Looking Ahead

As anyone who knows me can attest to, I LOVE movies. I know more about random movies that I've never even seen than I do about important things like stain removal & car insurance, but to me, that is an acceptable trade-off. 

Unfortunately, going to the cinema is incredibly expensive here in Germany, especially when you want to see movies in the original English version. I have to drive to the nearest bigger city as well, so I don't go nearly as often as I would like. When I do, though, it's almost always worth it. 

In 2016, I went to the cinema just 10 times, and two of those were only possible because I was visiting my parents where it was a lot cheaper. Technically, I only saw 9 movies, because I watched Captain America: Civil War twice. Which probably also makes it easy to guess what movie was my favorite this year ;) The other films I went to see are:

- Star Wars: Awakening
- Zootopia
- Mother's Day (terrible)
- Angry Birds
- Star Trek: Beyond
- Finding Dory
- Dr. Strange (underwhelmed)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

What I love most about that list? Except for Mother's Day (a lovely day out, but only happened because I was visiting my parents), it's basically animated movies for children on the one hand, and massive explosion-filled blockbusters on the other hand. Which pretty much sums me up neatly. 

As Roger Ebert said:

I firmly believe this to be true. If someone is really into horror movies and high-brow French dramas, we probably won't be a good fit. The person I fall in love with will think it's adorable how excited I get about movies that make up for their lack of story with an abundance of fights & screeching tires, and will indulge my love of adorable animated creatures, princesses & fairytales. 

Until he shows up, I will continue to go to the cinema on my own, and it will remain one of my favorite things to do. But I digress.

As part of my endeavor to spend more time journaling this year, I was trying to think of a way to bring my year to a close. My goal was to have something that would tie up 2016 nicely, but also allow me to daydream about the year ahead.

What I came up with is a simple template divided into two parts: Looking Back and Looking Ahead. I like having the two side-by-side because it makes it easier for me to visualize what I want the new year to look like.

On the "Looking Back" side, you will find some questions prompting you to look at both the highlights & low points of the year (equally important, I think), what lessons you learned, and what you really enjoyed. For me, that includes the places I traveled and the movies I managed to see in the theater.

If you don't love movies as much as I do, you can simply change that question to something that means a lot to you, like your favorite books, biggest adventures, or most memorable meals of 2016. 

On the "Looking Ahead" side, I've accumulated questions that will help you lay the foundation for your 2017 resolutions, or, if you're not into that, will set a tone for your upcoming year. Even if you don't like setting specific goals, I believe it's important to think about what you want a year to feel like & be focused on.

Again, movies are included in the list of questions - more specifically, the movies I'm looking forward to next year. In case you're wondering, my most-anticipated films of 2017 are Fast 8, Logan, John Wick 2, Beauty & the Beast, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. 

Movies or no, I hope this collection of questions is helpful for you in recapping your year & planning for the new one that's just around the corner!

You can download the template here: 2016 in Review & Looking Ahead to 2017

What were your favorite movies this year?