Life Update: September Edition

I thought I’d free flow a life update because I don’t really do that enough – and even though I often struggle to think about anything interesting I’ve been doing, that’s not really the point. We’re being real here and have to learn to take the mundane with the exciting.

So… how the fucking fuck is it already not just September but MID September? This year has flown by. I mean, I’m not too mad when Autumn is unfolding before me and The Best Month Ever™ is just round the corner but you know what I mean. Where does the time go, etc., etc. It is actually frightening how quickly the days slip through our fingers but then again what isn’t terrifying at the moment? October may celebrate the spookiest holiday but we’ve got a Brexit deadline looming and I can’t deny I’d rather take on Fred Krueger than leave the EU. At least Freddy doesn’t extend his intention to slash you in your dreams for months on end. At least Freddy isn’t a Tory.

I didn’t come here to talk shakily about politics though, don’t worry. I’m merely saying that there’s discourse in the air and no amount of burying my head in the sand is going to change it – I’m scared and we’re fucked. But being fucked can bring positivity – it means we focus on the things that really matter such as loved ones and down time – and new shampoo. I’ve just bought a new one from Herbal Essences which is made with bourbon and Manuka honey. How lush does that sound? I can’t wait to soak it into my frizzy head tonight.

I’m currently reading Agatha Christie to usher in the colder nights and it’s the perfect combo – the deep conditioner, the book and the hot bath. These are the simple things that bring me joy and make me feel grateful I have the basic things we need to live. These are the photogenic self-care acts that we all talk about on social media. These are the things that help but aren’t the ultimate cure because we all need more than expensive bubble bath and crime novels. We need love and understanding and space and time – but it’s a start.

I’ve dragged myself over the coals quite a lot already this month. I’ve as usual taken on too much and failed at everything (in my head) so I’ve had to really assess my extra-curricular activities and chop a few things for a while. The podcast for example is now on hold until the New Year – after which we might bring in back in a different guise. I’m sad not to be doing it right now but I’m also excited for the future. The Wicca is my main focus at the moment. I’m really enjoying reading and getting into it – no spells yet but I’m desperate to get cracking on them. The diploma is going well and so far I am at 100% grade. Again, I know the real learning is off book and in the real world – and that the rest of my life can be dedicated to honing my skills and living my best witch life.

In the New Year I am also going to start looking for something new to do for a living. I have loved my current job and get to work with a plethora of incredible people but I’ve just celebrated my second year and I’m starting to feel uninspired. All in all things are okay and when they’re not I have an idea of how to make them better. I can’t complain, I have everything I need.

How are you?

Behind Again

I’m still reviewing Halloween movies here firmly in December and that’s because I’ve been busy and lazy, a wonderful combination. So I’m going to have to squish some of my To Do list into one post, which I kind of hate but what can you do?

Here’s what I’ve been watching since the end of October:

Halloween

I waited for what feels like forever for this 40th anniversary sequel and… I can’t say I was disappointed. A lot of it doesn’t work, some of it spectacularly (looking at you fake Doctor Loomis/terrible podcasters) but all in all David Gordon Green‘s offering is a lot of fun and that’s what I wanted.

Jamie Lee is dope as the deeply affected, original Final Girl™ Laurie Strode. A lifetime of paranoia has made her into a reclusive survivalist and she is barely holding onto her family as a result. But what happens when all that preparation finally comes to fruition? Well, you’ll find out when Michael Myers busts out of the institution that has held him for the last four decades – and the whole thing is as gory and tense as you’d imagine. Plus, there’s something truly disconcerting about the humanisation of The Shape just before shit kicks off.

My Rating

4.5/5. Probably for nostalgia more than anything.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

In my opinion this movie suffers for not featuring enough Jack Black but IT’s Jeremy Ray Taylor does a fine job as a mini version of the man himself. If I’m honest, I don’t remember too much about the plot (I think because I saw The House with a Clock in its Walls right before it and they’ve sort of blended into one) but I did enjoy its childlike Halloween wonder.

The effects are very good – plenty of inventive monsters and sadistic gummy bears – the kids are fantastic and Slappy is a dollop of mischievous fun. I think I’ll always be here for the Goosebumps movies honestly, they’re charming. I’ll definitely be hitting this up with a re-watch as soon as possible.

My Rating

3.5/5. Witches be crazy.

The Hate U Give

Based on the YA novel by Angie Thomas which I have half read, THUG is a pretty solid adaptation, if a little heavy-handed in its delivery. Starring the ridiculously talented Amandla Stenberg as our main protagonist Starr and the ridiculously cool Regina Hall as Starr’s ferocious mother Lisa, this movie examines subject matter that is all too relevant. I enjoyed the ride and also cried like a baby throughout.

While I could never understand what Starr and her family and community have to deal with, I was pumping the air with triumph as Starr stood up for herself and her lost friends in the most dramatic, tense scenes imaginable. Not only does this movie look at the horror of racism and police brutality, it also hones in on the insidiousness of subconscious prejudice, particularly within Starr’s own friendship group. Russell Hornsby is fantastic too as Starr’s wise old ex-gang member father.

My Rating

4/5. Powerful stuff.

Slaughterhouse Rulez

Meh. This, sadly, was a steaming pile of nothingness and given the cast, I’m surprised. It’s just not that memorable, funny or endearing – and takes an age to get going. When it does there are a couple of okay moments but there’s not enough to make it worth the effort. Sorry, Nick Frost, I still love you.

My Rating

2.5/5. A real stinker.

Widows

My takeaway from this is that Viola Davis should be cast in every film from now on. Literally every single one. As freshly widowed Veronica, she is mesmerising – the perfect blend of vulnerability and strength – I couldn’t keep my eyes off her. She is matched perfectly though by Elizabeth Debicki as Alice, who steals scenes left and right, even from the Queen herself.

I enjoyed this film very much, it follows the lives of a handful of women left devastated by the death of their husbands, a band of bank robbers. But as with most crime capers, there are twists at every turn and danger lurking in every shadow, not least the terrifying Manning Brothers, Jatemme and Jamal (played, respectively, by two of my favourite actors, Daniel Kaluuya and Brian Tyree Henry).

My Rating

4/5. Girl power at its finest.

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What have you been watching?

Chatty Cathy

A quick and half-arsed catch up post just to check in. I’ve had a really busy, sociable week or so it appears but really it’s just been me sitting in a dark theater sometimes alone, sometimes with friends catching up on all the new movies that have had release dates all at the same fricking time. (Reviews to follow on Thursday Night at the Movies).

We’ve had some busy weekends as well – a trip to Margate (I heart you Margate!) and a 10th Wedding Anniversary – so I’m very much just looking forward to a chilled weekend at home this week; washing some socks and knickers, deep conditioning my hair and catching up on my blogs.

Jill and I have taken a wee break from the Blog Collab because she’s been doing exciting things (but we’ll be back next week!), and James and I also took August off the podcast because we were just too busy and popular and shit (but we’ll be back in September).

Work is good, I had an interview for a secondment yesterday and I keep thinking back to the interview and how terrible I was – go figure. Do we ever come out of an interview thinking we were amazing and obviously have the job though? My interviewer asked me to name five Buffy characters which I could do easily, despite not being a fan, though my admission of that might have gone against me.

Either way I’m just pleased with myself for going for it and relieved that it’s over. I can relax now and send back the interview outfits I purchased off Buy Now Pay Later ASOS. For me – although obviously I would accept the job like a rat up a drainpipe if it were offered to me – it was more about standing up and saying, Hey I have more to offer, let me show you. It’s a good feeling. Go me.

And, the weather! The UK heatwave appears to have moved on and the Autumn lovers among us (me 100% included) are coming out in full force (maybe prematurely), getting all gee’d up about boots, coat and tights season. I must admit the drop in temperature makes me feel like I can breath again and pulling out my favourite sloppy cardigan has been lovely.

I’m also starting to think excitedly about the thrillers and ghost stories I’ll be reading in October/November, Halloween and the Wes Anderson film festival Brighton is hosting in the same month – as well as my Copenhagen trip with Panda on the 4th. We have our own apartment and in my daydreams we’ll conduct ourselves like sexy spies, all dark glasses and trench coats wafted about the city like enigmas. In reality, we’ll be sweaty tourists, eager to visit the Little Mermaid and complaining of sore feet from all the walking (me). But I cannot wait.

In the meantime, I have decided to wind down the social activities and be as thrifty as possible. My spending needs to be seriously curbed so I can get through these events and Christmas as unscathed as possible. But all in all, life is sweet.

How are you?

Catch Up

Remember when blogs were a form of journaling? When we’d write down what we’d done in that day or how we felt about certain things as if our online space was a fluffy pink lockable diary from the 80’s? (Nineties, 2000’s, whatever).

I feel like somewhere along the line I’ve lost what blogging means to me – even more so every person and their barista has an internet presence, be it a snarky Twitter feed or a mini-blog in the form of Instagram stories, is it even a thing anymore? As I type that I know that doesn’t matter at all, I’ve never had that much of a following and that’s completely fine – the interaction I’ve had via my blog has been meaningful and life-affirming in a way 10k likes could never be (I’m assuming).

I do this for myself first and I can’t imagine that ever-changing. But I do want to get back to a more passionate place. I love reviewing films, I love talking about books and TV I like too – but where are the feelings, where is the truth? So I’ll be exploring that in my posts moving on. Who knows where this will take me?

Anyway, a catch up, Dear Diary! My husband and I are currently on annual leave and I’ll be honest, I’m enjoying doing absolutely nothing. Films, Drag Race and reading in the bath, none of the spring cleaning I’d planned to do, none of the socialising I imagined myself doing (that part’s an out-and-out lie, sorry). It’s what we need right now and I’m not going to fight my desire to nest.

We also just got back from a few days in Amsterdam which was really lovely and chilled. We didn’t go as crazy as that city sometimes warrants but we wandered and ate and took a boat trip and looked at dicks in the sex museum and generally just hung out – it was perfect.

I didn’t partake in Amsterdam’s number one delicacy but I still enjoyed sitting outside the coffee shops, watching people. It’s such a cool city just to be in.

Today I’m catching up on blogging, both here and on my film blog, watching a few films for the podcast and I might do a Trixie Mattel inspired make up look, if I’m feeling it. I’m absolutely loving the freedom to chill out in my pants and do what I like. Tomorrow we’re doing a double bill at the flicks. All in all, a good week is (un)planned and I intend to enjoy it before reality comes knocking again.

Have a good week all!

Blogtober 2016 – Round Up

enjoy-231 whole posts in 31 days, not too shabby. A couple of times I posted twice on one day to make up for missing a deadline but all in all I’m happy with this achievement, and my first Blogtober.

If you fancy a catch up, I’ve put everything together in one handy list!

  1. Handing in my #onewomanbookclub Membership Card
  2. We Could Be Heroes #3: Barb Holland *
  3. The Silenced (Film) Review
  4. October’s Pledge for Buns of Steel
  5. Amanda Knox (Film) Review
  6. Describe Yourself in 3 Horror Characters *
  7. Here’s to the Fucking Weekend
  8. Love & Marriage
  9. Happy Gilmores *
  10. Berberian Sound Studio (Film) Review
  11. Clown & Out
  12. A Horror Movie Questionnaire
  13. Inspo-a-Go-Go
  14. My Own Best Friend
  15. What I’m Digging: My Autumn Wish List
  16. Pontypool (Film) Review
  17. The Tenant (Film) Review
  18. Old & Gold
  19. The Girl on the Train (Film) Review
  20. Ta Ta For Now, Emily Gilmore *
  21. Hands Off My Pussy
  22. Radical
  23. Express Yourself
  24. Nightbreed (Film) Review
  25. The Girl With the Prison Tattoos
  26. The Final Girl *
  27. Another Horror Movie Questionnaire
  28. Big Screen Girl Gang *
  29. Halloween Hijinks
  30. Candyman (Film) Review: Halloween Special *
  31. I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (Film) Review

I’ve starred my favourite posts to write and read back.

Did you participate in Blogtober? How did you get on? ❤

Blogtober 2016

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I’m not even sure that, a) Blogtober is even a real thing or b) I can deal with the cutesiness of the word ‘Blogtober’ (too close to the vomit-worthy ‘Vlogging’ for my taste) but.

But I’m all too aware of neglecting my most important creative space for shiny new projects (and procrastination) so thought I would try to blog here every day in the month of October. EEK. I have a few drafts half-finished in my folder and some posts might be more inspiring than others but that’s what I’m aiming for.

Feel free to join me in this if you want to! I know, none of us have much spare time to throw around but I do like the idea of sticking to a plan and I think that might be exactly what I need right now. And if I have a few buddies along for the ride all the better.

So, see you again tomorrow then! This weekend I’ll give you a recap on how badly I did on my Summer reading challenge and more! Expect a Blog Collab movie review on Monday as usual, because that totally counts as a Blogtober post too.

Happy Friday all! ❤