January and February Recap

Books read, movies watched, songs listened to and cultural happenings attended in January and February 2016. Click on the links to see the respective blog posts about the experience.

Recap

Books read:
John Steinbeck – Grapes of Wrath
James Joyce – Dubliners
Fyodor Dostoyevsky – The Double
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

Films watched at the movies:
The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino
The Revenant – Alejandro González Iñárritu
Room – Lenny Abrahamson

Plays attended:
Tenk om (If/Then)

Most listened to songs:
Blackstar – David Bowie
Lazarus – David Bowie

On the literary front, the first two months of the year turned out to be all about the classics. It wasn’t planned at all, but quite fun to see that the authors read turned out to be Steinbeck, Joyce, Dostoyevsky and Shelley. After Shelley’s Frankenstein I started reading John Irving’s Avenue of Mysteries and the popular science book Galileo’s Finger by Peter Atkins, which are both quite big, and the latter very complicated (for me at least), so they are sure to take a while. I’m also following a book challenge on Instagram for March; #tuvalusbookchallenge so if you’re looking for some Instagram inspiration I recommend that you check out the tag 🙂

I’ve watched A LOT of films these two months to prepare for the Oscars, and of course keeping up with my general “film education”. I managed to see all the Best Picture nominees, and almost all the other big categories except for Joy and Creed. There were quite a lot of strong nominees in all categories this year, and I’m really happy with most of the awards. Spotlight for best picture was well deserved, and I’m of course very glad for Leonardo DiCaprio. One of the best surprises was Ex Machina winning for visual effects and Mark Rylance for Supporting Actor. A brilliant film and a brilliant actor! It’s no secret that I quite disliked The Big Short, and would have liked to see another film take home Best Adapted Screenplay, like for instance Carol. But all in all, happy with the ceremony!

New favourites:
Frankenstein (book)
Grapes of Wrath (book)
The Revenant (film)
Spotlight (film)
Blackstar (album)

Here’s to another two good months with many good things to explore!

Films watched in 2015: Part 3

September, October, November and December.

A collage of some of the films watched in 2015

A period defined by lots of school work, lots of job hours, exams, traveling to Prague and of course Christmas. Compared to the two previous periods this is the one where I’ve checked the least films, but still managed to get up to the count of 35. Not too bad! In early autumn my boyfriend and I started our “B-movie”-period, which I’ve blogged about previously. Later in the year I also saw more Chaplin films for the first time, having only seen “The Kid” before. My boyfriend came home one day with the complete box-set of Charlie Chaplin films, so even though we watched quite a few already there will be plenty more to explore!

At the movies I saw the Norwegian film “The Wave”, “The Martian” and of course, this year’s most anticipated film: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. “The Martian” was quite entertaining, although how it is nominated for 7 Oscars I will never understand. Now “Star Wars” I absolutely loved. I came in with mixed anticipations, but ended up very pleased, despite its flaws it was a very good film, and absolutely worthy of the Star Wars universe.

I also FINALLY watched some great classics, both old and not quite that old, such as “The Shawshank Redemption”, “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Hamlet” (1948), all great films.

Films watched: 35
Most watched director: Charlie Chaplin (4)
Favourites: The Great Dictator, Star Wars – The Force Awakens, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Watched at the movies: The Wave, The Martian, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The following is a list of the films I watched in September, October, November and December 2015. The list does not include films I’ve seen before. To keep track of the films I watch I use ICheckMovies, which is highly recommended 🙂

  1. Inside Llewyn Davis – Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
  2. Bølgen (The Wave) – Roar Uthaug
  3. Dallas Buyers Club – Jean Marc Vallée
  4. Annabelle – John R. Leonetti
  5. The Conjuring – James Wan
  6. Army of Darkness – Sam Raimi
  7. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick
  8. Young Frankenstein – Mel Brooks
  9. Robinson Crusoe on Mars – Byron Haskin
  10. The War of the Worlds – Byron Haskin
  11. Barbarella – Roger Vadim
  12. Dracula – Terence Fisher
  13. The Beast from 20.000 Fathoms РEug̬ne Louri̩
  14. Killer Klowns from Outer Space – Stephen Chiodo
  15. Forbidden Planet – Fred M. Wilcox
  16. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Terence Fisher
  17. Leprechaun – Mark Jones
  18. Inside Out – Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen
  19. My Neighbour Totoro – Hayao Miyazaki
  20. Reprise – Joachim Trier
  21. Howl’s Moving Castle – Hayao Miyazaki
  22. Hamlet – Laurence Olivier
  23. The Martian – Ridley Scott
  24. The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover – Peter Greenaway
  25. Star Trek: Into Darkness – J.J. Abrams
  26. The Great Dictator – Charlie Chaplin
  27. The Gold Rush – Charlie Chaplin
  28. City Lights – Charlie Chaplin
  29. Limelight – Charlie Chaplin
  30. The Aviator – Martin Scorsese
  31. Sherlock Jr. – Buster Keaton
  32. Black Christmas – Bob Clark
  33. Silent Night, Deadly Night – Charles E. Sellier Jr.
  34. The Shawshank Redemption – Frank Darabont
  35. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – J.J. Abrams

Films watched in 2015: Part 1

When I started putting this list together, I quickly realised I had to divide this in to more parts. I watch quite a lot of films, and at the end of the year it’s fun to look back and see what type of films I’ve watched, has there been a theme, are certain directors more present than others, and so on. Reviewing my “I-checks” for January, February, March and April, I clearly started the year by catching up on as many Oscar-nomitated films as possible, as is the situation this year.

Further out in February and March my boyfriend and I had our “great film period”, before we moved in together we were catsitting my aunt’s cats and living in her house for a month, and took advantage of the huge HD-TV to watch a lot of films. The theme is quite clear, I was being introduced to a lot of old classics, most of which I loved. You can cleary see some directors being listed several times..

We ended the first third of 2015 by going to the movies and seeing It Follows, which I truly think is one of the best modern horror films, and truly recommend!

Stats:
Films watched: 44
Most watched director: Alfred Hitchcock (6) and Billy Wilder (5).
Favourites: Sunset Blvd, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Psycho, 12 Angry Men and It Follows.
Watched at the movies: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Adieu au langage, Into the Woods, It Follows.

The following is a list of the films I watched in January, February, March and April 2015. The list does not include films I’ve seen before. To keep track of the films I watch I use ICheckMovies, which is highly recommended 🙂

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Felix Herngren
Big Hero 6 – Chris Williams, Don Hall
The Princess Bride – Rob Reiner
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
To Kill A Mockingbird – Robert Mulligan
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Dean DeBlois
The Theory of Everything – James Marsh
Serenity – Joss Whedon
Adieu au langage – Jean-Luc Godard
Slither – James Gunn
Groundhog Day – Harold Ramis
Sunset Blvd. – Billy Wilder
Roman Holiday – William Wyler
The Other Boleyn Girl – Justin Chadwick
Sabrina – Billy Wilder
Charade – Stanley Donen
Some Like It Hot – Billy Wilder
Psycho – Alfred Hitchcock
The Grapes of Wrath –John Ford
Rebecca – Alfred Hitchcock
Witness for the Prosecution – Billy Wilder
North by Northwest – Alfred Hitchcock
The Lost Weekend – Billy Wilder
The Innocents – Jack Clayton
The Princess and the Frog – Ron Clements and John Musker
Prisoners – Denis Villeneuve
In the Heat of the Night – Norman Jewison
Into to the Woods – Rob Marshall
Big Fish – Tim Burton
Prometheus – Ridley Scott
Taxi Driver – Martin Scorsese
Star Trek – J. J Abrams
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht – Werner Herzog
To Catch a Thief – Alfred Hitchcock
Spellbound – Alfred Hitchcock
Peeping Tom – Michael Powell
Shadow of the Vampire – E. Elias Merhige
Barton Fink – Ethan Coen and Joel Cohen
Paths of Glory – Stanley Kubrick
Frenzy – Alfred Hitchcock
12 Angry Men – Sidney Lumet
It Follows – David Robert Mitchell