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?