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What happened in January

What happened in January is that I saw films; 58 logs on my Letterboxd account.

Ten of those were seen at the cinema: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Molly’s Game, All The Money In The World, Downsizing, The Greatest Showman, Darkest Hour, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Coco, Pitch Perfect 3 and The Post.

The Last Jedi was a rewatch and I’m firmly in the ‘loved it’ camp.

Jessica Chastain gave yet another excellent performance in Molly’s Game.

Can someone give Christopher Plummer an award for best villain in All The Money In The World already?

Downsizing was a disappointment, great idea though.

“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman is still an earworm for me.

Darkest House and Dunkirk are now the perfect companion pieces.

All the praise for Frances McDormand’s performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Please and thank you.

Oh, what a wonderful film Coco was!

Pitch Perfect 3 rounded up the Bella’s story nicely. Leave it there, folks.

For once, I enjoyed a not overly sentimental Spielberg in The Post. I wonder how well it went down with the neo conservative lot.


I also started watching Black Mirror to see what the fuss is all about. I’ve finished the first two series and will start the American ones soon.


Awards Talk: Gotham Awards 2016 Winners

Best Feature


Best Documentary

O.J.: Made in America

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Trey Edward Shults – Krisha

Best Screenplay


Best Actor

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Breakthrough Actor

Anya Taylor-Joy – The Witch

Special Gotham Jury Award for Ensemble Performance

Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, and Ashton Sanders – Moonlight

Breakthrough Series – Long Form

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Breakthrough Series – Short Form

Her Story

Weekend Round Up #98

This weekend’s movies:

And of course…

Andrei Rublev, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, The Night of the Shooting Stars, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Thing (1982), The Thing (2011), Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life

Awards Talk: European Film Awards 2016


Best European Film
I, Daniel Blake
Toni Erdmann

Best European Director
Paul Verhoeven – Elle
Cristian Mungiu – Graduation
Ken Loach – I, Daniel Blake
Pedro Almodóvar – Julieta
Maren Ade – Toni Erdmann

Best European Actor
Rolf Lassgård – A Man Called Ove
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dave Johns – I, Daniel Blake
Burghart Klaußner – The People vs. Fritz Bauer
Peter Simonischek – Toni Erdmann
Javier Cámara – Truman

Best European Actress
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Emma Suárez & Adriana Ugarte – Julieta
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi – Like Crazy
Trine Dyrholm – The Commune
Sandra Hüller – Toni Erdmann

Best European Screenwriter
Cristian Mungiu – Graduation
Paul Laverty – I, Daniel Blake
Emma Donoghue – Room
Maren Ade – Toni Erdmann
Tomasz Wasilewski – United States of Love

Best European Documentary
The Land Of The Enlightened
21 X New York
Mr. Gaga
S is for Stanley – 30 Years At The Wheel For Stanley Kubrick
A Family Affair
Fire At Sea

Best European Animated Feature
My Life as a Courgette
Psiconautas, the forgotten children
The Red Turtle

Best European Comedy
A Man Called Ove
Look Who’s Back
La Vache

Fipresci Prize – Best European Discovery
Sand Storm
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

European University Film Award
Fire at Sea
I, Daniel Blake
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
Toni Erdmann

Best European Short
The Wall
The Goodbye
90 Degrees North
We All Love The Sea Shore
In The Distance
A Man Returned
Small Talk
I’m Not From Here
The Fullness Of Time (Romance)
9 Days – From My Window In Aleppo