March was a good month for watching new to me movies/tv shows (I watched 14 things!!) so I’m going to jump right in with my what I watched list cos otherwise this post will be ridiculously long…
Before the Flood
Before the Flood is a documentary presented by Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Fisher Stevens. The film follows DiCaprio around the world as he explores the impact of man-made global warming (I/e CO2 emissions froms cows, deforestation for palm oil production – that kind of thing). Not gunna lie, it’s a terrifying documentary. I’ve always been aware of global warming (thanks to my Animal Action magazines as a kid) but the speed in which our planet is being destroyed is scary. The even scarier thing? The amount of climate change deniers in positions of power in the USA (including the president). It made me really think about my carbon footprint and I urge you to go and watch it (It’s on Netflix).
Derren Brown: The Push
I really enjoy Derren Brown’s shows but this one is probably one of his best. Basically he tried to convince a guy to push someone off the roof of a building. It’s all very elaborate, testing the power of coercion and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Each time Derren Brown releases a new show they get even more intricate so I have no idea where he is going to go next. If you are a fan of Derren’s then you will probably like it – Again, it’s available on Netflix.
Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish
Another Netflix show – Can you tell I had a snow day? If you are a similar age to me then you will probably recognise Marlon as Shorty from Scary Movie. We watched his stand up show Woke-Ish on a whim and found ourselves giggling the entire time he was on stage. He talks about important issues like racism, gay rights and raising kids whilst managing to keep things light and funny. Definitely one for those who have a sense of humour as some of his jokes can be quite close to the edge.
Save Me is a Sky drama focusing around a missing teen and her parents (Lennie James, Snatch, The Walking Dead, and Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster) desperate attempts to find her. It comes from the creators of Line of Duty so if you are a fan of the cop drama, it will be no surprise to you that Save Me is pretty fucking dark. But it’s OH SO GOOD. We watched three hours of it on Thursday night and the other three hours the minute we woke up on Friday (Hi snow day) – We just couldn’t wait to get to the end and see what happened. The ending is slightly disappointing BUT it was always Lennie James’ (he also wrote the show) intention to do a series two so PHEW.
Lady Bird was the one Oscar nominated movie I was dying to see and it did not disappoint. It’s a very realistic representation of what it was like being a teenager in the noughtie’s (even though it’s set in 2002 and I went to high school in 2003..And I’m British, not American) – That feeling of not really knowing who you are and feeling like everyone is out to get you and pull you down…But I guess that could be any teenager in any time period right? Laurie Metcalf was incredible as Lady Bird’s Mum and it’s a shame she lost out on the supporting actress Oscar (although the QWEEN Allison Janney won so I’ll allow it).
I really, really wanted to like I, Tonya as I love Margot Robbie and Allison Janney but after 45 minutes I started to get a little bit bored, not gunna lie. Margot and Allison are so charming but the male leads/characters were just a bit meh. It just felt a touch too long and could have done with being half an hour shorter. I did like the mockumentary style though and as I said, the female leads were stellar – No wonder they were both nominated for Oscars.
Snatched (starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn) was a Sky Premiere mid month and I stuck it on thinking it would be absolutely dogshit due to it’s 4.4 out of 10 rating on IMDB. Not gunna lie, it was a little bit crap but I didn’t hate it like the critics/most people who have seen it. I’m a big fan of goofy comedies (Adam Sandler’s ‘That’s My Boy’ is one of my favourite films ever) so this kind of thing is right up my street, especially on a lazy Sunday when there’s nothing else on to watch. I wouldn’t have paid to go see it though, I know that much.
The Greatest Showman
After seeing so many people rave about The Greatest Showman Jody and I finally sat down to watch it and wow, the soundtrack is just incredible. Since watching the movie I have listened to Zac Efron and Zendaya’s ‘Rewrite the Stars’ approximately 10,000 times and I’m still not bored of it. The film itself though? I thought that it was a little bit thrown together. There wasn’t enough character development for my liking and I kept thinking that I had missed bits due to the speed in which they race through the character introductions etc.
Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three billboards is an amazing film and Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell were worthy winners of the Best Actress/Best Supporting Actor awards they won at the Oscars. Like Martin McDonagh’s previous offerings – In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths (two of my favourite movies) – Three Billboards is a black comedy with plenty of violent/gory moments thrown in. I’ve seen a lot of people criticizing the ending, saying that they didn’t feel satisfied, but as I’m a fan of McDonagh’s other movies I was kinda of expecting it to end the way it ended so I wasn’t too bothered. Excellent, excellent film.
Oh how much I love that little bear. They could make 17 more Paddington movies and I still wouldn’t be bored of his adventures in London with the Brown family. Paddington 2 is just as heart-warming and whimsical as the first movie and Hugh Grant made an excellent over the top villain. As much as I loved Three Billboards I think Paddington 2 just pipped it to the top spot this month.
Ingrid Goes West
Starring Aubrey Plaza as the mentally ill Ingrid, this movie follows her quest to become friends with Insta influencer Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) – She is so hell bent on immersing herself in Taylor’s life that she moves across the country, meeting Batman obsessed Dan (O’Shea Jackson Jr, one of my favourite up and coming actors), Ezra, Taylor’s husband (Wyatt Russell) and of course, Taylor herself. It’s an interesting look at the way different people perceive social media and it definitely made me think twice about picking up my phone and scrolling through Instagram. Good movie but should come with a trigger warning for sure.
The Easter Saturday premiere on Sky just so happened to be Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 and after a shocking attempt at a sequel with Cars 2, I wasn’t expecting much…But it was pretty good! It had a lot more heart than the second one and all the old characters were in it, aswell as a couple of new ones. I won’t spoil anything but at the end there’s a bit in the race that made me and Jody punch the air. We are so cool I know.
Jack and Ozzy’s world detour season one
The Osbournes have graced my tv screens for as long as I can remember and I’ve always had soft spot for them so when I saw Jack & Ozzy’s show on box sets Jody and I knew we had to watch it. It’s really funny. you learn things whilst watching it and, if you are a travel nut like we are, it gives you some seriously itchy feet. Highly enjoyed it.
The final thing I watched in March was Blockers, a comedy starring Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barenholtz. They star as three parents trying to stop their daughters from loosing their virginity and obviously they get up to all sorts of mischief whilst learning lessons on being a parent in the process. I wasn’t expecting much I won’t lie but much like Snatched, I really enjoyed it. I also have a weird minor crush on John Cena so there we go.