It’s hard to think of monthly favourites during dissertation season. I’ve pretty much worn the same outfit everyday, I’ve rarely worn make-up and I seem to be drinking a little more than usual (only in the evening, promise). So, instead of the lists I’ve shared in previous months, I thought I’d do a little round up of the TV and film I’ve enjoyed this month. They’re all I’ve really looked forward to while sitting and staring at the same two word documents, doing this face:
So, let’s get to it.
My boyfriend and I are always in need of a good half hour programme to watch at lunchtime, when we should be doing other things. This month’s offering has come in the form of Community. I’ve heard people rave about this show for years, but never really considered watching it myself: I’m glad I finally did. Not only is it a light and funny watch, but it’s also a very smart programme.
The series centre on a study group at Greendale High, a community college. Each episode has a different theme and is full of pop culture references to classic film and television. The series constantly goes back on and highlights the development of it’s characters, poking fun at it’s own stereotypes and episode formats. I’m either laughing because something completely childish and silly has happened, or because a genuinely clever and funny line has taken me by surprise. It’s all good stuff.
2. My Ethan Hawke Moment
This month has been full, FULL, of Ethan Hawke films and I am very much okay with that. I’ve always had a soft spot for Ethan Hawke, but had sort of forgotten about him until watching Boyhood around Oscar season. This month I have binged watch the Before’s again (Before Sunrise and Before Sunset) which remain two of my favourite films. Despite it being quite short, I’ve always felt more affection for Before Sunset, mostly because it gives such a satisfying resolution to Before Sunrise. They both appeal to my romantic sensibility and Julie Delpy is just the best.
I also watched one of Ethan Hawke’s more recent films, a science fiction flick called Predestination, directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. I wasn’t too impressed by this offering. It kept me interested, but I called out the eventual reveal quite early on and it didn’t really shock in the way I think it was supposed to. Still, spending two hours staring at Ethan Hawke’s cheekbones isn’t a bad way to spend an evening.
I’m three episodes into this series, and so far I am very much enjoying it. It’s quite easy to follow, but darker than most of the Marvel universes’ offerings. I’ll have to get back to you on this one, but so far so good.
4. Orange is the New Black
Image courtesy orange-is-the-new-black.wikia.com
Why did I leave it so long to watch this series?! If you haven’t already heard about OITNB, you either don’t have Netflix or you’re very good at keeping off social media. The first series follows Piper Chapman as she enters a female only prison, forced to quickly acclimatise to the sometimes-hostile environment and gain some sort of friendship while she’s there. The show becomes far more than this storyline as it progresses, to the point that Piper actually became (for me anyway) one of the least interesting characters. It’s so well written, and so entertaining that I’ve found it difficult to only watch a few episodes a week. I’m very behind on this one, so apologies to the people that told me to watch this right when it was first released.
5. Far From the Madding Crowd
Image courtesy of smeaker.com
Okay, so I actually saw this on the 1st May, but I had to include this. Far From the Madding Crowd is definitely one of my favourite Thomas Hardy novels. I realised a new adaptation was being made while I was studying the book last year, and I was so pleased to find out Carey Mulligan was cast as Bethsheba. Although perhaps not as passionate as I had imagined Bethsheba, Mulligan can do little wrong in my eyes. The film was enjoyable, visually beautiful (and I’m not just talking about Matthias Schoenaerts’ face) and kept quite true to the novel. I don’t think it’s anything particularly special, if anything it felt a bit like a really good TV adaptation, but I can’t say I was disappointed.
So, that’s all for this month! I hope to speak to you guys again soon, when the stress that is two dissertations is finally at bay. Hope you had a great weekend!