I know we’re well into February but I thought I’d share the things that I was basically obsessed with in January that I’d love to recommend to you!
★ Binge Watches ★
BoJack Horseman (season 1-4)
If I’d known BoJack Horseman was going to be so good…oh wait, what am I saying? I knew it was going to be good from all the critical acclaim it gets. And yet I waited so long to catch up. I’m so glad I did. Starring Will Arnett as the titular BoJack, the show is an adult animated black comedy that is part satire and part rumination on depression and self-destruction. The first season definitely wobbles a bit but every season after is consistently awesome. You will hate and love BoJack, and if you’re like me, you’ll see yourself in him a lot too. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
I’d only ever gotten glimpses of Supergirl during the annual crossovers of it, Arrow, the Flash and Legends of Tomorrow and from what I’d seen, it seemed like it might be a good show. I was right. Supergirl is a lot of fun.I don’t think it’s necessarily essential TV (these days it I don’t think anything in the Arrowverse is) but I really did like it and I want to catch up to its current season if I get a chance.
I’d heard about Outlander over the years…mostly about the sex in it (lol) but somehow hadn’t cottoned on about the premise til I actually watched it. The show is about a married World War II nurse in 1945 who is accidentally transported 200 years into the past where she meets a (very sexy and lick-able) Highland warrior. It’s the stuff of late night pillow fantasy and I wasn’t surprised to learn that the show is adapted from a time-travel historical fiction novel series (of the same name). The show itself is steamy and heartfelt and perfect to view with a generous helping of wine. Also did I mention the very sexy and lick-able Highland warrior? His name is Jamie and he will make you feel things!
Broad City (season 4)
I absolutely adore Broad City. I mean what’s not to love about two weed-loving, 20-something Jewish queens living a colourful life of (mis)adventure in New York city. If you’re into easy, hilarious, buddy comedies, please put this on your watch list! I get into the biggest laughing fits watching this show. Abbi and Illana, though wacky (Illana especially), are totally relatable and I hope they never stop making this show.
Difficult People (season 3)
I purposely put off watching Difficult People last year because it was the last season of the series but it was time for closure (also this holiday is too long and boring). This show definitely isn’t for everybody. If you like positivity and likeable characters, you’ll hate Difficult People which stars Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner as “yet to make it” comedians/horrible human beings in New York. It’s also very meta and you definitely have to be a pop culture junkie to get most of the jokes but the comedy is exquisitely dark and snarky. Also, there’s like a million famous faces guest starring on this show, some of them playing versions of themselves and others being extremely weird people. It was such a great show and I’m sad to see it go.
★ Weekly Watches ★
RuPaul’s Drag Race (All Stars 3)
Hunty, if you’re not watching RuPaul’s Drag Race then you are seriously missing out! It’s like America’s Next Top Model for drag queens except in this show, the queens fight to become America’s Next Drag Superstar. ALL STARS brings back queens from previous seasons of the show to return and fight for a place in the Drag Race hall of fame. This show is everything. Watch it! (Here’s a clip from All Stars 2 to entice you)
The Good Place
For my money, The Good Place is currently the best sitcom on TV. Starring angel on earth Kristen Bell, the show is about a woman who wakes up in the afterlife only to realise she has been mistakenly sent to the “The Good Place” even though she was a shitty human being. Wanting to stay in “The Good Place” and avoid the torturous Bad Place, she enlists the help of her “soul mate” who was an ethics professor on earth to try to become a better person. The first season was stellar and ended with a mind-blowing twist. The second season is even better. The Good Place is totally original and funny and definitely worth a watch.
In its farewell season, The Middle is just as funny and heartwarming as it has always been. I started watching this show way back in 2009 and I’m so sad to see it go. It’s been an amazing 9 seasons and it’s so impressive to me that it has managed to be consistent in quality through out.
I didn’t expect much from the Zoe-centered spin-off to Black-ish. Spin-offs are a funny business because for every Frasier (which is fantastic!) there are a dozen Joey’s (very bad and no good and ugh, wow, no). So I went into this with low expectations. But Grown-ish is actually great! I love Yara Shahidi…she’d always been great on Black-ish as Zoe but her confident and charisma are so on point in her own show. I’m so glad it’s already been picked up for another season!
Project Runway All Stars
I love the Project Runway franchise because unlike other reality TV shows, there’s always a special focus on the designers’ creativity and talent instead of just drama. So for years, the show has remained a consistently enjoyable show. It definitely inspires me too. I feel like after every episode I want to find a tailor to make me something similar to what I have seen on the show. This season is full of really talented designers but I’m stanning hard for Anthony and Fabio who are turning out a lot of fabulous designs this season.
This is Us
Every single episode still makes me cry! Season one was really great but only good at telling stories about Randall and his parents (IMO) but I feel like season two has really improved at crafting better stories for the twins. Kate’s storyline in particular has really resonated with me. To be honest, I’m loving the show more than I did last year. And if you have any idea what I’m talking about, grab yourself a box of tissue, some chocolate or ice cream and spend a weekend watching This is Us. Then come thank me later.
Guilty Pleasures: The Challenge + America’s Next Top Model which are both quite terrible but I’m a simple girl who lives on reality tv drama.
★ Movies ★
Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of Tonya Harding, the infamous figure skater, and her role in the 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan. Margot Robbie shines in this and the supporting cast which includes Sebastian Stan and Allison Janey was amazing too. I really liked all the fourth wall breaking and the soundtrack and cinematography were ace too.
Blade Runner 2049
Ryan Gosling stars in the sequel to Blade Runner as Officer K, a new blade runner who discovers a secret that leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years. Do I think Blade Runner 2049 is a necessary sequel to the iconic Blade Runner? Probably not. But it was still a good film with amazing visuals and hello, Ryan Gosling! I quite liked it. (I’m gonna recommend you watch this if only so you’ll watch the prequel which is one of the best sci-fi movies OF ALL TIME)
A new generation of fast cars leaves our hero Lightning McQueen feeling like a relic and so he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who teaches him new tings about the grand old race.
There’s so much slander against the Cars franchise that I feel is deeply undeserved (all right, the second one was a turd but Cars is amazing and goddamnit I’ve had it with people putting hat wonderful movie down) so I’m really glad Cars 3 turned out to be so fantastic. I loved it! I even go looking for clips of the best moments on YouTube (judge me, IDC).
Boyz in the Hood
I’m actually so embarrassed it took me so long to see Boyz in the Hood. Of course I knew a lot about what would happen. I don’t know how many times I’ve dramatically screamed “RICKYYY!” apropos of nothing, over the years. I’m so glad I watched it.
After being getting into a fight a school, Tre Styles is sent by his mother Reva Styles (Angela Basset) to live with his father, Furious Styles (Laurence Fishburne) who she thinks can teach him how to “be a man.” Following this inciting incident, the film follows Tre and his group of friends – including half brothers Ricky and Doughboy (whose older versions are played by Morris Chestnut and Ice Cube respectively in their debut acting roles!) – and what it’s like to grow up in a neighborhood full of violence.
(PS: what a phenomenal cast. So many of these actors turned out to be great successes).
Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) is shocked/devastated upon discovering that the small town he just moved to has made dancing and rock music illegal.
I’ve seen footloose so many times lmao. It’s a classic. Sometimes when people ask me what life is like in Malawi, I go “You know that town in footloose?”…you see where I’m going with this, right? If you’ve never watched this movie, please do. Kevin Bacon dancing dramatically might not be something you think you need to see before you die, but it definitely is!
Also, CAN WE APPRECIATE KENNY LOGGINS FOR A HOT MINUTE?
★ Music ★
P.S: What were your January favourites? Anything you think I might enjoy? Let me know in the comments.
P.S.S: Here is my Notes on January post just in case you missed it!