July Wrap Up – Movies


 

 

Atonement – I had forgotten how utterly breath-taking this film was, until re-watching it this month. I also found that knowing what the “twist” of the story was made this all the more beautiful to watch. Although having said that, I highly recommend watching this if you’ve never seen it, and go in blind because it really is magical to see the story play out the way it does.
 
Transformers – I don’t know why I was in the mood to re-watch this awful movie, but I was, and I loved every second of it. I think I’ll go ahead and watch the entire film series over the course of the next few months, just for some mindless entertainment.
 
Fear Street Part One 1994 – Okay, this Fear Street Trilogy made my July. What a fun idea, and an awesome lil set of films. This was a blast from the past in full 90s mode, and I loved it. I am really loving the revival of the old slasher genre, and having this tie in with a book series I read as a kid made it all the more fun for me.
 
The Sound of Music – This is one of those classic movies I re-watch every year or two, because it brings comforting nostalgia vibes. This was the perfect movie to watch on a sick day at home.
 
Book Club – If you’re in the mood for something cheesy but light-hearted and with a couple of genuine laughs, this is a great option. The cast in this movie was outstanding, and it was wonderful to watch a film with older women unapologetically living their lives to the full.
 
Fear Street Part Two 1978 – Why are horror movies set in the 70s always top tier? I really loved this continuation in the Fear Street Trilogy, and enjoyed it more than the first. It had everything I love in a slasher movie, which really is just that it was set at a stayaway camp. I can’t wait to watch part three.
 
Bo Burnham: Inside – I’ve heard so many songs from this comedy special be featured on Tik Tok that I felt like I really needed to watch the entire thing to see what all the fuss was about. This was a really interesting special, I didn’t know much about Bo Burnham going into it, but a lot of the songs are catchy and have stuck in my head ever since (Jeffrey… Jeffrey Bezos)
 
Fantasy Island – South Australia went into lock down in the second last week of the month, and I decided to try and make the most of a bad situation, but watching a movie a day throughout lockdown. This was the first movie I decided to watch, and although it was cheesy and mindless it was also… pretty terrible.
 
National Treasure – This was Sebastian’s pick for our second lockdown movie, because it’s one of his favourites and I was keen for some more mindless entertainment. This was a lot of fun from start to finish, I love the conspiracy theory element and Nicolas Cage was as terrible and amazing as always.
 
Knives Out – This was the best movie I’ve seen in a while, and might just end up being my favourite movie of 2021. It had an outstanding cast, was beautifully shot, and kept me guessing from start to finish. This felt like the return of a good old fashioned murder mystery, and I loved every second of it.

Nostalgic Book Haul (August)

 

Sweet Valley University #55 – The First Time“Finn thinks it’s time for Elizabeth to prove her feelings… but Sam knows it’s time she ditched Dr. Cool. Nina’s new guy is way more enticing than 9 a.m. calculus… but can she blow off class again? Neil’s falling in love… but Jessica thinks he’s making a big mistake. Chloe likes Theta’s zany pledge requirements… until she’s told to betray her best friend.”
 
Sweet Valley University Thriller Edition #10 – Channel X“When Nina Harper and Bryan Nelson see the sign, they think it’s too good to be true. All they have to do is watch television with electrodes strapped to their heads, some guy takes notes, and Nina and Bryan get paid. It’s a cinch. But nobody tells them about the side effects. Nobody tells them that every student who takes part in the experiment changes–really changes. At first the students’ behavior turns a little weird, then it gets disturbing. Before long it grows horribly, brutally violent. Nina seems safe from the side effects–for now. But will she be safe from the vicious attacks sweeping the campus… and from Bryan?”
 
Sweet Valley University Thriller Edition #10 – Face It“For three thousand miles, Jessica’s trapped in a car with Elizabeth and her boyfriend, Sam. A guy she totally can’t stand! Like this cross-country adventure will really bring them all closer. Drive them further apart is more like it. But Jessica does get close to someone in that car. And Elizabeth goes farther away than anyone ever imagined…”

August TBR

 

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay – “Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road. One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: ‘Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.’”
 
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins – “In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool…”

July TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High Super Edition – Spring Break“Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are nearly bursting with excitement. Spring break has arrived, and the twins are off to the glamorous South of France! It’s the vacation of a lifetime: Elizabeth can’t wait to practice her French, but Jessica’s dying to meet those romantic French boys. The Riviera turns out to be even more beautiful and wonderous than the twins had imagined, with its beach clubs, magnificent mansions, and the glittering Mediterranean Sea. But while the Frenchwoman with whom Jessica and Elizabeth are staying with is a welcome hostess, her handsome son, Rene, is arrogant and rude. Can the twins figure out why Rene seems to despise them, or will he spoil their dream vacation?”
 
Sweet Valley High #28 – Alone In The Crowd“Lynne Henry is tall, awkward, and painfully shy. The one bright spot in her life is her songwriting. In her room, playing her guitar, Lynne forgets how lonely she is and becomes someone special. When The Droids, Sweet Valley High’s most popular rock band, announce a songwriting contest, Lynne enters it. But she is so insecure about her talent that she submits her song anonymously. As soon as they hear Lynne’s song, The Droids know they’ve got a winner. Guy Chesney, the attractive lead guitarist for the band, vows to find the songwriter, no matter how long it takes. Only Elizabeth Wakefield knows Lynne’s secret. Can she persuade Lynne to come out into the open and share her talent, or is Lynne destined to remain unnoticed?”
 
Sweet Valley University #24 – His Secret Past“Jessica Wakefield has hooked up with the perfect guy. Nick Fox is sexy, smart, and dangerous. And just like her, he lives for excitement. Jessica knows Nick has secrets to spare – and she’s determined to find out every last one! Elizabeth Wakefield is worried about her boyfriend, Tom Watts. His twenty-first birthday is just a few days away, and he’s depressed that he doesn’t have a family to help him celebrate. Elizabeth’s sure the surprise party she’s planning will cheer him up – but will her gift be more than he can handle? Celine Boudreaux is back at SVU and determined to make a splash with the most exclusive sorority on campus. Celine will do anything to get into Thetas – even if it’s illegal…”
 
Sweet Valley University #25 – Busted!“What is Nick Fox’s secret? Jessica Wakefield’s curiosity leads her deeper and deeper into the middle of Nick’s mysterious world, and the middle of a drug bust! Will the guy Jessica loves send her to jail? Tom Watts has never been happier. He’d once thought that his entire family was dead, but George Conroy changed that. Now Tom has a father, brothers, sisters, a trust fun – even a dog! It looks so perfect. But sometimes looks can be deceiving. Elizabeth Wakefield is thrilled that Tom finally has a family. But she’s afraid that his father’s affection for her isn’t as innocent as it should be. How can she tell Tom her fears without destroying his newfound happiness?”

June Wrap Up – TV Shows

 

The Stand – I’ve been wanting to read ‘The Stand’ for a very long time, but because it’s so massive I’ve never been able to find the time to get properly stuck into it. This TV adaptation of the book was a lot of fun. The theme of a fast-spreading virus was slightly too close to home, but it was still an enjoyable watch and we binged it over the course of a week or so. Alexander Skarsgard was perfection as Randall Flagg, and I would LOVE to see something (anything) in the future featuring Alexander as Flagg and his brother Bill as Pennywise. Make it happen, universe.
 
Clarkson’s Farm – This was exactly the kind of stupid, light-hearted entertainment I was needing this month and I absolutely adored it. Watching Jeremy Clarkson learn about farming, beginning to love it, and also somehow learning some important life lessons along the way was pretty much what I expected from this show and it was a delight to watch.
 
James May Oh Cook! – Watching Jeremy Clarkson’s special put us in an old-school Top Gear mood, so when we saw this pop up on Amazon we decided to give it a go. This was another silly and light-hearted show that was a bit of a comfort to turn on at the end of a long day. I don’t think I’ll be rushing to cook anything we saw on the show, but it was still enjoyable to watch.