Five Things I’ve Watched Lately
It’s been a while since I last rambled on about the TV shows I’ve been watching – mostly because I’ve been watching the same old things I always watch.
There was the latest season of Once Upon a Time, for instance; then there was the latest season of Game of Thrones (OMG!). Ooh! And the latest season of Orange is the New Black has been awesome, seriously. Er, I’ve kinda made it sound like I just watch TV round the clock, here, haven’t I? Well, that’s because I DO pretty much watch TV round the clock (Did I mention that the new season of Pretty Little Liars has just started? No?) I also aimlessly browse the internet for hours every day, though, so don’t go thinking I’m lazy or anything – I have a lot on my plate here, for sure.
Anyway, I’ve had to rack my brains a bit here to come up with some shows I’ve watched that I HAVEN’T already told you about, and because of that, this list is a bit random, and contains films as well as TV shows, but, well, I’ve rambled long enough now, so here’s what I’ve been watching…
This film was on Netflix a couple of months ago, and I’m not sure if it’s still there or not, but I’m including it anyway, because it’s just SO GOOD. SO good. In a “laughing and crying at the same time, but mostly crying” kind of way. I actually didn’t really like the sound of this when Terry first told me about it: it’s about a man who discovers he has the ability to travel in time, to different parts of his own life, so I figured it would be either a slapstick comedy, or a complete rip-off of The Time Travellers Wife (Which I also loved, but you don’t need to see the same movie twice, do you?), and that would just be plain awkward, wouldn’t it?
As it turned out, though, this was just a wonderful, wonderful movie, which is incredibly thought-provoking, and the kind of thing that stays with you for a long time after you’ve seen it. Watch it. You will not be disappointed, I promise. (Unless you’re disappointed, obviously, in which case, I’m just going to pretend I didn’t recommend it to you…)
This is another show I didn’t think I was going to like. That’s actually a common theme with me, to be honest: for some reason very few shows/movies really seem to appeal to me when I read the Netflix blurb, so it’s only when Terry convinces me to grudgingly give them a go that I discover whether I like them or not. In this case, I once again thought Rita was going to be a slapstick comedy (Er, that ALSO seems to be a common theme with me, actually. Can you tell I’m not a fan of slapstick?), but nope, wrong again! Actually, Rita IS a comedy, but not necessarily a laugh-out-loud one: this is a Danish show which follows the adventures of the eponymous Rita – a kick-ass kind of teacher, who has really great hair, and a no-nonsense attitude. Although I’m describing it as comedy, this also has its fair share of pathos, and I binge-watched all three seasons, before throwing the remote at the TV in disgust when I discovered there wasn’t a fourth.*
(*I didn’t. I could have, though.)
OK, so this one DID sound like exactly my kind of thing. “Twenty years ago, five children went into the woods,” said the trailer. “Only one came out.” “WATCHING IT!” said I: well, I’m a complete sucker for a missing person story, and when I discovered that this one had a really good twist, with the missing child’s DNA turning up at a crime scene, 20 years after he disappeared, I was already hooked. Yes, before I’d even seen it. Luckily, The Five lived up to my expectations: it’s essentially a cop drama, but as it centres around the relationships of the five children – now adults – there’s an extra layer of interest to it, which I really enjoyed. And if you like the sound of that, you’ll probably also like…
This is another British drama, and another one that focuses on the disappearance of a child, several years earlier. In this case, however, the show begins with the sudden re-appearance of the girl in question – which sets in motion a chain of dramatic events, as befitting a TV drama. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of missing people, and particularly with the ones who come back, and how they re-integrate into society, so I found this really interesting, and just wished it had lasted a little longer: don’t you just HATE it when you’re watching something, and it has the temerity to END? HATE THAT.
This film has been out for a while now, but Terry and I just got around to watching it last weekend, and when it finished, I turned to him and said, “Everyone who uses the internet should be made to watch that, seriously.” I’m sure the subject matter is clear from the name, but this stars Maisie Williams (Who I miraculously DIDN’T think of as ‘Arya from Game of Thrones’ all the way through…) in a really excellent solo performance, which is filmed in real time, and all takes place with her sitting in front of a computer screen. (So, just like REAL life, then…) As you can probably imagine, there’s a serious message behind this one, and I thought it did a pretty good job of delivering it, so check it out if you can, and, as always, feel free to tell me what you’ve been watching lately in the comments section!