The list was supposed to go up today but I think instead I’ll publish my thoughts on the Oscars tomorrow and the final list of the Annual Retrospective either tomorrow too, or on Tuesday, depending on wether or not I decide to write a bit about each film. On that front, it was quite a month, as you’ll see! In contrast, I haven’t seen a single TV Show in February, instead focusing on 2017 movies and books, so we’re skipping that bit. So yes, as far as books are concerned, I’m calling last month a success as well!
The books I read…
In February I’ve read four novels and one book preview/prequel. Penny Reid’s final book in the Knitting in the City Series, Marriage of Inconvenience, comes out THIS TUESDAY, but because she’s an impossibly nice human being, Reid released a short prequel on Valentine’s Day, free of charge. See? Disgustingly nice. You can still get it for free (on Amazon at least) it’s called Scenes From The Hallway (Knitting in The City #6.5).
By the same author I picked up Kissing Tolstoy (Dear Professor #1), which I had already kind of read (in a shorter version), because Reid included its chapters in her monthly newsletter. So nice. Both were great (I cannot wait for Kat and Dan’s story, been waiting for year, people, YEARS), and the latter might have been responsible for a mini Russian literature birthday haul, ahem. ? I’ll share my new shiny editions once they arrive, hopefully this week!
Next up was a cute office romance – The Hating Game, by Sally Thorne – and a new YA with dark undertones that I found myself loving, Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince (The Folk of The Air #1). Lastly, I read Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6), by Sarah J. Maas – which I was highly expecting because I loved Chaol, and was not disappointed. In fact it surpassed my expectations and I walked away with three more favourite characters, and what is in my opinion the best book of this series, so far.
Currently I’m starting Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation in preparation for our recording on Alex Garland’s film adaptation, this next Sunday! The episode should be out on Tuesday March 13th. Until then, if you haven’t heard all our thoughts on this year’s Oscar nominees, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Next I’ll pick up either Call Me By Your Name or Jason Matthew’s Red Sparrow.
… and the movies I saw!
I watched 17 movies in February. 17! That’s a lot for me these days. Most of them are 2017 movies, but there were three exceptions: Blue Valentine (2010), because I felt like rewatching it around Valentine’s, Love With The Proper Stranger (1963), my blind spot pick for last month, and Kevade (1969), for our podcast episode on Estonia.
Alright, so here’s the 2017 releases I saw: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Thor: Ragnarok, The Big Sick, Blade Runner 2049, Wind River, The Florida Project, A Ghost Story, Darkest Hour, Molly’s Game, Phantom Thread, The Square, The Beguiled, Columbus, and Una Mujer Fantástica. Impressive, right?! Most of them are in my top movies of 2017, others not really, but they’re still good. And then there’s Darkest Hour. ?
My favourites were Phantom Thread , The Killing of a Sacred Deer (give me all the dark, twisted quirks of Lanthimos and Filippou, please), A Ghost Story, Blade Runner 2049 (Deakins better get that award!), aaand… The Florida Project.
Finally, all the links!
+ Getter picks 100 Scenes from 100 Estonian movies on her new blog!
+ Margaret looks at Sam Rockwell’s performance in The Assassination of Jesse James, and picks her Best and Worst of 2017
+ Sonia also did her Best and Worst of 2017 list!
+ Brittani reviewed Annihilation (2018) and Black Panther (2018) (which I can’t wait to see!)
+ Tanea shares the 10 Most Shocking Deaths on The Walking Dead
+ Alex breaks down the works from cinematographer Roger Deakins that granted him 14 Oscar Nominations
+ and Katy also picked her Best & Worst of 2017!