I Watched 131 Films in 28 Days. How Was Your February?

So I guess I saw 20 more films in February than I did in January, even though the month is shorter. I would blame this almost solely on TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar (which still has two more days to go), but I watched a number of other films as well. As I did last time, after the cut I’ll list all 131 films, as well as a breakdown by decade and list my five favorites. I’d also like to point out that I watched a number of foreign films this month. I try to watch at least one foreign film a month, but I think I watched 14 in February (and they weren’t all in French!) As much as I wish every month were 31 Days of Oscar (because zomg I watched so many Best Picture nominees in the last few weeks, you don’t even know), I’m kind of looking forward to not having a million films on my DVR looming every morning.

  1. The Rain People
  2. Manhattan Melodrama
  3. Richard III (1955)
  4. The Private Life Of Henry VIII
  5. Anne Of The Thousand Days
  6. Anthony Adverse
  7. The Great Waltz
  8. Lonelyhearts
  9. The Moon Is Blue
  10. The Last Detail
  11. Witness for the Prosecution
  12. For Whom The Bell Tolls
  13. Un chien andalou
  14. The Love Parade
  15. The Big House (1930)
  16. The Divorcee (1930)
  17. Disraeli (1929)
  18. Edward, My Son
  19. Separate Tables (1958)
  20. The Sundowners (1960)
  21. The Champ (1931)
  22. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
  23. The Lion in Winter (1968)
  24. Mourning Becomes Electra
  25. Othello (1965)
  26. One Hour With You
  27. Stand and Deliver
  28. Irma Vep
  29. Conquest (aka Marie Walewska)
  30. La nuit américaine (Day For Night)
  31. The Pride of the Yankees
  32. The Kiss (1929)
  33. Viva Villa!
  34. Trader Horn (1931)
  35. Libeled Lady
  36. The Black Swan (1942)
  37. Blossoms in the Dust
  38. Madame Curie
  39. L’illusionniste (The Illusionist)
  40. Mrs. Parkington
  41. The Valley of Decision
  42. Ball of Fire
  43. In weiter Ferne, so nah! (Faraway, So Close!)
  44. On the Beach
  45. The Caine Mutiny
  46. The Sin of Madelon Claudet
  47. Come Back, Little Sheba
  48. After Hours
  49. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
  50. Trois couleurs: Rouge (Three Colors: Red)
  51. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
  52. National Velvet
  53. The Yearling
  54. Random Harvest
  55. Of Mice and Men (1939)
  56. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
  57. Quo Vadis (1951)
  58. Executive Suite
  59. A Free Soul
  60. None But the Lonely Heart
  61. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  62. Here Comes Mr. Jordan
  63. The Story of Louis Pasteur
  64. Alice Adams
  65. Flirtation Walk
  66. The More the Merrier
  67. The Talk of the Town
  68. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  69. Le dernier métro (The Last Metro)
  70. Mon oncle
  71. My Man Godfrey (1936)
  72. Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
  73. Lady For A Day
  74. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
  75. Pote tin Kyriaki (Never On Sunday)
  76. Street Angel
  77. Anna Christie (1930)
  78. September
  79. Do the Right Thing
  80. The Tourist
  81. Dead End
  82. Five Star Final
  83. On the Town
  84. The Goddess
  85. Inherit the Wind
  86. Mr. Saturday Night
  87. Come and Get It
  88. The Westerner
  89. Blow-Up
  90. Summertime
  91. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
  92. Night Must Fall (1937)
  93. Watch on the Rhine
  94. Trois couleurs: Bleu (Three Colors: Blue)
  95. Trzy kolory: Bialy (Three Colors: White)
  96. State Fair (1945)
  97. Pygmalion (1938)
  98. Two Arabian Knights
  99. The Divine Lady
  100. Limelight (1952)
  101. Skippy
  102. Ship of Fools
  103. The Devil and Daniel Webster (aka All That Money Can Buy)
  104. You Were Never Lovelier
  105. Cover Girl
  106. A Song to Remember
  107. Don’t Look Now
  108. Amarcord
  109. 8 1/2
  110. La Strada
  111. The Lavender Hill Mob
  112. Dodsworth
  113. The Blacksmith
  114. Great Expectations (1946)
  115. Marie Antoinette (1938)
  116. Bus Stop
  117. The Corn Is Green (1945)
  118. The Search
  119. Ivanhoe (1952)
  120. King Solomon’s Mines (1950)
  121. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
  122. Fanny (1961)
  123. Silkwood
  124. I’ll Cry Tomorrow
  125. Sunrise At Campobello
  126. Joan of Arc (1948)
  127. The Informer (1935)
  128. Smilin’ Through (1932)
  129. Arthur (1981)
  130. Broadway Melody of 1936
  131. The Citadel

1920s: 9
1930s: 35
1940s: 32
1950s: 21
1960s: 15
1970s: 4
1980s: 7
1990s: 6
2000s: 2

Here are my five favorites. Believe it or not, two of the films are from the 80s.

The Moon Is Blue, 1953 (dir. Otto Preminger)

I feel bad for not being able to find a picture that also included Maggie McNamara (she was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in this film), but it was really David Niven and William Holden who made this film for me. This film is infamous for being released despite not be approved by the censors board. This film marked a slow, but steady, disintegration of the Hayes code. I still think the film is one of the raciest things I’ve ever seen, so I can only imagine how audiences must have reacted back then. I like to think it would be like when your average middle American viewer accidentally stumbles into a John Waters film.

After Hours, 1985 (dir. Martin Scorsese)

This. Movie. This is everything I want in a comedy. It is probably one of the weirdest films I’ve ever seen. Every note is executed perfectly. The pace is perfect, the script is sharp and the performances are all impeccable. It makes me wish Martin Scorsese would make more comedies. I’d also be lying if I didn’t say that my love for this film isn’t in part due to the attractiveness of Griffin Dunne. The film was in competition for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, and although it did not win that prize, Scorsese took home the Best Director award. I loved this movie so much that I actually immediately bought it on DVD ($5.99 on Amazon ftw) and have already re-watched it. Most definitely a legitimate purchase.

Pygmalion, 1938 (dir. Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard)

Once again a Leslie Howard film makes my list. I just love him so much and I think in playing Professor Henry Higgins, he found the perfect role. You can just tell that Howard loved playing this part; he’s practically glowing throughout the film. He meets his match, too, in Wendy Hiller as Eliza Doolittle. Both were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances, sadly they both went home empty handed. As much as I love My Fair Lady, I think I prefer this film.

Bus Stop, 1956 (dir. Joshua Logan)

This has got to be one of Marilyn Monroe’s best performances, if not her best, period. She is heartbreaking. If anyone doubts her abilities as an actress, they need to watch this film. I actually didn’t really know much about this film going in and was surprised at how kind of dark it was, despite outwardly appearing to be a romantic comedy. It’s filled with great performances and the art direction/costumes are just to die for. It’s definitely a film I’d like to revisit in the future; I have a feeling it’s got more layers than it seems.

Arthur, 1981 (dir. Steve Gordon)

I actually just watched this last night, but I am so in love with this film. I didn’t know what to expect, because based solely on the plot summary I wasn’t sure that I’d like the film. What I discovered was that the film is so much more than the story of a playboy alcoholic. It’s a romance about an ill-adjusted man, who was maybe just a little too scared to fully grow up, who finds the love of his life. I’m a big fan of (and believer in) love at first sight and this film does it so well. The script is tender and witty and insightful and the characters are some of the most charming, interesting and fun ever written. I’m pretty dubious about the upcoming remake. I just don’t see how they can capture the same sweetness that this film had.

So here we are, the first day of March. I am a little behind already (subbed for a half-day today!), but I have watched two films and have plans to watch Cabaret for the first time later tonight (cannot. wait.) I’ll check in with y’all again in 30 days with my look at March’s film-watching exploits. Until then, I’ll keep watching films and you keep watching films and the world’ll keep spinning round.


About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on March 1, 2011, in 2011 in Films and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. You movie watching freak! And I mean that as a compliment 🙂 You watched like 4, sometimes 5 movies a day on average to accomplish this! Wow.

  2. Wow, great job. I watched about 90 films this month and I thought that was a lot! You have never seen Cabaret? You’ll adore it.

    • I’m super psyched to watch it for the first time. it’s pretty high on my “you’ve never seen this?!” this. and I don’t even know why I’ve never seen it! it’s totally my kind of film.

  3. *HOW* in the world did you manage it? Whatever it is, I wish I had it in me too!

  4. Wow incredible watching that many in a month!

    Enjoy Cabaret!!!

  5. Holy shit, that’s an unholy amount of film’s to see in a month! I thought it had to be a typo at first. Nope. I’ve only seen 64 so far the whole year. I’m a rank amateur compared to you. I bow to your superior movie watching ability.


  6. I’m so glad you like Arthur! It’s a favorite of mine, and Cabaret is too, you’ll love it!

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