Autumn is here and for me that means heating on and snuggling down at night to catch up on some TV, or rather movie watching. I love a good movie, especially when it turns into something completely different than expected.
At this time of year, Christmas movies abound. Far too early for my liking, but last weekend I thought if you can’t beat them join them. Besides, I was feeling like a bit of schmaltz, so found a movie called Last Christmas. Have you seen it? Well, it started out a bit meh for me: I didn’t like the main female character, it was a bit silly, and soon I was reaching for the remote to find something more entertaining. But for some reason I kept watching, and I’m really thankful for that. Soon, it turned into something completely different and by the time it finished I’d popped it on my list of favourite movies.
This isn’t the first time this has happened to me with movies which, despite my initial ambivalence, have ended up as firm favourites. Falling into that category are: The Last Samurai (Tom Cruise – one of my favourite actors – please don’t throw rocks at me!), Tea with Mussolini (fantastic characterisation), all of Daniel Craig’s Bond movies (thank you dear husband for dragging me along), Despicable Me (thank you, Kit!), and a whole load of others to list.
Of course, the opposite can happen and much anticipated movies can fall flat as a pancake. I’m planning to see Dune next week and have high hopes (mainly because Jason Momoa looks especially gorgeous in it). Really hoping that lives up to the hype.
How about you? What movies took you by surprise and unexpectedly found their way onto your favourite list?
It’s not very often that I’m at a loss for words, but I have to admit that I’m struggling with what to write for my January blog post.
January has been a challenging month in many ways with some niggly health problems which have kept myself and AJ pretty much home-bound. AJ, a great outdoorsman who absolutely loves taking himself and Viv out into the woods and fields every day for long walks, has been suffering from a painful condition called plantar fasciitis. He’s been walking with a stick and can only manage short walks. He’s been doing his exercises every day and thankfully he seems to be on the mend now, much to Viv’s delight (mum doesn’t walk nearly as far as dad does, LOL).
Plus, we’ve both had some chesty virus which had hung around for ages, and I’ve had a flare-up of a stomach problem that rears its ugly head this time of year for some reason. All-in-all, it’s not been a bundle of laughs around here 🙂
So, the only thing I can think of to post about is the great movies and TV series we’ve been watching (thanks, Netflix!) One of which has been the new Witcher series. Has anyone been watching? Of course, it has Henry Cavil to recommend it, and he’s always easy on the eye (even as Geralt), so I think that perhaps added to its appeal. I’ve also especially enjoyed The Last Witch Hunter (see a pattern here?) and The Crown and Virgin River. Plus, here in the UK, we have a show called Dancing on Ice which I’m enjoying and a couple of excellent crime drama series.
At first, it felt like all that enforced TV watching was a waste of time and I kept feeling guilty that I didn’t have any energy to write, but it has certainly filled my well, and I’m ready to get back to some serious writing now. Fingers crossed.
…Or has Hollywood scraped the very bottom of the barrel for what passes as television entertainment these days?
I am not a fan of reality TV. In fact, other than Duck Dynasty, I do not watch reality TV. But I have two friends who can’t get enough of it. They often share their new finds with me. Most of the time, my jaw drops open and I am either grossed out or completely astonished that these shows are not only on TV, but that people watch them. Allow me to share:
Extreme Cheapskates–Now here’s a show that left me feeling ill. As I understand it, this show was about a woman who was so utterly cheap that she went dumpster diving for food that she actually served guests at a dinner party she was hosting!! Several of her guests ended up in the emergency room afterward.
Amish Mafia–The title by itself caused me to scratch my head. The Amish have a mafia? Really? Apparently. In one episode, a man went to the don and complained that a non-Amish man was pretending to be Amish and was selling pies alongside the road. Two henchmen were dispensed to the site where the camera was actually turned off and a black screen came up with a message reading something akin to: What happened next was not suitable for viewing audiences. This man will not be selling pies ever again.
Tattoo Nightmares–This is a show in which people who have hideous tattoos go to the very best tattoo artists in hopes they can turn their hideous ink into a work of art.
My Strange Addiction–a show about people who have really, really, really weird addictions. In one episode there was a woman who owned several cats and she literally cleaned each one of them with her own tongue.
I just scratch my head and wonder why these people would want a camera to follow them around. Honestly, if you licked cats or served your friends dumpster food, would you want the world to know??
What about you? Are you a reality TV junky? Tell me what you watch.