Suddenly, Last February ’18: Kiss me, my girl, before I’m sick.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Suddenly, Last [Month] is a monthly recap feature // title quote from Phantom Thread (2017)

Here we are, first weekend of a new month! Which means it’s time for another Suddenly, Last [Month] feature. Leading up to the Oscars, this awards’ season I’ve made an effort to watch as many of the nominated movies I could. Also throwing in a few others I figured I’d like and could made the cut in my upcoming Best Movies of 2017 list.

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!

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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!

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Next up was a cute office romanceThe 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.

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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.

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… 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!

How was your month of February? And are you watching the Oscars live tonight, too?
If so, keep me company on Twitter because the ceremony ends at around 4AM here ?
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9 Comments

  1. Brittani
    March 4, 2018 / 9:46 PM

    I’m glad you liked Killing of a Sacred Deer because it just did not work for me. I was so irritated by the end of it.

    Thank you for the link!

    • March 7, 2018 / 1:05 AM

      Oh I thought you were going to say you loved it too! But I guess that’s nicer actually ?

      I do understand feeling irritated with The Killing of a Sacred Deer, though.

  2. March 4, 2018 / 9:51 PM

    I want to read Annihilation but I haven’t bought it yet lol

    I hated The Florida Project and A Ghost Story but I’m glad you liked The Killing of a Sacred Deer. That movie was sick!

    Thanks for the link!

    • March 7, 2018 / 1:07 AM

      I just got Annihilation and started reading it – only about 20 pages in, but it’s good so far.

      Oh sorry you didn’t like them! Man, it was so sick right?! Freaking brilliant.

  3. March 5, 2018 / 4:36 PM

    I just finished reading Red Sparrow this weekend and didn’t much care for it. It started off really strong and then just died 3/4 of the way through. If you’re debating picking up that book next, I’d think about starting something else. Mind you, you could very well LOVE Red Sparrow, so I don’t know …

    I’d still like to see the film though … maybe it’ll impress me more than the book did.

    • March 7, 2018 / 1:11 AM

      Well 3/4 is not too bad I guess, I’ll give it go ?

      I’m not sure I’ll love it – I like the concept a lot but even the movie strikes me as one of those that could very easily flop. Fingers crossed because the potential is so high, I’m still looking forward to the movie, too.

  4. March 10, 2018 / 6:48 AM

    Looks like you read and saw a lot of great stuff in February! Phantom Thread was such a wild movie; definitely not the period film I was expecting. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I saw it. The Florida Project is on my to-watch list. I live around the area it was shot and pass by those locations regularly, so it’ll be cool to see them in a movie. Thanks for featuring my link! <3

    • March 15, 2018 / 3:43 PM

      I did! Phantom Thread was nothing like I expected either, I was shocked by where it went! Hope you get to see The Florida Project soon, I really liked it 😊 Oh wow, that must be surreal! I envy that you live so close to Disney World!

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