Whats been keeping me occupied recently / film & tv talk

16 May 2017

Recently I've been considering taking some time off from blogging, like a mini internet holiday purely because I've felt this pressure building for months now because I've just not had the time for it like I want! I want to post four times a week, have a schedule and be on twitter talking to everyone in the community 4/7, but I work a full time job so it's incredible hard to balance both things along with my other commitments. I've known I've needed a break for some time now because I can't stand the guilty wave whenever I don't post for a couple or days or even a week! Without going full blown cold blogging turkey, I have been making time for myself to just chill, which always involves a good tv series binge on Netflix or a good movie. I love to create film related posts because I LOVE to watch movies and really get involved, so here is what has been keeping me occupied with not only intense plot lines but characters to die for!

13 Reasons Why is definitely this years Stranger Things and if you haven't seen the huge hype about it have you been living under a rock?! Created by Brian Yorkey and based on the book, the show follows a teen named Clay as he listens to a selection of tapes recorded by his classmate and crush Hannah, on why she ended her life. Each tape is a different story aimed at one person or reason as to what they did to her, Clay finding it hard to listen takes a huge journey in not only dealing with her death but shaping him into a person who doesn't just sit there and let these things happen. Even without being able to relate to Clay the show makes you feel for him, his pain, Hannah's pain, bringing about not only an awareness of suicide but the struggle of both mental and physical abuse! It is raw, there being no glamorising of grief or pain, which in my opinion makes it all the more real.

If you want a tv series that not only grips you from the beginning but really is an emotional roller-coaster then I definitely suggest this one is for you. I cried (mostly for clay and omg no Jeff) the entire series, but I could definitely watch it over and over again because it's filmed fantastically. 

I waited after finishing 13 Reasons why to start Riverdale, so I had the pleasure of binge watching a couple of episodes before I had to wait weekly for an episode and my god I am not disappointed! I love a good murder mystery and Riverdale starts right in the action, beginning with the death of a popular boy named Jason Blossom on the 4th of July. It's a new school year so there's new friendships and relationships to be expected, along with the entire town being plagued by secrets and deceptions! I love how the series is almost narrated by the character Jughead, apart of the 'medalling kids' who investigate into the murder and happenings in the small town. He's played by none other than Cole Sprouce! It's a complete different role from what we're used to with the actor and I think that's what I love most, each character is so unique but have classic characteristics of a murder mystery gang (har har the Archie show).

I feel very late to the party with this one but Joel and I had pre ordered the DVD from Sky, so instead of going to see it because we were so unsure of how Star Wars: The Force Awakens turned out, we watched from the comforts of our home! I wish we had because I loved it, it was everything I needed out of a film, especially when its a film series so close to my heart! Rogue one focuses on a group of unlikely hero's banning together to steal the plans to the Death Star, fitting itself into the series as the 4th film! We're introduced to some new characters who's efforts shape the following films, without the plans to the Death Star Luke Skywalker can't help to save the galaxy.
I won't lie, the ending leaves me utterly devastated but as quickly as a tear shed I felt my heart squeeze as we're giving a little scene from the classics with the film ending as Darth Vader enters the ship, Princess Leia ringing out for Obe One Kanobe! With the passing of  Carrie Fisher it was great to see her face once again as we're taken back to the first film! (fifth film in order)

Directed by Kitty Green, Casting Jonbenet is a documentary about the death of Jonbenet Ramsey (1996), a six year old Pageant queen who was found murdered in the basement of her own home. To this day her murder hasn't been solved, but there is a huge conspiracy revolving around her family and their involvement that night! The documentary is slyly filmed, focusing on peoples reactions to the murder many years later. It focuses on actors taking part in casting of the people involved in the case, whilst filming mostly the out takes as they talk about their thoughts on Jonbenet's death and who they think could of done it. What I find interesting about the documentary is not only are you told the hard facts of the case but you hear the conspiracies and what others think on the murders, something I've never seen done in a murder documentary before.
If you aren't aware of the Jonbenet case I won't say more, but you don't have to do any research before hand to watch the doc!

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I love the new season of Ru Paul's Drag Race fright from the moment Lady Gaga walked into the work room and tried to pass off as one of the queens, LIKE WE WOULDN'T SEE SHE'S THE REAL DEAL GAGA! I loved the twist and of course the season carried on like every other, delivering my favourite episodes like the snatch came and new challenges! It's tough to pick a winner for me this year because there's so many queens who could win, but my favourite is definitely Valentina! Netflix uploads a new episode each week and I'm bursting for drag queen fun every time it comes to new episode day! Who is your favourite queen this season?

Another series I'm late to but I finally got around to watching The People Vs OJ Simpson, a series focusing around the murder case of Nicole Brown Simpson and how OJ, her famous football playing Husband stood trial. Based on true events, the series give you so much information whilst keeping to the events perfectly with matching actors/actresses perfectly to the real life lawyers/people involved with the case. I love the efforts met to re create the event, again going beyond with recreations of murder case stories to captivate an audience.

Whilst waiting for new episodes of series I'm currently watching I can't wait to sink myself into another series just as good as this selection! Netflix is a great way to find new content but I've also been venturing onto sky boxset.

Is there any series you think I would enjoy? Or films?

Until next time,