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My Film Year in Review and my Film Related Goals of 2019

To say I had a good year when it comes to films in 2018 would be an understatement. Amazingly, I watched 365 different films in 2018! This wasn’t an intended goal but by around March/April time, when I was looking at my Letterboxd diary, I realised that I’d watched more films than days in the year so far. After that I decided to try and keep that up and try and hit 365 films. You can see a list of all the films I watched here and my Top Ten Favourite films of 2018 are here.

As for my film-related goals that I actually set, I did pretty well with those too. I wanted to complete the 52 Films by Women challenge for both directors and screenwriters and thanks to the number of films I watched, I managed to get way over 52 films for both directors and screenwriters. I watched 75 films directed by women (you can see the full list of them here) and 112 films that were written by women – my list of those films are on Letterboxd here.

I wanted to cut down on my unwatched DVD’s/Blu-Rays but that didn’t really happen, mainly because I fully embraced Netflix and Amazon Prime this year. I mentioned that I wanted to watch the rest of my Clint Eastwood boxset which didn’t happen, but I watched about 4 of those films so I’ve got over 20 films left to watch.

I have a Pro membership on Letterboxd and I love looking at the stats it gives me for the year.

My most watched actors were:

I started rewatching all the films in the MCU at the end of December 2017 so that rewatch continued into 2018. I watched The AvengersAvengers: Infinity War in 2018 so that’s why there’s 8 actors here who have been in at least one MCU film. I also rewatched the Harry Potter series so that counts for most of the rest of the actors on the list really. Though I did use Netflix and Amazon Prime to find and watch films starring Robert Downey Jr., Daniel Brühl, Jeremy Renner, Emma Thompson and Michelle Monaghan because I like all of those people and wanted to fill in the gaps of their filmographies I’d yet to see.

My most watched directors of the year also show how I rewatched the Harry Potter series and that I rewatched a lot of the MCU in 2018. While I watched over 70 films directed by women, very few of them were by the same director, or if they were, I watched two films by them so they didn’t make this list. For instance, the two films I watched that were directed by Ryan Fleck, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Mississippi Grind, were also directed by Anna Boden but she didn’t manage to fit on the list.

Now for my film-related goals of 2019. While I’m very proud of the fact I watched 365 films last year, I don’t want to put pressure on myself to watch that many again or even more than that. I think I’m going to be more laid back with my film watching this year. I still want to see new films, but I also want to watch some of the many TV shows I missed last year and not feel bad that I’m watching a show instead of spending the same amount of time watching 5 films.

I want to complete the 52 Films by Women challenge for both directors and screenwriters again. I love how that challenge can push me out of my comfort zone and make me really think about what I’m watching. Plus now that I have, and properly use, Netflix and Amazon Prime it’s so much easier to find films that are made by women.

I didn’t buy many new DVD’s/Blu-Ray’s last year, or if I did I watched them almost straightaway, so I have almost 70 unwatched films on my shelves and in boxsets so if I could get that down by half that’d be nice. Maybe 2019 will be the year I finish my Clint Eastwood boxset?!

Do you have any film-related goals for 2019?

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My Film Year in Review and my Film-Related Goals of 2018

I had a very good year when it comes to films in 2017. I watched 218 different films and went to the cinema 61 times. You can find a list of all the films I watched in 2017 here and my Top Ten Favourite films of the year here.

I only had a few film-related goals for 2017. They were to take part and complete the 52 Films by Women project for both directors and screenwriters again which I was successful in. I watched 54 films directed by women in 2017, you can find them all here, and 11 of them I saw at the cinema, 5 more than I saw in the cinema in 2016. I don’t know if that’s down to my taste in films or it’s a small sign that the movie industry is getting that bit more inclusive but it’s definitely a good thing. I also watched 60 films that were written or co-written by women in 2017 and you can see what films they were here.

I also wanted to watch more of my unwatched DVD’s and Blu-ray’s but that didn’t really happen. I did watch some of them, and didn’t buy as many as I usually do, but Netflix and Amazon Prime have become my first choice when I want to watch a film, which doesn’t help with my unwatched physical film problem.

I’ve been looking at my stats for 2017 on Letterboxd, mainly my most watched actors and directors of the year, which I always find quite interesting.

My most watched actors were:

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Films of 2017

Here are all the films I’ve watched this year. My film-related goals for this year are to watch 52 Films by Women (both directors and screenwriters) and to put a dent in my unwatched DVD’s and Blu-rays. You can find out more about what I’m reading on my Twitter or Letterboxd (which I am pretty good at updating).

So without further ado, here’s what I’m watching in 2017! Film titles bolded are films I saw at the cinema and films with an asterisk are rewatches. Any title with a hyperlink goes to its review.

January:
– Monsters University (2013)*
– When Harry Met Sally (1989)
– Coin Heist (2017)
– A Monster Calls (2016)
– Bullit (1968)
– Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)
– The Railway Man (2013)
– Delivery Man (2013)
– The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
– The Prince & Me (2004)
– xXx (2002)
– xXx: The Next Level (2005)
– Remember the Titans (2000)*
Jackie (2016)
– Tower Block (2012)
– Race (2016)
Learning to Drive (2014)

February:
Gods of Egypt (2016)
Ride (2014)
– The Road to El Dorado (2000)*
Hidden Figures (2016)
– The Butler (2013)*
– Dad’s Army (2016)
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Moonlight (2016)
– A History of Violence (2005)
– Friends with Kids (2011)
– 28 Days (2000)
Blackfish (2013)
– Chain Reaction (1996)

March:
Logan (2017)
Logan (2017)*
– Solaris (2002)
– Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love he Bomb (1964)
– Austenland (2013)
– The Intervention (2016)
– Raising Arizona (1987)
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
– Green Room (2015)
– The Testimony (2015)
– Refugee (2016)
– Dragon Blade (2015)
Viceroy’s House (2017)
Free Fire (2016)
– Maggie’s Plan (2015)
– The Nice Guys (2016)*
– The Light Between Oceans (2016)
– John Wick (2014)
– Insurgent (2015)
– Seventh Son (2014)
– The Darkest Hour (2011)

April:
– Catch That Kid (2004)
– The Whistleblower (2010)
– Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
– The Fast and the Furious (2001)*
– 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)*
– The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)*
– Fast & Furious (2009)*
– Fast Five (2011)*
– Fast & Furious 6 (2013)*
– Furious 7 (2015)*
Fast & Furious 8 (2017)
– Agora (2009)
– The Drop (2014)
Fast & Furious 8 (2017)*
– The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Sister Act (1992)*
– Patriot Games (1992)
– Lords of Dogtown (2005)
– 13 (2010)
– An Education (2009)
The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)
Their Finest (2016)
– Escape from L.A. (1996)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
– Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)*

May:
– Resident Evil (2002)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
– Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)*
– The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)*
– King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
Miss Sloane (2016)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)*
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)*
– Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List (2015)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)*
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

June:
Wonder Woman (2017)
Wonder Woman (2017)*
– Dying of the Light (2014)
Z for Zachariah (2015)
– Heart of a Dog (2015)
Wonder Woman (2017)*
– Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)*
Gifted (2017)
Rudderless (2014)
– Star Trek Beyond (2016)*
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
Baby Driver (2017)
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
– Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
– The Woman in Black (2012)
– 1 Night (2016)

July:
Europa Report (2013)
– The Girl with all the Gifts (2016)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
– Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)*
– Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)*
– Speech & Debate (2017)
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Dunkirk (2017)
– Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Miss Meadows (2014)
The Big Sick (2017)

August:
– In a Heartbeat (2017)
Message from the King (2016)
Carrie Pilby (2016)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Detroit (2017)
– Doctor Strange (2016)
– John Wick 2 (2017)
– Pride & Prejudice (2005)
– Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
– Another Mother’s Son (2017)
– Doctor Dolittle 3 (2006)
– Captain Fantastic (2016)
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)
– I, Frankenstein (2014)
Girls Trip (2017)
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
The Greatest (2009)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
The Dark Tower (2017)
– Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
– Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
– Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
– My Blueberry Nights (2007)
– Miss You Already (2015)
– Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
Patti Cake$ (2017)
– The Transporter Refueled (2015)
– Maximum Ride (2016)

September:
– Mamma Mia! (2008)*
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
– Mother’s Day (2016)
Wind River (2017)
– Hell or High Water (2016)
– Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)*
– Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
– Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
– The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)
The Mask You Live In (2015)
– Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Borg vs McEnroe (2017)
– Five Nights in Maine (2015)

October:
The Fits (2015)
Journey’s End (2017)
Columbus (2017)
My Friend Dahmer (2017)
The Mountain Between Us (2017)
October Kiss (2015)
Home Again (2017)
The Death of Stalin (2017)
The Rider (2017)
Downsizing (2017)
The Boy Downstairs (2017)
The White Girl (2017)
The Prince of Nothingwood (2017)
– Thor (2011)*
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
– Thor: The Dark World (2013)*
– Poseidon (2006)
– Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Marshall (2017)
– Kiss the Girls (1997)
– Spirited Away (2001)
– Kill the Messenger (2014)
– The Divide (2015)

November:
6 Days (2017)
– Red Dawn (2012)
– Stories We Tell (2012)
Sand Storm (2016)
– Thirteen (2003)
Revenge for Jolly! (2012)
– Miss Stevens (2016)
Justice League (2017)
– Shark Tale (2004)
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
– In Secret (2013)
Molly’s Game (2017)

December:
– Clash of the Titans (2010)
– The Nativity Story (2006)
– Wrath of the Titans (2012)
– I Am Jane Doe (2017)
All This Panic (2016)
– A Wish for Christmas (2016)
Denial (2016)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Happy Christmas (2014)
– The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)*
– The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)*
– The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)*
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)*
– Miss Sloane (2016)*
– Paddington (2014)
– The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)*
– Wonder Woman (2017)*
– Toy Story 3 (2010)*
The Florida Project (2017)
– Cinderella (2015)
The Greatest Showman (2017)
Iron Man (2008)*
The Incredible Hulk (2008)*
– Australia (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)*
Thor (2011)*
– Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant (2011)*
– The Good Time Girls (2017)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)*
– Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (2011)*

Number of different films watched: 218
Number of times been to the cinema: 61

My Film Year in Review and my Film-related Goals of 2017

In 2016 I watched a lot of films, 189 of them in fact, and there were some great ones. You can find my ten favourites of the year here.

I only had a couple of film-related goals for 2016. One was to watch more of my unwatched DVD’s and Blu-rays, something that didn’t really happen as I finally got Netflix half way through the year and that became my new obsession. My other goal was to take part in and complete the Women in Film’s pledge to watch 52 films that are directed by women – this I did! You can find the list of films I watched for this challenge here, almost all of them were new to me and I ended up watching just over the target at 56 films. I also made a note of the films I watched that had a woman credited as the screenwriter and it turned out 65 of the films I watched in 2016 had a female screenwriter. You can find those films in a handy list here.

Some other interesting stats are which directors and actors I happened to watch the most in 2016. Thanks to Letterboxd (which is a great site and is basically Goodreads for films) I can see and share that info.

My most watched actors were:

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