Wednesday, 28 June 2017

What I've Been Watching Recently

What's On Netflix UK 2017

Longtime readers of Ellis Tuesday might remember my 'What I've Been Watching' series from years past. So when Panasonic got in touch to ask me what I'd been watching recently, as well as what I thought of the Panasonic 4K TV Range, I just had to bring back the series, hopefully not for the last time.

So here's what I've been watching recently;

The Keepers

I'm a big fan of watching documentaries on Netflix, especially when I'm endlessly scrolling through the different categories on there and not sure what to watch. The documentary section really is a goldmine of great stories and will easily keep you occupied for hours on end.

The Keepers immediately intrigued me as from what I could tell it was an unsolved murder involving a cover up. I love a good true crime doc, particularly when it involves something unsolved. It was definitely hard to watch at times, as many of these documentaries so often are but I would really recommend persevering through to the end. It's so shocking to see what kinds of things are going on elsewhere, even until this day.

Bates Motel

The final episode of the final season of Bates Motel aired this month in the UK and the way in which it was wrapped up couldn't have been better. I first discovered the show on Netflix back in January of 2015, documenting it in my 'What I've Been Watching In: January' blog post back then and have eagerly awaited each upcoming season ever since. And whilst I am sad that it's now over, they honestly couldn't have planned a better final season. Sometimes the last season of a show can feel rushed or leave it on a cliffhanger and I'm so glad that that didn't happen with Bates.

If you haven't caught Bates Motel yet, I can't recommend it enough and the first four seasons are currently on Netflix.

Shades Of Blue

Shades Of Blue is one of my favourite TV shows on the air at the moment. The first season lured me in with a corrupt cop (Jennifer Lopez) having to turn FBI informant on her corrupt crew and the fact that Ray Liotta, who I've loved since Goodfellas was commander of said crew. I really enjoyed the first season but I have to admit, season 2 is even better than the first and with the finale of that season airing earlier this month, it's annoying to know that I'll have to wait until next year to see what happens, especially as the season ended on quite a few cliffhangers!

T2 Trainspotting

In Scotland anyway, the original Trainspotting film is a bit of a right of passage. If you haven't seen it by a certain stage in your life and live in Glasgow or Edinburgh, you'll certainly get funny looks and shocked reactions. So when they announced that they would be making a sequel to the iconic 90's flick I was a little worried that it might taint the original but knowing that Danny Boyle was at the helm once again and that the original cast was returning made me excited to see it.

Being released on DVD in time for Father's Day, we sat down and watched it at the weekend and I'm happy to report that it lived up to what I was hoping for in a sequel. Sure it wasn't as good as the first one but if you look at it as a film in it's own right, you'll enjoy it all the more and as always with Danny Boyle films, the soundtrack is so on point!

La La Land

It only took me until now but I finally saw La La Land this month and it was everything that I could have hoped for and more. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone make the perfect pair, once again and the story is equally uplifting and heartbreaking. I've had the songs stuck in my head ever since (downloading the soundtrack was one of the best decisions I've made recently) and the cinematography is absolutely stunning. It's even got me wanting to visit LA, somewhere I was never particularly fussed about before, solely because of how beautiful it looks in this movie.

So there you have it. That's what I've been watching recently. I am thinking about bringing back my 'What I've Been Watching' series especially as I'll be travelling next month, which means I'll be watching many a new movie on the plane and possibly at my hotel too (thanks for the free movies CitizenM!) What do you think?

What have you been watching in the past couple of weeks/months? Do you have any recommendations for us? And would you like me to bring back the 'What I've Been Watching' series?

Written in collaboration with Panasonic


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