I signed up for Letterboxd way back in 2015. Yes, really! Although I didn’t actually start using it properly until the end of 2019 and therefore 2020 was the first full year that I logged every single film that I watched. Albeit not as many Cinema films as I would have liked, which leads me on to saying during the lockdown/furlough stage I spent a lot of time logging in the diary all of the films I had seen at the Cinema dating back to 2003 (yes, I still have my Lord of the Rings: Return of the King ticket). This obviously took a few weeks as I also logged the films I have review on here as well. So as you imagine a lot of time was taken to do this. It gives some amazing all-time stats though.
Here we can take a look at my 2020 stats and I am sure no one will be surprised with my most watched films either!
I have an every growing collection of Pop! figures, seriously it does become very obsessive. I know that they divide opinion and seem to be a very much love or hate collectable item. I for one love them so when an advert popped up on my iPad for this game I have to admit that I was rather excited. Another way to collect POP!s but where I don’t have to find space for them to be displayed!
Lockdown and the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic has brought many challenges for everyone, along with so many issues. Personally for me the cinema being closed has been one of the toughest adjustments, while many people may not actually understand this and see the cinema as somewhat of a luxury and somewhere they only go every so often, maybe even every couple of months to see the latest big blockbuster films. That is not the case for myself, I go two/three times a week and sometimes even more depending on what is being released. Managing to balance this in with work and occasionally being able to have a double feature with two films straight in a row.
It may no longer be as welcome, but smoking has had a place on screen since the medium began. It’s synonymous with the black-and-white era of cinema with screen giants like Humphrey Bogart and James Dean stealing scenes with the simple puff of a cigarette. But, even if it’s to a lesser extent, modern cinema has retained the tradition of depicting smoking on screen. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most iconic smoking scenes across movie history.
Humphrey Bogart’s Oscar-nominated turn in the all-time classic ‘Casablanca’ included plenty of scenes of him smoking at the bar. After uttering the immortal line “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine”, his character Rick Blaine stares into the distance forlornly, only pausing to take a smoke. Bogart was able to use smoking as a subtle expression of emotion, whether laid-back cool or heartbreak.
As you are probably already aware Julia Roberts is my favourite actress and over the long lockdown days and now weeks I have really enjoyed taking part in the different polls that have been running World Cup style competitions for films, actors and tv shows etc.
So I have launched my own, round 1 is now live on Twitter. The films are split into 12 groups and the top two films will go through into round 2!
Decided to run my own little film World Cup competition only one choice for me! Julia Roberts films.
For the first round we have 12 groups and the top 2 from each group will go through to the next round!
I have decided that with the extended lockdown and therefore no cinema or many new releases that it is the time to work my way through those lovely lists that we build up. The Netflix queue, all the films I have recorded and downloaded on Sky that I have wanted to watch (Amazon and DVD/Blu-Ray list will be coming soon too).
Anything with a * next to it I have seen before but haven’t reviewed. As you can see I have so many films that I have at some point thought I wanted to watch. Since doing these lists yesterday morning I have crossed off The Philadelphia Story (it was recorded in August 2017) and Training Day.
If you have any films you think I should watch first and bump to essential viewing in the next view days please let me know!
Today is World Book Day and what better way to celebrate on a film blog than putting together a list of 7 films that are based on books? I thought it was a great idea too, the thing with the list though is that I have to have read the book and seen the film for it to make the list.
The 2020 Golden Globes took place last night and I have to admit that I am very happy with some of the wins. Missing Link for Best Animated film has to be a highlight, well done to the voters for picking the only original film from them!
Tom Hanks picked up the lifetime achievement award!
Best Motion Picture – Drama = 1917
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy = Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Best Motion Picture – Animated = Missing Link
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language = Parasite
Best Director – Motion Picture = Sam Mendes, 1917
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama = Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama = Renée Zellweger, Judy
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy, Musical = Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy, Musical = Awkwafina, The Farewell
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture = Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture = Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture = Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Best Original Song – Motion Picture = “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
Best Original Score – Motion Picture = Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
2019 has been a fantastic year for female roles as I had 41 performances on my long list to cut down to make this top 25. I can only think that is an amazing way to notice the change in more interesting roles for females within film. I feel this list has a very good mixture of different types of roles across the different genres.
My Cinema 2019 list – here
2019 Films overall – here