December 2016 Roundup

And 2016 is over! What a year, huh? I’m not feeling in the most reflective mood, so I’ll just do a quick rundown of what I watched in December, and forget the rest of the year. I got to the cinema twice in December: to see La La Land, which I adored (my December favourite), and Rogue One, which…I did not. It makes the second of my favourite franchises to disappoint me this year (if you count Fantastic Beasts as part of the Harry Potter franchise) and I think I’m just a bit burnt out on franchises, at the moment. Of course, I’m still very much looking forward to Episode VIII and Wonder Woman, so I won’t be avoiding them. I watched 17 new to me movies for December, nearly half of which had Colin Farrell in them. Ha. One of them, happily, was my other favourite for the month: Seven Psychopaths.

As for news and things that got me excited, well, there wasn’t much, really! I saw that Amy Schumer is slated to be in the upcoming Barbie movie, which I’m now not looking forward to. I don’t find her funny at all and her brand of comedy just really seems a poor fit for the Barbie brand. I’ll probably end up seeing it, though, as Barbie is my other big love in life.

For more of an overview of my 2016 movie viewing, you can see my year in review page at letterboxd (which is probably only of interest to me, but I find it quite fun). If you don’t want to follow the link: I watched 325 films total, 215 of which were first time watches, Clue was my most (re-)watched film, Mario Bava was my most watched director and Colin Farrell the most watched actor.

December Favourites

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Hands down, my favourite for December was La La Land. I haven’t been that moved by a film in so long, nor that excited. I already wrote all about it here, though.

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My other favourite was Seven Psychopaths which I had meant to see at the cinema but, well, never got around to it. Better late than never, though, right? I had such a great time with that movie. I had to pause it a couple of times to catch my breath from laughing so hard. I’ll definitely be watching it, again. (Though I would say it’s not quite as good as In Bruges).

I also very much enjoyed: Those People, For the Love of Spock and Winter’s Tale.

Directed by Women

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I only watched two new to me movies directed by women for December: Madame Bovary and Maggie’s Plan. Both had been on my annual watchlists (for 2015 and 2016, respectively) so I was quite looking forward to them, but they didn’t live up to my expectations. Madame Bovary was intensely dull, but pretty, and Maggie’s Plan was good but definitely not my favourite. I’m glad I watched them, though.

First time watches: Madame Bovary, Maggie’s Plan

Re-watches: Girl Asleep, Miss Julie

What I wrote

La La Land, 2016

Frances Ha, 2012

What I read

8 Great movies based on unusual literary source material at Literary Hub

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