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Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions

Published November 27, 2020

Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions

Another surprise release from Swifty, and it’s a good one. A great insight into the album, opens up the songs to mean more and is yet more insight into this excellent and ever evolving artist. It was quite comforting under the current conditions but nowhere near as emotional as the Bruce film.

I Remember Nothing and other reflections by Nora Ephron

Published November 27, 2020

I Remember Nothing and other reflections by Nora Ephron

We all know by now that Nora Ephron writes wonderfully with wit and nostalgia, hope and horror in equal measure. This is a short but sweet collection of essays that take a look at Nora’s early work in journalism, dealing with trying to remember people’s names, and how divorce can affect you in very different ways.

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Published November 25, 2020

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Wow, I really loved this book and I have no idea why. I’m vaguely aware of Gilmore Girls and saw Lauren in that Zoey Playlist show recently but otherwise I can’t admit to being a huge fan. But this book was brilliant, effectively a stream of consciousness and a great insight into being in one of the biggest shows of its time.

Night School

Published November 21, 2020

Night School

On the face of it, this is just one of those pretty rubbish but kinda fun comedies, with Kevin Hart running around getting into scrapes and Tiffany Haddish being queen of sass (and I really liked her in this - rundown and sarcastic but with a good, good heart). So you can’t get too involved in the plotting, etc, but even so, it does have some real problems.

Mama Said by Lenny Kravitz

Published November 21, 2020

Mama Said by Lenny Kravitz

I knew a couple of these songs before listening to the album but I think my Lenny Kravitz knowledge was pretty poor. I quite enjoyed it as a collection of songs but I do think it was lacking some cohesion - the styles and genres seemed to jump around quite a lot and you were never quite sure what was coming next.

Young Dumb Thrills by McFly

Published November 21, 2020

Young Dumb Thrills by McFly

They’re good songs, catchy and poppy and it does a good job - however, it’s also a bit run-of-the-mill boys getting kinda older and not really wanting to grow up and optimism and all that. Good, but sort of… bemusing. Not really what I expected from McFly.

Mythos by Stephen Fry

Published November 21, 2020

Mythos by Stephen Fry

After perusing the beginners’ guide to Greek legends recently, I thought who better to guide me through the details than Stephen Fry? So I snapped up the audiobook and settled in for the legend to talk to me about legends. And of course he does a great job trying to bring it down to a manageable level. Fry narrates the people and the stories very well, but I have to admit I couldn’t get to the end of it.

Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter

Published November 18, 2020

Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter

I’ve had this book for such a long time tucked away in my Apple Books library and suddenly had a desire to read it. The story follows two points of view, two friends finding their way whilst growing up on the island of Guernsey. It details family issues, love lives, school troubles, and lots more as Renée and Flo at first don’t like each other but gradually find out they are destined to be firm friends.

What a Girl Wants

Published November 15, 2020

What a Girl Wants

I mean, we knew exactly what this would be going in to it - a pretty trashy film with Amanda Bynes running around being amusing. I was expecting bad wipes and bad ADR and I got most of that. It didn’t really make any sense and wasn’t very believable but it was a lot of fun and exactly what was needed after an exhausting few days.

Failure to Launch

Published November 14, 2020

Failure to Launch

I thought this was going to be a straight up rom-com but actually it had a few extra layers and surprises that I really wasn’t expecting. Firstly, it became very clear that the Zooey Deschanel character and subplot was far more interesting than the main one. I didn’t quite understand what was going on with Matthew M being harrassed by wildlife quite so much, it was a weird add-on to the plot.