What Happened in: Suddenly, Last January
The Movies I Watched:
Last month I saw 9 movies and loved all of them expect one: The Post (2017). We went to a midnight screening and I actually fell asleep. The last time this happened it was also in a midnight screening, but of Scorsese’s The Departed – not even Dicaprio’s scattered brain matter kept me awake. It ended up being a personal favourite when I rewatched it, but I don’t think that’s going to happen with The Post.
The other movies were my Blind Spot A Place in The Sun (1951), and seven that will no doubt be in my best of the year list: I, Tonya, The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, mother!, The Disaster Artist, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The TV Shows I Binged:
It was good month for TV binging as I saw some of my 2017 favourites Taboo, The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Feud: Bette and Joan. Right now I’m catching up with the new season of The X-Files. Trying to keep my hopes up but, that first episode’s revelation… why.
The Most Popular Posts and The Ones You Might’ve Missed:
I published quite a bit in January, starting with the traditional Year Retrospective, where so far I’ve covered the following: 30 Best Movie Posters, 10 Best Pre-2017 Movies, 10 Best Television Original Scores, 20 Best Original Movie Scores, and the 15 Best TV Shows of 2017.
I also took part in the book feature Top Ten Tuesday, sharing My Real Reading Goals for 2018 and some Books I Love But Can’t Remember Anything About. Plus a piece for Thursday Movie Picks, with 5 Books Being Adapted into TV Shows in 2018 that I’m beyond excited about.
Being the first month of the year, it’s of course time to pick our Blind Spots for 2018 – here still unaware that I’d end up hosting it! Our podcast aired two episodes, one of our favourite non-2017 movies that we saw last year, and one about The Social Network losing the Best Picture Oscar, per your request.
What to Expect in February
+ A new Blind Spot! My pick for this month is Love With The Proper Stranger (1963), starring Natalie Wood and Steve MCQueen. If you’re participating, use #BlindSpot2018
+ The remaining lists in the Year Retrospective: Female and Male Performances, and the Best Movies.
+ More entries for Top Ten Tuesday and Thursday Movie Picks!
+ Something Valentine’s related…?
+ Brand new podcast episodes on Estonia’s 100 years of existence, and of course, an Oscar Special.