What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #17

I haven’t done these posts in a while, so it’s actually not as recent that I watched this as with some other shows and movies, but I hope to post another one soon and then I can talk about the remaining shows/movies. The thing is that I started to watch a lot of stuff and still haven’t finished quite a few shows (*cough* Stranger Things Season 3 *cough*), which isn’t a judgement on them as much as it is me just not being in the right mood. But let’s dive into what I did watch!

The Boys

I love this show to bits! I just think it is brilliant and complex and dark and twisted in all the best ways. If anyone has gotten tired of the superhero craze, this story is really for them. I will admit that the gore is a bit too much for me at times, because I am really not that big of a fan of violence in these kind of shows, but it’s less than the comics … so there’s at least that.

In general, I just really could see this being the actual real life consequences of superheroes in our world. No way wouldn’t people try to profit off of them and get them corrupted in some ways or others. In the beginning I thought I would definitely credit the breakout role of this show to Jack Quaid, who plays Hughie, a guy who has lost a loved one to the recklessness of the Seven (a sort of Justice League/Avengers type situation), but ultimately it has to go to Anthony Starr as Homelander (Superman/Captain America-esque persona). There is something so creepy and utterly disturbing to his role and it just fascinates me to no end.

Ultimately it all accumulates in a spectacular season finale that feels more like a set up for all the great things to come than the end of a chapter. I am just here hoping for much more content to come!

For fans of: superhero shows but not really, a little violence on screen, very twisted characters, are there really any good guys?

Tales of the City

I jumped on the bandwagon! I had never watched the OG Tales of the City series or movies or whatever, so I was a tad bit hesitant to dive into this, but that worry was completely unnecessary. Netflix made sure we would have no trouble understanding everyone’s connection and I quickly couldn’t stop watching at all.

I’ve had people say that it was too cheesy for them and I don’t feel that way about the show at all. It deals with some great topics and actually goes really deep the longer you watch. My most favourite episode was probably the flashback one, because I adore Luke Kirby whenever he pops up on screen (just like I do Charlie Barnett, but with Charlie I knew he’d be in it, Luke was a surprise) but also because it shows how tough life for people of the LGBT+ community was and sometimes still is. I am pretty sure if those people I talked about earlier had kept watching, they would have found a storyline to connect with as well.

For fans of: LGBTQIA+ content, San Francisco, community, the show Looking

Catch and Release

I know this seems like such a random addition to this segment, but do you have those movies that you just cannot pass up watching even though you’ve seen them like a million times? Because Catch and Release is 100% one of those movies for me. I’ve truly watched it countless times, but I never get tired of it. We all know how much I enjoy a good grief-related story and Garner’s performance here always felt so real but not too heavy. Although there is definitely a lot of ridiculous stuff happening that I have definitely never experienced myself, I connected with this film and Garner’s character on a deep level. It’s just relatable and I love it.

For fans of: dealing with grief, sappy love stories, Jennifer Garner in romance movies

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Please, just do not watch this movie without having seen Avengers: Endgame beforehand. I understand that it’s exhausting to have to watch all the Marvel movies, especially if you are tired of the superhero stuff, but you won’t get one of the most important emotional plotlines if you haven’t watched the Avengers stuff. But maybe that’s just my take on things.

Anyway, after the whole Endgame thing (I wasn’t too big a fan of that movie, liked Infinity War much better), I wasn’t sure I really wanted to enter the next Marvel phase. I am so glad I did though! This movie was so much fun and I laughed a lot, but was also reminded of some great stuff from the past. Just like with Ragnarok, I enjoy the Marvel movies that can manage to not take themselves too seriously, but still have an emotional appeal too.

Also, that ending. Dang, I need more after that ending.

For fans of: Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal’s hilarious dynamic, reexperiencing the heartbreak of Avengers Endgame

Yesterday

Let’s be real, we are FLOODED with music biopics and dramas in recent years and all those people did deserve to have a spotlight put on them, but I just couldn’t bring myself to watch those movies in theatres. With Yesterday however, the premise was changed and given a fresh take and I was all here for it.

Honestly, I just had a lot of fun with this movie. It is light and fast and heartfelt and wants you to sing along. Maybe the end wasn’t perfect for everyone, but I could live with it and I really enjoyed the take on the subject. It was hilarious to think about all the things that were missing in that world (because yes, not just the Beatles were gone) and how strange it would be for me to have so many pop culture references missing from life. In the end, it was a whole lot more precious and wholesome than I thought it would be and that made it such a lovely movie experience.

For fans of: Beatles (duh!), Lily James, (like myself), friends-to-lovers-tropes, movies about music that aren’t musicals, the movie Across the Universe


Have you watched any of these or do you want to? Let’s chat about it!

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