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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?

Big weekend this weekend. Endgame weekend. I had to wait until Saturday morning to see it but I managed to avoid spoilers. I’m going to be dedicating this week to the film. My Tuesday review will be spoiler free but, instead of a TBT post, I’ll do a spoiler filled analysis on Thursday. I’ll end the week with a celebration of my favourite small moments. It’s a really weird feeling now that I’ve seen it. Not only am I still processing everything but it feels like something has ended. Those of use who have been there since the start have been with these characters for over 11 years. It feels really personal and important that we’re at this point. It’s the end of an era. And the film was such a celebration of the original 5 Avengers that spending a few days talking about them only seems fair. So, I hope you’ll indulge me just this once. And, it gets me away from the problem of deciding which Marvel film to revisit for my TBT. Who could chose?

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Tuesday Review – The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

mv5bmjmzotuwnzgyov5bml5banbnxkftztgwnjk3mtqwnzm40._v1_5_star_rating_system_3_and_a_half_stars I don’t know who is in charge of creating the trailers for Joe Cornish’s films but he needs to have a quiet word. The first time I saw the Attack the Block trailer I absolutely hated it but, as a long-time lover of Adam and Joe, I wanted to give it a chance. The film was certainly better than the trailer made it seem. It was a fun play with a much seen genre and Cornish really made the most out of his younger cast. It was the film that introduced us to the great John Boyega and gave us yet more evidence that Jodie Whittaker was a force to be reckoned with. And look where they both are now. An ex-Stormtrooper and Dr Who respectively. Cornish has a talent of gathering a great cast and making things work despite appearances. So, when I first saw and hated the trailer for his second film, I couldn’t help but cringe at The Kid Who Would Be King. It just looked like a boring children’s blockbuster that made obvious jokes and wasn’t very exciting. But I had hope. And, let’s face it, it had to be better than some of the adaptations of the Arthurian legend, right? I mean there have been some stinkers.

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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?

Happy Easter to you all. I’ve had a wonderful weekend so far. Good Friday was spent doing nothing. Yesterday I went on a walk with my sister so my legs are agony today. Tonight I met a friend for a wonderful drink. And, magically, I still have one more day off. Seriously, the simple joy of a bank holiday is lost on people who haven’t spent most of their life working them. It’s a lovely feeling. I could get used to a 4-day week. I’m not sure I could wangle it though. I will say, the only downside has been all the chocolate I’ve consumed this week and will continue to consume this week. It’s going to be bad man.

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Throwback Thursday – Hellboy (2004)

xohsnvy9gub1z30cdrikw9yygtw5_star_rating_system_3_and_a_half_stars As you already know, I’ve been trying to get ahead with posts. Tonight I went out for dinner for a friend’s birthday. Tomorrow night I’m going to see Adore Delano after work. I came home already to get an early-ish night feeling quite smug when I remembered. I needed to write this TBT post. I’m already a book review behind so it’s not as if I can even push it back until Friday. I’m devastated. I’ve not slept well the last few nights because I was so obsessed with finishing Daisy Jones & The Six. Sleep didn’t matter when I was so deep in that story. So, the idea of another night being up later than I meant to just fills me with sadness. Thankfully, I no longer work weekends or bank holidays. This means, for the first time in years, I have a four day Easter weekend. What am I doing? Is sleeping an adequate answer? I should probably do stuff so I don’t waste it but my bed and books are calling… but I guess they’re always calling. Just like now so I’d better not put this off any longer.

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Tuesday Review – Hellboy (2019)

hellboy_28201929_theatrical_poster5_star_rating_system_2_stars Is there something of an Arthurian revival going on at the moment. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve watched two films that involve the legend of King Arthur. Last week I finally managed to see The Boy Who Would Be King and now we have Hellboy fighting a foe who was almost vanquished by the legendary King. Am I missing something? Not that I’m complaining. It’s a great story. You know I love swordy stories about Knights and Wizards. It just seemed like my life was being dominated by it. Anyway, I should really be reviewing the Joe Cornish film this week as it was the one I watched first but I came back from Hellboy on Saturday night needing to get this out. I have a lot of thoughts. So many thoughts that I don’t think I really talk about the plot much in this review. Basically, the set-up is much the same as 2004 film but this time we’re fighting an evil old witch who wants to release Hell on Earth. She was stopped by Arthur and Merlin years ago but is back. So Hellboy and some new friends, have to stop her. Standard comic book stuff really. But could it possible live up to its predecessor?

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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?

Another good week at work this week. I feel like I’m getting more comfortable with the job. Although, I still feel like I don’t know anyone. I just never really see people. I should probably make more of an effort to introduce myself to people but it takes me weeks before I’m comfortable enough with people. When I started my last job one of my closest friends already worked there so I’ve never had to experience being completely alone at a new job before. This is where a little more self-confidence and a little less anxiety would come in handy. Because, at the end of the day, not speaking to people just makes me more anxious which means, if I have to speak to someone new, I get more tongue-tied. I like to think that this is the curse of being a younger twin. I’ve pretty much never had to deal with other people on my own throughout my life. But, really, it’s just cause I’m a socially inept idiot. And that’s something I need to work on.

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TBT – Carnage (2011)

carnage_film_poster5_star_rating_system_4_stars1 I’ve been listening to a lot of Podcasts at work lately but I don’t like to listen to the grown-up ones. I tend to listen on my way to and from work and during the quieter times in the office. So, they need to be light and not distract me from what I’m doing. Obviously, film podcasts are up there for my listening pleasure and I’ve just started getting into a new one. I plan on talking about that in-depth later this week but, for now, a recent episode has inspired me for this TBT post. In one episode, Nish Kumar (British comedian interested in politics and social commentary. Also, one of my weird comedy crushes but enough of that) was talking about how he can’t watch Woody Allen movies any more. And I get it. I’ve read Dylan Farrow’s letter and I get it. The allegations prove that Allen is not a nice man but how far do we tie up a person with their art? Do the awful things he’s done suddenly mean that Annie Hall isn’t a good film? It’s a question I’ve continually asked myself and I have no answer. But it came to my mind when I decided to finally watch Carnage this week. I’d forgotten who directed it so when the name Roman Polanski came up on the screen I paused the film. Ultimately, I decided that watching the film wasn’t me letting him off. But I still felt weird about it. But this isn’t the place to get into this.

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Tuesday Review – Holmes and Watson (2019)

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So, I think I’m finally at the end of my list of outstanding reviews. It feels like an absolute age since I saw this film so it’s a relief to be finally writing it up. And I was pretty excited about seeing this one. I mean, there was a time when seeing the names Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly on a movie poster would bring nothing but glee. So, the idea that they were coming together to reinvent Sherlock Holmes, another of my major loves, was perfect for me. Let’s be honest, since Stephen Moffat came along, the baker street detective has started to be taken a bit too seriously. The fan girls want him dark, broody, and sexy. Despite the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch is a far cry from the man Arthur Conan Doyle came to despise. What we really needed was for someone to come along and take him down a peg or two. But then Holmes and Watson came along. Complete with rescheduled release dates and Sony refusing to screen the film for critics. It quickly became clear that this wasn’t going to be the film we wanted it to be.

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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?

It’s been a super weird week for me this week. I started me new job on Wednesday so it’s all been a bit of a blur. I’m getting my head around the new role and the new people. After being at my old job for 14 years it’s a massive adjustment. I keep telling people that it’s like coming out of prison, which is only partially a joke. There are certain things that make me feel like an idiot. I’ve worked weekends and bank holidays for as long as I remember so the idea that I get Easter off is kind of messing with me. It doesn’t feel legit that I get two extra days off. As is I’ll take Good Friday off but then have someone calling me to find out where I am. Something that is really stupid in the real world. So, it is hard to escape the feeling that I’m a little out of my depth. I knew my last job inside and out and it’s all a bit difficult feeling a bit useless. However, I’m confident that I’ll get there and end up doing great things. Or, at least, things.

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Throwback Thursday – The Lego Movie (

268x0w5_star_rating_system_4_and_a_half_stars I vividly remember writing my first review of The Lego Movie back in 2015. It was because I was writing it with a pen and paper. I was on a train going to and from a course at work but, because they’re always held in the middle of nowhere, it meant a 3-hour round trip. So, I decided to try to get my thoughts in order after recently re-watching this film. It was a second watch because I, stupidly, hadn’t been mad keen the first time. I enjoyed it but everyone was raving about it. So I figured I might be missing something. And I’ve never been more happy that I did. I bloody loved it second time round. It was fun and the twist was brilliant. The animation was, obviously, stunning and the voice performances were perfect. I became a firm fan of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and the pair have only continued to do wonderful wonderful work. I’m sorry I ever doubted them.

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