Monday, January 18, 2016

What I've Been Watching: TV & Movies!

Oh hey! I've been stepping up my movie-watching game recently, so I thought I'd share all the movies I watched in December, plus the TV shows I've been investing my time in. It was one of my New Year's Resolutions to watch more television shows and Netflix, and I'm pleased with my efforts! Let's have a look at the ten movies I saw in December first....

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (image credit: Murray Close, Lionsgate)

It was fun delving back into The Hunger Games films, as I hadn't seen the original one in ages! Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic as Katniss Everdeen. This just made me want to see the rest of them, which I've now done. Series complete!

This film is dark and bleak; Katniss finds herself in District 13, where she becomes the symbol for a huge rebellion against the Capitol. This one is my least favourite in the entire series.

I loved this computer animated, family-friendly film from Dreamworks! It was so funny, and with the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds (love!) and Catherine Keener, how can you go wrong?

I'm pretty sure you either love or hate Will Ferrell. I think he's a comedy genius and love all 6 foot 3 inches of him! This is a hilarious Christmas comedy with a lovely message, perfect for watching with your kids at Christmas time.

I'd built up my expectations for this computer-animated musical fantasy too high, after learning of its award nominations and wins. I found the animation to be a bit creepy, and just didn't love it as much as I thought I would.

This was a re-watch, because honestly, who hasn't seen this classic?! Heads up; if you watch this with your kids, be prepared to pause it constantly, because there will be lots of questions to answer. Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell are engaging and delightful in this heartwarming comedy. Everyone needs to see this movie at least once!

The last movie in the franchise, I was lucky enough to see this in the cinema using tickets I'd won. Another dark, grim offering, this one sees Katniss, Gale, Peeta, Finnick and the District 13 unit embark on a mission to liberate the Panem citizens.

Of course I've seen this before, as with most of The Twilight Saga movies, but there's a few I missed, and ABC2 have kindly decided to show the entire franchise, one by one lol, by screening them in order (handy!), every Sunday night. I know there are plenty of Twi-haters out there, but luckily I don't GAF. Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?

This stars Aussie Ed Oxenbould, who you may remember from Paper Planes, as well as Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. This is just a silly yet enjoyable, family-friendly comedy where it's best to just roll with the story and appreciate the laughter of your kids. Fun viewing for family movie night!

Ah yes, another Will Ferrell comedy. I was really looking to this, given Ferrell again teams with Mark Wahlberg (please check out The Other Guys, if you haven't already!) and I'd won a family pass, so we saw it on the big screen. It didn't disappoint! So funny!

Daddy's Home (image credit: Paramount Pictures)


And now for the TV shows I've been loving....

True Detective Season 1 (image credit: Anonymous Content, HBO)

True Detective
I binge-watched Season 1 over a weekend recently. This is quite a slow-moving, yet engrossing anthology crime drama series (meaning the entire cast changes from season to season, as each story is self-contained). Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are fantastic as Detectives Martin Hart and Rust Cohle, respectively. How skinny is McConaughey in this, though?! Also, I think I might have liver issues and lung cancer just from watching Rust's constant drinking and smoking. I'm still undecided at this point, whether or not to watch Season 2.

Master Of None
This is a Netflix original comedy series starring Aziz Ansari, from TV's Parks and Recreation. I'm really enjoying this show, which focusses on the personal and professional life of Dev, a 30 year old Indian-American actor living in New York. The episodes cover Dev's attempts at dating and romance, social life with his friends, issues of race, work life including auditions for parts and his family. It's so easy to watch, and really funny. Give it a go!

I've also just started watching BoJack Horseman on Netflix, a rude animated comedy series featuring the voice of Will Arnett as the titular character. Such a guilty pleasure! So wrong, yet so funny. I've just seen the pilot of Freaks and Geeks; there's only one season so I should be able to finish it pretty quickly. I get a weird thrill out of watching James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel before they hit it big in this Judd Appatow-produced series! I'm midway through Orange Is The New Black, Girls and Please Like Me too, so I really need to get back to those!

BoJack Horseman (image credit: Netflix)

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  1. Thanks for the recs I might try master of none.
    I just finished watching Netflix's how to make a murderer.......

    1. Oh I keep hearing about that one! Is it related to Serial? I haven't seen either of them yet.

  2. Ive seen all of the movies except for crood and alexander the terrible. I haven't been to the movies much lately... just watching for deadpool to oome out!

    1. I can't wait for Deadpool! How good does the trailer look?!

  3. team Edward all the way haha I dont GAF either :p
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  4. I've only ever seen the first Hunger Games - I thought it was a brutal movie LOL I have the last few days been binge watching all the Harry Potter movies though! LOL DF xoxo

    1. I need to do that! I don't even think I've seen all the Harry Potter movies :/

  5. I want to get into watching more netflix shows. I got the DVD for Orange is the New Black before I realized I could just get Netflix haha! I want to catch up on that most definitely! These are great finds I want to watch the final movie in the hunger games! Time to binge watch some new shows while its snowing here in Virginia haha!

    Jasmine :)

    1. Yes, there's so much good content available on Netflix! Orange Is The New Black is quite good, I don't know why I stopped! x

  6. We went and saw Mocking Jay part 2 but other than that, all I've seen has been River Monsters (my daughter is OBSESSED) and The X Files. We've started from season 1, as I have never seen it and plan to watch them all before checking out the new episodes

    1. Ooh I think there's quite a few seasons of The X Files, that will keep you busy!

  7. Great recommendations! I am going to have to check out Bojack Horseman, I do love rude comedy cartoons :D

    Kate | //

  8. My husband and I just finished watching Master of None and loved it! I can't wait for the second season (I hope there is one!).

    1. We are up to episode 7. It's such a great show, isn't it?!

  9. I loved Daddy's Home! It provided so many laughs!

  10. I have so many series on the go, it's not funny. I am having a very close and personal affair with Netflix. I wish the world would just leave Netflix and I in peace. We belong together.

    1. Haha! Yeah I've started a lot of shows on there that I just watched the pilot then never went back to. I need more time! Netflix is great :)

  11. I've become addicted to Netflix. We binge watched Orange is the New Black over Christmas with a dotting of documentaries. Currently engrossed in The Making of a Murderer. It's so good1


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