2019 in Books

2019 was the year I took my reading in a different direction. I cataloged all my physical unread books into my goodreads page, with the goal of reducing that number by 5 percent - which I failed, since I acquired more books. I also took the chance to cull my book collection, and have tried to be extra picking to what books I acquire as to not consume more space. Even my Goodreads reading goal was a small number - I didn't find much pleasure in reading last year, and I was certain it was going to carry over in the following year. Still, it was a good reading year, even if I had to consider other sources for new books I would want to read but not rely on having a physical coy of the book. Like last year, I went ahead and categorized my choices, with my favorite books at the end of the list.

Against the Crowd Blogathon 2019

It's time for Against the Crowd Blogathon, hosted by Dell on Movies! The blogathon runs from the 23rd to the 25th of August. Rules are:

1. Pick one movie “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of 75% or more on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it.
2. Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of 35% or less on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it.
3. Include the tomato meter score of both movies.
4. Use one of the banners in this post, or feel free to create your own (just include all the pertinent details).
5. Let us know what two movies you intend on writing about in one of the following ways: Comment on this or any ACB 2019 post on this site, Tweet me @w_ott3, E-mail me: dellott@yahoo.com
6. Publish your post on any day from Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25, 2019 (tighter schedule this year), and include a link to this announcement. If you’re a podcaster or YouTuber that is interested in participating just talk about your chosen movies during your closest podcast and/or video to those dates and mention that you are taking part in this blogathon. You could also just tweet about it!

5-Star Predictions: Film Version

I'm an avid booktube watcher: hauls, unhauls, monthly wrap-ups, book reviews, I'm there. One of the 'listing' videos on there is a five-star prediction video in where they pick out books that they think they would love and give five stars to. Well, it's that, but instead of books I'm going to pick out films and see whether I end up giving them five star ratings. Truth be told, I'm extremely stingy with my five star ratings (both books and films alike). Even my favorites rarely get five stars, so this would be interesting for me. I only considered films that have already aged a decade (2009 and before), so here are five films that I think I would give five stars to.

Blind Spot Series: A League of Their Own

Whenever I would see A League of Their Own pop out in a list, it's usually associated with the film being primarily about sports. In a way, it is a sports film - women playing baseball during the throngs of war to keep the country's morale and interests up. However, it really isn't a sports film. Sport films are usually those where everything is concentrated on the said sport, and that the sport is the central axis of the plot. This isn't about women trying to overcome adversity against women in sports because while the film addresses the sexism about it, it doesn't show any step going for it. Rather, the sport played as a circumstantial point in where a vast array of characters connected.

52 Films by Women: A Summary

I attempted to watch 52 films directed by women last year in support of the movement and of the filmmakers in the industry. While I didn't get to accomplish the goal, it did make me a lot mindful of the films I watched, and have discovered some filmmakers whose works I have yet to see. Because of the challenge I did end up watching more female-directed work compared to any other year. Being mindful meant getting to watch gems, films I have been putting off for time and ended up loving them. I did also have a lot of misses, but nothing is ever perfect. 

This is part 1 of a two-part post: the first part being a general wrap up of the films I watched; the second part would be about filmmakers and certain films that I want to cross out of my watchlist this year.