Films I Watched In: December (plus a whole look at 2018!)

2018? I know. So last year right. Who gives a flying……. fudge cake. But time for a quick look at my movie watching for the Year of Past, because the exciting news (kind of anyway, I mean in the grand scheme of exciting news it’s hardly THE BEST NEWS EVER) is that I officially topped a hundred films – 111 watched. Woooo.

Actually I was pretty excited.

Films I Watched In: December: (plus a whole look at 2018)

So December was my heaviest month – sixteen films in total. You can tell I was off work for almost a fortnight and absolutely mother-flippin’ skint before and after the ‘joy’ that was Christmas.

But yeah, sixteen films. That’s me watching one film every forty-six hours – though now actually written down doesn’t look as impressive as I’d previously thought it sounded. To fit in a movie every two days – when the vast majority of your ‘free’ time is simply being taken up by eating cheese STRAIGHT OUT OF THE PACKET – isn’t that hardcore.

But they were still a good bunch of movies (well, most of them anyway) –

The Predator (2018)
First time watch and my gosh wasn’t it silly. So silly, though didn’t honestly mind it that much for a one-off watch with my ‘never-lets-me-down’ twisted sense of humour in tow.

Creed 2 (2018)
First time watch (of course) in The Pictures (cinema) and oh my god, oh my god, oh my god – I LOVED IT. I cried. My mouth hung open. My fist punched the air. I cried again. I LOVED IT!


The Nun (2018)
Another first timer and not as scary as I’d hoped it might be at all (and no-where near as good as The Conjuring (2013) or even The Conjuring 2 (2016). Think they’ve dragged this thing out long enough now. New franchise please.

Dodgeball (2004)
Re-watch (obviously) and still funny – though slightly more tiresome than I remembered. And I do feel like a meanie for saying that.

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Have seen this film (and all its nutty endings) a few times, though somehow completely forgot how depressing it was. I remembered it being good and different but not as fucking bleak and heart shattering as it undeniably is. I mean the whole storyline is horrible. Everything in it really – is horrible. And sadly it was a nutty ending version. Did not leave me feeling like I’d just watched Grease, put it that way.

Love Actually (2003)
Like most normal people I watch this Christmas classic every year. I have hundreds of DVDs at home and can honestly say it’s the only true Rom Com that I own. I mean, I’ve got stuff like Overboard (1987) or 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), but a real lovey dovey film in which Hugh Grant HAS TO pop up – well this is the only one for me.

Like most normal people I cry throughout the whole movie and generally enjoy all the stories but WHEN IT GETS TO THE COLIN FIRTH PROPOSAL SCENE…well there are no words left anymore. Only blotchy cheeks, swollen eyes and loads of tissues collecting on the floor and possibly stuck to my cardigan. Love it.

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Home Alone (1990)
Obviously the best Christmas film EVER. OBVIOUSLY. I don’t wanna hear no shit about ‘Elf’ or ‘It’s a Wondeful Life’. So need I say re-watch? Don’t be ridic – this is genuinely one of my most favourite movies of All Time (said like Kanye West when he was unintentionally hilarious at the VMA awards) and I’m talking Top 10.

Home Alone 2 (1992)
Standard procedure when the post-Home-Alone blues kick in.

Skyscraper (2018)
First time watch and thought it was pretty dumb and generic but enjoyed it still and The Rock is cool. Genuinely just started to write ‘cooking’ instead of ‘cool’ then.

Meet the Fockers (2004)
Re-watch on TV. Never been a huge favourite but I like Ben Stiller, De Niro et al. Found the Hoffman dad and Midler mum characters really annoying this time around – I must be getting grumpy in my old age – but seriously, bringing that manky dog into the camper home when they KNOW there’s a cat in there (and have been asked not to!) and then using some sort of household DIY tool to break the toilet and remove said dog from the cistern? ARSEHOLES. Absolute fucking, rude arseholes.

The Conjuring (2013)
Re-watch and maybe I was just in a good mood but I think it was even a little better than I remembered it being (and re-inforced that The Nun definitely wasn’t that great). Creepy!


The Meg (2018)
Obviously a re-watch because I made a real (CHOMP) meal out of seeing this one in the cinema. I got it for Christmas on Blu-ray, along with IT (2017), but not the glass of wine. I just left the wine in the photo because I thought it was funny. And yeah, I was probably drunk at the time. It’s not even that funny is it? Better get drunk soon and then I can find it funny again (not that I’m suggesting you do the same, just leave here, quickly, go, run away.)


IT (2017)
Really enjoyed this in the cinema and was interested to see if I’d enjoy it as much on the second watch. Happy to report that I pretty much did! I think IT (2017) is genuinely a decent, scary, funny and well written modern horror film – I’m impressed by this new adaptation of the classic horror novel and on that note please can everyone stop calling it a re-make. It’s so not a re-make.

48 Hrs. (1982)
Nick Nolte playing a grizzly, gnarled and un-pc cop (Fuck Yeah) and Eddie Murphy before he got crap. I really liked this. First time watch but NOT the last. And I’m so geared up for the sequel!

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Rocky III (1982)
Re-watch. LOVE IT and in fact the only film I could possibly love more is Rocky IV. Though Rocky III was the first Rocky movie I watched, since the original absolute yonking years ago – and I totally credit this film as being the one that ignited my insane and slightly scary adoration for the amazing Rocky franchise.

The Holly & the Ivy (1952)
a pretty good old, British film circling around Christmas and family secrets. First time watch. Quaint and non-offensive.

So that now brings me to the whole of the year. 2018. 111 films. Said in the voice of The Trailer Guy.

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Stand-out films I re-call (without even looking, but mainly because I’m too lazy to go back and check) include the entire Rocky franchise (of course). My god I must have bored you all from September to December with my loony raving. THAT I STILL STAND BY. Would anyone be surprised if I said I’d already watched a Rocky film this year? Gingerly I’m going to confirm that I have.

Most memorable cinema outings were definitely The Meg (CHOMP) in 3D and Avengers: Infinity Wars – the latter mainly because we watched it at a midnight screening of an LA dome shaped cinema AND I ate an ice cream cookie sandwich for the first time ever. Though I was surprised at how much I liked the film too. It was funny, it was pretty good.

In fact, it was coming home from that very holiday that I watched Detroit (2017) for the first time on the plane. It was a movie that really stuck in my mind and made an impact. I thought the story was so powerful and the acting incredible. I subsequently watched it again on Prime when I got home.

That’s enough now. Can’t type anymore. Boring myself with my own boringness, you can read all my posts if you really care that much and for gods sake don’t think I’ll blame you if you don’t. However for the sake of fun statistics, I shall leave you with these (fun statistics) –

Out of the 111 films, 37 were First Time Watches.

And the mathematicians among you will have already worked out of course, that also means 74 were Re-Watches.

38 were horror movies.

And I watched 11 on Prime.

And I had a rather pitiful (considering I’m friends with those meerkats) 7 trips to the cinema. Marginally better than 2017 if I recall. But again, too lazy to check.

And July was my poorest month, with only five films watched. I must have been out enjoying the sunshine!

Happy New Year all – and let’s see if I can top the number again this year.

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18 Responses to Films I Watched In: December (plus a whole look at 2018!)

  1. Lloyd Marken says:

    And cool post too, I can’t support your love for Rocky III given my love for Mickey but again great post.

  2. Lloyd Marken says:

    Congratulations on triple digits.

  3. johnrieber says:

    You certainly went out on a high note with so many new and returning favorites…and as someone who goes to the Cinerama Dome a lot in Hollywood, no better place to see a movie!

  4. Zoë says:

    Well, loads you covered and had fun while doing it 🙂

  5. Man, I’d love a flying fudge cake right about now.

  6. 111 films! Nicely done! I had a last minute movie binge over Christmas too and managed to pass my 100 goal by 2 movies!

  7. alexraphael says:

    I knew you’d like Creed 2! So well made. So much wisdom and inspiration. Cool selection of movies. You’d be a great host for a movie night.

  8. beetleypete says:

    I have only been to a cinema twice, in the last six years. So you have done much better than me.
    I love The Butterfly Effect! My sort of thing, like Donnie Darko, and Timecrimes.
    Always good to see you on the blog, Em.
    As ever, Pete. XXX

    • emmakwall says:

      I prefer watching films at home! I prefer The Butterfly Effect to Donnie Darko, never really liked that. I have not seen Timecrimes, I’ll look it up! You too Pete xxx

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