January 2018 Movie Wrap-up🎬

Oh wow it’s been a while! It’s weird that now ‘a while’ is a couple of weeks, when ‘a while’ used to be 4+ months on my blog. I started back at uni a few weeks ago and I find it so hard to find time or feel motivated to write anything. I’m also hardly reading – which sucks – but I also don’t want to miss out on anything happening here with my friends. Agh, I’m not sure whether posts are going to be as consistent as before but here’s to hoping!

I’ve always watched loads of films so I wanted to see if I could keep track this year. This all came from a list I made at 2am one night over the Christmas break, when I felt I’d watched every romcom on Netflix and Amazon Prime and in general every romcom ever. Sure, I could watch other genres but they’re just not what I crave. Maybe I should post my list of faves one day… Anyway, here is my January 2018 Movie Wrap-Up!

1. Home Again (2017)

home again

DirectorHallie Meyers-Shyer
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review: This was the first film that came up on my ‘2017 romcoms’ search and it was exactly what I was looking for! Cute boys, Reese Witherspoon, lots of laughing and a happy ending!

2. Whatever It Takes (2000)

whateverDirectorDavid Raynr
Cast: Shane West, Marla Sokoloff, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, James Franco
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Review: I’m a huge fan of 90s romcoms, and though this isn’t technically from that era, there are definitely strong 90s vibe. A typical best friends realise they love each other after a life-long friendship! And a baby James Franco. But it wasn’t very memorable or different.

3. Call Me By Your Name (2017)

cmbynDirector: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar
Rating: ★★★★★
Review: I adore this film and here is my attempt at explaining why. It’s so beautiful and my favourite film ever. And I’m still yet to read the book!!?

4. The Greatest Showman (2017)

greatestDirector: Michael Gracey
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya
Rating: ★★★★✯
Review: This was so much greater (pun intended) than I thought it would be. The songs are so beautiful and catchy, I haven’t stopped listening to them! I loved the difficult themes it covered and it was just magical.

5. Rip Tide (2017)

riptideDirectorRhiannon Bannenberg
CastDebby RyanGenevieve HegneyAndrew Creer
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review:  Finding this film on Netflix was wonderful – it came at the perfect time, and though aimed at a younger audience, I really liked it. Yes, there is the cliché ‘lessons’ every kids film has but it was still very entertaining.

6. Table 19 (2017)

table 19
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant
Rating: ★★✯☆☆
Review: This film was quite funny and I can see why people would love it, but unfortunately it just wasn’t my favourite. The secondary characters were hilarious and their subplots were so interesting.

7. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

ews!!Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review: To be honest, I think the reason I liked this film so much was the cast. I’d known and liked a lot of the actors from other work so it was pretty much guaranteed I’d enjoy a film with them all in.

8. The Layover (2017)

layoverDirector: William H. Macy
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton, Matt Barr
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review: This film was a little odd but definitely entertaining. A cute romcom but it won’t be winning any awards soon. And again, quite possible I only enjoyed it so much because of my love for Alexandra Daddario!

Unexpectedly, there’s a lot of 2017 releases on my list, which is usually never the case – I hardly ever manage to watch films around the time they are released! Though my ratings may not entirely reflect it, I loved a lot of the films I watched this month and am quite proud I found 8 films I’ve never seen before and a lot of new romcoms!! Hopefully next month will be just as great!


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