Tuesday Review – The Starling (2021)

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

After Melissa McCarthy was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar in 2019, I finally thought that Hollywood was ready to offer her some juicier roles. I know that she loves a comedy but, as we’ve seen, they don’t always work out well. Can You Ever Forgive Me? forced people to see just how talented a performer she is beyond slapstick. I get excited every time she appears in a new film but, for the most part, I end up disappointed. That doesn’t stop me hoping and I will give pretty much everything a try if she’s in the cast list. The fact that her latest film also stars Chris O’Dowd was just an added benefit. He’s another great actor who hasn’t been given the kind of meaty role that he deserves. Maybe this time would work out for both of them?

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

After last week’s disappointment, I’ve actually had quite a productive week. Thanks to having to get through a really repetitive and boring task at work, I’ve finished 3 audiobooks. Yes, they were quite short but that’s beside the point. In a matter of days, I have already made it over halfway through my monthly reading challenge, which is ideal. It means I might actually get to finish the two books that I have in mind for the other letters without having to rush. Hell, I might even manage another spooky book or two… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. One good week doesn’t mean anything.

TBT Review – Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I was at university when Between Two Ferns started, which was perfect timing. I spent all my free time on the internet and, as an English literature major, I had plenty of free time. It was as if it has been tailored my sense of humour. I was a huge fan of awkwardness and making people uncomfortable. So, watching Zach Galifianakis play the role of an awkward interviewer was perfect. Of course, it’s good that the show didn’t run on for years and years because it’s the kind of premise that would have got tired very quickly. So the announcement that there would be a movie spin-off was interesting. We know from the likes of SNL that short skits don’t translate well into a longer form. Which is probably the reason that I’m only just getting round to watching it now.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I’ll be honest, in terms of reading, it’s not gone well this week. I think I went too far with the blogging and just overstretched myself. I was so tired most evenings that I couldn’t face doing anything. So, I thought I’d catch up with an audiobook but that didn’t exactly go to plan either. It just means that I’ll have to work hard to catch up in order to complete my October reading challenge. Very very hard.

Tuesday Review – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021)

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I like to think that I’m a musical theatre geek but, the truth is, I don’t actually watch a lot of musical theatre. I’m not just talking about during the Pandemic but in general. I know the classics but there are so many modern examples that I know very little about. Aside from Hamilton, I’ve not kept up with contemporary musicals. Add that to the fact that I’d not watched the BBC3 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 and you can see that I wasn’t really rushing to watch the film adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. But, I also think it should be celebrated for putting drag culture further into the public domain and, you know, Richard E Grant is everything. So, I settled down this weekend to watch it.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

My first week back at work hasn’t been too bad I guess. It’s finally getting a bit quieter and less stressful. It’s also been easier to keep up with my reading. So, I managed to finish everything that I needed to for my monthly reading challenge. I also managed to post something on the blog every day to help get on top of my book reviews. That’s the one bad thing about reading so much in a week and something that makes a change from having nothing to write about a guess.

TBT Review – A Bug’s Life (1998)

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Do you remember how for a short period in the late 90s there was a load of drama about two animated films about bugs. It was a crazy time to be alive. For years, I believed that I had watched both Antz and A Bug’s Life. However, it has come to my attention that this was a false presumption. I definitely watched Antz because I remember Woody Allen’s voice. Admittedly, I doubt that I knew who Woody Allen was at the time but I probably thought it was funny. I also wouldn’t have known who anyone in A Bug’s Life was either because I was 10 in 1998. Good job I’m watching it now I’m 33. That way I can spend the whole time going “I recognise that voice” as I Google the cast on my phone.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I go away on holiday today, so this will be my last post for a while. Well, unless the weather is absolutely dreadful and I’m stuck inside all week. Then I’ll probably just write something to keep busy. Of course, I should use the time to get ahead with my reading. I had 10 books to read this month and I only finished the 5th one yesterday. If I don’t come home having read at least 3 then I don’t think there’s anyway that I’ll finish my Spell the Month reading challenge this month. I can’t get so far through the year and not manage every month.

Tuesday Review – The Green Knight (2021)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I can’t remember if I’ve ever read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. I never spent much of my time reading Middle English poetry. Although, I had an awareness of the story, so I might have briefly touched upon the subject. Now, normally, I don’t think it’s important to know the original text before you see an adaptation but I think this might be a bit different. After all, Middle English poetry isn’t something that many modern cinema audiences are necessarily ready for. Especially when the adaptation is potentially going to be mistaken for an epic fantasy action film. In the age of Game of Thrones, the idea of what fantasy is has become pretty specific and The Green Knight was sure to be that straightforward.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I thought I was doing okay this week but I definitely tapered off towards the end. I’ve been feeling rotten all week and I reckon I’m just tired. Whatever it is, I reached a bit of a low yesterday and all I want to do today is relax. That won’t happen as I’ve got a lot to do. I just need to keep remembering that I’ve got one more week of work before I’m on holiday for a week. I cannot wait to get away and have a proper break from everything. Will I be taking plenty of books? You betcha. I’ve still got a lot to get through.