Movies I Watched and Books I Finished in January 2023

As a writer, watching movies and shows and reading books almost surpass hobbies. They’re crucial as a breather from making my own content, and they can serve as both entertainment and inspiration. I find movies to watch by spotting aesthetically pleasing pictures of scenes on Pinterest, Instagram movie recommendations, and careful streaming-scrolling. It’s very hard work.

From horror to romance to sci-fi to classic 50’s and 80’s cinema to the corniest 90’s and early 2000’s media ever made, January was full of variety. The ones I truly loved and recommend have hearts ” ❤ ” by them.

With that, here are all the new pieces of media I consumed last month in the order I watched them!


  • Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  • Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown ❤
  • Lavender and Old Lace by Myrtle Reed

Movies and Shows

  • Room with a View ❤
  • Wednesday
  • Princess: A Modern Fairytale
  • In the Mood for Love ❤
  • Pretty in Pink ❤
  • Sissi (1955) ❤ ❤ ❤
  • 500 Days of Summer
  • Orphan (Made me cry from terror, maybe that counts as a recommendation?)
  • Terms of Endearment
  • First Wives Club
  • Sierra Burgess is a Loser
  • Ex Machina (The Things I Watch for Oscar Isaac…)
  • Someone Like You
  • M3GAN
  • Peter Pan (1953) ❤
  • Flavors of Youth
  • Toni Morrison: Pieces I am Documentary ❤ (My Welcome Back to Campus Movie!)
  • Maid in Manhattan
  • Picture Perfect
  • Sixteen Candles ❤ (has some highly questionable lines about sexual violence though)
  • Lucas
  • The Bear ❤
  • Pick-Up Artist
  • Sommersby
  • Age of Innocence ❤
  • Julia and Julia {Technically I watched this when it first came out, but that was 14 years ago! I can confirm that love it as much now as I did then.) ❤
  • A Summer Place (1959)

My Favorite Quote (Sissi, 1955)

“If you’re ever worried or upset in life, go through the woods like this with open eyes. And in every tree, in every shrub, in every flower, and in every creature, the almighty God will reveal himself to you and give you solace and strength.”

My Favorite Princess Movie, Sissi

My Favorite Monologue (A Summer Place, 1959)

I don’t know why this is so impactful for me, but I’ll never forget his words in this scene. ‘How many outlets of hate do you have? What’s your plan, to cut humanity out?’

My Favorite Character ( The Bear, 2022)

Jeremy Allen White as Carmy, 100/10!

My Favorite Theme (In the Mood for Love, 2000)

A Beautiful Movie I’ll Watch Again and Again

Movies I watched at the end of 2022 (like The Godfather, Bambi, and Blade Runner 2049) were not included on the list. Movies I gave up on (Eraserhead) and movies I wanted to watch but shuttered at their IMDB guide because I’ve become too fragile (Blue Velvet, Working Girls, Under the Skin) were also not included.

There’s still so much to see! I love content, and making these lists are helpful for me to remember what I’ve actually watched. I found I love oldie Disney movies (especially princess movies) and early Hollywood, innocent and beautiful stories with delicate romance, and just a splash of darkness here and there for some spice.

What all did you watch and read last month? Did you enjoy any of these movies and shows? Any recommendations? Please let me know!



12 Comments Add yours

  1. Belladonna says:

    You are definitely my child!!!

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    1. Momma, I love your support! 🤗💖😍

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      1. Belladonna says:


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    2. sammicakes says:

      we love our movies, all the genres 🤩

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  2. I love your level of discipline! 😍 You certainly consumed a lot of media and books last month! Bravo! 👏🏼🙌🏼👏🏼

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    1. sammicakes says:

      why thank you 😋 it’s much more fun than just scrolling on instagram!

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      1. Oh sweetie, I know just what you mean. Have a FANtabulous week. Be safe out there! 🤗💖😘


  3. judeitakali says:

    Nice choices, I think. Just kiddin. I’ve watched a few of those and some on your list might deserve a heart from me.

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    1. sammicakes says:

      Ooo, which ones have you watched and enjoyed?


  4. This post popped up in my Reader, and I’m so glad I checked it out. 🙂 It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who likes to try out an eclectic mix of movies and books that are new to me and keep a record of / share my thoughts on what I enjoyed. (You’ve inspired me to keep a look out for some of these titles, too.) We may be kindred spirits. 🙂

    Of the films you highlighted that I haven’t seen yet, Sissi definitely caught my attention, since it got three hearts (and that quote is lovely, too! ❤️), but I was surprised to find it’s a German-language film. Did you watch it with subtitles or dubbed in English? Or do you happen to speak German?

    A Summer Place was available to me for the longest time, and after watching that video, I bummed I didn’t get around to it before it expired. :/ That scene was powerful – though I must admit to getting a little distracted by Richard Egan and all his gorgeousness. 😉 (And I love that he helped his wife out when that door didn’t fully slam like she intended! 😀)

    As for recommendations, I’ve got plenty on my blog, The Classic Film Connection, if you’d like to take a look. I’d love for you to visit! 🙂

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    1. sammicakes says:

      I am so glad my post popped up for you! I’m excited to take a look at your blog too.

      Sissi is a beautiful and funny movie, I absolutely adored it. I watched the movie in its original German and read the English subtitles. I wish I knew how to speak German, lol! And hopefully you’ll be able to access A Summer Place again, as it just expired for me on Hulu. That little detail where Egan closes the door is so hilarious, it seems to add to his point of his wife being a mess!

      Thank you for this lovely comment, kindred spirit–I’m so excited to take at your blog! ❤ ❤

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