I originally devised Film 2018 as an inducement to watch all my single film DVDs again, nothing else. But Sunday morning has been such a perfect time to watch a film and then expound upon it that, a long time ago, I decided there would be a Film 2019 to follow it.
At first, this was just going to be a progression to my Box Sets, but I haven’t stopped acquiring DVDs through eBay this year, and I now have fifteen of them, several of which I’ve never played, which I’ve held back to enjoy.
So for the first three or so months of 2019, we’ll be following the old format (and if I buy any more DVDs in that time, we’ll extend the process). But once I’m done with these, I’ll be turning to the box sets in accordance with the original plan. Given that these include three Lord of the Rings and three Hobbit films, an eleven disc box-set of Powell & Pressburger, four Humphrey Bogarts, and two linked French films, and that’s just the ones I can remember off the top of my head, that should get me through deep into the autumn. Although I may try to wriggle out of the third and fourth films in the Superman box-set because there are minimal standards of taste and decency. And then we’ll see.
Besides, in the week that the BBC have cancelled their long-running Film review programme, the one I stoll the title from, it seems more pertinent than ever.
So next Sunday, we start the new season. I’m looking forward to it. Are you?