2016 had its ups and downs but it was pretty nice here in Kristina-land. A lot to be thankful for, including these highlights of my movie year…
I went to the TCM Classic Film Festival (link to those posts) again, so fun to see friends, meet new ones, see all those sights, celebs and the main attraction, the great movies. Brief Encounter, Private Property, A House Divided and Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back were some of the many highlights there.
Thanks Todd for having me on the Forgotten Filmcast to discuss a Hammer Films’ favourite, Paranoiac, and thanks Bubbawheat for having me on FilmWHYS (as in “why haven’t you seen…”) podcast where I introduced him to the Treasure of the Sierra Madre and he had me watch Wanted and discuss my fave comic-to-movie adaptations.
It was great fun co-hosting the following blogathons with these wonderful fellow bloggers: O Canada with Ruth, Beyond the Cover with Liz, Great Villains with Karen and Ruth, and Things I Learned from the Movies with Ruth. Thanks to all who joined these fun events, we hope to see many of you at the upcoming O Canada party.
I’ve been blogging a lot less, just less time with my other work and hobbies, and less desire to review every single thing I watch (I’d rather watch another movie!). I plan to do the film diary posts again in a much shorter version, because I love the discussion that always comes of them. With those I’m opening the great Mad Movie Challenge idea to include more recommendations from friends and readers, so bring them on anytime. Reminder that you can always see what I’m watching via my Letterboxd, and check this growing list of things I haven’t seen if you want to find something to suggest. I see a Randolph Scott binge in my future– have collected most of his westerns now, and it’s been years since I first saw some of them, long enough to have forgotten details… you can always leave your top 3 RS to help me plan my schedule.
I watched 583 movies (!) this year. Actors most seen: Joel McCrea, Alan Ladd, Denzel Washington, Alain Delon, Yvonne De Carlo, Robert Taylor, Jeff Chandler and Rory Calhoun. Genre most viewed, westerns by far, and the actor I loved discovering this year was Jock Mahoney, what a cool action hero.
The last Diary post I did was in August, so here are my fave things seen since then: The Mystery of Mr. X, The Big House, L’Eclisse, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, Kind Hearts and Coronets, I Know Where I’m Going!, The Law and Jake Wade, Backlash, Seven Days to Noon, A Day of Fury, Colorado Territory, Purple Noon, Rocco and His Brothers, Rome Open City, Bunny Lake is Missing, Madigan, Walking Tall, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The Shooting, After Hours, Marie Antoinette, The Wind Rises, Mistress America, God Helps the Girl, Brooklyn, Sinister, The Town.
Many thanks to everyone who comes by to read, comment, and suggest new things for me to watch. I really appreciate your time and thoughts on everything, and I wish you all a healthy, happy, successful and movie-filled 2017.