Just glorious. My knowledge of Springsteen is limited at the moment but growing all the time, and I like what I hear. This documentary is so good - soft and gentle, introspective and thoughtful. It’s about friendship and loss, about connections and re-connections. It’s about the strength of music, of a group, of the power of getting together exceptionally talented people.
It was laugh out loud funny in a lot of places, but it really felt like watching a couple of sketches put together. The through story wasn’t really fleshed out enough to fully sustain the movie, and it was a short one at that. There’s a good moral in there about not using your phone too much but it did find it hard to strike the balance between telling a story with a moral and really just frowning on the modern world.
I liked the format of the story - the highs and lows of a final night on the town for a group of friends, with the flashbacks of a relationship slowly falling apart. Eventually the two strands meet and I was really happy that the end was an affirmation of female strength rather than dropping back into the old familiar.
I was completely convinced that there wouldn’t be a bad Julia Roberts movie, but I was wrong. Couldn’t get past the twenty minute rule on this one, it was awful! She just wasn’t a sympathetic character at all, flipping out about a prophecy that she essentially forced upon herself, ditching her husband for no apparent reason and having a complete meltdown about it, and then jumping in with the young actor starring in the play she wrote so their dialogue was unfathomably pretentious.
Some nice classic Oasis here, this was their debut album. I’ve already consumed (What’s the Story) Morning Glory, and obviously this one doesn’t live quite up to the heights of that. But what I like about this is you can feel all the potential in there. Songs that hit the spot and some that don’t but you just know these guys are gonna hit some heights.
I love Travis but didn’t realise this album was coming out so it was a nice surprise. I really liked listening to it, devoured it straight away and was more than happy to listen twice. The only thing is, it wasn’t that memorable. Looking back from the distance of a few days, I can’t remember what any of these songs were.
This was a spur-of-the-moment choice - pick something random off Netflix and see how it unfolds. It was good actually, a slightly crazy idea but at least a relatively original one. The two leads were good and they had great chemistry together, and there were moments that really made me laugh - the Tiffany song in the car was brilliant.
Every now and then I dip into the world of Zombies Run even though I’m not much of a runner these days. I forgot I had bought this book a while back, and actually reading it now was really uncomfortable! It’s brilliantly written and gets you right into the world they are portraying. But some of the hopeful notes and “being healthy is all you can do right now” messages were surprisingly on point.
Once the assistants met and started bantering with each other, things really picked up. Zoey and Glenn are adorable apart and together, and as I mentioned Pete Davidson stole every scene he was in. The bosses were caricatures really but you get to know a bit more about their motivations as the film unfolds and it’s interesting how the relationships change and evolve.
I really didn’t know anything about this book other than that it had been made into a film that I haven’t actually seen yet. I didn’t realise it was about vampires! But it’s a really interesting read, isolating the protagonist as seemingly the last human left without the vampire virus.