Hello there my lovely readers. Remember how in my last post I was talking about the key to achieving your goals? For me the key to sticking to something is tracking it. I’ve always been a bit of a data nerd and love to track things in apps or on Google spreadsheets (especially when I’m traveling).
So when my friend told me he was keeping tracking of every movie and TV show he watched I thought “I’ve got to do that!” I held off to start in 2018 but it was tough, I was excited (like I said I’m a data nerd). He shared the spreadsheet and then I added on to it, with books and podcasts. Full disclosure: I originally added YouTube videos but realized I’ll watch so many small offhand clips and movie trailers that it’s not worth tracking and got out of hand way too quickly.
Anyways, you’ll often see bloggers talk about what they’re been reading, watching and listening to but I’ve been so diligent in tracking this information I can share a bit more insight along with my thoughts on what’s worth your time.
In January I watched 14 movies, that’s altogether not THAT many all things considered. But I’ve realized a couple things about my movie watching habits. First of all I watch movies mostly with other people. While TV is often a more solitary experience for me… more on that below… movies are all about spending time with other people.
I also watched half of those 14 in theatres… it is awards season after all. If you follow me on instagram (LINK) you’ll see I’ve been in theatres a lot recently.
Another thing I’ve been tracking is how many movies I see with female directors. Sadly only two were directed by women, which says a lot more about the movie industry than it does me. But I’m still disappointed and will work on making this closer to half next month.
What did I watch?
- Wilde Wedding
- The Square
- I, Tonya
- The Post
- The Godfather
- All Roads lead to Rome
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- Dr. No
- All the Money in the World
- Phantom Thread
- In The Fade
- The Commuter
- Molly’s Game
What’s worth watching?
I saw a wide range of movies this month from rewatching classics (Godfather, Harry Potter) to seeing the awards bait like The Post and Phantom Thread. I don’t know want to shine a spotlight on movies like Harry Potter because what’s the point?
But two I saw that I LOVED that I think more attention are In The Fade and Molly’s Game. In The Fade is a German movie starring Diane Kruger about the aftermath of a terrorist attack. It is gut wrenching, captivating and definitely worth seeing. If you don’t see any others off this list please see In The Fade.
My other favourite this month was Molly’s Game. I already love Aaron Sorkin, Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba so there was a good chance I’d like this movie already. But it was so well made, so interesting and just fun. If you’ve got some more time then definitely check this one out.
Who has a TV addiction? It’s me! I watched nearly 100 episodes of TV this month. Which is quite frankly a little nuts. I know. Where do I find the time you ask? Well first of all only 27 were hour long episodes, the others were all the classic half hour show (which when watched on Netflix becomes about 20 min). So it’s not AS crazy when you think about it that way. But yes, still a lot.
I also have a tendency to pick shows that I can watch in the background while doing other things i.e. cooking, cleaning, packing, doing my makeup. Essentially shows I can walk away from and just have on as background noise. For me this month I got back into New Girl. It’s not the best show in the world but good for that walk away effect.
What did I watch?
For reference I’m going to list what season of a show I’m watching but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve watched that WHOLE season. Some are still airing and I just watch it as the episodes air.
- Bob’s Burgers – Season 5
- Top Chef – Season 15
- Lovesick – all three seasons
- Crossing Lines – Season 1
- The Good Place – Season 2
- New Girl – Season 4
- Dynasty – Season 1
- Mindhunter – Season 1
- Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 1
- Riverdale – Season 2
- Jane the Virgin – Season 4
- RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars – Season 3
What’s worth watching?
There are different reasons I watch all of these shows. Crossing Lines for instance is the only thing my dad and I could agree to watch together. It’s mediocre at best but we enjoy watching it together. New Girl and Bob’s Burgers are background shows.
That being said – let’s get into what I’m actually watching and enjoying and recommend. First of all are you watching The Good Place? Please watch The Good Place. It’s smart, it’s funny and I can’t tell you much more without ruining it. But you won’t regret it. Season one is on Netflix and season two just finished on NBC.
There are two other shows I’ve fallen in love with recently – Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Lovesick. My editor at the magazine I write for told me to watch Lovesick so I went home that weekend and basically just crushed through season one. I kept watching it and saw all three seasons (20 min episodes, 10 episodes per season – it’s on Netflix if you want). It’s a delightful british show about a group of friends and what it’s like to date when you’re young (read: a mess).
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is on Amazon Prime if you want to watch it. I told my coworkers “it’s a story about a 1950s housewife who stumbles into comedy” and all of them looked at me and said “you’re not really selling it”. And yet they all went home and watched it and loved it. The costumes! The sets! The music! The comedy! The snappy dialogue! It is delightful and devastating at the same time. I’m obsessed and I guarantee you will be too.
Okay this is going to be the least helpful category because I only read one book folks! Even with all of the time I spent on trains and planes this month it took me all month because I read Game of Thrones for the first time which is 800 pages long with teeny tiny font and takes awhile to get through.
What did I read?
Lol – I’ll keep this formatting for posterity’s sake but yeah I one book it was Game of Thrones. If you want to know more about what I’m reading I do updates on my Instagram frequently (LINK).
What’s worth reading?
I really enjoyed it honestly but if you don’t like the show then you’re not going to enjoy the first book. The first season is basically the show but more in-depth.
I often hear “I don’t have a commute so when am I supposed to listen to podcasts? I just don’t have time.” Now I only have an eight minute walk to work but I manage to fit in 20 podcasts equal to about 22 hours of listening time.
So when do I listen to all of this? Mostly while I’m getting ready for work each morning. Even 30 minutes of getting ready, doing your makeup and brushing your teeth (it takes me more like 45-60 min)really adds up in terms of getting ready and I find it a nice way to start my day.
I also listen to lots of podcasts when I’m traveling. And sometimes they are good for working out. If I’m feeling less motivated that day to workout it helps to just get on the treadmill or elliptical with a podcast, I might not go as hard as if I was listening to pump up music but that’s better than not going.
Another important note is that I’ve been tracking what gender hosts the podcasts I listen to, and the majority are led by at least one if not multiple women. I’m doing remarkably better here than at movies, interesting what happens when there are less gatekeepers to the industry how well women thrive.
What did I listen to?
- The High Low
- Pop Culture Happy Hour
- The Lady Gang
- This American Life
- More Perfect
- The Debrief
What’s worth listening to?
The theme of what I’ve been listening to lately is “intelligent British women”. I’m really really into Dolly Alderton and Pandora Syke’s The High Low. I discovered this gem just before Christmas so it’s not new to this month but I’m obsessed and eagerly await every Thursday for a new episode. They kick off every episode with recommendations of interesting articles, books, etc. that they’ve been consuming (which you KNOW I’m a fan of). Then move into the top line (headlines of important news from that week) followed by delving deeper into some of those headlines. And finish things off with “ask the high low”. It’s the perfect mixture of important world issues with pop culture.
Following my current theme of “intelligent British women” I recently got into The Debrief with Stevie and Tessa. Each week they break down adult issues you probably don’t know how to tackle like advice for living in a big city, how to deal with catcalling, and how to move in with your significant other. I always come away with some good advice and they’re funny to boot.
What have you been into lately? What have you been reading, watching or listening to? I’d love to hear any of your recommendations as clearly I consume media at a breakneck speed. Let me know if you check any of these things out.