Let’s kick things off with a film I watched last night, A.C.O.D. (or, Adult Children of Divorce). The film stars Adam Scott as Carter, a seemingly fully functional, mentally stable, well adjusted grown up who has managed to succeed in life despite his parents’ messy divorce when he was a child. As Carter helps to organise his brother’s wedding, he’s also dragged into the chaos of trying to keep the peace between his bitterly estranged parents. This film wasn’t as funny as I had imagined it would be, but I really enjoyed it as more of a drama. Jane Lynch as Carter’s childhood “therapist” was brilliant, and I also loved Amy Poehler as his dad’s much younger 3rd (or maybe 4th?) wife. I watched A.C.O.D. through Blinkbox after the lovely Blinkbox folks gave me a voucher* to try out the service. It was really easy to use and has loads of new releases, as well as older films and lots of TV shows too. It’s not a subscription service, so you can just use it on a pay-as-you-go basis which is perfect if there’s a particular film you want to watch. You can buy films as well as rent them, so your favourites will be yours to keep! I’d definitely recommend having a browse through Blinkbox if you’re a movie fiend like me.
2. Freaks and Geeks
I actually watched this a few months ago, but am super behind on writing up this post, oops! I had been meaning to watch Freaks and Geeks for yeeeaaars; I knew I’d love it and I wasn’t wrong. This cult classic was only on the air for one season, and I devoured all 18 episodes in just a couple of days. Ohhhh how I wish there were more! Set in an American high school in the early ’80s, the show follows Lindsay (Linda Cardellini), member of the titular “Freaks” group, and brother Sam (John Frances Daley), one of the “Geeks”, as they navigate friends, love, parents, school and life in suburban Michigan. I love that the show focuses on the outcasts of high school and deals with the mundane, realistic problems that make up the average person’s teenage years. I am 100% in love with Nick Andopolis (Jason Segel), and Bill (Martin Starr) is one of the most simultaneously hilarious, heartbreaking AND heartwarming characters ever. In short, you should watch this because it is amazing and I love it and I’m a little bit devastated there are no more episodes for me to watch.
Saying that, Undeclared is a sort-of spin off from Freaks and Geeks which satisfied my season two cravings for a little while, but sadly this was only kept on for one series too. WHYYYY. A lot of the same writers, producers, actors etc. are used and it has a similar style of humour to Freaks and Geeks, but the storyline and characters in Undeclared are completely different. This time, the show focuses on Steven Karp (Jay Baruchel), a college freshman who has just moved into his dorm and has to face starting university along with all the trials and tribulations of being a slightly geeky guy with dysfunctional family and friends. Again, I loved Jason Segel’s character in this (in fact, I think I just love Jason Segel), even though he was completely and utterly mental. Although it is quite different to Freaks and Geeks, if you enjoyed one you’d almost certainly enjoy the other – definitely worth a watch too.
4. Safety Not Guaranteed
I stumbled across this whilst looking for a film to watch one night and, despite not knowing anything about it, I decided to give Safety Not Guaranteed a watch as it had a few actors I like in it and an interesting premise. Jeff (Jake Johnson), a magazine journalist, spots a classified ad in the paper for a “time travelling companion” and makes it his next assignment to find out what the deal is. He takes magazine intern Darius (Aubrey Plaza) along with him and sets off to find the mysterious “time traveller”. One thing I liked about this film was the fact that you were never really sure whether it was sci-fi, or whether time travelling Kenneth (Mark Duplass) was just an eccentric weirdo. It’s a pretty slow burning film, but I definitely stayed hooked until the very end. I loved Aubrey’s character, and would like to think it was just an exaggerated version of herself – she’s my fave. A great indie film that was creative, entertaining, unusual and a little bit funny, I’d definitely recommend it if you like that kinda thing.
What have you been watching lately?