Weekly update: This is just a place

Greetings, Gothamites!

It was recently my mum’s birthday and one of the gifts I gave her was seasons 1-2 of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and season 3 of The Hardy Boys. Poor Nancy seemed to have been dropped in the third year with Joe and Frank up for the chopping block soon after. I started watching some of the episodes with mum and loved them! The shows are hilarious without needing to resort to vulgarity and the mysteries are intriguing without needing to be gory. They are truly delightful to watch and I recommend them to anyone who loves old school mysteries.

Inspired by the TV show, I read The Hardy Boys book series starting with the first novel, The Tower Treasure. Much like the show, I loved the innocent nature of the old fashioned mystery novel that was originally written in the late 1920s. 

I also managed to finish Chernobyl and watch a few movies, so let’s get into that.

 

TV — Chernobyl (2019)

I thought Chernobyl was a fascinating dramatisation of a dark tragedy in human history that will affect more generations than we can even imagine. I don’t think it’s the type of show I can say I “enjoyed” per se because it doesn’t shy away from the reality of the tragedy, but Chernobyl is beautifully made and engaging.

My only criticism of Chernobyl is the mostly British cast retaining their native accents.There’s something far too distracting about people with assorted British accents calling each other “Comrade” and referring to “400 rubles”. For this to be my only real criticism speaks well about the overall quality, but it was quite distracting and made serious matters seem almost comical at times.

 

Movie — Our House (2018)

Our House is … I mean, it’s okay. If you’re going into this wanting a good supernatural thriller, you’re going to be super disappointed. But it does an okay job of creating characters who have gone through a tragedy and how they’re coping with it. Then it introduces supernatural elements that have been hinted at from the beginning but never really feel fully formed.

Ultimately, I feel like Our House should have been better at the supernatural angle or scrapped it entirely to focus on humans coping with grief. As it stands though, it’s below average at both and only just manages to be worth finishing. Plus, I recently saw an article that indicates if you don’t finish a movie marketed as horror, Netflix believes it’s because you’re too scared and I will not have Our House putting that black mark on my record. 

 

Movie — The Perfection (2018)

Speaking of movies with weird twists and things that feel out of place, The Perfection managed to take me from “well, this is going to be predictable” to:

The effects in The Perfection were a bit b-grade and the character development was almost non-existent despite the plot trying to indicate otherwise.

It’s worth watching once if you enjoy movies with twists and not a lot else going for them. Think the valleys in M. Night Shyamalan’s career. To say much else would enter spoiler territory, but that’s the crux of what I got from The Perfection.

 

Movie — Bird Box (2018)

First things first, watching this movie did not inspire me in any way to want to wander around or drive blind-folded.

I did really enjoy Bird Box though and found it to be a good example of science fiction and horror working together to form something interesting. The pace is slow for the main plot but it is intwined with past events that make it seem less tedious than it would if the story were told chronologically. 

Overall, I thought Bird Box was an interesting film that kept me engaged throughout and feel it will appeal to people who thought The Happening had potential but lacked in execution.

 

That’s it from me this week, Gothamites. What are you watching and reading at the moment? Let me know in the comments or on the Twittersphere!

– CJ

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