Theme of the Month: I Am Love
Star of the Month: Tilda Swinton
When Kylie Jenner prophesized last year that 2016 would be the year of “realizing things,” most
people, at least at first, mocked her for the apparent incoherence of her statement. The video, around a minute and part of what her YouTube channel labeled “Kylie’s World,” seemed to showcase the classic dizziness that comes along with beautiful persons that are essentially famous for being famous. But in the months following the video’s making, mockery suddenly transformed into awe after Donald Trump’s presidency somehow happened and after indelible public figures aplenty suddenly started dropping dead. Could it be possible that this plastic-at-eighteen subcategory of the Kardashian dynasty might potentially be a clairvoyant of some kind? I’m no fan of the big-lipped “superstar,” but, as someone who did, in fact, realize a lot of things in the last three hundred sixty-five days, I’m anxiously awaiting her announcement as to what the year of 2017 will be.
Hopefully it’s the year of new beginnings and of new discoveries, but since 2016 was prone to killing off cultural icons and
showing us that the not-so-blessed US of A is politically stuck in 1943, who knows if 2017 will end up being the attractive new kid in town we’re all crossing our fingers it could be or time and space’s equivalent of Miley Stewart’s evil twin, LuAnn.
As mentioned in my last editor’s letter, 2016 was still a pretty good one in terms of my personal and professional life. So I’m hoping that in the months following that I’ll make strides in my day to day existence and in my maneuvering of my occupational future. I’m feeling bolder, more ambitious than ever: I’m ready to take more chances and relish more opportunities standing directly in my line of sight.
In planning for what I wanted the Star of the Month and the Theme of the Month to be for January, I was
temporarily hit with a sort of dry spell as to what I wanted to do. Did I want it to be a catch up month wherein I primarily focused on watching all the movies of 2016 that I didn’t get to experience before December said goodbye? Did I want to attempt to keep things thematically similar to the latter month’s Cloak & Dagger aesthetic since I didn’t get to explore it as fully?
After watching I Am Love (2010), Luca Guadagnino’s brash, grandiose melodrama starring Tilda Swinton, I came to the conclusion that I want January to be a month of audacity and of broad strokes, of great, doomed romances and of sweeping theatricality. Since I’m personally so amped up for the year to come, why not watch movies that circle around stories and characters that are similarly ardent?
In tribute to the movie that inspired such feelings, January’s theme is I Am Love, which makes for a statement so brazen that perhaps nothing can convey my excitement toward the new year as well as it can. And because its leading lady, the inimitable Swinton, is someone I’ve admired since I first saw her in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005) as a youngster, it only makes sense to sit through the utmost highlights of her filmography, considering just how much the disparate nature of her body of work gives action to the pushing out of my comfort zone I so zealously visualize in my imagination (but am certain will only make way little by little).
Of course, a lot of time will be spent attempting to see all the films released last year that somehow slipped from my grasp during theatrical release. And so, like in the case of December, there’s a chance of those aspirations overshadowing the month’s overall goal. No matter: January is going to be filled with recommendation of features you’ll certainly want to put at the top of your Netflix queue. Happy watching and happy reading!