02 January 2019

2018 Movie Watching Retrospective

This is one of my favorite times of the year, people. It's that moment where I tally up my insane movie-and-tv-tracking mission and see what I did over the past year. For the original big list, check this out:

2018
2017
2016
2015

This is getting a little out of hand. Luckily we have graphs.

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2015201620172018
Movies198220224249
First-Time Viewingsn/a117133157
First-Time View Percentagen/a53.2%59.4%63.1%
Streamingn/a5581157
Streaming Percentagen/a25.0%36.2%63.1%
TV86845510
TV Percentage43.4%38.2%24.6%4.0%
Theater10111216
Theater Percentage5.1%5.0%5.4%6.4%

In 2015 I didn't keep track of first-time viewings and lumped both Netflix Streaming and Netflix DVD together as "Netflix" for some reason. It was such a childish time. So while we don't have great data for that, we can see some other dramatic changes here. My first-time viewings have improved dramatically, which is good to see. In a truly staggering complete coincidence, I also streamed exactly 157 movies this year - I swear! I didn't quite realize how many movies I...didn't stream in years past. Even since 2017 I nearly doubled my streaming.

Check out movies on TV. I got rid of cable half-way through 2017 and you can see the results. Nearly a 90% drop in three years. My theater watching has been steady and I don't really get out as much as I should, but I happily watched the most movies in theaters than I ever have since I started keeping track of this!

Repeat viewings this year are almost exclusively Marvel Films. There's something just so easy about throwing it on Netflix a few months after watching. They just go down easy, and that's sort of the point. I saw THOR: Ragnarok (2017) three times, almost exclusively because my friends' kids were really into it. Ditto with Infinity War (2018). Other repeats were Black Panther (2018) and Step Brothers (2008).

Let's break down 2018 a little more:

By Media:

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MediumNumberPercentage
Amazon Prime10.40%
BluRay20.80%
Digital Download20.80%
DVD166.43%
Hulu3614.46%
Kanopy176.83%
Netflix DVD4618.47%
Netflix Streaming9538.15%
Roku10.40%
Theater166.43%
TV104.02%
Vimeo10.40%
YouTube62.41%
Total Streaming15763.05%

Last year I streamed 74 movies on Netflix and exactly 1 on Hulu. I did not know that Kanopy existed. My TV Channel breakdown used to be epic. Now it is not, but:

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ChannelMovies
AMC2
Comedy Central2
Comet2
Freeform1
FX1
HBO1
SyFy1

These channels are bizarre. Let's get into the years:

By Decade:

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DecadeNumberPercentage
1930s20.80%
1940s10.40%
1950s31.20%
1960s83.21%
1970s187.23%
1980s228.84%
1990s2811.24%
2000s4718.88%
2010s12048.19%

Getting a film from every decade going back to the 1930s was a big goal of mine. In 2017 my 2000 and above sat around 80%. We're around 67% this year. The 70s tripled, 60s quadrupled, and 80s and 90s also boosted. 70s almost matched the 80s after the 80s and 90s were largely equal last year. These are all positive developments.

Oldest Film: Dracula (1931)
Most Recent Film: VICE (December 25, 2018)

By Year:

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YearNumberPercentage
193910.40%
194410.40%
195820.80%
195910.40%
196010.40%
196210.40%
196310.40%
196831.20%
196920.80%
197010.40%
197120.80%
197210.40%
197310.40%
197420.80%
197531.20%
197620.80%
197720.80%
197810.40%
197931.20%
198010.40%
198110.40%
198210.40%
198331.20%
198420.80%
198520.80%
198620.80%
198731.20%
198862.41%
198910.40%
199010.40%
199141.61%
199220.80%
199341.61%
199431.20%
199531.20%
199610.40%
199720.80%
199852.01%
199931.20%
200020.80%
200120.80%
200231.20%
200331.20%
200452.01%
200531.20%
200672.81%
200741.61%
200893.61%
200993.61%
201052.01%
201152.01%
201252.01%
201341.61%
201452.01%
201572.81%
2016124.82%
20173413.65%
20184317.27%

It was a huge goal of mine to hit every year dating back to 1970. That was way harder than it seems. I ended up snagging every year back to 1968, which is pretty cool. I may not decide to do that again, but it was a good accomplishment and really made me realise how hard it is to search for these specific things. I also weirdly saw a lot of 1988 movies.

In terms of watching films that actually came out that year, in 2015 I had 27, then 35, 39, and this year 43. Good things!

By Month:

These are the films I saw in each month. I'm wondering if this is a worthwhile breakdown. It's still kind of fun I guess.

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MonthNumber
January15
July15
September16
June19
December21
February21
November21
May22
April23
October24
August25
March27

Average: 20.75 per month.

There's no rhyme or reason to this. March was my least movie month in 2017 and January was my most. Straight up. I'm not sure there's much use in keeping track for trends, but it's kind of fun.

Repeat Viewings

Films I saw in both 2018 and 2017 include:

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Bram Stoker's Dracula
Mad Max: Fury Road
Skyfall
The Departed
The Last Jedi
THOR: Ragnarok
Wonder Woman

Films I saw in both 2018 and 2016 include:

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The Witch
22 Jump Street
Jackass 3.5
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
JAWS
Sausage Party

I decided not to include films in both 2018 and 2015, because things will soon get exponentially ridiculous. I will say, however, that I've seen Step Brothers in 2016, 2017, and twice in 2018, meaning at four times it ties THOR: Ragnarok, which I've seen four times since 2017. I also have watched A Christmas Story every year for the past three years, but not in 2015.

And of course there's only one film I've seen every year since 2015 (since 2014, actually), which is The Interview. I need to keep up this streak for sure. I really like how this list is mostly popular comedies or big superhero movies but also The Witch (2016) in there.

This is a lot. I have some more thoughts about this year, such as my strong amount of Terry Gilliam films, all three Godfather movies, and a lot of Clint Eastwood that I ended up seeing. I think a more qualitative analysis deserves its own post. DON'T YOU?!

What does your movie watching look like? Is it totally insane? Are you totally insane? Movies!

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