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The second season in space

Published March 22, 2020

The second season in space

The enforced hibernation that the world is undergoing right now means I’ve managed to whip through the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series is super quick time. After highlighting five of my favourite episodes from the first series, it seems only right to do the same for the second. I enjoyed this season more, mostly because the characters seemed more settled in themselves. The trio of Kirk, Spock and McCoy had more meaningful conversations alongside some fun banter and what appeared to be real, genuine friendships.

The Invisible Man

Published March 21, 2020

The Invisible Man

I used to be a big fan of horror movies but more recently have gone off them somewhat - I don’t think this is out and out horror but it’s certainly not something I would have chosen to watch if it wasn’t for wanting to support the early release dates. I’m glad I did end up watching it though, because it was interesting.

Violator by Depeche Mode

Published March 21, 2020

Violator by Depeche Mode

I love some Depeche Mode, I really do, but it always surprises me when the albums kicks off and I’m bobbing my head along with it. Unfortunately, the first time I listened to this I had it on shuffle so I got a bit confused but second time through was better.

Cuz I Love You by Lizzo

Published March 21, 2020

Cuz I Love You by Lizzo

I hate to jump on the bandwagon but this is a really great album and I can see why it thrust Lizzo into the spotlight. Obviously Good as Hell is the tune that broke her, and isn’t on here, but there are some real bangers.

Emma.

Published March 20, 2020

Emma.

A few things about the background to watching this movie: Its release was brought forward to digital rather than going to cinemas due to the global lockdown currently underway. That meant we were keen to watch it regardless of what it was all about because we’ve been waiting for this moment! Films available at the same time as the cinema (or as they should be in the cinema if the cinemas were open). Heaven.

James Acaster's Classic Scrapes by James Acaster

Published March 20, 2020

James Acaster's Classic Scrapes by James Acaster

I’ve listened to this before but realised I hadn’t reviewed it which was an oversight. And in the current tense climate of confusion and general overwhelming-ness, I figured listening to some guy telling stories of him being a bit silly during his life is exactly the right thing. This book is based on a feature in Josh Widdicombe’s radio show, which I’ve never heard, but has James recounting moments from his past where he’s gotten into a scrape.

Analyze This

Published March 19, 2020

Analyze This

Not sure how we stumbled upon this film, but a good comedy is always what’s needed in times like this. And it was a really good comedy - an interesting idea, well executed, with great work from Billy Crystal. Lisa Kudrow was pretty much being Phoebe but she had her moments too.

The Fugitive

Published March 18, 2020

The Fugitive

This was so good! I’ve never heard of the TV show or the film but I obviously know Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones and they were both excellent. I loved that everyone in this was good at their jobs and doing some great work but still managing to just miss each other. There weren’t any rubbish cops or anything like that.

Room by Emma Donoghue

Published March 18, 2020

Room by Emma Donoghue

I’d previously read half of this, which is annoying, because I’d never quite got to the bit where the mother and son duo escape from the room they are being held in. This book staggers me, partly because it’s such a well told story based on such an horrific crime, but also because it’s completely engaging despite being the scatty and unformed mind of a sheltered five-year-old.

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

Published March 17, 2020

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

I remembered watching this a long time ago and liking it, so I thought we could give it another go (although my other attempts at watching films I liked from my youth has not gone well so far). This one didn’t let me down too much, although it was frustrating to see the obviously pretty Garofalo doubting herself quite so much.