New Year’s Day

Antecedents*


2018: AROUND THE WORLD WITH HOLLYWOOD

  • China- Mulan
  • France- Moulin Rouge
  • Mexico- The Brave One
  • Russia- The Brothers Karamazov
  • Indonesia- Gold
  • Antarctica- The Thing
  • Canada- Gunless
  • New Zealand- What We Do in the Shadows

2017: HEDY LAMARR


2016: CATS

*There were two exceptions to this year’s moviefest: the first film we drew out of the random slips of paper in the movie bowl was That Darn Cat, which was listed on Netflix and Amazon but in both places turned out to be a remake rather than the original, which we would never have chosen if we had known that, so we gave it a pass. The other was Master and Margarita, one of Ottersis’s favorite books; she supplied the Russian language DVDs for the movie fest, and when we opened the package (which she had bought for this occasion) it turned out to be a recent 10 hour tv miniseries! so we watched the first two and, subtitle grammar errors aside, it’s an excellent series. But since we haven’t watched the whole thing, I have no review yet.


2015: WITCHES


2014: MOVIES THAT TAKE PLACE IN LA WITH AN ICONIC BUILDING OR LOCATION IN THE MOVIE


2013: AMERICAN HISTORY


2012: JAMES CAGNEY


2011: BC


2010: Flying


2009: Animal attack movies


2008: Pirates


2007: Underground


2006: Humphrey Bogart


2005: Deserts


2004: Films that take place in a city whose name is in the title


2003: Films from 1939


*Mr. Otter and I have a long-standing (well over 20 years now) tradition of spending New Year’s Day watching either a long miniseries, (like The Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, I Claudius, or Poldark) or movies based on a theme. If it’s a theme, we pick it early, usually by the beginning of November. We usually pick eight movies or so, and plan to start watching at 10 am and go til 9 at night, which means we generally watch 6 of the 8, picked randomly. Although the year our theme was 1939 we had so much fun that after everyone had gone home, at 9 pm…we watched Gone with the Wind til 1 am! People drop in and out, we have lots to eat and drink, and msting is often encouraged, depending on the movie. It’s a lot of fun.

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