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Hooking Up

Published June 9, 2020

Hooking Up

I don’t know if this was as light as I’d expected, given that it’s based on addiction and a cancer diagnosis, but it was fun anyway. The two have great chemistry and play off each other well, it was funny, and there’s a lot to like about it.

Total Recall

Published June 8, 2020

Total Recall

I should have known from the beginning, with the eye-bursting visual, but I spent a good portion of this movie shielding my eyes from the horrors on screen. It’s a good story, the premise is great, and I love that you don’t really know what to believe. Some really solid ideas but the execution was not to my tastes… I couldn’t hack it at all, especially the last ten minutes waiting for the atmosphere to clear.

Meet the Parents

Published June 7, 2020

Meet the Parents

I was worried going into this one because I remembered liking it but other films that I have fond memories of have not worked out so well on a rewatch. However, this stood up! Thank goodness. It was funny, it was cringey but not in a gross way, and he was actually a better guy than I remembered, because actually a lot of the things that were happening weren’t his fault.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Published June 7, 2020

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

I’ve not been having a very good time with these Star Trek films so far. The first was pretty dire, and I couldn’t get more than half an hour into this one. Part of me feels bad that I didn’t give it a good go, but the other part of me just doesn’t want to even think about worm things crawling into people’s ears.

Backstreet's Back by Backstreet Boys

Published June 6, 2020

Backstreet's Back by Backstreet Boys

I needed something warm and comforting this week so dived into the back catalogue of my favourite boy band. This is their second album, and you can tell that they were slightly maturing from their first, but still nowhere near old enough, experienced enough, or in control enough of their albums to let their real sound show.

Chromatica by Lady Gaga

Published June 6, 2020

Chromatica by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga tries her hand at so many different genres that you never quite know what you’re going to get, and that often means her music is hit and miss. However, I really enjoyed this album. It’s Lady back to her best as a dance music queen, good solid pop from start to finish.

The High Note

Published May 31, 2020

The High Note

I hadn’t even heard of this film going into it, but we’re always up for a music movie and this looked like it could be good. I’ve not been a big fan of Dakota Johnson in the past (can’t remember why now…) but she was great in this - torn between her loyalty to Grace and her desire to be something more.

Thankful by Kelly Clarkson

Published May 31, 2020

Thankful by Kelly Clarkson

Ah, lovely Kelly Clarkson. You can tell that this, being her first album, isn’t exactly her style - mostly because she’s trying out a few styles along the way. There are elements of Christina, and Alicia, and others, but of course you can’t get away from that great Kelly voice.

Notes On A Conditional Form by The 1975

Published May 31, 2020

Notes On A Conditional Form by The 1975

On the one hand, I think this is a great effort - at this point in their careers, The 1975 can’t just put out a middle of the road album, they need to be pushing the envelope. I love that it starts with a manifesto from Greta and there are some highlights along the way. On the other hand, I can’t say that this is anything but a sprawling mess.

Kelly's Heroes

Published May 25, 2020

Kelly's Heroes

This is an odd film. It has that classic older movie problem of being far too slow to get going. Seriously, I don’t mind a bit of build up but it’s 45 minutes before they even decide to do the god-damn heist. And it’s not even that the length of time is a problem in itself, it’s that you don’t learn anything about any of the characters in that time. There’s such a lot of them, that there’s barely time to get to know any, and in the end the only ones you could care about were Big Joe and Oddball.