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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.

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

Published September 7, 2020

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

I’ve never read a book of speeches before and thought if I was going to start anywhere, then Greta Thunberg might be a place to kick off. Of course the messages are stark and terrifying and so important, but what I really thought was interesting was the progression of the speeches.

The Hurt Locker

Published September 6, 2020

The Hurt Locker

It’s an exceptional piece of work. It puts you right in the heart of the action, and whilst I don’t totally believe someone would be as reckless as James in real life, it’s a dramatic movie that just ups the stakes. The extended sequence of him diffusing the bomb in the car is great, and when they are on the ridge just waiting to see if anything moves… how can that be interesting viewing? And yet it is.

Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy by Tim Harford

Published September 6, 2020

Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy by Tim Harford

This is such a good idea for a book - not just a list of important inventions, although there are a few of those in here obviously, but more a list of things that changed the way we think, the way businesses transact, the way the world works. Some of these felt very familiar, I guess I must have listened to the podcast, and I felt they got a little bit broader and perhaps even a little repetitive towards the end. But hey, fifty things is a lot and I’d still rather it was fifty than forty-eight or something.

The Secret Life of Pets 2

Published September 5, 2020

The Secret Life of Pets 2

Harrison Ford really makes this one, the wise old farm dog teaching lessons and generally being marvellous. Tiffany Haddish also has some excellent lines. It didn’t totally work as a movie, and wasn’t quite as good as the first, but overall, as a short film to enjoy with a glass or two of wine, it was good times.