Every film I saw in January 2019

As a huge film buff I watch many films a year, and I’ve always intended to make a list of films I’ve seen so I can count how many I saw at the end of a year. I’ve decided to do this one month at a time, starting from January obviously, with the films being in the order I saw them. I won’t go too in depth with them, just summarise them and give my brief thoughts but hopefully I will have a wide range of titles by the end of each moth. Every film I watch counts, including films I’ve already seen. Cinema, Netflix, Sky, DVD… anything I see goes on the list. So without further ado, let’s go, forgetting the fact it’s already February 1st-

  • Bird Box

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The Cabin in the Woods review

Alright Halloween, I give up. I’ve caved in. I’m just gonna do what everyone does and do a proper horror film review. Not a “sorta” Halloween film like The Nightmare Before Christmas, a proper, fully fledged horror film. Yup, I’m doing it. Let’s see, what choices do I have?

Get Out? That’s pretty great. It? I’ll save that for the sequel. Jaws? Is that horror? Shaun of the Dead? I feel like that’s cheating. The Thing? Classic John Carpenter and one of the greatest films ever made? Oh yes.

Except … if I’m finally going to review a horror film for Halloween, I may as well have some fun. Why not review a horror film that prides itself on being the very thing I incorrectly assumed all horror was? Why not review a film that is perfect for someone who wants to watch a horror film but doesn’t like horror? Why not review the absolute genius that is Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods?

Released in 2012, the film was marketed as a bog-standard horror film about five friends in an abandoned cabin. Sounds trite right? But Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon creates one of the most original and genius premises of the 21st century. It has earned its place in cult film history and it secured Drew Goddard as one of the smartest filmmakers on the planet, with his screenplay for The Martian serving as the basis for the Ridley Scott film and Goddard’s own follow-up, Bad Times at the El Royale, becoming one of the most secretive and high-profile films of this year. I unfortunately have not seen it yet but believe me, I want to. The only issue with reviewing this film is that, like The Good Place, it’s impossible to talk about why this film works so well without giving away the plot. Normally this isn’t an issue, but The Cabin in the Woods revolves around the mystery and slow unravelling of what is actually happening. So in short, watch the film. Just watch it completely blind because this post will be spoiling the film. If you’ve seen it, proceed…

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