Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - The Boss (2016)

You know what I'm getting bored of? Watching Melissa McCarthy movies and cringing. As a huge Gilmore Girls fan I've loved her from way before Bridesmaids propelled her into the big time. She's an adorable, funny, intelligent and beautiful performer. It's just a shame she never gets the chance/gives herself the chance to show it. To be fair, she has surprised me with the likes of The Heat, which I found funnier than I thought I would. However, for every jewel in the crown there are at least 3 stones with massive flaws. Unlike most of the internet, I'm still hopeful about Ghostbusters and have faith that McCarthy will one day get the roles she deserves. Until then I'm stuck watching shit like The Boss.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

Before I get on with my latest rundown I have a bit of an announcement. As of tomorrow, I'll be forgoing my usual Monday post for about a month. Now before you all start bemoaning the loss of such a popular, well written and thought provoking segment (cough cough), this isn't down to laziness. In order to kick start my future career I am about to start an online course in digital marketing. In order to get the most out of the course and attend the lectures I want to take a bit of pressure of in regards to the blog. Don't worry though, I'll be back soon with more petty annoyances and crazy rants soon. Now, on with out scheduled broadcast.

I nearly made it through the week without buying any books but bloody Penguin had to go and do it again. On May 26th PRH released their new Pocket Penguins and they're fucking gorgeous. I could easily have bought them all but I resisted and only purchased 2 so far. No doubt I'll get the set but I'll hopefully have the self-control to be able to stop myself doing it all in one go. Seriously though, these things are bloody beautiful. The colours and the embrace of the traditional design are just amazing and the size is ideal. Penguin have a history of creating books that looked good and, most importantly, were great to read. I've always loved the publishers and why so many of their books line my shelves. Probably unread. They're so striking and good to look at. I doubt I'll ever be able to resist a Penguin.A fact that is hell on my bank balance.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

TBT - The Princess Bride (1987)

This week I bought something that I have wanted to own for a fucking age but didn't let myself get. In finally embraced my love of The Princess Bride and bought my very own "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya" t-shirt. I don't even have it yet but it's already one of the greatest things I've ever owned. I think I was inspired by the title of my Tuesday review because it's the only thing that comes into my head whenever I see those bloody "Hello, my name is" stickers. Consequently, I've also spent the last few days starting imaginary duels with anyone who crossed my this week. "You ate the last biscuit, prepare to die." "You're walking too slowly, prepare to die." "You cut in front of my in a queue, prepare to die." That kind of thing. So I absolutely had to watch Rob Reiner's film adaptation to try and get over my current obsession. Plus, my impression of Inigo could do with some work.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

At the moment I'm being really bad at checking out small indie films because I'm so busy. I used to stay pretty up-to-date with film news but I'm lacking a bit of motivation as far as that's concerned these days. So the only movies I really know anything about these days are the big ones. By which I mean comic book films. It's starting to feel as though I only watch films in or related to the MCU. Something that I don't have a major problem with but the only time I really get my fix of, for lack of a better term, "proper" films is over awards season. Turns out my viewing habits are, like my reading habits, pretty lazy. So I've started trawling the internet for inspiration when it comes to my Tuesday reviews. Trying to find films that I would otherwise have missed completely. Sometimes this is a hugely unsuccessful venture and it's a huge disappointment and I regret wasting my time. Then there are the rare gems that end up being much better than I thought. Today's review is, thankfully, of a more positive bent. After all, any time I get to watch Sally Field at work is going to be worthwhile.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Monday Mini Rant - To watch the MCU is to court death... well not really.

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that I ignored by usual Monday night post last week. I had intended to upload something but a quick meet up with a friend turned into something bigger. Having intended to write something once I got back home, I ended up stumbling in just before midnight prior to a 7 am start at work. So I wasn't exactly in a good position to write anything. Plus, the one thing I had wanted to rant about revolved around my thoughts post-Civil War. As I didn't post my review of that until Tuesday it wouldn't really have been appropriate to rant about it beforehand. So, to make the best of a bad situation I'm here now to post that rant a week later. Beware though, this is spoiler-tastic.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Sunday Rundown - That's What She Read

After a few weeks of being so good about not buying books I've completely lost my resolve this week. I spent time on Amazon tracking down cheap second-hand books that I've wanted to read. I managed to get the list down from 10+ to four but it still feels like a bit of a fail. Something that isn't made easier by the fact that each week more of the books on my 'most anticipated of 2016' list are coming out which means more books to buy. It feels weirdly overwhelming. There is a massive price to pay for being a book lover. Until I become a millionaire and have both the funds and the time to indulge my passion I'll always have some feelings of guilt surrounding my book buying/reading habits. Still, there are worse things I could be doing with my time and money. Better not get too worried just yet.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

TBT - Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

If it wasn't for Iron Man 2 then I could safely say that Captain America is my least favourite film in the MCU. I'm not saying it's the worst but it's one of the ones I enjoyed the least. Prior to the hero's first outing under the Marvel films banner, he was a comic book character I cared very little about. I knew about his major stories but, as a British comic book fan, I always found the patriotism too much to handle. Plus, he's so fucking good and pure. It gets kind of boring you know. I like my heroes to be at least a little bit flawed and not so judgey. Then, of course, Winter Solider went and became one of the best Marvel movies of all time and I had to rethink my opinion on the whole thing. I'm not saying I'm completely head-over-heels about Cap but his trilogy of films is one of the best series of films Marvel has managed to create. So, with that in mind, I decided to rewatch the film that started everything off. Turns out I'd forgotten just how fucking creepy the CGI of tiny Steve actually is. I'm still having nightmares.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Captain America: Civil War (2016)

There was plenty of ridiculous drama that went into me finally getting to see the third film in the Captain America trilogy that I'm loathe to bring up. However, I have no other way to introduce my new topic so I'm going to retell the whole petty tale. I have a friend whom I love unconditionally but she's a huge fucking drama queen. She's recently got into a new relationship and is, obviously, all about spending her time with her new boyfriend. As such, she's difficult to tie down for cinema trips. I'd promised her I'd watch this film with her because her new man isn't much of a film lover and hates comic book movies. Problem is, she won't commit to a date because she doesn't know when he's free. Considering how desperate I was to see this film I got understandably annoyed about her unwillingness to pick a date. Not a problem you might think, I can go without her. Unfortunately, if she ever got wind of the fact that I was contemplating going with someone else then she'd start thinking I'd replaced her with someone else. You see, fucking drama! At 28 I really don't have time for that school playground bff bullshit so I'm incredibly unsympathetic about the whole thing. Which is exactly why I snuck off to the cinema with a mutual friend behind her back and why I'll never tell her I've seen it. I love my friends to the ends of the Earth but nobody keeps me from the MCU.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

Picking the right book has a massive impact on everything. Okay, that's incredibly melodramatic but this weeks selection has left me in a bit of a reading slump because I'm just not inspired. In fact, it's making me quite angry about how much lost potential there is. It makes me want to pick up a pen and write the book it should have been. As much as I don't want to look down on YA fiction I find that I just can't help it. It's obviously an age thing or a literature student thing. I've been reading great works of fiction for a long time now and I just find YA so childish. I admire anything that gets young people (and older I guess) reading but I just wish they didn't speaking down to their readers so much. Unless, YA now means anyone under the age of 10? Adding a few swears into a childish book does not making it more adult. It just changes it from a U certificate to a PG. Young people aren't idiots so can YA writers please give them some fucking credit? Surely they want what all readers want. Well written/developed characters. YA ignores depth in favour of plot twists and it's fucking stupid. But this is fast turning into a mini-rant so I'll leave it there.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

TBT - Extras Series 1 Episode 3 "Kate Winslet"

In my continual effort to never watch a new television show ever, I took to Netflix to watch Extras recently. It's been great to relive the series that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant created after The Office had become such a huge success. Extras was the potentially dangerous second album that just wouldn't live up to its predecessor. Thankfully it was a great follow up even if it lacked the edge that made The Office so great. Of course, re-watching any series always brings up the question of favourites. So I spent much of my time watching trying to decide which episode that I loved the most. I've always thought that Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and David Bowie were my favourite guest stars because they were all so fucking funny. Although, in terms of whole episode I don't think they all stand up as well as this one.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Special Correspondents (2016)

I've recently started watching Extras again on Netflix and have been loving the reminder of how amazingly funny Ricky Gervais is. The Office was a game changer in terms of British comedy and the first series of Derek was amazing despite the drama in the press. Gervais is a great comedic talent when he's using his skills in the right context. The Office and Extras were the same kind of cutting, I don't give a shit who I offend attitude that got him in trouble with The Golden Globes. It's not the same attitude he used when writing The Invention of Lying. When Gervais forces himself to so conventional Hollywood then it doesn't work. It lacks bite and originality. So I wasn't exactly looking forward to his Netflix original film and probably would have missed it. Until he went all fucking pompous about it and announced how good it was because he was doing it all himself. Now if you make those kind of claims then you have no where to hide.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Monday Mini Rant - Olivia Munn? More like Olivia Moan.

As we've discussed on this blog many times before, I'm a massive fan of all things X-Men. So it worries me how few fucks I give about X-Men: Apocalypse. I mean I'm excited about Oscar Issacs as Apocalypse and I'm loving plaid Magneto from the trailer. However, there is very little about the trailers that are really making me want to rush to see it on its opening weekend. Something that I don't think I've experienced before in regards to one of the film adaptations. There's very little reason to this as everything I enjoyed about Days of Future Past is there and there is potential for greatness. It just doesn't seem very inspiring. And I'm not sure I'm on board with the whole 'pushing Mystique into the forefront because she's J Law' thing. Still, I'll see it and I'll still love the franchise. Cos if there's one thing I can get on board with it's mutants beating the shit out of each other.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

I so nearly got through this week without buying a single book but the Kindle store and Buzzfeed have coerced me again. It's been so hot recently that it's been perfect reading weather but I always find myself avoiding the sun. I'm one of those incredibly pale individuals who comes out in a rash and burns completely if anyone even mentions sunshine. If I'm going to be reading outside I'll be dressed like a Victorian and sitting under the biggest parasol I can find. Although, I love having an excuse to go outside for some Instagram opportunities. It gets a bit dull just working with the same background every time and shooting from above. Unfortunately, the heat has made me even lazier than usual and I've neglected my account for a few weeks. I'm trying to get back into it but I'm not feeling incredibly creative right now. Good to see that whatever happens elsewhere I'm always failing in at least one area of my blogging life.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

TBT - Hot Fuzz (2007)

So, the keen eyed amongst you will realise that last week I missed my TBT post for the first time in absolutely ages. The reason? I couldn't think of anything to write about and I didn't want to write anything shit just for the sake of it. This schedule has been really good for me in terms of planning and time keeping but there are times when the rigidity just doesn't give me any room to breathe. So I decided to skip a week. In fact, I've been pondering getting rid of the whole thing entirely. I mean who really wants to read my review of a film that has been out for so long that pretty much everyone has had their say about it? Especially whilst I desperately try and tie it into my other posts that week. So we'll see how long this goes on for. Until then I've actually got a topic for this week so I'll get on with it.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

TOP 10 WEN-SDAY - TOP TEN STAR WARS CHARACTERS

So it's Star Wars day again and I have another chance to discuss one of the greatest franchises in movie history. Last year I defended the prequels prior to the release of The Force Awakens. They aren't that bad, after all. It's just a shame that The Force Awakens was so good that it makes them seem worse now. Still, this year, May 4th has fallen on a Wednesday which mean it's time to write another top 10 list. This time my list of all time favourite characters. I'm not really a very original thinker so this is bound to be very reminiscent of most people's top 10. Had the newest film not royally fucked her character up, Captain Phasma would no doubt have been here. Of course, that was a massive let down. Although she has time to make the cut. As does Poe who would have been here had he had more screen time. I'd love to have included Mace Windu but I feel like I needed a reason beyond "he's fucking Samuel L Jackson and has a purple lightsabre". So I present to you, without further ado, my top 10 Star Wars characters.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Absolutely Anything (2015)

Simon Pegg has gotten a fair amount of hate on this blog over the years which is stupid considering how much I loved him back in the day. Spaced is and will always be one of my favourite shows growing up. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are still some of my most loved films. I have a lot of respect for the guy but he keeps making really shitty movies. It makes it hard to follow someone blindly through their career when it's full of so many duds. It all started with The Big Nothing which a friend and I saw after months of excitement. Upon leaving we decided it contained only three real gags and, after the credits rolled, we could only remember one of them. To be fair that one was pretty fucking funny. Killing a diabetic with a giant lollipop? Amazing. Still, it was enough for me to be wary. So now I see Simon Pegg's name on a cast list I tend to not have the immediate rush of excitement that I once had. The reason why it took me so long to finally watch this piece of shit.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Monday Mini Rant - Moony's meaningless murder

Bank holiday Monday was a bloody difficult day and I certainly haven't been the happiest bunny in the herd. So I could have plenty of stuff to rant about here but this isn't the place for my professional frustrations. For one thing, I don't really enjoy ranting about silly work things and, for another, nobody else wants to hear about it. It's also not incredibly good practice to anonymously moan about my employer on the internet. So, I'm returning to an old favourite. Something I've ranted about many a time but not for a good while.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

Today has been a horrible day at work. If I could avoid working a bank holiday weekend again then I would. So I'm in a bit of a rush to finish this as I'm supposed to be editing my future brother-in-law's personal statement for a job. I say editing: I've basically started rewriting it all. It's why nobody should ask me to read anything for them. I always assume I've got a better way with words than they do. The reading thing hasn't been going well this week as I've just bought a load of old games to play. Games have beaten literature in the battle for my spare time. Heavy Rain is an amazing story even if the game play is a little frustrating at times. Mirror's Edge is as great as I remember but I think I'm a shitter gamer now. I've fallen off so many buildings. Next on my list is Beyond Two Souls but I want to finish Heavy Rain first. I may be late to these parties but that doesn't mean I can't have a good time. If only I could also keep reading. I'm just so tired at the moment.

 
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