It’s been quite a while since I last did a Watching Lately post, eh? Let’s go old school with today’s post and do a little round-up of all (okay maybe not all, we’d be here all day) of the TV shows and films I’ve watched over the last few months.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t really remember Gilmore Girls being on UK TV back when it was released originally, so I totally missed out on this the first time round. It’s a bit of a cult classic (and it’s coming back for a new miniseries reunion soon) so when I saw it on Netflix recently I decided to give it a go. I’ve only just started series four, but I’m really enjoying it so far – it reminds me a bit of Dawson’s Creek which I used to LOVE. The show focuses on young mother Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her teenage daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) as they navigate life, love, school, work and Lorelai’s overbearing parents in a small town in Connecticut. The sharp dialogue, colourful characters and brilliant mother-daughter relationship manage to keep it interesting without being to twee. Also, Kirk is my favourite.
I love a good Netflix Original Series, and the latest addition to the list, Stranger Things, didn’t disappoint. I’m not usually a huge fan of sci-fi things but the retro theme, intriguing storyline and well-formed characters really pulled me in and I ended up finishing the whole series in just a few days. Harking back to the supernatural and sci-fi classics of the 1980s, Stranger Things follows a group of young boys as they try to figure out how to get their friend back from the “Upside Down”. Along the journey there are terrifying monsters, government conspiracies, mysterious supernatural forces and just a dash of love interest. The final episode left plenty of things still unexplained, so I’m looking forward to finding out more answers in series two.
iZombie is a zombie TV show with a difference. Rather than being set in a post-apocalyptic world full of decaying monsters, the zombies here are fully-functional members of society with the ability to see visions of a person’s life after they eat their brains. This comes in handy for the main character, recently zombified Liv (Rose McIver), who works in the police morgue – easy access to brains and visions which help to solve crimes, score. A perfect mix of comedy and drama, the series follows Liv as she deals with all the problems associated with becoming a zombie. The humour is very tongue-in-cheek which works well to set Liv up as a witty, intelligent, engaging heroine with a twist.
Netflix’s selection of horror movies can be a bit hit or miss, but I stumbled across a fairly good one with Hush. The story takes place in an isolated house in the woods, where main character Maddie has moved to live a quiet life and write her new book. So far, so stereotypical. But what made this movie different was the fact that Maddie is deaf, so when a masked killer turns up on her doorstep she’s at a distinct disadvantage to defend herself. There’s also barely any dialogue throughout the film which gives it a very tense, atmospheric feel. It’s certainly not the best thriller I’ve ever seen, but it put a fairly original spin on what is usually a very formulaic genre and it’s worth a watch.
As much as I love a good rom-com now and again, I wouldn’t exactly call myself a huge Bridget Jones fan. In fact, I only saw the original film for the first time about 3 years ago. But my friends were going to the cinema to see the latest installment in the series and the lure of popcorn was too much for me to resist. I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good Bridget Jones’s Baby was. It was quite funny and not at all cringy, and managed to revive the spirit of the original film (which many sequels have failed miserably at doing). If you were a fan of the original you’ll love this, and even if you weren’t it’s not a bad way to spend an hour and a half.
What have you been watching lately?