The first month of 2016 is over and done, and what a month it was. Quite the auspicious start to my new year, with a change of jobs and an entire week off to relax in between! During that time, I watched and enjoyed a whole bunch of films, and it was great. And as February begins, let’s reflect on a lovely January by having a look at some great things to read from throughout the month.
Firstly, over at Cinema Fanatic, Marya spent the entirety of 2015 watching only films directed by women, and wrote a post reflecting on the films she’s watched over the year and what she’s learned. An amazing reflective piece with some great recommendations which reminds me to watch more films directed by women in 2016, and to make a concerted effort to do so.
The 8th of January in 2016 was Roy Batty’s birthday, or, incept date! Roy Batty of Blade Runner (1982) fame, that is. Niall of The Fluff Is Raging celebrated Roy’s incept date here. Happy incept date Roy!
January was also the month that I became obsessed with true crime television. I watched Netflix’s Making A Murderer and was swept up in the incredible story and legal process like everyone else across the globe, and when I finished it, I wanted to watch more of its ilk. Luckily, Mark of Movieblort has compiled a great list of more documentaries to watch if you became a Making A Murderer fiend like I did. So far I’ve also watched The Jinx and The Staircase and I’m not stopping at them!
Unfortunately, January was also a month where we lost a lot of talent – with David Bowie and Alan Rickman passing away within a short span of time. Cinema Parrot Disco honoured top ten Alan Rickman films here, and Cara of Silver Screen Serenade made a beautiful tribute to Bowie and Rickman here.
The Golden Globes also happened. I didn’t watch them, because the Globes have really fallen off my radar as of late, but I heartily enjoyed Melissa of Snap Crackle Watch!‘s recap of the top 12 most interesting and worst moments of the award ceremony, complete with the best gifs of the night.
Mark of Movies Remark recently shared this amazing video compiling the works of David Lynch (one of my favourite directors) into about twenty minutes. It’s a pretty lovely watch for Lynch fans and soon-to-be-fans alike. As Mark recommends, crank up the volume, set it to full screen and just take it all in. Some fantastic editing and choices of Lynch’s works.
Meanwhile, Abbi of abbiosbiston.com recently spent a couple of days in one of my favourite cities – Berlin, Germany! She documented some of her travel adventures in this here post, some of which were also my favourite things to do. Missing that currywurst for sure. (On an unrelated note, the photo on my about page is from Berlin as well!)
This month I participated in January’s Genre Grandeur over at Movierob, the chosen genre of which was sci fi films. I wrote about Sunshine (2007), a film I absolutely loved. There are so many great write-ups to read, which you can find here! I also particularly loved this write-up of The Fifth Element (1997) by Girls Do Film.
A post that was made in December (but I read it in January so it counts) from Literary Vittles, Alina documented her reflections and highlights from her year of 2015 which included some splendid travel around the magical country of New Zealand. In true Literary Vittles style, there is some absolutely gorgeous photography – all of which were taken on an iPhone 4, which blows my mind. I also really loved Alina’s post about her goals for 2016.
That’s just about it for my sharing of favourites for this month. Truthfully, I enjoyed reading so much stuff this month that it was difficult to narrow down and include in the one post! What did you enjoy reading in the month of January, this first month of 2016? Feel free to share below!