What I’ve Been Watching #4

This is the first official post since my return from Canada and I am already itching to fly back out. During my time there I didn’t actually watch a lot of productions. The first three films I mention in this post were my in-flight entertainment. However, sometimes you need a Netflix and chill night just to unwind after the day’s activities so I did some casual viewing on the side. The only stress inducing viewing was the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire series. Not gonna lie, my shouty voice came out a few times because I was so frustrated with some of the plays I’d seen. Anyway, here’s a list of what I’ve been watching.

TV

Violet Evergarden

Summer recommended this show to me and I can tell you it did not disappoint at all. It was such a beautiful story, one that emphasizes the power of words. As the title suggests, the show follows Violet Evergarden, a girl raised as a weapon who, now that the war is over, has to carve her own path in this world and reconcile the emotions inside her. It was such an interesting and moving story and it had so many elements I love in a show, such as layered characters, history, and a lot of feels. Violet’s relationship with the characters in the show, particularly with Major Gilbert, was so well developed and I love getting that insight into how she touched these character’s lives, even if she doesn’t see it herself. On top of that, the animation is so lovely and whimsical, but also very emotive, and the soundtrack accompanying the show enhances all those emotions. Definitely worth watching.

Stanley Cup Finals

Since the New Jersey Devils were eliminated I have been rooting for the Knights to take the Cup. Why? Because when you think of it the team is made up of a bunch of rejects. These guys shocked EVERYONE with how well they played and I so desperately wanted them to make it to the finish line. It would have been incredible to see them go all the way, especially when no one expected them to be a legitimate threat to start with. They’ve definitely left their mark, but sadly it was not meant to be. What they did to reach the final in their inaugural season is a feat in itself and they should be so proud of that. Congrats to the Washington Capitals, who were incredible in this series. Ovechkin finally has his moment. Enjoy it, but watch out cause the New Jersey Devils will come back with a vengeance next season.

Flims

Thor: Ragnarok

This was the second time I watched Ragnarok and it was just as fun this time around. Chris Hemsworth is so suited for comedy. This is undoubtedly the most entertaining Thor film. The chemistry between Hemsworth, Hiddleston, and Ruffalo is unreal. They play off each other so well and it translates to some brilliant moments on screen. I also loved the introduction of the Valkyrie and exploring aspects of that mythology and would love to see more development on that front. As humourous as the film was, it also set the scene for the Infinity Wars, which we all know opens up in the most painful manner.

Coco

I didn’t know what to expect from this film. I never paid much attention to it, but I had read a ton of amazing reviews about it. I figured the film deserved a chance and I was pleasantly surprised. People can hate on animated films as much as they want, but one thing that always comes across in these films is the heart. I was so surprised by how emotional I was by the end. So, whether you like animated films or not, if you want a fun family film with oodles of heart then this is the one for you.

Murder on the Orient Express

Let me make this clear. No one can top David Suchet’s performance as Hercule Poirot, the most renowned Agatha Christie character (in my personal opinion). I was curious about this adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, especially with its all-star cast. However, while this was an enjoyable film, it didn’t blow me away. It makes for a good filler movie, but when it came down to it, the climax of the film was very underwhelming and even with its all-star cast, the film is just forgettable.

What We Do in the Shadows

This film was so utterly ridiculous it was hilarious. I mean the concept of following the day to day lives of Vampires in New Zealand is just so random how could it possibly work? I’m still trying to process what I witnessed, but I will tell you that this ‘documentary’ is pure genius. As someone who is sick of the Vampire trope, I still found myself laughing hysterically at some the antics they get up to. From befriending a human to feeding rituals and a fashion crisis, this film is such a fresh take on the Vampire trope.

Have you seen any of these TV shows/films? What did you think of them?
What are you currently watching?

11 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Watching #4

  1. every time the australian football season is over i try so hard to get into hockey but i just keep failing so badly πŸ˜‚ maybe next season will finally be the time it happens haha and omg thor ragnarok was the BEST taika waititi is a genius and i really want to watch what we do in the shadows to experience more of his work.

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    1. I’m intrigued by Australian Football. I know nothing about it but it looks interesting. I think the best thing I did when I started out with the hockey was to pick a team, granted it took ages to do that and even that was based on the mascot, but I’ve stuck with them since that day.
      What We Do in the Shadows is so weird. I watched it with a friend and I was baffled and so entertained by the entire concept. So funny!

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      1. I love it so much!!! It can be pretty confusing but it’s so good if you ever want a team to support then I’m happy to share mine with you 😎 but omg yeah i actually picked a hockey team even tho it took me ages!!! i think the hardest part was trying find somewhere to watch the games and then understanding the rules πŸ˜‚ but I really want to keep trying because it’s like one of the only sports that seems to match footy in its intensity!!

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        1. I think I’ll have to take you up on that offer haha.
          Which team did you pick? I so understand you. The amount of hours sleep I’ve lost because I’ve been streaming the games is ridiculous. Luckily, the rules of the game are relatively straight forward, but it gets so intense sometimes. I’m so surprised by how involved I get in the games haha.

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          1. Yes, good!! We’re having a bit of a lull at the moment but I promise we’re still the best 😎

            It’s so random but one of my fave bands is from California and since it’s also on the West Coast and my state is on the West Coast I figured it would make sense to choose a team from there so I looked at the Cali teams and then decided on the LA Kings because I liked their team design the most πŸ˜‚ I get SO invested during games regardless of the sport like catch me yelling at my TV πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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  2. Right?! Violet Evergarden is an absolutely INCREDIBLE series, like I truly believe it’s understatedly intense. Every 25 minute episode would take me on a feels trip. I also think that the animation is really pretty for an anime (typically, the budget doesn’t allow for that to happen often). And the OST! I’m still not over it; I listen to it nearly everyday, omg.

    Anyway, I’m so glad you ended up watching this earlier than later, AND that you enjoyed it so much! :’)

    (Also, haha! Why am I not surprised to see hockey on this list? XD)

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    1. The subtlety in the execution of it was incredible. The feels were all over the place on this one. I loved the visuals in this as well. It was so elegant, but I found that the use of the colour was brilliant in setting the mood of the scene. The soundtrack is diving. It’s so peaceful. Once again, you delivered the good on this recommendation.

      You knew hockey would be on the list, especially since I was able to watch it live at a reasonable time and not rely on midnight streams haha.

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