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31 Over 31

Hey, guess what! Today’s the third anniversary of Cinema Monolith! And to celebrate, I thought I’d participate in some fun events today: first, I’ll post this article, then I’ll play a few games from my SP78 Replay baseball season, then I’ll go to lunch with a local Monolith follower, and then, later this evening, I’ll head over to the multiplex next door to see their Tuesday Night Classics presentation for this week:


So what does any of that have to do with ‘31 over 31’, you ask? Well, nothing, but today is also the end of the month, and after spending three years following other film blogs, and watching my prolific movie-watching blogging friends post their outrageous monthly viewing totals, I decided on January 1st that I was going to do something I’d never done before, and try to watch one movie a day for an entire month…thirty-one movies over thirty-one days. And believe it or not I actually did it, and I’ll be capping it off tonight with a revival screening of Bruce Lee’s 1973 martial arts classic.

Of course, I’ll never be able to keep this movie-a-day pace going beyond today, and the fact that bloggers accomplish this feat every month as a matter of routine continues to boggle my mind. And even though their month-end recaps always remind me of how pitiful my monthly totals look, I still look forward to reading them; I get a kick out of discovering what their movie tastes are, and if they’ve watched anything that I’ve also seen, and what formats they’ve used to watch their movies. So I thought I’d do the same, for this month at least, and borrow some ideas from their own recap pages to use in my own.

So hold on to your hats…it’s time for Cinema Monolith’s 31 Over 31!

January, 2017

Movies watched: 31
New to me: 19
Re-watches: 12

By Decade
1920s: 1
1930s: 1
1940s: 3
1950s: 6
1960s: 6
1970s: 3
1980s: 3
1990s: 1
2000s: 1
2010s: 6

How I Watched
DVD: 14
Blu-ray: 8
At the theater: 2
Netflix Streaming: 2
Internet Archive: 2
Svengoolie on MeTV: 3

Disc Source
Monolith collection: 13
Library: 8
Friend’s collection: 1

The Movies
01 – Jubal (1956)
02 – Secret Admirer (1985)
03 – The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)
04 – Men in Black (1997)
05 – Zoolander 2 (2016)
06 – The Hateful Eight (2015)
07 – Shadow of the Cat (1961)
08 – The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
09 – The Naked Prey (1965)
10 – Hell’s Half Acre (1954)
11 – Passengers (2016)
12 – Quicksand (1950)
13 – Jocks (1986)
14 – Black Friday (1940)
15 – Speedy (1928)
16 – Night of the Blood Beast (1958)
17 – Dr. No (1962)
18 – All the President’s Men (1976)
19 – The Road (2009)
20 – Midnight in Paris (2011)
21 – House of Frankenstein (1944)
22 – From Russia with Love (1963)
23 – The Nice Guys (2016)
24 – Our Kind of Traitor (2016)
25 – The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
26 – Battle of Britain (1969)
27 – ‘G’ Men (1935)
28 – Queen Bee (1955)
29 – Brute Force (1947)
30 – Back to the Future (1985)
31 – Enter the Dragon (1973)

Bonus: TV Episodes Watched
The Simpsons: 24
Tosh.0: 5
Match Game ’78: 9
Ghost Adventures: 2
Kolchak: The Night Stalker: 3
Rules of Engagement: 2
The Andy Griffith Show: 1
The Dick Van Dyke Show: 2
Batman: 2
Monty Python’s Flying Circus: 3

And finally, a special thanks to all the Monolith followers and visitors who’ve stopped by the CM site over the past three years and checked out my reviews and articles…I appreciate the visits, and really enjoy exchanging comments and chatting with you about the films I’ve seen, and cinema-related stories I’ve passed along. Keep coming back…this year I promise to have more posts for you than ever before!


29 comments on “31 Over 31

  1. dracula

    54 over 54

  2. Lindsey

    Happy three years! 🙂

    • Todd B

      Thank you, Lindsey! And did you notice the particular giant lizard movie I watched? Is it about time for a cheese-a-thon?

      • Lindsey

        Absolutely! Just let me know when you’d be interested in posting. I’m good for any day of the week but Friday (FilmStruck day on TMP).

      • Todd B

        I have a post to write up for a blogathon this weekend, and then I’ll write the review for our mini-blogathon and let you know when I’m done. I’m free to post any day after that!

      • Lindsey

        Okay, sounds good!

  3. butterboy44

    Happy Cineversary! I shall celebrate by sacrificing a small child on the stone alter before the Monolith itself. Maybe two. Punk kids.

    • Todd B

      Thanks, Herr Goose! And do me a favor and take out a couple of those bone-throwing monkeys while you’re at it.

    • Julie Dunning

      Butterboy44 is the only punk kid on this block!

      • Todd B

        And proud of it, I believe!

  4. Kelly "LMD" Betron

    You should be standing under the sign wearing your fancy Bob’s Big Boy t-shirt. (Courtesy of yours truly, of course!)

    Happy 31 Big Brother!

    • Todd B

      If only I knew where that sign was…and I had a way to get there…and I had someone to take the picture, THEN I’d definitely wear the shirt under the sign. Until then, you’re stuck with this:

    • Julie Dunning

      You mean big “Coolest” brother! And awesomest blogger / movie reviewer EVER! lol 🙂

      • Todd B

        Disclaimer: Cinema Monolith did not offer payment or reimbursement of any kind to the author of the above endorsement…but will gladly accept the compliment just the same.

  5. Julie Dunning

    31 + 31 = Retirement Age. I wonder how many reviews you’ll have posted by then? Of course I’ll be there long before you so you’ll still be writing. I always thought that 31 – 31 = 0 (but math is not my strong suit). Congratulations Cinema Monolith on 1,095 delightful days of existence!!! Thanks for giving your interested following the ability and enjoyment of reading something that’s actually spelled, punctuated and capitalized correctly – not to mention with proper grammar and sentence structure (such a complete rarity in this day and age). But then again I would expect nothing less from the offspring of an English teacher. Happy 3 Year Anniversary!!!

    • Todd B

      Well, based on the numbers I’ve put up in 2017, I should have over 4,000 reviews posted by the time I retire. If you go by what I’ve posted over the previous three years, the total should be closer to 210. Thanks for the message and the kind words, Julie! I think that’s why it takes me so long to write reviews and get them posted…I think I write about two dozen drafts each, making sure everything looks and sounds correct!

      And 31 minus 31 does equal zero, but 31 over (divided by) 31 is one. And that is our lesson for today, lady grasshopper.

  6. Julie Dunning

    Oh… and LOVE the stats – really interesting – thanks for that!! 🙂

    • Todd B

      I can’t continue with the stat logs beyond today…it would look kinda lame with only 4-5 films listed per month! But I’ll do a year-end recap at the end of December, showcasing ALL the movies I watch in 2017. Hopefully you can hang on ’til then; otherwise, I’ll just fake it every month.

  7. Julie Dunning

    Hey, can you really say “from my DVD tower” now that you’ve added Blu-Ray? Technically DVD would be incorrect. Just sayin…

    • Todd B

      DVDs still technically ‘own’ the tower, outnumbering the Blu-rays by a 6-to-1 ratio. So, until the DVD army is defeated by the upstart BD rebels, the tower will remain owned and operated by the DVD collective.

  8. Julie Dunning

    Balderdash! I still say that’s total misrepresentation! But knowing you it won’t be long before the DVDs are eclipsed by the Blu-rays. 🙂

    • Todd B

      I don’t know…700 DVDs might take a long time – and a lot of grocery money – to replace!

  9. Dracula

    No Leave It To Beaver in the bonus TV episodes. Come on Wally!

    • Todd B

      Cut me some slack, Whitey! You know I have the first four seasons on DVD, right? I’ve actually thought about getting started with those, but I have to finish a few other shows first. And yes, one of my seasons includes the ‘trapped in the soup’ episode.

  10. Dracula

    Listen to a story about a man named Jed…

    • Todd B

      Okay, you’ve stumped me with that comment…I have no idea what you’re referring to, except The Beverly Hillbillies, which I did NOT watch this month. So unless you can put that statement into some sort of context, I’ll have to penalize you for extreme drunkenness.

  11. Loving that list! Great start with Jubal kicking it off. Hammer titles and The Naked Prey. Jocks!!! Harold Lloyd. A great variety here and to see Enter the Dragon a big screen had to be cool. Glad to see you had time for at least 1 visit to Mayberry as well. 🙂

    • Todd B

      Yeah, that list is a good example of my viewing habits…I try to vary my movie types/genres/decades from day to day, and I rarely watch similarly-themed films all in a row. And by the way, it was your review and recommendation that got me to watch Jubal (which I liked, so thanks!). And have you really seen Jocks? Good lord, what a mess that was…I’ll be reviewing it as soon as I finish cleaning up its ridiculous one-sheet poster.

      And Enter the Dragon was cool on the big screen; it was my first time watching it, so I didn’t know what to expect. What a great score by Lalo Schifrin, too…it sounded a lot like what he did for Dirty Harry, and to me it really gave the film a boost.

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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 222

From the Monolith: 123

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 6
1940s – 19
1950s – 35
1960s – 34
1970s – 35
1980s – 33
1990s – 6
2000s – 13
2010s – 41

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 40
Comedy – 35
Crime – 21
Documentary – 5
Drama – 24
Horror – 38
Musical – 1
Mystery/Thriller – 19
Romance – 3
Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 27
Western – 8

Movies by CM Rating

10 star – 10
9 star – 28
8 star – 35
7 star – 31
6 star – 22
5 star – 22
4 star – 23
3 star – 18
2 star – 18
1 star – 12
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Pre-1968 – 89
G – 1
PG – 32
PG-13 – 34
R – 58
NC-17 – 0
TV and Unrated – 8

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