Saturday, 14 December 2013

Looking back at 2013... and thoughts for 2014.

So it's that time where we look back on the current year and decide whether it was good/bad. Mine has been good... in the way that nothing tragic has happened, but I'm not where I was hoping to be a year ago. Basically I can't complain but it hasn't been great. Regardless, I do have hopes for 2014. I won't bore you with my personal ones, but here are my discoveries in film and other things that I am happy with, followed by what I hope to improve on over the coming year.


  • Discovered Woody Allen films - so far Hannah and her sisters is my favourite. 
  • Watched Band of Brothers, Sex and the City, and North and South TV dramas in full. 
  • Became a fan of Game of Thrones TV series.
  • Finally read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien after being a big fan of the films since they were first released over a decade ago. 
  • Rediscovered my love for the actors Errol Flynn, Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, and Richard Widmark. I have always loved their work but I rewatched their films recently and consider them in my list of favourite performers. 
  • Became a fan of the actors Charles Boyer and Vincent Price.
  • Found two actors of the present day whose upcoming films I genuinely anticipate. They are Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence. Both are very talented, speak beautifully, seem to focus on acting/script/film and not stardom, and have undeniable presence onscreen. 
  • Attended one of the BBC Proms - Hollywood Rhapsody Night, and consequently, became a fan of the supremely gifted conductor John Wilson and his orchestra. 
  • Watched The Seventh Seal for the first time. This has been on my to-watch list for years and I wasn't disappointed. It's going to need repeated viewings for me to fully understand it and be able to enjoy it properly, because my first viewing, although wonderful, I was too amazed and captivated by the film to truly comprehend it. 
  • Rediscovered my love for film in general. In my final year and a half at university, it was easy to get caught-up in the immense workload and the grasp-as-much-as-you-can-of-your-student-days fever. I'm glad I did make the most of it because I'll never get those happy days back again. However, it did mean that I neglected films, especially my classics and favourites. 
  • Got my YouTube channel up to date. 
  • Update this blog once a week - whether it be thoughts on a new film I watched or analysis of a scene - whatever it is the blog will be active on a weekly basis. 
  • Update my The Lord of the Rings blog once/twice a month.
  • Expand my knowledge of classic Hollywood - read more and watch more, fill the gaps with more films, actors, directors, studies, and analysis.
  • Watch more foreign films - I am really behind on the foreign front. I've never seen a Kirosawa picture (shame, yes I feel it). Recently I was added to a film forum on Facebook and it's been an eye-opener to all the films I haven't seen. Most of the members are quite a bit older than me, but still, they post about films I haven't heard of or ones I know I should have seen by now. I need to broaden my viewings.
  • Watch more Hollywood silent films. I have seen only a handful, and that doesn't include Chaplin, Keaton, or Lloyd. I intend to remedy that this coming year. 
  • Read the autobiographies of Errol Flynn and Gene Tierney, and the biography of Dana Andrews. Also read Truffaut's book on Hitchcock. 
  • Keep up the YouTube channel and never get a year behind again. 
  • Listen to more classical music. Get to know symphonies fully and explore the genre. 
  • See another BBC Prom. Attend the Bath, Bristol, and BFI Film Festival. 
  • Volunteer at an art gallery - learn more about art.
  • Read more history books - I loved history in school and miss learning about it. 
Obviously I have more personal goals involving friends, health, career, and places to visit - enjoying life and living it to the full blah blah blah - but they're not relative to this blog. I doubt anyone will read this and if anyone does read it then I'm sure they'll want their 5 minutes back. But I thought I would post it anyway.

I am sorry for the lack of activity on this blog. I hope that by Spring 2014, I will have gathered a good pace on this blog. I wish you all the best for the new year.


  1. What a great post Claudia, may you never lose that appetite for life and knowledge! I'll also do some movie resolutions for 2014! May I recommend Kurosawa's "Yojimbo"? That's what inspired Sergio Leone's "For a fistful of Dollars" and I love it! Will see it again this Christmas season! I'll keep on harassing you to see "Earrings of Madame de" starring... Charles Boyer! One of his few roles in French but he's far from his French lover/continental womanizer image he got in Hollywood! Plus, you've got to tell me about Ophüls' camera work! I also recommend "Stromboli" with Ingrid Bergman!!! Have you seen it! Tons of love darling and a long extensive message coming up this week, don't you worry!!!!

  2. Aww thanks, Steph! Yes I shall look out for all three of those films! Can't wait for your message - your package should be with you between Wednesday and Friday this week. Fingers crossed!! I really hope you get it xxx