Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January Favorites

I have always wanted to do a «monthly favorites» type of post on this blog, but I kept putting it off some reason or the other until now. I will be doing one of these every month and I will included literally everything that I have loved or that has made me happy throughout that month, be it a film, a song, a book, a TV show or even food or a item of clothing. These are my January favorites.

Favorite film: Call Me By Your Name (2017)
I actually watched this film at the end on December last year, but it has stayed with me all throughout January. I always go back to watch my favorite scenes and every time I am amazed at how incredibly good it is. Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer are phenomenal actors and they have the most beautiful chemistry, both on and off-screen. They actually made be believe that they were genuinely in love with each other. If you have not seen this film, I strongly recommend you do. Elio and Oliver's story is the perfect confirmation that love is love, regardless of gender or age or anything else.

Favorite actor: Timothée Chalamet
I had never heard of Timothée Chalamet until I watched Call Me By Your Name, but by the end of the film I had fallen completely and irrevocably in love with him. He is extraordinarily talented and he shows a kind of confidence in front of the camera that goes beyond his years. It is like he means every single words he says, regardless of what character he is playing. Not to mention the fact that he is incredibly intelligent and well-spoken. And he is fluent in French! AND he plays the piano! Seriously, what more can you want? As I have said before, if Timmy is any indication of what the future of Hollywood is going to be like, then we have a lot to look forward to. 2017 was the year of Timothée Chalamet, so let 2018 be the year when they give the Oscar to someone who actually deserves it.

Favorite TV show: Babylon Berlin
For those who have never heard of Babylon Berlin, this is a German series set in the late 1920s and follows a young police inspector named Gereon Rath, played by Volker Bruch (one of my favorite German actors). Gereon is transferred from Cologne to Berlin to solve a criminal case involving a pornography ring and soons finds himself entangled in a web of corruption, drug dealing and weapons trafficking. It is the perfect combination of crime, history and sex. It is gritty, historically accurate and it has this film noir-ish kind of atmosphere that I absolutely love. If you are into period dramas, European productions and modern film noir, then I suggest you give Babylon Berlin a try.

Favorite song: «First Time He Kissed a Boy» by Kadie Elder
I first heard this song on a Isak and Even (from the Norwegian series Skam) fanvideo on YouTube and I immediately loved it. It is such a catchy tune! I have listened to it many times every day ever since I discovered it. I have not listened to anything else by Kadie Elder, but this song is just fabulous.

Favorite band: Walk the Moon
I fell in love with Walk the Moon after I heard their song «Shut Up and Dance» (which is one of my personal favorites) and in January I fell in love with them all over again, specially in the week or so. I have been listening to their last two albums pretty much non-stop. I just absolutely love their sound.

Favorite random item: These plimsolls by Stradivarius
I have not worn sneakers for years, but as soon as I saw these ones in Stradivarius I had to get them. I absolutely love them and they look good with everything. I particularly like to wear them with cropped skinny jeans and swearshirts. I have another pair in dark red velvet and they look just as good. They have new colors in stock, so I think I have to go back to the store really soon and get a few more pairs.

And that is it. These are the things I have loved the most throughout January.
What about you? Was there anything in particular that you loved this month?

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