Friday, 20 June 2014

What I've Been Watching In: June

Adventureland (2009)
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Starr
If you saw March's 'What I've Been Watching' post (link here) then you will have seen that I absolutely adored The Way Way Back which instantly made me think of one of my favourite movies of all time; Adventureland. I have so much love for this movie! From the cast, to the story, to the 1980's setting, soundtrack and fashion, Adventureland will always be one of my favourite movies. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
This is also one of the only movies where Kristen Stewart's vibe and personality actually works for her character. Jesse Eisenberg is great as the recent graduate who ends up having to work at the Adventureland amusement park and Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are also brilliant, as always, in this. Ryan Reynolds is fantastic as the park's maintenance guy who's a pretty sleazy and slimy character yet for some reason or another it's the one time I've been very attracted to Ryan Reynolds in a movie. (For reference out of the two acting Ryan's; Reynolds and Gosling, I would normally always pick Gosling but not when it comes to this movie!) 
All I can say is, you need to watch Adventureland!

What To Expect When You're Expecting (2012)
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick
This is one of those ensemble cast movies where it feels like every A-list movie star you can think of appears at some point. Unlike some of the other, rather questionable, ensemble cast movies (I'm looking at you New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day), I really enjoyed this movie. What To Expect When You're Expecting revolves around the lives of women who are expecting children yet each under a different circumstance. One is a TV fitness guru (think Jillian Michaels), the other is hoping to adopt her first child and another has a one night stand with Chace Crawford (oh yeah!) and their lives are all intertwined in one way or another. If you're a fan of a certain Chace Crawford (aka. Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl) then it's even worth watching this just for his scenes to be honest. Hehe. Maybe I'm slightly biased since I'm a pretty big fan of his. Oh to be Anna Kendrick's character in this!

Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
Starring: Katy Perry, Johnny Wujek, Angela Hudson, Russell Brand
After watching Katy Perry's Radio 1 Big Weekend set and singing along to the entirety of it at the top of my lungs, I knew I needed to watch Part of Me again. I've been a big fan of Katy Perry since the very beginning so this was always going to be a movie I would love and what's great about this is the fact that it's basically a documentary and a concert in one. This means you get to feel like you're part of the crowd as some of Katy's biggest hits are played out in front of the live audience, yet you also get to see what's going on backstage. The backstage portions of this were definitely my favourite as you get to see Katy the person instead of just Katy the performer or Katy the singer. I did find myself tearing up when you saw how Katy reacted to her split and then divorce from then husband, Russell Brand. I think I got so emotional watching that particular scene as I really loved the two of them as a couple as I would say I'm equally as big a Katy Perry fan as I am a Russell Brand fan. In addition to this you also get to know how Katy got to where she is today as well. 
So if any of that sounds appealing to you in the slightest then I would say that Part of Me is the movie to watch. 

12 Years A Slave (2013)
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Benedict Cumberbatch
Every year I try my best to watch as many of the Oscar nominated movies as possible. Having won the Academy Award for Best Picture, 12 Years A Slave was certainly on that list. As I've seen both of Steve McQueen's previous movies, Hunger and Shame, I was really intrigued to see how 12 Years A Slave faired in comparison.
The true story of Solomon Northup, a freeman abducted and sold into slavery, is a difficult movie to watch at times, as you would expect but the acting is truly exceptional. Ejiofor, Fassbender and Nyong'o in particular are incredible and so is the entire cast to be honest. I can completely understand why it did as well as it did at the various award ceremonies and I do feel like it's a movie that you should watch at some stage as the true story and the acting/direction/production really is unbelievable.

Dark Water (2005)
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, Dougray Scott
I seem to watch quite a lot of rubbish on Netlfix despite there being so much to choose from and so many TV shows, in particular, that I've been meaning to start (Orange Is The New Black, Homeland, Scandal; the list is actually rather extensive). Yet I choose to watch movies that I have a feeling aren't going to be great. This was the case with Dark Water. I was looking for a horror movie to watch one night and saw this. After about twenty minutes I was ready to turn it off and I very rarely do that. I gave it a chance and I really regret doing that. Basically the premise for the movie is a mother and her young daughter move into a run-down apartment where 'dark water' starts leaking in from above. Even as I write that plot summary I think to myself, why did I watch this again?  I would definitely avoid this movie if you find yourself hovering over it on Netflix.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (2012-)
This has to be my guiltiest of guilty pleasure TV shows, by far. TLC show so many of those kind of shows to be honest and it's also home to one of my other guilty pleasures; Extreme CouponingWhat an eclectic mix of movies and TV shows I've watched this month! Hehe.
I was going to try and redeem myself by saying I've not been feeling well for the past couple of weeks but I actually really enjoy this show. That might be the kind of sentence that I shouldn't really admit as I'm aware it might not be to everyone's taste. But this show has definitely cheered me up and made me laugh when I've not been feeling 100% like my normal self. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo centres around Alana (Honey Boo Boo) who is one of those little girls that was on that Toddlers & Tiaras show. Expect some amazing one liners and words you will never have heard of before now such as redkneckognize, sketti and beautimous. You'll need to watch to find out what these all mean. Hehe. Is there anyone else who actually watches/likes this show? I'm certainly a much bigger fan of this reality TV family than I have ever been of the Kardashians.

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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