weekly digest: I'm not letting Christmas movies go yet
everything that happened at Flick Filosopher from Monday, December 20th, to Sunday, January 2nd
It was a slow(ish) festive period chez Flick Filosopher. I didn’t post any reviews, but my Curmudgeonly Movie Lover’s Unpleasant Advent Calendar wrapped up on Christmas Eve, of course (though, unlike with meatspace versions, you can open the virtual doors of this one as many times as you like). My Festive Cheer emails, recommending a seasonal film to stream each day, finished yesterday. And I got a start on my Festive Cheese emails, snarking on silly Christmas romance flicks, which I intend to continue into January, cuz I always hate for Christmas to end.
This week I’ll begin a new feature — for Patreon patrons and paid Substack subscribers — highlighting the best films new to streaming, as well as hidden gems. That’ll be a once-a-week email, and the first one will be free. Watch for the new Weekend Watchlist this Friday.
new at flick filosopher, Dec 20–Jan 02
new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Dec 22–31
Jockey and The Tragedy of Macbeth are exclusively in cinemas; more… [get the full rundown]
new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Dec 22–Jan 01
The Tragedy of Macbeth and Titane are exclusively in cinemas; more… [get the full rundown]
new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Dec 21–31
Don’t Look Up and The Lost Daughter debut on Netflix; The Matrix Resurrections is on HBO Max; much more… [get the full rundown]
new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Dec 20–31
Don’t Look Up and The Lost Daughter debut on Netflix; King Richard and Spencer arrive on premium VOD; much more… [get the full rundown]
my 2021 film ranking is completely up to date!
I’ve been neglecting it for too long… [read more]
color refresh for 2022!
Hope you like it! [read more]
the curmudgeonly movie lover’s unpleasant Advent calendar: December 24
Oh-o, click or tap for tidings of bitterness and melancholy… [open the virtual door]
the curmudgeonly movie lover’s unpleasant Advent calendar: December 23
Click or tap for season’s gratings… [open the virtual door]
get occasional snark about cheesy Christmas romances in your in-box over the holiday season [pictured]
Today I launched Festive Cheese, in which I check out those cheesy Christmas romance flicks that, like glitter and tinsel, seem to get everywhere during the holiday season. For paying supporters only, but first one’s free! [read more]
AWFJ 2021 EDA Awards nominees announced
Winners will be announced in January. [read more]
the curmudgeonly movie lover’s unpleasant Advent calendar: December 22
All humbug, all the time, for just a click or tap… [open the virtual door]
loaded question: what are your film- and/or TV-related festive traditions?
the curmudgeonly movie lover’s unpleasant Advent calendar: December 21
All the tinsel too bright and cheery? Click or tap for some holiday anti-cheer! [open the virtual door]
the curmudgeonly movie lover’s unpleasant Advent calendar: December 20
Click or tap for a taste of the cynicism of the season! The perfect antidote to all the fa-la-la-la-la! [open the virtual door]
what I’m bingeing
Hawkeye [Disney+ globally]: Finished Season 1! Really enjoyed this. Hailee Steinfeld and Florence Pugh are treasures.
The Wheel of Time [Amazon Prime globally]: Finished Season 1! Very disappointing so far. Extremely generic high fantasy.
Station Eleven [HBO Max US; coming to Starzplay UK Jan 30]: I’m only a few episodes in, but I am in love with this show. A rare postapocalyptic story that’s actually beautiful and thoughtful, all about the importance of the stories we tell to ourselves and others.
Tweet of the week…
coming up at Flick Filosopher…
The Matrix: Resurrections, obvs
psychological neo-noir Nightmare Alley, from Guillermo del Toro
Netflix sci-fi satire Don’t Look Up
French freak-show Titane