Wednesday, 2 August 2017

What I've Been Watching: In July

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Considering how much I love writing these particular blog posts and how much you seem to enjoy reading them, it was only a matter of time until my What I've Been Watching blog series made a return and I'm happy to confirm that it's finally back and on a monthly basis too, as it was previously.

At the end of June I shared my first What I've Been Watching post in over two years and I forgot how much I enjoyed sharing these kinds of reviews. Last month I had quite a bit of time to kill, both on flights to and from NYC and in my hotel room on rainy afternoons, so I've got quite a few movies and TV shows to share with you. That many, in fact, that I've had to separate it into two blog posts, with the other going live at the end of this month. But here is what I watched in July, or at least half of it;

Orange Is The New Black

For some reason or another I try my best to ration shows like Orange Is The New Black where all of the episodes of the latest season are released on the same day. For that reason alone I didn't start watching season 5 until the end of June/start of July and even though it always goes in far too quickly, I was glad to stagger the episodes especially with the season spanning just 3 days in the prison as opposed to the normal timelines.

There were so many things I loved about the latest season and it's definitely just as good as ever. I even got a cameo from Pornstache, who I have to admit I'm strangely attracted to. Maybe/hopefully it's just Pablo Schreiber I'm in fact attracted to and not his character. The other CO (correctional officer) that I find rather attractive, again I hope it's just the actor I find good looking, is CO Humps but without giving too much away, it's pretty difficult to swoon over him this season.

If you haven't already jumped aboard the OITNB bandwagon, now is the time!

Girl On The Train

As you might remember, if you read My 25th Birthday Wishlist blog post, I have been looking forward to seeing Girl On The Train for quite some time now so you can imagine how happy I was to find it available as one of my free movies at CitizenM. I'll be doing a full blog post on CitizenM New York Times Square and their free movie selection at a later date, so be sure to check back for that then.

I have to say, I wasn't as blown away by Girl On The Train as I thought I would be. The trailers had almost kind of ruined the movie watching experience for me as I almost knew exactly what was coming. I also guessed who Megan's murderer was about five minutes into the movie. Sure, I hadn't anticipated the twist but I had a bit of a bad feeling about that particular character from the get go or had maybe even been led to think that, again, from the trailers alone, which is never a good thing particularly when the movie contains a mystery. It definitely wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be and I was pretty glad that I hadn't paid to see it either in the cinema or on DVD as sadly it was rather disappointing.


The first of the movies that I watched on my United flight from Glasgow to Newark, Passengers was another movie that I'd been wanting to see for a while now. I'm a big Chris Pratt fan, mainly due to his work on Parks & Recreation and a fan of Jennifer Lawrence's too so I pressed play on this movie first. And I have to say, I really enjoyed it, so much so that I've already bought it on DVD to watch again.

I'm not normally a big fan of movies set in space, even though I did enjoy the movie Sunshine but I found this really easy to watch and there wasn't too much hi-tech jargon to contend with like there normally is in similar movies. The basic premise of the movie is that two passengers (Pratt and Lawrence) are awakened 90 years too early on a ship heading to a new planet, when it malfunctions. Can they save the thousands of other passengers who are still asleep as the ship continues to malfunction? Well, you'll just need to watch it to find out...

Hidden Figures

Carrying on the space and watching on my first flight theme, we have Hidden Figures. I'd heard a lot of great things about this movie when it came to awards season and had a general idea as to what the movie was about but I wasn't sure if it would really be up my street. As mentioned above, I'm not really into space or NASA, as it's something that I've never had a great deal of interest in but to hear how these three women fought for equality in a time when there was a blacks only bathroom and segregated buses was so empowering. It's crazy to think that that actually happened, even as someone who's relatively informed about the struggle of women and ethnic minorities throughout history. And to think that this was happening in the not too distant 1960's is difficult to comprehend. But I suppose we are in 2017 and trans men and women are still fighting for that very same right; to use the same bathroom as everyone else, so sadly this is an ongoing issue even to this day.

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae are fantastic in this and it truly was great to learn something about a little-known piece of history. Even my Dad who seems to watch a documentary on space or NASA every other night, had no idea of the involvement of these three women and women in general in the space race. It's safe to say he's got this on his 'to watch' list next.

How To Get Away With Murder

If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for a while now or follow me on Twitter, you will have no doubt heard me rave about How To Get Away With Murder (HTGAWM)! I saw the first two episodes of the latest season when I was in Orlando last year and thought I would only need to wait a month or two until the season aired here in the UK. That was definitely wishful thinking especially when Universal Channel, who used to air the show in the UK, didn't renew their agreement to show it. However, one morning when I was awake ridiculously early (thanks jetlag!), I decided to check out Netflix since CitizenM also have Apple TV's so I could use Apple Airplay to project my phone screen onto the TV. And there it was; HTGAWM. I watched the entire season over the course of two days.

Thankfully Sky Living now have the rights to HTGAWM and the first two seasons are on Netflix, both here in the UK and the US, so if you're looking for a new show to become obsessed with, this is it!

So there's just some of the things I watched in July.

What have you been watching recently? Have you seen any of the TV shows or movies in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? And do you have any recommendations?


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