Skip to main content

My December in film

Ohh it's been a while since I've done a monthly recap hasn't it? Have you missed them? I ended up with a crazy amount of time off work during December, having stockpiled my holidays throughout the year, and so that left me with a lot of time to throw myself in to a few TV shows and new films. I'll not bore you with the various 90's Cult shows I re watched for the thousandth time and instead talk about some some very meme-worthy new offerings!

Birdbox


Ok, I’m getting this out of the way because it seems like the whole world watched Birdbox over Christmas. Well... 6 million out of 6+ billion. Netflix’s best opening week for one of their original movies and it’s been causing so much buzz and meme material - even as we enter our second week of January it's still going strong - that it’s difficult to find people saying whether it’s actually any good or not. And I’ll be honest I’m still a bit confused about that myself. I enjoyed it, the acting is decent, and I appreciated the skill and danger of knowing that they filmed all those dangerous scenes actually blindfolded. But I never really invested in the characters - except Sarah Paulson... weep - And I have a major issue with one of the major plot points. I'll save you from spoilers but its a solid 3/5 for me.

The Favourite

Two words. Olivia Colman. Whilst you’re supposed to be focusing on the sapphic love triangle and rivalry between Rachel Weiss and Emma Stone I could not take my eyes off of Colman - who has just picked up a Golden Globe for the role. Her performance as the brattish, spoiled, clueless Queen Anne is just wonderful. The film is a, somewhat pretentious, view in to the ridiculous world of 17th century nobility. Or least it wants to be. You can’t be mad at the Barry Lyndon-esque pretenses, given the subject matter, and I’ve no idea whether people actually behaved as scandalously as they are betrayed or if this was just the writer saying "f*ck it, lets be ridiculous" but I enjoyed it either way. With Mary, Queen Of Scots coming out later this January female led period dramas seem to be the key to bagging yourself some Oscar buzz this awards season. 4/5

Aquaman

During the press screening of Aquaman I got so angry that I forgot I was surrounded by "serious film people" and should be on my best behaviour and actually began shouting at the screen and gesturing wildly. Thankfully it was during a really loud scene so only those closest to me would have been disturbed; I apologise to them all. Aquaman is ridiculous. It is full of clichéd jokes, lazy writing, overused cinema tropes - the Wilhelm scream? Really?? - seriously bad CGI, the bechdel test isn't even considered, and most of the acting and directing is just generally laughable.Despite this Jason Momoa seems like he is living his best life, which makes me sad because his best life could be so much better. Despite all of this, and my physical outrage as I was watching, it is still the best installment of the DC extended universe. 2.5/5

The Return Of Mary Poppins (or what I like to call Lin Manuel-Miranda The Movie)

Part of me really wanted to dislike this fairly jaded sequel to Mark Poppins. Is there anyone of adult age who doesn't consider it one of their all favourite films? Most of this latest 'installment' doesn’t give me the “magic” feeling that the original did but then I do have to remind myself that I’m not a young girl anymore and that this film is not made for me. So, yes, I could tear it apart but I don’t want to. I do want to take a moment to appreciate Lin Manuel-Miranda who gives every ounce of his soul trying to keep the pace of film high and gives excellent wide-eyed hopefullness throughout - I also appreciated them slotting in some Hamilton-esque numbers because he does it so well. The animated sequences in the middle are which really brought me back to my childhood; that old sixties era classic Disney that I love. If Disney could forget all these sub par live action remakes and just get back to making wonderful animations that’s would be great. 3/5

Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse

Speaking of wonderful animations, I did not expect my film of the year to be a Spider-Man cartoon. I mean I hoped it would be good but I didn’t expect it to be great. It was nice to see Myles Morales introduced in to the spidey universe and the internet is abuzz with new generations of children discovering superheroes and, for the first time in their lives, seeing themselves in the character! We laughed the whole way through the film and came out discussing all the different eastereggs and plot points that we had noticed and I'm looking forward to seeing what else they do with this multiverse. The possibilties are endless! 5/5

Bandersnatch

The selling point of this interactive episode of Black Mirror was that you could create your own ending, having worked out fairly early that this wasn't the case and that choice is an illusion I lost interest in the actual choices and spent the rest of my time working through the various scenarios. I love the concept and I even enjoyed the story line at the base of the episode but from a user experience point of view there is much be learned. 2/5







Comments

  1. For pure enjoyment I think Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse is probably my favourite film of 2018.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love your blog. It is very informative. You have given a fresh outlook to the topic. I would definitely share this on other platforms as well. Voucher Codes

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My Homage To The Gods Of WAH

Hello boys & girls! And welcome new followers. Michelle & I are very excited to share our thoughts with you.
Ok, cheesy bit over with, it's been a while since I've done a proper NOTD post, I was very conscious that I was being too nail heavy so have avoided writing about my recent weird/disastrous creations. But I have to mention my current talons because I've had so much feedback on them from friends & colleagues.  First up, these are not my design, those in the know will recognise them from WAH NAILS.
[edit] I forgot to mention that I saw a post from Little Red Fox where she did a much closer take on the design which inspired me to have a go! Maybe this could be the start of a Nail Meme? [/edit] My interpretation is loose as I didn't have the colours to just straight copy them. Secondly, this was my first ever attempt at leopard print nails so its a bit dodgy I apologise. My favourite nail is my left thumb as you see below (apologies for the dodgy photography…

Something a bit lacey.

I've FINALLY got round to trying out these Nail Rock wraps. I've had them for months but it's just one of those things I've been putting off for ages.
They are really pretty and amazingly easy to put on, with the help of a hairdryer and a bobby pin!
The only downside of these are I can see them peeling a little at some of the edges already, but I type all day in work so it's understandable. Though a mani for me can usualy tough it through a week under the same circumstances.
Pretty, no? x

obsession? or Collection?

Just before Christmas my best friend Gayle was expressing her shopping woes when it came to my present. Know my love for Barry M she wanted to get me some but was scared as she didn't know what I already had! So she asked me to blog my collection for future reference. 
CRINGE!!!
Dare I reveal the entirety of my obsession? Because, lets face it, I can pretty it up by saying I'm collecting but I'm plain ole obsessed and everyone knows it! So here goes...






So there it is, a close up of my ever expanding "collection". Or at least the ones I have with me in Belfast. I have more in storage & sneaky order from Cult Nails (treatments rather than new colours as much as it pained me not to indulge) on the way.
I think I need help. Any NPAA* groups in belfast?

*Nail Polish Addicts Anonymous.
**No this not a real OPI, for starters the real That's Berry Darling is pink! Its was cheap off eBay & was the only polish on there that was the exact shade of Yellow that I…