‘Tis the season for some lists...
My favourite 10 films of 2019
For Sama (pictured above)
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
And Then We Danced
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Queen of Hearts
And 25 others I loved, in alphabetical order:
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Dolemite Is My Name
The Last Tree
Patrick (the naked one, not the dog one)
The Peanut Butter Falcon
Sound of Metal
A White, White Day
Still haven’t seen: Uncut Gems, 1917, The Lighthouse, Pain & Glory, Ad Astra, Waves...
A few 2019 cinema releases like Border, The Favourite, In Fabric, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Woman at War were on my 2018 list which you can find here
Head and shoulders above the rest:
Fleabag season 2
And then some other favourites, a mix of highbrow and lowbrow such as myself:
The Dog House
The Good Doctor
Line of Duty
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
This Is Us
This Way Up
and of course the jawdropping car crash that was Prince Andrew on Newsnight
Favourite music is over here on two playlists.
Favourite meals: scallops followed by Fish and chips at Gasta on the Isle of Skye; the steak, octopus and mushrooms (not all mixed together) at Zelai Txiki in San Sebastian; the fish buffet at Messinn Granda in Reykjavik; the pork croquettes at The Mason’s Arms in Oxfordshire; thali at Chilli Pickle in Brighton; cardamom hot chocolate at Soderberg in London, and BBQ and hushpuppies at Woodlands (Blowing Rock, NC).
New places: Isle of Skye, New Forest, Luxembourg
Favourite book: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (published a few years ago but I finally read it and it sticks with me)
Firsts for me this year: wrote a book that wasn’t about drinking; drove on the other side of the road (if all goes well, a license to follow in 2020); went to a gong bath (relaxing); went to a gin tasting; was finally granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK (not relaxing...and bloody expensive especially considering it means I live in Tory Brexitland and I still can’t vote here)
Hopes for 2020
More kindness, less crankiness, more nature, less overworking, more sleeping, less insomnia, more walking, less plantar fasciitis, more reading, less scrolling on social media. More dogs, more dancing, more stretching, more vegetables, more adventures and also more doing nothing.