Choosing a Valentine’s Day Movie: A Comprehensive Guide from Romantic, Horrific, to Totally Narcissistic

Me choosing a Valentine’s Day movie for you is like picking a chocolate out of one of those heart-shaped Russell-Stover boxes that’s missing its map. You just don’t know what you’re gonna get – or if it’s gonna make you barf.

I’ve put together a comprehensive list of the Valentine’s Day movies that I’d choose for myself any day of the year. It’s uniquely categorized; My definitions of love and romance are questionable at best. Proceed with caution.

And Happiest of Valentine’s Days to you and yours.

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Blog Update - August 30, 2016

Blog Update Summer 2016

Hello, end of Summer!

Where the hell did you come from?

It’s been a hot minute (last post was Women to Watch in August), and I think it’s as good a time as ever for a quick blog update. Where have we been? Where are we going? Frankly, we all could use some organization once in a while.

First, let’s recap the summer months.

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What To Watch: March Favorites | Everything I'm watching on Netflix, Amazon Prime, in the theatre - Everywhere! Current obsession: Happy Valley with Sarah Lancashire | Read it at onecriticalbitch.com

March Favorites

Is it April already?

March was full of sick days and unexpected down time. Terrible for doing work, wonderful for watching as much Netflix as possible, and therefore, providing you with a rather dense and rich list of March Favorites. You’re welcome.

Let’s dive right into it then.

 

March Favorites

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What To Watch: March Favorites | Everything I'm watching on Netflix, Amazon Prime, in the theatre - Everywhere! Current obsession: Happy Valley with Sarah Lancashire | Read it at onecriticalbitch.com

January Favorites

It’s already time for another round of favorites.

I find that terrifying. But also thrilling, because I get to give you another list of everything I’ve been indulging in this January (film and television related – mostly). Favorites this month do not disappoint, as I spent quite a bit of time on Netflix, thanks to a nice refresh on their content (it was getting so stale!), and discovered the benefits of a Hulu Plus subscription (Criterion! Criterion! Criterion!). Shall we, then?

January Favorites

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5 Alternative Holiday Movies to Watch This Season: From Westerns to Pee-Wee, here are some unexpected holiday features to watch this December. | onecriticalbitch.com

5 Alternative Holiday Movies To Watch This Season

It’s that time of year again – time for snow, hot chocolate, multi-colored lights, mittens, and snuggling on the couch watching holiday movies. Or, if you’re here on the east coast, it’s 65 degrees and balmy, and you’re going to need those holiday movies to get yourself feeling “in the spirit” at all.

My choices for holiday viewing are not necessarily standard. Now, I love the Home Alones and White Christmases as much as the rest of you, but I find that there are so many other seasonally appropriate films that get thrown by the way side – or perhaps you’ve forgotten just how many great little movies have a holiday setting.

So, for your benefit (and mostly mine, spreading the gospel of alternative seasonal selections), I’ve collected a list of my absolute favorite holiday movies. For the full list, visit me on Letterbox’d (I’m loving this site!), where I keep a full collection of my favorites (and I’ll keep adding as I think of them). But without further ado, here is:

OneCriticalBitch’s Alternative Holiday Movies for Seasonal Viewing

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What To Watch: My December Favorites

Who doesn’t like a favorites list to round out their month?

Frankly, this is a little (a lot) self-indulgent, but don’t lie – your favorite YouTube and blog series are hauls, round-ups, and monthly favorites, aren’t they?

If you’re not hip to these things (you might be an old person…) maybe you can look at this like Time’s Person-of-the-Year (as if any of you still read Time), except of the month, and including whatever bit of David Cronenberg body horror I’m currently obsessed with. Favorites like that.

So here it is –

The What-To-Watch List:

December Favorites

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Jessica Jones 

If you are not watching this show, you are dead to me. If you are not watching this show, you are not only missing out on a cultural phenomenon – real, honest-to-goodness feminism from Marvel and mainstream television – but also tremendous writing, acting, and storytelling, period. I will save my ramblings about Kristen Ritter’s range, David Tennant’s return to the Doctor-Who (but EVIL!) personality-type, and the richly layered relationships between women, both friends and lovers, for a longer, dedicated post. But this Netflix show has dominated my December evenings, and it isn’t even the least bit a guilty pleasure. It’s genuinely great and totally deserving of spot number one in the favorites.

Dark Star: The World of H.R. Giger

If you like Alien, this is a must watch (Giger is the artist and production designer). If you have no idea whether you even care about Alien, but you care about art, this is a safe bet. I have a real craving for these documentaries where filmmakers get to comb through the homes of artists – Giger doesn’t disappoint because he is most certainly a hoarder, but a hoarder of beautiful things of his own creation. Very weird; in German and English with subtitles that occasionally pop-up in weird places (watch it, you’ll understand).

Also:

  • Master of None – Funny, poignant, honest.
  • Chef’s Table – Food porn, but with Chef-worship.
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson is lovely, this is twee as can be, I’m into it.

On Amazon Prime:

Hannibal, Season 1

We recently acquired an Amazon Prime Video subscription (thanks, Parents!), and even with a zillion new things to watch, I immediately jumped at the chance to re-watch this series from the beginning. My boyfriend has not been witness to my obsession, so it is his first time through (and I get a serious amount of satisfaction watching him enjoy it – weird?). I must say, I am a chronic re-watcher – if I like something, it’s going to be viewed again (and again) – but this is truly one of those shows requiring a second time around. Knowing the ending (season 3 just finished up on NBC), Season one, Episode one feels so much more alive, purposeful, and full of meaning. On the first watch, the show was mysterious, shocking, full of twists. The second time, it is telling, carefully planned, beautifully thought out. Nice to know that screenwriters in television are capable of piecing together a puzzle this intricate (especially for those of us seriously disappointed by the lack of planning apparent in Lost). Highly recommend this Bryan Fuller masterpiece, be it your first time, or your triumphant return.

And, finally,

On Good Ol’ DVD:

The Brood

I couldn’t shut up about Cronenberg back in October, and I’m not going to do it now. This Criterion Collection edition of The Brood released this past October. It’s an early Cronenberg, releasing in 1979, but it’s already deep in the crazy, mutant, grossly human body horror. Oliver Reed plays one sick psychiatrist, and Samantha Eggar a very special Mother. For all the Freud fans out there, this one’s for you. Find it for 20% off NOW on their site (also Moonrise Kingdom and the entire Criterion library) through December 11th.

*I haven’t gotten around to the theater yet this month – saving up all my movie-going for the Christmas releases. What are you looking forward to seeing in the next couple weeks? What were your December favorites? Leave all suggestions, recommendations, personal vendettas in the comments, please!

I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas: The Holiday Horror Gift List | From movies to home decor, this is the ultimate wishlist for the horror lover in your life this holiday | onecriticalbitch.com

I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas: Holiday Gifts for Horror Lovers

I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas: The Holiday Horror Gift List | From movies to home decor, this is the ultimate wishlist for the horror lover in your life this holiday | onecriticalbitch.com

It’s that time of year, again; when your email is flooded with promotional emails, lifestyle blogs devote their posts to hauls and best-of’s, and all you want to do is throw Gremlins on the tv and pretend it’s Halloween all over again (just me?). But seriously – what holiday gifts do you get for someone like you?

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