Suddenly, Last December & Year

The last month of the year has passed without a single christmas movie watched. I usually go for Mickey’s Christmas Carol, but this year it was all housework and no TV. I caught glimpses of Frozen around midnight of the 24th (when we open the presents) but that was it, and somehow the lack of a flat screen made sense in this family-oriented holiday.

Still, that was merely a day in a month full of opportunities to watch some of the best movies of the year. Amidst those was The Bollywood Experiment, my proper introduction to indian movies, and it was a hit. For our podcast episode we watched four movies: Lagaan, Ek Tha TigerDilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Dev.D; the first two left me a bit cold, but the others were truly great – especially Dev.D, which prompted me to see Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara yesterday. And now I have a whole list of other bollywood movies to check out, courtesy of Mette. I never thought this would actually happen, but I’m really excited to see them.

Anyway, here are my top three films seen in December:

THE LEGO MOVIE
directed by PHIL LORD and CHRISTOPHER MILLER
with WILL ARNETT, ELIZABETH BANKS and ALISON BRIE

Months ago I heard my podcast partners Nik and Mette gush over The Lego Movie and all the time I was thinking Really? A movie with animated legos? It’s not about being snobbish as it is about having a preconceived notion of which movies I’ll like and which I won’t – so, prejudiced? Much better.

As a result I end up enjoying 90% of the movies I see, which makes me happy. But having a 2014 releases watchlist that I really wanted to go through for once, I hit play on this weird lego thing and man, it was AWESOME! It’s crazy entertaining and it really is gorgeous. HOW, though.

ENEMY
directed by DENIS VILLENEUVE
with JAKE GYLLENHAAL and MÉLANIE LAURENT

I have no clue what that was about, but it was good. Staring at the screen for a couple of minutes after that positively scary last scene (spiders are an issue), thinking wtf I thought I was starting to get it, and having the urge to read more and more about it is refreshing. This will be on my top movies of 2014. I wonder if reading the novel will explain anything; though I never liked Saramago‘s writing, this sounds too interesting to pass.

STARRED UP
directed by DAVID MACKENZIE
with JACK O’CONNELL and BEN MENDELSOHN

Just from the gifs below it was easy to guess how much I would love this, and I really did. These dark British dramas always get to me, with their bold performances, striking violence, and emotional breakdowns. Another one for my 2014 top list, for sure.


THE BEST TV SHOWS OF THE MONTH
Finished The Good Wife, and I swear I have never seen a show getting better so steadily with each season. Brooklyn Nine-Nine also had an exceptional run, as well as The Fall which took everything one disturbing step further in its last couple of episodes. Jane the Virgin was the biggest surprise of the month, as I am loving this telenovela-inspired show. And of course we said goodbye to The Colbert Report, the consolation being that its host will be back on air very soon.

FAVOURITE READS OF DECEMBER
Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding: At times the diary entry format was a bit tiring, but I didn’t have to wait long for an hilarious joke or female insight that had me nodding in approval. I’ll be reading the others soon.
We Were Liars, by E. Lockart: every time I thought of the protagonists ages, for some reason, it annoyed me. I hated most of them, was appalled by their pretentious family more than once, and properly eye-rolled at their entitled and childish ways many, many times. But somehow that seemed right. And the end is surprising.
After I Do, by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This was my favourite; funny, heartbreaking, and all too real at times.

2014 RETROSPECT
As I intend to publish lists of my favourite movies, books and tv shows of the year, I’ll leave you with the statistics of it for now. Last year I watched 161 films, and read 39 books (which means I surpassed my goodreads challenge!). I can’t really count shows, but with new and old series I must’ve followed about 15 tv shows throughout the year.

OLDBOY

directed by CHAN-WOOK PARK
with MIN-SIK CHOI, JI-TAE YU and HYE-JEONG KANG

As mentioned in the previous post, this year I’ll be participating in the Blindspot Series. Each month’s movie will be announced in the respective Suddenly post. For January I picked the South-Korean thriller Oldboy, honestly having no idea what I’m getting myself into – but it looks fantastic.



Have you seen/read any of these movies, tv shows and books? Share your December picks below!


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  • I watched STARRED UP too! I freaking love Jack O’Connell. He’s such a powerhouse performer!

    • YES! One of my favourite performances of the year 😀

  • ENEMY is something else. I’m still not sure what I exactly think about it (especially the last scene), but I just love the audacity of it. I liked a lot of things about THE LEGO MOVIE, and the final-act surprise made it more interesting. I do wish they’d done more with their female characters, though.

    • The last scene was kind of brilliant, I loved that I walked out completely clueless for a while (and still, to a great extent), too. Audacity, I like that, you’re right.

      I couldn’t see past Wyldstyle’s hair, but I guess it’s okay, just a fun movie.

  • Brittani

    You are in for a treat with Oldboy! I actually watched the English dub of the film first, and it completely ruined it. Subtitled version was so much better. I saved Starred Up to my Netflix queue, that sounds interesting!

    • I hope so, it looks really cool! Great, let me know if you liked it 😀

  • ruth

    Love THE LEGO MOVIE! It actually makes my top 10 of the year.

    • Oh it’s super fun, one the best surprises of the year!

  • Josh

    Oh, I LOVED Starred Up! It’s in my top 10 right now, and O’Connell and Mendelsohn give two of my favorite performances of 2014. Such a brilliant little film.

    • Great! It is brilliant, isn’t it? It’s currently my number one, but I still have a couple of good ones to go