I thought I’d start a new series of posts, I was kind of doing this whilst I was doing my weekly recap posts but I’ve fizzled out of doing them again! Our 100 movie challenge hasn’t been off to a successful start this year as I’ve been really tied up with wedding admin most evenings in January and February! I said when I did a recap of last years 100 movie challenge that we might struggle to make the list this year but we were going to try. We’re only in February and I can already smell failure! (We’d watched 18 by the end of February last year)
The Office (US Series)
This could be partially to blame for progress on movie watching being low! I bought the box set of the office between Christmas and new year as Ben has never seen it and I missed finishing the series before it was removed from UK Netflix! Because the episodes are short it often means we get into bed with a cuppa and relax a minute before going to sleep – if I’m downstairs I’m doing some kind of wedding admin, so I like taking an hour upstairs before going to bed. I love it even more than the first time I watched and and we’re already up to Season 5 (almost 6), and I don’t even have any shame over how much I’ve watched in such a short space of time. Dwight Schrute is my Spirit Animal
Say Yes To The Dress Canada
When I say what ‘We’ve’ been watching, Ben would really not rather I include him in this and he has had to catch a few glimpses of it as I usually binge watch it on a Sunday as it records 5 episodes of it I haven’t seen at a time. I think Say Yes To The Dress Canada might be my favourite one, the Brides are less Diva-ish, they don’t put the brides in $10,000 when they only have a budget of $1,000, and the bridal party usually gives helpful feedback. Still obsessed with the whole Yes To The Dress series, but for now Canada is the one I’m loving the most.
The Walking Dead
I can’t fail to mention the Walking Dead, we’ve never watched it before and after I’ve been pestered and ground down with basically everyone I work at to watch it we’ve watched the first season. I’m not sure I’m sold on it yet, I found the first and last episode gripping but all the ones in between a bit uneventful. I’ve been told series 3 is where it really gets good, so I’ll give it another season or two before deciding whether I’ll be continuing or whether Ben will be by himself!
The second part of the S5 has just hit UK screens and now my Monday’s are filled with Joy again. I kind of wish that they didn’t put two episodes on at time as it only increases the wait in between series. I love this show even more now I’ve seen them live and met them.
I know there were mixed feelings on this series of Sherlock, but personally I thought it was glorious. The end episode was very different but I thought it was a masterpiece, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are complete geniuses in these roles. The only thing I hate about Sherlock is that there’s only 3 episodes in a series and we normally have to wait two years for the next one to happen. Sigh, here’s to the next ones in Christmas 2018.
Another show to come back and hit the UK screens is Modern Family. This was a show we discovered as we were moving into our house and has been a firm favourite of both of ours since. I think the show gets better over time and the dynamic between the characters is fantastic. Phil Dunphy is my alternate spirit animal.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
A film I’ve seen many times before, but haven’t watched in at least 2 years. We have a drawer in our coffee table of unwatched Blurays & DVDs, as well as it being a cycle for films that we fancy watching soon. This went in my box after hearing Stashy talk about it on Cat’s Podcast. Still a good film, I have a feeling in about 3 years that it won’t have aged well though.
We watched the the sequel to the much loved classic on a lazy Sunday night when neither of us could be bothered to concentrate on anything serious. I’m not a big fan of the original and I was even less so a fan of this, it’s okay – not very funny IMO and the best part was the cameo spotting.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
We Watched this after Ben’s mum raved about it all through Christmas, I love the original MBFGW, but the sequel had me bored, I didn’t find it as amusing as the original and I found the story line a bit all over the place. Worth watching if you’re a fan of the original, but don’t have high expectations – otherwise, it’s not really worth a watch.
(In the US this is just called Neighbours, the one with Zac Efron, Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne!) We had watched the sequel right at the end of December and cracked out the original version, I actually think the sequel is funnier than the original, but I do have a soft spot for anything where Zac Efron takes his top off so it’s a thumbs up from me. I also love Rose Byrne, I first watched her in Damages (which is on my list to try and rewatch this year) and have loved her in everything I’ve seen her in since.
10 Cloverfield Lane
The only film we’ve managed to tick off to fit into one of the categories that we’re trying to watch this year. I’d heard good things about this film from several people saying it was one of their favourites from last year. I didn’t realise until I was googling where I knew the actress from (Scott Pilgrim) that it was part of the Cloverfield series once I knew that story became quite predictable, I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t as good as I’d heard.
I saw this advertised at the cinema a while ago and decided to put it on when it appeared on our Netflix. Starring Mae Whitman as Bianca, ‘The Duff” out of her group of friends (the Designated Ugly Fat Friend) and she decides to seek help of her next door neighbour to teach her now to not be a DUFF. Not the most original teen comedy, but we both actually enjoyed this and I thought Mae Whitman’s comedic timing was brilliant.
Who hasn’t seen Castaway? Rewatched this as in our 11 years together, we’re not 100% sure that we’d watched it together. Everyone knows the story of Castaway, and more importantly Wilson, so I’ll stop there!
Me Before You
I had a tip off that I would enjoy this film from Ben’s sister, and I really did. Heartwarming and Heartbreaking and it had be tearing up in the last 20 minutes or so, I was close to full on bawling but was being distracted by two dogs who needed a wee at the same time. I had thought about reading this on honeymoon prior to watching the film, but I don’t need the heartbreaking emotion on my honeymoon.
We’d been watching a DVD and seen this advertised and we both said we were surprised we hadn’t seen it. I visited Poundland and they had a load of blurays for a £1 (Including some really awesome ones like American Hustle, recommend a browse of your poundland’s bluray section!) and this happened to be in it. Once we started watching this Ben said we’ve seen this, I didn’t remember it at all, but it was absolutely terrible, so I must have mentally blocked it out. A crap version of Twilight (we like Twilight, but if you don’t imagine this being worse).
My favourite movie (and one that Ben loves too!) somehow we didn’t watch this at all last year I couldn’t quite believe it when I reviewed the 100 movie list and we hadn’t watched either of the Pitch Perfect movies once. Featuring two of my favourite actresses, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, and one of my other favourite things – Accapella singing.
Bridge of Spies
Our most recent movie watch, and on we’ve had on our sky movies recorded for ages and haven’t gotten round to watching yet. Starring Tom Hanks as a defence lawyer and negotiator during the coldwar for the trade of American and Soviet spies. I’d heard good things about the film, but didn’t expect to love it as much as what I actually did!
What have you been watching this month? If you joining in the 100 movie challenge (or your more realisting amount) how are you getting on?