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Imploding the Mirage by The Killers

Published September 12, 2020

Imploding the Mirage by The Killers

I loved this! It’s so Killers right from the start - you dive right in and Flowers’ voice grabs you and doesn’t let you go. There are plenty of tunes on there, and whilst it all sounds like Killers songs, there’s nothing boring or repetitive about it. It’s all quite surreal and weird, and I think I need to pay closer attention to unravelling the lyrics when I listen next time, but I’m looking forward to it!

Pole to Pole by Michael Palin

Published September 12, 2020

Pole to Pole by Michael Palin

Michael Palin’s second travel adventure was a direct opposite of his first - rather than going around the whole world, this time he travelled from top to bottom. It was nicer that there was no time pressure, allowing for a little bit more expanse at certain stops, and certainly less worrying about the travel arrangements (although they didn’t always go to plan). And of course it was interesting to visit different countries - particularly as this trip seems to have occurred at a very changeable time in history.

The Craft

Published September 11, 2020

The Craft

I’ve seen this a few times but not for a while and I could only remember the first hour or so. Turns out there was a good reason for that. The first hour is great - teenagers discovering their inner selves and getting some power and learning how to use it. You can see why Little Mix used this as inspiration for their Black Magic video. Suddenly, though, the movie takes a sharp turn into the horror territory - hard to watch, and really quite disturbing. It lets the rest of it down.

Mad Max

Published September 11, 2020

Mad Max

I think I was expecting not to get to the end of this, but I tried to enter into the spirit of it with an open mind. I’m keen to watch the new Fury Road but, as always, wanted to go back to the beginning for completeness. It’s just not my cup of tea at all: brash and boorish and somehow boring despite a big car chase. The audio mix was terrible and I just didn’t want to watch more than 20 minutes.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Published September 10, 2020

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Ultimately, I don’t think this is a particularly good movie - the premise is ridiculous and there are plot holes so wide you could drive a car through them. It was somehow predictible as rom-coms go, and also made me want to tear my hair out watching these two lying the whole time.

Lost in Translation

Published September 9, 2020

Lost in Translation

It’s not a story, it’s a snapshot, and it’s wonderful. Scarlet and Bill do an incredible job, and have a great chemistry, considering how unlikely companions they are. And I love how it ends - not laying everything out for you, but giving you just enough hope that everything will work out okay… and best of all you can make that whatever you want it to be.

Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole

Published September 9, 2020

Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole

Picked up the audiobook to accompany me on some arduous cleaning duties, and it was great. I enjoyed this much more than the first one. Camilla’s reading was really good, her portrayal of The Doctor just the right amount of quirky. My only complaint about this story is that the Doctor and Rose spend too much time apart. The moments where they come together are so fun - particularly the scene where he’s using Eastenders clues to help Rose appear to be a genius. But a good story, with a baddie we know all too well, and lots of good space travel nonsense to be enjoyed. Roll on the next one!

America's Sweethearts

Published September 8, 2020

America's Sweethearts

As a romantic comedy, this is pretty good but nothing outlandishly special. But as a behind-the-scenes of the movie industry, it’s much more entertaining. Hollywood bitches being mean to their assistants, families sticking together even though they don’t want to, how awful and contrived press junkets are, and so on. It felt like everyone in the movie was based on someone Billy Crystal knew, and probably hated.

A Mother's Love by Santa Montefiore

Published September 8, 2020

A Mother's Love by Santa Montefiore

I actually thought the first few chapters were good - really feeling how the heart had been ripped out of the family and how the new visitor was making a difference. But the final twist sort of lost me a bit. It worked in the context of the story but I didn’t enjoy the ending as much as I’d hoped. Still, only a short read, nothing lost.

Double Jeopardy

Published September 7, 2020

Double Jeopardy

I was genuinely astounded at how much this movie managed to whip through, particularly at the beginning. Half an hour and she went from happily married to convicted prisoner, another ten minutes and she was on parole ready to get revenge. There are plenty of plot holes that don’t quite work - murder is still a crime, despite what the tagline says. And she commits so many other crimes on her way to find the scoundrel that it doesn’t quite stack up.