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.
The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It – This was a great way to kick off my June month of movie watching, as The Conjuring is one of my favourite movie series and I get super excited when a new film in this cinematic universe is released. This was probably my least favourite Conjuring film so far, as I didn’t find it particularly scary, but I did enjoy the true crime element that was weaved into the story, and I enjoyed the exorcism/demon vibes as always. Despite any plot holes I do truly believe that any film that allows me to look at Patrick Wilson for an hour and a half is incredible, so I enjoyed this a lot.
The Bone Collector – I’ve seen this film before, but it was long enough ago that I forgot most of the plot, the twist, and most importantly who the killer was. I really enjoyed this, and it was interesting to see a younger Angelina Jolie on screen. Denzel Washington was perfection as always.
Two Hands – I always feel bittersweet when I watch a Heath Ledger film. This was one of his earlier pieces of work, an Australian film with lots of twists and turns and more than a couple of ‘what the fuck did I just watch’ moments (including the opening credit sequence and the entirety of Rose Byrne’s acting throughout). It was a lot of fun though, and kept me entertained throughout.
Little Children – Speaking of movies that are worth watching for Patrick Wilson, this is another. I am a huge fan of Tom Perrotta’s writing, so was excited to watch this (although I didn’t know anything about this book before viewing), and it definitely had his feel to it. Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson were perfection, and the ending, although somewhat bleak, left me feeling satisfied.
End of Watch – This movie is a bit of a rollercoaster ride. It starts out feeling relatively funny and light-hearted, but by the end of it I was on the edge of my seat holding my breath with fight-or-flight response well and truly triggered. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of those actors that I feel like I’ll be distracted by the celebrity of him, but I always find myself lost in the character he plays. This was a great movie, that took me on an emotional ride from start to finish.
Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – I picked this book up a long time ago, after seeing it as one of the recommendations for Reese Witherspoon’s book club. I had high hopes for this, and although it was an okay read it unfortunately drove me into a bit of a reading slump. I enjoyed elements of the book, it was fun to explore the world of the widows, and their lives, but the mystery elements that were weaved into the story fell flat for me.
Girl A by Abigail Dean – This was the main book I read during June’s Read Your Face Off weekend, and it was the first book in a very long time that I’ve managed to read in one day. This book included so many of my favourite elements, and I loved it. Warning – it involves themes like child abuse/children locked up inside their own house (and I blame reading Flowers in the Attic at a young age for my fascination with this sort of plot), so reader beware.
RuPaul’s Drag Race US [ season 13 ] – Watching this at the same time as the UK season probably did it a disservice, as I didn’t find any of the queens this season as interesting or as charming as the queens from the UK this year. Having said that, Drag Race is always a fun time for me, it’s a great way to escape my life and switch off for an hour every week and I’m guaranteed at least one laugh out loud moment per episode. I was happy with who won this season, and now I say bring on All Stars!
The Sons of Sam [ season 1 ] – This was a True Crime series about Son of Sam, and the events that took place following his arrest. This was a really interesting viewing experience for me, because I knew of Son of Sam but I knew very little about what had taken place, and the killings that occurred. This is definitely worth a watch if you’re interested in learning more. It was well put together, and kept us interested throughout.
Wonder Woman 84 – I remember seeing the trailer for this at the movies and being excited to watch it. Sadly, it was a bit of a flop for me. I felt like the plot had so many holes in it (more than the standard comic book movie standard), and the overall vibe just wasn’t that good. The highlight, as always, was Chris Pine – who can charm his way through any movie, it seems.
Deepwater Horizon – I don’t remember much about this disaster at all, so this movie was a fascinating watch for me. I felt like there was a good balance of build up and action, and although I am a huge fan of disaster movies, knowing that this was a real-life event made this quite a sombre viewing experience.
The Conjuring – This is one of my favourite horror films, and I’ve seen it so many times now that it almost feels like a “comfort” movie. I love this entire universe and most of the films from this franchise, and this is the one that kick-started that obsession for me.
The Conjuring 2 – The third Conjuring movie is coming out this year, so I figured after watching the first film I should probably watch the second to make sure I’m up to date and ready for the next one to come out. I love this movie just as much as the first, and it was a perfect watch for a stormy weekend afternoon.
The Dry – I read this book last year and was keen to watch the movie, so when we were over in Perth visiting my parents I jumped at the chance when they suggested we watch this. I felt like this was a decent adaptation of the book, but as always it’s hard to translate the depth and context of a novel to film and I feel like this movie struggled a bit in that way.
Mulan – Also while we were visiting my parents in Perth we set them up with an Apple TV and got them hooked up to Disney+ and this was one of the first movies my dad wanted to watch. I’ve never seen the cartoon version of Mulan but I adore this live action version. It’s such a beautiful film and of course, a heart-warming story.
Empire Records – This is one of my all-time favourite movies, and I’ve seen it so many times that I can quote it by heart. Re-watching this brought me so much joy, and even though I had “oh Rexy you’re so sexy” stuck in my head for days afterwards I want to watch it all over again.
Almost Famous – I had not watched this movie in years, probably since it first came out, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Kate Hudson is one of those actors who I feel like I don’t like her (?) until I see her on screen in a film and I fall in love with her. She was incredible in this, along with the rest of the cast, and the story is something I feel like I could appreciate a bit more on re-watching it now that I’m older.
Alice in Wonderland – Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite Disney films, and although this live-action version by Tim Burton is beautiful, it doesn’t quite live up to the original for me. Having said that, it was a bit of fun and I enjoyed it despite re-living the horror of Johnny Depp’s breakdancing scene at the end of the film.
Three To Tango – This was a rom-com from the late 90s and it absolutely did not stand the test of time. There was a lot to be offended by in this movie, I don’t know where to begin. Neve Campbell was as charming as always, and Matthew Perry’s weirdly orange hair will probably haunt me for the rest of my days.