again in the grand total.

New-to-Me Films by Decade:

  • 1920s – 3
  • 1930s – 35
  • 1940s – 43
  • 1950s – 73
  • 1960s – 45
  • 1970s – 38
  • 1980s – 29
  • 1990s – 21
  • 2000s – 21
  • 2010s – 52

The decade I watched the most from was the 1950s, followed by our current decade. These two decades were the only ones which saw double-digit numbers in a couple months of the year. While I try to keep up with newer releases, in past years I never got to as high a number as 52 for the 2010s. I think that can be attributed to participating in the 52 Films by Women project, as most of the movies I watched for that were made in recent years. Another change in 2016 was that I watched much less from the 1940s than I had in previous years (in 2015 I watched 89 movies from that decade, but a lot of that was due to TCM’s Summer of Darkness and Noirvember).

Looking at just individual years, I watched the most films from 2015 with 22, followed by 2016 with 16, again all due to keeping up with newer releases and watching movies directed by women. After those years, I watched 14 from 1953, and 10 each from 1952 and 1950. Numbers from other individual years fell in the single-digits.

List of Re-Watched Films:

  1. Jules and Jim (1962)
  2. Begin Again (2013)
  3. Day for Night (1973)
  4. The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
  5. Tangled (2010)
  6. Winnie the Pooh (2011)
  7. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
  8. Frozen (2013)
  9. Big Hero 6 (2014)
  10. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  11. East of Eden (1955)
  12. Rocky (1976)
  13. Born Yesterday (1950)
  14. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  15. Glory (1989)
  16. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
  17. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
  18. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  19. Breaking Away (1979)
  20. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  21. Roman Holiday (1953)
  22. Double Indemnity (1944)
  23. Witness (1985)
  24. Purple Noon (1960)
  25. The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
  26. Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
  27. Two for the Road (1967)
  28. Kiss Me Kate (1953)*
  29. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  30. Born to Be Bad (1950)
  31. Summertime (1955)
  32. The Set-Up (1949)
  33. Crossfire (1947)
  34. 8½ (1963)
  35. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
  36. Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
  37. To Catch a Thief (1955)
  38. Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
  39. The Snake Pit (1948)
  40. The Heiress (1949)
  41. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
  42. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  43. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  44. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  45. Dodge City (1939)
  46. Legally Blonde (2001)
  47. To Each His Own (1946)*
  48. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
  49. Funny Face (1957)
  50. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  51. Shane (1953)
  52. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
  53. On the Waterfront (1954)
  54. Battleground (1949)
  55. The King and I (1956)
  56. The Conversation (1974)
  57. The French Connection (1971)
  58. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
  59. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  60. Young Frankenstein (1974)
  61. The Innocents (1961)
  62. The Uninvited (1944)
  63. Nightmare Alley (1947)
  64. In a Lonely Place (1950)
  65. Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
  66. The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)
  67. From Here to Eternity (1953)
  68. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

*Also a first-time watch in 2016.

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

  1. Carol
  2. Brooklyn
  3. Zootopia
  4. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  5. The Ten Commandments
  6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  7. The Jungle Book
  8. Captain America: Civil War
  9. Finding Dory
  10. The King and I
  11. Bridget Jones’s Baby
  12. Queen of Katwe
  13. Young Frankenstein
  14. Arrival
  15. Moana
  16. Moonlight
  17. From Here to Eternity
  18. The Edge of Seventeen
  19. Nocturnal Animals
  20. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  21. La La Land

Fun fact: I saw the same number of movies in theaters in 2016 as I did in 2015, though this time around there were less old movie screenings. I also saw the last 6 movies on this list in December, watching the last 5 within a span of a week! I was on vacation that week so I took full advantage of my free time by making several trips to the movie theater.

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

  1. Zootopia
  2. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  4. The Jungle Book
  5. Captain America: Civil War
  6. Money Monster
  7. Finding Dory
  8. Bridget Jones’s Baby
  9. Queen of Katwe
  10. Arrival
  11. Moonlight
  12. The Edge of Seventeen
  13. Moana
  14. Nocturnal Animals
  15. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  16. La La Land

2017 Blind Spots

This year will be my third time participating in Ryan’s Blind Spots challenge (you can read more about it at The Matinee here)! As I’ve been doing the past two years, I’ll watch one of the 12 movies I’ve chosen for the challenge per month, making a post on my thoughts on each movie on the 28th of the month. For 2017, most of the films I’ve chosen are ones that happen to be featured in the Criterion Collection because I want to take advantage of what’s available on their streaming site, FilmStruck:

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Umberto D. (1952)
Hiroshima mon amour (1959)
Contempt (1963)
Red Desert (1964)
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Life of Brian (1979)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Au revoir les enfants (1987)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
Heat (1995)
Secrets & Lies (1996)

Whatever 2017 brings us, I hope you all at least have a great year in movie-watching. Here’s to a fantastic year of film discoveries!

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4 thoughts on “Films in 2016 Review + 2017 Blind Spots

  1. The classic films that you saw at a theater…were they watched at several theaters, or just one particular theater that holds classic film screenings?

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