Film Review – The One And Only Ivan (2020)

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

When I read Katherine Applegate’s book The One and Only Ivan last week, I didn’t know it has been adapted into a film. So, it seemed like the perfect choice for my film review this week. It’s an annoyingly common theme within the bookish community that the book always has to be better. That no film adaptation can ever be as good as the written word. I’ve already written a post about how wrong this idea is, so I don’t judge a film until I’ve seen it. Meaning I had to see if this lived up to the book.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

What a weekend. I had a great day yesterday but it was busy. Meaning very little time for reading. Today is going to be almost as hectic, which means I’ll struggle to finish my current read in time for my review next week. Meaning I’ll have to fit in an audiobook at work on Monday. It’s fine though. I just need to get through to Wednesday this week and then I have a week off over Easter. I cannot wait. No big plans but sleeping and reading are a priority. I need this break.

Film Review – The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

So, last night’s Oscars ceremony was pretty memorable, right? It’s a shame that Chris Rock’s bad and offensive joke is the thing that people will remember more than anything. I know most people are focusing on Will Smith’s reaction, and it’s not something I’m dismissing. However, the conversation should really be about why that joke was even made in the first place. You might think I’m a little oversensitive as a fellow alopecia sufferer but that doesn’t make Rock’s joke any less misogynistic, disrespectful and totally unnecessary. Why bring her into it? Why make a joke about an illness that she can’t do anything about? Fuck, Chris Rock.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

March is never the best reading month for me because it’s my birthday month. I tend to have busy weekends, which means less time for books. This year, I’ve also felt really rotten. I’ve self-diagnosed myself with Covid so many times because of how bad I feel. Thankfully, all of my lateral flow tests have been negative. If I can just get rid of this cold, I should be able to get back on track in April.

Film Review – West Side Story (2022)

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I’ve had to change my schedule a little this week because I still haven’t finished my current read. I’ll get round to it soon but I just didn’t have as much time to read this weekend as I’d wanted. So, I moved my film review up to today. I’ve been meaning to watch this for a while but kept finding excuses not to. If I’m honest, I wasn’t sure how much I actually cared. I’m not entirely confident that I’ve ever seen the 1961 film adaptation. I know that we used to listen to the soundtrack when we were kids. I remember it playing in the car and us having a lot of fun. Although, I don’t know whose influence this was. I guess one or both of my parents maybe.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I’ll be honest, I haven’t read a lot this weekend. I’ve not really been feeling it for one reason or another. It’s been very frustrating but it happens. I’m still doing pretty well for the year, so I’m not massively concerned. But I do need to get back into the habit of reading physical books. I’m relying too much on audiobooks. Not a problem in itself but I have too many physical books to get through. One day I’m sure I’ll get the balance right.

Film Review – Turning Red (2022)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

It isn’t surprising to find out that a certain group of people have turned against Pixar’s latest film release. Those idiots on the internet who don’t like people who look, act and speak differently to them. I’ve seen snippets from reviews say that it is only relevant to a small audience or that it’s unrealistic. Yeah, and I guess Wall-E, Up, and Cars were all super relatable and true to life. The word woke has been tossed around a lot as you would expect. Then there are those who think children shouldn’t be made aware that periods are a thing. I don’t know why I expected anything else but it’s getting boring now. It’s an animated movie for fuck’s sake. There are worse things going on in the world to worry about that.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

In the last couple of days, I’ve finished two whole books, which makes me feel a little more comfortable about how much I’ve read this month. It’s hopefully a good sign that I’m not actually in a reading slump but just a bit tired at the moment. We’ll see how things go this week. It should be a slightly less stressful work week which will help. Or at least I hope so.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

We’ve only got one more day left in the month which means I’m madly trying to finish all of my current reads. I should be okay but I’m so tired right now. Obviously, it’s been quite a week in terms of world news and I haven’t helped myself by doom scrolling on Twitter constantly. This is certainly going to be quite a memorable decade and not for the right reasons.

Film Review – The French Dispatch (2021)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wes Anderson isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. I know this. He can be a little too quirky and whimsical for many people. I have friends who can’t stand him. I do think he sort of shot himself in the foot a little by making The Grand Budapest Hotel so funny and accessible. It gave more people the Anderson bug but they don’t get the same feeling from his other films. Personally, I enjoy his work. It’s like a little aesthetic escape from reality. His films are an antidote to the doom and gloom that we regularly see around us. I get excited every time a new film is announced. If it hadn’t been for the pandemic, I would have raced to see The French Dispatch at the cinema as soon as it came out. As it stands, I’m still avoiding public spaces as much as possible without totally ruining my life. Meaning I had to wait for this to come to Disney+. Better late than never.