03 January 2020

Six to Grow On

I have been an old movie weirdo for a long time. My father loved watching them when I was growing up, but I wasn't very interested in them until I started teaching nearly 30 years ago. At that time, American Movie Classics really was a channel that showed classic films from the Marx Brothers and others. And I remember a Christmas on my own when I was 20 where I watched Meet Me in St. Louis on TNT. Both channels changed formats long ago, but I have been watching Turner Classic Movies almost since its inception 25 years ago. And my tv has rarely been tuned elsewhere.

I do go to the theatre and see new releases. I get my money's worth from my Amazon Prime Video account, as well. But there is something comforting, especially in these times where all of the news is bad, about sitting down to work in the evenings and having Cary Grant keeping me company.

I suspect that many of my posts this year will reflect my interest in film, but for this first one, I'm sharing some data I posted just last year. This was the board I have in my office:


While I certainly watch more movies than are reflected in this data set (it only tracks things I see for the first time), it's always a good conversation starter. Many people love going to the movies or watching things at home and are anxious to share their recommendations. On the board, I show data by decade of film release and month I watched them, as well as a list of my favourites and information from the previous year.

I did fill the board with new data for 2019 (143 new-to-me movies). I will continue this over the course of the coming year. So far in 2020, I have watched six...and the list will grow.

Do you collect and share any personal data?

Another reminder that I'm going to post a tweet a day from a previous year and expand on it a bit as a way to get back in the habit of sharing via a blog. You can see my full list of tweets posted on this day, or start seeing your own by following On This Day.

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