It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but I thought it was time to take a break from the books and talk about all the TV Shows and films I’ve been watching. As always, I go through weird phases with my viewings, and my mood also heavily influences what I watch. I think my favourite film in this post is made very clear, but here are my current TV and film highlights.
Grimm Series 2
I started watching series 2 a couple years ago, but my interest waned about 13 episodes in. However, this time around I am enjoying it a lot more. I love that we still get those case of the week episodes, but that there’s a consistent plot starting to take shape and weave itself through the series. I also like that Nick finally learns the truth about certain characters and that we don’t have to deal with the woes of keeping his secret from the people he cares about most anymore. This series is definitely making me understand why Grimm is such a well-loved show.
Ordeal by Innocence
Everyone should know that I love these Agatha Christie adaptations. They’re always so well cast and intricately developed. The story centers on the murder of Rachel Argyll. Everyone thinks that it was the troublesome, but now deceased adopted son Jack who committed the murder, but eighteen months after her death a new witness turns up to confirm Jack’s innocence on the night. The show is basically a case of trying to figure out who did it. Our suspects are the living members of the family, each of whom had a legitimate motive to murder her.
Attack on Titan (Re-watch S1/2)
My brother came to visit a couple months ago and he was keen to watch Attack on Titan, so we ended up watching the first series together and then I went on to re-watch the second series. I loved the show the first time around but enjoyed it, even more, the second time. It’s funny to see how the events and revelations of the second series have altered the way I view the actions of some characters in the first season. Everything changes with a little bit of perspective. I will admit that I find some of the secondary characters more interesting than our main trio, and with the trailer for the third series has just been released I am so excited to see Levi take center stage this time around.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I know what you’re thinking. Why has it taken me so long to watch this film? Honestly, I had every intention of going to the cinema to watch it, but life and work got in the way. Now that I’ve watched it all I can say is WOW. Oh, I love this film. Granted it took a little while for the action to pick up, but for the sake of the plot and character insights, it was worth it in the end. I was worried that this film would turn into a Luke Skywalker dominated film but was so relieved to see that wasn’t the case. In fact, I love just how flawed he was in this film, and how his arc ultimately heightened our understanding of Kylo Ren, who is still fascinating and complex to me. Rey and Finn remain to be the shining stars, with Rey still trying to understand her connection to the force, and Finn taking that stance and firmly aligning himself with the resistance.
My Neighbor Totoro
Confession, prior to this film I had never succeeded in completing a Studio Ghibli film. I’d always start them and get distract, or fall asleep – I was tired, okay. So, as this film was on TV one day, I thought I’d give it a shot. I was surprised by just how adorable the film was. There’s this childlike innocence to the story which makes it such an endearing film and evokes a sense of nostalgia. It’s visually charming as well and Totoro is just adorable.
Avengers: Infinity Wars
WHAT. DID. I JUST. WITNESS? I am still reeling from this film. It was phenomenal but soul-crushing. I love how they made Thanos a legitimate threat. You could feel his dominance every time he appeared on the screen and I always had this sense of dread when he appeared. I was curious to see how they’d navigate an all-star cast in this film and I thought to break them up into groups was the most effective way to give them the screen time needed. It also allowed us to explore new character dynamics, which was a lot of fun. Thor’s interaction with the Guardians was a particular highlight. In fact, Thor stole the show for me in this film. His comedic timing shone, but I also loved those moments of vulnerability that grounds him and makes him a character that’s so easy to root for. I have so many theories swirling around in my head in regards to the next film and all I’m going to say is that they have to lose in order to win.
What are you currently watching?
Do you have any theories about the Avengers?