Hands up who else loves watching TV? I’m a bit of a peculiar person, who enjoys watching TV while doing something else. I enjoy crocheting, cross-stitching, lettering and bullet journalling. However, I don’t like doing this in silence so I tend to stick on a film/TV show for some background noise and here I am, sharing my recent favourite cinematic and television masterpieces for you all.
Train to Busan
I’d had my eyes on this South Korean zombie horror for a while before I actually watched it. When it finally became available on Amazon Prime I jumped at the change to sink my teeth into it. It centres around Seok-woo – a fund manager – who takes his daughter Soo-an to Busan to see her mother for her birthday. However, during the journey, one of the passengers turns into a zombie, leaving everyone else on the train in danger.
With a rating of 7.5/10 on IMDb and 95% of Rotten Tomatoes, you know it’s got to be good!
The fact that this film has subtitles put me off a bit at first but it shouldn’t have. In fact, I actually spend most of my time watching this film instead of crocheting! And since I first watched it, I have seen it perhaps another three times (yes, I rewatch films!) It is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it for those that don’t like feeling scared. And if you don’t like sad films, I’d suggest skipping this one too! But if, like me, you enjoy horror films with a bit of a scream-factor, I’d definitely give this one a go!
Lady and the Tramp
I have been trying to watch more Disney films recently… I absolutely adore Disney films and since my fiancé and I have just booked our honeymoon to Disney, I need to brush up on my Disney knowledge and be a better Disnerd! As Lady and the Tramp was one of my favourite films when I was younger, I have loved watching it again this last week. I cannot remember when I last saw the film so it was great to rewatch it.
In case you haven’t seen it, the story follows Lady, a cocker spaniel, who flees her dog sitter in fear of getting a muzzle, running into the arms (paws?) of stray mongrel Tramp, who shows her how to be “footloose and collar-free”. However things don’t work out for Lady when the dog catcher captures her.
If you haven’t seen it, I would definitely recommend watching it. Probably on a Sunday afternoon snuggled up under a duvet on the sofa with a hot drink to hand.
Last Saturday night, the other half dragged me to the cinema to see Annabelle: Creation. Actually, he didn’t really drag me because I wanted to go. Annabelle: Creation is the prequel to the film Annabelle and shows how the doll from the Conjuring film series came to be.
The film shows half a dozen young girls and Sister Charlotte moving into a large home owned by Mr and Mrs Mullins, whose daughter Annabelle passed away twelve years earlier. As the girls settle in the house, young Janice starts noticing strange occurrences in the home. Not too long later, her best friend Linda starts to think something isn’t right. Will she realise what is wrong in time to save Janice?
I will be honest with you about this film: I spent most of my time hiding behind my hands, cuddled into my fiancé for fear! I am a bit of a pansy anyway but this film had me scared with a capital S. If you’re a horror fan, I’d definitely recommend this film. You all won’t find it as scary as I did, but I definitely enjoyed myself!
After exhausting all 7 available seasons of The Vampire Diaries on Netflix, I moved onto it’s spin-off series, The Originals. I am currently on season 2 (not bad for just over a week’s worth of watching!) I don’t find it as captivating as The Vampire Diaries but I love the exploration of the original vampire family as they return to New Orleans for the first time since 1919.
Even if you haven’t seen The Vampire Diaries, give this show a go… I have to say it it is my guilty pleasure!
The other half and I started watching this a while ago, but we have recently started rewatching it. The series centres on Nick Burkhardt, who discovers he is a Grimm (guardians who keep the balance between humanity and mythical creatures, otherwise known as Wesen). Hiding his newfound secret from his wife and befriending local Wesen Monroe, Nick has to learn about his heritage and new destiny, while trying to work at his job of being a police officer and maintaining the relationship with his unaware wife.
I do have a bit of a gripe with this show: how come everyone is a Wesen?! Apart from Nick’s wife and police partner, almost every person we encounter is a Wesen. However, it is a small issue and it doesn’t really affect how much my fiancé and I enjoy the show.
Fear the Walking Dead
My fiancé and I loved The Walking Dead… all the way up until the last season. The pace was way too slow for us and we stopped watching it.
Originally, we were super excited when we found out about the prequel of The Walking Dead. However, after seeing the pilot, we weren’t in love with it so we didn’t watch anymore.
However in the past week, I watched so much of The Originals that I wanted a bit of a break, so I turned to Fear the Walking Dead, which is available on Amazon Prime. It is definitely not my favourite TV series but at only 6 episodes per season, it’s easy to make my way through and I imagine I’ll finish season 2 in the next few days.
Game of Thrones
What can I say about this?
I didn’t start watching Game of Thrones until season 4 was airing. I read the books alongside watching the corresponding episodes and I was unable to wait for season 7 to air! And it hasn’t disappointed so far (the battle in Spoils of War, anyone?!)
Game of Thrones is one of the only current TV shows that I watch and if it is not something you have seen, I suggest you find a friend with the boxset and get acquainted with the characters. But not all of them, since the author of the books George R.R. Martin likes killing the ones you love most.
A League of Their Own
Finally, we have the only non-fiction, panel show in my list. I adore the four main guys on this show – James Corden, Jack Whitehall, Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp. The banter between the latter three is absolutely hilarious and the show has had me in stitches more than once, especially with their American road-trip episodes!
The show is primarily a panel show about sports, but don’t worry – I’m not much of a sporting fan either. Although there are some sporting questions, most of the show is made up of crazy challenges and a lot of comical laughter and jokes between the lads. If you want a bit of a laugh, I’d definitely recommend watching this show. The other half and I love this program, so we are super excited that a new season is currently airing!
What are some of your favourite TV shows? Have you seen any of the films or TV shows I’ve mentioned?