Films of 2021

Here are all the films I’ve watched this year. My film-related goals of the year include watching 52 Films by Women (both films directed by and written by women) which would be my sixth year of completing this challenge, and to make an effort to watch my Clint Eastwood and Alfred Hitchcock boxsets. You can find out more about what I’m watching on my Twitter or Letterboxd – I sometimes write a couple of lines of my thoughts of a film on Twitter/Letterboxd rather than writing a full review here.

Without further ado, here’s what I’ve watched in 2021! Film titles in bold are films I saw at the cinema (if/when they’re open again) and films with an asterisk are rewatches. Any title with a hyperlink goes to its review – whether that’s here on my blog or on JumpCut Online which I contribute to.

– Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Take the Ball, Pass the Ball (2018)
– Los secretos de La Roja – Campeones del mundo (2020)
– Fernando Torres: The Unexpected Hero (2020)
– Andrés Iniesta: The Unexpected Hero (2020)
– The Beguiled (2017)
– The Secret of Kells (2009)
– Epic (2013)
– We Can Be Heroes (2020)
– The Way I See It (2020)
The Untouchables (1987)
– One Man and His Shoes (2020)
Over the Moon (2020)
– Time (2020)
– The Vast of Night (2019)
– Outside the Wire (2021)
– Collateral (2004)
– The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020)
Dune (1984)
– Game Night (2018)*

– Banlieue 13 (2004)*
– Banlieue 13: Ultimatum (2009)*
Greenland (2020)
Agnes Joy (2019)
– Dead Pigs (2018)
– Young Adult (2014)
RAGE (2021)
– Dinosaur (2000)
Mortal Kombat (1995)
X-Men (2000)*
X2 (2003)*
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)*
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)*
X-Men: First Class (2011)*
The Wolverine (2013)*
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)*

Moxie (2021)
Deadpool (2016)*
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)*
Logan (2017)*
– Deadpool 2 (2018)*
– Cinderella (1997)
– X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)*
– Justice League (2017)*
– Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)
– Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010)
– Cats (2019)
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)
– Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
– Ready or Not (2019)
– Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
– Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)
The 8th (2020)
– Minari (2020)
– Wildfire (2020)

– 12 Angry Men (1957)
– Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)*
– Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
– The Finest Hours (2016)
– My Little Sister (20200
– Black Milk (2020)
– Overlord (2018)
– Charlie’s Angels (2000)*
– Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)*
– Charlie’s Angels (2019)*
– Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Peninsula (2020)
– First Cow (2019)
Love and Monsters (2020)
Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse (2020)
– Rio (2011)

– The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)
– Galaxy Quest (1999)*
– Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary (2019)
– Skylines (2020)
The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020)
– Lemonade Mouth (2011)*
– School of Rock (2003)*
– Remember the Titans (2000)*
– Relic (2020)
– Buffaloed (2019)
– Meek’s Cutoff (2010)
– Marie Antoinette (2006)
– The Namesake (2006)
– The Judge (2017)
– John Tucker Must Die (2006)
– Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
– Radioactive (2019)
– Beyond the Lights (2014)
– The Half of It (2020)
– Late Night (2019)
– ’49-’17 (1917)
Army of the Dead (2021)

A Quiet Place Part II (2020)
Cruella (2021)
– Logan Lucky (2017)
– Safety (2020)
– The Fast and the Furious (2001)*
– 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)*
– The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2005)*
– Fast & Furious (2009)*
– Fast Five (2011)
– Fast & Furious 6 (2013)*
– Furious 7 (2015)*
In The Heights (2021)
Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)
– The Fate of the Furious (2017)*
– Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)*
– Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)
F9 (2021)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)*
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)*
– The Other Woman (2014)

– Serenity (2019)
– The Happening (2008)
Black Widow (2021)
– The Hunters (2013)*
– The Green Hornet (2011)
The Suicide Squad (2021)

– Blitz (2011)*
Jungle Cruise (2021)
– Chaos Walking (2021)
Boss Level (2021)
– Predators (2010)
– AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
– Aliens vs Predator: Requiem (2007)
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joes Origins (2021)
Reminiscence (2021)
– The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Spider-Man (2002)*
Spider-Man 2 (2004)*
Spider-Man 3 (2007)*
Black and Blue (2019)
– Jiu Jitsu (2020)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)*
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)*
– Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
– Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)
Copshop (2021)
– Cosmic Sin (2021)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)*
– 42 (2013)*
The Sweetest Thing (2002)
– Song One (2014)
Schumacher (2021)

No Time to Die (2021)
– The Great Wall (2016)*
– Venom (2018)*
– Afterlife of the Party (2021)
Flee (2021)
– Queen of Glory (2021)
Welcome to Spain (2021)
Playground (2021)
– Citizen Ashe (2021)
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
The Last Duel (2021)
Little Monsters (2019)
Dune (2021)
– Beyond Skyline (2021)*
– The Martian (2015)*
– Army of Thieves (2021)
– Practical Magic (1998)*
– Hocus Pocus (1993)*

Eternals (2021)
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
– Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)
– Passing (2021)
– Shopping for Fangs (1997)
Mortal Kombat (2021)
Petite Maman (2021)
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019)
Salaryman (2021)
Ferguson Rises (2021)
Beyto (2020)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)
Hostile (2021)
The Seed (2021)
– Lapwing (2021)
Nico (2021)
Growth With Hope (2021)
Everything in the End (2021)
– Friendsgiving (2020)
King Richard (2021)
– The Matrix (1999)*
– The Matrix Reloaded (2003)*
– The Matrix Revolutions (2003)*

Single All the Way (2021)
– Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)*
– Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)*
The Family Stone (2005)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Scrooged (1988)
– tick, tick…BOOM! (2021)
– The Rescue (2021)
– 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)*
– Peter Rabbit (2018)
– Peter Rabbit 2 (2021)
– King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)*
– Worth (2021)
– A Boy Called Christmas (2021)
– Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)*

Number of different films watched: 203
Number of times been to the cinema: 29

My Film Year in Review and my Film-related Goals of 2021

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.

Sci-Fi Month 2020

ARTWORK by Tithi Luadthong from QUOTE from Seven Devils by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam.

Even though 2020 seems to be dragging on forever, we are getting closer to the end of the year and November brings Sci-Fi Month, hosted by Lisa and Imyril.

As the name suggests, Sci-Fi Month is all about celebrating all things sci-fi, whether that’s books, films, TV show, games or podcasts. It’s the chance to focus on the sci-fi stuff you’ve been putting on the backburner, whether it’s speculative fiction, epic space operas, time travel adventures or parallel worlds.

There’s a couple of readathons happening during the month if that’s your kind of thing. Jorie Loves a Story is hosting a readathon of Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott while Imyril is hosting a readathon of Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle.

While there’s the readathons and some challenges still to be announced, there’s no requirements or goals to take part in Sci-Fi Month, the main point is to consume some sci-fi, a little or a lot, and have some fun. See imyril’s blog for more information and to sign up to Sci-Fi Month and follow @SciFiMonth on Twitter and use the hashtag #SciFiMonth to take part in all the chats or when sharing your posts.

While I like sci-fi books, I don’t currently have a lot of them on their TBR, in fact I only have two: Brilliance by Marcus Sakey and Gemina Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’ll try and read them both in November but Gemina will be the priority as that chonky book has been on my shelf for far too long.

I also plan to watch and review a lot of sci-fi films next month. I’ve had a look through what sci-fi films I’ve got in my Netflix and Prime watchlists and pulled together a selection of what it’d like to watch. There’s a whole load of different types of sci-fi, superpowers, aliens, and AI, and from different countries too. Here’s some of the films I’ll hopefully be watching next month – any thoughts or recommendations based on this list would, as always, be much appreciated:

What are some of your favourite sci-fi media? I’m always looking for sci-fi book and film recommendations. My favourite kind of sci-fi (or sometimes it’s science-fact) is when people are really competent at their jobs e.g. The Martian, Apollo 13 and Hidden Figures.

Reflections on the A-Z Challenge 2020 Edition

Another April gone by, and what an interesting April that was!

I’m thankful I was so well organised this year and had over half of my posts already written and scheduled before April began, because the end of March and April itself was tough. Three of my close family died in March (non COVID-19 related but I don’t know if that’s better or worse) and then there was living life under lockdown. It was good to have this challenge to focus on though and have some structure in an ultimately very confusing time.

I’m very pleased I completed the challenge for a number of reasons. It’s my senventh year of taking part in this challenge and I do like how it’s become a “thing” for me and my blog. I’m happy it made me cut down my unwatched film list by twenty. My updated list of films I own but haven’t watched is on Letterboxd and I’m always looking for recommendations. The six films I reviewed that weren’t part of that list were ones I found on Netflix or similar.

The month started on a high with The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford which I gave four stars but it ended on a low with Zookeeper which I do not recommend and gave one star. The films I most enjoyed watching a writing about were The Quake, Imagine Me & You and West Side Story. Though I have to say it was hard to review so many films in such a relatively short space of time – my brain’s not made to work that way.

My stats for April this year weren’t as good as last year but were better than the 2018 edition, so I’ll take that. The most popular A-Z posts were my reviews of Let the Right One In, National Treasure and K-19: The Widowmaker. Previous years A-Z posts also got a lot of hits including the posts I wrote about for Bucky Barnes and Happy Hogan last year, and Hermione Granger and Kingsley Shacklebolt that I wrote for the 2017 edition of the challenge.

Because of the aforementioned personal and wider world issues going on, I visited very few blogs which is a shame. I mostly did a good job at keeping up with replying to comments and I should have hopefully got to everyone by the time this post goes live.

Every year in my reflections post I ponder whether or not I’ll take part in the challenge next year, and this year’s no different! But I think as long as I have an idea well ahead of time that I can write and schedule posts for, then I think I will. I think it’d be nice to at least do this challenge for ten years in a row – only three more to go!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my A-Z posts this month. This blog will go back to a roughly equal amount of posts and books and films now. I hope all of you who took part had a successful A-Z in April, and sorry I didn’t get to your blog. For more information on the A-Z in April Challenge visit the website.

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge – 2020 Edition

It’s nearly April so that can only mean one thing – the A-Z in April Blogging Challenge! The challenge is to post on your blog every day in April except Sundays. Not including Sundays, there are twenty-six days which matches with the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. That means on 1st April you write something beginning with the letter A, on the 2nd something beginning with the letter B and so on and so forth.

This will be the seventh year in a row I’ve taken part in this challenge and I hope to complete it once again. It’s become almost a tradition to do this challenge and I hope I continue to have ideas for it as the years go by.

This year all my twenty-six posts will be film reviews. More specifically reviews of some of the eighty plus films I have unwatched on DVD and Blu-ray. You can have a sneak peek at what some of the films might be by checking out what’s on this Letterboxd list. I’ve had some of these films for so long, some probably for over five years, so this is just the push I need to finally watch them. For the letters where I don’t have a film on DVD or Blu-ray that begins with that letter, I shall turn to the likes of Netflix to find a film.

In April I will still be posting my weekly book reviews as usual. I’m not sure if there will be “bonus” film reviews that are more modern releases/films I’ve watched that aren’t for this challenge, it’ll depend how I feel and how I keep up with the posts/reviews.

Because watching films and then reviewing them takes more time than the average post I’ve done for this challenge previously (especially as some of my unwatched films are really long!) I’ve been somewhat organised and have already scheduled thirteen posts (which is half of them!) and plan to have more scheduled before April arrives. Unfortunately, those thirteen aren’t the first thirteen days of April because I’m someone who has to be in the mood for potentially more serious or heavier films and I just don’t make things easy for myself.

Hopefully having so many posts scheduled already means I won’t be rushing to get the next post out and that I will be more active in visiting and commenting on other people’s blogs during the challenge.

There’s still time to sign up for the A to Z in April Challenge. I do recommend it; it definitely makes you stretch yourself to think of something for every letter and it encourages you to be organised – something I’m always trying to be better at when it comes to my blog.

Films of 2020

Here are all the films I’ve watched this year. My film-related goals of the year include watching 52 Films by Women (both films directed by and by women) which would be my fifth year of completing this challenge, and once again trying to watch some of the DVDs and Blu-rays that have been sat on my shelves for ages. You can find out more about what I’m watching on my Twitter or Letterboxd – I sometimes write a couple of lines of my thoughts of a film on Twitter/Letterboxd rather than writing a full review here.

Without further ado, here’s what I’ve watched in 2020! Film titles in bold are films I saw at the cinema and films with an asterisk are rewatches. Any title with a hyperlink goes to its review – whether that’s here on my blog or on JumpCut Online which I contribute to.

– Puss in Boots (2011)*
– The Sound of Music (1965)*
– Logan (2017)*
– Predator 2 (1990)
– Southpaw (2015)
– Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)*
– Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)*
– Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)*
1917 (2019)
Little Women (2019)
– Safe House (2012)*
– Lockout (2012)*
Spies in Disguise (2019)
Just Mercy (2019)
The Great Debaters (2007)
– Remember the Titans (2000)*
Like a Boss (2020)
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)
The Gentlemen (2019)
The Quake (2018)

Miss Americana (2020)
Outlander (2008)
Parasite (2019)
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020)
– Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
– The Falling (2014)
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
Troop Zero (2019)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
– The Last Stand (2013)
House of D (2004)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Dark Waters (2019)
The Call of the Wild (2020)

Jarhead (2005)
– Fast Five (2011)*
Ophelia (2018)
Military Wives (2019)
Onward (2020)
Sudden Impact (1983)
The Dead Pool (1988)
– Inferno (2016)
Playing It Cool (2014)
Carlito’s Way (1993)
– Ocean’s Eleven (2001)*
– Ocean’s Twelve (2004)*
– Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)*
The Kitchen (2019)
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Troy (2004)
Strokes of Genius (2018)*

National Treasure (2004)*
– National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)*
Family Plot (1976)
The Edukators (2004)
– Stormbreaker (2006)*
Imagine Me & You (2005)
XXY (2007)
– Mamma Mia! (2008)*
– Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)*
West Side Story (1961)
Monster (2003)
Let the Right One In (2008)
Ray (2004)
– Erin Brockovich (2000)*
– Unstoppable (2010)*
– The Martian (2015)*
Unforgiven (1992)
Vertigo (1958)
You Again (2010)
– Fast Girls (2012)*
– Extraction (2020)
Zookeeper (2011)
– Iron Man (2008)*
– The Incredible Hulk (2008)*
– Iron Man 2 (2010)*
– Thor (2011)*
– Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)*
– The Avengers (2012)*

– Iron Man 3 (2013)*
– Thor: The Dark World (2013)*
– Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)*
– Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)*
– Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)*
– Ant-Man (2015)*
– Captain America: Civil War (2016)*
– Doctor Strange (2016)*
– Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)*
– Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)*
– Thor Ragnarok (2017)*
– Black Panther (2018)*
– Avengers: Infinity War (2018)*
– Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)*
– Captain Marvel (2019)*
– Avengers: Endgame (2019)*
– Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)*
– Dragonheart (1996)*
Lady and the Tramp (2019)
– Dead Before Dawn (1993)
– A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
– Finding Dory (2016)*
– A Dog’s Journey (2019)
To the Stars (2019)
Misbehaviour (2020)
– Before I Fall (2017)
– Right on Track (2003)
– Trainwreck (2015)
– Remember the Daze (2007)
The Spectacular Now (2013)

– 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)*
Bloodshot (2020)
– Tremble All You Want (2017)
– Beyond Skyline (2017)*
See You Yesterday (2019)
– The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)
– I Lost My Body (2019)
– After (2019)
– Da 5 Bloods (2020)
– First Match (2018)
– Tall Girl (2019)
– Roma (2018)
– My Happy Family (2017)
– Okja (2017)
– Wheelman (2017)
– A Christmas Prince (2017)
The Chronicles of Narnina: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)*
The Chronicles of Narnina: Prince Caspian (2008)*
The Chronicles of Narnina: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)*
– Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)*
– Odd Thomas (2013)*
– Delivering Milo (2001)
– Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
– Fierce People (2005)
– The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story (2019)
– Like Crazy (2011)
– Thoroughbreds (2017)
– Love, Antosha (2019)
– Abominable (2019)
Paradise Hills (2019)
– The Kindness of Strangers (2019)
– On a Clear Day (2005)
– 42 (2013)*

– Jurassic Park (1993)*
– The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)*
– Jurassic Park III (2001)*
– Jurassic World (2015)*
– Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)*
– Battle at Big Rock (2019)*
Skyscraper (2018)
– Underworld (2003)
– Underworld: Evolution (2006)
– Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
– Underworld: Awakening (2012)
– Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)
– The Old Guard (20200
– Invictus (2009)*
– Blindspotting (2018)
– Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)*
– Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
Artemis Fowl (2020)
– Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
– Blockers (2018)
– The Cake Eaters (2007)
– Honey Boy (2019)
The Losers (2010)*
Don’t Take Me Home (2017)

– Tomb Raider (2018)*
– What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)
Table 19 (2017)
– Descendants (2015)*
– Descendants 2 (2017)
– Descendants 3 (2019)
– Constantine (2005)*
Victor Frankenstein (2015)
– Spy Game (2001)
– Underwater (2020)
– Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
– Undertow (2004)
Personal Shopper (2016)
– Get a Job (2016)
– Mr. Right (2015)
– Venom (2018)
Tenet (2020)
– Draft Day (2014)
– The Kill Hole (2014)
– The Express (2008)
– Get on Up (2014)
42 (2013)*
– Concussion (2015)

– The Karate Kid (1984)
– The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
– The Karate Kid Part III (1989)
– The Next Karate Kid (1994)
The New Mutants (2020)
Ready Player One (2018)
– Miami Vice (2006)
– Borg vs McEnroe (2017)*
– RBG (2018)
– Knock Down the House (2019)*
Becoming (2020)
– Feminists: What Were They Thinking? (2018)
Corpse Bride (2005)
The Craft (1996)
Enola Holmes (2020)
Time Out (2018)
– Anesthesia (2015)

Practical Magic (1998)
Honeymood (2020)
Bram Sotker’s Dracula (1992)
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
Stray (2020)
Herself (2020)
Farewell Amor (2020)
– Mangrove (2020)
– Kajillionaire (2020)
– Shirley (2020)
– Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
– The Greatest Showman (2017)*
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)
30 Days of Night (2007)
Vehicle 19 (2013)
All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020)
– Hocus Pocus (1993)*

– The Mummy (1991)*
– The Mummy Returns (2001)*
– Secret Society of Second Born Royals (2020)
– Advantageous (2015)
– My Zoe (2019)
– Man on a Ledge (2012)*
– Free State of Jones (2016)
Fast Colour (2018)
– The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)*
– The Bourne Identity (2002)*
– The Bourne Supremacy (2004)*
– The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)*
– The Bourne Legacy (2012)*
– Jason Bourne (2016)*
Upgrade (2018)
– Farming (2018)
– Break Point: A Davis Cup Story (2020)

– The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (2020)
Noelle (2019)
– Nativity! (2009)
– Happiest Season (2020)
– Summerland (2020)
– Wolfwalkers (2020)
– Mulan (2020)
– Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)
– Irreplaceable You (2018)
Ava (2020)
– 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)*
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
– Shazam! (2019)*
– Soul (2020)
– The Pelican Brief (1993)*
– The Client (1994)
– Tarzan (1999)
– A Christmas Gift from Bob (2020)
– A Time to Kill (1996)
– Frozen (2013)*
– Frozen II (2019)*
– Godzilla (1998)*
– Dante’s Peak (1997)
– Skyfall (2012)*

Number of different films watched: 265
Number of films seen in the cinema: 16

My Film Year in Review and my Film-Related Goals of 2020

In 2019 I watched a lot of films but not too many that I got overwhelmed with meeting a self-enforced target. In total I watched 242 different films, 251 films including rewatches. I saw 76 films at the cinema as well. I have a full list of all the films I watched here and I also put together a list of my Top Ten Favourite Films of 2019 last week for your reading pleasure – I’d recommend all of my favourites to anyone, no matter their taste in films.

With the film-related goals I set myself it was a bit of a mixed bag. One of the reasons I wanted to not put pressure on myself to watch films every day and hit a ridiculously high target, was so I could watch the many TV shows I’ve missed or got half way though and not feel guilty about it. In the end I didn’t watch many TV shows at all. In fact, I watched one and a half. I watched all of Stranger Things season three which I loved and binge-watched over a weekend. You can see what I thought on Twitter as I did some spoiler-free live-tweeting. I also started to rewatch Shadowhunters as the last series came out so thought it would be nice to rewatch it from the beginning and by the time I did that the new episodes would be out. It didn’t quite work like that because I’m someone who just stops watching TV shows even when I’m enjoying them. I got near to the end of series 2 so I only really have a season left to watch and half of it will be new to me. Maybe in 2020 I will finish my rewatch and live tweeting of one of my favourite shows.

I did complete the 52 Films by Women challenge once again. I watched 56 films directed by women (all of which happened to be first time watches) and I watched 71 films that were written by women. However, I didn’t watch very many of my unwatched DVD’s and Blu-rays, and in fact I bought more and now have over 80 unwatched films.

Now it’s time for the fun stats stuff. I have a Pro membership on Letterboxd which allows you to see all your film-viewing stats and I love it.

My most watched actors of 2019 were:

I rewatched and reviewed the Fast & Furious franchise (which I adore) so that’s why almost half the actors here are from at least one of those films. I made the effort to watch a lot of Brie Larson and Keira Knightley films so that’s why they’ve gotten a spot. I rewatched the sequel Star Wars trilogy, the Lord of the Rings, the Transformer trilogy and the John Wick trilogy so that explains people like Keanu Reeves, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving a couple of the other actors, but some people like Jim Broadbent and Joan Cusack were a surprise.

My most watched directors also show off the fact I watched a lot of Fast and Furious (Justin Lin), Star Wars (J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson) and Transformers films (Michael Bay). I like how Antoine Fuqua makes an appearance once again (he’s one of my favourite directors) and I tend to rewatch his films fairly often. It’s a shame there’s only one woman on this list. I watched four of Mira Nair’s films that I hadn’t seen before but while I watched over 50 films directed by women, I think she was the only female director I watched multiple films from.

So what are my film-related goals of 2020? I’m going to continue to watch what I want, when I want, and not feel like I have to watch a film every day when I’d rather be reading or discover a new TV show (that I’ll only watch half of before stopping even when I’m enjoying it). I definitely want to finish watching Shadowhunters and if I manage to get through a couple of other TV shows that I’ve been meaning to watch for ages in 2020 that’d be great. I think The Alienist returns this year and as that’s like the one show besides Stranger Things that I’ve watched in its entirety recently, I’m definitely looking forward to that.

I want to complete the 52 Films by Women challenge for both directors and screenwriters again. I have been doing (and completing) this challenge since 2016 so it’d be cool to make it a fifth year in a row.

I will once again say I want to get my unwatched DVD’s and Blu-rays down. As I said, I have over 80 of them to get through but I do have a plan to tackle this! It is going to be related to the A-Z in April Challenge but more will be revealed in the Spring. I not only have a Clint Eastwood boxset to get through, but an Alfred Hitchcock one as well now so maybe I’ll make some headway with those this year.

Do you have any film-related goals for 2020? How easy/difficult do you find it is to make time to sit down and watch a film?

Mid-Year Film Update

I don’t usually do mid-year check ins with my film-related goals (mainly because I don’t have many) but after having a look of my stats on Letterboxd, it was something I fancied doing.

My main film-related goal of 2019 is to continue watching 52 films directed and written by women. I’m happy to say I’m well on track with that. This is in part thanks to my Reel Women movie marathon in May as I watched 12 films directed in women in 24 hours so that helped me catch up as I was lagging behind a bit before then. I’ve seen 30 films directed by women so far this year (you can find a list of them all here) and I’ve watched 32 films written by women (a full list of those are here). My favourite films made by women I’ve seen this year have been Unicorn Store, What They Had and Capernaum. They are three very different films but are all powerful in their own way.

I don’t think I’ve made a dent on my unwatched DVD’s/Blu-Rays at all this year as when I have watched a DVD it’s been of a film I’ve already seen. I actually have more than what I started the year with as I bought an Alfred Hitchcock boxset from a friend a few months ago.

My favourite thing about Letterboxd Pro is the actor and director stats. I thought it’d be cool to keep a record of who were my most watched actors of the first six months of 2019 and then see if and how there’s any changes by the time December rolls around.

My most watched actors of 2019 so far are:

I went on a bit of a Brie Larson binge in February, watching six of her films that I’d never seen before that month! I don’t know if another actor will become my most watched by the end of the year, but I think she’ll definitely be in the top five. Keanu Reeves and Ian McShane were a bit of a surprise, but I rewatched/watched all three of the John Wick films a few months ago so it does make sense. I’ve also started to rewatch and review all the Fast and Furious films (including the two short films I never realised existed) so that’s why some of those actors are here and I think a lot more of them will be there once I’ve finished my rewatch. Whether or not it’ll be a majority Fast and Furious-actors list at the end of the year (like it was with Harry Potter last year) remains to be seen.

My most watched directors of 2019 so far are:

This isn’t so exciting, and they can be put down to the John Wick films, MCU films, and then Cretton directed two films starring Brie Larson. I’ll be interested to see what other directors will end up on my most watched of the year list as there’s still plenty of room. Justin Lin will definitely be there as he directed a fair few Fast and Furious movies.

In the first half of 2019 I have seen 117 different films and have been to the cinema 35 times. A full list of what I’ve seen is here. I haven’t been putting pressure on myself to watch a film every single day, instead only watching things I want to watch and when I feel like it, so I was surprised that I’d still managed to watch so many. I’m going to continue to not put pressure on myself when it comes to watching films. I’ll probably see a good chunk more at the cinema before the year is out – I’m a big fan of seeing between two to four films in the cinema on a Saturday – but I won’t go out of my way to see EVERYTHING.

What’s been your favourite film you’ve seen so far this year? It could be a 2019 release, or an older film you’ve seen for the first time. Some of my favourites I’ve seen this year have been Avengers: Endgame, Instant Family and Short Term 12. Each month I share my Top 5 First Views on Twitter if you ever want to see what new-to-me films I liked the most each month.

Films of 2019

Here are all the films I’ve watched this year. My main film-related goal for this year, as it’s been for the past three years, is to watch 52 Films by Women (both directors and screenwriters). You can find out more about what I’m watching on my Twitter or Letterboxd.

Without further ado, here’s what I’m watching in 2019! Film titles in bold are films I saw at the cinema and films with an asterisk are rewatches. Any title with a hyperlink goes to its review – whether that’s here on my blog or on Jumpcut Online which I contribute to.

Colette (2018)
– Anna Karenina (2012)
– Lawless (2012)
– Home (2015)
– No Good Deed (2014)
– The Gunman (2015)
– Legacy (2010)
– 100 Streets (2016)
The Favourite (2018)
Stan & Ollie (2018)
– The Duchess (2008)
– In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
– Brooklyn (2015)
On Her Shoulders (2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)*
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
– The Young Victoria (2009)
– Emma (1996)
– Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
– Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
Every Day (2018)
– Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Capernaum (2018)
– Sleepover (2004)
– The Gambler (2014)
– The Glass Castle (2017)
– Short Term 12 (2013)
The Last Five Years (2014)
– Rocket Science (2007)
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
– Tanner Hall (2009)
– John Wick (2014)*
– John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)*
Life (2017)
– The Trouble with Bliss (2011)
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
Instant Family (2018)
On the Basis of Sex (2018)
– The Accountant (2016)
– Invictus (2009)*
Woman Walks Ahead (2017)

Fighting With My Family (2019)
What They Had (2018)
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
What Men Want (2019)
Jellyfish (2018)
Captain Marvel (2019)
– Leaving Neverland (2019)
– Three Identical Strangers (2018)
– Avengers: Infinity War (2018)*
Open Grave (2013)
– Suburbicon (2017)
– Mojave (2015)
– Leave No Trace (2018)
Isn’t It Romantic (2019)
– The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2004)
Shazam! (2019)
Dumbo (2019)
Five Feet Apart (2019)
Captain Marvel (2019)*

– A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Unicorn Store (2017)
Hellboy (2019)
Wild Rose (2018)
– Kong: Skull Island (2017)*
Ghost in the Shell
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)*
– Black and White (1999)
– Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)
The Mummy (1999)*

Avengers: Endgame (2019)*
– Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)*
– The Mask of Zorro (1998)*
Booksmart (2019)
– Shooter (2007)*
Battle Los Angeles (2011)
– Boatlift (2011)*
The Hustle (2019)
My Days of Mercy (2017)
– Paris Is Burning (1990)
– Swept from the Sea (1998)
– Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (2016)
– The Breadwinner (2017)
– You Were Never Really Here (2017)
– Lionheart (2018)
– Incendiary (2008)
– Knock Down The House (2019)
– The Breaker Upperers (2018)
– The Treasure Seekers (1996)
The Riot Club (2014)
– To The Bone (2017)
– White House Down (2013)*
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
Rocketman (2019)
– Bastille Day (2016)*
– Terminator Genisys (2015)*

The Brink (2019)
The Farewell (2019)
– Freak Show (2017)
The Fast and the Furious (2001)*
Havoc (2005)
– Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
– The Last Command (1955)
– The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
– Speed Racer (2008)
– Turbo Charged Prelude to 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)* 
– Escape Plan (2013)* 
– Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)
Men in Black: International (2019)
Toy Story 4 (2019)
Robin Hood: The Rebellion (2018)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)*
– Hercules (2014)*
Bullet to the Head (2012)
– Strokes of Genius (2018)*
– Los Bandoleros (2009)

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Fast & Furious (2009)*
Anna (2019)
Fast Five (2011)*
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)*
Furious 7 (2015)*
The Fate of the Furious (2017)*
Point Blank (2019)
Aladdin (2019)
The Lion King (2019)
– The Mummy (2017)
District 13 (2004)*
– District 13: Ultimatum (2009)*
Someone Great (2019)
– Wild Card (2015)
Crawl (2019)

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
– The Expendables 3 (2014)*
– Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
– Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)
– The Purge: Anarchy (2014)*
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)
Blinded by the Light (2019)
The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)
– Olympus Has Fallen (2013)*
– London Has Fallen (2016)*
– Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Guarding Tess (1994)
In the Line of Fire (1993)
– Big Game (2014)*
Angel Has Fallen (2019)
– Crazy Rich Asians (2018)*
– Live Free or Die Hard (2007)*
– Apollo 13 (1995)*
– Captain Marvel (2019)*
– The Martian (2015)*
– Star Trek Beyond (2016)*
The Terminator (1984)*
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)*

– Hunter Killer (2018)
– The Italian Job (2003)*
– New York, I Love You (2008)
– Transformers (2007)*
– Monsoon Wedding (2001)
– Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)*
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
– Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)*
– Vanity Fair (2004)
– The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)*
Hustlers (2019)
Downton Abbey (2019)
– Legally Blonde (2001)*
– Suicide Squad (2016)* 
Bright (2017)
– Battle at Big Rock (2019)
Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Hot Pursuit (2015)
– The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013)
– Aladdin (2019)*
– Avengers: Inifinity War (2018)*
– Avengers: Endgame (2019)*

– The Comancheros (1961)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
– Berlin, I Love You (2019)
Ad Astra (2019)
Gemini Man (2019)
The Day Shall Come (2019)
Maleficent (2014)*
White Snake (2019)
Rare Beasts (2019)
Joker (2019)
Official Secrets (2019)
Talking About Trees (2019)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Wild Amsterdam (2018)
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019)
Film Festival Film (2019)
Hi, A.I. (2019)
System Crasher (2019)
– Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)*
Martha: A Picture Story (2019)
– Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)*
Shooting the Mafia (2019)
The Lighthouse (2019)
– Fast Girls (2012)*
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
Runaway Jury (2003)

– Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Le Mans ’66 (2019)
Let It Snow (2019)
Midway (2019)
The Aeronauts (2019)
The Night Before (2015)
– Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)*
Arthur Christmas (2011)*
– Free Fire (2016)* 
Frozen II (2019)
21 Bridges (2019)
The Knight Before Christmas (2019)
Geostorm (2017)
The Aftermath (2019)
Charlie’s Angels (2019)
Knives Out (2019)

The Party’s Just Beginning (2018)
– Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
– Hair Love (2019)
– Andy Murray: Resurfacing (2019)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)*
– Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)* 
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
Unlikely Angel (1996)
Little Woods (2018)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Klaus (2019)
– 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)* 
– Beauty and the Beast (2017)*
– Ice Age (2002)*
– The Meg (2018)*
– Cool Runnings (1993)*
– Paddington 2 (2017)
– Zootopia (2016)*
– Moana (2016)
– Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)*
– Instant Family (2018)*
– The Nice Guys (2016)*
– Spectre (2015)*


Number of different films watched: 242
Number of times been to the cinema: 76

Sci-Fi Month is here!

IMAGE CREDIT: PHOTO by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash. QUOTE from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

November is Sci-Fi Month. I’ve seen talk about Sci-Fi Month on the twittersphere in previous years, but I’ve never been prepared enough to take part – this year is different though! Hosted by Dear Geek Place and imyril Sci-Fi Month is for celebrating all things sci-fi. That’s books, comics, films, TV shows – anything! It’s an excuse to catch up on the sci-fi things you’ve been meaning to get around to watching/reading and it’s a chance to meet fellow sci-fi fans.

There’s no requirements or goals to take part in Sci-Fi Month which I really like as sometimes too much pressure from challenges can put me off taking part. See imyril’s blog for more information on Sci-Fi Month and follow @SciFiMonth on Twitter and use the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth to take part in all the chats.

I had a look at my physical TBR, and I don’t actually have many sci-fi books on there. In fact, I just have four, Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, Dune by Frank Herbert, Area 51 by Bob Meyer, and The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

My two main bookish aims will be to read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (funnily enough a recent #NinjaBookSwap gift from Dear Geek Place) and Dune. There’s going to be a readalong of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet during Sci-Fi Month which is always a helpful incentive – more info on the readalong is here. I have a physical copy of Dune but as that’s huge and intimidating, I used one of my Audible credits to purchase the audiobook. It’s a long audiobook at 21 hours but I should be able to listen to and complete it during the month on my walk to and from work every day (generally I can listen to at least an hour of an audiobook each working day).

When it comes to films, I’m going to make watching sci-fi films a priority in November. I really like science-fiction films, I like how they can be futuristic or bleak, can be action-packed or more thoughtful. There are so many subgenres of science-fiction which means there’s so many different stories to tell.

I’ve had a look through my watchlists on both Netflix and Amazon Prime and here’s just some of the sci-fi film I’d saved: The Discovery, Next Gen, The Beyond, Mute, Hardcore Henry, Arq, The Zero Theorem, Gattaca, Approaching the Unknown, The Colony, Psychokinesis, Stasis, Advantageous, Beyond, and Guardians. (Yes, there’s a film called Beyond and a different film called The Beyond – one’s on Netflix and the other’s on Prime and I’m intrigued)

Some of these have been on my watch list for ages so I’m not entirely sure what first drew me to them but that’ll make watching them even more fun.

If you fancy checking out the sci-fi books and films I’ve reviewed before on my blog click here.

Let me know if you are going to take part in Sci-Fi Month, I think it’s going to be a cool experience and I love it when events like this give me the push to finally read or watch something I’ve been meaning to read or watch for ages. Also, let me know what some of your favourite sci-fi books and films are, I’m always looking for recommendations.