The start of a new year, January is often seen as a month of new resolutions and a time to sort your life out. Whether this happens or not is often down to an individual’s resolve but it’s a common theme for the first month of a year and a common theme running through this trio of films that make-up our ‘Best of the Month’ list.

From trying to make some cash as a freelance filmmaker to having sex for the first time since childbirth and getting your life back on track after your marriage goes off-the-rails, these three films are all about trying to make some changes in your life.

Comedy Nick Flügge


Chris Pond is a middle-of-the-road private detective who has a routine stakeout ruined by his sister, intent on fixing his life.

Dramedy Frankie Shaw


From Sundance winner to Golden Globe-nominated TV Series, a young single mother struggles to balance her old life of freedom with her new one as mom. It all comes to a head during one particular nap-time when Bridgette invites an old friend over for a visit.

Comedy Duncan Cowles

Taking Stock

Using his failed attempts at creating profitable stock footage, a filmmaker reflects on the absurd, mundane and funny side of being trapped inside your own head as an out of work, self-employed freelancer.

As a footnote – a personal favourite of mine from our featured films of January was Christopher Walken’s Coffee Shop – an improvised, animated short which sees the titular actor open-up his own coffee shop. I still laugh just thinking about this short.

Watch past Best of the Month Selections