Monthly Roundup: March Movie-Watching Recap

Though I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now, I’ve never actually done a monthly movie-watching recap before. But I’ve been inspired by EricAndy, Diana and Andina so from now on, I’m going to do this on the first or second day of the month.

Like Diana said on her post, I too feel so diminutive seeing how many more films my fellow bloggers see in a given month! I count myself lucky if I got to see four movies in a week, and this weekend I was hoping to see Carnage or Whistleblower but ended with a big fat zero as I was busy all day Friday and went to an Indonesian Festival at the University of Minnesota on Saturday.

Anyway here are the movies I saw in March:

  1. My Week with Marilyn
  2. Hunger Games
  3. Casablanca
  4. Three Musketeers
  5. Lambent Fuse
  6. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  7. Senna
  8. Breaking Dawn
  9. Puss in Boots
  10. Contagion


Favorite March Movie:

I’d say it’s a tie between Casablanca and Senna, they’re two very different films but both made a tremendous impression on me. I still plan on doing an appreciation post for Casablanca sometime this month.

So this month I only saw a total of ten new films [gasp!] with about three that I re-watched, bringing the total to a whopping… thirteen! [wince] Yes I know, it’s VERY low for even a common moviegoer, let alone a movie blogger!! I am hoping to see more movies each month and maybe even add one or two movies on week nights. Well the nice thing is, I was actually able to review most of the films I saw, whilst I still haven’t got around to reviewing a few of the movies I saw around the holidays (December/January), such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse. I’ll do mini reviews of those films I mentioned in the near future.

Well, my goal is to watch 100 new films by the end of the year (by *new* I mean films I had not seen before, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be a contemporary film released in 2021). So far I’ve seen 19 of those this year, which means I have to see an average of 10 films every month if I were to hit my goal 😀

Well, surely the lot of you saw way more films than I did. So what’s your favorite film(s) you saw in March?

42 thoughts on “Monthly Roundup: March Movie-Watching Recap

  1. This is such a cool little project! I started one similiar to this one my page (The 2012 New Movie Project). I told my wife that it would either be really cool to see how many new movies I watch in a year or really pathetic (depending on how you look at it – lol.)

    Glad you caught “Casablanca”! That’s a film that’s really near and dear to my heart.

    1. Hi Keith, that’s cool that you’re starting a similar thing on your blog. I really hope we both get to see as many films as we want this year. I think for me 100 *new* movies a year is realistic but we’ll see how that goes 🙂

      I’m so glad I got to see Casablanca on the big screen, I understand now why it’s such an iconic film.

  2. Ted S.

    You know come to think of it, I only saw one new movie since January and that was the awful Red Tails. Other than I haven’t been to the movie theater in a long time. Probably because there aren’t any films I want to see currently in theater. I still need to catch up on films I missed from last year.

    1. Yeah, I also have a bunch of stuff from last year that I missed. Too bad about Red Tails, I was quite intrigued by the trailer actually. Might still rent that one.

      1. Ted S.

        I expected to see a realistic take on the story of the Tuskegee Airmen but what George Lucas decided to make was a fantasy tale mix in with a little bit of Top Gun and Star Wars. That’s why I was so disappointed, it could’ve been a great movie about a forgotten group of men in WW2 but they decided to turn the film into a action fantasy.

  3. todayiwatchedamovie

    Monthly recaps are such a good idea! Don’t worry about not seeing tons of movies…quality over quantity and all that.

  4. I loved Senna too. You don’t even have to know anything about Formula One racing to enjoy the film. It’s better if you haven’t seen Stallone’s car wreck of a movie Driven (to boredom). There are so many good docs nowadays.

    100 films? You go girl! So many films… so little time.

    1. That’s right Dave. I knew very little of F1 racing but the film was more about Senna’s humanity as well as his driving prowess.

      You said it… too many films, so little time!! I have so much catching up to do, I won’t be able to blog if I were to catch up w/ movies I haven’t seen from last year, ahah.

  5. Hey, I “only” saw 15 movies last month, so don’t feel too bad! 😀 Cool to see you do a monthly recap, Ruth. Hope you keep it up!

  6. I reeaaaally want to see Casablanca again. One watch in my high school english class didn’t do it justice!
    Also really loved Senna – I can see how you find it hard to choose 🙂
    I wouldn’t worry about not watching as many films as you would have liked – when I watch films I’m usually putting off work that I have to do for uni (very bad of me).
    I look forward to hearing what you think of Tinker Tailor – it’s one of my favourites of the year.

    1. Hi Ruth! I might actually rewatch Casablanca before year’s end as I really want my hubby to see it on Blu-ray.

      Senna is fantastic for the action and the emotional impact. Ahah, I guess I’d choose to do movies than homework, he..he..

      I’ll have my mini review of Tinker Tailor up sometime this month, I promise 🙂

  7. jackdeth72

    Hi, Ruth and company:

    Great selection of movies for the month!

    ‘Casablanca’ definitely requires more than one viewing. Definitely looking forward to your appreciation of it.

    1. Hi Dave, yes I think Senna was indeed one of the best offerings from last year. I think auto racing is quite fascinating, but the personal life of Senna is what made the doc appealing to me.

  8. It’s all about quality not quantity! I saw more movies but I wish I’d skipped the likes of Drive Angry! That’s nearly 2 hours of my life I could have back!

    I’m still desperate to see Senna. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I’ll be posting my top 14 of March in the next couple of days so I won’t tell you now what my favourite was!

    1. Ahah, I see what you mean Pete. Come to think of it, I used to watch a ton more movies before I started blogging. The thing w/ not having time to watch movies is that you’re careful about what films to watch. I’ll definitely avoid Drive Angry, ahah.

    1. Word of the wise… thanks matey. I will definitely keep that in mind though I think I could really stand adding a few more films per week. Hopefully I could go up to at least 15 per month 🙂

  9. Looks like we are competing for the title of less prolific movie watchers of the month ahah. I watched Senna a couple weeks ago as well, very good documentary indeed and a great way to get to know a bit more about the man behind the helmet. I never realized how much of a rivalry he had with Prost. Great stuff.

    1. How many did YOU watch Castor? I’d think you watched more than me! Glad we agree on SENNA. Yeah I didn’t know that much about him and Prost, I knew they were rivals but wow, apparently it went a bit deeper than that.

  10. Ruth, I like this type of post since it’s tough to keep track of what everyone’s watching throughout the month. Casablanca is a favorite of mine, and I also need to check it out again.

    In March, the definite new favorite for me was Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love, which is a beautiful film. After that, the next two would be The Muppets and Hugo, though they would be pretty far behind.

    1. Nice to see all the fans of ‘Casablanca’… made me feel even happier that I finally saw that one.

      Oooh I’ve been wanting to see ‘In the Mood for Love.’ Oh, you haven’t seen The Muppets either? Glad I’m not the only one. Hugo is wonderful though, you’ll enjoy it, Dan!

      1. Ruth, sorry if I wasn’t clear. I saw both The Muppets and Hugo for the first time in March. They ranked right below In the Mood for Love as my favorites of the month. The Muppets was a lot of fun, especially since I watched The Muppet Movie and the other early ones as a kid. I really liked Hugo, especially its style.

  11. I’d love to see Casablanca again. The first time I saw it I was taken by its beauty and charisma, so I know I’ll love it if I give it a second watch.

    I’m also seeing The Third Man in a movie theatre this month, so I’m excited for that!

    1. Now that I’ve seen Casablanca on the big screen, I’m ready to see more classics that way. That’s cool that you’ll be seeing The Third Man at the cinema, Tyler.

  12. impsndcnma

    I’m so glad you finally got to see Senna. It was one of my favorite movies last year, documentary or not. I should probably buy that one. I didn’t get to see Casablanca on 35mm, but I picked up the Blu-ray with the new transfer, so I’m excited to have a Casablanca night of my own.

      1. impsndcnma

        Yes I bought the BD. There was an exclusive one-disc release at Target that I picked up because I have the UC release that came out a few years ago.

    1. Oh no Dezzy, it’s got nothing to do w/ the sit com. This one is a classic rom-com Designing Woman (singular) w/ my beloved Gregory and Lauren Bacall.

    1. Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed Hunger Games too. That’s always nice when a movie lives up to the hype.

  13. This is fun idea and seems like everyone is doing it. I used to do the same on books but I was too preoccupied and finally left the activity behind. Maybe I should start again for both book and movie.

    You watch quite a lot. I am still in the TV Series marathon. I am watching a 26 episodes anime now. I will break this routine when I finally find time to buy TTSS 🙂 I miss Benny.

    1. Oh you should absolutely do a monthly thing for books, Nov. Maybe you can do a combo of movie & books you watch/read per month?

      You think I watched a lot?? Here I am feeling ashamed I didn’t have time to watch more, ahah. But I don’t watch ANY TV though. My friend just gave me some Game of Thrones episodes. I’m gonna watch a few and see if I like ’em.

      Oh yeah, watch ‘Tinker Tailor’, Benny is so great in it.

      1. I don’t watch TV either … Indonesian local TV sucks terribly!!

        All I watch right now are either DVD or downloaded file (like anime I am watching right now). Hope you enjoy Game of thrones more than me 😉

        Huaaaa…Benny…I want to watch Sherlock again.

        1. Ahah, so I guess Indo TV hasn’t improved much 😦

          I really don’t know if I can get into Game of Thrones, might be too violent for my taste, or too vulgar. We’ll see.

          So cute that you have nicknames for your fave boys… Cilli and Benny, they could be a pop duo! 🙂

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