Thursday, 29 September 2016

TBT - Daredevil Season 1 Episode 1

I realise I'm super far behind the times with getting around to this series but I'm nothing if not unusual. Friends have been telling me to watch this for ages but I just never did. Of course, after watching the fucking awesome Jessica Jones and being so close to Luke Cage day, it seemed like now was the perfect time to start it. I mean when it comes down to it the only thing that was really holding me back was the dreadful Daredevil film from 2003. You know the super shitty one Ben Affleck made before he became a worthwhile member of Hollywood. Yes, I know it's been a while but the memory still sticks. Get over it, you cry. I understand. It's a silly thing to be so upset about but there was no need for it to be quite so bad. Of course, it's going to look extra silly next to the films of the Golden Age of Marvel but even back then it was fucking embarrassing. Now I'm not trying to claim I'm the biggest of Daredevil fans but there always seemed to be so much potential there. I mean he's blind for fuck's sake. A blind superhero. How can any mess that up? So, even though I knew the odds for the Netflix series were good I couldn't help but have my doubts.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Luke Cage Streets Trailer

So I've decided to forgo my usual Tuesday review in honour of Netflix's latest Luke Cage trailer. With only a matter of days before the first series of Marvel's latest television series kicks off on Friday, we have been offered another trailer showing us what to expect from the series that we've all been waiting impatiently for. This may seem like something of a cop out, and in a sense it is, but I can't help it. I'm really fucking excited about this show. Luke Cage was the best thing to come out of Jessica Jones (David Tennant aside obviously) and Mike Colter was just perfect as the bullet proof barman. Let's all be honest, as great as I think Kristen Ritter's performance was, Jessica herself is kind of irritating. The whole troubled past, drunk thing just didn't get me. She was too self-righteous and holier than though in a way only rivalled by Buffy Summers. The whole 'I can do this without help from anyone ever" thing is just dull. Accept help. It worked for the fucking Avengers. Despite this, her brief relationship with Luke was fantastic and it was a massive shame when he left the scene. It was a long wait for this series.. and I say that as someone who only watched it a matter of months ago. God help all the people who watched the series when it first came out.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

I've had a busy day today so I've been super late with all of my postings. I've got a genuine excuse for my distraction... honest. No seriously, this isn't like those other times when I've just laid in bed and not had the energy to get to my keyboard. I've been working and doing stuff. So I'm here, late on a Sunday night before a Monday early shift and I'm madly trying to remember what I've done this week, It's been a weirdly quiet one. After being on a bit of a spending spree recently I promised myself I wasn't going to buy more books and I nearly got through a week without it. Of course, being me, I didn't make it a whole 7 days. Damn this obsessive book love. It'll be the death of me... or at least my bank balance.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

TBT - Batman (1989)

Everyone has their favourite incarnation of Bruce Wayne. After this years Batman vs Superman some may well say Batffleck is their number one and even I have to admit that he was ABS-olutely fantastic in the role. Then there are those fucking idiots that will say Christian Bale is the top dog. However, that just goes to prove that people are easily pleased and that Christopher Nolan can make anyone look better than they are. There's a reason that Heath Ledger is the main thing people talk about when they discuss the Dark Knight trilogy: Christian Bale is so forgettable in the role the supporting characters outshine him. I also imagine, because human beings continue to surprise me, that there are those who prefer the nippley George Clooney and Val Kilmer. Of course, we all know that they are probably mentally unstable or have only seen Joel Schumacher’s two films. Now when it comes to the ultimate Batman there can only be one real winner. Yes, my favourite and, by association, the Number 1 big screen portrayal of Gotham's vigilante is Michael Keaton. Tim Burton's Batman and the slightly superior Batman Returns are just amazing. Which is why I'm going to talk about the first of them this week.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

I really don't want to write this review. I've sat with it open ever since I got home from work and I've not managed to come up with anything. If I'm honest, I never actually wanted to watch this fucking film. I mean Man of Steel was just dreadful and proved that Zac Snyder really should have called it quits on comic book movies after Watchmen was only hated by a handful of people. Those of you who were around at the time of my review of the first of Snyder's Superman films will remember that, aside from it being badly written and really fucking long, it was't exactly complimentary. I just didn't get Snyder's vision for the most popular alien in the DCEU. Still, those photos of Ben Affleck looking super buff got me interested and I finally decided it was time to watch it. I was a big fan of the Batffleck before watching this film so it would be just like Snyder to fuck that up for me too. I decided it was right to watch the Ultimate Edition and, after a gruelling day at work, I sat down for a gruelling 3 hours of muted tones, smack you in the face symbolism, and terrible parts for women. Classic Snyds. 

Sunday, 18 September 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

Today has been all about eating unfortunately. I had a massive Scottish breakfast this morning and. despite not wanting any proper meals, I've snacked way more than somebody who feasted on so many calories earlier should. Thankfully, I'm getting back into my regular exercise routine and am at the point where I actually want to do something when I get home from work. It won't last because it never does. This is why I have to mention my triumphs so much. They're so few and far between that I need to make a lasting record of them. Otherwise, who would fucking believe me? It's kind of like the reason I do this rundown. If I don't write down what I'm reading and buying then how would I ever keep track? I've tried to keep a reading list but I always forgot to update it. It meant I could never remember how many books I read in one year. Making it impossible to set myself yearly goals. One day, with the use of this blog, I'll become an organised and put together human adult... or at least as close as someone with the amount of toy swords and guns possibly can get.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

TBT - Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Today has been so bloody hot again that I've done so little. I can't focus on anything. I could easily have written this hours ago but, once again, we're fast approaching the time at which I need to be asleep in order to function for my 7am start tomorrow and I'm finishing the damn thing. It's not as if I can't keep to a deadline I'm just in this hot weather haze where the idea of doing anything other than watch Netflix seems too taxing. I spent some time trying to organise my room and nearly fell off a step ladder earlier. It's just one of those days. The thing I've done best at today is spent money on clothes that I really didn't need. I mean I really really wanted them but I definitely didn't need them. After that, I've been fairly successful at reading. It's amazing how easy it's become now I'm reading a book I actually want to pick up. His Bloody Project may be the only Man Booker Prize nominated book I've read but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be my favourite. Oh, what a difference it is to that End of Watch. I kind of wish I could get my time back from Stephen King after reading his Bill Hodges trilogy. You know, add up the minutes, take them off his life and put them onto mine. Only seems fair. That final book was ridiculous. Although, they kind of all were.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - End of Watch by Stephen King

I know its getting to be a habit that I tart every post by telling you I intended to write about another topic but I genuinely had plans to write about something else today. After finally watching Suicide Squad last week I had decided it was time to watch Batman vs Superman. I meant to watch it this weekend. I even tracked down a copy. It was the fucking ultimate edition and everything. With over 30 minutes of Zack Synder nonsense! However, when it came down to it, the idea of a a whopping 3 hours of shit like The Man of Steel but with added Batfleck and Khal Drogo just didn't appeal. So, in celebration of finally finishing this book after weeks of trying, I decided to give you my thoughts on the final part of Stephen King's Bill Hodges trilogy. Mainly because I can't find one person on the internet who doesn't absolutely fucking love it. And, more mysteriously if you ask me, nobody is bemoaning the use of present tense which is still super annoying to read in. It utterly mystifies me. I mean, did King actually write these as film scripts but decide it was better to get them as novels first? It sounds so childish. Like the kind of shit you'd write in primary school but with actual punctuation and symbolism and shit.


Sunday, 11 September 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

I feel like I'm never going to get over this cold. I'm getting sick of feeling sorry for myself and being so melodramatic all the time. However, I swear that my head has been full of concrete for the past few days. It's the kind of cold that kids me into thinking I'm okay when I first wake up but comes back with a vengeance as the day goes on. It doesn't help that the kitchen has been fucking boiling lately. I honestly dream of getting a job that doesn't require me to work in a similar environment to Satan himself. How long until the comforting chill of Winter? Seriously, I need to get my knitwear out. This sun is doing nothing for me anymore.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

TBT - See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

Last week the great Gene Wilder died at the age of 83. Whilst the news was upsetting, I have to admit that a part of me thought he was already dead. Plus, in the ensuing days it really showed me that my ability to differentiate between Gene Wilder and Gene Hackman was sorely lacking. I lost count of the number of times I confused those two. Now, when a colleague mentioned the news the other day she referred to it as "the death of Willy Wonka". Now, because I never miss a chance to argue with people, I declared this as being an insult to an actor with so much talent. What of his work with Mel Brooks and his films with Richard Pryor? Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka is iconic, no doubt, but he is more than that. Besides, I don't think I've ever really liked Wilder's interpretation of the owner of the world famous chocolate factory. I'm fucking stubborn and it didn't fit with my idea of the book. Still, Wilder was a phenomenal performer and probably had a huge impact on many people's childhoods. I even considered reviewing it for this post. However, I've always been a bit freaked out by that one fucking creepy scene on the boat and didn't want to go through it again. Like the well-adjusted adult that I am. I also think, as adaptations go, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory isn't as good as it could have been. As such, I've never been the biggest fan. So I turned to the ever reliable Netflix to see what alternatives I could find. Turns out, not many. Now, if I was a person with more time and less laziness I would have gone down the Mel Brooks route. Unfortunately, I'm not that person. Instead I'm the kind of gal that will pick one of his shitty comedies because of how easy it is to watch.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Top 10 WEN-sday - Top 10 Books I'd Rather Be Reading Than End of Watch

I'm currently still reading the final book in Stephen King's Bill Hodges trilogy, End of Watch, and I'm hating every moment of it. I can't wait to finish it and, I have to be honest, I've looked ahead to find out how it ends. It's not great but I've spent so much time on it that I feel like I have to finish. This always happens to me, I start a book and try so hard to finish it that I just keep going despite knowing it won't be any good. Obviously, as I'm struggling to read it not only makes it harder to finish but it's also highlighting how many other things I could be reading. As you know from my weekly rundowns, I have a problem with buying too many books so I have plenty to be getting on with. They all sit looking at me as I struggle to give a shit about Brady's fucking psychic powers and Bill's cancer. So I've compiled a list of the books I'd rather be reading than this shit. 

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Suicide Squad (2016)

I've recently stated on more than one occasion recently that I wasn't going to watch Suicide Squad until it came out on DVD. I just didn't give enough of a shit and, from everything I heard, it seemed fucking awful. I'm not the biggest Will Smith fan these days and Jared Leto's Joker was obviously nothing more than a marketing ploy. In my mind there were too many wild cards that I just wasn't sure would work. I mean Cara Delevingne seems like a funny and lovely person but I couldn't see her in this role. I could see why she would be picked as the manic pixie dream girl in a John Green adaptation but the all powerful Enchantress? I didn't like the sound of it. Plus, there was too much pressure on Margot Robbie to pull off Harley Quinn. I, like the entire internet, love the character so was worried as soon as the film was announced. It would be such a Warner Bros thing to completely fuck up one of the greatest female characters in the DC universe. Still, surely it couldn't be as bad as the dreary Man of Steel? I still haven't seen Batman vs Superman so still have hope that DC can, one day, pull off a Marvel. Would Suicide Squad blow it's closest MCU equivalent The Avengers out of the water?

Sunday, 4 September 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

I'm running so late with this because I promised to help out my brother-in-law with an essay he's got to hand in. I've supposedly been proofreading it since Friday but I've really only just got round to it. This weekend has been rough so I've just put it off. So I'm rushing to get this out but I've not really done a great deal this week. I promise you aren't missing out on much.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

TBT - Step Brothers (2008)

After watching Sisters for this week's Tuesday review I was all set to re-watch Baby Mama for the accompanying TBT post. However, the last few days have been tough and I haven't had the time. So, in keeping with the apparent theme of the week, I had to come up with a plan B. When Sisters first came out last year a lot of critics made a connection between it and the Will Ferrell/John C Reilly film Step Brothers. It just so happens that I fucking love that film so it didn't take much to persuade me to review it for this week's post. It's one of those Will Ferrell films that you can just quote on any occasion and it is an unrelentingly funny film. If there was any film that deserved a TBT review then it was this one. Plus, the idea of having to watch the shitty Baby Mama again was too fucking abysmal. I mean that family guy joke about the film totally rings true. "What happens when a 40 year old woman asks her 41 year old friend to carry her baby?" I love the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler but that film is so hard to love. Give me Will Ferrell and John C Reilly shouting and fighting any day of the week.

 
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