2017 in Review – May

Andrew Brooker continues his challenge to watch 365 films in 365 days. Here’s how he got on back in May.

“Liberate tute me ex inferis.”

Five months into this most insane challenge of mine.  What’s absolutely nuts is that I’m already planning on what I’ll do once it’s over. I’m so confident that I’ll be done in plenty of time, I’ve found myself discussing with a Twitter buddy how the rest of the year will be spent.

God knows why.  I spent far too many days this month simply pondering what I was going to watch instead of actually watching anything.  That, along with new release video game Prey and the one year anniversary of Overwatch taking up a lot of time; May has been another tough one. Kind of.


Week One

The first week was the perfect example of my procrastinating.  Podcast recordings and new Bryan Fuller TV show American Gods took up far too much time and energy this week.  What started with a family sit down to watch Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, got weirdly stalled midweek with just a couple of The Purge sequels watched over a few days.

The weekend was hindered by a want to continue watching Disney Pirate films.  But they are so oppressively long that they pretty much killed the want to watch anything else.

Luckily, Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End are good enough films to not really make missing a couple of other films a real issue.  The week ended with one of the few horror films to honestly and genuinely scare the crap out of me.  Neil Marshall’s The Descent was the perfect way to end the week.


Week Two

A bizarre week.

Instead of attacking the shelf filled with films, or Netflix, or anything else, I decided that I’d rent a 1999 film to celebrate me handing in my notice at my current job.  Happily, Office Space is still just as fun and funny now as it was the first time I watched it.

A couple of busy days meant that it was Thursday that week before I saw another film.  Loads hated it, but I really quite liked the latest film in the Alien franchise. Covenant was more fun than anyone gave it credit for.  Friday night comedy delights with Paul Feig’s Heat rounded out the work week with a full weekend to finish things off.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides finally saw the end of a close to ten hour binge of swashbuckling goodness.  The excellent Miss Sloane and the amazingly gory Truth or Dare made for a very interesting Sunday evening.


Week Three

Another insanely slow week.  Not least of all because it saw another Monday at home with a poorly child!  That said, I can definitely count the Duck Tales Movie on the list.  It’s got “movie” right there in the title, it counts, dammit! The fucking terrible Masters of the Universe even got a look in this week. I know, alright.  I was bored and couldn’t be bothered to move. It was right there on Sky. A little Monsters Inc. was the perfect cure though.

I can’t believe I’m writing these words, but CHILDHOOD FAVOURITE The Masque of the Red Death was a perfect Friday night film this week.  There was just something great about revisiting my favourite Corman film and all these years later, it still holds up.  Absolutely brilliant.

The Nice Guys filled my Saturday night; while a cinema double bill for the bloody terrible King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the much better than expected Colossal rolled up Sunday for this third week.  A pretty balanced week between great and shit, without much in between.


Week Four

A much more productive week this week.  I mean, there was a day when i managed to squeeze in five films, better than most of the previous week.

Highlights of this week included the classic, near perfect A Few Good Men, Punisher: War Zone and Black Hawk Down, all in an attempt to get through some of our ever growing new film pile. Getting in repeat viewings of the outstanding Metallica: Through The Never and the cult classic horror/sci-fi Event Horizon were just a few of the amazing films I saw this week.

As much as I thought they were perhaps too dark or scary for the three year old, my sequel insisted on watching the last of the earlier Marvel films she hadn’t seen yet.  So The Incredible Hulk and Thor: The Dark World were all in the mix this week as well.

My trip to watch and review Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge was the beginning of the end of this month. a month that was seen out with Minority Report, Central Intelligence and the fucking terrible, mind-numbingly shit, Baywatch.


So, yeah.

Another month that I chalked up to being a failure half way through, but managed to salvage towards the end.  I’m convinced now that within a few months this challenge will go from being “can I fit 365 films into one year?” to “How many can I fit into a year?”.  As we roll into the month that marks the halfway point of the year, I could easily take a month or two off now and still be done in plenty of time.

Only time will tell.

Films seen this month: 36

Current count, as of 31st of May: 252 of 365.

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