As I wrote in my lent update post, I did not achieve my goal of reading three books in forty days. Pitiful I know. But you know what I did do? Watch a shitload of telly is what I did. Yes siree. I watched all of the telly. I finished Netflix and completed YouTube. I watched a few classic films and finally got to some shows that have been in my to watch list for ages. I shall now talk about them below, in no particular order. This is not a review by the way.
Hustlers (2019): There was a lot of hype about this film, and I was largely unfazed until Jlo allegedly started generating Oscar Buzz for her role in the film. *Tiffany Pollard voice* An Oscarrrrrr? Well then I had to see it. So when one day I went on Amazon Prime and say that Hustlers had been added I pressed play without a second thought.
Long story short: the movie was alright. Perhaps the people harping on about an Oscar were secretly mocking Jlo because I did not see it. She was a supporting character and for all the fuzz about pole dancing lessons there was really just one proper dance scene. The movie was interesting enough and that’s that.
The Stranger (1946): Oh how I love my vintage films. I came across this while searching Netflix for a TV show by the same name. Of course I was drawn to it as I am drawn to all old films.
The Stranger is about a Nazi Hunter who traces a suspected Nazi to some village. Said Nazi has pretty much erased his entire identity and is now married to the town Judge but is troubled by the arrival of this stranger.
I have two favourite scenes; the dinner party scene where the wife (I never remember names of characters) was having a panic attack after discovering her husband’s apst (well his version of it) and feeling choked by her pearl necklace. Her husband moved his hands towards her neck to help remove the pearls and she cried out in fright and snatched the necklace off, scattering it into pieces.
My second fave is more of a transition between scenes- when the Nazi hunter wondered aloud how the Nazi was going to explain away the corpse and the scene cuts to the Nazi saying “I was in school in Geneva…”. I literally bust out laughing. Of course these scenes mean nothing to you until you watch the film.
I knew the film was an Orson Welles one, and I watched the whole thing looking out for him. It was not until I saw the cast listing that I realised he was the main character! My image of Orson is as a plump jolly bearded man and I guess he was not always that way. The film also has my new fave Edward G Robinson. I was unaware of him as an actor until I saw him in The Man by the Window and erroneously assumed it was James Mason (another favourite of mine).
The Machinist (2004): I wanted to see this film for one reason only: to confirm whether or not Christian Bale’s extreme weight loss was necessary. I concluded it wasn’t.
The film follows an industrial worker who claims to have not slept in a year. He has become very emaciated and unwell and begins to doubt his sanity.
The movie was good and I enjoyed it as much as any psychological thriller. I gasped in delight and disbelief when the mystery has finally solved. Still I felt the look could have been achieved without such harm to his body. I did not think his emaciated body added that much to the story for it to be worth it, or they could have achieved the look with makeup. Why the hell do I care though? He went on to play Batman right after for one hundred years so surely he is alright.
An excerpt from his wiki page:
Christian Bale strenuously dieted for over four months prior to filming, as his character needed to look drastically thin. According to a biography of Bale written by his former assistant, his daily diet at this time consisted of “water, an apple and one cup of coffee per day, with the occasional whiskey.”
At the end of filming he was left with just six months to regain the mass to be ready for his role in Batman Begins, which he achieved through weightlifting and binging on pizzas and ice cream.
Insane! But it is quite remarkable that he had such willpower and was also able to survive, remember his lines etc on such a diet.
Shutter Island (2010): For the longest time I would hear people talking about Shutter Island and agree with them that it was a good film. I would wrinkle my nose in confusion when they mentioned Leo Dicaprio because I did not remember him in the film. You see, I had seen the horror film Shutter which I enjoyed and just assumed it was the same as Shutter Island. Yes, my brain works in wonderous ways. Anyway I was chilling with my boo Netflix when Shutter Island was recommended and I finally watched it.
The film is set in 1954 and it follows two US Marshals who are investigating the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane (murderers et al).
Like the Machinist, it is a psychological thriller which I am thinking is my new favourite genre. Plus the film was directed by my fave Martin Scorsese.
Schitt’s Creek (2015-2020): This is not a film, but instead a silly utterly delightful funny as heck TV series. It is my favourite type of show; short and sweet episodes (each only 20 minutes long) chockfull of hilarious quips and ridiculous exaggerated characters. I watched the first episode a year ago and didn’t continue. Then one random day I woke up with a craving for something light and funny and I binged all five seasons on Netflix. I am now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the sixth and final season.
PS: TV people, I need Moira Rose and Lucille Bluth in a show asap, with Karen Walker making guest appearances. Go on and make my life complete.
Erin Brokovich (2000): I only watched this because it seemed to be a classic film and Ms. Roberts won an Oscar for her role in it. I had it on my list for ages but would never press play because I was never really in the mood for it. Then it was referenced in Schitt’s Creek and I thought oh sod it I will watch it! and I did.
Julia Roberts plays a sassy single mother who manages to get a job in a law firm and then helps the firm win a class action suit against a large company through her tenacious nature.
Julia is so pretty. I like her face. The film itself is alright and the fact that it is a true story makes it all the more remarkable. I did not like the character-I found her brash but I guess it was necessary for her to survive. The film is not going on my list of favourites and I will probably never watch it again.
I watched a whole lot more but I either cannot remember them or they are nothing to write home about. More truthfully, I cannot be arsed to continue writing. What would I do without Netflix? To think that once upon a time I did not have an account *shudders*.