Looking at my logbook, I noticed that I recently had a string of four starred books or movies in a row, the longest streak yet. (It would have been five in a row had I seen Brooklyn before Love & Mercy, which I liked a lot but not star-liked.)
|749||Typewriter Revolution, The||Richard Polt||book||2015||☆||2015||Dec|
|748||Tangerine||Sean S. Baker||film||2015||☆||2015||Dec|
|746||Winter: Notes from Montana||Rick Bass||book||1991||☆||2015||Dec|
That’s only the second time that’s happened since I started keeping track in 2010. The other was in December 2010:
|208||Social Network, The||David Fincher||film||2010||☆||2010||Dec|
|207||True Grit||Joel and Ethan Coen||film||2010||☆||2010||Dec|
|206||Fighter, The||David O. Russell||film||2010||☆||2010||Dec|
|205||Black Swan||Darren Aronofsky||film||2010||☆||2010||Dec|
All four of those films from 2010 made my best-of list that year, and yet I haven’t rewatched any of them besides The Social Network, so I couldn’t say whether they would still remain on my Best of 2010 list if I were to make a new one these five years later. Likewise, Creed and The Typewriter Revolution will make my 2015 lists (with Tangerine just missing the cut), but time will tell if they’ll stay there.
My criteria for earning a star are as diverse as the logbook itself, but my basic interpretation is whether that book or film could end up on my best-of list from whichever year it was made. So both of these streaks could be considered flukes given the inherent subjectivity of star-giving. On the other hand, that both occurred in December makes sense given the abundance of higher quality films in the thick of Oscar season.
With its mix of books and movies, old and new, the 2015 streak seems more unlikely—a conglomeration of providence and serendipity. I’m sure if I were to reread and rematch every movie and book on my list some would lose stars and some would gain them, so I won’t put too much stock in what’s essentially an anomaly. But that’s why I’m glad I started this logging practice: to document a fairly large part of my life, and to catch my first impressions and see how they fare in retrospect.
Still, I found it interesting enough to write a post about, so I have that going for me, which is nice.