Bits and bobs or things that made me happy:
-Just watching Eva Green doing anything makes me happy.
-The Wicked movie finally has a release date, for 2019. I’ve been waiting for this movie for years so this is exciting news (even if I have to wait a few more). (Warning for autoplay video in the linked article).
-This video compilation of censored scenes from silent movies is very cool.
Favourite June watches:
I only managed to watch 13 new to me movies in June (including one short film) – I spent more time watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and re-watching Haven than I did watching movies. Winter just seems like a time for TV shows, for some reason. Maybe because they’re easier to binge watch and I like spending a lot of time keeping warm on the sofa.
My favourites of the 13 I did watch, though, were The Fall (pictured above), Advantageous and Mustang (pictured below). I wrote about The Fall here and Mustang here, and I’m planning on writing up a post on Advantageous soon, too.
I also really enjoyed Bound, largely because it looks amazing, but also because it’s a pretty great film.
At the movies
I saw two new releases at the cinema in June, Money Monster and Mustang, as well as two at the Essential Independents Festival, River of Grass (pictured above) and Yosemite. I just realised that all of them are directed by women!
Watch more movies made by women.
I watched a total of nine movies directed by women in June, two of which were rewatches. Bound, Mustang and Advantageous (pictured below) were my favourites.
As we’re halfway through the year, now, it’s probably a good time to check in on my progress for 52 Films by Women. I’m up to 50, with 39 first time watches and 11 rewatches. I think that’s a pretty good effort! I’ll definitely make the 52 films for the pledge, but I’m keen to see how many I can watch beyond that.
On the topic of women-directed films, I made a list of sci-fi, fantasy and related movies directed by women over at letterboxd. Suggestions are more than welcome.
First time watches: River of Grass, Yosemite, Bound, Money Monster, Hot Pursuit, Mustang, Advantageous
Rewatches: Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Decoy Bride
Watch more Australian films.
I watched a grand total of one entire Australian film in June! Admittedly, it’s better than no Australian films but I think I need to focus on watching and going to see Australian films more in the second half of the year. Anyway, I watched Mystery Road, which was quite nice, but required a lot of attention.
Didn’t do so well with this one in June.
June reading recommendations:
Nothing about us without us – the reality of being a disabled actor at Little White Lies
Small Acts of Resistance: Mustang and the cinematic spaces of the sisterhood at Kill Your Darlings