Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOK REVIEW – Last Christmas curated and edited by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise
I managed to squeeze one more book into my list of finished titles for 2019 I’d started dipping into this selection of essays early in the month but it wasn’t the kind of book that I really wanted to read in one go. It ended up taking a bit longer than a book this length normally would. Read my review to find out whether 2019 ended on a literary high or a low.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – The Irishman (2019)
The Irishman is one of the biggest films of 2019 and it seemed as though it would be a certainty that Netflix would finally find Oscar glory after Roma was so horribly snubbed last year. Unfortunately, if the Golden Globes showed us anything it looks as though the streaming service might go wanting again. Neither of its two big hitters got the huge recognition everyone expected. It was only Marriage Story‘s Laura Dern who walked away victorious. So, is this a view of what’s to come? Are the Academy going to punish the great Martin Scorsese for daring to put out his film online? Imagine if he got overlooked in favour of Endgame! He won’t but I like the idea of Scorsese sitting at home, eating ice cream from the tub, and watching as one of his favourite theme park movies took his glory. But I digress, go check out my review to find out where I really stand on Scorsese’s latest.
- BOOK REVIEW – Nomad by Alan Partridge
If all goes to plan, I will hopefully manage to get through one book and one audiobook a week for most of 2020. It worked for the last few months of 2019 and, if I continue to put time aside for reading, I should manage it this year. I started off this plan with a book that I’ve been meaning to read for ages. A book that I didn’t think would be as much fun if I read it as normal. So, when it turned up as part of an Audible deal, I took my chance and decided to start the New Year with something funny. If you’re a Partridge fan, read my review.
- T.HROWBACK THURSDAY – GoodFellas (1990)
It’s Martin Scorsese week and, because he’s such a genius, there were plenty of films that I could have watched for my TBT this week. I decided to be selfish and watch one of my favourites. Seeing Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro together in The Irishman and watching Ray Liotta doing great things in Marriage Story really did get me in the mood to watch this film again. It’s been too long. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.
- FRIDAY FAVOURITES – Films of 2020
The majority of my Friday Favourites so far have been book based. I hadn’t planned it but it just felt like more of a bookish thing than a film thing. This week I wanted to look forward to the year ahead but, because of my self-imposed book ban (more on that joke later), I’m not thinking about upcoming releases. So, it made way more sense to do a list of films that I’m most looking forward to. The only problem is there are so many of them. I stuck to 10 but it was hard. 2020 is going to be an interesting year. Head over to my post to see them.
- Noman by Alan Partridge
I finished this on a sleepy Sunday last week. I’m a big Partridge fan and having the audiobook version seemed like the greatest idea ever. It was lovely snuggling up and listening to Steve Coogan performing as his greatest comedy creation.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Listening to this as I type and will definitely finish it today. This is the second audiobook of 2020 and it’s another old favourite. Neil Gaiman narrating his own stories is such a great idea. I love the voices he puts on here.
- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous edited by Ocean Vuong
Still making slow progress with this one but I think it’s a really great book. So well written and engaging. I really want to know about Little Dog’s story. I just need to get over my book inertia.
So, this book buying ban is going well. Since January, I’ve not stopped buying bloody books. I’ve shown off a lot of my latest purchases on Instagram this week but I’ve just got 3 more titles.
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid – I know I said I didn’t care about 2020 releases but I was super excited by this one. The story seems very topical and I’m hopeful for how this one goes.
- The Binding by Bridget Collins – The Waterstones Special Edition of this book is currently half price and, as I was already making an order, it only seemed fair to include it. This is a book that so many people have recommended that it was time to find out for myself.
- Braised Pork by An Yu – Hopefully, the final book that I buy for a while at least. I’ve seen this book everywhere and nobody seems to have anything bad to say about it. It sounds like such a great story that I couldn’t not buy it. This is going very near the top of my TBR pile.
- Zumbo’s Just Desserts – I love this show. Yes, it’s not as much fun as something like Nailed It but I love seeing all of the creations. I’m a pretty good baker and I get frustrated watching people doing things that I know I could do. However, I’m not very arty. This show is full of great creations that I know I’d never be able to make look that good. I love it.
- Outlander – I decided to give this a go one night. I watched the first episode and I’m unconvinced. I’ve never been a huge fan of historical novels but the time travel historical novel just does nothing for me. And this show just seems so derivative. Just an excuse for people to watch attractive men in kilts have sex with young ladies. Pure Tumblr girl porn.
- The Thick of It – This classic BBC comedy is so good. Considering how fucked the political situation is at the moment, it seemed like a good idea to go back and watch this. This seems tame nowadays.
- Horrible Histories: The Movie – I think the Horrible Histories TV show is genuinely amazing. It’s so stupid but really well-made. I wish it had been around when I was a kid. So, I’ve always wondered what the film was like. I decided to find out yesterday.