Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Monthly Media Mash - February

Another month gone (how?!) which means time for another Media Mash. Here's what I enjoyed throughout February...

TV

Bates Motel 

Via IMDB

A prequel to Psycho, this series follows the young Norman Bates and events that occur after he and his mother move to a new town, to run a motel. Creepy and atmospheric, it certainly packs a punch - with a rape and a murder in the very first episode, you're sucked into the action right away. I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed it. The first season is on Netflix and I can't wait for the second season to start in a few days. 4.5 out of 5.


Luther
Via IMDB


It never occurred to me before, but I almost exclusively watch American TV shows, so watching Luther took a little getting used to. A gritty British police drama, this is another one that doesn't hold back. Action-packed and a little grisly at times, Luther is full of gripping storylines and a great lead character. At times it gave me the sort of awful-yet-enjoyable anxiety that I got when watching Dexter. The first two seasons of Luther are on Netflix. 4 out of 5.


Movies


Robot & Frank

Via The Guardian

Frank is an ex-jewel thief who is losing his memory in old age. His son forces upon him a robot 'butler', to help make his life easier. At first reluctant, Frank soon enlists the robot as his partner in crime. Touching and often laugh out loud funny, with a grumpy yet loveable main character and a little twist I didn't see coming, this is one of those films that I instantly loved. I highly recommend you watch it! 5 out of 5.



Populaire 


Via IMDB

I watched this on Netflix because I really wanted to watch something French (I could listen to the French language all day) and I've seen Amelie loads of times. Rose Pamphyle leaves her small town to become a secretary to a lawyer. She is a terrible secretary, but an amazingly fast typist. Her boss enters her into a typing competition and becomes determined to make her the fastest typist in the world. Made in 2012, but set in the 1950s, the styling of Populaire is worth watching for alone - a vintage-lover's dream. Quirky and enjoyable, if a little predictable, it was a fun watch. 3.5 out of 5.


Books


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Via openculture.com


Hmmm. As with most 'classics' I feel I must read, I failed to see what the fuss was about. It felt like nothing much at all happened for the first half of the book and then just as things picked up and got more interesting, it was over. I didn't like any of the characters, or the limp plot, which I wouldn't even know how to summarise. Sorry, Fitzgerald, I'm glad it was a short read! 1.5 out of 5.



To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Via Amazon


Also a classic, but unlike Gatsby, I loved this. I feel like To Kill A Mockingbird is one of those books where you think nothing much is happening, then all of a sudden you realise that so much has happened. I love that kind of clever, subtle storytelling. I also love books with a strong female protagonist, and eight year old tom boy, Scout, definitely lived up to my demands. I won't go into plot details, so all that's left to say is that I highly recommend it. 4 out of 5.


Internet offerings

Oh my gosh, witness the cuteness of this tiny puppy learning to howl.
  




And this video cracked me up - a GoPro camera falls to earth from an aeroplane...with a one-in-a-million ending.  Youtube gold.





What have you been enjoying this month?  As always, leave a comment below, with any book, film or TV series recommendations!  

xx


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