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.