TBT Review – National Treasure (2004)

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

A friend of mine is convinced that Nicolas Cage has 5 truly good films. This is something that she’s maintained for years. The only problem is, she can’t actually remember what all of the 5 films are. There’s Kick Ass obviously and Face/Off. I think she also approved of Lord of War but, after that, things get pretty shaky. I’m pretty sure that National Treasure was one of them but that might just be something I’m choosing to believe. I also feel as though I should point out that her definition of good doesn’t necessarily mean top quality. I think it just means fun to watch. That’s the joy of a Nick Cage film. You don’t go in expecting to be wowed but you at least want to be entertained. You need him to be at just the right level of Cageism so he’s funny without being irritating. National Treasure offers perfect level Cage.

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

What a mad week. Work is getting more and more stressful as the days go by. That’s mainly because we’re being asked to do more despite the fact that we’re working fewer days. We’ll get there. On the other hand, I’ve had a pretty fun week. It was my birthday on Friday and we made the best of it considering the circumstances. I also got a few book related things to get excited about. Have I done enough reading? Not at all. Who can read with so much going on? I do need to get better this week. I have stuff for my next 2 reviews but I will need to catch up before next week. Today is going to have to be book focused.

Tuesday Review – ‎Bigfoot Family (2020)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I had quite a bit to do on Sunday and my day ended up massively going off the rails. Meaning I forgot about watching a film for today’s post until that evening I didn’t really have time to watch what I’d originally planned so I ended up finding the first quick thing I saw on Netflix. What I didn’t realise at the time was that this film was a sequel. I’m not saying that it became difficult to follow because it’s still a kid’s film. It just meant that I was a bit slow on the uptake with certain references. I just thought the writers couldn’t be bothered to include all of the necessary context, which seemed quite an interesting choice.

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

What a week it’s been. The UK have been given their lockdown escape plan and we have a potential end date in sight. Of course, I’m waiting to see how that actually works out but the idea of seeing people again does bring me joy. It’s a shame that the outdoor rules don’t start to change until 8th March because it’s my birthday on Friday. This will the be the first year when I haven’t arranged to see my twin sister at any point and it’s very weird. I don’t know when we’ll actually be able to meet up. After spending my childhood wishing that I didn’t have to share the celebration with someone else, it’s not great when you’re kept apart for reasons beyond your control. But, people have been celebrating their birthdays in lockdown for almost a year. I really shouldn’t complain.

TBT Review – 101 Dalmatians (1996)

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Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Have we all seen the Cruella trailer? I have to admit that it’s better than I expected it to be. Although I really wasn’t expecting much. I definitely wasn’t overjoyed when Disney announced that they were giving one of their most heinous villains a solo feature. After all, you can’t exactly do a Maleficent to a woman whose sole mission was to kidnap and skin puppies. I don’t see how you can try and humanise something that like. Are they going to try and convince us that Cruella’s only sin is that she was overlooked in the fashion industry? That she was too daring? Or maybe she’ll have been bitten by a Dalmatian as a child and that’s why she’s so keen to turn them into clothing? What is more likely is that this will be a film similar to Joker which suggests it was merely an issue with mental health treatment that allowed Cruella to become the monster we know her to be. I wasn’t here for Todd Phillips’ nonsense so why would I want Craig Gillespie’s gender swapper version? Also, why is nobody talking about how irritating and bad Emma Stones’ British accent is? I love her but it does not work for this character. How did she get it so right in The Favourite but not here? Shocking.

Tuesday Review – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

2020 was a difficult year all around but August brought with it a big blow to the world of cinema when it was announced that Chadwick Boseman had died. The actor had been secretly battling cancer for years and, on August 28th 2020, he died at his home aged 43. I know, in the age of social media, there’s always a huge outpouring of grief when a famous person dies but this felt slightly different. Boseman was a magnificent actor and was a big part of Black representation in the film industry. He had played some key figures in Black history and, as Black Panther, had proudly brought diversity to the MCU. Losing him so young was a shock and so many people felt it. Boseman’s talent will never be forgotten and he has justly been awarded with posthumous nominations for his work n Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. It’s a this time of year that I’d usually be trying to catch up on all of the films with all of the likely Oscar nominated films but I’m all out of sorts thanks to Covid. That wasn’t going to stop me watching this. I had high hopes for this film.

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

This week I found out that I was being out on flexible furlough, which means I’ll be working 3 out of 5 days a week. It’s not the best news ever but, considering the current economic climate, I’m grateful that it’s not worse. Of course, being the naïve dreamer that I am, I expected to use my afternoons to whirl through my TBR. Obviously, that didn’t happen. In fact, I’d say that I probably read much less this week than I have this year. I’ve just not been feeling it. I guess I’ve finally hit that start of the year slump. I’m going to try and get in a quick read to kickstart my system and see how it goes. I’m trying not to feel too bad about it but it’s hard.

TBT Review – Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Back in 2018, you couldn’t go anywhere without people talking about this film. Okay, when I say anywhere” I actually mean social media but the fact remains. Not seeing this film when it came out did set me apart from popular opinion. So why didn’t I watch it? To be honest, I just had no interest. I’m not a fan of the whole romantic-comedy thing and this sounded like every other film about two star-crossed lovers. Of course, this one had the added benefit of giving some much needed Asian representation on film. Even though didn’t actually go as smoothly as it should have. Even when we take one step forwards there is always going to be someone who complains about something. As it’s coming up to Valentine’s Day, I decided that I really should watch something of this type and it’s been staring at me every time I search through Prime. It finally felt like the time to do it.

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Is it just me or has this been quite a long week? I feel like a lot has gone down since I wrote my last Rundown. There’s been plenty of medical drama for the whole family but, fingers crossed, it’s all going to be okay. It’s just a bit of waiting. Aside from that, it feels like I’ve managed to do a lot this week. I’ve finished 4 books in total now, which is madness. That’s nearly half of the books I read in January in 1 week. God knows how I’ve managed it but it’s happened. Just sit back and watch me hit the biggest slump in the history of reading slumps.

Tuesday Review – Baby Done (2020)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I think this week is going to be a busy book week so I considered not doing a Tuesday Review again. However, I knew that if I avoided it today then I’d set a precedent that would allow me to miss it whenever I wanted. Considering that I’ve gone from reviewing 2 films a week, it wouldn’t be long until I was only posting book reviews. I’m reading more now than I ever have but I’d still only be reading enough for 2 reviews a week. It’s quite a step down from doing 5 a week in 2020. So, I decided to stop complaining and watch a damn film this weekend. This is one I was interested in watching as soon as I watched the trailer. I like Rose Matafeo and Matthew Lewis is obviously pretty cool. Then there’s the fact that it has Taika Waititi’s seal of approval. Surely it had to be worth a watch?