What I Watched, What You Watched #22

Happy New Year to all! It’s been quite the year, at least in terms of my quest to follow all film. I started this year with the documentary Best of Enemies, and ended it with a second viewing of the film Sing. Along the way, I saw a record (for me)-setting 223 films, and I started my own website. Yes, it’s been quite the year. I missed last week because of the holiday season, but I’m ready to give a full report of my last two weeks. Obviously, you know I spent a great period of time reviewing films, as you can see from my reviews for Sing, Jackie, and Collateral Beauty. However, I most certainly saw more than that.

As the Christmas season began winding down, I watched many of my Christmas musts. White Christmas made an appearance, as did It’s A Wonderful Life, which I am confident is one of the Greatest Films of All Time. And my mother’s favorite Christmas movie, The Nativity Story, makes an appearance every year, which was a great introduction to Oscar Isaac. My brother had the family watch Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, and mark my words: this is truly a terrible movie. There’s not excusing it. Do not bother.

This week was spent with second (or third) viewings and films for review. You can expect reviews of Lion and Fences in the near future, and I was very happy to see both La La Land and Sing for the umpteenth times. I can confirm that La La Land holds up upon multiple viewings, and no one I’ve recommended it to has disliked it. Sing, meanwhile, didn’t have the same magic on second viewing, but it’s still quite fun, and worth, at least, a rental. At the very least, that music is incredibly catchy.

I’ve spent most of my time trying to get caught up on television, as my Best Of lists start dropping this week. I’m getting caught up on Black Mirror, which is a fascinating show, as well as The Crown, which I only just started. I’d say both are worth the watch, even if neither appear on my lists in the next few weeks (it’s early, though, so don’t rule it out). Oh, and in case I forgot to mention it, Hairspray Live! is great, cheesy fun.

What about you? Did you see anything interesting these past few weeks? Any beloved Christmas movies? Any New Year’s staples? Let me know in the comments, and I hope you had a restful Holiday season, because between Oscar coverage and Top Ten lists, this going to be a busy next two months.

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