What I Watched In August 2020

Hello my fellow goggle-boxes, I hope you are all well. With only a little easing of restrictions from lockdown, here in the UK, and it being the school’s summer bread, during the month of August, there has still been a lot of time for watching telly!

– Adaptations –

Joker (2019) *** – One Friday, we watched Sky’s premiere of this psychological thriller, which is a darker, more realistic take on the DC Comics’ iconic Batman villain. With an Oscar award-winning performance from Joaquin Phoenix, for his disturbing and totally believable spiral into psychotic violence, as the isolated, bullied and shunned Arthur Fleck. A grim, powerful and thought-provoking film about society, mental health and the welfare system.

True Blood (S7) ** –  Early in the month, I worked my way through the Sky boxset of the seventh and final season of this supernatural drama, based on Charlaine Harris’ The Southern Vampire Mysteries. Where the misadventures of Sookie Stackhouse, her friends, and the town of Bon Temps are satisfyingly wrapped up. The series as a whole had a little too much sex for my taste, but overall it was good vampire fun, that was a great distraction in these crazy times!

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) ** – Then, one chilled Sunday afternoon, we watched Sky’s premiere of this action-packed, comedy fantasy: the second reboot film of Jumanji (1995), which is loosely based on the 1981 children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. That sees some old faces and new faces sucked back into this wild video game, for some more thrills, spills and kills on a whole new, deadly level. In a nutshell this was easy, fun, laugh-out-loud entertainment.

The Durrells (S1) ** – I also worked my way through the first season of the this British comedy-drama, inspired by Gerald Durrell’s three autobiographical books, on Netflix. As I missed my summer holiday, it was wonderful to be transported to the sunny Greek island of Corfu for some nostalgic fun: seeing the misadventures of the eccentric Durrell family in their new home. Very much looking forward to watching more.

Altogether that is four new-to-me adaptations watched. Also, with all my time off, I indulged in comforting re-watches of Austen favourites: Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Pride and Prejudice (1995); the original Jumanji (1995) and its first reboot, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017); the animated adventure, The Adventures of Tintin (2011); AND finally the dystopian YA adventures, Divergent (2014) and its sequel Insurgent (2015).Which brings my grand total up to eleven adaptations watched in August. My adaptation picks of the month are Joker, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

– Other Viewing –

As for non-adaptations, I worked my way through the dating experiment, Indian Matchmaking (not my normal viewing fare, but once I’d started I needed to know how it turned out!), on Netflix, and season 10 of one of my favourites TV shows: the British archaeological series Time Team, on YouTube. I also enjoyed fun re-watches of the kooky, spooky adventures, Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).

Phew, what a lot I watched?! Now over to you as I’d love to hear what you’ve been watching? What are your picks of the month?

17 thoughts on “What I Watched In August 2020

  1. The Joker was very dark wasn’t it – but good. I liked it.
    And, I loved the Durrells. I wish I could have more but perhaps I could just sit down and rewatch it all over again.
    Lynn 😀

  2. The Durrells sounds like a lot of fun, and I love the 1995 Sense & sensibility. such a great show! I rather liked Divergent and Insurgent as well. 🙂

    1. Great to hear you’re a fan of Sense and Sensibility, Greg and that you liked the Divergent and Insurgent, even if Allegiant was disappointing. I hope you have the chance to watch The Durrells as it is good fun. 😃

  3. I tried watching the most recent Jumanji film, but abandoned it for a book part way through. Probably just my state of mind at the time, but I was having trouble keeping straight who was who! I’m glad you were entertained by it.

    Our most recent film was The Current War (2017). Maybe not everyone’s “cup of tea”, but I thought it was quite good.

    1. Sorry to hear you struggled with the new Jumanji, Kelly – I can sort of see how you could have trouble keeping up with who is who, but I thought it got easier the further you got into the film, as characters settled back into their old roles. So hopefully if you try watching it again, you’ll have better luck. I haven’t heard of The Current War but glad you enjoyed it – I am intrigued now that you’ve said it may not be everyone’ ‘cup of tea’!

  4. You watched a lot this past month! 🙂 I didn’t enjoy Joker as much as you did, but I saw it at the movie theater when it released and back then there was heightened alert because of possible violence stemming from the movie, so I was on edge and it’s possible that that affected my viewing experience. I enjoyed the last two Jumanjis, as well as Divergent and Insurgent, of which I own digital copies. Those versions of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice are among my top faves of all time.

    I watched lots too. TV-wise I watched the miniseries The Little Drummer Girl (4*), I May Destroy You (4*), The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (Season 2) (5*), and Les Miserables (4.5*). I also watched 14 movies, with re-watches of Iron-Man (4.5*), The Incredible Hulk (3.5*), Iron-Man 2 (4.5*), Thor (4*), Capt. America: The First Avenger (4*), Marvel’s The Avengers (4*), and Iron-Man 3 (4*). The other two outstanding watches of the month aside from the MCU were The Last Full Measure (4*) and Robert the Bruce (3.5*).

    Happy watching this coming month! 🙂

    1. Yes, I did watch a lot last month, didn’t I?! Although probably still not as much as you! 😉 Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Joker like I did, but glad to hear some of my other watches are favourites of yours. Also really pleased to see you enjoyed The Alienist so much, as I have that on my to-watch list. And thank you – Happy viewing to you in September, too! 😃

  5. I thought Joker was well done. We have just one more episode of Season 1: Cursed, on Netflix. Also in August we watched the adaptation of P D James’s Children of Men. It made a good movie but left out one whole side of the story.

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