04 January 2017

2016 Movie Consumption Review

To check out 2015 click here.

Once again, and to the future until I become too exhausted, I kept track of every single film and television show I consumed in the year 2016. You may read that full list in all its glory right here, but for now, let's dive into some stats for this ridiculous exercise. It's actually awesome to gain an understanding of what I've been watching all year. If anything, this ought to be slightly interesting and at least get you thinking about what you spent your year watching!

So, let's start with some basic stats:

My goal was to hit 200, and I crushed that with a total of 220 movies. Of those, five I saw twice, which made for 215 unique films. Of these, 117 I saw for the first time, or 53%. Let's begin with those films I saw twice this year:

Captain America: CIVIL WAR (2016)
Deadpool (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Sisters (2015)
Escape from L.A. (1996)

Every single repeated viewing here was either a Netflix Streaming or DVD re-watch with a friend.

Naturally, there were quite a few films that I saw this year that I also watched last year. I'm not quite sure what to make of some of these, but for what it's worth:

Blue Streak (1999)
CREED (2015)
Fast & Furious 6 (2015)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
How High (2001)
JAWS (1975)
TED (2012)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
The Fifth Elementi (1997)
The Hangover (2009)
The Interview (2014)
This is The End (2013)
Zombieland (2009)

So now let's check by month:

June25
January23
May22
December20
August18
November18
March18
October17
September16
July16
April15
February12
AVERAGE18.33

There's not really any pattern here. Summer and winter seem to peak, but February and July were both low. The average is about a movie every 1 2/3 days.

Breakdown by Medium:

Let's start with relatively low-tech options, which are pretty minimal:

DVD: 18 (8%)
BluRay: 1 (0.5%)
Theater: 11 (5%)

That's actually one more movie I saw in theater than last year, but all in all, a fairly horrible showing from traditional media.

Now, non-Netflix streaming options:
Google Play: 1 (0.5%)
YouTube: 2 (1%)
Illegal Download: 2 (1%)

See, I only watched 1% of my movies illegally this year. Generally, this is pretty minimal stuff:

Netflix:

DVD: 51 (23.2%)
Streaming: 50 (22.7%)

As you can see, Netflix is huge. I use the DVD service and Streaming options pretty equally, which combined accounted for nearly half of everything I watched, up about 11% from last year.

Television:

Total: 84 (38%)

TV was the single biggest source of movies watched, if you separate both Netflix options. To go further, here's a breakdown by channel, with percentages based on how each channel relates to total movies watched on Televison:

FX2023.8%
SyFy1416.7%
Comedy Central1011.9%
TNT89.5%
AMC89.5%
FXX67.1%
Freeform56.0%
TBS44.8%
Spike22.4%
MTV22.4%
STARZ Encore22.4%
USA11.2%
TCM11.2%
Vh111.2%

I could have guessed FX, they have the movies, but SyFy sneaking in there is surprising. There are a lot of random one-offs towards the end there, like Bridesmaids (2011) on USA, The Magnificent Seven (1960) on TCM, and, SPEED (1994) on Vh1. Why was SPEED on Vh1 this past June? Who knows, but it ruled.

Breakdown by Year:

Alright - deep breath:

20163515.9%
20152913.2%
2014146.4%
20132210.0%
201283.6%
2011104.5%
201094.1%
200941.8%
200820.9%
200731.4%
200620.9%
200531.4%
200462.7%
200320.9%
200210.5%
200120.9%
200010.5%
199973.2%
199831.4%
199741.8%
199662.7%
199531.4%
199441.8%
199331.4%
199220.9%
199110.5%
199010.5%
198910.5%
198820.9%
198731.4%
198631.4%
198531.4%
198410.5%
198331.4%
198020.9%
197910.5%
197810.5%
197710.5%
197510.5%
197410.5%
196910.5%
196810.5%
196710.5%
196410.5%
196010.5%
195410.5%
194810.5%
194510.5%
193510.5%
190310.5%

Like last year, I saw the most films that came out in the current year. Nearly 16% is actually about two percentage points up from last year.

Now, it'd be kind of crazy to go year by year for the first fifty years of film-making or so, suffice it to say that only five years were represented prior to 1960. But here are unrepresented years since:

1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1981, 1982.

From 1983 on I was able to watch at least one movie made in each year up until the present. This aligns with a lack of older films seen in general, which is better than last year, but could still use some work.

Some superlatives:

Oldest Film: The Great Train Robbery (1903)
Oldest Feature Film: The 39 Steps (1935)
Most Recent Film: Passengers (Dec 21, 2016)

By Decade:

1900s: 1 (0.5%)
1930s: 1 (0.5%)
1940s: 2 (1%)
1950s: 1 (0.5%)
1960s: 5 (2.3%)
1970s: 5 (2.3%)
1980s: 18 (8%)
1990s: 34 (15%)
2000s: 26 (12%)
2010s: 127 (58%)

So this obviously leans pretty damn hard towards the 2010s. The most represented year was 2016, followed by 2015, then 2013. No real surprise there. The actual only weirdness in the Top 10 is 1999, which at seven films came in at eight place, beating out any year in the 2000s. The Top Seven were the seven years we've had since 2010. This is certainly better than I did in 2015, but still a little more recent-focused than I'd like. Last year only 49% of films watched were made in the current decade, but considering the decade is a year longer, it makes sense that this number would increase.

Well, that's it. 2016 is in the books! We'll continue this insanity in 2017, which is already underway! What did you watch last year?

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