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What I Watched: September 2020

How are we in the final quarter of this awful and weird year? Remember when we all thought things would be back to normal by Christmas? Ahh, sweet optimism. My little girl turns 3 this month. THREE. Does that mean the terrible two’s are coming to an end, because I’m not sure who has the most meltdowns now between me and her. She’s ace though, she talks fully and my goodness, she doesn’t stop.

In between a lot of movies, my husband and I have started watching a TV show together for the first time in literally years. We’ve been watching an episode of The Boys most evenings and we are LOVING it. That show is absolutely bonkers and Karl Urban is an absolute show-stealer. Every line he says has me laughing. I’ve also finally jumped onto the Schitt’s Creek bandwagon and it’s a delightful little comedy show.

But anyway, here’s what I watched but never blogged about last month…

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Class Action Park (2020)

I made the terrible mistake of watching this documentary a couple of days before going to a theme park myself. I knew nothing about Action Park before watching this but it’s an in-depth look at a water park in New Jersey that was hugely popular in the 1980’s and notorious for how dangerous it was. I’m not one for documentaries usually but this was as hilarious as it was shocking and chilling.

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Cosmopolis (2012)

No, the Robert Pattinson binging hasn’t come to an end yet. In Cosmopolis he plays a businessman travelling around in a limo but stuck in hellish traffic because of a political event taking place in the city. That’s um…all I really have to say about it I’m afraid.

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After (2019)

You might have seen I watched After We Collided (2020) at the cinema, and I had to watch the original so I knew what I was getting into. I hated the sequel but I really quite enjoyed the first one! It’s full of every cliche in the book but it’s an enemies to lovers kind of romance and you know I’m a sucker for those.

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Maps to the Stars (2014)

So next in the Robert Pattinson saga we have a movie where he plays a limo driver, rather than a passenger this time. This is one of those movies with many characters whose lives all intertwine towards the end of the movie. It was alright at the time but it’s quite forgettable to be honest.

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The Social Dilemma (2020)

Two documentaries in one month, Allie? This one is on Netflix and anyone with a Facebook account should give it a watch. There are some huge names in the social media industry speaking in this documentary and although it might be every so slightly dramatized, it’s shockingly insightful and makes me really quite terrified as a parent.

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The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)

Where did this movie even come from?! I watched The Babysitter (2017) last year after falling in love with Samara Weaving in Ready or Not (2019) and had no idea a sequel was even in the works until BAM, there it is on Netflix. The sequel is just as good as the original and a lot funnier, it doesn’t take itself seriously at all.

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High Life (2018)

So after this I took a little Robert Pattinson break, because WOW he loves being in weird movies. Thisis what I get for not even watching a trailer first. How to describe High Life? It’s like Interstellar (2014)…with criminals…and a lot of semen samples? Bonus points for Pattinson being an awesome space Dad though.

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#Alive (2020)

Do we really need movies about being trapped in your own home due to a pandemic in 2020? I think not, but at least with #Alive you can watch it tell yourself, well it could be worse…

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Unpregnant (2020)

I know everyone is saying to watch Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) instead of this but I haven’t yet, and I adored Unpregnant (2020). It doesn’t take a genius to work out what happens in this movie but I think it’s so great that we have movies like this, normalising something that must be terrifying to go through. It has Booksmart (2019) vibes to it and I enjoyed it a lot.

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23 Walks (2020)

You want to know how desperate I am to keep visiting my cinema in fear of it closing again? Last week I watched a little British movie about a pair of single people in their 60’s who meet whilst walking their dogs. You read that right. It actually was a decent watch regardless of be being half the target audience’s age. Something VERY SAD happens though and I didn’t expect to find myself ugly crying that night.

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Saw (2004)

Fun fact – I’ve never seen a Saw movie until now. What’s the general consensus on these movies you guys? I feel like with a critic hat on they’re mostly garbage, but for gore fans they’re actually a lot of fun? I liked the mystery and the escape room-ness to it, but didn’t care for the rest.

In case you missed any of my full reviews from last month, here they are again:

Tenet (2020)
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
Mulan (2020)
The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020)
After We Collided (2020)
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
The Devil All the Time (2020)
Antebellum (2020)
Enola Holmes (2020) 

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Badly Drawn Movie Posters: My Zoom Quiz Round

Right in the depths of lockdown, it seemed like every man and his dog was taking part in a family Zoom quiz on a weekend – our family took a while to hop onto the bandwagon but we’ve Zoomed 3 times now! Of course, our latest easing measures mean we can meet up in groups of 6 as long as we stay outdoors but in true British fashion, that’s when our good weather ended, so who knows, we could be quizzing again soon.

Anyway, for our first family quiz we each picked a category and put together 6 questions; we would host our own round. It won’t surprise you that I picked movies! However, as us bloggers always do, I wanted to pick a theme within my theme, and so I chose to badly recreate 6 movie posters with the first marker pen I could find in my toddler’s craft box.

None of my family got all 6 right, the last one stumped them all – but I’m guessing you could probably guess them all…unless my drawings really ARE that bad.

I included the movie’s tagline in each poster, and they’re all movies that were 2019 releases in the UK! Let’s see how you do…

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Lockdown Day 14 & Downhill (2020)

Here we are, at the end of week 2. I feel strangely better about all of this than I did this time last week. Maybe I’m starting to accept this as my new life now. Who knows when our lives will be back to normal and we can see our family and friends again? One thing is for sure, my Facebook feed is as toxic as ever. Our lockdown rules allow us outside once a day for exercise and yes, there are people ignoring the rules. They’re gathering in huge groups and filling parks, etc. So today’s big news was that if that doesn’t stop, we won’t even be allowed exercise.

My question? What are the police/government doing about these large gatherings? Because if they can’t control them now, how do they expect to be able to enforce a full lockdown? It’s an empty threat, at the end of the day.

For our little household, we’ve been enjoying the nicer weather in our garden and in the woods for our 1 trip out, as well as doing lots of arts and crafts at home. It mostly leaves me too tired to really do anything else by the time the little one is in bed, but it fills our day so what more can I ask for? My daughter wakes up each morning with a big smile on her face, and never wants it to be bedtime in the evening so if all my efforts mean she’s shielded from this mess, I reckon that’s enough.

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Last night I watched Downhill (2020) which was a movie Ii really wanted to see at the cinema, but the times were always rubbish and it only showed for 2 weeks. That’s a thought though, I don’t think I’ll complain about crap timings at the cinema again when they reopen. I’ll go and see everything I can, at whatever time they show it!

Anyway! I was expecting Downhill to be a complete disaster, and it kind of was. I almost turned it off after 15 minutes from sheer boredom but it got better. The mood and vibe of the movie was all over the place, though. With Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the leads I was expecting a comedy but it was surprisingly…more of a drama? Like, it wanted to be Marriage Story (2019) but it just felt…awkward. Julia Louis-Dreyfus was brilliant though, she stole the show in every scene.

I’m sorry I haven’t been catching up with anyone else’s’ blog lately. Weirdly, in a time we’re all stuck at home I’ve found myself with less free time on my hands than ever before, but I’ll make it up to you eventually, I promise. For now, I just hope you’re keeping happy and safe ❤

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Lockdown Day 7 & The Upside (2019)

So the world feels like we’ve entered the upside-down but at least one thing never changes, I’m great at making a plan and failing to stick to it. I’ve been stuck under a bit of a grey cloud these past couple of days, but I was determined to journal this crazy situation and so here I am.

Our supermarkets finally have strict measures in place. There is a limit on how many people are allowed in the store at any time, so you now have to queue to get in. There are now sanitising stations for trolleys and baskets too, huzzah!

You know what’s angered me though? I have an unwell family member right now. They used the NHS 111 online service to answer questions about their symptoms and was told yes, they most definitely have Covid-19 symptoms. They were given a reference number. And that was it. They won’t be tested. You what? How on earth can we report daily figures on the number of cases when we aren’t even testing people with symptoms?!

I’m dreading tomorrow. I’ve now been put on furlough so I’m not working, but my husband’s job falls into the grey area of not being an essential business, but not being public-facing, so he has to go to work still. This past week he’s been working shifts to reduce the number of staff in the unit, so 13:30 – 20:30, but for whatever reason, they’re now scrapping that and so he’s working his using 7:30 – 16:30 from tomorrow. It’s so tough keeping a 2-year old entertained at home all day, I really struggle with it, and now I’m losing my partner in crime, my help, and my only chance at conversation all day.

That’s what I’m finding the hardest about the lockdown. It’s so lonely. Plus, once we’ve finally got the little one to bed, I’m so exhausted and full of anxiety I struggle to enjoy a bit of ‘me time’ with a movie before going to bed and starting over again the next day. Urgh.

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I’m still enjoying Animal Crossing, that game couldn’t have come at a better time, really. And I finally got around to watching The Upside (2019). I wanted to see it at the cinema, missed my chance and then forgot it even existed. Which is a shame, because it’s a really decent movie! Not the flat-out comedy I was expecting, more of a drama than anything else, but Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston have such good chemistry it was hard not to enjoy.

It has a The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) vibe to it, with elements of Me Before You (2016). Well worth a watch if you haven’t already.

UK Netflix finally got Season 6 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine so that’s what I’m watching whilst I write this, and then who knows. I’m torn between watching Underwater (2020) or digging up an old Domhnall Gleeson movie. I hope you’re all keeping safe and well, wherever you are. We’re all in this together ❤

…and now I have that High School Musical song in my head.