Watched This Week

Watched This Week

I watch a lot of film and TV every week. So, I thought this new blog series ‘Watched This Week’, would be a great way to tell you about some of my favourites.

This week has been a real mixed bag. I have seen a couple of new favourites that definitely kept me interested until the end.

Film

Maniac (2012)

Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder

 A remake with a difference. The majority of the film is shot in POV (Point of View) and makes for an interesting and, at times, a very uncomfortable watch. Elijah Wood’s performance is excellent and makes for a complex character performance. The little hints of background to the character and the POV give an idea of his motivation. But doesn’t help excuse his behaviour or make him a sympathetic character. Like a lot of other horror-like genre films have a tendency to do. Which I thought was done really well. As sometimes I think making the antagonist too sympathetic takes something important away from the story.

Pet (2016)

Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo

 Two horror films in one week. I’d wanted to see this film for ages, but it wasn’t released here on iTunes at the same time as in the US. So, I had to wait-a-little. But the wait was worth it.

When I first saw the trailer, I wondered if it gave away too much.

It doesn’t!

Which was great! It didn’t ruin any part of the film for me. What you think you’re watching at the beginning is not the film you’re watching at the end. Dominic Monaghan and Ksenia Solo give fantastic performances. It kept my attention right up until the credits. I didn’t know where the story was headed and I loved that aspect of this film. It kept me guessing.

Me Before You (2016)

Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

I’m not much of a ‘Chick-flick’ kind of girl and I hadn’t seen this when it came out in the cinemas. But it was on iTunes to rent for 99p and I thought I’d give it a go. Of course, it made me cry. Like everyone said it did.

I don’t know if it took a lot from the book, as I haven’t read it. But it did feel as though you saw more of Lucy’s (Emilia Clarke) character than Will’s (Sam Claflin), and that felt like it could have been a bit more balanced.

However, at the end of the film, I could see why this might be the case. It was a good tear-jerker movie. But not the sort of film I’d watch again and again. A good movie to watch with you mates with a box of tisues and some food.

TV

Timeless (2016 -)

Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett

 I’ve been watching the first series for a while and really enjoying it. It’s a bit like Quantum Leap. If Sam got to travel around in his own body and go home at the end of the mission. Finding the government and a secret organisation involved in a conspiracy with the time travelling machine.

I don’t want to give too much away. But the premise is that a time machine has been stolen and being used to change the past. A team is then put together to try and stop history being changed. But it’s not that simple.

It’s clever, funny and always interesting. A really good watch!

Roots (2016)

Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker, Johnathan Rhys Meyers…any many, many more

I didn’t see the original Roots (1977) and didn’t know what to expect. But it seems this week has been mostly me being spooked or crying. I cried at some point in every episode of this. It was really well made and didn’t seem to shy away from telling it how it was.

It’s a saga. All of the actors are incredible and give you a real sense of a character no matter how long they may be on screen. The story and characters are compelling and I wanted to know what would happen to them all.

I highly recommend it.

What have you been watching this week? Have you been watching any of the films of programmes mentioned here? 

If you saw my ‘10 Random Facts About Me‘ video, you’ll have seen that I LOVE film and tv. My Pinterest board is filled with pins about film and tv.

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Full Disclaimer available here.

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