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Playing catch-up

February 8th, 2021 · Posted by Skuds in Life · No Comments · Life

During the last few days I have been doing some catching up with watching some things I have been putting off for a while, with mixed levels of enjoyment.First of all I watched the film The Last Jedi, that I have had on DVD since, probably, 2018 when it was released. I think Jayne bought it for me. I’m not a huge fan of the Star Wars films, despite being exactly the right age for them. I think it is because I did see the first one in the cinema when it came out and so didn’t get hooked. Actually I didn’t even see the first three films on VHS and only saw them when I bought the box set on DVD after I had seen the Phantom Menace!

Anyway, the point is that I am not a fan-boy so did not have high expectations, but even in spite of all that I found it really, really dull. What little plot there was seemed to be a re-hash of earlier films and the effects were not that spectacular either. The dialogue was miles better than in the original films, with some humorous lines that were genuinely amusing for the right reasons, but apart from that, it may just be one of the films I have enjoyed the least. Ever. It is on a par with Forrest Gump and Revolver.

At least it is out of the way now. Normally I am a bit OCD and completist, but I now have 8 of the Star Wars DVDs and don’t have the slightest inclination to complete the set with the last one.

Onto a more enjoyable procrastination: I started watching the third season of Killing Eve that I recorded on the Tivo last year. I don’t know why it took me so long to start watching them. I was completely obsessed with the original season and really enjoyed the second one too. Even when plotlines got a bit confusing there were still the outstanding performances to relish. I know that I was suffering from poor attention span and concentration last year, as I still am, but even so I should have been gagging to watch this, but I decided to save it until the whole season finished and then binge-watch it. I did the saving it bit, but kept postponing the binge bit. Some of the poor reviews may have contributed to this delay, because I really did not want it to be disappointing.

So I started playing episode one today and was immediately hooked. Jodie Comer’s performance as Villanelle is hypnotically brilliant, but in this one there is also the equally psychotic Dascha to enjoy too. I had to force myself to stop after episode six. I will finish it off tomorrow. No way am I waiting months again.

One little bonus of dubious value is that the recordings have a few minutes of the following programme on them. In this case it is the BBC news. Killing Eve was broadcast in April/May of last year, so I have been fascinated by seeing how covid was being reported back then.

It is funny, but in a black humour sense, and it is like one of those horror films where you know that the killer is lying in wait and are yelling at characters in the film to not go in there. I have been treated to Boris Johnson sitting there saying how we are past the peak. I think that anybody watching that news report would be a bit amazed to know that nine or ten months later we would still be in lockdown and that the number of deaths would have more than quadrupled in the meantime.

The headlines in the bulletin after episode six were all about the Dominic Cummings/Barnard Castle debacle. The next couple of weeks will probably feature film of massive crowds on Bournemouth beach. It may just be too depressing to watch that again with the benefit of hindsight.

I think I will be better off skipping the brief excerpt of news and instead get cracking on the rest of the backlog of DVDs. I think that means watching The Icicle Thief, the David Brent movie and a couple of Japanese arthouse classics. Well OK, maybe Robo Geisha and Big Tit Zombies aren’t very arthouse, but they are Japanese.


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