Friday, 31 August 2018

What I've Been Watching This Month

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Now that it's already beginning to feel a lot like Autumn (who else has felt the chill in the air, seen leaves beginning to fall and had to crack out their knitwear or heavier pieces?), it's the perfect time to get cosy and curl up on the couch to watch a new TV show or movie, at least that's what I'll be doing as the nights start to get darker and colder. This month I watched some incredible TV shows and finally got around to watching a movie that I'd had on my to-watch list for some time.

So here's what I've been watching in August;

Sharp Objects

As a fan of Amy Adams, HBO, Big Little Lies, crime and mystery shows and Gone Girl, I was always going to end up watching Sharp Objects. I hadn't read the book or heard anyone talking about it before I pressed play on the first episode so I went into it not really knowing what to expect but boy was I glad that I decided to start watching it.

It's dark, completely gripping and it's a role that I've definitely never seen Amy Adams play before. It's that immersive that I wasn't even thinking about or trying to work out who the killer was. I was much more interested in finding out what had caused Camille (played by Adams) to turn out the way that she has and whilst many events in her past are alluded to throughout the season, we're not exactly sure what has happened, particularly when she was a child, up until the very last episode. If you've managed to avoid spoilers or haven't read the book, the ending was truly shocking in the fact that it really did take my breath away and I felt like I'd been punched in the gut. It's one of those endings that will probably split viewers but I was very happy with how it concluded. There are also some hidden post credits scenes, which you won't want to miss.

It was also a nice surprise to see Chris Messina (aka. Danny Castellano from The Mindy Project) feature in this. I was always a fan of him in The Mindy Project but he is somehow even dreamier and sweatier (as Mindy would always comment on) in this. It also stars Patricia Clarkson who many might know from Easy A, Parks & Recreation and The Green Mile, Henry Czerny who was Conrad Grayson in Revenge (see my review of that show here) and Elizabeth Perkins from Miracle On 34th Street, Big and more. If you liked True Detective, particularly the exceptional first season, then Sharp Objects will definitely be right up your street.

The Big Sick

I'd heard so many good things about this movie so when I saw that it was on Amazon Prime Video I finally pressed play this month. The fact that it's based on the real life story of Kumail Nanjiani and how he met his wife Emily, who also co-wrote the movie, made it even more impactful on me. It's also an interesting new take on the traditional rom-com with the topic of marriage and in particular arranged marriage, religion and family being involved in your dating life being shown. There was a nice mix of comedy, heart warming moments and drama for me and it was one of those movies where I just felt good watching it.

However, is it strange that I had a bit of a crush on Emily's dad played by Ray Romano? I think it might have had something to do with his voice and general demeanour in this but it really surprised me because I used to actively avoid having to watch more than a few seconds of Everybody Loves Raymond back when it used be on early mornings on Channel 4. It's a bit like Frasier, which I've never seen a single episode of either because again, I would rush to put something else on whilst getting ready for school in the morning. For some reason both of those shows would always be on, even early on Saturday mornings when I would be getting ready to go to my Saturday job as a teen and I just checked the TV schedule there and they are still on! I mean, what's going on Channel 4?! I would always wish that T4 was on instead. Who else remembers those good old days?

Project Runway Junior

Despite there being two seasons of Project Runway Junior on Netflix UK at the moment, technically there's only one as what shows as season 2 here in the UK is actually season 1 in the UK. Confusion aside, Project Runway fans will certainly enjoy the Junior version as basically it's the exact same concept as the original show. There's the unconventional challenge, trips to Mood and crazy quick time frames. Unlike the original Project Runway however, Project Runway Junior is hosted by model Hannah Davis, who I actually hadn't seen or heard of before tuning into this. The judges also differ with previous winner Christian Siriano, Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazine Fashion Editor Aya Kanai and Kelly Osbourne offering up critiques. Thankfully, Tim Gunn is still involved and acts as a mentor to the teenage contestants and to see how much he bonds with them and champions them really is feel good TV at it's best.

I already watch Masterchef Junior which is about as impressive as it gets, especially as there are kids as young as eight cooking restaurant worthy dishes and I can just about make a handful of dishes that don't go disastrously every time. But to see the contestants on Project Runway Junior create pieces and outfits that you honestly can't believe have been made in a matter of hours by someone so young is equally unbelievable. Definitely something to watch if you're a fan of the original show or looking for something fun and easy to watch whilst scrolling through Netflix.

This Is Us

After waiting for what felt like an eternity, the second season of This Is Us finally hit UK screens at the end of July. I wasn't doing my monthly What I've Been Watching blog posts back when I watched and completely loved the first season so I simply had to include it in this month's post. If you haven't already seen or been watching This Is Us, where have you been?!

It's honestly one of the best shows that's on TV at the moment and I don't seem to be able to go a single episode without welling up or full scale crying. I mean, it's kind of embarrassing how much it makes me cry. You get to see a family, thanks to fantastic flashbacks, when the parents just met to raising their three children, to now seeing those children in their thirties trying to figure out where their lives are going whether that be with work, relationships, their own family or their personal demons and what they struggle with the most. Seeing how and possibly why people turn out the way that they do is pretty fascinating and you honestly do care about the characters and what happens in their lives. Seriously, just do yourself a favour right now, if you haven't already and check out This Is Us!

Golden State Killer: Unmasked

And so my fascination and interest in serial killers and crime documentaries continues. I didn't know anything about the Golden State Killer case going into this documentary other than the fact that the killer had only just been caught this year and that Patton Oswald's late wife Michelle was the one to come up with the moniker of the Golden State Killer. I'm always fascinated by true crime documentaries and this case was no different.

Even though the title of the show leads you to believe that you will find out who the killer is, they don't actually unmask the killer on this show at all, which was a bit disappointing after watching the entire series. However, after a bit of research, I found out that this documentary series was actually made last year, with the killer only ultimately being tracked down earlier this year. So if you go into it thinking what I did, you may be a bit disappointed. However, apparently HBO are working on a documentary that will show the entirety of the case and more about the killer, as we speak, so I'm definitely looking forward to that coming out. Whilst Googling to see who the killer was, the detectives and specialists got so many of the facts right about where the killer may have possibly lived, what his profession or background was and even what he looked like and that just shows how spot on they were with their profiling. The scope of the killer's crimes are honestly unbelievable and when they start to trace back to how he started to how he ultimately finished his spree of horrendous crimes, it is so frustrating to watch as the authorities were ultimately unable to catch him as his crimes escalated. If you like anything true crime related you should definitely check this case out.

So there's what I've been watching this month, that you should definitely check out too.

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 shows or movie releases that you're looking forward to seeing?


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