Since the year began, I have been keeping track of all the movies and shows that I have watched (as well as the books I’ve read… notice how that isn’t a category here😂). It’s a tradition I started last year, and decided to continue because I wanted to diversify the types of films and shows that I was watching to become more open minded and ‘cultured’. Before you go on, I apologise in advance for my interchangeable use of the words ‘film’ and ‘movie’ because I can never decide which to use.I won’t bore you with my whole list, and since I reviewed Zootropolis last month, I will continue from there. In the time between then and now I have watched an astounding three films 😂. They are; Maleficent, Barbershop: The Next Cut, and Iron Man. All three are very different, but I thoroughly enjoyed each of them. Come to think of it, I have actually watched two other films in the past month, one of them being Friend Request, however, it spooked me out so much that I just want to push it out of my memory, so I won’t be talking about it.
I loved the cinematography in Maleficent, although, despite efforts not to be, it did still come across as slightly cliché. But Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning’s performances were fantastic and the movie was entertaining overall, if not unusually dark for a Disney film. Similarly to Zootropolis, I appreciated the social relevance of Barbershop 3; the comedy was great, as was the character development and consistency, especially being the third movie in the series, as well as the representation of different age groups in the film. I chose to watch Iron Man as I have been meaning to enter the ‘Marvel Universe’ for a while; I wanted to catch up so that I’m able to watch the Black Panther movie in the cinema and actually follow what’s going on, as I’m interested what they will do with the character. Also, there is a big hype surrounding the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this hype is only going to last for the next couple of years, as we have already reached Phase Three of the studios planned clusters of films being released to follow their narrative arc. My interest in Marvel has also extended to TV, which I will now talk about.
I’ve been watching quite a few shows lately. The ones I’ve given the most attention to are;
- Prison Break
- The Flash
- A Different World
- Agents of SHIELD
Out of the six, shows I would have to say that I enjoy Prison Break the most as the storyline has so many twists and turns, which engages me greatly because, believe it or not, watching movies and TV shows can actually be a chore for me I find it very difficult to sit in one place for an elongated period of time before getting bored a
nd wanting to do something else., which means, often I have to watch movies in episodic bursts, for instance, it took me three days to finish Iron Man because I kept losing interest or getting distracted!
However, with Prison Break, I find myself losing track of time, thinking ‘that can’t have been forty-five minutes gone already!’, and considering whether or not I have enough time to fit in another episode. I love how the characters are forced to get along as a result of their shared common goals and enemies. The only other shows that I’ve watched, in recent memory, that have had the same effect on me are; The Office (UK) and Extras. I could watch them all day! But with shows like Daredevil, I find myself losing interest by half-way, not because it isn’t interesting, but because I feel it is unnecessarily elongated. It could be due to the fact that I have not connected with the characters yet and so have no pull-factor to draw me into the show. I guess over time this will change and I will feel more inclined to give the show my full attention.
Apple Music has been a great tool for discovering (and rediscovering) music for me lately. I am also elated to find out that they are introducing new reduced rates for students, which is great if it is true. This month I have been listening to a wide variety of music from the likes of Kaytranada, Tame Impala, Hiatus Kaiyote, Skepta, Sade and Coldplay. A strange mix, I know, but as I said, I am trying to be open to new things. You can read more about what I’ve been listening to in this month’s Fresh Music Roundup here.
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