Sunday, 23 September 2018

What I've Been Watching This Month


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As much as I love Summer, I've got to admit that I'm definitely more of an Autumn/Winter gal and any excuse for me to close the curtains, put the heating on and get wrapped up in my comfiest pjs and cosiest dressing gown, is one that I will happily take each and every time. Surely I can't be the only one who would much rather stay indoors when it's absolutely freezing cold outside? And if you're looking for some inspiration when it comes to what to watch next, hopefully I should have given you a couple of suggestions in today's post. Don't forget that you can always check out what I've been watching in previous months/years simply by clicking through into the What I've Been Watching section of my blog.

But back to this month's post. Here's what I've been watching this month;

The Confession Tapes

Now, if you're a regular reader of my What I've Been Watching blog posts, you will be well aware of my fascination with true crime, murder investigations and serial killers. This month I stumbled across The Confession Tapes whilst scrolling through Netflix and quickly decided to press play. If you watched in disbelief as Brendan Dassey was interrogated and ultimately convicted in Making A Murder, you will be even more shocked at some of the tactics and mind games employed to elicit confessions from the individuals in this. The first case in particular, which is covered over two episodes, had my thoughts on the case and whether the two boys were guilty or not changing every two minutes. At the beginning I was adamant that they were guilty, then the next minute I wasn't sure and by the end of it, I was pretty much certain that they were innocent and yet, without spoiling it for you, both have now exhausted all of their appeals and are still in jail to this day.

You know there are innocent people sitting in jails all across the world right now but you would never believe that so many of them either spend most of their lives there, only to be released 10, 20 or even 30 years down the line or that they are never released despite there being other suspects or lines of enquiry that the police just never even consider looking into, as they are convinced that they've got their guy. Every single episode left me shocked in some way or another and I would sincerely urge you to check this out if you have even the slightest interest in true crime or the justice system in general. If you enjoyed The Staircase (see my review here), Making A Murderer or even Evil Genius (see my review here), I have a feeling that you'll find this just as hard to believe and addictive to watch.

Bodyguard

Having loved Line Of Duty (see my review of that here), I was always going to at least watch the first episode of Bodyguard after hearing that it was created by the same individual and it only took a few minutes of that first episode for me to be completely captivated by it. It feels a lot like Line Of Duty in the way that it's shot and the behind the scenes nature of what we get to see but instead of solely focusing on the police and the anti-corruption unit, in Bodyguard we take a step into the world of politics with the Home Secretary and her bodyguard being the main focus.

Having never watched Game Of Thrones, I really had no idea who Richard Madden was but it was nice to see someone Scottish in such a big show, even if I don't quite get the attraction to him in this myself. There's a good mixture of action sequences, smart storytelling and breathtaking moments. I've lost track of how many times I've audibly shouted 'What?!' at the TV during this.

As I write this, since I'm currently on the other side of the Atlantic, there is one episode left to go and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it all ends once I get back. No spoilers please.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Much like with The Kissing Booth, which I reviewed back in June (see my review here), I'd heard a lot of buzz around this Netflix Original movie and decided to give it a try one night when I was looking for something new to watch on Netflix. Again, I hadn't read the Young Adult book that this was based on but the concept sounded like something relatively new and fresh for the teen movie genre.

Unlike the seriously rubbish Noah in The Kissing Booth (why won't he stop fighting?!), Peter Kavinsky is certainly someone that I can get on board with as a love interest. I also completely get the Noah Centineo hype. I thought that I'd seen him in something before as his face looked vaguely familiar. Turns out he was the love interest in Camilla Cabello's 'Havana' music video!

It took me back to the kinds of movies that I loved watching in my teenage years such as Angus Thongs And Perfect Snogging, A Cinderella Story and Wild Child and is definitely a hit when it comes to a Netflix Original anyway, as I really enjoyed it. I did, however, feel way too old to be watching this when John Corbett (aka. Aidan Shaw/my dream man from Sex and the City) appeared as Lara Jean's dad. Please tell me I wasn't the only one to feel this way.

9-1-1

Even though it inevitably starts to get darker earlier and earlier each night in September, I do look forward to the fact that lots of new shows and some old favourites return to our TV schedules and 9-1-1 was one of the new shows that immediately caught my eye. When I heard that it was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk who worked together on American Crime Story, Scream Queens, Nip/Tuck and Glee, I was excited to see what they'd done next. 9-1-1 follows the lives of first responders in Los Angeles and it's easily one of my new favourites!

Some sequences and scenes can be a little bit over the top but it's not exactly the kind of show that you'd tune into for real life scenarios, it's more of a dramatic re-telling, to say the least. There's not really a boring 911 call, if that makes sense. All of them are crazy and dramatic. From the very first episode when we find out that a baby has been flushed down the toilet, you kind of get a feel for what's set to come in 9-1-1 but even then, I probably would never have predicted seeing a bouncy castle take off in the wind, someone being thrown from a rollercoaster or someone being choked by a snake all within the first few episodes. Writing it now it sounds ridiculous but it's a TV show that I happily watch each and every week. You'll find 9-1-1 on Sky Witness here in the UK and it's definitely worth checking out at the very least.

Jigsaw

When the Saw series of films finally came to end, I have a feeling that most of us were glad to see it go and had most probably switched off many movies ago anyway. The first Saw movie was smart, shocking and seriously took my breath away. I mean, who could forget the twist at the end of it? So when I saw that they were possibly attempting to revive the Saw franchise I definitely wasn't interested in seeing it in the slightest. When I saw the trailer I was slightly more inclined and then I heard a couple of somewhat positive reviews. It came out in cinemas, then on DVD and despite being a big fan of scary movies, I didn't feel an urge to seek it out. Then I saw that it was on Netflix and gave it a watch one Friday night this month.

Being the eighth (yup, you read that right!) in the Saw series you know what you're getting. There's frankly ridiculous traps, severed limbs, blood and pretty wooden acting. From the minute you see the lead detective you can't help but think, they're trying way too hard to make this guy unlikeable. I mean, who even smokes that much out in the open in 2017/18?! Unlike it's previous iterations, 'beating' certain traps in Jigsaw was way too easy to do. The first trap stops if you give it even a droplet of blood. And sadly, the twist at the end felt way too rushed. It certainly wasn't the worst in the series but it wasn't anywhere near as clever or genuinely scary as the original that I enjoyed back in the day.

So there's what I've been watching this month.

What have you been watching recently? Have you seen any of the shows or movies in today's post? If so, what did you think of them? And are there any upcoming TV shows or movie releases that you're looking forward to?

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