Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #2

For those of you who have missed the introduction to this new feature on the blog, don’t hesitate to stop by the first post right here. Basically, it’s just me talking about everything I’ve watched within the span of a week, so that I’d have a more regular blog series. I can’t always promise that I’ll have something to talk about in each category every single week, but so far so good. Let’s dive in!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Wolf Like Me (Season 1)

This show absolutely blew me away! First of all, kudos for casting Josh Gad and Isla Fisher as the romantic leads, because they were simply enchanting. Furthermore, this was a phenomenal genre mix. Of course, you have to like slow, atmospheric storytelling, but that’s kind of my jam when I’m in the right mood, so, good on them!

It is dark, comedic and just really hones down on the fact that we all carry baggage and we need to find the right pack to carry some of the load with us. I loved the message, the soundtrack and the aesthetics, but I wish they’d never shown *it*, because the suspense of not knowing was so much sweeter (and the CGI/effects were … meh). There’s talks of a possible second season, which I’d definitely be here for!

After Life (Season 3/Final Season)

This was the final of After Life and dang, they made sure you’d cry your eyes out one last time. There’s really not all that much to say, because if you’ve watched this show previously, you know the tone, the way they tell the story and will always get you in your feels. I liked how it was wrapped up, but I did miss Roisin Conaty’s Roxy in the end. That would be one of my few points of critique …

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

How I Met Your Father (Season 1)

I really didn’t put up nearly as much resistance to watching this as I thought I would. Let’s be real … HIMYM burned me. That final season will forever go down as one of the most disappointing events in TV history and I cannot go through that garbage fire again. But, optimistic as I am, I guess I hope they’ve learned from their mistakes? Please?

The thing is, the pilot did hint at “only” four possible fathers in question, which is already better than not knowing anything at all for 7 seasons or something. Still, they’re very much pushing a certain pairing that just looks too eerily similar to Ted and Robin, so … not sure. I do very much like the cast though, there’s delightful references to HIMYM and most of all, I love how they showed adults finding new friends. For now, I’m here for it!

Abbott Elementary (Season 1)

I forgot this last week, but I love Abbott Elementary! I’m not even really a sitcom person, if you look at most of the shows I watch, but Abbott Elementary has my attention. Created by and starring Quinta Brunson, who you might remember from her days at Buzzfeed, she really gets to show off her true talents. I’m so glad that she’s not only sharing her great humor, but also shines a light on some fundamental problems in the American educational system.

Pivoting (Season 1)

Not sure if I will really stick with this show. It’s about a friend group that loses one of their won. The women sort of all spiral after that and grief is usually my jam, but somehow this isn’t hitting home as much as I’d like. I’ll give it a couple more episodes, but I might drop it.

Euphoria (Season 2)

I’m not actually a big fan of Euphoria. It’s too gritty and explicit for me, aside from the fact that I barely like any of the characters. I skip through a lot of storylines, which I’m sure, sounds ludicrous to some people. Anyway, I’m mostly here for Lexie and Fezco. Thanks.

Superman and Lois (Season 2)

People keep saying Nat might hook up with either Jordan or Jonathan, but they better not make that a thing! To me, she’s their genetic sibling, their biological sister. It would be weirder than Loki and Sylvie in my head. I could see Nat and Sarah happening though, especially after the summer camp revelation … just saying …

Nancy Drew (Season 3)

Last episode was really good! It had more urgency, the gang working together and Tunji killed it with his speech to the rest of the jury. I got goosebumps. He rocked his role as Nick that day!!

MOVIES

As always, don’t forget to add me on Letterboxd if you want to be up to date on all my movie experiences! 

Last Night in Soho

I was really excited for this movie and maybe, in hindsight, that was bad and robbed me of some of the enjoyment. That’s not to say that I disliked it, but it was only so-so for me.

Considering how Edgar Wright wrote an open letter to movie goers about how they shouldn’t spoil this film, I really don’t know what the fuzz was about. I guessed every single twist and thought they actually were necessary or made a lot of sense considering the story path. Nothing (and I really mean nothing) was surprising about this movie.

In usual Wright fashion, I loved the music and aesthetic. It’s one of the reasons I keep coming back to his films, even when I wasn’t super impressed by the story. It just felt like he was telling two different stories here and I wish he had stuck with the first one and just cut the horror/thriller elements. But, oh well, it is what it is and I’m glad I’ve seen it now. The cast was phenomenal!

Dune

This felt like the longest prequel to an actual story ever. I get that Dune is pretty epic, so it makes sense that they need several parts to tell the tale, but imagine the disappointment and frustration if it hadn’t gotten a sequel!? That would have been such a bummer.

I want you to keep in mind that I neither read the book nor watched previous adaptations, but I enjoyed myself. I liked the cast, although I was sad to loose some of my favorites so early on, and enjoyed the atmosphere. I don’t think it had to be quite this long … but I get that they needed to establish a lot. Looking forward to the next one!

Sex Appeal

Alright, where to begin? This movie started out fairly typical, had some really fun visual ways to portray the sexual acts and then didn’t end like an utter cliché at least. It was in no way revolutionary, but had some relatable glimpses here and there. The humor didn’t always hit home at all with me, but my main issue was that I didn’t really root for the lead. Somehow they failed to make us care about someone who is supposed to carry the movie.


Have you watched any of these? Would you like to? How up to date are you on your watchlist? Let’s talk!

10 thoughts on “Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #2

  1. I completely agree with everything you said about Dune, it felt like an intriduction to the actual movie and it could have been shorter. Still, I enjoyed it and I want to watch the sequel.

    Last Night in Soho looks good but I get scared so easily with movies that I’m hesitant to watch it.

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    • I’m so glad the show is relatable for you and your partner! I’ve heard similar reactions and it’s just great when a show delivers on humor while still delivering some authentic points.
      I hope you’ll have a great time with whatever you end up watching!

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