Monday, December 31, 2018

Letterboxd Nation

On letterboxd.com I've been tracking my movie watching over the past few years. The website is easy to use, basically every time you complete watching a movie you enter an entry. The website allows a rating based on a five star system (I'm still locked into the Maltin 4 star system) and allows you to write a review.

I recall author Joyce Carol Oates remarking that people tend to be fascinated with the decade they entered into the world. I was born in 1979, so naturally movies from the 1970s and 1980s take up about a 1/3 of the movies I've watched.  There's a slight drop off with the 90s and even more so with the 2000s. 

As for older films, there's a steady drop off. Only two from the silent era! I will also make an effort to watch more from the 1930s and 1940s.

There's no doubt the 1970s were a watershed era for American movies and the spirit of those films continue to exert a sizable influence. The 90's mark a shift as television began to exert more influence. Also, genre movies went into decline in the 90s, while indie movies went through a renaissance. The 2000s are such a mixed bag it's difficult to make any sense of the decade at this point. 

As film writer Erich Kuersten pointed out it's almost impossible to make sense of current trends or get a sense of the big picture of movies with so much available on streaming. There's also the issue of what's not available on streaming services. Still, I find an ok two hour movie preferable to ten hours of mediocre TV content

I'm curious for your comments. How has letterboxd influenced your viewing habits? Does the website interest you? Are you conscious of the eras in film history you prefer? Or do you prefer just randomly stumbling upon movies?  

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Eric's Movie breakdown 2016-2018

2010's - 332  - 27.5%
2000's - 94   -  7%
1990s - 120 -   10%
1980s - 200 -   16.5%
1970s - 223 -   18.4%    
1960s - 106 -   8%
1950s - 75 -     6%
1940s - 33       3%
1930s - 22       2%
1920s -  2


Total - 1207

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