Wednesday, 6 March 2019

What I've Been Watching In: February


what to watch this month

February is always one of my favourite months, mainly because it's my birthday month and as a result, I normally get a few new DVDs or take a trip to the movies to see something and that's exactly what happened this year. That and the fact that it was really too cold to do anything outside which ultimately led to some guilt free Netflix sessions.

So here's what I watched in February;

True Detective

After a frankly bizarre and overwhelmingly disappointing second season, even with the likes of Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell starring in it, True Detective is truly back to it's original glory with the third season. It's got the same gritty and realistic feel to it that the first season had and again focuses on a partnership between two detectives who don't exactly view the world in the same way. The case is also one that draws you in and it's not as simple as you might think when you first hear that two children have gone missing.

Mahershala Ali takes the lead role and like everything that I've seen him in so far, completely owns every scene. Stephen Dorff, who actually popped into my head when a Britney Spears Top 20 was playing on one of the music channels whilst I was working one day (do you remember him playing her boyfriend in the 'Everytime' vid?) It was me googling what he was up to now that lead me to discover that he was in fact in the latest season of True Detective and that it was starting the following week. Going between three different time periods, of which the current day sees both detectives at around 70 years old, adds to the story and investigation in ways that it just couldn't if it was only set in one. If you liked the first season or simply like good TV, you simply have to check this season out!

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

As much as I love watching true crime documentaries, particularly on Netflix, I try not to seek out cases on my own so that when they are inevitably made into a documentary or TV series, I'm experiencing and finding everything out for the first time. Ted Bundy was one of those cases. And even though I knew that he was one of the most prolific serial killers in history, I didn't know exactly how everything went down. Now to say that I was shocked, would be a massive understatement. I wasn't only shocked by how cunning and opportunistic he was but the ways in which the case was dealt with back in those days and *spoiler alert* his TWO escapes was absolutely unbelievable!

I had heard that Zac Efron would be playing Ted in an upcoming movie and as I was writing this blog post, it was confirmed that Netflix had bought the rights to Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile for $9 million dollars. To those who have been complaining that they shouldn't be glamourising what Ted Bundy did by casting someone like Zac Efron, the whole point was that Bundy was able to do what he did because he didn't look like what you would envisage a monster or serial killer to look like. He preyed on young women in places where he didn't stand out as someone sinister. If you've been meaning to check this series out, definitely do it!

A Star Is Born

I've had A Star Is Born on my to-watch list ever since it was first released but sadly missed it when it was in cinemas. I knew that I'd have to get it on DVD as soon as it came out and it felt like fate when I saw that it was out on the very same day as my birthday.

First of all, I hadn't seen any of the previous iterations or incarnations of A Star Is Born so I didn't really have anything to compare it to and I'm so glad that I hadn't. I had expected it to be good so had my fingers crossed that it wouldn't disappoint. I had a feeling that as I already loved many of the songs from the soundtrack, without actually knowing how they related to the movie, that I would enjoy it and I'm happy to say that I did. At over two hours long I had worried that it would drag on a bit or feel like a two hour movie but bizarrely it flew by and the final act even felt a bit rushed to me. I loved how much time went in to showing how the two of them came together in the beginning but in comparison, the bad times (the fights, the impact that the night of the Grammys had had on Ally's career and how she was ultimately attempting to recover from it) weren't really shown at all. That would be my only criticism of the movie. I completely agree that Lady Gaga was meant to play Ally and who knew Bradley Cooper could sing/direct?! It was also great to see the likes of Shangela (one of my favourite queens - wasn't she robbed in All Stars 3?!) and Willam on the big screen.

The Nun

Another movie that I received for my birthday, The Nun was an unexpected gift but one that I was very happy to receive. As big fans of The Conjuring series of movies, me and my Mum were always going to get around to watching The Nun at some point so now was as good a time as any. I'd heard mixed reviews but was intrigued to see where they would take the origin story and how it would tie in with the rest of the series.

It's definitely not the worst horror movie that I've ever seen but it didn't quite live up to some of the other horror movies that I've seen in recent years, particularly The Conjuring series itself. There were some interesting and stylish scenes but they were pretty much sandwiched in between jump scare after jump scare, ones that even a horror movie novice could have predicted. It's one of those movies that I enjoyed watching but it just wasn't that memorable. However, the way in which the ending of The Nun led into the other movies in The Conjuring universe was a nice touch and had me itching to start the series from the very beginning once again.

Abducted In Plain Sight

Just when I thought that I couldn't be shocked any more by a Netflix doc, along came Abducted In Plain Sight. This is honestly the craziest true crime story that I have ever heard of (even crazier than the pizza bomber plot in Evil Genius)! Do yourself a favour and have a look at the #AbductedInPlainSight hashtag on Twitter, even if you previously had no intention to watch this. Some of the GIFs sum up the viewing experience so well it's just too good to resist scrolling through them all.

You know the saying stranger than fiction, well that's exactly what this entire true life story is from start to finish. It is, however, a documentary about child abuse, which is at times told in explicit detail, so it's worth bearing that in mind if it could be a trigger to you or someone you're watching it with. It also delves into the topics of brainwashing and blackmail. I've never watched anything where, literally every five minutes, I was completely stunned and shocked! Nor had I shouted 'WHAT THE FUCK?!' so many times in a row. I won't spoil it, as I think you have to go into it without knowing too much about it but if you're looking for something that will literally blow your mind, give Abducted In Plain Sight a watch.

What have you been watching this month? Have you seen any of the movies or TV shows that I've featured in today's blog post? If so, what did you think of them? And have you been binge watching anything recently?

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