Weekly Digest

This is what I’m seriously digging this week.

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Bear necessities

Paddington 2

On Tuesday night after a questionable day at the office, I took myself off to the Odeon to catch Paddington 2, the sequel to the seminal Paddington. Man, I loved it.

And yes, I shed more than one tear before the end credits rolled. I just love that damned bear.

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Detectorists

Absolutely without question, this is my new best thing. A handful of people have recommended this and every time I’ve ignored them. I started on it the other evening and now I’m almost two series down. It’s so gentle and lovely – an absolute credit to Mackenzie Crook who writes and stars in it, and the amazing Toby Jones who plays Lance.

My personal favourite character is Becky, Andy’s teacher girlfriend played by Rachael Stirling. Such a babe and funny as all fuck.

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Still managing to make a prison jumpsuit look cute, damn you Biel

The Sinner

JESUS. This show is crazy involved and gripping af.

Jessica Biel is Cora Tannetti, a woman who one day commits an act of extreme violence on the beach. While there appears to be no connection between her and the victim, Detective Ambrose (Bill Pullman) isn’t about to let Cora just go down for the crime, no questions asked – and does everything in his power to help her unravel the truth, which is lodged somewhere inside that brain of hers. And boy, do they unfurl a story!

This is a very dark series and it was brilliant as far as I’m concerned. Biel really impressed me, while support from both Christopher Abbott (from Girls) and Nadia Alexander was pretty decent. It’s such a sad tale.

I mainlined this in one day and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes their mysteries dirty and deep.

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Obsessed.

And I might now own all of the above… what? It is my BIG BIRTHDAY MONTH!

What are you digging this week?

Weekly Digest

This week I’m totally digging:

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Tessa Thompson

Tessa as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok was absolutely boss, I loved her. She’s always great, particularly in Dear White People (2014) and I really hope to see more of her.

The film itself wasn’t bad either and really made me laugh a lot. Definitely one of my favourite MCU movies so far – adding Taika Waititi to the mix was inspired.

Also, bonus but FUCK ME:

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Pwoar: Ragnarok

Sugar & Vice Christmas 2017 Collection

Featuring this insanely good leg lamp necklace which may be on its way into my loving arms as we speak…

S&V is definitely one of my very favourite small businesses and one I’ve been shopping with for an age. I basically just want to own everything.

Fucking MEN

Alias Grace

Based on the book by Margaret Atwood, Netflix has just released this TV adaptation which looks pretty good tbh. Jill and I are both excited for it.

Here’s IMDB’s synopsis, if you don’t know:

Based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer 

I thought mother! might be the weirdest film I would see this year but now I’m not so sure.

TKOASD is super strange but also seriously good and full of Yorgos Lanthimos‘ signature black humour. There’s not a lot I can say without giving things away and I think going in with little knowledge can only be a good thing.

Nicole Kidman is brilliant as are the actors playing her children (Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic), while Barry Keoghan plays the part of Martin perfectly: insidious, spookily calm and actually quite repellent. I definitely recommend catching this at the cinema if you get the chance.

What are you digging this week?

Halloween Digest : Bumper Edition

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It truly is the most wonderful time of the year – and I’m sad that it’s coming to an end for now. I’ve been having a blast watching horror movies, playing dress up, stuffing myself with sweets (though this is an evergreen activity tbf) – and wearing dark lipstick.

The office has been awash with Halloween goodness, skeletons are dripping from every surface and we dressed up for my first work party on Friday night, which was lovely. Tonight I’m with my brother and sister-in-law at another party and I can’t think of a holiday season I enjoy more. It’s so perfect and so AUTUMN.

Here’s what I’m digging this week, in addition to all the socialising.

My Halloween Bumper Digest:

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Trick R’ Treat (2007)

This is a classic part of the Halloween season as far as I’m concerned and the horror anthology is a huge part of the horror genre too. While this might not be in the same league as Creepshow (1982) and pals, as a contemporary piece I think it works well. It has a sense of humour that I enjoy.

A series of small vignettes splice together to bring us a satisfyingly gory Halloween treat. A reluctant Halloween participant, a bus full of doomed children, a sexy Red Riding Hood and her friends on a unique night out, a sack headed loner kid and a vindictive single dad – there’s something here for every horror fan and I enjoy it more every time I watch it.

There’s still time to enjoy this before the month is out, just sayin’.

Digging Up the Marrow (2013)

A seasoned horror filmmaker and his camera crew meet up with a man who claims there is a whole metropolis of monsters living beneath the ground, in a parallel world just like ours, called The Marrow. Initially deeply cynical, despite the desire to believe, the crew are delighted to discover their new friend AIN’T LYING.

UGH. This film is so beautiful in terms of the monster work. I’m so surprised I haven’t seen or heard of it before now. As a whole piece, I really liked it.

Coming to the podcast soon!

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Pumpkin Carving

I love pumpkin carving – it’s too much fun. The smell, the feels of the innards are they ooze through your fingers – the opportunity to create something wonderful and terrifying. Or in my case, pretty damn cute actually.

 


Winona Forever (But Especially During Her Best Month)

Literal Queen of Halloween – then, now and forever. She looks as incredible today as she always has but I am loving these pictures of young, gothic Winona.

Winona Forever, indeed.

Creep 2

I’m not saying much now because I will probably be blogging this one – but OMG 😮 !!!

What are you digging?

Halloween Digest #3

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What I’m into this week – A Televisual Special for your October evenings.

 

Mindhunter

Netflix has recently released this 1970’s set FBI drama about two agents expanding their psych knowledge with a little help from some real life serial killers. I’m two episodes in so far and it’s looking good – very much up my street.

And several of the episodes are David Fincher directed too, which can’t hurt. I’m getting a Zodiac vibe so far (which may be lazy thinking on my part) but I’m expecting good things.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Season 3

YASS! Rebecca Bunch is back and she’s PISSED OFF. Freshly jilted at the altar by her one true love (?) Josh Chan, our neurotic fave is out for serious revenge. She’s also vamping it up with new dark hair and a film noir wardrobe – and I for one am loving it.

Episode one reintroduces Rebecca back into society after several weeks away licking her wounds. Her friends are delighted to have her back but are bemused when her desire for revenge is not aptly represented by the strength of her ideas (poo in a box, anyone?). Thankfully she’s soon back on track and thinking like the lawyer she is.

I love this show and my highlight from the first episode is the song generalising about men. Because, MEN.

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Riverdale, Season 2

Riverdale is popcorn viewing at its best and is the ideal show to put on of a blustery October evening. It’s just so good-looking (here’s looking at you, Skeet Ulrich) and glossy. Sure, it’s a little bit dark with a cut-rate Twin Peaks vibe which keeps us intrigued but we’re all really here for the handsome cast, aren’t we?

Just me?

What are you digging?

Halloween Digest #2

What I’m digging this fine Halloween week…

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Pumpkin Spice Everything

The Basic Bitch Autumn Essential. Bring on anything pumpkin spice flavoured or scented.

I’m also hankering for a trip to our nearest pumpkin patch before the month is out because my Instagram deserves it…

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This Mustard Coat

I’m sure I look like Big Bird in it, but I like it. Mustard is THE colour of the autumn.

I can’t wait for it to get colder, yo.

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American Horror Story: Cult

I have a hit-or-miss success rate with AHS. The first three seasons were great and I devoured them, particularly Coven which remains my favourite. But after that, I started each and every one, got a few episodes in and ditched it.

I’m not quite sure why but it became our way until Cult came along. I’m absolutely hooked on the 7th season and I can’t tell if it’s because it so far seems to be weighted more in reality, or whether it’s just better all round. All I know is, Sarah Paulson is a Queen and I’m with her to the bitter end.

Excellent support from Alison Pill, Billie Lourd and Adina Porter.

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Friday the 13th (1980)

Because apparently there isn’t another Friday the 13th again until 2023.

What are you digging?

Halloween Digest #1

Welcome to the Halloween Digest, celebrating all things All Hallow’s Eve this October.

This is what I’m currently digging.

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Knitwear

I’m obsessed with chunky jumpers at the moment, usually layered over Breton stripes, skirts and tights.

I’m loving the Autumn palette by New Look at the moment, for just £9.99 – cosy AND thrifty.

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Blade Runner 2049

Sorry kids but this sequel is as good as critics are saying it is. I loved it.

Except you, Leto.

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The Snowman, Jo Nesbo

Autumn and Winter are thriller seasons, and there’s nothing better than climbing into bed early with a good page turner. I’m currently flicking through this, which is so far pretty good.

It’s my first Jo Nesbo and about to be a Fassbender (boo hiss) starring movie. I’m undecided about whether I’ll see it yet.

What are you digging?

Weekly Digest #6

The things I’m digging this week.

*Contains mild spoilers for Insecure & Game of Thrones, if you’re not up to date*

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Tom of Finland (2017)

IMDB Synopsis:

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

This film is wonderful. Life-affirming, moving, inspiring and it’s done in such a tasteful way given its rather hardcore subject matter (not that that’s a requirement for me, obvs). It definitely has an art-house sheen to it but Karukowski sculpts his back story in such a way that you really become attached to the central protagonist, the titular Tom of Finland (played flawlessly, I thought, by Pekka Strang).

Support across the board is strong too, highlights for me being Tom’s sister, Kaija (Jessica Grabowsky) and Alijoki, Tom’s former Captain and friend (Taisto Oksanen).

If you can, try and catch this one, it’s lovely.

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Girls Trip (2017)

IMDB Synopsis:

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Well this film was a blast from start to finish, genuinely. I took myself to a late night showing last Wednesday and the tiny theatre they showed it in was packed. Every one of us was cackling with glee.

As well as being hilarious, this movie is touching in all the right places and invests you heavily in the female friendships. It’s also very sharp on white privilege. One of my favourite scenes is the one in which Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall) calls up her agent Elizabeth (Kate Walsh) on her use of African-American vernacular. She then says, of black event, Essence: “You’re a guest here, act accordingly.”

The whole cast is amazing, including Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and stealer of almost every scene, Tiffany Haddish. I can’t wait to see it again.

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Insecure, Season 2

I’ve talked about how much I love Insecure before so you can imagine my joy that Issa Rae is currently back with Season 2.

Issa Dee is back in the dating game whilst struggling with her heartbreak over losing boyfriend Lawrence, after she cheated on him. Molly Carter (Yvonne Orji), her best friend and confidante is on hand to offer advice on how to ‘ho’ while also dealing with her own issues, namely the pay gap at work.

It’s really smart, funny comedy and I love both Issa and Molly. Support is solid in Lawrence (Jay Ellis), his new fuck buddy Tasha (Dominique Perry) and the brilliantly loud Kelli (Natasha Rothwell).

Special shout out to Issa’s white colleague Frieda (Lisa Joyce) as she tries to get her head around the black Principals’s open racism towards his Hispanic students – and Issa’s subsequent argument that they should let it go and focus on all the good they’ve achieved.

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The Hound & Tormund, Game of Thrones

A selfish entry but it’s my blog so what? A special tribute to the Bromance developing between the mighty Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and my man, The Hound (Rory McCann) as they take on the White Walkers and fight on the side of the King of the North.

Sure, the season finale is tonight (at the time of typing this) so it may be nipped in the bud before it ever gets going but for now it’s beautiful and pure. Two warriors on the same side, quietly admiring one another’s immense skillz. It has also gifted us this amazing video.

If loving these two brutes is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Right?

 

What are you digging this week?