what i watched in january

The longest month of the year is finally over! Happy February, everyone. And happy Oscars day! I didn’t blog at all in January because it was insane! I finished my first semester of senior year which means I’m now, officially, in my final semester of high school. Crazy.

My final semester is very easy, and each school day doesn’t really feel like a school day. I got all of my credit requirements out of the way, so *technically* I could graduate now. But I’m sticking around and taking all the fun classes: Italian, Ceramics, and Piano. Yep: that’s my entire schedule. It’s really nice and I’ve had a lot of free time. Thus, I’ve been doing a lot of stuff I can’t do when I’m stressed and busy: cooking/baking, reading, doing crafts, and watching movies.

I got a Fandango gift card for Christmas and was determined to watch all of the Oscar nominees. As of now, I’ve seen them all except for Ford v. Ferrari and The Irishman. But anyway, I’ve had a lot more time to watch movies, and this month I watched eleven in total. I love Karsten Runquist‘s monthly YouTube series “what I watched,” so I figured I’d do something similar on my blog since I love hearing people’s thoughts about movies.

I kicked off the year (and the decade!!!) with Little Women. I saw it with my friend Meg on New Year’s Day, and the whole theater was completely filled. While watching it, we enjoyed popcorn and leftover Christmas chocolate.

I love love love love Greta Gerwig, and I’m salty she wasn’t nominated for Best Director. But regardless, this is a phenomenal film. I am really interested in color psychology, both in film and in literature, and I wrote a mini-article about her use of color throughout the film for my journalism independent study last semester. Her style is so nuanced and particular, and I can’t wait to see what she does next. This movie made me want to curl up in front of a fire, eat bread, drink tea, and laugh with my three imaginary sisters.

The second movie I saw was a rewatch of Cruel IntentionsMy friend Maia and I watched it together while I was visiting her in NJ. This, to me, is the definition of a guilty pleasure movie — it’s really not great, but it’s entertaining. The soundtrack is also really good (anything with Aimee Mann in it is automatically wonderful), and Reese Witherspoon is a teeny baby! So that was that: I have nothing too profound to say about this one.

The next movie I watched was Scott Pilgrim v. The WorldI love watching film analysis videos on Youtube and listening to any type of commentary about movies, and there seems to be a huge cult following for this one. It was recently added to Netflix so I figured I’d give it a watch. It’s not my typical type of movie at all, but it was a lot of fun. And this scene made me laugh for entirely too long.

Fouth, Rosemary’s Babyand I LOVED IT. I mean, minus the fact that it’s Roman Polanski, this movie is so. good. and was quite the whirlwind. I’m a huge fan of 60s design, and the interior design & fashion in this one is just perfect. Oh, and the score is beautiful. I can’t wait to rewatch it.

Fifth, Kill Bill: Vol 1 and I still need to watch Vol 2! I’ve never been super into violent movies with lots of blood and gore, but of the few Tarantino films I’ve seen, I’ve surprisingly enjoyed them a lot. I think they’re just so theatrical and ridiculous that it’s hard to be too grossed out. But that’s just me. I’m curious to see how Once Upon A Time In Hollywood will do tonight. I’ve heard many theories that it will win Best Picture, so we shall see…!

Next is Frozen II which I saw with my friend Jordyn in the theaters, and while it was a fun time, the movie was not great. Ultimately, I think it’s because it really wasn’t necessary at all so it was super unmemorable. I loved Frozen and thought it stood on its own just fine…but then Hollywood had to go and ruin a good thing for us all. I mean, this wasn’t the worst thing ever, but I have absolutely no desire to see it again.

Ok, my seventh film is The Lighthouse and ohhhh boy. I so wish I had seen this in the theater, but since it was such a small film it wasn’t playing anywhere near me. But either way, I’m really glad I watched it, even if it was from on a laptop in my bedroom. Every shot was gorgeous, every sound was haunting —  and I’m not usually one to pay attention to sound in movies. Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson were totally robbed — these were truly two of the best performances of the year. I can’t wait to rewatch this one, too.

Alright, number eight is Knives Out, and this is definitely in my top three films of 2019. My friend Reagan and I watched this from the second row of a completely-packed theater almost a month after it came out. That just tells you how big of a crowd-pleaser it is! I LOVED this movie!!!! I like movie/game Clue a lot, and this just felt like a modern-day version of it but ten times funnier and more visually interesting.

Ok, this one was during a weak moment for me. A few weeks ago, I randomly thought about Bee Movie and got the intense urge to watch it. I have so many memories of watching this movie as a kid, but I hadn’t seen it in so long. Every scene was so familiar yet so new to me, and there were a ton of jokes that went completely over my head as a kid that I found hilarious. It’s not a perfect movie by any means, but it’s certainly an entertaining one.

Ten is Get Out which is one that I’ve been meaning to watch for so long, and oh my god, I understand why it got all the hype a few years ago! Daniel Kaluuya’s performance is stunning and haunting and I thought about this film for days. Now I really want to see Jordan Peele’s 2019 film Us! 

Alright, we finally made it to number eleven which is 1917. I saw this one with my friend Brooke in a near-empty theater. Everyone on the internet is loving how it was filmed to look like a one-shot, and I truly don’t think it would have been as effective if it weren’t. It was so smooth and made even the ugliest and most horrific situation look beautiful. This film also made me think about all the other untold stories and unknown heroes — not just in war, but in life — and how sad it is that many of them will never be known. This was a really special film, and I won’t be surprised if it wins Best Picture.

Speaking of Best Picture, I’m rooting for Parasite all the way!!! That was my favorite movie of 2019 and, I’d argue, the most important and socially relevant film of the year. I don’t think it will win, sadly, but it would be huge if it did. I’m crossing my fingers!

Anyway, those are the films I watched this month. I’m not much of a film critic, but I like sharing my thoughts and hearing what other people have to say, too. What were your favorite films that you watched this month? And what’s your pick for Best Picture?


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