Sunday, 31 July 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

I can't believe how little I've done today. I've basically napped and ate. That's it. This is why I'm doing so badly with reading. I just hunker down in front of Netflix for the day and do nothing with my time. Still, I'm determined to finish this book soon and only have a few more chapters left. I may even finish it tonight but, considering how awful things have been going recently, I have my doubts. However, all is looking good for my being able to share a new Currently Reading book with you all next week. Won't that be fun.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

TBT - Ghostbusters 2 (1989)

Since watching it for the first time on Sunday, I've discussed the new Ghostbusters film nonstop with people. I know I seemed critical in my own review of it but I did like it. I've seen it again since and it's grown on me. I still think my new found lady love is a major reason for this but I still maintain that it deserves a sequel to give it a real shot. I'm clearly not the only one that thinks so because the consensus of film critics is, for the most part, mainly positive. Of course, nobody is fucking raving about it but everyone admits it doesn't deserve the backlash it received online. Try telling that to the so-called fans, though. They are still holding strong with their hatred of the whole thing and it's fucking boring. I really don't know why people got so sensitive this film. I mean, way before the internet started going apeshit about how much Paul Feig and co. had ruined the Ghostbusters franchise another film got there first. Let's all be honest, if we're looking for a film that shamelessly cashed in on the success of the original film then we need only look to the sequel that came 5 years later. Whatever you may have thought about the 2016 reboot we all have to agree that it had more potential than the sequel that was nothing more than an awful rewriting of the first film.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Ghostbusters (2016)

It's fair to say that the Ghostbusters reboot has had a lot to contend with before its release this month. As you may remember from way back in March I have been defending this film from people who dismissed it immediately. I wanted to see this film from the minute I saw the first trailer. It looked fun and I wasn't melodramatic enough to believe that it was going to destroy the original just by existing. Although I can't exactly describe what I was expecting to feel when I left the cinema but I certainly didn't expect to end up having to question my sexuality solely thanks to Kate McKinnon. I mean I knew I loved the character from the trailers alone but that action sequence got me a little more hot and bothered than I would have thought. Holtzman is my everything at the moment. But getting away from my new found love/obsession for a moment, because it's the healthy thing to do, I have to be honest that I didn't come out of the film as happy as I assured the doubters that I would be.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

I promised myself that I wouldn't be late to bed tonight because I'm working at 7 tomorrow. I always let myself get too distracted the night before an early and end up having to survive on 4/5 hours sleep. As you can tell by the fact that I'm writing this at 23:30 that I'm not doing very well. An unexpected trip down memory lane royally fucked up my plans for the evening and I'm desperately trying to catch-up. My father brought a load of old photos home from my Grandfather's house and we spent a good chunk of the night going through them. Thankfully, there weren't too many examples of my many fashion disasters so I didn't have to be too mortified. Still, there's more than enough of them around my parent's house that I'll have that joy to come one day.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

TBT - Submarine (2011)

Writing this now, it seems weird that there was a time when Richard Ayoade was just that weird yet hilarious bloke from Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, The Mighty Boosh, Nathan Barley and The IT Crowd. Yes, he was a comedic force to be reckoned with but it wasn't until the release of his directorial debut that we all realised how much filmic potential lay underneath the surface. Submarine was the film that had film critics all over the world proclaiming that Ayoade was destined to be the next big thing in British cinema. It was also the only film I was thinking about after watching The Fundamentals of Caring recently. That's the great thing about this TBT feature; whenever I can a hankering to revisit an old favourite I can do it with the excuse of writing a post. If this means I get to feel less guilty about hanging out watching a film I love and listening to nothing but Alex Turner for the next few weeks then it's an added bonus.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - The Fundamentals of Caring

Today has been super fucking hot and I can't really concentrate. The only thing I want to do is lie down in a bath full of ice and just sleep until British Summer is over... so about 2 days. Still, I have a deadline looming so I'm here in front of a fucking hot laptop feeling super gross. It's days like this that I really start to resent my shitty job. Working in a catering isn't really my passion at the best of times but on days where I'm in a sweltering kitchen that I don't want to be in I find it even harder to feel positive about everything. Seriously. it's not until you get changed after a sweaty day at work and try and squeeze into a pair of super skinny jeans that you realise how fucking shitty it is to cook for a living. But I've always been something of a drama queen and the only thing that gets me angrier than heat is hunger.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

What a week it's been. Well, thanks to last weeks fuck up it's actually only been 6 days but at least I'm not dwelling on it. I, like so many people out there, have spent the last few days trying to live out a fantasy I've had ever since I was a kid with a Gameboy. Yes, I've downloaded PokemonGo. To be honest, I'm not that into it but I do enjoy the catching pokemon aspect of the game. I can't really say that I give much of a shit about all that fighting, team and gym nonsense. I really just want to catch them all. As I was saying to a coworker the other day, I'd love if the App was more like the Zombie run thing where it was nothing more than a fitness thing encouraging you to exercise with the reward of catching Pokemon. I'll probably dip in and out of it until I get bored of it. Until I lose the excitement of seeing a rattata appear in, sort of, real life. The child in me is still strong enough to get a kick out of that.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

TBT - Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

I wasn't sure what to think about Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. I had such a nostalgic love of the television series that I didn't want it spoilt by some misguided attempt to milk it for all it was worth. That's the problem with nostalgia. It really fucks up the future because nothing will ever be as good as it was the first time. I loved my childhood but I'm not one of those people who continually feels the need to revisit it. Quite frankly, it was more embarrassing than idyllic and I can't go through that again. I guess I'm one of those people that believes the past is in the past. It's why I'm the worst kind of Harry Potter fan. I'll always love the books but I'll probably not read them over and over again until the day I die. I don't need to read them again to relive them or the feeling I had when I first read them. To be honest, I just don't trust nostalgia, which is why I normally try to avoid big movie comebacks of things I loved when I was younger. However, I have the joy and the misfortune to be friends with people who continue to force me to face my fears.


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Tuesday's Reviews: Absolutely Fabulous the movie (2016)

Absolutely Fabulous came onto Netflix recently and I delighted in rewatching every episode. I have been a fan of Jennifer Saunders and the show for years but don't remember when I started watching it. I mean I was definitely too young but, considering I was 4 when it first started, I must have missed a few of the early series. What I do remember was that I fucking loved it. It was silly, over-the-top and full of great comedy performers. So it's safe to say that I was excited about the prospect of it coming to the big screen. Although, with any situation like this there will always be some sort of trepidation. I mean the last episodes were broadcast in 2012 and people have all moved onto other things. It's been a long time since Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley have been in the roles of Eddie and Patsy so you have to ask how it was likely to go. Also, how necessary was it after all this time? Will it be a good legacy to the show or will it just be an embarrassing throwback?

Monday, 11 July 2016

MONDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

So it's time to apologise. Yesterday I failed to get my weekly rundown out and I honestly have no idea how. I remembered at about 1am when I was lying in bed and I really didn't fancy getting back up to do it. For the first time since I implemented my new system I have failed to get a post up in time. It's not even as if it was a busy day yesterday. Saturday I was in York all day for my sister's hen do but Sunday I was lazing around all day. I'm such a fucking failure. Still, I can get it out now and hope the one day delay has just made people more desperate to find out what I'm reading this week. I mean it's highly doubtful but I can always pretend. After all, if I go too far down the road  of how many people may actually read this then I'll probably stop ever getting posts out on time.

Friday, 8 July 2016

RANTING ABOUT GAME OF THRONES: A WEEK OF IRK AND IRE - Zom-be serious for a second. What the fuck are the White Walkers doing?

So this is will most likely be my final post in my week of Irk and Ire. It's my sister's hen do thing tomorrow so I won't get much time for writing. However, I think 5 posts of petty ranting seems like plenty. There's obviously still more I can say; I mean I've barely started to scratch the surface when it comes to Dany's unsuitability to rule Westeros. However, the season has been over for a while now and we've got a long wait until the next one. Especially now that Winter is here and the creators have to wait for suitable weather to film in. What I will say, as a final thought, is that no matter what I may make it sound I love this show more than anything I've watched and I love the books just as much. I know there's a lot of things the show has got rid of that I was angry about but, honestly, when the show is this good I don't fucking care. However, season 6 felt different to me. It felt rushed and everything felt all over the place. I know timelines don't have to match up but it seemed too unstructured. Maybe without the guidance of George's books the show is just too eager to get to where it wants to be. It's worrying in a way because the books are less about the journey and more about the characters. Now the show just seems bothered about getting dragons in the Seven Kingdoms. I hope things settle down next season or we risk Game of Thrones going down the same route as Lost and nobody wants that.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

RANTING ABOUT GAME OF THRONES: A WEEK OF IRK AND IRE - Cer-say what you want but she really fucking loves her kids

I'm a very petty person. I realise this is kind of a given considering I've just dedicated a week of my life to moaning about my favourite television show on the blog I write that very few people know exists. But there you have it, I'm really fucking petty. How did I come to this startling discovery? Recently on Facebook I saw a comment on a friends Game of Thrones related status that spelt the name "Cersei" incorrectly. It was something like "Cercey"and I honestly cringed at the sight of it. Now I don't know the guy who made the mistake but I was incredibly tempted to correct it for him. Which is fucking stupid. The only reason I know how to spell it is because I've read the books. It's not exactly a common name. It's also completely pointless because it's a fucking TV show. It's not as if I'm defending the person's honour because the person isn't real. It all comes down to me being a massive dick that likes proving people wrong.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Top Ten Wen-sday: A Week of Irk and Ire Special - Top 10 Most Boring Game of Thrones Moments

There can be no denying that Game of Thrones has been one of the most exciting and dramatic television shows around these days. However, that does not mean it isn't also guilty of being fucking boring at times. George RR Martin created an epic landscape in which to tell his tale which meant he created a lot of characters to get the job done. The fact that there are so many perspectives on offer means that there are times when people aren't really doing a great deal. Book readers will be familiar with the dull affair that is the entirety of book 4 where we essentially read about Cersei getting drunk and fucking as many of the men in King's Landing as possible. So, I decided as I'm already well into my week of Game of Thrones ranting, that I'd finally make it known which moments throughout the six seasons were the least entertaining.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Ranting about Game of Thrones: A Week of Irk and Ire - Ar-ya fucking kidding me with this plot?

Arya Stark has always been one of my favourite characters. She's a feisty, tomboy who doesn't play by everyone else's rules. She's a fucking hero. A girl who is much more comfortable with a sword in her hand than a sewing needle. Like a much better and medieval version of the girl I was growing up. So, yeah, an Arya Stark fan. I've been willing her on through her entire storyline. Those early days with Syrio, her time with Yoren, the Harrenhal situation, travelling with Sandor Clegane and even the most boring ninja apprenticeship in the history of ninja apprenticeships. Yeah, not since Dany failed to do a fucking thing for five books have we had such an underwhelming story. Arya's time in Braavos was time-consuming, fucking boring and completely pointless in terms of moving her story along.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Ranting about Game of Thrones: A Week of Irk and Ire - Jon Snow-Way Should He Be King

So, I promised you all a week dedicated to all my angry thoughts about Game of Thrones after the end of season and I fucking delivered. I've already spent a long time ranting to my friends and co-workers about the events that transpired this season but there a few massive points that I feel need reiterating here. Now, don't worry, there won't be any lengthy, petty rants about how Rickon was a fucking idiot to run in a straight line because, by this point, I'm starting to believe the kid's better off dead. I mean I'm sad that another Stark has bitten the dust but he was a fucking moron for not even trying to zig-zag. Who, after being captured by Ramsay Bolton and being set free, doesn't think "hmm, this is awfully convenient. I can't imagine anything going wrong in this scenario." I don't think I've ever screamed at an episode of television as much as I have during 'The Battle of the Bastards'. What a bunch of idiots. None more so, of course, than our new King in the North, Jon Snow.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

A month ago I told you all I was putting off writing any more Monday posts because I was doing an online course. I've just finished that course and am now planning to do the advanced course. This is obviously more intensive and longer so I will continue to be a bit lax with my posting schedule for the next few weeks. Not only will this let me continue my Summer of sorting my shit out. After I've finished the course I've got some plans to get this blog in order. After all, how can I sort out my own shit if I can't even sort out this shit? I've started with the name and the layout, neither of which I'm convinced of by the way, and then I'm going to focus on content. I'm not pretending I'm going to try and make a career out of blogging but I want to see if I can make the whole thing more successful. Until I get a proper job I can at least use the skills I'm learning here to get some practice.
 
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