So how has your week been? What have you been reading?
It feels like ages since I last wrote a rundown… almost like it was last year. Badum tish! Be aware that I do hate myself for that. But it does feel like a really long time since my last rundown. Last week was just a nightmare and then I ended up planning so many posts for New Year’s Eve that it seemed stupid writing a rundown anyway. I don’t think you missed out on much. I was still reading Normal People at the time and probably hadn’t watched anything fun on Netflix. So it would have been a waste of time anyway… just like this week’s.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (2018)
Even though I’d already declared it to be my number 1 film of 2018, I still had to post my review of the latest Spider-Man film here. It will come as no surprise that I gave it a glowing report but, if you’re still interested, you can find my review here.
- BOOK REVIEW – Normal People by Sally Rooney
Starting off 2019 in the right mind-frame by having a book review ready to go. I finished this book on New Year’s Day so, even though I was reading it for most of December, it counts as my first book for this year. It’s the one everyone was talking about in 2018 but I was still worried it wouldn’t live up to expectations. Find out if it did here.
- THROWBACK THURSDAY – Twilight (2008)
It feels like a really long time since I’ve written a TBT post without putting 1988 in the title. This new freedom I have to watch anything I want obviously got the better of me because I went all nostalgic for the first 2019 throwback. I went back in time to my first ever review and rewatched Twlight. I was interested to see if my feelings had changed on it over the years. To see if it did, click here.
- Mythos by Stephen Fry
I’ve had this on my shelf for a few months so I decided it was finally time. And, as I already owned the audiobook, it made it all the more exciting. Listening to Stephen Fry narrate is own book is magical and just reminds me of our old Harry Potter cassette tapes. It’s perfect.
It’s January, who has the money to buy themselves books any more? Plus, I’m going to try really hard to decrease the number of unread books on my shelf this year. I can do it. I know I can.
- Netflix Binges – Drag Race,
- Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
I went through this for the first time before New Year but I wasn’t sure where to talk about it. So, I’m doing it here. My first thought, the story isn’t the most interesting or exciting. Particularly when compared to the standard we’ve come to expect. It follows a pretty obvious path no matter which choice you make. I was sort of hoping it would shock me or, at least, be scarier. This just makes me think they spent so long on developing and making the game play work that the story was just incidental. They just picked the easiest thing to play with, added some slightly meta details, and left it there. Still, as an experiment in user experience for entertainment, I think it was a fairly successful thing. It was a lot of fun to go through and the idea of being able to go back is great. I’ve always loved chose your own adventure stories so this was always going to be exciting in some way for me. Still, it makes me wonder what they could have achieved if they’d spent a bit longer coming up with a more original story line.
Who is Murdocal? A casual critic who is a little bit too obsessed with pop culture. A young woman who swears and rants much more than she knows she should whilst trying to make her way in an adult world she isn't prepared for. A not as recent as she'd like literature graduate who, between job applications and subsequent rejections, has turned to the internet to fight the boredom and review the shit out of everything.
"Maybe, just maybe, I'm the faller. Every family has someone who falls, who doesn't make the grade, who stumbles, who life trips up. Maybe I'm our faller."