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 Tiger, Dilwale 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.