JANUARY Viewing Recap + Movie of the Month

Hello February! We’re already done with the first month of 2021?! Where did the time go? Well, it’s my birthday month… but February is always a bittersweet time for me.

I actually didn’t watch that many movies last month, though somehow I rewatched more old favorites, most notably the Lord of The Rings trilogy. My hubby and I binged on the LOTR movies over a weekend and they’re still so immensely watchable!

I did watch one in the theaters as one of my good friends I haven’t seen in a while wanted to see a movie after happy hour. We picked a good one that ends up being the movie of the month [see below].

In any case, here’s what I watched in January:


Sound of Metal

My friend Vitali reviewed Sound of Metal last October as part of Twin Cities Film Fest. I wish I had seen this one on the big screen. It’s such a beautiful and moving story of a musician dealing with sudden deafness, boasted by a phenomenal performance by the talented Riz Ahmed. I sure hope he’d get some recognition for his performance here.

The Dig

Read my full review

The Mauritanian

Stay tuned for my review in mid February –
the film is to be released on Feb 19

Malcolm and Marie

Stay tuned for my review next week!

Promising Young Woman

Hope to write my review later this week, so stay tuned!


The Expanse – Season 5

I found season 5 to be a bit slower and less intriguing overall compared to previous seasons, but the highlight is Naomi’s reunion with her former lover-turned-space-terrorist Marco Inaros and her long lost son, Filip.

Call My Agent – Season 4

This French comedy originally titled Dix Pour Cent! has become one of my favorite series of all time! Since I stumbled upon  a few years ago, I’ve become obsessed with it. Every single episode is amazingly-written and filled with hysterically-funny scenarios the agents at ASK agency constantly get into. The Parisian scenery and famous French guest stars made this even more watchable! This season they’ve got Charlotte Gainsbourg in a hilarious episode. I haven’t gotten to the Sigourney Weaver episode, I think this is the first time they have an American actor as guest on the show.

I have to do a dedicated a post for this series, but if you haven’t seen this yet, I can’t recommend this enough!

Wanda Vision Season 1

There are only 4 episodes so far so I’ll wait until all the end of the season to do my write-up. I’m enjoying it so far. The 50s sitcom style is amusing, funny and fabulous, but it’s the genius of the Marvel team under Kevin Feige that the show is deliberately written to have a strong connection with the MCU. Plenty of supporting characters from previous MCU movies like Thor, Ant-Man, etc. appear on this show, and the SWORD agency gets fans all pumped up that THIS could be the key in bringing the X-Men franchise that Disney now owned to be part of the MCU.

In any case, so who is behind the whole Truman Show-like episodes? I can’t wait to find out more!!


Obviously don’t watch this video if you’re not caught up yet with the series as there are spoilers galore on episode 4.


The Sound of Music

The American President

Call My Agent season 2

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

The LOTR trilogy


Promising Young Woman

It took me a long time to finally watch this just last weekend, but it’s so worth the wait! I’m glad I saw this on the big screen with a good friend of mine… as a woman, I think it’s the kind of movie best seen with a girlfriend. 

Writer/director Emerald Fennell‘s feature film debut has been buzz-worthy for good reasons, featuring an Oscar-worthy performance by Carey Mulligan. I haven’t had a chance to review this yet but check out my friend Rodney’s excellent review that perfectly sums up how I feel about this astounding film.

Well, what did you watch in January and what’s YOUR fave movie you saw last month?

10 thoughts on “JANUARY Viewing Recap + Movie of the Month

  1. Can’t wait to see Sound of Metal & Promising Young Woman! Don’t know when they’re out in the U.K. My January favorites were When Marnie Was There & It Happened One Night. 🙂 Not as thrilled with the new releases I watched (The Dig & Pieces Of A Woman).

    1. Both Sound of Metal & Promising Young Woman are excellent, I put the latter as my movie of the month for its bold direction. Ohhh, It Happened One Night is such an adorable movie, good that you’re catching up on some timeless classics.

  2. For me, the best film of the month is Soul yet it was WandaVision that brought me joy and it’s the little things in that show that had me re-watch all 4 episodes. It left me wanting for more. Not just in Wanda and Vision but also Agnes (and who she really is), Monica Rambeau, Dr. Darcy Lewis (so funny but also the smartest person in the room) and Agent Jimmy Woo (the most reliable person in the room and finally mastered the art of card tricks!). Another show I’ve been addicted to is Cobra Kai as the third season right now is the best one in terms of character development, call backs to the series, some nice revelations, and the return of a few old characters including a classic antagonist who doesn’t redeem himself but proves to be the most tranquilo man in the entire series.

    1. Glad you love SOUL, that was in my top 10 of last year. Totally agree w/ what you said about WandaVision… so many interesting characters and I’m glad to see Dr. Darcy and Agent Woo back as well.

      I haven’t watched Cobra Kai but not sure it’s for me. Glad people are enjoying that show though. I’ve been bingeing on Call My Agent, that French show is sooo addictive!

  3. I accidentally read a spoiler filled review of Promising Young Woman, including the downer of an ending. I’ll still give it a watch when it comes out on streaming.

    I think I only saw two movies this past month, Outside the Wire and The Murder on the Orient Express, yes I’m way too late to the latter. I enjoyed both movies but Murder on Orient Express was a better film.

    I was kind of meh on Wanda Vision on the first three episodes but the 4th one got my attention, so I’ll keep watching.

    1. Oh no! Sorry that Promising Young Woman was spoiled for you, Ted, but it’s really an excellent film.

      I watched The Murder on the Orient Express a while ago, I enjoyed it. I was really hoping to see the follow-up of it (Death on the Nile) would get released last year but now it’s delayed indefinitely 😦

      Yeah, I think the 4th ep of WandaVision is really intriguing as it finally shows the tie in to the MCU and nice to see some of the supporting characters back like Darcy and Wu.

  4. I can’t wait to read your full review of Promising Young Woman and I’m so JEALOUS you got to watch it on the big screen!
    Sound of Metal is brilliant, it was a little too slow for me to truly love it but Riz Ahmed absolutely smashed his performance, I hope he takes home some awards for it.

    1. I feel like I have SO much to say about Promising Young Woman that it’ll be a huge long essay, ahah. I’ll do a write-up of it at some point though, it’s such a brilliant film.

      I hear ya about Sound of Metal but Riz’s performance truly saved it for me.

  5. Happy belated birthday, Ruth!
    You saw quite an eclectic mix last month.
    I’m watching WandaVision too – I’m really enjoying it so far and quite like having to wait each week for a new episode instead of binge watching like I usually do.
    Really looking forward to watching Promising Young Woman when I’m able to!

    1. Hey Claire, thank you for the well wishes… but my birthday is in the 2nd week of February 😉 (sorry if I wasn’t clear)

      Y’know, I actually have to get used to waiting each week for a new episode instead of binging as I’ve been doing that more often, but yeah I quite enjoyed it to.

      Promising Young Woman is SO good, tough to watch at times because of the subject matter but so worth your time. Carey Mulligan is amazing!

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