If anyone, and I mean anyone, or your mum or cat, has a good idea how to title a monthly round-up, I’d love it (it’s got to be coke-themed. . .) Anyway, this is just a little catch-up on last month.
A big big thank you to you guys, the loveliest community, just as I remembered! I’ve been paying for the domain every June, always thinking & hoping I’d come back some day — because I love this world. I’ve seen as many films this summer than I did in 2017. Probably more. Otherwise, I’ve been consistently ill with a cough, working my 9-5 internship during the week and cleaning our new house and working on my dissertation, very slowly, at weekends. I had my dad and his girlfriend over for the first time since I came to uni last week, and she kept pissing me off by constantly checking if my suggestions were ranked high enough on TripAdvisor. So I stayed buzzed for most of the time (and my dad, an ex-bartender, bought me the good shit too, no more £3.85 wine bottles!) It’s back to uni in three weeks and I’m actually really excited to go back.
If you’re familiar with this blog or myself, you know I always vouch for enthusiasm. Get excited!! Who cares if it’s cool!! This series, 20 things I love about . . ., is my ode to this. I take a film or show I love and list a ton of reasons I love it. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is my absolute fave, and this post is so long overdue. It took a while to put together, I’d really love if you gave it a look!
Sorry to Bother You Hits the Mark by Courtney at On the Screen Reviews
Courtney’s blog is my latest obsession. She writes so well, and about all the films I want to see but haven’t yet (or can’t – Sorry to Bother You hasn’t been released in the UK!!) I love her take on it though, and it makes me want to see this weirdo film more and more. Also, the post includes one of the funniest interactions with a director I’ve ever seen. . .
Blindspotting is coming to the UK in October!! I’m honestly ready to travel to Manchester if need be just to see it. It’s one of those flicks I heard of but didn’t really pay attention to — but which I’ve been desperate to see ever since I got obsessed with Hamilton and Daveed Diggs.
BEEN WATCHING, BEEN WRITING
Specifically for this bit, I discovered Netflix’s viewing history for the first time. If they do an ad campaign like Spotify, I’m gonna be called out for watching half a season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine daily, for the past year or so.
Outside Brooklyn Nine-Nine: it’s been Mamma Mia 2 (fun!), Selma, Snowden, Death of Stalin, BlacKkKlansman (I have to see this again before I can review it, but it shook me to the core), To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (AAAAHH!!!!! I loved it!!!!). At the start of August I watched the second season of Dear White People, whose first season I adored last summer — conflicted about this season; might end up as a post. I’m also watching the new season of Suits as it comes out and binged Shameless season 8 over the weekend, which I’m gonna be writing about because it just surprised me so much.
I’ve rewatched Frozen and Mamma Mia! because I’m living alone over summer and singing along to stuff makes me less lonely. I wish I was joking.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Honestly, who let me put my 15-year-old fingers on a keyboard and write like there’s no tomorrow??! One day, I’m going to need to archive all of it. But I’ll wait a while — I’ll probably want to archive the stuff I’m writing now. Anyway, here’s a piece that gets the most traffic on my site, probably because I posted it everywhere when fangirling Shameless back in 2015. Read it and weep. (I stand by the message; Ethan is a genius, and he’s only getting better.)
SOME GOOD READS
- Two Dollar Cinema (a personal hero of mine) reviews Mission Impossible: Fallout among other stuff, making my lunch breaks at work so much more enjoyable
- Mettel Ray reviews Taxi Driver as a part of Blindspot (and her blog design is so swanky!!)
- Katy suggests 5 Ideas to Fix the Oscars. It’s the type of article I’d email to my housemate with the subject line ‘Food for Thought’. (It’s really good!)
- Sati has been recapping Sharp Objects – I’ve not actually read these but if you’ve seen the show, go read! I used to look forward to her Thrones recaps more than the show itself. . .
- Thomas reviews The Meg with the most puns packed in a post I’ve seen in a while.
- Brittani reviews Crazy Rich Asians and got me really really excited to see it!
Finally – one more big big thank you to everyone for your patience & support & I love you all very much. Please keep recommending films to me, I’ve been deprived for years. 😦
Sounds like you’ve had a pretty big summer! I hope you’re having a good time at uni. I love listening to musicals too. Singing along to them help me feel better. You’re not alone in that!
Welcome back to the community! Always looking forward to your posts! Thank you for sharing my post. ❤
Thank you so much Katy! ❤
Thanks for the link! So glad to have you back in the blogging world!
You’re the person whose recommendations I trust the most! Thank you! ❤
Haha…very nice post, Elina. Though…’slurped up’ uhhhhh…..maybe we work on that one? Last Sip? Empty Can (no, not that one)? Final Drop?
I have been in a major writing drought myself, so it’s always good to see someone come back from the dead, so to speak. I was psyched the few times you flirted with coming back over the years, good to see you much more regularly. Next time you’re DC, a film and a coke are on me.
I hear you on BlackkKlansman, as I’m one post away from having to confront that motherf–ker. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do about it. It kind of tapdances along, being equally funny and sad and everything…and then BLAM. It rips your f–king heart out/balls off and leaves you dead on the floor. F–k. Good thing I have Slender Man to piss all over before then.
On that horrible, horrible note, thanks for the link!!!
Ok, I’m really excited for your Slender Man review. Thanks for watching it so we don’t have to!
Thank you!!! I’d never pass up on a free Coke. And I really appreciate all your support, always, how do you have the time?!
So great to have you back and thank you for the link! I hope you like Sharp Objects, it’s such an atmospheric series
Thank you!! I’m so excited to watch Sharp Objects!