January 2017 Roundup

This roundup post is coming a little later in the month than they usually do. Mostly because I wasn’t sure if I would keep doing them in 2017. And also because I haven’t been writing anything, even on letterboxd, about films, lately. I just haven’t felt like it. But that’s probably all the more reason to start doing it again!

I got to the cinema twice, in January, and that was to see Moana, which was very lovely, and Moonlight, which was just gorgeous. Utterly beautiful. It’s very deserving of all the praise it’s got. I watched 23 films in total and, aside from Moonlight, I think my favourite was A Home at the End of the World. It’s certainly the one that affected me the most. I was thinking about it for days after, and, even now, I still get lost in thoughts about it. Really beautiful, pure, lovely film.

I’m sure I watched more than just one trailer in January, but I was very excited to see the trailer for My Cousin Rachel. It looks right up my alley.

January Favourites

As I mentioned my favourite watches of January were A Home at the End of the World and Moonlight. I haven’t written up reviews for either of them, on letterboxd – I started one for A Home at the End of the World, but I kept dithering over it and it was making me anxious, so I’ve left it to stew over for a re-watch somewhere down the track – but they were both beautiful films. Moonlight was the better of the two, but I think they’re both well worth a watch.

Directed by Women

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I’m doing the 52 films by Women challenge again, this year. Once again, I’m including re-watches, so my count for January was four films directed by women. My first time watches were Anatomy of Hell, which I did not enjoy one bit, and Palo Alto, which was pretty but didn’t give me much to grasp onto.

First time watches: Anatomy of Hell; Palo Alto

Re-watches: Frozen; Josie and the Pussycats

What I wrote

A few reviews on letterboxd, but nothing else.

What I read

66 Movies Directed by Women to Look Forward to in 2017 at Film School Rejects

Rogue One proves it’s not enough for ‘feminist’ films to have a great female lead at The Sydney Morning Herald

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

November 2016 Roundup

November was a slightly better month for me, than October. I managed to watch more movies and even got to the cinema five times, to see: Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, Their Finest, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them and A United Kingdom. I think that’s a record for me. Arrival was hands down my favourite. It went straight to the top of my 2016 list (but has since been surpassed by La La Land). I didn’t think as much of Fantastic Beasts, which is a disappointment for a huge Harry Potter fan, but it did seem to spark two new crushes (on Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller), which is always fun. My other favourite for the month was definitely The Nice Guys. I missed it at the cinema, but went and hired it and it definitely lived up to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (one of my favourites, also directed by Shane Black).

Aside from that, I was very excited to see the trailers for Wonder Woman and T2. I’m going to have to rewatch Trainspotting soon – it’s been too long since I’ve seen it.

Oh, and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is going to be a movie trilogy akin to Indiana Jones! I’m tentatively excited.

November Favourites

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My top November watches were all 2016 releases! I mentioned Arrival and The Nice Guys in the summary above, but Their Finest, which I saw at the BBC First British Film Festival and A United Kingdom were both excellent, too. Arrival was just a breath of fresh air, for me. Not exactly what I was expecting, which I loved. The Nice Guys left me in tears (of laughter), Their Finest was also very funny but in a drier way and A United Kingdom was moving and beautiful. Highly recommend all of them.

Directed by Women

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I watched three movies directed by women in November: Their Finest, Our Kind of Traitor and A United Kingdom. Their Finest was my favourite, followed closely by A United Kingdom. I found Our Kind of Traitor to be entertaining and nice to look at, but ultimately I suspect it will be forgettable.

What I wrote

Girl Asleep, 2015 review

What I read

ARRIVAL: When is now? at David Bordwell’s website on cinema

Adelaide’s Changing Cinema Landscape at Broadsheet (for the gorgeous photos of the cinemas)

Female Directors Don’t Need ‘Experience’ — They Just Need To Get Hired at Forbes

Ida Lupino, a Woman of Spine on Both Sides of the Lens at The New York Times

Tom Ford, Ben Mankiewicz and a Fashion-Film Vortex at The New York Times

October 2016 Roundup

I’ve been toying with the idea of a new format for these posts, but I was going to start using it next year for a nice clean start. It bothered me to have two months at the end of the year with a different format. But I’ve just grown so tired of the old one and there isn’t really any reason I can’t start playing with it, now, so here we go.

October was a really hard month for me, health-wise, and it greatly impacted my movie viewing. I only watched 9 new to me movies in the entire month, which makes October the lowest movie viewing month of the year. My favourites of these were A New Leaf and The Meddler. I’ll talk a bit about those below. I didn’t go to the cinema at all, due to my health, and I sort of fell out of the movie-news loop for a little while, so I don’t have much to say for this summary.

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October Favourites

As I mentioned, The Meddler and A New Leaf (pictured above) were my favourite movies for October but Paddington was a delightful surprise, too. I watched Paddington (pictured below) on a particularly bad day and it was the perfect balm for my anxious mood. A New Leaf was funny with Henrietta being quite a relatable character, and The Meddler was different than what I was expecting but all the better for it.

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Directed by Women

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A New Leaf directed by Elaine May and The Meddler directed by Lorene Scafaria were the only two films directed by women I watched in October. I’m hoping to get through a few more in November, and keep them to about 1/3 of all new-to-me movies I watch in 2016.

What I wrote

Absolutely nothing!

What I read

How ‘The Accountant’ Victimizes The Autistic Community at The Establishment

What Is The Role of Autism in Art? at The Establishment

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September 2016 Roundup

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Bits and bobs or things that made me happy:

-I very much enjoyed Mellisa Benoist talking about her musical themed birthday party!

Favourite August watches:

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I managed to watch a total of 30 films in September. Still doesn’t beat my 32 in January, but a good effort, if I don’t say so myself. (Helped along by a few short films). With a wider base to choose from, I ended up with more favourites than usual, so I’m going to just list them, with links to my letterboxd reviews:

I also kept to my 60s September challenge, not straying even once! (Except for movies out at the cinema, but that allowance was in my original challenge to myself). I doubt I could have kept it up any longer, though, but it was fun.

At the movies

I made three trips to the cinema in September and I saw: Girl Asleep, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years and Bridget Jones’s Baby.

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Girl Asleep (pictured above) was my favourite and undoubtedly the best. It’s already in my top films of the year. Eight Days a Week rekindled my teenage love of The Beatles and Bridget Jones’s Baby was everything I was hoping it to be.

Resolutions updates:
Watch more movies made by women.

Including short films, I watched eight films directed by women in September. Girl Asleep, Cléo from 5 to 7 and Le Bonheur (pictured below) were definitely my favourites. I had to order the Agnes Varda films online, but it was worth it. I was hoping I’d get to some of Doris Wishman’s films for 60s September, but I didn’t quite make it. I’ll watch them eventually, though.

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First time watches: Go! Go! Go!; Girl Asleep; Lights; Cat Food; Meat Joy; Bridget Jones’s Baby; Cléo From 5 to 7 and Le Bonheur.

Rewatches: none

Watch more Australian films.

Girl Asleep was the only Australian film I watched in September but it’s already at the top of my favourite Australian films, so at least it was a good one!

Write more!

I only wrote up two posts on here in September, but I saved a few of my letterboxd reviews as drafts to polish up! I just have to get around to doing it.

September reading recommendations:

I’ve noticed the less time I spend on social media, the less reading material I have on cinema and the less I know what’s going on in the movie world. This upsets me a bit but I just don’t have the energy for twitter, etc., right now.

New Directors Pantheon at This Cinematic Life

‘Being cute just made me miserable’: Mara Wilson on growing up in Hollywood at The Guardian

Top Films Seldom Feature Characters With Disabilities at Disability Scoop

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