Sunday, 25 February 2018

What I've Been Watching Recently



Over the past month or so I've found myself becoming completely obsessed with a TV show, so much so that I watched all four series of it within a few weeks. I've also taken a trip back in time to August's What I've Been Watching post this month as The Bold Type finally premiered here in the UK on Amazon Prime Video (if you're not watching it already, you're missing out!), I watched Get Out for the fourth time after seeing the star of it, Daniel Kaluuya, on Graham Norton's show and bought Annabelle: Creation on DVD. So here's what I've been watching recently, in addition to those already mentioned;

Line Of Duty

The TV show in question, when it comes to the one that I've become completely obsessed with, is this incredible police procedural programme. I'd actually just finished watching Hard Sun, which I'll talk about in more detail below, when I finally started Line Of Duty. It was one of those shows that I'd had on my 'to watch'/Netflix list for quite some time now and I'm so glad that I started it this month.

The show follows AC-12, the anti-corruption branch of the police, who are essentially policing the police and all I can say is you simply have to watch this now! If you're looking for a new TV show to start or have been meaning to start it for a while now, like I had, press play as soon as you can and I can guarantee that you won't regret it. Just when you think it can't get any better each series seems to top the one before it and the storylines just get better and better. Be sure to pay attention though as there is a common thread between the four series that have already aired.

The acting from the main team of Steve Arnott, Kate Fleming and Ted Hastings is brilliant, as is the acting from it's many guest stars. What I love is the fact that each series brings a new story and new guest stars such as Thandie Newton, Keeley Hawes and Daniel Mays. It's just SO good! There are so many twists and turns and you genuinely feel like no one is safe, in terms of making it to the next series. The first three series are currently on Netflix and I was that into it that I couldn't wait for the fourth series to come onto Netflix that I just had to buy it on DVD.

It Follows

This was another thing on my Netlfix to-watch list (basically I'm trying my best to actually watch some new things instead of just putting on Sex and the City or Friends for what must be the thousandth time) and as a fan of horror movies, I'd noticed how well received this movie had been both by critics and audiences. I mean, it's currently sitting at a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, something that certainly can't be said for the majority of horror movies that I find myself watching. To contrast, I also watched Valentine this month, you know, the horror movie starring Angel (aka. David Boreanaz) in his heyday. Yeah, I have a feeling that that might have passed you by, probably with good reason even though I quite like it's cheesiness. Valentine is sitting at 8%.

To give you a quick synopsis of the film, It Follows isn't your typical teenage horror film. Whilst in the likes of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and other teen horrors, sex and whether or not certain characters have had it, marks whether or not they'll ultimately survive. Our main character has sex at the start of the movie, soon finding out that something will be following her as a result. And this 'thing' that's following her can take any guise and will eventually catch up to her. And what makes it all the more creepy is the fact that this isn't your traditional baddie wielding a knife or maniac, it's another person walking towards you at the same pace, changing form each and every time. And some of it's forms are truly scary.

I spent most of the movie with that horrible feeling of dread in my stomach and for me, that's the marker of a great horror movie. You actually put yourself in the character's shoes, asking yourself what would you do? Would you pass it on, never stop driving or try to fight it off?

America's Next Top Model

America's Next Top Model or ANTM for short, has always been one of my favourite reality TV shows but when Rita Ora took over as head judge for her first and last season, I had a feeling that ANTM would soon be cancelled indefinitely. I'm not the biggest fan of Rita Ora at the best of times but her hosting was pretty dire. I was so happy when Tyra returned to host the finale and was even happier when she confirmed that Ora was out and she was back in her rightful place as head judge. And to me, this current season of ANTM, which is currently airing here in the UK on Sky Living, is one of it's best yet.

Sure there's the same amount of drama as always but I really appreciate the diversity of this year's bunch of girls. There are plus size and curvier girls, a variety of different skin tones and even a model with alopecia. I'm actually rooting for many of them, which isn't always the case and look forward to a Friday night of chilling out and sticking on ANTM. If you'd given up on it before, I'd definitely recommend trying it out again.

Ru Paul's Drag Race Allstars 3

As soon as I heard that Allstars 3 was being aired on UK TV and only a few days after it airs in the US I was so over the moon. I was even happier when I saw some of the queens that would be participating. It really bugs me that none of the Allstars seasons are on Netflix or similar streaming platforms as I still haven't properly seen all of season 2 and had to resort to watching the first season on really crappy YouTube video uploads of it. Why can't they just show Allstars as well?!

Season 3 has been everything that I wanted it to be and more. And whilst I look forward to ANTM on a Friday night, I literally count down the hours until Saturday night when Ru airs, which probably shows how exciting my weekends are! Haha. All joking aside, it really is a struggle as I try to avoid spoilers on Friday and Saturday of that week's show but I honestly have no idea how to stream stuff from the US without worrying about a Limewire style virus running rampant on my laptop. Even mentioning the word Limewire still fills me with the fear. But back to Ru, if you're also watching it, who are you backing to win? I'm really loving Shangela and well, Ben really is nailing pretty much every single challenge given to him too.

Hard Sun

From the team and creator behind Luther, Hard Sun started last month on BBC with the whole series currently on iPlayer for you to bingewatch at your own conveience. It stars Agyness Deyn, who you might remember as a model/BFF of Henry Holland etc. from the early noughties (basically if you watched T4 at the weekend as a teenager you will have seen her pop up pretty frequently) and Jim Sturgess who I mainly know from One Day and The Other Boleyn Girl. Hard Sun is a post-apocalyptic kind of show, with the world ending in five years time or so they think and most of the series focuses on higher powers attempting to silence Deyn and Sturgess' characters after they stumble across this news.

It is so similar to Luther, from the way it's shot to the neighbourhoods and crime scenes that feature to the people they're trying to catch in their day job. I mean, Sturgess' character even walks about like John Luther would. Having said that, it is a really enjoyable and watchable show but not quite as good as Luther, sadly. But if, like me, you're impatiently awaiting Idris and Luther's return, this is a pretty good show to watch in the meantime.

So there's what I've been watching recently.

What have you been watching recently? Have you seen any of the shows or movies mentioned in today's post? And what kind of things do you have in your 'to-watch' list at the moment?

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