What with 2020 being what it was, my film-watching didn’t really take a hit. I watched 265 different films and of those films, 93 of them were rewatches. I think with everything going on I definitely enjoyed revisiting old favourites, where I knew the story so didn’t necessarily have to think too much. I did manage to see 16 films in the cinema in 2020, pre-pandemic and in between the various lockdowns the UK has had. I shared my Ten Favourite Films last month, in some ways it was hard to pick favourites as I felt I hadn’t seen many new UK releases what with everything else going on, but I really would recommend all the films I mentioned in that post.
I completed the 52 Films by Women challenge for both directors and screenwriters again, which was the fifth year in a row. I watched 57 films directed by women and 70 that were written by women.
I did make some headway with my unwatched DVDs and Blu-Rays! That’s thanks to the A-Z in April Challenge where I posted a film review for every letter of the alphabet. Now I have 63 unwatched physical films so that’s good. I did watch some of my Clint Eastwood and Alfred Hitchcock boxsets but I still have over 10 films in each boxset.
I didn’t spend much time watching TV series in 2020 (what a surprise!) but I did finally finish watching Shadowhunters and I was really happy with how they managed to wrap everything up. I also watched series two of The Alienist and His Dark Materials, Good Omens and Down to Earth with Zac Efron, which I all really enjoyed in different ways. My newest TV obsession is Cobra Kai, I watched the first two seasons in one weekend in September and fell in love with it, then I watched season three in two days at the beginning of the month and even got my mum into it. I love that show a whole lot.
Now it’s time for the fun actor and director stats I get from having a Letterboxd pro account.
My most watched actors of 2020 were:
I watched the Underworld series, the Karate Kid series and the Descendants trilogy for the first time, and I rewatched the entire MCU in April/May (and wrote about how that helped me grieve for my dad). I also rewatched The Chronicles of Narnia, the original Ocean’s trilogy, the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (that was back in January and wow does that seem like a long time ago!), the Bourne series, the Jurassic Park/World films and The Lord of the Rings – so that explains most of the actors who make an appearance. I also made an effort to watch more of Anton Yelchin, Chadwick Boseman, Kristen Stewart and Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s filmographies.
My most watched directors definitely reflect the fact I watched a lot of different series. Kenny Ortega (Descendants), Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s), the Russo brothers and James Gunn (MCU), Paul Greengrass (Bourne), Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean), Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic Park/World), John Avildsen (Karate Kid) and Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings). It’s disappointing but not surprising that it’s just male directors as I didn’t watch many films made by the same woman.
So what are my film-related goals of 2021? I’ll continue to be a mood watcher, there’s loads of films of different genres in my Netflix and Amazon Prime queue to keep me busy as well as the physical films I have. I want to watch 52 Films by Women, both directors and screenwriters, again. I was considering to try and watch one Alfred Hitchcock film, one Clint Eastwood film, and one Studio Ghibli film (they’re all on Netflix and I’ve only ever seen Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle) a week but we’re a week into 2021 and I haven’t watched any of them yet. But I do like that idea and hopefully going forward I’ll watch at least one of those types of films each week.
With regards to TV, I suppose what I’d really like to do in 2021 is finish all the Marvel Netflix series. I’ve watched up to and including season one of The Punisher so that means I have six series left to watch. Speaking of Marvel, I’m really looking forward to all the MCU shows coming to Disney+ this year, with WandVision starting next week. I do think I’m generally better at watching shows when they’re released weekly so I should be able to keep up with them. Otherwise, there are a load of series I’d like to try like The Madalorian, Dickinson and Ted Lasso but I won’t hold out too much hope with that one – I know what I’m like with TV.
Do you have any film or TV-related goals for 2021? If you have a Letterboxd account do let me know so I can follow you.
I’m working my way through the Letterboxd Season Challenge and sometimes I try to work through my watch list with their monthly scavenger hunts. Of all of the movies I picked out for this month’s hunt I’m the most looking forward to the new Mulan, The New Mutants, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Weathering With You, The Wind Rises, Boy, and Thirst.
Just before Christmas I got myself a free month long subscription to Hulu (to get the weeklong HBO Max free trial) and I’ve been watching the new Hardy Boys series. It’s a pleasant surprise and it definitely deserves more hype. I’m also hoping to get to the second season of What We Do In The Shadows before my free trial ends. I think I’m finally going to have to take out a subscription to Disney+ for the upcoming Marvel tv series. Of the Marvel Netflix series I’ve only watched the first season of Daredevil so far which was fantastic. I really want to try Jessica Jones for David Tennant’s villain.
Ooh that sounds cool! I hadn’t heard of the Letterboxd challenges before. Hope you enjoy all what you watch for the scavenger hunt – I thought the performances in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom were outstanding.
I didn’t know there was a new Hardy Boy series – Hulu originals seems to take a long time to get over to the UK and then it’s sometimes hard to find them as we don’t have Hulu/HBO Max. I use my best friends Disney+ account 😀 but she uses my Amazon Prime account so it evens out – otherwise it gets difficult to keep track of and pay for all the various streaming services. I loved the first series of Jessica Jones, David Tennant was such a creepy villain!