WHAT I WATCHED IN JANUARY

Watching a great film or series, snuggled up under a mountain of blankets on the sofa with a mug of fruit tea and a candle burning, is one of my favourite pastimes so I figured I’d share a few of my top picks this month and hopefully you’ll discover something new to watch.

FILMS

1. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (2017)

1H 55M | CRIME/COMEDY

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police.

I recently watched this at the cinema as my friend, Til, had mentioned how great it was and I absolutely loved it. Also, its directed by Martin McDonagh who also directed the incredible ‘In Bruges’ so I knew it would be worth  watching on the big screen. I loved the premise of this film and the lead, Frances McDormand, was superb. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already!

Rating: 5/5

2. MOONLIGHT (2016)

1H 55M | DRAMA

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

A really interesting and beautiful film full of quiet and delicate moments. Make sure you’re in the mood to stay focused, it’s not the kind of film where you can just zone out.

Rating: 4/5

3. SUBMARINE (2010)

1H 37M | COMEDY/ROMANCE

15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

This is one of my favourite films that I’ve watched many times already. Based on Joe Dunthorne’s 2008 novel (an excellent read), written and directed by Richard Ayoade with a soundtrack by Alex Turner, it’s already a winner in my eyes. The cinematography is beautiful; every scene looks like it could be on a postcard. The awkward humour is also right up my street.

Rating: 5/5

NETFLIX SERIES

1. BLACK MIRROR – SERIES 4 (2017)

Black Mirror is a British television series created by Charlie Brooker, who acknowledged that each episode has a different cast, a different setting, and even a different reality. But they’re all about the way we live now; and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.

I binged the whole series in one night because it was just so damn good. My personal favourite was episode 6, “Black Museum” where a woman enters a museum and listens to the propietor’s stories relating to the artifacts. It was really satisfying to watch and a great end to the series. The only episode that I didn’t enjoy was episode 5, “Metalhead”, in which a woman attempts to survive in a dangerous land full of robotic guard-dogs. The whole episode is filmed in black and white and there wasn’t much speech so I found it quite hard to focus on.

Rating: 4-5/5

2. THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD (2017)

James is a 17-year-old who believes he is a psychopath. He kills animals as a hobby, but grows bored of the practice and decides he wants to try killing a human. He settles on Alyssa, a mouthy, rebellious 17-year-old classmate with issues of her own. She proposes they run away together, hoping for an adventure away from her turbulent home-life, and James agrees with the intention of finding an opportunity to kill her. They embark on a road trip across England, and begin to develop a relationship after a series of mishaps.

Again, I binged all 8 episodes in one sitting because it was so damn good. Can’t go wrong with dark British humour, potential murder and a teen road trip across England. We even noticed that a scene was filmed in Camberley! #REPRESENT

Rating: 5/5

3. LOVE (2017)

A program that follows a couple who must navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment and other things they were hoping to avoid.

Created by Judd Apatow who also created the awesome “Superbad” and one of my favourite films, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” I decided to give it a whirl. I wasn’t so keen on the first season as one of the lead characters, Gus, annoyed me but I persevered and loved it by the second season. The character development is brilliant and it’s interesting to watch how two people that you wouldn’t expect to work together in a relationship do. Also, Mickey’s outfits are excellent.

Rating: 4-5/5

Hope you’ve discovered something new to watch and please let me know if you’ve seen any of these and what you thought of them. Else I’m all ears if you have any recommendations for me!

xxx

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