Wednesday, 21 May 2014

What I've Been Watching In: May (With Propercorn)

American Hustle (2013)
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
As soon as I saw the trailer for this movie I was kinda obsessed with it and knew it would be a movie I just needed to see. Not only does it have many of my favourite actors in the one movie (as if the A-listers listed above aren't enough for you, the brilliant Louis C.K. is in this and Robert De Niro pops up too) but the soundtrack, hairstyles and wardrobe are all right up my street. 
I really enjoyed this movie and that's even despite Amy Adams' kinda questionable English accent. Hehe. Jennifer Lawrence really does steal the show for me in American Hustle. The storyline is also quite clever and you do have to think to yourself, 'how on earth are they going to pull this off?' quite a few times throughout the movie. I'd definitely recommend giving this a watch soon, if you haven't seen it already.

Sinister (2012)
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone
I was scrolling through Netflix looking for a scary movie to watch one night and I stumbled across Sinister. My brother recommended it to me, having not seen it himself or letting me know this until I had watched it (big help!), so I decided to give it a try.
I will admit it, I did have my hands covering my face for quite a bit of Sinister but the ending and other parts of the movie were a real let down for me. I won't spoil it by saying what I was disappointed in but as soon as the movie was over I sat there thinking, "was that it?" It did have an interesting concept in the fact that the apparent 'murderer' had filmed it's victims and left the recordings in the house of the most recent murder but I was still left feeling underwhelmed by it.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate
The first Anchorman movie is one of my favourite comedies so I just had to pick this up when I saw it was out on DVD. Now I will say, if you're not a fan of the first one or don't really like that kind of comedy then Anchorman 2 might not be for you. I've only watched it once but I feel like I may need to watch it a few more times before I can start comparing it to the first movie but there were some genuinely funny parts in the second movie. You know when you think about it days or weeks later and it just kind of pops into your head and you can't stop yourself from laughing? That's how I felt about many moments in Anchorman 2Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana has to be my favourite in this and his one liners are some of the best. All I can say is, if you haven't seen it yet and were a fan of the first then I would definitely recommend checking it out.

X-Men: First Class (2011)
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon
Since X-Men: Days of Future Past is out in the movies and after seeing Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman on The Graham Norton Show (who else saw that magnificent interview?), I knew I had to watch X-Men: First Class again. Even if you're not a huge fan of comic book heroes and movies based on comic books then I wouldn't let that put you off. It stars some incredible actors as well as some younger actors who I hadn't seen much of before but was really impressed by. It's great to understand how the X-men came to be and as a big fan of the first few original X-Men movies you essentially find out why and how the characters ended up as they did in the X-Men movies of the 2000's. It's a very enjoyable film as a result and essentially allows you to drool over Michael Fassbender for the entirety of a movie (that's what I did anyway. Hehe.) The fact that the movie is set in the 1970's means Fassy is looking pretty incredible throughout too. 

So for the first time in my What I've Been Watching series I just had to include some of the TV shows I've been watching this month. Normally I watch quite a lot of movies every month and the odd weekly TV show but thanks to one show in particular, every day I've been watching multiple episodes which is why I've been neglecting movies a little bit this month.

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris
So I've finally jumped aboard the Breaking Bad bandwagon! I don't know how many people told me "You need to watch Breaking Bad!" over the past couple of years but I always thought, I'll get around to it at some point. I now completely understand the hype! 
I'm currently midway through Season 3, after binge watching three or four episodes a night. I'm actually quite glad I waited until it had finished as it means I can catch up on all five seasons on Netflix at my own pace (which as I mentioned above is as many episodes as I can fit into my day). 
I've always been a big Bryan Cranston fan. I grew up watching him play Hal in Malcolm in the Middle, who else did? Who else also remembers the episode where he is teaching Malcolm how to rollerskate? (Favourite episode right there! Hehe). Well he is far from his rollerskating days on this but in a very good way. Aaron Paul is also excellent as Jesse Pinkman. If you've not watched it yet or wondered if it could ever possibly live up to all the hype and buzz surrounding it then I strongly urge you to start watching. I don't think you will regret it.

Devious Maids (2013-)
Starring: Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes
Now if you were a fan of Desperate Housewives then why on earth are you not watching this? Created by Marc Cherry, the same man who created Desperate Housewives and produced by Eva Longoria (Gabrielle Solis herself) it centres around the lives of five maids and is packed with everything I loved about Desperate Housewives and more. I'm talking secrets and drama galore as well as amazingly funny comedic moments. Set in the glamorous world of Beverly Hills, where the maids work for the rich and famous, it's such a clever and witty show with incredible satire thrown in for good measure.
Season 2 has just started here in the UK on TLC (episode 2 aired on Tuesday) and it's the one show I eagerly anticipate watching every week. It's just so addictive!

This month the wonderful Becky at Propercorn sent out some of their flavours for me to try out whilst I've been watching the above movies and TV shows. I don't know about you but for me, popcorn is definitely one of the best accompaniments for a movie (or TV) marathon. As Propercorn promise popcorn done properly, I was so excited to try these out.
The range of flavours are incredible. Who would have ever have thought of coconut and vanilla (which is definitely now a favourite of mine) or fiery Worcester sauce and sun-dried tomato flavoured popcorn but they both taste fantastic! I'm always going to be a big fan of salted popcorn but the fact that Propercorn offer so many fun and flavourful options is amazing. Not only do they taste fantastic and are also around the 100 calorie mark, the packaging is beautiful! I've certainly fallen for the pretty illustrations. To check out the entire range of Propercorn products then just (click here) and if you are a Birchbox subscriber then you can get all five of the flavours (here).

What have you been watching this month? Do you have any recommendations?

Have you seen any of these? If so, what did you think of them?


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