Left it a bit late, oops!
I read a work related book called ‘Superfandom: How Our Obsessions are Changing What We Buy and Who We Are‘ by Zoe Fraade-Blanar and Aaron Glazer. It’s interesting from a marketing point of view but it doesn’t really go into too much depth on the power and motivation of fandom. Interesting to see how fandom works in other contexts but probably not as much detail as I’d like. I also read ‘Fated‘ by Benedict Jacka, the first in a series about an London wizard named Alex Versus. A friend of mine really rates this series so I wanted to like it a lot more than I did. It’s very similar to the Dresden Files (which I got bored of very quickly) and lacks the charm or innovation of the similarly premised Rivers of London series. Would really recommend the latter if you’re looking for some good urban fantasy but I’ve decided to keep going with the Alex Versus series for now to see if it improves. Lord, how I hate a series. Finally, I read ‘Manhood: How to Be a Better Man – or Just Live with One‘ by Terry Crews. I adore Terry (especially in Brooklyn 99) but really knew nothing about him. This was a quick and easy read that certainly revealed a lot about the man and what he’s gone through. Really hated how he referred to women only ever in context of being wives, mothers or sisters, well-meaning though he is. An interesting read and made the bf read it as well.
Will never get tired of ‘Northern Downpour’. Never.
My Year With Helen: This documentary follows former NZ PM Helen Clark during her campaign for UN Secretary General. This made me want to do something that actually made a difference in people’s lives. Helen Clark is a national treasure and a bona fide role model. The realities and bureaucracies of politics and government is, as always, soul crushingly disappointing. Would recommend.
Blade Runner 2049: This film is so achingly beautiful to look at. Weta just does such incredible work. Lots of complaints about its length but I thought it was perfectly paced (and I didn’t feel like checking my watch once during it, which is always a good sign in my own opinion.) It felt really true to the original Blade Runner and had the feel of classic films from ye olden times, the type we just don’t get anymore. Both Gosling and Ford delivered great performances. I am so here for it.
Thor: Ragnarok: This film is everything I ever wanted in life. The first Thor has always been my favourite of the Marvel films because it was unexpectedly hilarious and strong ethos. Ragnarok is simply a beautiful build on that. The comedic timing, the characters, the easter eggs, the cinematography, the music…everything is on point here. Taika Waititi is a DELIGHT and if you haven’t seen his other films, get on that asap. Also, Cate Blanchett. Enough said. Sometimes I just think of the scene below and crack up laughing. It’s a serious problem.