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Review: BOOKSMART

Booksmart is just. . .so good throughout. Until I started writing this, I didn’t even consider there were flaws, but now that I think about it. . .none seem important. It was exhilarating, life-affirming, clever, fun, important. . .non-stop excitement in the cinema.

It all began with the title sequence. They just got straight to it. I guess nobody’s forced me to binge-re-watch Marvel films instead of exploring new stories that are told in different ways, but I was instantly taken with how Olivia Wilde seemed to come to life & grab me by my jacket & throw me on my seat. Quiet, and focus now.

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That Special Tug

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Hello, friends.

I wanted to talk about Two and a Half Men. The early seasons of that show have circled back to me, specifically through my housemate’s readily available Amazon Prime subscription, and my refusal to do any revision work outside working hours if I can help it. I’m not in the mood to start anything new, so my first ever favourite TV show will do. I learned English from watching Two and a Half Men. I learned everything I know about relationships (explains a lot, I think) from it. The early seasons are so wholesome–I’m up to season 3.

I have two all-time favourite episodes, and one is 3×12 That Special Tug. I couldn’t remember the plot straight off the bat, but I could remember what the next scene was throughout. No surprises there, I guess. Kind of comforting. If you’re not familiar either: it’s the episode where we meet Jane Lynch as Charlie’s psychiatrist. It’s set in flashbacks from an eventful weekend: Charlie and Alan go to the cinema, Alan has a few breakdowns; they go check on a 13-year-old Jake at his sleepover, and Alan has another breakdown as his child ‘hates him’ (lil dramatic), and. . .so the story goes.

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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(Lad)ie(s)!!! This post’s gonna be buck-full of spoilers.

I’m a big fan. Endgame was a very good film. The more I think about it, the more I remember bits and bobs that I loved. I went to see a double bill, Infinity War at 9pm and Endgame at 12.01am.

And now I’ve just been to see it again, in a new city. Got a bigger drink. That was a mistake.

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Slurped Up: August 2018

If anyone, and I mean anyone, or your mum or cat, has a good idea how to title a monthly round-up, I’d love it (it’s got to be coke-themed. . .) Anyway, this is just a little catch-up on last month.

A big big thank you to you guys, the loveliest community, just as I remembered! I’ve been paying for the domain every June, always thinking & hoping I’d come back some day — because I love this world. I’ve seen as many films this summer than I did in 2017. Probably more. Otherwise, I’ve been consistently ill with a cough, working my 9-5 internship during the week and cleaning our new house and working on my dissertation, very slowly, at weekends. I had my dad and his girlfriend over for the first time since I came to uni last week, and she kept pissing me off by constantly checking if my suggestions were ranked high enough on TripAdvisor. So I stayed buzzed for most of the time (and my dad, an ex-bartender, bought me the good shit too, no more £3.85 wine bottles!) It’s back to uni in three weeks and I’m actually really excited to go back.

POST HIGHLIGHT

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If you’re familiar with this blog or myself, you know I always vouch for enthusiasm. Get excited!! Who cares if it’s cool!! This series, 20 things I love about . . ., is my ode to this. I take a film or show I love and list a ton of reasons I love it. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is my absolute fave, and this post is so long overdue. It took a while to put together, I’d really love if you gave it a look!

FAVOURITE READ

Sorry to Bother You Hits the Mark by Courtney at On the Screen Reviews

Courtney’s blog is my latest obsession. She writes so well, and about all the films I want to see but haven’t yet (or can’t – Sorry to Bother You hasn’t been released in the UK!!) I love her take on it though, and it makes me want to see this weirdo film more and more. Also, the post includes one of the funniest interactions with a director I’ve ever seen. . .

BEST NEWS

Blindspotting is coming to the UK in October!! I’m honestly ready to travel to Manchester if need be just to see it. It’s one of those flicks I heard of but didn’t really pay attention to — but which I’ve been desperate to see ever since I got obsessed with Hamilton and Daveed Diggs.

BEEN WATCHING, BEEN WRITING

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Specifically for this bit, I discovered Netflix’s viewing history for the first time. If they do an ad campaign like Spotify, I’m gonna be called out for watching half a season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine daily, for the past year or so.

Outside Brooklyn Nine-Nine: it’s been Mamma Mia 2 (fun!), Selma, SnowdenDeath of Stalin, BlacKkKlansman (I have to see this again before I can review it, but it shook me to the core), To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (AAAAHH!!!!! I loved it!!!!). At the start of August I watched the second season of Dear White People, whose first season I adored last summer — conflicted about this season; might end up as a post. I’m also watching the new season of Suits as it comes out and binged Shameless season 8 over the weekend, which I’m gonna be writing about because it just surprised me so much.

I’ve rewatched Frozen and Mamma Mia! because I’m living alone over summer and singing along to stuff makes me less lonely. I wish I was joking.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Honestly, who let me put my 15-year-old fingers on a keyboard and write like there’s no tomorrow??! One day, I’m going to need to archive all of it. But I’ll wait a while — I’ll probably want to archive the stuff I’m writing now. Anyway, here’s a piece that gets the most traffic on my site, probably because I posted it everywhere when fangirling Shameless back in 2015. Read it and weep. (I stand by the message; Ethan is a genius, and he’s only getting better.)

SOME GOOD READS

  • Two Dollar Cinema (a personal hero of mine) reviews Mission Impossible: Fallout among other stuff, making my lunch breaks at work so much more enjoyable
  • Mettel Ray reviews Taxi Driver as a part of Blindspot (and her blog design is so swanky!!)
  • Katy suggests 5 Ideas to Fix the Oscars. It’s the type of article I’d email to my housemate with the subject line ‘Food for Thought’. (It’s really good!)
  • Sati has been recapping Sharp Objects – I’ve not actually read these but if you’ve seen the show, go read! I used to look forward to her Thrones recaps more than the show itself. . .
  • Thomas reviews The Meg with the most puns packed in a post I’ve seen in a while.
  • Brittani reviews Crazy Rich Asians and got me really really excited to see it!

Finally – one more big big thank you to everyone for your patience & support & I love you all very much. Please keep recommending films to me, I’ve been deprived for years. 😦