Wednesday, 20 August 2014

What I've Been Watching Lately #2

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After dabbling once again in a monthly 'watching' roundup I've decided to make these posts more of an 'as and when' feature when I have enough titles to talk about! So, here's some of the things I've been watching lately...

Nashville (Season 1, 2012) : via NowTV
Nashville is a drama following two rival country music stars - 'queen of country' Rayna James (Connie Britton) and young star Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panetierre) - and those living alongside them in Nashville, most of whom are also trying to make it in the music business.
I don't know what's wrong with me but when I first heard the premise for Nashville I was excited about it, I watched the pilot episode when it very first aired and loved it... but never went back to watch the rest of the series (really Erin?!). I had high hopes when I revisited it this month and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the setting, the drama, the music, the accents... my only issue now is resisting the urge to buy season 2 on DVD! I enjoyed it so much that I've already re-watched all of the episodes and borrowed the soundtracks from my local library. If you need me I'll just be over here listening to a Scarlett & Gunnar duet... ✯✯✯✯✯ 

Carrie (2013) : via Netflix
Updated for today's teens the latest adaptation of Stephen King's debut novel follows sheltered misfit teenager Carrie White (Chloe Moretz) who discovers that she has telekinetic powers.
Honestly I'm not sure how I feel about this remake that brings Carrie & co into the digital age. Although the fact the teens have mobile phones and internet access does set it apart and make it different to the 1976 adaptation, at the same time I don't really know if it was necessary to change the era or to even re-make the film at all. Perhaps it's one to watch if you're having a Halloween movie night but aside from that I just can't get enthusiastic about it. ✯✯1/2 

Bates Motel (Season 1, 2013) : via Netflix
This series follows a teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) as he and his mother move across country and buy the motel. An incident just after they move in leaves a man dead and the locals suspicious but it turns out the Bates family aren't the only ones hiding something in this town.
I was rather excited when I heard Bates Motel was coming to Netflix as just like with Nashville I'd watched the pilot episode then failed to catch up with the rest of the series (I have to stop doing that!). Again, I wasn't disappointed and really enjoyed the series overall. The only one thing I wasn't so keen on was the fact it's supposedly set in the modern day but almost looks as if it isn't. Honestly if the characters didn't have technology like iPhones I would have placed it in a different era based on the scenery, cars, costumes etc. Minor observation aside Bates Motel is a good little series full of drama, dark twists and turns. If you're a fan of darker shows like Dexter and American Horror Story you might like this one too! ✯✯✯✯

My Fake Fiance (2009) : via Netflix
After meeting at a wedding Jennifer (Melissa Joan Hart) who's apartment contents were stolen whilst in a moving truck and Vince (Joey Lawrence), who owes a lot of money to a man named The Monkey, decide they can solve their problems by teaming up and pretending to be engaged. The plan looks a little something like this - she gets the gifts to fill her house and he gets the money to pay off his debt... what could go wrong?
Since I've been dipping in and out of the pair's hit TV show Melissa & Joey over the last few months I was curious to watch the film collaboration which led to the sitcom. There's not a lot to say here really, if you've seen well... any rom-com before then I'm sure you can guess how this one plays out! ✯✯1/2

What have you been watching lately?
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