Today is probably one of the last days I can rightfully post a 2017 New Resolutions/Projects blog post so here it is! I love taking resolutions every New Year and I decided to stick to the rule for this new year. My main resolution as a reader is to take more risks and broaden my reading horizon, and I want to it to be obvious on this blog.
Yes, 2017 is here and this post already feels so out-dated but hey, there is no way you are going to escape my December Favourites! In December, I watched one of the best movies I had watched in a long time and I also really enjoyed a podcast and a Youtube channel.
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Movie)
This movie gave me a big slap. Can you say this in english? I don’t care, I’m saying it. It is a creepy, disturbing, thrilling, fascinating movie that really really shook me. I felt a need to talk about it for days after watching it. It is not a new movie, it was released in 2011 but I have only watched it recently (thanks Netflix!) and I liked it so much that I decided to include it here. Plus, I’m sure plenty of you have also missed it.
Christmas is coming and maybe some of you are still to finish their Christmas shopping. I thought this would be a good time to be a bit materialistic, try to forget that the world terribly sucks at the moment and post a last minute Gift Guide for book lovers here. I need a bit of thoughtlessness and I’m sure you do too. Let’s start with the beautiful books – picture above!
It’s high time for my very belated November favourites! This month, I fell in love with two podcasts and a Youtube channel, and, for the first time, I also have a music favourite!
I have already recommended this podcast to lots of people but I feel like this is still not enough… It is one of the best podcasts I have ever listened to (and I am now becoming a sort of podcast connoisseur!). Created and hosted by film journalist, critic and author Karina Longworth, who has an amazing voice, this cinema podcast focuses on the “secrets and forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century”.
Just a quick article to talk to you about one of my favourite bookshops in London: Gosh!
Gosh! is specializing in comics and graphic novels. Basically, in London, there are two famous bookshops specializing in comics and graphic novels (maybe they are simply the only ones? Hopefully not! Please let me know if you know any others!) : Gosh! and Orbital Comics. I did not have the chance to go to Orbital Comics very often so I couldn’t tell you much about it, but I am a big fan of Gosh! and I love going there just for the pleasure of browsing.
Today I am super excited to share with you my favourites of the month. October was rich in awesome discoveries, that’s the least we can say. Let’s start immediately with my first favourites…
The 13th (Documentary)
The 13th is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It was released on Netflix UK in October and if you have not watched it, I urge you to do so. I truly believe that everyone should watch it.
Directed by Ava DuVernay, the filmmaker behind Selma (another very good movie by the way), The 13th is a documentary focusing on the inequalities of the criminal justice system in the United States. This extremely efficient documentary develops and demonstrates the following theory: today’s police violence towards ethnic minorities and especially Black people in the United States is, first, a historical heritage. Indeed, it has its roots in both slavery and the Jim Crow laws. It has also been allowed by the implementation of a mass incarceration system in the second part of the 20th century. This mass incarceration system results from laws created by American presidents for political purposes, starting with Nixon and (surprisingly) culminating with Bill Clinton.