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Johnny English Strikes Again

Published February 5, 2020

Johnny English Strikes Again

I mean, look, you know exactly what you’re getting when you put on a Johnny English film. The bumbling incompetence of the super-silly spy is the perfect fit for Rowan Atkinson, but it’s not exactly high-brow art. On a tired weekday when you just need to unwind with something ridiculous, it’s the perfect film though.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider by S. D. Perry

Published February 2, 2020

Shadow of the Tomb Raider by S. D. Perry

I suddenly remembered that I had bought this book a while back, probably when we were playing the game on the PS4. It was a very quick and easy read, starting just after the tsunami that sweeps through Cozumel at the start of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Most of the action, though, takes place after Cozumel but before Lara’s plane crashes in Peru.

Graffiti U by Keith Urban

Published February 1, 2020

Graffiti U by Keith Urban

Overall, I thought this was a good album - you can rely on Keith to make a good guitar-focused country song, and there are some really top notch moments scattered throughout the album. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the intro tracks, they didn’t really seem to add anything.

Heavy Love by Louise

Published February 1, 2020

Heavy Love by Louise

Mr C listened to this before I did and reported back that it was all about the 90s vibes, so that was me signed up almost immediately. It’s a good album, nothing particularly special, I don’t think, but a credible job considering the circumstances.

Miss Americana

Published January 31, 2020

Miss Americana

What a way to start, with Taylor Swift’s honest and revealing behind the scenes look at a tumultuous time in her life. It’s a really eye-opening piece and touches on lots of different areas: politics, music, feminism, eating disorders, family, loneliness, relationships, the media, everything!

A driving hazard

Published January 27, 2020

A driving hazard

The background: I love Peter Kay’s Car Share, I truly believe it to be one of the best TV shows of the decade. When I shared the show with Mr C, he was also on board - comedy and music aren’t too hard to argue with. On the flip side, one thing we argue about more than we probably should is the guilt of the protagonist of Richard Marx’s song Hazard.

Booksmart

Published January 26, 2020

Booksmart

This was so what we needed for our first movie of 2020. It’s a fantastic teen movie that just celebrates those angst-filled times, where you’re feeling misunderstood and like the whole world is against you, but there’s still joy to be found if you look hard enough. It had echoes of Edge of Seventeen and Easy A, that kind of vibe.

Queen of the night

Published January 26, 2020

Queen of the night

This week, I got to see The Bodyguard musical on the final stop of its UK tour. Based on the film of the same name, Alexandra Burke heads the cast with her phenomenal vocal powers bringing to life those infamous Whitney Houston classics. She was joined by Ben Lewis in the role of Frank Farmer (portrayed by Kevin Costner in the movie). And therein lies the problem. I was forever comparing it to the movie, which is an absolute favourite of mine.

Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul

Published January 25, 2020

Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul

Firstly, I don’t quite understand why Apple have classed this as a dance album - it’s surefire pop through and through. Just because Abdul was a dancer doesn’t mean she’s making dance music.

Manic by Halsey

Published January 25, 2020

Manic by Halsey

This is a solid album from Halsey, some great songs mixed in with lyrical interludes and some surprising guests - I was happy to hear the dulcet tones of Alanis in there.