So clearly my previous way of doing this hasn’t been working out so well with trying to write a lot about each film whilst doing a degree and everything else at the same time, maybe I’m not much of a multi-tasker. But, that said, going in to this year I am determined to keep a record of the films I watch this year because otherwise I will definitely forget. Unfortunately I’m probably going to have even less time than I did before (we’ll see) as I start my masters in Screen Acting tomorrow. So with that in mind and with some inspiration from a reddit post I didn’t actually click on but saw pop up, I’m going t limit myself to about 2 sentences or so for each film (I’m not good at hard limits), this is really just for me to keep track of things this year. If anyone decides to read these posts, as some (very few) people did with my previous ones, I apologise for the total lack of depth or anything, but I hope you find something worthwhile anyway if by some weird chance you are reading this.
Before I dig in to the films I’ve already seen this year, I’m just gonna list some of the films that I really enjoyed last year:
- Before Sunrise
- Before Sunset
- Before Midnight
These have absolutely made their way into some of my top films ever, particularly Before Sunrise, and cemented Richard Linklater as one of my favourite directors who I’m super excited to explore more this year.
- Three Colours: Blue
- Three Colours: White
- Three Colours: Red
What a good year for watching fantastic trilogies 2018 was, I loved The Double Life of Veronique, so I was super excited to dig in to these films. I really enjoy the way that Kieslowski shoots the world from warped perspectives (that car ride in Blue!) and the gentle pace of his film worlds (White somewhat excluded but in an amazing way). I dont think I could choose a favourite of these three films, I think White might be the most memorable of the bunch as at first I found characters largely unsympathetic and felt it relied on a few too many cliches. But as the plot developed, it revealed itself to be a much more comic fare than I had expected after seeing Blue, and I loved the weirdness and the darkness of the film. That said I thought the performances in Red and Blue were stronger. Red has also really stuck itself in my mind, perhaps because it is the most recent of the three that I watched, but I also loved the dynamic between Irene Jacob and Jean-Louis Trintignant. I’m really looking forward to rewatching all three of these films and I only wish that Kryzstof Kieslowski had been able to make more films in his time because I just adore his film making.
In the cinemas I really enjoyed:
It was so intense, so well acted, so well made and chock full of surprises. The sound design was horrifying, I never knew what was going to happen next, I think this will stick with me for a long time, and that one shot in the bedroom (you know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen it) might be burned into my mind forever!
- Mission Impossible: Fallout
Love this franchise, nobody does action like Tom Cruise and his partnership with Christopher Mcquarrie is a godsend. This was a thrill ride where the plot didnt make a huge amount of sense but I didn’t really care because it was just so much fun and what a great cast, Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust is just the coolest, Henry Cavill was the absolute definition of a hunk, Vanessa Kirby was magnetic and its always great to see Michelle Monaghan in any capacity.
- The Incredibles 2
I still think the first incredible film is one of, if not the best Superhero film and I felt that the sequel totally lived up to the first, I laughed my ass off, the action was inventive and fun and the short film beforehand Bao was an absolute rollercoaster that made me laugh and cry (partly out of shock) in the space of 10 minutes.
- Sorry to Bother You
Smart, wildly inventive, a whole lot of fun and also surprisingly sweet, the world building a bit of Charlie Kaufman’s work, particularly Synecdoche New York, and a little of Maniac. Definitely going to rewatch this some time.
There are certainly a lot more films that I watched last year but either they’ve slipped my mind or weren’t worth mentioning. I focused more on TV this year and saw a lot there that I loved:
- Sharp Objects
I think this is the only one I’m going to write anything about because it may be one of my favourite things I’ve ever seen across any medium. Amy Adams is always amazing but in this she’s just jaw-droppingly phenomenal, Eliza Scanlen gave an amazing performance, particularly for a newcomer. I’ve never been amazed by Jean Marc Vallee (to be fair I haven’t seen a lot of his work) and I hated Dallas Buyers Club, but his work on creating such a rich, atmospheric sense of location with the way that dreams and reality and memories blend in to each other in a beautiful, liminal haze was magnetic. There are scenes and episodes I’ve watched countless times already and undoubtedly will continue to rewatch (I got the boxset for christmas hooray!). It is a relentless dark story but a study of a wounded woman who manages to remain so beautifully kind and sensitive and strong throughout it all. I cannot say enough good things about this show, I’ve recommended it to everyone I know, it may be a hard watch but its so worth it (trust me, I’m scared of spiders but still worked through it).
The rest of my top shows, in some order but its impossible to really rank them, but its been a fantastic year for television!
- Killing Eve
- American Vandal Season 2
- Bojack Horseman Season 5
- GLOW Season 2
- The Marvellous Mrs Maisel Season 2
- Daredevil Season 3
- Fleabag (Havent finished it yet, but LOVING it)
And last but not least, I have to give an honourable mention to this video game:
- God Of War
This game shows how this industry has matured and is continuing to grow, with the capability to tell beautiful and mature stories with wonderfully drawn characters and an absolutely intoxicating world. All tied together with visceral and engaging gameplay and impeccable direction. It really inspired such a range of emotions in me and its not often that video games can make me laugh, again, this game is firmly in my top games of all time, it was absolutely stunning and stand head and shoulders above the other games I played this year even though there was no shortage of games that are showing just how formidable and interesting a medium it is for story telling and world building.
So there’s my end of the year round up, as I said, I’m not good with hard limits on content and I’ve gone on a lot longer than I intended with all this, I will do my best to keep it concise for 2019!