2017 was quite the film (and TV!) watching year for me. I got really obsessed with a lot of things and I watched more films this year than I have in a few years. After the cut you can see all 628 new-to-me films I watched (and you can read my monthly breakdowns here). This year was filled with a lot highlights both in terms of what I watched, but also places I visited and people I met. Here’s hoping 2018 will be even better!
Can you believe this will be my seventh year doing these monthly viewing recaps? In 2011, the first year I did monthly recaps, I was super obsessed with TCM. Now in 2017, the seventh year, I work at TCM! Dreams do come true, folks. As always, after the cut you will find everything I watched in January, plus I highlight a few favorites.
Matt Lee Whitlock: Try the crab, it’s real good.
Chris Harrison: Nah, I’m allergic.
Matt Lee Whitlock: I know.
Keith Frazier: Let’s let everybody stay calm, okay?
Dalton Russell: Don’t I sound calm to you?
Keith Frazier: Yeah, you do.
In case you missed it, here’s my wrap-up for A Year With Women one more time. As I slowly ease myself back into watching films directed by men, I’ve definitely felt a bit of a culture shock. I’ve tried to keep my watching very women-centric, because I don’t know if I could handle a lack of women characters too. It’s been a relatively steady transition, although you will see my favorite films I watched last month were still mostly those directed by women! As always, you can see all the films I watched as well as a few favorites after the cut.
Melvin B. Tolson: Why’d you come back?
Henry Lowe: School’s the only place you can read all day. Except prison.
C.J. Memphis: Any man ain’t sure where he belong, gotta’ be in a whole lotta pain.
Malcolm X: Wait a minute. This was written by white folks, though. This is the white folks’ book.
Baines: Sure ain’t no black man’s book.
Malcolm X: So what’re we reading this one for?
Baines: Because the truth is laying there, if you read behind the words. You got to take everything the white man says and use it against him.
Malcolm X: Yeah?
I’m not sure if I saw this first or the first film adaptation of Robert Nathan’s book, 1947’s The Bishop’s Wife (with one of my favorite Cary Grant performances!), but I did watch this movie A LOT in the late-90s when it was on TV all the time (I think TBS?) I did, however, have no idea that Penny Marshall directed it until I noticed it was on Netflix last week. I decided it was time I revisited this film (not the least of which because Denzel Washington is so goddamn charming as Dudley!)