January 2016 recap

I watched 19 films in total during January, of which 8 were new releases at the cinema. In terms of the other 11 I watched at home it was a diverse month, ranging from family-friendly fayre like Paddington (which I really enjoyed) to Pauline At The Beach, via genre pieces like Wild Card, which was crap.

At the cinema I experienced a much more mixed January than this time last year. Room and The Revenant were the standouts, though I also enjoyed a second viewing of The Force Awakens, as well as Creed and The Big Short. I’m still feeling ambivalent about The Hateful Eight, given its unchecked self-indulgence, and have barely thought twice about Joy or The Danish Girl since writing my reviews.

My Blind Spot pick for January was When Harry Met Sally, which I liked even though I don’t think it’s the classic some people make it out to be. I was also pleased to catch up with a few films from last year that I missed, such as Dear White People, Danny Collins, The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, The Salvation, Life Of Riley and Second Coming (for shame the only one of the 19 films I saw in January that is directed by a woman). Of those I’d say The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya and Dear White People would probably have made my ‘favourites’ list from 2015 had I seen them in time, but I enjoyed all of those listed above for one reason or another. I also finally got round to watching Richard Ayoade’s The Double, which seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of film if comments on this blog are anything to go by.

My film of the month for January would probably be The Revenant. No, wait, Room. No … The RevenantRoomThe Revenant (etc.).

Comments 15

  1. Ewan M February 1, 2016

    Oh yes, I’d meant to disagree with you about The Double but I gather everyone else has already 😉 Also, Wild Card is admittedly not a great film, but if you like Statham it’s very watchable… I’m still in two minds as to whether to go see The Revenant; it looks like a bit of a slog.

    • Stu February 1, 2016

      It’s getting to the point that I’m doubting myself, but I enjoyed it! Wild Card is a bit of an odd one really, because of the way it keeps bringing different characters in and then forgetting about them…ordinarily with regards to a Statham film I’d say that doesn’t really matter, but this one’s clearly aiming a little higher, relying less on high-octane action. Anyway, I enjoyed the fights, at least.

  2. ruth February 3, 2016

    Hi Stu! Wow, 19 movies is quite a lot in one month. I think I saw a bit less than you and some were rewatches. I enjoyed When Harry Met Sally, but it’s not my fave from Nora Ephron. Ahah, it was hard to decide your fave movie of the month it seems, mine was an easy one, it’s certainly one of the best of 2015.

      • ruth February 3, 2016

        It’d have to be Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. I miss her rom-coms as it’s not too sappy and bland like most in the genres. Plus you can’t go wrong w/ Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan combo. Hope to see you around FC more Stu, don’t be a stranger 😉

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