What I’ve Watched

Films of 2022

It’s about time I got this post up and started adding to it. 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 seventh year of completing this challenge, and I am once again going to try and make an effort to watch my Clint Eastwood and Alfred Hitchcock boxsets – I may use the A-Z in April Challenge to help me out with this. 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 2022! 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 sometimes contribute to.

January:
– Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)*
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
– Live Free or Die Hard (2007)*
The King’s Man (2021)
The 355 (2022)
– Encanto (2021)
– Luca (2021)
– Ray and the Last Dragon (2021)
– Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)*
– Mainstream (2020)
– Blade (1998)*
– Blade II (2002)*
– Blade: Trinity (2004)*
Playing with Sharks (2021)
– Monster Hunter (2020)

February:
Moonfall (2022)
Shadow in the Cloud (2020)
Marry Me (2022)
– Fistful of Vengeance (2022)
– Second Act (2018)
Uncharted (2022)
Dog (2022)
The Immigrant (2013)
– Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)*

March:
Blue Steel (1990)
The Batman (2022)
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
Rope (1948)
– Turning Red (2022)
Absolute Power (1997)
Enough Said (2013)
– Quincy (2018)
City Heat (1984)
Firefox (1982)
Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
King Leopold’s Ghost (2006)
– The Adam Project (2022)
– Mamma Mia! (2008)*
Jenny’s Wedding (2015)
Psycho (1960)
One for the Money (2012)

April:
The Good Shepherd (2006)
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Space Cowboys (2000)
The Lost City (2022)
– Legally Blonde (2001)*
The Year of Spectacular Men (2017)
Upside-Down Magic (2020)
Vita & Virginia (2018)
White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
Zoe (2018)
X+Y (2014)
– Downton Abbey (2019)*
Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)
– Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)*

May:
– Jungle Cruise (2021)*
– Free Guy (2021)
Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)
Doctor Strange in the Mulitverse of Madness (2022)
– Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
– Extinct (2021)
Doctor Strange in the Mulitverse of Madness (2022)*
– Top Gun (1986)*
– Code 46 (2003)
– Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022)
I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)
Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
– Introducing, Selma Blair (2021)
– Val (2021)

June:
– Becoming Cousteau (2021)
– Interceptor (2022)
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022)
Jurassic World Dominion (2022)
– Fire Island (2022)
– But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
Swan Song (2021)
– The Thing About Harry (2020)
– Alaska Is A Drag (2017)
– The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story (2019)
– The Prom (2020)

July:
Top Gun: Maverick (2022)*
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)
Dalek’s Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966)
– Cinderella (2021)
The Princess (2022)
– The Gray Man (2022)
– The Janes (2022)

August:
– Plan B (2021)
– Spider-Man (2002)*
– Spider-Man 2 (2004)*
– Spider-Man 3 (2007)*
Prey (2022)
– Unstoppable (2010)*
Bullet Train (2022)
– Unstoppable (2010)*
– Outside In (2017)
– Happening (2021)
– Unpregnant (2020)
– Aftershock (2022)
– Everything, Everything (2017)
Beast (2022)
Mr. Malcolm’s List (2022)
– The A-Team (2010)*

September:
– Rio 2 (2014)
Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)
The Forgiven (2021)
Top Gun: Maverick (2022)*
Fire of Love (2022)
– The Hunger Games (2012)*
– The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)*
– The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)*
– The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)*
– Language Lessons (2021)
Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)
– Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
– Sea Fever (2019)
– Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)

Number of different films watched: 117
Number of times been to the cinema: 28

My Reading in 2021 and my Bookish Goals for 2022

It’s the second week of January so it’s about time I took a look back at what I read in 2021, if I met my reading goals (spoiler alert I did not) and what my bookish plans for 2022 are. Like I said when it came to my film watching last year, I think 2021 is when things started to take a bit of a toll and I was very slumpy when it came to my reading especially. I know I didn’t make the time for reading like I have done previously and instead would scroll through social media or watch TV shows.

My 2021 reading goal was to read 52 books but I missed that by a fair bit and ended up reading 42 books of which four were rereads. 42 books isn’t terrible but for me it’s the least amount of books I’ve read in a year since when I was at university where reading for fun took a back seat. I reviewed 36 of them which is more than half so I am happy about that. Side note: on Goodreads and The StoryGraph (which I’m still learning to use and am happy to friend/follow people on there) it says I read 41 books as Why the Sky Moved Away from the Earth by Christine Gnimagnon Adjahi isn’t in their database and I’ve been having some trouble adding it so that’s why my numbers don’t tally up there. As I haven’t really read a lot and not a lot really stuck out to me I haven’t actually done a top ten books of the year but I’ve got a full list of what I’ve read with links to all my reviews if you’d like to see my thoughts on them.

I didn’t have any challenges or big goals in 2021 besides my Read the World Project and trying to get my TBR down. At the start of 2022 I had 41 countries left for my Read the World Project meaning I read 29 books/countries in 2021 and that made up more than half of my reading last year. I ended 2021 with 88 books on my physical/digital TBR which is the exact number I started 2021 with! I didn’t know that until I was looking at last year’s goals and was very surprise by that stat. So while I’ve read books, acquired books, and donated a whole lot of books when I came to terms with the fact I was never going to read them, my actual TBR number hasn’t changed. Quite impressive really.

I like to read an equal amount of books from male and female writers with the presumption that if it’s going to skew one way it’d be towards women and that’s what happened in 2021. I didn’t have a target in mind for how many authors of colour I wanted to read but it ended up being an exact 50/50 split between white authors and authors of colour. Honestly, I probably couldn’t have done that if I’d have tried. The only authors I read multiple books from were Garth Nix and Leigh Bardugo so if we’re going with authors in general, not by their books, I read more different authors of colour in 2021 than different white authors. I hope that makes sense.

Now for my 2022 reading goals.

The main thing is finishing my Read the World Project. I’ve already said I’m extending my deadline until I turn 31 which is at the end of September so that’s pretty much nine months to read 40 (I’ve already read one book this year) books before then. Honestly, I do think it’s doable. I just need to put time aside for reading. A lot of the books I’ve got for this project are on the shorter side at 300 pages or less so I know if I didn’t get distracted, I could probably read a couple of them a week. There are 14 countries I still need to find a book for but I think that’s doable and, in the meantime, I have 26 books/countries to keep me busy.

I will set my Goodreads goal at 52 yet again (maybe this time I’ll hit it) and will aim to review half of all I read. As I review all my Read the World books that should definitely be done. I’ll again suggest getting my TBR down to 75 but we’ll see how that goes. Last year I started getting the book-only Illumicrate subscription from about February I think and to be honest I’ve skipped one month and only read one of the books I’ve been sent. So, in the 10 books I’ve acquired through that, I’ve still got 9 on my TBR. While it’s nice to get a brand-new hardback book that often has a fair bit of hype around it I don’t see the point of me continuing to pay for the subscription if I don’t read the books promptly, especially when they are not my priority at the minute. So this is a sort of note to myself to not have my subscription automatically renewed in a few months and to maybe try and read at least a couple of the books I’ve received via Illumicrate before 2022 is over.

The final challenge I’ve got is the 12 Challenge that was on Instagram/Twitter – 12 months to read 12 books recommended by 12 friends. These are the books that was recommended to me for this challenge:
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Slade House by David Mitchell
Himself by Jess Kidd
Nina is Not Okay by Shapi Khorsandi
John Dies at the End by David Wong
The Cabinent by Un Su Kim
They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera
Darius the Great is Not OK by Adib Khorram
City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Seven of them are available via my library and two of them I already own so I may have to buy copies of three of them in the year at some point.

Those are my reading goals for 2022. Generally, they’re pretty simple ones and it’s the 12 Challenge that will be pushing me out of my comfort zone a bit. I want to focus up on my reading and try and spend at least 30 minutes a day reading – something that is pretty easy to do if I just put my phone down. Do you have any reading goals for 2022? I’d love to hear them.

My film year in review and my film-related goals of 2022

In some ways I think the events of 2020 caught up with me in 2021 and that’s when it started to have an effect on my reading and film-watching. I watched 203 different films (the lowest amount in a year since I’ve started properly recording this sort of thing in 2016) and of them 61 were rewatches. With all the various lockdowns and restrictions, I still managed to see 28 films in the cinema which is more than I thought I did to be honest. I put together my top ten films of 2021 last week which I did find it kind of hard to put together as once again I felt as I wasn’t watching a lot of new stuff even though there’s been a lot of critically-acclaimed films released on various streaming platforms this past year.

I completed my 52 Films by Women challenge for both directors and screenwriters again which I am happy about. Especially as I didn’t watch the 52nd film directed by a woman until the last few days of December. I was definitely cutting it fine in 2021. Normally I’ve hit 52 at least by December.

I’m pretty sure I didn’t watch any more of the films in my Clint Eastwood and Alfred Hitchcock boxsets like I said I’d like to, and I definitely didn’t watch any Studio Ghibli films. So that sort of goal was a massive failure.

When it came to TV watching though I surprised myself! I’ve shared all the shows I watched in 2021 but I finally finished watching all the Marvel Netflix shows like I said I wanted to for the past two or three years which feels like an achievement to be honest. I watched all the Disney+ MCU shows like I thought I would, and out of the other shows I mentioned wanting to try I did actually watch and love Ted Lasso so that’s something.

Now it’s time for the fun actor and director stats I get from having a Letterboxd pro account.

My most watched actors of 2021 were:

Last year I rewatched (and reviewed) all the X-Men films and all the Spider-Man films, as well as rewatching my comfort-franchise, Fast and Furious, I revisited The Matrix films for the first time in over a decade, and did my yearly rewatching of The Lord of the Rings so that pretty much explains every actor who makes the top 20. The two major outliers are John Cho (I watched the Harold & Kumar films for the first time in 2021 so that counts for half of his films) and Frank Grillo who I generally like and will watch just about everything he’s in.

I like the fact that a quarter of my most watched actors of 2021 are women, though it’d be nice if there were more, and almost half of my most watched actors aren’t white which is mostly thanks to the Fast and Furious franchise.

My most watched directors reflect the franchises I’ve been (re)watching. Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) Lana and Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix), Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) Sam Raimi, Jon Watts and Marc Webb (Spider-Man), McG (Charlie’s Angels), and James Mangold, Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer (X-Men).

Really happy and somewhat surprised that there’s five female directors here as while I have watched 52 films directed by women each year for six years now, rarely do I watch more than one film by the same female director in a year. This can be down to that they don’t yet have a big filmography to go through or their films aren’t easily available, or that they do have a fair few directing credits but I’ve just watched them in previous years and haven’t rewatched them.

I had a look and the last time I had more than one woman director make this end of year list was in 2018 and then it was only two of them. In fact, this is the year with the most women directors on my most watched list since I’ve been recording this stuff!

So, my film-related goals of 2022. While it is nice to have an opinion on the films/performances that are up for awards or are getting awards-buzz, I don’t want to push myself to watch things just because they have a level of prestige. That’s not to say I won’t watch any films that get nominated but I don’t want to stress myself out trying to cram in a load of films that are often serious or about tough subject matters in the first three months of the year.

I will once again say I’d like to make some headway with my Clint Eastwood and Alfred Hitchcock boxsets but who knows if that’ll happen. I will be aiming to watch at least 52 films written/directed by women again in 2022 though. I do like that challenge as it gets me watching films I might have put off as not a priority or I find things that I hadn’t heard of before.

Do you have any film or TV-related goals for 2022? If you have a Letterboxd account do let me know so I can follow you.

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.

January:
– 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)*

February:
– 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)*

March:
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)

April:
– 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)

May:
– 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)

June:
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)

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

August:
– 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)

September:
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)

October:
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)*

November:
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)*

December:
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.

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.

January:
– 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)

February:
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)

March:
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)*

April:
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)*

May:
– 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)

June:
– 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)*

July:
– 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)

August:
– 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)

September:
– 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)

October:
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)*

November:
– 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)

December:
– 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?

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.

January:
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)

February:
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)

March:
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)*

April:
– 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)*

May:
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)*

June:
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)

July:
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)

August:
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)*

September:
– 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)*

October:
– 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)

November:
– 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)

December:
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

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?

Films of 2018

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 two 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 2018! 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.

January:
The Avengers (2012)*
Iron Man 3 (2013)*
Thor: The Dark World (2013)*
– Flash Gordon (1980)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)*
– The Siege (1998)
– Allegiant (2016)
The 5th Wave (2016)
– Fallen (2016)
– Vampire Academy (2014)
– Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
– The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
– Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
– Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
– Any Which Way You Can (1980)
Coco (2017)
Darkest Hour (2017)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
– A Royal Night Out (2015)
– Friends with Money (2006)
– Live Free or Die Hard (2007)*
– Fun Mom Dinner (2017)
– Power Rangers (2017)
Waterworld (1995)
– Garrett’s Gift (2007)
– The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
– The Intern (2015)
– Weird Science (1985)
– Firstborn (1984)
– WarGames (1983)
– Mudbound (2017)
– Heroin(e) (2017)
– Born of War (2013)
– Pan (2015)
– Bronco Billy (1980)
Bushwick (2017)
– Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
– Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

February:
– Cowboys & Aliens (2011)*
– Groundhog Day (1993)
– Crash (2004)
– Passengers (2008)
– Fargo (1996)
Jane Got a Gun (2015)
– The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
– Cristina (2016)
Black Panther (2018)
– San Andreas (2015)
– Battlefield Earth (2000)
– Hotel for Dogs (2009)
– It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
– Violet & Daisy (2011)
– Supernova (2000)
The Shape of Water (2017)
– Street Kings (2008)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)*
Black Panther (2018)*
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)*
Ant-Man (2015)*
Captain America: Civil War (2016)*
– Barely Lethal (2015)
– Zapped (2014)
– Teach Us All (2017)
– Descendants (2015)
– Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
– Avalon High (2010)
– Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Sky High (2005)
– Frenemies (2012)
Treasure Planet (2002)
– Meet the Robinsons (2007)
– Brother Bear (2003)

March:
– Get Shorty (1995)
– Be Cool (2005)
– Parker (2013)
– The Bone Collector (19990
– Very Good Girls (2013)
– Team Thor: Part 2 (2017)
– Burnt (2015)
The Post (2017)
– Goosebumps (2015)
Lady Bird (2017)
Gringo (2018)
Game Night (2018)
– What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)
– Annihilation (2018)
Tomb Raider (2018)
– Everest (2015)
– Colossal (2016)
– The Party (2017)
Love, Simon (2018)
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
– The House Bunny (2008)
– Triple 9 (2016)
– Adventureland (2009)
– Freeheld (2015)
Doctor Strange (2016)*
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)*
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)*
– My Life as a Courgette (2016)

April:
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)*
Pandorum (2009)
Unsane (2018)
– Sherlock Holmes (2009)*
– Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)*
A Quiet Place (2018)
– Automata (2014)
– Uptown Girls (2003)
– The Fifth Estate (2013)
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Rampage (2018)
Beyond Skyline (2017)
– Wolf Warrior (2015)
Beast (2017)
– Spooks: The Greater Good (2015)
– The Silent Child (2017)
– Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
– This Is The Life (2008)
Talvar (2015)
– Into the Storm (2014)
– The BFG (2016)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)*
– Wolf Warrior 2 (2017)
– Dirty Computer (2018)

May:
– Stratton (2017)
– Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
– The Final Year (2017)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)*
The Terminal (2004)
– No Strings Attached (2011)
– Wonder Boys (2000)
– Liberal Arts (2012)
What Maisie Knew (2012)
– London (2005)
– xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
– ManHunt (2017)
– Overdrive (2017)
– The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Zama (2017)
– Momentum (2015)
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Life of the Party (2018)
– The Wave (2015)
– Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
– Before Sunrise (1995)
– Before Sunset (2004)
– Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
– Natural Born Killers (1994)
– The Villainess (2017)
– I Am Not a Witch (2017)
– Bad Rap (2016)
– Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

June:
– Dude (2018)
The Tale (2018)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)
– Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017)
The Polka King (2017)
– Rush Hour 2 (2001)
– Miles Ahead (2015)
– Come Sunday (2018)
– American Gangster (2007)
– Noah (2014)
– Colonia (2015)
– Alone in Berlin (2016)
– Men,Women & Children (2016)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
The Meddler (2015)
– The Big Wedding (2013)
– Hampstead (2017)
Set It Up (2018)
– Calvary (2014)
About Time (2013)
– The Little Prince (2015)
Mission: Impossible (1996)*
Mission: Impossible (2000)*

July:
Tag (2018)
Ocean’s 8 (2018)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)*
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)*
– Henry Box Brown (2008)
Tau (2018)
– The Shallows (2016)
– River of Grass (1994)
– Warcraft (2016)
– The One (2001)
Hotel Artemis (2018)
– Strokes of Genius (2018)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)*
– The Mighty Quinn (1988)
– Escape to Victory (1981)*
– Contact (1887)
– Kiki and the MXfits (2018)
– Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
– Nothing Like a Dame (2018)
– Mannequin (1987)*
– The Greatest Showman (2017)*
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
– In the Loop (2009)
– Extinction (2018)
– Sleepless (2017)
– Take (2008)
– Paper Dragons (1996)
– Dahmer (2002)
– Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)*
– Man Up (2015)
– The Best of Me (2014)
– 6 Balloons (2018)

August:
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)*
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
– All the Money in the World (2017)
– 28 Days Later (2002)
– 28 Weeks Later (2007)
– Eagle vs Shark (2007)
– Don Jon (2013)
– Diagnosis (2017)
– Mississippi Grind (2015)
– Bride & Prejudice (2004)
– One Day (2011)
– Last Night (2010)
The Darkest Minds (2018)
The Meg (2018)
– The Pelican Brief (1993)
– Star Trek Beyond (2016)*
– Sunday (2014)
– Everybody’s Fine (2009)
– Immortals (2011)
– Unity (2015)
– Oldboy (2013)
Chi-Raq (2015)
– Pass Over (2018)
The Equalizer 2 (2018)
– Tears of the Sun (2003)
– Perfect Piece (2016)
– To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
– Strange Days (1995)
BlackkKklansman (2018)
Life Partners (2014)
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
– The 100 Years Show (2015)
– Night Moves (2013)
– Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

September:
Bao (2018)
Incredibles 2 (2018)
Christopher Robin (2018)
The Children Act (2017)
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
– Cellular (2004)*
– Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
5 to 7 (2014)
– Swallows and Amazons (2016)
– Hannibal (2001)
– I Saw the Light (2015)
Mile 22 (2018)
– The Land of Steady Habits (2018)
– True Heart (1999)
– The Feels (2017)
– In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)*
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)*
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)*
The Predator (2018)
A Simple Favour (2018)
The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)*
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)*
– Nappily Ever After (2018)
– Wedding Crashers (2005)
Train to Busan (2016)
– Chaplin (1992)
– Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)
– Wonder Woman (2017)*
– Megan Leavey (2017)
– Patriots Day (2016)

October:
– Rush (2013)*
– The Great Wall (2016)
– Black Panther (2018)*
– Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
– A Star Is Born (1976)
– Avengers: Infinity War (2018)*
– Wonder Woman (2017)*
– Fences (2016)
Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)
– A New York Winter’s Tale (2014)
The Hate U Give (2018)
Operation Finale (2018)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)*
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)*
Lizzie (2018)
Utøya: July 22 (2018)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)*
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)*
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
The Black Cauldron (1985)*
– The Magnificent Seven (2016)*
Roobha (2018)
– Thunder Road (2016)
Support the Girls (2018)
Mayfair (2018)
I Love My Mum (2019)
– Is That You? (2018)
The Guilty (2018)
Mug (2018)
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (2018)
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Lemonade (2018)
Supa Modo (2018)
Shoplifters (2018)
Júlia ist (2017)
High Fantasy (2017)
– Feline (2018)
Burning (2018)
Rafiki (2018)
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

November:
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Beyond (2014)
– Pixels (2015)
– Stasis (2017)
Hardcore Henry (2016)
– They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)*
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Widows (2018)
– The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
– Esio Trot (2015)
– The Beyond (2017)
Gattaca (1997)
– 2 Days in Paris (2007)
– 2 Days in New York (2012)
– 7 Days in Havana (2012)
– 7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
Disobedience (2017)
Dog Days (2018)

December:
Creed II (2018)
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Robin Hood (2018)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)*
Green Book (2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Mortal Engines (2018)
– Dumplin’ (2018)
Christmas with the Coopers (2015)
– Ladies in Lavender (2004)
– Fast Five (2011)*
– The Mummy (1999)*
Aquaman (2018)
– John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018)
– 8 Mile (2002)
– A Most Wanted Man (2014)
– John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018)
– The Mummy Returns (2001)*
– The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)*
– The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2001)*
– The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)*
Bird Box (2018)
– Boy (2010)
– Ant-Man (2015)*
– Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)*
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
– Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)
– Legally Blonde (2001)*
– The Good Dinosaur (2015)
– The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)*
– Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)*
– Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
– Hunger (2008)
– Passengers (2016)
– Dumplin’ (2018)*
Bumblebee (2018)
– Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
– Breathe (2017)
– The Greatest Showman (2017)*
– Avengers: Infinity War (2018)*

Number of different films watched: 365
Number of times been to the cinema: 80