What I Watched In July

I realised that it’s been a while since I’ve written any Film/TV related posts, so I thought I’d start a new monthly series where I write about what I’ve been watching in the month. From the television programmes we’ve been binging, to the movies that have entertained our weekend evenings, I hope you enjoy!

TV

Big Bang Theory, Season 7

Last month we blitzed through OITNB, and so the next show we started needed to be a bit shorter and consistently enjoyable (OITNB is good, but it takes a while to get interesting!). Big Bang Theory episodes are almost always funny, and it’s a really easy show to watch in the evenings with dinner.

As far as series go, I definitely think that BBT gets better as it goes on – some of the earlier series were not all that great, but the characters have really come along, and this series has done a good job of fleshing out the group dynamic. Thumbs up!

Goosebumps, Season 1

So much like OITNB, we got through BBT ridiculously quickly. So, to follow up, instead of moving on to one of the many modern dramas that have been recommended, we opted for 90’s nostalgia trip with Goosebumps. It’s pretty funny watching it now as an ‘adult’ (I’m reluctant to admit I’m a grown up), as it’s super cheesy and the effects are hilarious. I’m sure that I was spooked at the time as a kid when I watched it first time round!

We gave up after a couple of episodes, as we just weren’t enjoying it…but do you remember the credit music? So good!

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 

So after giving up with Goosebumps, we decided to find another easy 20 minute show for watching with dinner. I had seen the first few episodes before and thought the show was alright, and my view hasn’t really changed. It definitely has its funny moments but I cannot stand Charlie Day’s character! It has slowly improved since Danny Devito has been introduced, but it’s still not really much more than average. After season 2 we decided to take a break from the show and move on to…

Alan Partridge: Knowing Me, Knowing You

I am pretty sure I have seen some episodes of Alan Partridge, but I didn’t recognise the first episode of Knowing Me, Knowing You. It has its laugh out loud moments, and Steve Coogan is, and always will be a legend so looking forward to watching more!

Film


I was pleasantly surprised by this movie – Steve Carell does serious roles really well, but I was concerned that the movie was going to be rather predictable. Luckily it wasn’t, and even Keira Knightley impressed me too (I never really rated her much). 
I won’t spoil it, because it’s well worth a watch, but it’s a lovely balance of dark humour and romance without being *too* cheesy…

her

I went into watching ‘her’ with no idea what it was about, and I’m really glad I did! The movie has a really interesting concept, and the story is bizarre, in a good way. The only negative I would say is that it is quite long, and it probably could’ve been shortened a bit, but that’s probably just me as Liam didn’t necessarily agree!

Indiana Jones: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

I have a confession to make. I’d never seen Indiana Jones before, and thought I wouldn’t like it…but I was wrong! It’s the perfect Sunday afternoon movie. I’ve realised that despite not being a big fan of Star Wars, I do rather like Harrison Ford. What a legend. I’m definitely looking forward to watching the Indiana Jones sequels (except number 4, which is apparently pants).

The Way, Way Back

Another Steve Carell film – but this time he plays such an unlikeable character! I didn’t really intend to watch this as Liam was watching on a week day evening, but I found myself grasped by it. It’s a classic coming of age story – but the ending is a little open ended which makes a bit of a change. Sam Rockwell was hilarious, and the film had a slight Adventureland vibe to it.

Dallas Buyers Club

I’ve wanted to watch this for ages – I remember when the first photos started leaking from the production and I remember feeling queasy at how thin Matthew McConaughey looked. I never used to rate MM (mostly because he did god awful rom coms), but he’s massively gone up in my books since films like Killer Joe, The Paperboy and DBC. This is a really great drama that is well worth a watch! Jared Leto was also fantastic.

Triangle

Liam was keen for me to watch this movie, as he thought I might like it. I have to admit, I wasn’t really blown away by the film as a whole, but the narrative was pretty interesting and the story was well tied together. Plus, Liam Hemsworth is in it, so it’s probably worth a watch for that fact alone. Not much else to say about it without giving too much away, but if you fancy a psychological mystery/thriller with a teensy bit of horror (but no scares), check this out.

Don Jon

As a short Sunday movie, we opted for Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Don Jon – I had JGL as eye candy, and Liam had ScarJo. I hadn’t heard the most glowing reviews of this movie, but I thought it was OK! I’d give it a 3/5 because I thought the story was pretty good, and I loved the soundtrack. The basic story is that JGL’s character Jon is a womaniser addicted to porn – he then finds ‘love’ with ScarJo’s character Barbara, but she is not all that she seems. Definitely another one worth a watch if you want to see JGL play a very different character to that of 500 Days Of Summer!

Edit: I can’t believe how much I watched! Perhaps next month I’ll stick to just sharing a fewof the highlights 😉

What did you watch in July? Can you believe it is August already?!

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Comments

  1. Rachael

    We've actually stopped watching the Big Bang Theory – it seems too samey and not as geeky as it use to be which is a shame. We've been watching lots of classic car make over shows (Counting Cars, Fast n Loud) that and rewatching The Tudors.

  2. Cat Fyson

    I wasn't that keen on BBT for the same reason, but this season develops the friendships and stuff a lot better than before. Sounds like an interesting mix you've been tuning in to! x

  3. Emma Farley

    I was surprised by how much I liked Seeking a Friend… as I'm not usually a fan of Steve Carrell or Keira Knightley. I love it when a film can surprise you

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