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Dangerous by Michael Jackson

Published November 28, 2021

Dangerous by Michael Jackson

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to any MJ but it takes only a moment to be plunged right back into the heart of his genius. This album is stacked full of little tweaks and accents and MJ vocals and 90s sounds and it’s just great from start to finish. I thought the album would suffer for having Black or White on it, which is arguably his greatest song, and really an incredible number. But because it is towards the middle, you’ve got plenty of time to get invested before the greatness happens.

30 by Adele

Published November 28, 2021

30 by Adele

I have to hold my hands up and admit, I don’t get why everyone is so crazy about Adele? She is undeniably talented and one of those artists that wears her heart on her sleeve, so to be applauded, for sure. But people go crazy for her and I don’t totally get it. But I couldn’t ignore the new album, being raved about as it was.

Home Sweet Home Alone

Published November 27, 2021

Home Sweet Home Alone

The biggest challenge with these movies is making the situation plausible - getting left behind is a pretty big deal so it needs to be believable. This one did a pretty good job, split flights, one parent thinking the child is with the other. I also liked that they weren’t just a big bad pair of burglars, there was another side to the story too.

Charlie Wilson's War

Published November 26, 2021

Charlie Wilson's War

I didn’t know this story but once I saw it had Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in it, I was on board. It’s a dense film, as you might expect from Aaron Sorkin, with a lot of politics and moving parts to keep track of. But it does a really good job, and even a fool like me could follow what was actually an emotional story.

Outside the law

Published November 24, 2021

Outside the law

It feels like you can’t move for seeing good press about The Outlaws, the recent comedy from Stephen Merchant. I finished watched it a week or so ago, and it was so good, I just wanted to add to the celebration of such a good show. Here are five things to love about it: The cast. From relative unknowns to the supremely famous Christopher Walken (how on earth did that happen?

Off the Rails

Published November 23, 2021

Off the Rails

You pretty much know what you’re getting with this, a truly British film where four friends go travelling in memory of their sadly deceased friend/mum. They all have their own issues and there are some interesting relationship dynamics between them as well, so there’s plenty of adventure along the way. I hadn’t expected it to have such an emotional punch, what with Judi Dench making an appearance as a grieving mother, and the fact that this was Kelly Preston’s last film before she died.

Strictly Come Dancing 2021, Week 9 thoughts

Published November 22, 2021

Strictly Come Dancing 2021, Week 9 thoughts

Musicals week has arrived, and it’s one of those that all the couples say they were desperate to participate in… but we’re getting to the sharp end now and the good have to be even greater to get through. Also, this is the first week in Strictly history that Craig Revel Horwood wasn’t on the judging panel, replaced by Cynthia Erivo. It was fitting, as she’s a superb theatre star with plenty to add on the couples performances.

Red Notice

Published November 21, 2021

Red Notice

Ah, loved this. It’s a frothy fun heist movie and nothing more. The plotting isn’t intricate, other than the inevitable twists and turns and double-crossing along the way, but it grabs you and sweeps you along on a wave of the three fabulous leads and quite a lot of comedy. I wasn’t expecting to laugh as much as I did. I’ve seen some snippy reviews and critics opinions to this, but it’s supposedly the highest movie draw Netflix have seen, and I believe they’re going to make two sequels going forward, so it can’t be all that bad! I really enjoyed it, and to be honest, was sad when it was over!

Finding the right shot

Published November 21, 2021

Finding the right shot

Recently, I watched Shang-Chi, the latest Marvel movie, and it was really good but I couldn’t have predicted the road it would lead me down. After watching the movie, I dug into the behind the scenes documentary that also popped up on Disney+ at the same time. It was a great look at how the movie came together, the thoughts behind updating the character and bringing some legendary martial arts into the Marvel world.