Hooray! I made it through the first month of this year-long challenge! Here are this week’s listings (w/ links to their respective posts on my Facebook fan page):
I felt like it flew by with almost no problem meeting the challenge of watching something new every day. There have been points where I wasn’t sure if I had seen the movie already or not, because I either had seen bits of it or heard so many quotes from it that it was just in my brain on some level. I’ll touch on that more in a moment.
The best movie of this past week was, by far, Polar on Netflix. Mads Mikkelsen is amazing in the movie, Doctor Who alum Matt Lucas was hilarious as the main villain and the reveal at the end was just spectacular. Fair warning: It’s probably NSFW as there is a small bit of nudity, but mostly a lot of violence and swearing in the film.
This first month overall was interesting. I definitely a good cross section of genres in my selections. I’ve thought about being more strategic in my movie watching plans. So far, I’ve basically just picked something from the sizable queues I have stored up on the various streaming services, something that I had a yen to see or that I was just in the mood for. Once or twice, I ended up picking a different movie than the one I planned because my first choice couldn’t be watched offline. I suspect, that as the year goes, I may just need to plow through my queues more in order. I’ve been good about only stockpiling stuff that I’m sure I haven’t seen, but there are a few things I like to save to rewatch at some point for (additional) fun.
In terms of what I’ve watched so far, the best thing I saw was Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, followed closely behind by Polar. It really was a very powerful documentary and I find I’m still thinking about it even three weeks later.
One of the main things that stood out for me this month was how many of these movies were released within the last 10 years (24 of out of 31 were released after 2000). I look at some of the older movies and recall seeing them in the movie theaters. As discussed yesterday on my podcast, it really makes me feel old. Big Top Pee-wee turned 30 in 2018, Hang ‘Em High turned 50, and Algiers is 80 years old! Motion pictures themselves as a commercial enterprise are a little over 120 years old in total, so to know that there’s pretty much no one left alive on Earth from a time before movies existed is mind-blowing.
Then again, provided the human race doesn’t implode in the next 10 years, at some point there will be no one alive on the planet who remembers a time before television or the Internet. Author (and mostly all-around good egg) John Scalzi wrote about this a few years ago on his blog as it pertains to his own writing. It’s worth a read and worth thinking about our places in the grand scheme of things.