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Top 5 Friday: David Rose’s Sweaters from Schitt’s Creek

It’s almost officially Autumn, and whilst I’ve been waiting for the weather to get a bit cooler (it’s being nicely warm still, right now) I’ve got sweaters on my mind. Is there anything better than the season of hot drinks and comfy clothes? Now, I love Knives Out Chris Evans in a chunky knit sweater just as much as the rest of the internet, but for me there’s only one king of long-sleeved goodness, and that’s David Rose from Schitt’s Creek.

This list is something I’ve wanted to do for probably about a year, ever since I finished watching the show (and then watched the whole thing again straight after) but now is as good a time as any, right? So here it is, my Top 5 of David Rose’s Sweaters.

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#5 Leopard Print: You just can’t go wrong with leopard print, it’s a classic.

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#4 Flames: I think this was the most colourful thing David ever wore, and it was for such a cute episode.

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#3 Fair Isle Knit: This one screams festive season to me, which is the best time of the year.

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#2 Monochrome Tie Dye: I love all things tie dye, and this is no exception.

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#1 Lighting Bolts: This is David’s most iconic look, in my eyes. I love this design SO much and a year later, I’m still trying to find somewhere in the UK to buy it for myself.

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Top 5 Friday: Best Movies of 2021 So Far

Happy Friday, folks! Oh boy it’s been a tough old week. The UK weather gave us one final, freak heatwave that’s over now, and my little girl is having a hard time. She was born a few weeks after the school cut off so loads of her friends at pre-school left at the end of summer to start proper school, and she won’t start until next September. I feel so sorry for her.

But you’re not here for my rambles, are you? You’re here because it’s Friday, it’s time for another Top 5 list and this week I’m bringing you what I feel have been the best movies of the year so far. Yes, we’re well past the halfway point of the year, but the last quarter is when all the hard-hitter movies come out so this top 5 will doubtless look completely different by the end of the year.

So here you go, my Top 5 Movies of 2021 So Far!

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#5 Oxygen – Well, this little Netflix release took me by complete surprise. I didn’t even know of it’s existence until it was there one day on my home screen. I’m so glad I gave it the chance though! If you’ve ever seen Ryan Reynolds in Buried (2010), then this is like the Sci-Fi version of that. Very claustrophobic, not relaxing in the slightest but it hooked me straight away and the twists and turns all surprised me.

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#4 The Suicide Squad – If you told me at the start of 2021 that I’d be putting The Suicide Squad in a ‘Best of’ list, I would have laughed at you. Firstly because at the time it felt like we would never be getting big releases in cinemas, but secondly because, well…we all saw the first one, didn’t we? The reboot/sequel/whatever it is surpassed the 2016 version in every single away, apart from the soundtrack maybe. They’re both great but the original soundtrack was killer.

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#3 Vivo – I’m still riding the Vivo hype train, listening to the soundtrack every single day, so just know that it took a lot for me to be sensible and not make this my number 1. Maybe it’s not the best animated movie out there (it isn’t even the only one in this list!) but I appreciate a family story and I’m a sucker for a musical, especially written and performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Give it a go if you haven’t already, it’s on Netflix and while I can’t guarantee you’ll love it, I bet it’ll make you smile.

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#2 Free Guy – I thought Ryan Reynolds was going to swoop in at the end of 2020 and save the day with Free Guy but the Delta variant had other ideas, and Free Guy got pushed back again into 2021. To say it was worth the wait is an understatement. I was expecting something generic and full of references, but something I would enjoy regardless and it ended up being so much more than that. It’s funnier than I ever thought it could be, and at it’s core it’s also a really great romcom!

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#1 The Mitchells vs. The Machines – Still haven’t forgiven the name change, Connected was a perfect name. This is actually the only movie of the year so far I’ve given a full 5 stars to. Sony Animation are on a winning streak right now and I’m excited to see what they do next. The Mitchells vs. The Machines has such a great story at it’s heart, and somehow crosses into several genres without becoming too muddled. I’ve always appreciated animated movies so this will no doubt still be in my Top 10 at the end of the year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if something knocks it off the top spot.

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Top 5 Friday: Ryan Reynolds’ Comedy Roles

Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week. I couldn’t exactly start a new series last Friday and then skip the next week, so although I’m writing this at quite short notice, I’m back again with another Top 5 list. After watching Free Guy (2021), a movie I’ve been waiting forever for, and being reminded why I fell in love with Ryan Reynolds in the first place, I thought I’d take a look through all the movies he’s in that I’ve seen and pick my favourite comedic roles of his.

Here are mine, and I’d love to know what yours are!

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#5 Jerry Hickfang/Mr. Whiskers/Boscoe, The Voices (2014)

One of the more obscure Ryan Reynolds movies, I wish The Voices had a wider audience. Has it ever been on one of the main streaming platforms? Netflix would make this blow up, for sure. Ryan Reynolds plays Jerry, a mentally unhinged factory worker who’s trying to not be a murderer. Not only does Ryan play Jerry, he voices Jerry’s potty-mouthed cat and lovable dog, as well as a few other animals if I remember rightly.

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#4 Chris Brander, Just Friends (2005)

If Just Friends isn’t on your list of Christmas movies to watch every year, then you really need to correct that. Ryan Reynolds plays Chris Brander, a guy who used to be fat and uncool in school but who’s now fit, confident and successful, and determined to win the girl of his High School dreams. You can make the fat kid fit, but he’ll always be a dork deep inside.

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#3 Mitch Planko, The Change-Up (2011)

This isn’t a well-loved movie and I’ll forgive you for judging me for even putting it in a Top 5, but The Change-Up is my comfort comedy movie, I’ve seen it so many times I could probably recite it word for word. Mitch Planko is a guy who just never grew up, despite everyone around him getting more responsible. He has all of the dry humour that Ryan Reynolds does best which is why I like it so much.

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#2 Guy/Dude, Free Guy (2021)

It would be a pretty strange list if Free Guy never made it into the Top 5, wouldn’t it? I think if I watched it a second time I might actually bump my score up to 5/5, you know. Only Ryan Reynolds could play someone like Guy, a clueless NPC who loves his life. It’s the way he delivers his lines that makes him so funny, and I mean the dry quips as well as “FRIENDLY HAND GESTURE”.

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#1 Deadpool, Deadpool (2016) & Deadpool 2 (2018)

There’s no other role that could take the top spot, is there? Sometimes I have to remind myself that Deadpool the character existed before Ryan Reynolds played him in the movie. It’s like the character was written for him. There’s only a few comic book castings this perfect in my mind, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, and Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool.

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Top 5 Friday: Vivo Soundtrack

Welcome to the start of a series I’d like to try to keep up with. I get a bit of a creative spark for list making every now and again but committing to a schedule is just tough when life likes to throw hurdles at you all the time. So I can’t promise you a Top 5 list every Friday, but today certainly won’t be the only one!

After watching Vivo (2021) on Netflix this week, I’ve fallen in love with the soundtrack by Lin-Manuel Miranda and I’ve listened to it countless times already. Rather than subject my husband and three-year-old to listening to it on repeat while I tell them all my favourite lines, I thought I’d bore you instead with a ranked Top 5 songs from the movie! Here we go…

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#5 Inside Your Heart

“And the world will soon adore you
As I learn to live without you
Every melody is for you
Every song I write about you”

This is the song that is the reason for the movie, the song that Vivo and Gabi are trying to deliver. It should probably be the best song of them all, so I guess it’s a testament to the rest of the soundtrack when it’s only my number 5.

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#4 One Of A Kind

“You and I, we are one of a kind
Keeping time, every time”

This is the opening number, and it really sets the tone for the rest of the movie. There’s only one other musical that had me grinning from ear to ear in the very first song, and that was La La Land (2016), so there’s an idea of how much I enjoyed Vivo.

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#3 Running Out Of Time

“We’re out of time, the sun is going down
And when I thought we were done for
My new friend gave us an encore
Let’s reach the shore of this Miami town”

In a family movie like Vivo, we all know our heroes are going to achieve their goal by the time the credits roll, but this song is so fast-paced it gets your heart running! I dare you to listen to it in the car and not get the feeling of panic set in. I had to keep checking my speed!

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#2 My Own Drum

“I bounce to the beat of my own drum
I’m a wow in a world full of ho-hum
I’m a wild young lady
But you know ‘sum?
I’d rather be at home with my own drum”

Gabi is such an amazing character. She stands out in a crowd and isn’t afraid of being true to herself, even if it means making friends is difficult. Her song is loud, brash and so full of life!

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#1 Keep the Beat

“And all I can do when the tank’s run dry
Is see what’s in reserve
And all I can do when the plans break down
Is stay on my feet”

This is the song that inspired the list- if I had the writing ability I’d have just dedicated a whole post to it. It’s a song all about staying strong when the world is crumbling around you, and I just love the lyrics so much. It also incorporates parts from other songs in the movie too which I always find so clever. Definitely my theme song for 2021!

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Hidden Gems: Nicole Kidman

July just sort of ran by without me realising! I’ve been watching a lot of movies this month but didn’t realise the days going by so I have to admit, my Hidden Gems post is a little last minute this time around. If you aren’t familiar with Hidden Gems, it’s a challenge created by Mettel Ray, where you pick an actor or actress for each month of the year, pick 3 movies of theirs you haven’t seen yet and give them a watch in the hopes of finding a gem. I think Mettel Ray is taking a break from the challenge this month but here I am with a post dedicated to Nicole Kidman.

Why Nicole Kidman?

She was a bit of a wild card choice for the challenge to be honest. I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything I’ve seen her in, but mostly her recent TV work, Big Little Lies and The Undoing. I’m very much looking forward to the upcoming Nine Perfect Strangers, too. She seems to star in a lot of thrillers and it’s one of my favourite genres, so I was keen to explore some of her older work.

Statistics

Letterboxd has an eye-watering 106 projects listed under Nicole Kidman, I took out 41 (a lot of shorts, TV movies, short movies and mini series’), leaving 65. Of those 65 movies I’d already seen 11, and funnily enough, one of those was watched for another Hidden Gems month! Some of my favourites include Paddington, Lion and The Others.

I’ve also seen The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Aquaman, Bombshell, Panic Room, Happy Feet, Prom, The Upside and Before I Go to Sleep.

It was so tough to choose just 3 movies from the ocean of ones I’m yet to see, but in the end I went with Eyes Wide Shut (1999), To Die For (1995) and Rabbit Hole (2010).

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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

I try not to read too much into the movies I’m picking but when I’m so lost for where to start I do try to pick some that are widely well reviewed. Eyes Wide Shut seemed to be one of Nicole Kidman’s most well regarded movies so I hoped I was on to a good start. She stars along side Tom Cruise in a dark, erotic thriller directed by Stanley Kubrick and I tried my very best to look past the 159 minute runtime.

Eyes Wide Shut is going to join some other classic movies in the category I like to call ‘Artsy, Classic Movies Everyone Loves but I Find Totally Overrated’. I’m really sorry – I couldn’t get into this at all. I get that there’s a deeper meaning behind everything that happens but a movie two and a half hours long, I could explain the plot to you in about 30 seconds. I can appreciate the acting, the directing and the cinematography for what it is, but it’s not a movie I enjoyed at all.

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To Die For (1995)

This was very, very close to being a gem for me, I enjoyed it a lot. Nicole Kidman plays a woman wanting to be a world-famous news anchor and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence she makes up for in determination and sheer will. When her husband is found dead, she’s the main suspect, and the movie swaps back and forth between showing us the events leading up to her husband’s death and interviews with the people who knew her.

Nicole Kidman’s character is absolutely fascinating but there’s just something about the way the story is told that holds it back from being a truly great movie. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it immensely, but I can’t give out the prize of Hidden Gem to anything less than great. I wish more of the events had been told from her point of view so we could get a better understanding of her mind.

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Rabbit Hole (2010)

Why do I find myself attracted to such depressing movies?! They’re like a magnet to me. In Rabbit Hole, Nicole Kidman stars alongside Aaron Eckhart as parents who have recently lost their son after he was killed in a car accident. It’s a raw and painful exploration as to how people handle grief, and how they move on after such a tragic event. It’s less a movie that you enjoy and more a dive into the spectrum of human emotion.

So, another great movie. But man, it’s just too much of a downer to call a gem. The definition will be different for everyone but for me, a hidden gem has to be both technically great and enjoyable to watch. Technically, Rabbit Hole is superb but I couldn’t say it was a movie I enjoyed.

Final Thoughts

No gem this month, but two great movies out of three, so I’m not disappointed at all. I’ve learnt that there’s still so many more Nicole Kidman movies out there, I was just unlucky with my choices. I’d love to know what your favourite Nicole Kidman movies are? August is a month I’m really looking forward to – it’s Jake Gyllenhaal month!