Eye Dosing 2021

No Letterboxd. Only vibes.

The Earth has completed yet another lap of the Sun. As we hurled through space I watched a bunch of films.

In January a group of us started using Amazon Prime’s watch party feature to virtually watch b-movies together. We would select a couple of films each Saturday, watch in sync in our respective homes and chat about each film live. We’d rip them to pieces, revel in the bad delivery of lines and let ourselves be amazed by competent practical effects. All while cherishing a way to share time with friends in a pandemic lockdown.

Mega thread week-to-week of b-movies

Maybe you fancy watching b-movies yourself but don’t know where to start. Chopping Mall is a slasher movie where mall security robots go berserk hunting down teen employees at night. The Stuff is a satirical sci-fi horror where Americans become addicted to a sugary alien substance that gets marketed to the masses as a dessert. Warning From Space is the first colour sci-fi film released in Japan and features truly adorable aliens. Leprechaun is a terrible comedy horror starring Warwick Davis and Jennifer Anniston. Bad Taste is Peter Jackson’s first feature film, completely incoherent with amazing practical effects. Spaghetti Man is an enjoyable comedy action film whose protagonist unwittingly eats a radioactive bowl of pasta.

If you prefer cinema excellence over silliness then my favourite contemporary watches this year include: Saint Maud (2019), Wild Rose (2018), Bacurau (2019), The Florida Project (2017), The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012), The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq (2014), This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection (2019), Jojo Rabbit (2019), Tangerine (2015). I also watched Paris, Texas for the first time and was utterly blown away. The Sweet Hereafter was a slow burn that I’m not sure I can say I enjoyed yet stuck with me after. Maeve (which I loved), shot and cast in Belfast while the Troubles were raging, offers a multi-layered interrogation of nationalism and patriarchy within the frame of an unconventional coming of age story.

In February the gem of a human Jim Groom asked if I needed a Criterion flash sale middle man. It’s difficult in the UK to get ahold of Criterion releases. Some make their way to eBay and Amazon but not all and usually with a reasonable mark-up. Of course I said yes and Jim managed to order my wish list to the US and lugged them back to Europe in June when he next visited. I was particularly excited to pick up a collection of Chantal Akerman films alongside Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project volumes.

The bulk of my film watching happened at the end of the year. Almost all the films I watched for the first four months were b-movies. Looking back through my log I watched four films between the end of April and the beginning of October. I still haven’t been brave enough to head back to a cinema yet – something I plan to do in 2022!

I’m still using a spreadsheet to log films I’ve watched and enjoy posting a roundup here. I’ll happily witness the chaos of Letterboxd vicariously through things like @InsaneLetterbox but ain’t about being on another social media platform. Until very recently I haven’t been very good at keeping a wishlist of films I want to see. For next year I want to organise myself ahead of time instead of watching just whatever hits the front page of streaming services.

Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001)

B-movie club:

This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection (2019)

Everything else:


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