July’s the winter of our discontent

Books:

I read two books in July while off sick. I needed something easy to read, that wouldn’t leave me exhausted, so opted for ‘Landline‘ by Rainbow Rowell. I’d really enjoyed ‘Fangirl’ and ‘Attachments’ previously so thought it would be a good fit…and it was. I read it in a single sitting which is pretty much my ideal way of reading a book. I did struggle a bit with the characters as communication is such an important thing to me, so it was frustrating that they were just so bad at it. I also read ‘Places no one knows‘ by Brenna Yovanoff after the author was recommended to me by a friend. This one didn’t really do it for me. I really liked the main character and the way her detachment was handled, but I struggled with the best friend and the story felt a bit too tediously high school for me. I do enjoy that both novels had a touch of magic/supernatural that’s never explained though – books that are set in the real world but have one random magical element always appeal to me.

Music:

Presented without comment.

Movies:

Wonder WomanThoroughly enjoyed this one, it’s basically Thor meets Captain America: The First Avenger. I loved the background of Themyscira and would happily have watched a whole film about Hippolyta and Antiope kicking ass. But nevertheless I really enjoyed Diana’s innocence and hope, neither of which stopped her from getting shit done. And I loved how the overall theme of it was very Dumbledore-esque. I saw this twice and it really struck me on the second viewing how so much of it is about self-belief. It’s when Diana believes in herself that she can be what she needs to be. And I am here for it. Also, the Wrath theme is a thing of beauty and I want it playing in the background whenever I do anything, ever.

Spider-Man: HomecomingI’m not a huge Spider-Man fan (comics are ok, loathed the Toby Maguire films, Andrew Garfield’s was fun) so I wasn’t tripping over myself to see this, but bf is a big fan so off we went. It was overall pretty enjoyable. The thing I enjoyed most was that Tom Holland is actually believable as a high schooler. He fits that part perfectly. And I liked that Peter was a nerd but it wasn’t that loner sad kind of nerd, he had a kid who bullied him but it wasn’t a jock, and he was just going about his life, being a nerd and not minding it. More of that in films please! It’s not sad being a nerd! Anyway, it was an enjoyable watch. Some funny one liners. Too much Iron Man though.

Baby DriverObviously this is a film that revolves around its soundtrack. The music is everything here. And I love good film soundtracks. I thoroughly enjoy Edgar Wright’s films (Scott Pilgrim is one of my all time faves) so I had high hopes for this one. It mostly delivered. Solid car chases. Solid supporting actors – John Hamm is great, and Kevin Spacey is just living his best life. I loved that Baby and Joseph used sign language, and how natural that was – more mainstream films with that sort of thing please. What I didn’t like was that the whole thing kind of fell apart towards the end when Baby could easily have solved all his problems by simply answering a yes/no question honestly. There was no motivation for him to not do so. Also, he goes on like two dates with Debora and then they’re in love and running away together? Uh. Ok then. Overall enjoyable, and well worth a watch.

DunkirkHoly CRAP. I do not like war films, I don’t cope well, I get extremely anxious and end up crying because of the waste of human life, so in general I avoid them. But everyone was going on about this and bf wanted to see it so off we went. This film took about 20 years off my life. I’ve never been this stressed in a movie theater. I had my hood up the entire time and had marks on my neck from where I was digging my fingernails into my skin to stop from freaking out. This film is incredible when it comes to recreating the feeling of war. One review described the experience of watching it as being reminiscent of shell shock and that’s certainly how I felt. It is relentless. I’m really sick of non-linear storytelling but I thought the way this was told was actually quite clever, seeing the timeline from different points of view. I really appreciated the minimal dialogue as it felt true to the story being told, and the horror of war doesn’t really require many words. The score was incredibly important in creating the tension and anxiety in the viewer, and it did a damn good job of it. Overall, very effective film, would not say I enjoyed it.

June whatever

Look, I didn’t do much in June. The Lions Series was in full swing and every fibre of my being hated it. So most of my brain power was spent on work and maintaining the will to live. It was tough. I read one book, which was for work and called ‘Architechting Experience‘. I don’t know, it might be useful if you’re into marketing and user journeys and shiz like that. I also only saw one film in Wonder Woman, which I of course saw on opening day. I’ll add my two cents during the July recap – I saw it again this month so it’s technically still true.

Only really bothering to sum up June cause I think my playlist was kinda fly. And we can all agree that Lorde’s Melodrama is a glorious masterpiece, right? It’s the album 24 year old me desperately needed. Also the bass line on Charlie Puth’s ‘Attention’ is out of control. So there is that.

TED Talk Tuesday

I’m a mess. I am full of contradictions. There are many ways in which I’m doing feminism wrong.” I am so here for this. So often I hear people critiquing the feminism of others and while there is certainly always lessons to be learned, I think it’s important that we welcome everyone dabbling in feminism. Gotta start somewhere.

 

It’s gonna be May

Books:

I haven’t read much as work is insanely busy at the moment (also the reason this is so late, stupid Lions). I read ‘Feminist Fight Club‘ by Jessica Bennett. I’ve read a fair few of these books recently but I still found this interesting as it was mainly focused on the workplace. A quick, easy read with humorous and informative bits. Not world changing, but a good read.

Music:

Thoroughly enjoying the 1D spin offs, good on them all. Harry Styles’ album is pretty sweet listening, highlight is definitely ‘Kiwi’. Also ‘Malibu’ by Miley Cyrus is an absolute tune and was on heavy rotation this month.

Movies:

Didn’t see everything I wanted to but still got through a bit.

Bright Lights: Caught this at the Edge Documentary Film Festival with a friend, and it was thoroughly captivating. This film paints an intimate portrait of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, and also Todd Fisher. It explores their relationship and their eccentricities and it is especially poignant in light of Carrie and Debbie’s passing last year.

Get Out: I don’t actually like horror/thrillers but I had to go see this after the insane rave reviews. I’m glad I did, even if it was mentally scarring. Basic premise: Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. Weird shit goes down. That’s all I’m saying. The cinematography and imagery work double time, and the score is sensational.

A Dog’s Purpose: This film follows a pup trying to discover its purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. I went to see this with my work wife as we’re both obsessed with dogs. I cried once, laughed multiple times, and got particularly overwhelmed by the cuteness of the corgi. Dogs are the best. We don’t deserve them.

King Arthur: I love a good Guy Ritchie film, judge me all you like, I don’t care. This plays out like a heist film, is a complete bastardisation of Arthurian legend, has Charlie Hunnam  playing cockney Jax Teller and Jude Law hamming it up and I am here for it. Lots of women get fridged, sadly, and there is an all too brief cameo by the delightful Katie McGrath who should just be in all Arthurian things. But I enjoy a bit of popcorn action and this fit the bill, even as I sat there quoting Monty Python to myself.

Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!