It doesn’t feel like five minutes ago that I was writing my last What We’ve Been Watching update. We’re actually doing very well with our film goal of 100 movies, and are ahead of where we were this time last year, I’m not convinced we’re quite going to meet the target though as I know myself and Ben were both off ill one day last year with a horrible cold and watched about 6 films in a day sometime through December. There’s also so many good shows that we’re watching/starting at the moment and as October has passed we’ve watched less and less films a week and been watching shows instead.
My favourite musical of all time, I’ve basically been born and raised on this and my sister and I were taken to the theatre to see this by our parents when we were too young to understand what the hell was going on. I know some people have a problem with this film adaptation but I actually think it’s really well done, and lets me get my fix of the show -better than any others I’ve seen. If you’re a fan of musicals and you’ve never seen Les-Mis, what are you doing?
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
This used to be one of my favourite films I used to watch over and over around the time it came out. We rewatched it when it was on TV in September and I’m not as obsessed with it as I used to be (despite the fact I was reciting it as we were watching.) It does still have one of my favourite lines from any movie though “Everything in this room is edible. Even I’m edible. But, that would be called cannibalism. It is looked down upon in most societies.”
This was one of my highlights from last year and as soon as it arrived on our Sky Movies package it was on. I loved it as much as the first time that I watched it, I really like the combination of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. I’m not a huge sci-fi lover but this is one that will be a favourite of mine for years to come I’m sure.
The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies
We finally finished off our Hobbit rewatch after starting them at the end of last year again! Probably my least favourite of the trilogy, the second one is my favourite! I’ve said in the past that I prefer these to the original LOTR movies, controversial I know, but I’ve never managed to follow them very well. Worth starting with these if you’re a newb to LOTR world.
Whilst we were away in Yorkshire, I mentioned that the B&B we stayed at had a giant bookcase of DVDs in the lobby for people to go for. This is what Ben chose, we haven’t watched the Hangover movies in years – and it was fun to rewatch, it doesn’t get better than the original though, I’ll always remember watching it in the cinema for the first time and the constant shock factor with it.
Everyone told me I was going to love Trolls from my friends and family who I’d seen it. I thought I was going to love Trolls too, Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake – kinda a dream combo for me, but I was bored watching it which is shocking. I liked the animation, I thought that part was very well done and the colours were lovely, and I was genuinely surprised at the end of it when Ben said he’d enjoyed it as I’d already text people mid-way through who said I’d love it asking them what the heck they were on about.
I have a current fascination with true crime, I’m basically solidly listening to podcasts about murders and Ben chose this after saying that I didn’t think I’d seen it, although do know the story behind the Zodiac Killer. I did really enjoy it actually, but it was less about the murders/victims than it was about the man trying to crack the case. I really liked Jake Gyllenhall in this, I have a bit of a love hate relationship with him but this was a goodun.
We watched this because it had Dwight Schrute in it, and it popped up just after we’d finished the American Office (more on that later). Imagine Shaun of the Dead was set in a school and that’s what this is, the children of the school become Zombies and the teachers (Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Allison Pill to name a few of the actors in key roles) run round the school hiding and trying to escape. Sounds terrible, was expecting it to be terrible, but was guilty pleasure worthy,
We watched the original Blade Runner after we’d seen the trailer in the cinema for the new one and declared that I wanted to watch it. I don’t think, at least in memory, A classic which many people love but I just didn’t – I think maybe it was something that I’d watched a long time ago and had been apart of my memory for longer it would feel less crazy, but the association of flying cars etc for a film that’s set in two years time was too hard to fully swallow. The actress who played Rachael (hurrah for a Rachael spelt correctly), was also terrible.
I wasn’t really that interested in watching this, I’ve really fell out of love with the XMen movies in the past few years – i feel like it’s a series that has grown tired, but Ben wanted to watch it.. Whilst I’d heard that this was almost entirely separate to the rest of the franchise I was still dubious. It was a hell of a lot better and could be watched separately if you had not seen any of the other movies. I thought Hugh Jackman was fantastic, as was Dafne Keen who played Ana in the film – in fact most of the castings were spot on for this film and it was good to see the Wolverine character put to rest as HJ confirmed he won’t play the character again.
I can barely remember watching the Accountant which tells you how much I enjoyed it. Overall a forgettable movie… clearly, two weeks of past and I had to Google the story line to remind me. Starring Ben Affleck as a high-functioning autistic forensic accountant, the film was disjointed and the story line IMO was pretty boring, it seemed like it was going to be a clever storyline but it wasn’t. Unless it’s something that you had wanted to see, I’d say don’t bother.
Picked because we needed a shorter movie to watch rather than one which ran for hours and hours. We’d heard good things about Sully, and it didn’t disappoint. It was to the point and said everything that needed to be said about the story and didn’t overly drag it on. A true story starring Tom Hanks as a pilot who had to land a passenger plane on the Hudson River after the plane began to fail, and the investigation that followed it happening.
I was so exited for this, we missed it being in the cinema as it came out when we were on honeymoon, when we came back we couldn’t seem to find a timing that we could make it to. First of I really liked the casting of Gal Gadot, I know she’s not really amazonian, but she had the strong female characteristics the role needed. I was less keen on Chris Pine, I don’t know why he just didn’t fit the role for me. But I didn’t enjoy it overall, something was just missing for me – there’s no strong twists in the storyline and you can see what’s coming once all the characters have been introduced. I hope to see more from the line as I want to love it and hopefully now the origins part of the storyline has been cleared it will make room for better storylines in future additions to the series
We came home after a very heavy three course roast lunch out of home in the need of collapsing on the sofa watching something that we’d seen before that required little concentration. After flicking through our movies package on the sofa Ocean’s Eleven was the movie of choice. I’m sure that there’s no one who hasn’t seen Ocean’s Eleven.
I was very happy when this popped up on our Sky box movies package and it was on and being watched as soon as it was available. My friend Lora had told me that I’d love it and she wasn’t wrong. Starring Matthew McConaughey as a Theatre owning koala whose business is suffering and dwindling, and launches a singing type competition to appear in a show to generate business. Definitely recommend watching.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Ben bought me this DVD a few years ago for Christmas when he bought a lot of my old favourite films from my childhood in DVD format for me and we’ve only just gotten around to watching. Turns out Pooh Bear, is a dick! Watching as an adult gives you some fresh eyes on Pooh Bear, I’m glad he’s not my neighbour! Very nostalgic and I really enjoyed watching it again for the first time in probably 15 years or more.
Blade Runner 2049
I’d mentioned a couple of posts ago that we’d been to see this, and it was definitely much better than the original! The addition of Ryan Gosling’s head was going to be an immediate improvement for any film though. Overall I really liked the film, it was a little longer than it needed to me, and there were points that I just didn’t understand what the point of Jared Leto’s character was, he confused the film for me and it made more sense without him in it, it’s almost like he was a character for characters sake. But overall I enjoyed the film.
Dinner for Schmucks
An old favourite I picked out of the cupboard as one to rewatch as we’d not seen it in years! I’d been to watch this with one of my besties while I was still at uni and it ended up being a film I watched a lot as it would remind me of home. If you’ve not seen this film and you’re a comedy fan I’d recommend. Starring Paul Rudd who to get a promotion has to invite a ‘special’ guest to a dinner to qualify for his promotion. Steve Carrel is that special guest who is a mouse taxidermist, who not only becomes part of his professional life but also causes havoc with his personal life too. Like it more than I probably should.
Before I Fall
One I watched by myself on Netflix so didn’t count towards our 100 film goal for the year. About a girl who dies in a car crash with friends and she keeps having to relive the same day over and over. Weirdly when I was a teenager I had a very similar idea for a book/short story which I began writing and that’s how it ended up catching my eye. I enjoyed it, it wasn’t anything groundbreaking but it was short and kept me entertained as I was doing the ironing one night when I was home alone.
Same story for how I stumbled across this one, it seemed from the caption that it was going to be a bit more deep than what it turned out to be, I suspected it was going to be more about the impact of social media on young people’s lives, which it was but it was more in passing. It’s about an uncool girl, who ends up becoming one of the cool kids and becoming friends with a vlogger/social media star and ends up becoming a bit vapid before it bites her on the ass. A Netflix Original that filled the time but preferred Before I Fall out of the two.
I’ve decided for TV Shows I’m only going to talk about them once we’ve/I’ve finished a series now as it’s confusing trying to remember where I was up to the last time I updated and makes more sense recommending on a whole or not 🙂
We were late to the bandwagon on Stranger Things it’s always been saved on our Netflix list as a to watch but finding the time to do it over the the past year proved hard. We watched the entire thing in two days with absolutely no regrets at the start of October. We’re halfway through the second series *no spoilers please* and it will likely be finished by the end of the week. The show is just so binge-worthy and watchable, if you’ve been wanting to watch, or want something new to try I recommend trying a few episodes, it’s not normally my kind of thing at all.
Penn & Teller Fool Us
We put this on Netflix for nights when we don’t have a lot of time and we can just stop and start something and worked our way through both series over a couple of months. Essentially it was a talent competition for magicians to try and if they fooled Penn and Teller they won a slot opening for them in Vegas. The first series (based in the UK) was better than the second in our opinion, the second series it was 80% card tricks and became a bit boring after a while. Filled the gap of what we needed it to do.
My Mother In Law asked if I’d been watching Liar as it was about to air it’s last episode and I hadn’t and I managed to catch up on the whole series with a day or two. I don’t know why I don’t watch many UK dramas any more, I think it’s because there’s so many I don’t have a lot of time outside of other programmes I watch normally. This was so good, it’s been left open for a series two, I expect in a few months this will pop up on Netflix and it’s entirely worth a watch. It’s about a woman who believes she’s been raped after a date with a man, I don’t want to go much further than that as you spend most of the story trying to work out who is the Liar.
Another series I was late to the party on was Doctor Foster and I’d watched all of series one and two within about a week, the first I was hooked on and really enjoyed, the second I’m glad I had them all saved up on the box recorded to binge through as I think if I’d been waiting week by week I may have got bored. The ending felt a bit random for me – as I think it did with a lot of people who watched it. Essentially the first story sees the breakdown of a marriage after an affair, the first kind of carries on with the aftermath of it and her still incessant obsession over her ex-husband.
I’m both sad and glad that we managed to finish the US office. I’d never seen the ending as it was removed from Netflix when I was halfway through the last series and I never got the boxset until last Christmas. I’m already missing not watching it and will revisit again in a few years when it’s less fresh in my memory. I think this will become my program to rewatch forever.
The Confession Tapes
Fulfilling my true crime fix over the past few months was this Netflix original. I enjoyed watching it, each episode featured people who had ‘confessed’ to a crime who then pleaded not guilty, or were manipulated into saying that they did something and what the result of those confessions are now. I’ve since done some extra homework on some of the cases as some of them interested me and I think Netflix definitely had an agenda when it came to some of the crimes, but regardless I still enjoyed it and if you’re into TC then you’ll probably get some enjoyment out of it.
As always leave any recommendations of movies or television shows we should watch in the comments, and let me know if you’ve watched any of them too and what you thought!