Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Tuesday's Reviews - Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I have had this book sitting on my shelf since the day it was released and I had only read bits and pieces until this month. It's that I wasn't excited to read it but I just felt that there were other books that needed reading first. This was surely going to be too much of a treat for myself and, with the speed at which I've been reading recently, I didn't deserve one. I certainly didn't deserve to gorge myself on Neil Gaiman's retelling of the Nose Myths when I have books that are still on my TBR after 4 years. After all, Gaiman is one of those authors who could write anything and I'd enjoy it. He has that universal appeal that do many authors crave and he's so goddamn nice as well. Of course, it also helps that I kind of have a thing about myths and legends anyway. I remember reading about Greek, Roman and Norse mythology when I was younger and loving it. It's the Greek and Roman stories that have become so ingrained in our minds but the Norse myths were always the most exciting. I cite my love of those tales and Shakespeare as the reason that Thor is one of my favourite comic book characters. Obviously, there is a lot of difference between the Marvel representation of Odin's son and that is something Gaiman is keen to point out at the start of his own retelling. However, with Thor: Ragnarok coming out later this year, it is a great time to get further into the tales that started everything off and I was lucky enough to do so with Neil Gaiman himself narrating them into my ear holes. It was blissful.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

You know what, everything was going okay until I got up this morning. I've had a nice few days and had a nice night out with some friends on Friday. I had today and tomorrow off and the weather's been an improvement. It was looking good. Then I got called into work tomorrow because someone's sick. Now, I know I was sick the other week and left people in the lurch but this was my first Bank Holiday off all year. I'm not saying I won't appreciate the double time but that's not the point. Now, instead of sleeping in til I fancy, my alarm will be going off at half 7 and have to deal with the busiest day of the week. Ah well. It's my own fault for thinking adulthood was going to be a series of fun and wonderful events I guess. Oh and to add insult to injury, I arranged another night out on the same evening that The Handmaid's Tale starts on Channel 4. I've been waiting ages for it to come to the UK and I fucking missed the first episode. I hate watching things on catch up.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

TBT - Live and Let Die (1973)

This week, amidst all of the horrors of the terrorist attack in Manchester, we got the terrible news that actor Roger Moore had died at the age of 89. Moore has become a household name thanks to his numerous television and film roles but it is his time playing James Bond that cemented his place in the annals of pop culture history. Everyone has their own favourite James Bond but I guess Sean Connery and Roger Moore are two of the more iconic names associated with the role. Connery was the first Bond and created the basis for the character. However, it was Roger Moore who stepped in, after George Lazenby's forgettable attempt, to give the character his own spin. For my part, I think Moore is my ultimate Bond. I mean a huge part of me will always love Pierce Brosnan because it's Pierce fucking Brosnan. He's ridiculous but wonderful. I'd also be so bold as to say that Brosnan and Moore both approached the role in similar ways, which probably explains why they're both my favourite. I understand why people think Sean Connery is the best and, I admit, he's bloody great. I just prefer my Bond to be a little sillier and that's one thing we came to expect from the Sir Roger. Bur you know what, I'll be honest, I think it really just comes down to the eyebrow.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tuesday's Reviews - Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie (2017)

This week there was Cannes controversy when audiences booed the film Okja during its screening at the festival. It comes within a week where the French film festival has condemned the online streaming service despite 2 of its current titles being included in this year's line-up. It all started when Cannes changed its rules to only allow entries from films that have been shown in French cinemas. This year's jury president, director Pedro Almodóvar, made a statement proclaiming that nothing can stand in for the real experience of watching a film in the cinema and said that it would be a huge mistake to award the Palme D'Or to a film that audiences watched at home. Netflix has changed the way in which we are all digesting film and television but Hollywood is still trying to catch up. There are some bigger issues at play here, including French laws, but it should open a debate on what counts as a film. Netflix is loved by certain creatives because it gives them more freedom and room to create. However, it can sometimes come across as the company who make the films nobody else would bother to make. Especially with it's comedies. There have been numerous times when trailers have caught my attention only for the final product to be really underwhelming. So when I first saw the trailer for Jeff Garlin's Handsome I was in two minds about it. Surely it wouldn't be as wonderful as the trailer was making it seem?

Sunday, 21 May 2017

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

Good news! I'm no longer sick. I spent about 3 days tucked up in bed last week and I nearly went crazy. I didn't even get much reading done I felt so bad. Instead I've just been binge watching RuPaul's Drag Race. It's so good... even if it definitey won't be as good for my brain as picking up a damn book.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

TBT - Big Fish (2003)

When it comes to my Thursday post I basically just trawl Netflix for a while until I find a film that I really want to watch. It means I'm just rewatching films that I've loved for years but I'm okay with that. It's the best of both worlds I suppose. Although, it does mean that I mostly just end up writing gushing reviews for the films I wholeheartedly adore. I watched this week's film when it first came out in the cinema nearly 14 years ago and have had a soft spot for it ever since. A friend bought me the book it was based on after we saw it but, if I'm honest, I never finished. For one thing, the author had the same as a boy in my class and it was a bit too weird. Basically because he was a bit weird. Secondly, I think it was a mistake reading it after seeing the film because, due to the changes, the film's narrative was tighter. I think I lost my way with the book when the vicious dog turned up. I know I know. As a bookish person it should be "the book is always better" but sometimes it has to be okay to prefer the film. Especially when Ewan McGregor and Tim Burton are involved.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Tuesday's Reviews - The Fireman by Joe Hill

I've been ill the last few days so have basically been in bed since Sunday. Until today I'd barely spoken to another human being and have simply had the people on Netflix to keep me company. I'd love to say that I used my time to get some reading done but, I was so tired, I found it difficult to concentrate on the words on the page. I'm only a few chapters into The 7th Function of Language but I'm really looking forward to getting further. One of my most anticipated works for 2017. Hopefully, I'll get my reading groove back and finish it soon. God know's it's taking me long enough to get to the end of novels these days. Although, I have finally finished another book and it only took me about 3 weeks. That still feels like far too long but it was a bloody long book. It average out as 40 pages a day, which still doesn't feel like enough to me. How do people get into the habit of reading? I always find myself getting into a Netflix spiral and realising it's far too late to start reading. And I don't read at work because there are always too many people in the staff room. Anyway, the fact is I finished something and that is reason to celebrate. I always have another book to review and I've decided I need to include more book reviews on this blog. I am a badass Motherbooker after all.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

So I'm writing this from my sick bed as I've suddenly be taken ill. I feel rotten and have spent all afternoon doing nothing at all. Except trying to sleep and watching Netflix. I'm rubbish at being sick and just feel super sorry for myself. It's given me time to do stuff that I would have put off though. I've watched things that I wouldn't have got round to if I was well because I'd have felt too guilty. It does also mean my actual 'to do' list has been ignored and I've got plenty to do when I'm well again. Ah well... I've got more important things to worry about. This week I've been a bit bad when it comes to my book buying ban and have bought too new releases that I've been desperate to read. So, as bad as I've been I really don't mind. These are too key reads for 2017. I just need to be quicker.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

TBT - Escape From LA (1996)

One of my biggest fears before watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 last week was the change in Peter's parentage. In the comics, Quill is the son of the Spartoi J'son. He's a complicated character who eventually becomes a villain who puts a bounty on his son's head. I can see why Marvel and James Gunn wanted to find an easier solution. That solution, as we now know, was to introduce Ego to the MCU. It initially like a bit of a risk but Kurt Russell's character quickly became the most memorable Marvel villain in years. He revealed a super dark and sinister side and rocked Pete's world for ever. Kurt Russell is fantastic in the role and it only got me keen to rewatch some of his classics. Now, it's not like I have the greatest knowledge of all of Russell's career but I know what I like. And what I like is Snake Plissken. He's the gruff, rough anti-hero who rocked an eye-patch way before Samuel L. got in on the act. It might not be Russell's finest hour but the two Escape films are some of the greatest films I've ever seen.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Tuesday's Reviews - Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Last week I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 with a friend. Before I saw it I was filled with fear and doubt about how good it was. The trailers hadn't really done much to suggest that Marvel were doing anything other than call-backs and in-jokes mixed with loads of shots of Baby Groot. I was sure it was going to be super fucking cringey and just ruin my love of the first one. I mean, Baby Groot is cute and all but I need something more than a CGI'd tiny tree to keep me happy, you know. So I was concerned but I loved the first film so much. It wasn't perfect but, really, what Marvel movie is? We don't love them because they're flawless films; we love them because they're awesome regardless. Anyway, this film boasts Kurt Russell as Ego and I'm not the kind of person who can happily walk away from that situation. Two powerhouses coming together in one place? Yes, please. Especially when accompanied by still buff Christ Pratt. Really, it didn't matter if this film was good or bad as long as Star Lord was as easy one the eye as the first time.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

We're one week on and I've had to contend with another job disappointment. To be fair, I suspected it wasn't going to get me anywhere but it still feels shit. I'm sure I'll get there one day but I just need to work harder to get there. Obviously, I still need to learn stuff and get to a place where I'm standing out. It just feels like there are so many hills to climb in order to get the very basic job these days. And it doesn't help that everyone I'm competing against is not only younger but also just brilliant. I can't help but feel that I wasted the last few years and should have been getting ready for this earlier. Anyway, whatever happens with my job search I've always got books to escape into. Here's what I've been up to this week.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

TBT - Attack of the Clones (2002)

I know that it's a very subjective thing but I think we mostly all agree that, when it comes to Star Wars films, the second ever film in the franchise is the best. I know over the years I've changed my mind on the matter many times and can still switch whenever I'm a bit hungry or my mood changes slightly. However, The Empire Strikes Back, ended up being a far better film than A New Hope and it was certainly not surpassed by Return of the Jedi. If you were to ask me, Empire is up there with a limited number of sequels that were better than the original film. This fact may have given fans a glimmer of hope after the disappointing prequel The Phantom Menace by suggesting that lightening could strike twice. We all madly hoped that Attack of the Clones would show us how great Star Wars could be with lashings of CGI and plenty of stupid characters to keep the kids entertained. Unfortunately, it did the opposite and managed to make the first film look like fucking Shakespeare. Just as we can pretty much all agree that the original sequel is the best film in the franchise, I think we all know that the worst is the prequel sequel. So, in honour of this great day, I decided to re-watch it and rip it to shreds.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

TOP 10 WEN-SDAY - TOP TEN STAR WARS

Tomorrow is the biggest day in any Star Wars fan's diary. Yes, May the 4th is upon us all again and, as we started last year, it's time for our yearly Star Wars Top 10. I have to be honest, I've only done 1 of these so far and I was already struggling to find a decent idea here. It didn't help that I got back late from the cinema. I've just watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and I have too many feelings to be able to process this top 10. Still, I'm soldiering on and am ready to right a list of my top moments in the Star Wars films. All the Star Wars films that it. Even the newer ones were up for grabs. That's probably controversial but, as I've said before, all of the newer films have their positives.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tuesday's Reviews - Season 1 of Girlboss

It's been a while since I wrote a good old Motherbooker rant but I suspect this review of one of Netflix's new show is about to turn into one. I've not read the book that the series was based on. It's mostly because the very word "Girlboss" gets me a bit worked up but also because I don't think it's ever right for a book title to contain a hashtag. I mean what kind of stupid millennial bullshit is that? Hashtags are an annoying but, often, important part of social media. You need to use them carefully to succeed but non of those uses involved planting them on the front of a fucking book. It reminds me of all those ridiculous books that were popular when I was younger that overused the @ symbol. It was about the time that the internet was becoming more important to everyone but it still felt new and modern. The one thing all those books have in common? They haven't stood the test of time. They now feel horribly outdated and really pathetic. Anyway, putting aside my annoyances about the book, I had decided that I'd probably never watch the series until I needed some easy watching to get me through a packing nightmare. And then I was faced with a problem. Every time I logged onto Netflix it was there in my "continue watching" section. So, in order to get rid of it, I watched the whole damn series. Turns out, I have many feelings about it.

 
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