a film a day: winter break 2020

i did not watch enough films in 2020 (a year of tv shows & depression for me) so this is my attempt at getting back into the hobby.

- ranked by order of watch / going to watch (order switched if i decide to watch something later)
- i might end up watching multiple films in a day & no films on some days, i'm not taking this thaaaat seriously
- check notes for pre & post watch comments
- i also ended up watching a bunch of shorts over the break, but i've only added them here if they're longer than 15 minutes
- lots of animated stuff because i am one cartoon loving bitch

  • American Honey

    1.American Honey

    ★★★★★

    status: watched

    notes: can't remember which day i started watching but it literally took me like 3 days to get through this one; i really have to get into the swing of sitting through movies again. anyhow i absolutely loved this & sobbed so much. so fucking beautiful & definitely a new favorite.

    unfortunately like one or two days after i watched this the news about shia & twigs came out, & i hadn't been privy to shia's assholery before that (apparently he has a history i hadn't kept up with). idk if i will be able to watch this again as the scenes of him being an abusive pos might trigger me in a more visceral way knowing what i now know. (this movie was very triggering for me as it was, which was probably another reason it took 3 days to get through. i knew it would be going in; glad i still watched.)

    also: subbed the prince of egypt out with this to showcase it in my top 4, not because tpoe somehow moved down in my faves (it'll always be in the top) but i wanted to make my top 4 more consistent as the other 3 outside of tpoe all center women & tpoe was dragging that streak down hhhh

  • Wolfwalkers

    2.Wolfwalkers

    status: watched 12/15

    enjoyed very much

  • Song of the Sea

    3.Song of the Sea

    status: watched 12/16

    enjoyed!!!

  • The Secret of Kells

    4.The Secret of Kells

    status: watched 12/17

    enjoyed :)

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    5.Beasts of the Southern Wild

    status: watched over the course of three days in late december

    notes: honestly it was kinda disappointing? i still enjoyed it somewhat but not really

  • The Body Beautiful

    6.The Body Beautiful

    ★★★★★

    status: watched late night 12/26 which ran into 12/27

    notes: sally jane black is my favorite film reviewer on this site & she recs this so i ofc had to watch it. good lord did i cry.

  • Soul

    7.Soul

    status: watched 12/27

    very cute & surprising!

  • Crystal Lake

    8.Crystal Lake

    status: watched 12/27

    i don't really write reviews but i disliked this so much that i had to.

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  • Adam and Dog

    9.Adam and Dog

    status: watched 10/27

    aww :)

  • A New Leaf

    10.A New Leaf

    status: watched 12/28

    i love elaine may sm <3

  • Knives Out

    11.Knives Out

    status: watched between 12/28 and 12/29

    WOW HOLY SHIT

  • Palm Springs

    12.Palm Springs

    status: watched 12/29

    right up my gd alley!!! i love clever romcoms so fkn much

  • A Plate of Sardines
  • Quneitra 74
  • Cinderella

    15.Cinderella

    status: watched between 12/29 and 12/30

  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    16.Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    status: watched, i don't remember when

  • City of Pirates

    17.City of Pirates

    status: unwatched

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    18.Kiki's Delivery Service

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: i'm so embarrassed ;-; yeah i haven't seen it yet i'm sorry

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    19.Howl's Moving Castle

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: I'M SORRY OKAY i repent of my sins & promise to watch this over the break

  • Tales from Earthsea

    20.Tales from Earthsea

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: i just manic-bought all the earthsea books so i absolutely have to watch this but i'm not sure if i'm going to watch it before or after i read the books & who knows how long it will take for me to get through the series (probably not something i can accomplish on this break) so this might/almost definitely will be moved off this list

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    21.Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: tHIS ONE TOO pls spare me

  • Jennifer's Body

    22.Jennifer's Body

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: now that y'all & by y'all i mean my fellow lgbt+ community are coming out of the WOODWORK to praise this film ig i HAVE to bandwagon & see what all the gays are raving about

  • Spring Breakers

    23.Spring Breakers

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: ngl this will be a hate watch because i hate the francos so much (all of them however many there are of them why do they keep metastasizing pls make it stop)

  • The Tree of Life

    24.The Tree of Life

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: i'm pretty sure like 3 years ago audrey said this was her favorite film & i never forgot that

  • About Time

    25.About Time

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: some girl on tik tok said this was a secret masterpiece & i think she's lying

  • A Moment of Innocence

    26.A Moment of Innocence

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: been wanting to watch this for so fucking long but the question is can i find it on one of my go-to ille*al streaming sites complete with english subtitles? ig we will see

  • Galaxy Quest

    27.Galaxy Quest

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: see how i'm interspersing heavier films with lighter stuff jic i need a chortle break? i'm literally so smart

  • Short Cuts

    28.Short Cuts

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: i literally can't remember why i want to see this, pretty sure some film account on twitter was buzzing about it

  • Never Goin' Back

    29.Never Goin' Back

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: idk it looks lighthearted enough to sandwich between these heavier pieces, i hope i'm right

  • 35 Shots of Rum

    30.35 Shots of Rum

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: leftist amazigh & arab twitter all of the sudden were talking about this film - like maybe not the whole of commie tamazgha & swana twitter but a few users i trust - & i will therefore watch this as an attempt to garner their approval

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    31.O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: one of those films where everyone is surprised i haven't seen it but tbh i am very exhausted by primarily white male casts idc how good the plot the cinematography the soundtrack the etc. is wallahi i just want some flavor

    also george clooney gets on my nerves when he's not animated & i couldn't honestly tell you why i just prefer his stop motion form over his flesh form

  • Nightcrawler

    32.Nightcrawler

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: my boyfriend mentioned it in passing one time & he doesn't really watch movies so i figured i should watch this one lol

  • The Favourite

    33.The Favourite

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: i realized i'm just adding films idek how long break is

    i started this a while back & got too sad with life stuff to finish it but what i did see of it was very good; also i adore olivia colman with every pixel of my being

  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
  • Smoke Signals

    35.Smoke Signals

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: another one i started, was enjoying, & for some reason didn't finish (i WILL finish it this time... inchallah...)

  • The Shining

    36.The Shining

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: y'all ain't never gonna forgive me for this one lol i'm officially canceled as a cinephile & self-proclaimed horror fan for putting this off for so long

  • Paddington 2

    37.Paddington 2

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: i saw the first one which was cute but y'all are honestly a tad too obsessive about it which is why i have delayed watching the sequel

    but listen now, i've heard people are saying it rivals the godfather?? sis, a bucket hatted bear??? i've gotta see it to believe it

  • Seven Samurai

    38.Seven Samurai

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: the people i love just let me call myself a film buff unchecked don't they? they don't respect me smh why have i never been called out for the poser i am

    i'm fucking on it tho, i will watch this & redeem myself

  • Uncut Gems

    39.Uncut Gems

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: i never finished it the first time around :-0

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    40.Fiddler on the Roof

    status: unwatched

  • Inglourious Basterds

    41.Inglourious Basterds

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: to watch with melina

  • Silence

    42.Silence

    status: unwatched

    notes before watching: also to watch with melina & to help chronicle my weird faith journey as reading the book did