Nowhere near close to that number! 444 first-time viewings!? Fupping crikey! Can you even remember them all Søren, taking in that much new material? When I was watching the Bond movies for the first time ever a few years ago there was a point where I was trying to crack through a couple at a time every single day but they were just blurring together far too much and I had to slow the process down. And that was only a couple of dozen pictures!
Letterboxd tells me I watched 413 movies in total in 2017, only 145 of which were first-time viewings for me. Of those 145, 46 can be said to have been released in 2017 (by which I mean I’m counting movies which may have been released to festivals in 2015 or 2016 but which received general releases - theatrically or VOD - in 2017; or movies such as The Blackcoat’s Daughter or 47 Meters Down which enjoyed brief, limited runs in another incarnation but which were repackaged/remarketed for 2017).
The Blackcoat’s Daughter was certainly my favourite release from last year. I’m not sure offhand which of my first-time views in 2017 was my favourite but I recall being immensely impressed by Kurosawa’s 1957 re-imagining of Macbeth, Throne of Blood, a movie I enjoyed so much I immediately watched it again as soon as I’d finished watching it the first time. So it was probably that one. Favourite first-time-viewing western was Brimstone although I’m pretty sure the only westerns I saw in 2017 for the first time were Brimstone, 1966’s The Savage Pampas and 1971’s The Hunting Party.
Well, there’s a truth to that. I’m having a David Attenborough January right now: I’m watching Africa (5 episodes), Blue Planet II (7 episodes), Frozen Planet (6 episodes), Life (10 episodes), Madagascar (3 episodes), Planet Earth (11 episodes) and Planet Earth II (6 episodes) over every weekday in January. That’s at least a couple of episodes every single weekday, and that’ll definitely hobble my film viewing for the month. It’s also a New Year’s resolution of mine to read a lot more this year, and that will cut into film time, too.