Okay, so I can just about remember the first one of these from a couple of years ago, and that was a fun Christmas movie. At first this one seemed like fun as well but it soon grew to be a confusing mess of many strands, although somehow despite how complicated it was, there wasn’t a lot really going on. Two people had previously fallen out but after spending an hour together they fell back in love. And someone else got kidnapped but then rescued without much drama. Job done.
This was a lot better than I’d expected it to be, lovely Sandy running around being slightly hopeless but also getting to the heart of the mystery. I liked the two partners being antagonistic towards each other to start with but gradually growing to respect, if not like, each other.
Looking for something completely different to the disappointing blockbuster of Little Women, we turned to an indie music treat. I really liked this, it was slow and soft with good music and great acting, good connections between the cast. We’ve seen music stories before and stories about people coming home after a disappointing life, and this seemed to merge the two storylines together really well.
Unfortunately, I just didn’t like it. Flipping back and forth and giving away the big plot points within the first five minutes didn’t sit well with me. Also, whilst Saoirse was incredible as always, and Timothy so handsome it’s almost painful, I didn’t feel like the rest gelled. Oh well!
It’s taken a while for me to get to the end of Tehran, the Apple TV espionage thriller based in the Iranian city. Initially, I was watching it week on week as it was released, but I’m no fool. I knew the penultimate episode would have one heck of a cliffhanger, so I opted to save it a week and watch two episodes together. But then, a week became two and other things got in the way and oop, finally it’s nearly Christmas and I need to finish watching Tehran before the jingle bells start.
It had great humour (the restaurant scene was a lot of fun), some amazing fight sequences (could have done without the farm machinery, if I’m honest), and a female sidekick who was impressive rather than irritating. I also liked the recall of various moments repeating themselves… for good or for bad. So not a top notch movie but a lot of fun.
This week the 2021 Grammy nominations were announced and immediately two things stood out to me: firstly, I get very confused by the categories at awards shows and secondly, by far the more important fact, women are having a really good showing this year!
For the first time ever, all the nominees for best rock performance are women, and the same can be said for the best country album (sort of - if you see Little Big Town as being fronted by the two women, which I do.
Oof, this is a good album. I don’t quite know why I didn’t do this one when I have previously dipped into Snow Patrol’s back catalogue because it’s stacked full of great singles with lots of amazing work in between. There’s no real filler, and it’s all very moving and emotional.
Kylie’s talent at trying any new genre is amazing, she’s done pop obviously, and more recently country, but now we are firmly in disco territory - if the title of the album doesn’t give you enough of a clue. From start to finish this is an uptempo disco riot, good luck listening to it without so much as tapping your feet.
I do like how the new writers in the Frost series have channelled the feeling of the original set of novels but I’m not totally sure this one lived up to my expectations. It had a great start to the story and a great end, but seemed to get lost along the way in the middle. There’s a lot of waffling around and waiting for things to happen.