Well, 2019 was certainly a year that we mostly lived through. As years go, I'm not giving it very high marks, but I did watch a lot of movies. Which, boys and girls, is not so much an achievement as a thing which occurred.
In 2019, I watched 204 movies (click that link to see the spreadsheet). This is likely a lifetime high, and I don't really know how or why that happened, because 204 is a good 20 more movies than last year.
I also wrote a post or recorded a podcast for, I think, every movie I watched in 2019.
This 204 number includes movies I saw more than once. Example: I saw Avengers: Endgame three times this year, so it is counted thrice.
The figure does not include partially watched films, half-watched Hallmark Christmas movies, or matter that I watched on TV that some people might consider a film, but I happen to not consider a film.
As always, I may have missed a movie or two. It happens. The data is accumulated from the blog - so if I forgot to post on a movie, it is not reflected here. Also, dates watched on a movie reflect the date upon which I completed a movie, as I watch many movies broken up over 2-3 viewings.
Now, into the nitty-gritty.
First ViewingA while back I realized I was re-watching too many movies and set a goal to watch at least 1/2 the movies I viewed as "new to me", no matter when they were released.
This year I watched 114 movies for the first time. That's 55.9% - so, goal achieved.
Never be afraid to pursue your dreams, kids.
For the PodCastI decided to track how many movies I watched for The Signal Watch PodCast, especially as we frequently watch 2 movies and compare and contrast them.
This year we watched 50 movies across 45 episodes of the PodCast. But that's a lot of movies I wouldn't have likely otherwise watched.
New Movies in 2019So what did I watch that was recently released in 2019, in theaters, to streaming formats, etc...?
This is the squishiest category as I included movies I watched in non-theatrical formats as soon as I could - ie: didn't see them in the theater but watched quickly in another way, be it on the back of an airplane seat or on Netflix.
I watched 36 movies that were new in 2019, and if you want to include the multiple times I saw Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame, I saw 40 movies released this year.
GenreThis category is somewhat useless as movies tend to include multiple genres, but I figured I'd try some organization. You can review my selections under the Genre tab.
Rifftrax (Includes MST3K): 4
That's a lot of horror, which I attribute to our robust coverage of Halloween movies on the podcast. And fewer Westerns than I'd figure on. You can feel free to review my list and quibble, but I think it at least paints a general picture of what I watched.
DecadeI do watch new movies, and we'll get to that, but I also try to be open to cinema's entire history, recognizing that I struggle with many silent films and early talkies.
Because it was hotly debated online this year, I am defining a decade as beginning with the 0 number and working to the 9 number. The 1980's in this context runs from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989.
1960: 5 (five?. Holy cow.)
I think the fact I watched so many films from the 1980's is a surefire sign I've been spending too much time with SimonUK. Also - I don't think I've ever watched so few films from the 1960's and will be looking to amend that in 2020.
Month WatchedMy movie viewership ebbs and flows over the course of a year as holidays, work trips and other obligations can change when I have time to watch movies.
Format in in Which I Watched a MovieI didn't splinter some of the categories as much as I could have. Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ all appear here as "Streaming". I didn't differentiate between DVD and BluRay. But I think it paints a picture of how I was consuming movies.
TV/ cable: 03