Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Tuesday's reviews: Passengers (2016)

I wanted to see Passengers from the moment I first saw the trailer. For one thing, Chris Pratt is looking good and I'm always happy to watch that face for an hour or two. Secondly, Michael Sheen as an android? I'm there. Especially if he really is giving up acting in favour of Welsh politics. Finally, the trailer made it out to be a super exciting suspense thriller. It seemed perfect. However, the more I saw/read about the film the more I realised that I'd definitely hate it. I still wanted to watch it though. The lure of some Pratt facetime was just too great. Although my major gripe about the film had something to do with Chris Pratt's casting. In that I was annoyed by the significant age gap between the two stars on screen. Christ Pratt is about 37 years old whilst Jennifer Lawrence is a youthful looking 26. Now I'm not disputing that relationships occur between people with an age gap of 10 plus years but I don't see why it had to happen. Lawrence keeps being cast in roles that should be played by an older actor despite having looking younger than her years. Is Hollywood just running out of women in their mid 30s or men in their late 20s? I know the pair make a beathtakingly beautiful couple but I just think the whole premise becomes even creepier when you consider the age gap. But maybe that's just cynical old me?

Sunday, 29 January 2017

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

You may have noticed that I missed my weekly TBT review this week. That's because this week I've been suffering from a deadly plague. Or the flu... same thing. Since Tuesday I've been feeling moments away from death so I haven't really been up for anything other than moaning and lying down. I even watched fucking Van Wilder for the post, which was a terrible experience and it ended up being for nothing. I just wasn't up to writing the post so I decided, this one time, that I would skip it. I've just not had the energy to do anything this week and, because we've been short staffed for months, I've been forced to keep working. So I'm not getting any better. It means I haven't really been doing anything when I get home though. Reading is a think of the past. This is probably a pointless post but I want to try and get back on track. So, sorry for the last of exciting news. Next week I'll be better or, at least, make something up for you.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Tuesday's Reviews: Office Christmas Party (2016)

As we're now well into the month of January 2017, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the time for watching Christmas films is over. You'd be correct but I've had a weird desire to see this film for ages now. I say weird because my expectations for the film were microscopic. It looked abysmal and, let's be honest, Jason Bateman isn't exactly known for his superb film choices. However, my insane love of Kate McKinnon meant that I really wanted to give it a chance. After all, doesn't she guarantee that, even if the whole thing is baf, that she'll provide adequate comedy to make anything passable? Well I certainly hope so. Considering I'm potentially drenching myself in bad luck by watching this after the twelve days of Christmas is up.  Imagine if it's bad and Santa doesn't bring me any gifts next year. Sheesh!

Sunday, 22 January 2017

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

This is such a late post because I've been unusually active today. I spent my Sunday off visiting a friend of mine so have been out most of the day. It means I've done none of my usual day off lounging and watching Netflix, which is good, but it also means I've done no reading. So you win some and you lose some. January has been a difficult month for my family so I think I'm just a little preoccupied to anything that taxing. Reading just seems too much whilst I'm in the emotional space that I'm currently residing. So I'm trying not to be too hard on myself. Something that is much harder to do when you're as neurotic about insignificant things as I am.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

TBT: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

I know I always tend to upload these things quite late in the day but today I have a genuine excuse for my rush job. Namely that I fell asleep at around half 8 and didn't wake up until about an hour later. Okay it's not a great excuse but it's the truth. Work has just been so exhausting this week and I've been rubbish at getting to bed on time. Still, I'm here now, I've got the Les Mis soundtrack on full blast, and I'm ready to crank this out. It's my day off tomorrow so I was always planning to sleep all day anyway. On my last day off, I decided to start watching the new Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I'd seen all the stuff about it but hadn't thought I'd watch it. I've not read the books and I wasn't a huge fan of the Jim Carrey film so I didn't really care. On Monday, though, something told me to watch it and I fucking love it. I'm only about 3/4 of the way through but it's so good. Patrick Warburton and Neil Patrick Harris are absolutely amazing and the baby is so fucking adorable. I'm obsessed. The show works so well because it gives each book enough time. Each book is given two episodes so the plot can move along quickly enough whilst still staying true to the book. As I'm at the point where I've just watched book 3 I decided it was time to rewatch the film, which also deals with the first 3 books in the series. It only seemed fair to compare the two.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tuesday's Reviews - The Girl on the Train

Before writing this review I reread my book review of Paula Hawkins' book because it's been a while since I read it. If anything I'd forgotten just how much I disliked the book. It was a badly crafted crime thriller with underwhelming characters. It has been universally praised for it's realistic portrayal of the alcoholic Rachel but it just felt so fucking familiar. I'm bored of self-destructive female narrators who have turned to drink after their family life starts to fall apart. It's an easy way to create dramatic tension but it's also a really dull and overused one. All I crave is a psychological drama where the female lead is a dick for reasons beyond men and children. So, I wasn't exactly desperate to watch the film but I have a real love for Emily Blunt. She's a great actor and I was always hopeful she could save this from being the same travesty that the novel was. Even if she is far too beautiful to successfully play the dowdy and unattractive Megan. I guess that's just Hollywood for you. And I certainly didn't care about the changes that the book fans have been crying about. London. New York. What does it fucking matter? It's still a shitty thriller wherever it's set.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

I'll be honest with you, this week has fucking sucked and I'm super glad it's over. It's been a shit week for my family and, really, I haven't felt in the mood to do anything. Other than shop. That's the one thing I can rely on at all times. So this week's rundown isn't exactly inspiring. I have read some things but I'm only getting through one chapter a night because I'm so tired. Still, it's hopeful and tomorrow is the start of a new week. It can only get better.. or I hope so because any worse and I'd have to give everything up.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

TBT: Lethal Weapon (1987)

Everyone knows the score when it comes to buddy cop movies. We'll be introduced to two police officers and will quickly discover that, unfortunately yet hilariously, the pair are polar opposites of each other. No matter where the difference comes from it will create tension as the pair try to come together to bring down the bad guy. It feels like we've seen the set-up in every fucking way possible by this point. It's a timeless classic that writers will continue to come back to. And who should we blame for this? Well, the idea of the odd couple is an incredibly old one but it was the 80s and 90s that really saw the whole buddy cop thing take off. As we all know, one of the greatest uses of the formula comes in a film that just so happens to be celebrating it's 30th anniversary this year. It's also a fucking classic film that I really just wanted to excuse to see after watching The Nice Guys. After all, there's no such thing as too much Shane Black.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Tuesday's Reviews - The Nice Guys (2016)

So this review is only a week later than I planned. It's also been a fair while since I watched the film and, after my family had some sad news today, I really don't feel like writing this. To be honest, I don't feel like doing much. But I'll endeavour to do something. After all, this is a film that I've been meaning to watch for a while. I love Shane Black, film noir, and Ryan Gosling so it sounded fucking ideal. The only thing that stopped me? I think it's my inability to remember whether it's Russell Crowe or Mel Gibson that I find super annoying. I'm pretty sure it's Mel Gibson on account of his recent years of craziness and anti-Semitic rants. But then there's Les Mis to consider. He was hardly a suitable Javert and some of his "singing" was just awful. Still, Russell Crowe seems like a nice man so I think my negative opinions of him just stem from my inability to tell American actors over a certain age apart. There's was a whole thing when I was younger about Richard Gere and Harrison Ford. I mean they were both grey haired men: how was I supposed to tell the difference? Anyway, I finally watched this film a week or so ago but my intense feelings after finishing Losing It meant that I moved back my scheduled post to this week. Let's see if I can remember this.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

I haven't given myself much time to read this week because I've been busy getting on top of my Instagram and getting my posts in order. As much as I love following prompts in all of the challenges that I've been doing, I kinda feel like every thing I'm doing is about photos and finding things to put in photos. The problem with following such great people means I'm forever trying to up my game without losing my own personal aesthetic... which is basically just simple and uncluttered. I don't get how people can throw so much at a photo and just make it work. I'm more about blanks space and calm in my photos. I guess I just lack the skills for anything too complicated. Sometimes I tend to forget I'm just an enthusiastic amateur.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

TBT: The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

You may have read my post on Tuesday during which I went fucking mental about the novel Losing It by Emma Rathbone. The book tells the story of a 26 year-old woman who was desperate to finally have sex after so many years. In the days that followed the posts uploading I have calmed down a little but I still really hate the book. It gave a horrible image of women and strengthened the idea that a life without sex is something to be ashamed of. In many of the reviews I'd read about the book, critics declared it to be the literary and female version of the Judd Apatow film The 40 Year-Old Virgin. I'm going to blame this comparison with the fact that I was so desperate to read this book. I remember first watching the film when I was 16 with my friends. I really enjoyed it. Steve Carell and the rest of the cast were really funny and the film ended up being quite sympathetic to the plight of it's main character. So, after the disappointment of the book, I felt it was time to revisit the film to see if my judgement is just off or if critics are just so lazy that they'll compare a book about virginity with the only other really famous thing to also do so.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Top 10 Wen-sday: Top 10 Films I'm Looking Forward To This Year

So last week I released my list of books that I'm most looking forward to (probably not) reading this year. So I decided, as it's that time of the month when I need to create a list of 10 random things, that it was only fair that I put down on e-paper the films that I'm most excited to see this year. It turns out that was really fucking hard. There are a lot of great films coming out and I'm super excited about all of them. Even really surprising ones. I mean, had you asked me this time last year, that I'd be quite looking forward to seeing Michael Keaton star in the story of the founder of McDonalds I'd have thought you were mad. Now, however, I think it looks pretty good. I mean I love Keaton and it stars the internet's favourite man's man Nick Offerman. Plus, there was a point when I didn't think I wanted to see The Social Network but that turned out better than expect. I also, even more shockingly, became fairly interested in the Justice League film. I'm still not ecstatic about the release because the last two films in DC's arsenal were utter dogshit. I think it's basically just down to Jason Momoa though. And Batfleck. But, before I get distracted by sexy superheroes, I should present the list... with more than enough sexy superheroes.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Tuesday's Reviews - Losing It by Emma Rathbone

So last night I finally finished the book that has been plaguing me since mid-December. I say finished but, if I'm honest, I got so bored that I skim read the major points of the final chapters. I always feel guilty reading to the end without getting all the way through but I knew early on that I was never going to finish this any other way. And, as I've mentioned on my Instagram, this is the year that I don't waste time pushing my way through books I don't enjoy. As the finish was unexpected and I'm really in the mood to talk about this book, it does mean that my intended review of The Nice Guys will be put off until next week. I'm sure you'll survive. Plus, this promises to be a traditional Motherbooker rant so that'll more than make up for it. Seriously, this book has cause me so much offence since I started reading it. I need to get a life. I don't know whether it's just old age that is making me so sensitive or if I've always been this annoying but it's something I have to get out somewhere.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

It's finally 2017 and, like everyone else in the world, I'm hoping this year will see me get my fucking act together. Although, I am well aware that I suck at keeping to resolutions and then feel shitty when I break them. I've lost count of how many times I've vowed to stop eating chocolate for the year and then, a mere 8 hours into the new year, have been found stuffing my face on left over Christmas chocolate. So this year I'm trying to take some pressure off by not stopping myself doing things but encouraging myself to do stuff. Like read more, drink more water, and get more sleep. It's my hope that turning resolutions into positives instead of negatives that I'll be more likely to do them. Plus, they're super vague so I don't need to keep to any rigid promises.
 
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