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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

I started my holiday this weekend and I’ve already used my days wisely. Yesterday I spent the afternoon with a friend. We ate donuts, watched Spider-Man: Far From Home, and then ate loads of food. It was bliss but I was stuffed by the end of the night. Today, I woke up, took some photos, read, and had a nap. It’s been all go. So, if the rest of the week goes like this I won’t do a great deal but I’ll be well-rested. And hopefully well-read.

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TBT – The Emoji Movie (2017)

dp_3603343_tc_1400x2100_dp_3603344_emojimovie_2000x3000_est_25_Star_Rating_System_0_and_half_star I get bored with the argument that Hollywood has run out of original ideas. It’s an argument made by people who only give a shit about blockbuster films. Yes, we see a lot of sequels, reboots, and remakes these days but that’s not to say there aren’t original films. Independent cinema and world cinema are full of interesting and unique ideas that most supposed film lovers wouldn’t know about. Okay, there’s an argument to be made for the accessibility of these films. One that I understand the pain of. I live in the North of England and we don’t tend to get a lot of smaller films here. I mean we’ve only really just got access to National Theatre Live on a large scale. But that’s not something to go into now. So, yes, I don’t agree that filmmakers are running out of ideas. However, sometimes a film comes along where you have to think this must have been scraping the bottom of the barrel of film ideas. That they were literally out of all other ideas. The Emoji Movie was one of those films.

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Tuesday Review – Toy Story 4 (2019)

toy_story_4_poster5_star_rating_system_4_stars1 It’s been 24 years since the first Toy Story film hit cinema screens. I’m not sure if we saw it in a cinema but we definitely had a copy of it on VHS. My sisters and I all loved it. We must have seen the second film in the cinema because we didn’t own a copy of that. And Toy Story 3 came out when I was at university. It was a house outing because all of us had fond memories of the series. Fond memories that were completely manipulated by the story of aging and leaving your childhood behind. That’s exactly what a 22-year-old needed. It’s been 9 years since Pixar left us utterly broken at the scene where Andy waves goodbye to his childhood toys and gives them to the next generation. It was the perfect end to the series. Or so we thought. There wasn’t any need for it but, god, we were excited to see the gang again. There’s something about the combination of Tom Hanks’ voice and Pixar’s unbeatable animation that just makes you feel at home.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

I’ve got a holiday coming up in a week so, at the moment, all I can think about is getting through the next 5 days. The only problem is, I have to try and write a load of articles about football in those days. Something I know fuck all about. So, it takes a lot of research and writing obviously takes time. I don’t mind having to do it but my boss is really keen to get it done. I’m not sure he understands how long it will take to get it right. It’s a really good job that I’m so fast at typing. Touch typing is hardly an important skill these days but I guess it has done quite well for me. So well, that my boss even asked me if I’d ever thought about being a secretary because of it. Don’t worry. I bit my tongue and laughed it off. Even if the feminist inside me was screaming with a white-hot rage.

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TBT – Men in Black (1997)

men_in_black_poster5_star_rating_system_3_and_a_half_stars I remember going to see Men in Black at the cinema. Or at least I remember my friend being obsessed with the bloody cow at the beginning. She’s a bit of a weirdo. But I do remember enjoying the film. I would have been 9 so the silliness will have appealed. And we all know that the 90s was peak Will Smith time, right? Thanks to a bunch of underwhelming sequels, the first Men in Black film has become something of a classic. People have started to view it through rose-tinted glasses. In my review of the latest installment of the franchise, Men in Black: International, even I did it. So, after all these years, does Men in Black really stand up? Or have we all just been hit with a huge wave of nostalgia? There was only one way to find out. And it meant me having to put off starting Stranger Things until I’d watched it. Which now means I’ll stay up way too late watching season 3. The things I do for the sake of this blog.

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Tuesday Review – Men in Black: International (2019)

I didn’t get much sleep last night. I don’t know what went wrong but I woke up at 2am, went back to sleep for a couple of hours and then tossed an turned until it was time to get up. So, I was planning on getting this sorted out as quickly as possible and getting an early night. Then I started watching Murder Mystery on Netflix. I had to do it. You know I love a shitty Netflix film and this seemed pretty bad. But Netflix gave me a 98% match with it. All of those shitty Christmas films have really fucked up my algorithm now. God knows what my viewing choices say about me. Anyway, long story short, I got a bit involved in watching it and have only just started writing. But I’ll get there. I’m determined. I can’t have another terrible night.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

I’m probably not going to be doing a reading wrap-up post this month because I’ve been terrible at reading. I’ve only managed to finish one book and that was Detective Pikachu. I don’t know how it’s gone so badly for me but I’ve just not been motivated. And it’s not that I haven’t got enough good books to read. I’ve currently got about 4 on the go and I’m enjoying them all. It’s just I can’t seem to open the pages. I’ve been pretty lazy. I guess I’m just so tired at the moment. Thankfully, I just have to get through 2 more weeks of work and I’ve got a week off. It’ll be the last break I have before our busy Summer period. Maybe I’ll get some reading done then? Or maybe I’ll just waste my time doing nothing again.

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TBT: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

x-men_-_apocalypse5_star_rating_system_2_stars Have you heard? The latest film in the X-Men franchise is also the worst.  Which, considering the third and sixth films were both such stinking piles of crap. All of the hate surrounding Dark Phoenix got me so confused that I had to go back and rewatch X-Men: Apocalypse to make sure I wasn’t remembering it wrong. Maybe I’d just imagined that it was kind of disappointing? Maybe I had just loved Days of Future Past so much that I’d been extra harsh? I mean, it had been 3 years since I saw it. Although, in those years comic books movies have only continued to get better. Marvel have really hit their stride in the last 2 or 3 years. It’s highly likely that it’s the reason people are so harsh on Dark Phoenix. It came out months after Endgame and a year after Infinity War and Black Panther dominated the box office. Maybe we’ve just started to expect more from our superhero movies? Maybe we expect something that Fox were never going to be able to give us?

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Tuesday Review – Dark Phoenix (2019)

dark_phoenix_28film295_star_rating_system_3_stars Marvel may have cornered the market for superhero movies but the first two X-Men films are still two of the most influential and well-made comic book movies of the last 20 years. Bryan Singer’s first two mutant-based films changed the game and, arguably, paved the way for the last 11 years of Marvel greatness. But it hasn’t been plain sailing since those early days. As much as we like to forget about it The Last Stand was horrific and only seemed better once X:Men Origins came out 3 years later. The reboot/prequel series that started with X-Men: First Class in 2011 and, for a little while, everything looked okay. Days of Future Past was as fantastic as we all wanted but then Apocalypse. Boy, was that a whole load of nothing. Basically, it’s been difficult being a film fan and a lover of these comics. So, when Disney took over 20th Century Fox recently, it looked as though we might finally get to see the X-Men film that we all deserve. It just might take a really long time. So, if I continue to not count New MutantsDark Phoenix is going to be our last real look at these characters in the cinema. Which makes it a massive shame that people seemed determined to ruin it before it even hit cinemas.

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Monday Make-Up: Booksmart (2019)

booksmart_282019_film_poster295_star_rating_system_4_stars1 Let’s pretend it’s Tuesday 18th June and not Monday 24th. This is the film that I had intended to review last week but, at the time, I was probably holding my one-day-old niece for the first time. And, as I gave up all ideas of achieving anything last week, I didn’t even think about taking part in the Creatively Squared hashtag challenge. So, to get myself back on schedule, I decided I would post two movie reviews this week. Starting with a film that has followed me around social media since it was released. I was skeptical about Booksmart in the same way that I am about any film being given almost universal praise. It always seems too good to be true. And as much as I like Olivia Wilde, this was her directorial debut. Could it really be as good as everyone claims? I mean I’ve seen people already describing it as their favourite film. I never trust people who do that. Anyone who says the last film they saw is their favourite is either an idiot, a liar, or someone who has only ever seen one movie in their life.

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