Suddenly, Last January: I Wouldn’t Piss On Crawford If She Were On Fire

Sudddenly Last January Monthly Recap

Suddenly is a Returning Videotapes monthly recap feature // Post Title: quote from Feud.

Everyone was saying it, and they’re absolutely right: January went by slooowly. And so it felt like a lot of things happened, and a lot of stuff got done, as new projects and old endeavours alike were met with renewed excitement and motivation. This blog has seen a new life as I’m now actually taking it seriously! And all the work has payed off, with an offer I couldn’t refuse – the hosting of The Matinee‘s Blind Spot Feature. But more on that later; right now, let’s take a look and what I saw and published in January:

What Happened in: Suddenly, Last January

Suddenly Last January Movies

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.

Suddenly Last January Post at Returning Videotapes

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

Love With The Proper Stranger Blind Spot
+ 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.
…and more!

How was your January? Tell me about your movie and tv viewings, book readings and – if you’re a blogger – the posts you’re most proud of. Oh and Happy February!
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4 Comments

  1. February 2, 2018 / 4:56 PM

    I’m absolutely LOVING how often you’ve been posting so far in 2018!

    Ooh Natalie Wood! In North America (not sure about the rest of the world), CBS is airing a new investigative documentary about her mysterious death. Apparently, police forces are re-opening the case (again) and they’ve started questioning Robert Wagner (yes, again). Just a couple of days ago, he’s been labelled a “person of interest.” The documentary is scheduled to air this weekend and I CAN’T WAIT!

    • February 5, 2018 / 11:48 PM

      Thank you, Vanessa! I’m enjoying posting often, now that I have more time 🙂

      OH MY, I have to see that doc! I don’t have CBS either but sometimes channels pick up foreign programs / documentaries, so I’ll keep an eye out for it!!

  2. February 2, 2018 / 6:33 PM

    The Post! They wasted Hanks there even more than in Bridge of Spies because at least there he had one good scene in the courthouse. What a mediocre and boring movie this was, really, BP nomination?! What?!

    Ah, what are we most proud of. Well my RFs have finally crossed the border of poor taste and crudeness, so i am immensely proud of that.

    • February 5, 2018 / 11:52 PM

      I haven’t seen Bridge of Spies but I can imagine any Spielberg movie being better than this one (also skipped War Horse though). I couldn’t believe the BP nom. I know some people liked it, but for me it was completely void of tension, which in that genre makes it just awful and boring, yep.

      I’m proud of those RF too, they make my day! ?

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