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The Perfect Storm

Published May 15, 2021

The Perfect Storm

It’s just brutal. Such a good movie but so heart-wrenching, so tense, so ultimately sad. All these people risking their lives for what? From start to finish this movie is brilliant though, at first delving deep into the lives of these fishermen - the distubances of having to come and go and the struggles of those left behind. Then the boats take to the sea, the storm descends, and it’s a very visceral experience from there. It’s the kind of film that leaves you flat and depressed, but worth the ride.

The Great Outdoors

Published May 15, 2021

The Great Outdoors

I’m sure I’ve seen this before, it all felt quite familiar, but I didn’t remember any specifics of what was going to happen. It’s a good, solid John Hughes movie - a family thrown together in awkward circumstances, rubbing up against each other in all the wrong ways but learning to love each other by the end. Exactly what you’d expect.

S Club by S Club 7

Published May 15, 2021

S Club by S Club 7

Yay for the lovely manufactured pop sounds of the 1990s. There’s nothing particularly special about S Club 7 in the 90s pop universe, but they do have some good and memorable songs. I was a bit surprised that there were a couple of more Spanish-influenced numbers on there, and I liked it when it stumbled on to a track clearly letting the boys taking centre stage for a change. Overall just a nice, feel-good, pop album.

When God Was Great by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Published May 15, 2021

When God Was Great by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I really loved this! I don’t think I know this band, but I wish I did because that Ska beat is so uplifting. It’s almost impossible to listen to this without bopping along, tapping your feet, etc, etc. The only downside is a lot of the songs sound the same, looking at that track-listing I honestly couldn’t pick out which song was which now, but I loved it while I was listening. Definitely one to revisit in the future.

Ghost Town

Published May 9, 2021

Ghost Town

I liked this a lot more than I was expecting to! You have to like Ricky Gervias, otherwise it’s not going to be your cup of tea, because he’s really doing his trademark stuff of being sarcastic and fed up of the human race around him. He does it very well, but it does make it quite unbelievable that Téa’s character would actually come to like him.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Published May 9, 2021

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

This was a bit of an odd film that was okay while watching, but the more I think about it, the more boring it seems to be. At heart, the problem is I just don’t care about Jean Grey, she’s not a very interesting character and I’m not sure Sophie Turner does a very good job with her either.

Stowaway

Published May 8, 2021

Stowaway

Wow, what a ride. This movie is intense from the opening moments of blasting off with the crew into space, to the sudden realisation that they’re a team of four and not three, and then everything that follows! At heart, the moral dilemma is an excruciating one, almost impossible to know what the best thing to do would be.

Bring It On by Gomez

Published May 8, 2021

Bring It On by Gomez

I had honestly never heard of Gomez before, even though they seem to have many, many albums. This is their first one and actually I quite liked it. The underlying songs are great, there is the occasional moment where the band try something experimental and it’s okay but drags on just a beat or two too long. Reign it in just a bit and this would be a really solid album.

Soul by Eric Church

Published May 8, 2021

Soul by Eric Church

The third part of Eric Church’s trilogy, of which I only have access to two, is just as good as the first. In fact, I think I preferred this album to Heart (something Mr C and I disagree on), but they’re ultimately quite similar. This one is slightly less rocky and more bluesy, and I really enjoyed it. Hell of a View stands out, being the single, but I enjoyed the whole thing.

Who's next to hold the shield?

Published May 7, 2021

Who's next to hold the shield?

I can see why The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was scheduled to be the first of the new breed of Marvel TV shows to appear on Disney+. It’s a more standard superhero series than the innovative approach taken by WandaVision. However, I loved both of them equally in different ways. Falcon was a much calmer show, despite traditional action sequences, superhero fight scenes and plenty of drama. Although it had all that you might expect from a MCU movie, Falcon had a lot more.