01 January 2018

2017 Movie Watching Review

Here we go, baby!

I know you've been waiting all year for this. Well, I definitely have. It's time to add up what the hell I watched in 2017. The build-up is incredible. I've put together a formidable list, but it's time to do some hearty analysis.

First off, plain and simple, I managed to watch 224 movies this year. This is barely up from the 220 I watched in 2016, but still trending up from the 198 in 2015. I really can't believe it was that close. Apparently I top off at around 220-ish flicks. That's a movie every 1.6 days, which is about right.

My repeat movies were really down. I only saw two films twice: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and The Interview (2014). So that's 222 unique films.

Of these 222 movies, I watched 133 for the first time, or 60%, way up from last year's 53%.

Let's start this year breaking it up by medium:

MEDIA:
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MethodNumberPercentage
Digital Download20.89%
DVD177.59%
Google Play10.45%
Hulu10.45%
Illegal Download10.45%
Netflix DVD5725.45%
Netflix Streaming7433.04%
Theater125.36%
TV5524.55%
YouTube41.79%

Last year my Netflix Streaming was at a paltry 22.7%, so that's clearly the biggest jump. My TV watching has gone down the most (38% to 24.55%), likely due to the fact that I gave up cable in July. I can't help but think these are the trends. Surprisingly I was at 8% DVD last year, which is dead on. I watched one more film in theaters this year than last year, but similar percentages.

Of the 55 films I watched on Television, here is my channel breakdown:

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ChannelNumberPercentage
AMC47.27%
Bravo23.64%
Cartoon Network11.82%
Comedy Central47.27%
ESPN11.82%
Freeform11.82%
FX1018.18%
FXX23.64%
Nicktoons11.82%
HBO23.64%
MTV11.82%
Showtime11.82%
Spike47.27%
Starz23.64%
SyFy1018.18%
TBS47.27%
TNT35.45%
Vh123.64%

Besides SyFy and FX, which clearly kills it, this is pretty spread out. The next highest percentage is 7% from TBS, Comedy Central, Spike, and AMC, but that's only a difference of one or two films from the bottom. This is the same as last year, although the polarization was even more dominating. And yes, I watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) on Nicktoons. It...does not hold up.

YEARS:

I always want to get my years up. Obviously, when Netflix Streaming is 33% of my consumption, that makes it tough. I'd like to have a goal next year of diversifying my media. I'd also like a goal of getting at least one film from each year, from about the 70s on. This year I astoundingly missed '71, '72, '75, '78, '79, '80, '86, '91, and '93. How did I miss 1993?! I'm watching Jurassic Park (1993) as soon as I can. But anyway, here's how that shakes out:

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YearNumberPercentage
193110.45%
193510.45%
196010.45%
196110.45%
197010.45%
197310.45%
197420.89%
197610.45%
197710.45%
198120.89%
198220.89%
198310.45%
198431.34%
198510.45%
198720.89%
198810.45%
198910.45%
199010.45%
199220.89%
199420.89%
199541.79%
199620.89%
199720.89%
199841.79%
199931.34%
200052.23%
200152.23%
200262.68%
200341.79%
200431.34%
200541.79%
200694.02%
200762.68%
200831.34%
200994.02%
201062.68%
201183.57%
2012104.46%
201383.57%
2014125.36%
2015156.70%
20162912.95%
20173917.41%

The past decade is obviously the most well-represented, with the top five coming from the last six years (2012 over 2013). I'm not too bummed about this, but again, it'd behoove me to watch older shit. Here's the breakdown by decade:

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DecadeNumberPercentage
1930s20.89%
1960s20.89%
1970s62.68%
1980s135.80%
1990s208.93%
2000s5424.11%
2010s12756.70%

Alright, now for some amazing year-to-year stats. In 2016 I watched 15.9% from the current year, so we're a bit higher. The most recent year that I didn't see a movie from was 1982, so that's not great. I actually only saw 12% from the 2000s, so I doubled that. I had much more 90s and 80s flicks (15% and 8% respectively). But I was 58% 2010s at...wait for it...127! Yes, I saw the same number of films from this current decade. I don't know how this happened.

So, superlatives:

Oldest film: Frankenstein (1931)
Most Recent film: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (12/20/17).

Yeah, that's not great.

Okay, here's some more.

Breakdown by Month:

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January22
April22
September20
December20
May19
October19
August18
November18
June18
July17
February17
March14
Average18.67

There's almost no consistency year to year except for January being heavy and February being light. I dunno.

Let's end with films I've seen year-to-year:

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2017 and 20162017 and 2015all three
BridesmaidsStar Wars VII: The Force AwakensFast & Furious 6
A Christmas StoryBad Boys IIThe Interview
Beverly Hills Cop IIFast & Furious
Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryFrozen
Step BrothersGangs of New York
Suicide SquadLucy
The LEGO MovieMad Max Fury Road
That's My Boy!
The Fast and the Furious
The Matrix
The Replacements

I don't think I'll keep going back and forth, like in 2018 I'm not going to compare to 2015, that will get out of control. But it IS interesting to note how 2017 has more in common with 2015 than last year. Maybe that's not surprising. More time between movies makes more sense. However, there is no excuse for watching Fast & Furious 6 (2013) three years in a row. I also...apparently really like The Interview. For those keeping track, yes, I watched it twice this year, which makes it four times in three years, more than any other film. I'll admit it's become somewhat of a go-to for me when I don't know what else to do, or if I'm real drunk. I also own it on YouTube, which makes it easy to cast in weird places.

I also want to note that I watched Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) twice last year, and its sequel twice this year. I dig it, I guess.

So, that's it. Now 2018 is upon us. Just imagine next year, when you have more stats to look forward to! For now, we're back to square one. Blank slate. Time to start over. What might we have in store this year? Stay tuned to find out!

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