Happy New Year! Hope you all had a good one. I’ve decided that although I’m happy to give up the pressure of writing movie reviews and other blog posts, I miss it too much to give up all together, and so I’m going to comitt to writing a weekly round-up of what I’ve been watching and reading. Which, in true ‘me’ fashion, is already a day late. I’ll be trying to get these posted on a Sunday moving forward!
I’ve started my movie and book journal, and I’m loving it. I’ll share some of the pages with you soon but one of the things I’m most excited about is to continue with Mettel Ray’s Hidden Gems Challenge! Because I stopped blogging at the end of last year I never got to complete the challenge and missed out Emma Thompson and Oscar Isaac, but I’ve carried them over to 2022 and added 10 others. I’ll share them next week but spoiler alert, January is Andrew Garfield month. Don’t ask me how I felt about No Way Home, I’ve seen it 3 times now and noone needs a heartfelt ramble about how much I loved ‘THAT MOMENT’.
So, what have I watched? Here you go…
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts (2022) – Loved this. I hoped it would have taken on the format of the Friends reunion but it was so lovely to revisit the magic. How bloody cute are Emma Watson and Tom Felton? It’s still crazy to look back on how popular the books were, my Mum used to take me to the midnight launches and I’d manage about 3 pages before I fell asleep.
The King’s Man (2021) – Honestly, the first 45 minites of this were so, so dull. I was really disappointed. When it finally picked up I loved the rest though, I thought it was better than the previous one. The scenes with Rasputin were downright hilarious. That death scene halfway through really shook me!
The Matrix Resurrections (2021) – I don’t know why I watched this, I never understood the originals. I mostly half-watched this and enjoyed what I did understand. I can imagine it was pretty epic for fans of the original movies though!
Never Let Me Go (2010) – And here’s the start of the Andrew Garfield challenge for January. I couldn’t shake the feeling while watching this that it was a cross between The Lobster (2015) and a book I read last year called Klara and the Sun. Lo and behold, Never Let Me Go is based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, the author of Klara and the Sun! I appreciated that book but didn’t love it, and I feel the same way about this movie.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) – I’m basically just documenting my downwards spiral into a new obsession here, aren’t I? I watched the first Amazing Spider-Man movie last month and man, it was so good to revisit them. I adore Tom Holland, and his Spidey movies are the best of them all, but Andrew Garfield will always be my Spider-Man. ❤
The 355 (2022) – Wow, this was bad even for a January release. Full of every cliche in the book for the spy genre, and you know it’s bad when even I spot the ridiculous plot twist coming a mile off. Someone behind me in the cinema said at one point towards the end “How is he not dead yet?” and I don’t know if he was referring to a character I won’t name for spoiler reasons, or one of his friends bored to tears.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) – Yes, this is now the third time I’ve seen it in the cinema, and yes, I still cry when Garfield catches MJ. Whoever wrote that scene needs a Knighthood!
That’s actually quite a lot of movies, isn’t it? TV wise I’ve started rewatching Schitt’s Creek again, and The Office US too. They’re perfect feel-good shows to have on in the background. I’ve also been watching Dexter: New Blood. OHMYGOD. I hated that finale however many years ago. I scoffed when they announced New Blood. I swore I wouldn’t watch it, but I gave in and I have loved every single episode. I can’t wait for the last episode tonight!
I set my Goodreads Challenge at 25 books this year after reading 22 last year, and I’m feeling quite optimistic about hitting that target. I finished reading Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty the other day, although admittedly I was already halfway through it by January 1st. I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to, though. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the characters, and kept reading just for them. There was a strong tennis theme which didn’t bother me although I’m not a fan of tennis, but I just found the final reveal to be really anticlimatic. The ending chapters to do with COVID felt forced in for effect and the character Savannah didn’t get what she deserved at all.
Next up I’m reading The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood. If you’ve heard of it you’ll never exactly what drew me to it! I don’t read a lot of romance novels, I try to read a variety (but always turn to mystery/thrillers) but crickey I’m reading this book fast. I’ll no doubt have finished it by mid-week. It’s just impossible to put down and I’m a sucker for stories like this.