Screen Time: 2014 – A Year in Numbers

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So it’s been a while……but anyway, back to business and welcome to a special 2014 edition of Screen Time which rather than looking at what I have watched since my last update (almost three months ago now – I know, I know), I thought it might be interesting to have a look at some of my viewing stats from the past year. These stats have been compiled from a combination of my own records and the good folks over at Letterboxd, which if you haven’t checked it out then you should, as it’s a must for any lover of film.

Screenings

2014 was my biggest year for screenings so far, and I managed to clock up 250 films in total, beating the previous year by 18 films. These 250 breakdown as follows:

New Films

Cinema Screenings – 73

Couch Screenings – 94

Total News Films – 167

Rewatches – 83

Total 2014 – 250

I am pleased by these stats, in particular the new film to rewatches ratio, with over double in favour of new films, as there is always a temptation at the end of a long day to reach for something trusted, rather than taking the plunge on something new. This is something I keen to continue in 2015.  My full 2014 watch list can be found here.

Directors

Not too surprisingly considering my on-going bet with Tim over at Beermovie.net on who can get through Alfred Hitchcock’s filmography first, the old master was my most watched director with 11 films knocked off. Hitch was followed by Edgar Wright on four, and a tie between Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Bryan Singer on three a piece.

Actors

Scarlett Johansson continues her impressive maturity as an actor and was my most watched actor of 2014 with eight films.   I suspect this breaks down to Her (twice), Captain America: The Winter Solider, Under the Skin (twice), Lucy, Chef and the simply wonderful Lost in Translation.

Quite bizarrely, there was a four-way tie after Scar Jo with Bill Nighy, Anna Pacquin, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and quite bafflingly, William Dafoe, all tied on six films.

Reviews

I think my biggest regret of the year was the paltry number of reviews that I managed to get up on the site – a measly total of seven. With a busy day job and home life I have often found myself in the position of having to choose between watching films or writing about films. A no-brainer I know, however I am trying to figure out a way of being more consistent and finding a regular voice, though I feel like I have been saying that for a while now, but please bear with me.

The Magnificent Seven (all clickable) were:

Gone Girl

Only Lovers Left Alive

Predestination

Galore

Calvary

The Rover

Under the Skin

Best of 2014

I am working on a best of 2014 post, to go along with the myriad of others out there, but I am holding back a little while in order to see some of the major 2014 releases that haven’t made it to Australian screens yet, as I tend to go by Oscar eligibility rather than Australian release date.  I am hoping to get this up before the Oscars are handed out.   A sneak peak though: Boy it’s been a very good year.

I also have something a little special planned: 2014 through the eyes of a seven year old. This is a really fascinating take on traditional top ten lists, so if this interests you then stay tuned for more.

Thank You

And finally, a quick thank you to everyone who has stopped by this site and read or shared any of my content. Your readership is hugely appreciated and means a great deal to me. Thank you.

Thanks again and see you on the other side.

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