What I Watched, What You Watched #101

It’s crunch time people! As we wind down awards season voting and I finish off my best of 2018 lists, I mostly stuck to television this time around, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t see any movies. I even had a chance to see two movies in the theaters: Holmes and Watson and Mary Queen of Scots. Holmes and Watson was certainly something, although I’m not sure it was quite as bad as people made it out to be. It’s no funnier (or unfunny) as Step Brothers, per se. Meanwhile, I was quite unimpressed by Mary Queen of Scots, based on the pedigree on display. Saoirse and Margot were certainly great, but the material just wasn’t there – it felt like a jumbled messed, lacking motivation or a clear understanding of who was who and what they wanted. I’m not sure I’ll be reviewing either film, but look in the future in case I change my mind.

At home, I began finalizing my Top Ten list with two and a half 2018 releases. My first rewatch was First Reformed, which I was elated to find was as good as I remembered – and my brother agreed, calling it one of the best of 2018. Meanwhile, I also had him watch Bohemian Rhapsody with me – a film that he, a trained musician, dubbed “the worst film of the year, and I’ve seen Gotti.” I didn’t fully share his sentiments, but man, outside of Rami Malek, that film is real sloppy. And speaking of sloppy, my brother and I got hallway through Life Itself, just enough for him to see that insane twist. The film is absolutely appearing on my worst of list this year, but I’ve noticed something this time around that I didn’t give it credit for in its first screening: this movie is fun bad. The kind of insanely bad that you need someone to experience with you, and to have fun with. I kind of love this movie now in its insane horribleness. Oh, and I managed to sneak in a couple Best Picture winners, as I finally reach 75/90. I started the week with You Can’t Take It With You, which I found to be fairly entertaining, if a bit too light for my tastes – still, there were a few solid laughs to be found. I also had a chance to watch Around the World in Eighty Days, a gorgeous film with a wonderful opening tribute to Jules Verne by Edward R. Murrow, but ultimately was nothing more than great visuals – I can’t remember a single performance in what should have been one of the greatest ensembles of all time.

On television, I mostly stuck to the new releases of my usual favs: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and You’re the Worst. Both shows put up strong contenders for Best TV Episodes of 2019, with Girlfriend parodying Cats with a ton of my favorite actors and actresses and Worst creating a pretty solid pastiche of the rom-com in general. I also continued watching The Masked Singer, which is easily the most crazy addicting show on television. Oh, and I managed to watch a little awards show known as the Golden Globes. Maybe you’ve heard of it? But mostly, I finished off my Best TV Shows of the year binge watch with two contenders: Sharp Objects, which I completed, and Killing Eve, which I’m about to. These are two of the smartest, freakiest, most fun shows on TV, and if you haven’t watched them yet, you should.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched. I’ll be spending most of this week fine tuning and posting my lists, because next week is the big one: the Oscar nominations! In the meantime you can post what you thought of these films in the comments, as well as share what you’ve been watching this week. I’ll see you all next time as we finish off the Oscar/Best-Of crunch!

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