TV and Film in January

Because I’m doing a film and television course at university next year, I thought it only right to watch more films and widen my knowledge of directors and cinematographers. So, naturally, I had to make it into a blog post. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers in this. Here are some of my favourite films and TV programmes I watched this month.


 

Mother!

Darren Aronofsky was the director on this film, in interviews I have watched he explains how he aims to tackle and portray the idea of religion. However, one of the reasons I love it so much is because it can be interpreted in so many different ways and is brimming with metaphors and meaning in every scene.

Even though Aronofsky intended it to look at the idea of ‘God’ and ‘Mother Nature’, I also found myself comparing the character of ‘Him’ to a creative person or celebrity and how the other characters feel entitled to know everything about him. I really enjoyed reading other people’s thoughts about the meaning of the film too. Completely insane, but great. Just my kind of film.

End of the F***ing World

I watched the whole series in one sitting. I couldn’t stop watching. I was introduced to the series by someone telling me it how it was so odd they had to stop watching it. Which, naturally, made me go home and watch it immediately. What this says about my taste in entertainment, I’m not sure.

The show is about two 17 year-old ‘outsiders’ who run away together. The characters and character development are incredible, I became so attached to Alyssa and James and I loved every minute of it.

 

Delicatessen

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, Delicatessen is set in post-apocalyptic France. Completely bizarre surreal black comedy that you must see (if you don’t mind reading subtitles). I have also been completely obsessed with the soundtrack by Carlos D’Alessio (which I am listening to whilst writing this).

I have found trying to eat cake whilst also trying to keep up with the story in French is rather impossible. So, I’d recommend ‘cake breaks’.

Black Mirror

Boy-oh-boy. Series 4 aired at the end of December last year and it is for sure the darkest and my favourite so far. For those who haven’t watched any Black Mirror, each episode is a stand alone story around an hour long. I love how the episodes depict a not-so-distant future often with technology that isn’t far from our own.

My favourite episodes in this series were Crocodile (E3) – which is pretty heavy and chilling and I wouldn’t recommend just before bed, and Hang the DJ (E4) – which was just lovely. It’s one of those programmes you just want all your friends to watch so you can discuss all your theories. Hint hint.


I hope I have inspired you to watch some of my recommendations, it was hard picking my favourites. There seems to be a theme occurring of very odd (but great) films and television programmes.


4 thoughts on “TV and Film in January

  1. Of all these, Black Mirror is the only one I’ve watched (with the exception of Series 3 – which somehow I inadvertently skipped over from Series 2 to 4).

    I’m assuming (hoping) they’re all available on Netflix. Although cinematic (and generally all of my artistic) tastes continue to constantly evolve, I’ve for a long time held an affinity for unusual, unconventional, surreal films. Case in point, if you haven’t already, I recommend “Un Chien Andalou” (directed by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali), “Helix” (which has a similar dystopian vibe as “Black Mirror [truly one of the weirdest shows I’ve seen]), “Arc,” “Eva,” and “The Circle” (another film I’d once again describe as worthy of “Black Mirror” accolades – not likely to win best picture of the year, but nonetheless one of those weird, thinker, “what-the-hell’s-going-on-here” suspense type deals).

    Thanks for your recs (recommendations) as well.

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