140 Films in 2015

For the last few years, I have set myself a goal to watch 52 films each year. Obviously, this works out at one film a week, which, when I started doing this, felt realistic, and something that would help me watch more new-to-me films, instead of endless rewatches.

In 2014 I surpassed that total, ending up on 73, but I kept the goal of 52 the same, because I didn’t want to set an unrealistic target and then fail to meet it. As you can tell from the title of this post, I ended up watching nearly three times as many as I wanted to, finishing the year on 140! Even to me, that’s a fairly astonishing total, especially given that when I first started logging my films, in 2011, I finished on 30!

With so many films to consider, it was hard to make a collage that showed them all properly without it overtaking the whole post, so here’s what my 2015 in films looks like.

Final

  • In terms of how I watched the 140, it’s a pretty even split between the cinema (52) and online streaming (57). My cinema total has gone up massively due to having an Cineworld Unlimited card for the first time, and it actually works out at one a week, which is good going. The remaining films were either DVD (12), television (15), or iPlayer (3).
  • I have actually taken the time to work out which actors are my most watched this year! This has taken a fair amount of work, but it’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing. My most watched male actors were Vin Diesel and Oscar Isaac, both coming in at seven a piece. The runaway winner for the females looked like being Jordana Brewster for a while (darn that Fast and Furious marathon), but ended up being Allison Janney, with six.
  • I also worked out my most watched director (Steven Spielberg), and my most watched screenwriter (Chris Morgan – he of Fast and Furious fame).
  • I wanted to do a separate post for my favourite new releases of 2015, but it didn’t happen, so here they are, in no particular order: Inside Out, Ex Machina, The Martian, Carol and Brooklyn.
  • In terms of older releases, my favourites that I watched in 2015 were: The Way, Way Back, Spellbound, Begin Again, Chef and School of Rock (which I can’t believe it took me so long to watch in full!).
  • As always, there are very few on the list that I didn’t enjoy, as I’m pretty good by now at knowing what I will like. But the humour of Wet Hot American Summer went right over my head – I didn’t get it at all. And the worst film I watched at the cinema was The Last Witch Hunter. If I hadn’t bothered with it, Oscar Isaac would have won most-watched actor outright.

That may seem like a little bit too much work in terms of analysing my film watching. But I honestly enjoy all of this almost as much as I enjoy the films themselves!

I tried to keep up with writing a small amount on each film for the blog this year, but it didn’t work, and it won’t work any better next year, as I intend to watch more films. But I am starting to use Letterboxd more, and I’m hoping to log each film for 2016 there, along with a couple of sentences giving my thoughts on each one. If you’d like to, you can follow me here.

Do you set yourself film goals? What are you aiming for in 2016?

8 thoughts on “140 Films in 2015

  1. that is a lot of films and a lot of cinema trips! I need to see lots of films next year I still haven’t seen lots of the ‘classics’ that people go on about and there are some good new ones out in the cinema next year!

    1. I decided 2016 would be the year I’d see the films that everyone thinks you have to see – Singin’ in the Rain, the Godfather, etc. We’ll see how I get on!

  2. Wow that’s a lot of films! I’m not really (read: not at all) a film person, so I have no idea what my total is for 2015… Less than 15 I bet! Having said that, I dread to think how many TV hours I clocked this year…

    Liz x

  3. Ooh I like these kinds of stats! Ex Machina and Brooklyn were two of my favourites too, especially since I have a tiny thing for (full blown obsession with) Domhnall Gleeson. Good lord, that man is beautiful. Of course, the lovely costumes in Brooklyn were worth it too – always one of my main takeaways from a movie!

    1. Domhnall Gleeson is just wonderful, isn’t he? I can’t wait to see what he does next – he’s making some really interesting choices! And yes, the costumes in Brooklyn weren’t perfect. That film was just about perfect!

  4. I absolutely adore movies but I’ve never thought about keeping a record of movies I’ve seen throughout the year before! Have signed up the Letterboxd and following you. Thanks for the link!

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