So, my attempt to blog “every day” for the month of December lasted all of 5 days, but that’s okay. I tried and that’s what matters. I do want to write a couple more posts other than just wrap-ups this month, but first my reading challenge is a real priority. I’ll live not reaching my page count goal, but I really want to get to the number of books I set myself to read. I thought I wasn’t even challenging myself, but it’s going to be tight.
FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS
The Flatshare (Mini-Series)
I honestly thought that The Flatshare was going to be adapted into a movie, but it’s a 6-part mini-series instead and I was HERE FOR IT. I love me a good romcom and this one had all the right vibes – good chemistry between the lead and side couples, interesting and complex relationships all around, terrible exes you had no issue not rooting for, fun and unusual situations that somehow made sense in the context of the show. The flatshare arrangement itself sound ludicrous at first, because I could never, but once they start communicating via post it notes, it was over for me. I was rooting for everyone hard. Also, since I haven’t read the book myself, I was told that there were some changes, but a lot for the better, like giving Mo and Maia a bit more screen time. Definite recommendation for all the romcom lovers out there!
Firefly Lane (Season 2)
I remember watching the first season of this show and only feeling so-so about it. I definitely identified more as a Kate (and not just because of the name) and her adult storyline away from Tully continued to be the arc I was most interested in in the second season. I have to admit, I really got sucked back into this one. I binged the whole season in one day and had zero regrets, in fact, I definitely wanted more by the end of it. Luckily, a third and final season is coming, so I love the prospect of this getting tied up all neatly. I mean, we mostly know what drove Tully and Kate apart now, we know who’s with who, but there’s a bunch of unanswered questions, not the least because of that flash forward.
WEEKLY TV SHOWS
Gossip Girl (Season 2)
I thought they were going to continue to drop two episodes per week, but alas, I was wrong. I think shows like this are better for binging, but whatever.
White Lotus (Season 2)
You know what? I guessed that reveal for Tom Hollander’s character after last week. My brain still functions.
The Sex Lives of College Girls (Season 2)
I just can’t have nice things. I mean, Eric was 100% in the right and I support his decisions, but dang … my ship sailed and sunk so fast. I don’t think it’s over over, but I guess I have nice other ships in the meantime? Kimberly and Jackson are exceedingly cute, but I’m still rooting for Canaan with Whit.
Abbott Elementary (Season 2)
Gregory and Janine are EVERYTHING.
Mythic Quest (Season 3)
I love a good Christmas episode.
As always, don’t forget to add me on Letterboxd if you want to be up to date on all my movie experiences!
I love Paul Mescal and he continues to be so passionate about this movie and wanting to work with Charlotte Wells again, I just couldn’t resist any longer. I went in with this gut feeling that I would be emotionally wrecked, because a) one of my movie friends, who is a super harsh critic and rarely gives out more than 2 or 3 stars max, gave this movie 4.5 stars and b) I spent summers in Turkey with my parents in the 90s and likely have daddy issues myself.
You have to go into this movie fully knowing that not much happens. It’s the exploration of one summer, one parent-child-relationship and the things we might never know about our parents. It’s quiet and slow and intimate. Aftersun doesn’t tell you what happens, it shows you moments and you have to draw your own conclusions from them. I feel like it’s one of those movies that you have to be in the right mood for, because I watched it, knowing I would probably have a good cry – which I did – and sad isn’t always the vibe I want from a movie. It was a spectacular debut from Wells! I’m looking forward to her future work.