Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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I’m writing this after angrily unfollowing someone on Instagram for being an idiot. Okay, I shouldn’t call them an idiot but they said something I couldn’t accept. As you will no doubt know by now, I’m super judgmental of people when it comes to certain things and this poor person happened to be discussing a subject near and dear to my heart: Mary Wollstonecraft. She’s everything. Vindication on the Rights of Woman is undeniably great. Letters Written During A Short Residence is undeniably heartbreaking and adorable. Maria is undeniably gothic and awesome. I love her. So am always intrigued when she’s mentioned on Instagram. And today she was. Not just Mary Wollstonecraft either. Mary Shelley and Ada Lovelace were brought into the equation. Now I realise the bringing this up now is super mean and petty of me but I want to get this rant out. Otherwise I’ll go and rant on their post and that really is out-of-order. So this person said

I have long-held a fascination with Byron, Shelley and the Romantic poets and have been hugely gratified to see the women in their lives coming more and more to the fore. Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace and their respective mothers were sharp, intelligent, radical and creative and it’s always a joy to read about them all in more depth.

Now, aside from the dodgy grammar on show, there is nothing wrong with this sentiment per se. I love people who love the Romantic poets; it’s kind of my jam. I have two dissertations to prove that its my favourite literary period. And I always love seeing other people embracing the women of this period. But, what riled me, was the idea that these women are only just being recognised. And the fact that Mary Wollstonecraft was relegated to the role of Mary Shelley’s mother. The fucking mother of feminism doesn’t even deserve to be name-checked! What? But the whole thing just reminded me of the time Donald Trump pretended he knew who Frederick Douglass was and how he was being “recognised more and more”. Mary Shelley wrote one of the most read, most popular, and most adapted pieces of fiction in the last 200 years. Mary Wollstonecraft is one of the most important female writers ever. And Ada Lovelace was a fucking genius. These women have been, rightly, celebrated for years. It’s just a vacuous statement that is intended to make you seem like you have so much depth. But it’s just stupid. And I got unnecessarily angry about it. So angry I’ve made you all pay the price. Sorry, let’s get on with the rundown and pretend this never happened…
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Throwback Thirty – Punchline (1988)

Throwback Thirty – Punchline (1988)

220px-punchline_movie_poster5_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars At work today, a friend and I were trying to come up with our fantasy dinner party guest list. You know, where you pick 5 people living or dead to attend your perfect party. Looking for inspiration I did the only thing someone in this day and age can: I Googled it. I was shocked to find one person picking Tom Hanks for her top 5. Tom Hanks? Out of all of the people of the past or present they’d pick Tom Hanks. But, I guess, he’s Hollywood’s Mr Nice Guy. He’s for sure one of the most charming actors around. And I don’t think I can imagine a more charming pairing than Tom Hanks and Sally Field. Sally Field is so fucking adorable that together I guess you’re just gonna be constantly smacked around the face with charm. It’s like that Black Books episode about the travel writer. One of the quotes suggesting the reader was “swept away on a wave of charm”. And, knowing very little about Punchline, that’s exactly how I felt going in to today’s TBT film. I couldn’t imagine this film being so bad that I ended up not still loving the two leads.

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Tuesday’s Reviews – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Tuesday’s Reviews – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

jurassic-world-poster5_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars It’s been 25 years since the original Jurassic Park was released and it still remains one of the most loved and well-made films many people have ever seen. It is a childhood favourite of many and you really can’t say a bad word against it to most people. Something I found out recently during one of my quite normal tirades against Steven Spielberg. I love more than a few of his films but, I have to admit, he is something of a hack these days. It was after I’d seen Ready Player One and I was pissed about it. So I happened to mention to a work friend that, even though I love Jurassic Park, it isn’t a perfect film. I mean, yes, there is technical brilliance and some super memorable visual moments but there is some of shit there. It’s just that the rest of it is so good that the bad bits don’t matter. Suffice it to say that nobody was willing to even listen to my argument so I gave up. What cannot be denied, of course, is that the subsequent films have all been going downhill. Even dropping the word “park” from the title hasn’t done much. Jurassic World was an entertaining enough film but it could never live up to the original. So my hopes for the second in the World part of the franchise weren’t necessarily high. I mean, yeah, I was still desperate to see it but I kind of expected it to be shit. Until, another work friend came back from the cinema using the phrase “better than the first”. Well, I just had to check it out now.

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Someday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Someday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Another rough work weekend is behind me and I have one more day to get through before I have two days off. I need them and I’ve only been in for 3 days. I’m not in a great place work wise but I think I’m finally out of my slump. I’ve been really loving reading at the moment and, thanks to a surprise Netflix slump, have been spending more time on my current reads. Hopefully this year is turning around for me in one area at least.
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Throwback Thirty – Bloodsport (1988)

Throwback Thirty – Bloodsport (1988)

il_570xn-1411671634_eu8k5_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars I’ve been off work is week and it’s been so nice. A week without stress and being able to do whatever I wanted. Unfortunately, I have to go back tomorrow and am really not looking forward to it. I had every intention of getting an early night but, naturally, I put off writing this ’til the last-minute. But, hey, the way I’ve been this week the fact that I’m writing this on the right day is something to be praised. And, as TBT films go, I’m super excited about this one. I don’t think I really have a favourite genre of film but, if pushed, I’d definitely say that terrible sports movies are up there. Emphasis on the “terrible”. Good sports films are all well and good but they take themselves a bit too seriously. I like the dreadful ones like Mighty Ducks 3 and Little Giants where the acting is horrible, the storyline is full of clichés, and the sport is an after thought. So, taking this into account, my pick for this week’s TBT film is an absolute doozy. I mean not only is it all about a full contact underground martial arts competition but it stars Jean-Claude Van Dame in a role that almost netted him a Golden Raspberry award. What could be better than that?

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Tuesday’s Reviews – Game Night (2018)

Tuesday’s Reviews – Game Night (2018)

movieposter5_star_rating_system_3_stars There’s something about seeing Jason Bateman’s face on a movie poster that screams “this film isn’t going to be as good as it could be”. This effect is heightened when accompanied by the words “from the guys who brought you Horrible Bosses“. Anyone who’s been around for a long time may remember that I reviewed Horrible Bosses back in 2015 and was, to put it mildly, unimpressed. And there are countless examples of me watching underwhelming Jason Bateman comedies. I still strongly believe that there is a great actor somewhere behind the gurning facade we see in most of his films. Recently we’ve seen him move into more serious roles so hopefully we’ll finally see him do something really worthy. Until then we’re left with films like Games Night. I knew as soon as I saw the trailer for this that I didn’t really want to watch it. The only thing it had going for it was the West Highland White Terrier on the poster. We used to have a Westie when I was younger so I’m super fond of that breed. I’m blaming the film’s dog for my eventual watching of it. It’s so bloody cute I had to watch it.

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Someday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Someday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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So last week was super stressful at work and this weekend was horrendous. It was so terribly organised and I ended up coming home exhausted. Which is the main reason I dropped the ball in terms of my Sunday Rundown. Why did I also forget to post yesterday? Who knows but I did. I’m here now. Even though it won’t be very interesting. I didn’t really have time for book buying last week so I finally achieved a non-book-haul week. Still, better late than never, this is my rundown for last week.
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Throwback Thirty – Willow (1988)

Throwback Thirty – Willow (1988)

willow-movie-poster-1988-10204689425_star_rating_system_2_stars So, I’m having a bit of a Ron Howard moment right now thanks to Solo and the newest series of Arrested Development. He’s the kind of director who has done more films than I remember. I know his Dan Brown films, Apollo 13American Grafitti etc but he’s done a lot more that I always forget about. It was only after the character of Ron Howard brought up the film Willow on an episode of Arrested Development that I was reminded that he directed that film. I think I just get stuck on the George Lucas part that I just ignore anyone else that actually had a hand in making it. In my head, this is a film that was made by George Lucas, Val Kilmer, and Warwick Davis. But no. The ginger kid from Happy Days, obviously, had a hand in it too. So how much of this film have I forgotten over the years? It seemed like a good time to revisit it so, ignoring the rules of my TBT jar, I went ahead and watched it for today’s review.

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Tuesday’s Reviews – Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

Tuesday’s Reviews – Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

4e37494f828ceba94bd79c98be1c183e5_star_rating_system_1_and_a_half_stars Back in 2012 I was majorly surprised by how much I enjoyed Pitch Perfect. As someone who has vehemently hated everything about Glee I didn’t necessarily see how it would be my thing. But I loved it. The cast was great, the script was funny, and the musical numbers were really good. I mean, yes, it did have that “isn’t the 80’s great” mentality that so many young people have these days but that was one of only few criticisms I had. I guess I just really like Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson enough to put up with. However, the second film was certainly pushing it for me. I still enjoyed that feeling of nostalgia and fun that remained but there wasn’t really a story there. It was just a rehash of the first one. Hell, if it had been a Star Wars film there would have been thousands of outraged fans campaigning for it to be removed from the canon. So, I have to admit, the idea of a third film didn’t really grab me. I wasn’t exactly rushing to see it, which is why I’ve only just got round to it. So was it as bad as I expected or was it worth the wait?

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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It’s been an odd kind of week. Work’s been very hit and miss and I felt exhausted by Thursday. Of course, added to all the family stuff that’s going on at the moment, I wasn’t my best self that day. It wasn’t a typical dark day but I was particularly mopey and irritable. Friday was better. Non-work related it’s been a pretty good week. A few of my work-mates and I went to see out colleague perform in a musical and it was a great night. He was so good and, despite having played down his singing ability, can really carry a tune. It was such a nice evening. It’s been an okay reading week too. I finally finished a book. Yes, it’s taken me a couple of months because of my slump but its something. So I’m now onto a new read and will actually have something to review on Wednesday. If I hadn’t woken up yesterday with the shittest cough ever I would be ending the week on a massive high. I guess there always has to be something.
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