I also went to Secret Cinema in London to see Blade Runner and the set was awesome and the actors playing the key cast were fantastic (amazing Roy Batty). However, I was less impressed with the organisers who seemed to think that a quintessential feature of Blade Runner is actors playing the police verbally harassing women ticket holders and leaving the men alone. I get enough gendered interaction in my daily life, I don't need more when I'm trying to be entertained, especially when that isn't even a key feature of the movie or novel.
Movies: in the order I watched them
1. Ocean's 8
I was so excited for this movie. I love the concept, and it's a great cast with some impressive outfits, BUT that's where the fun ends. What works about the George Clooney Ocean's movies is that you really like his Danny Ocean, and you get why his friends are drawn to him and his silly schemes, and the bad guys are money hungry dickheads who just aren't as fun as interesting as Danny. Sandra Bullock's Debby Ocean (and seriously is Debby the only D sounding name they could come up with for a master criminal, what about Diana?) is perpetually grumpy and insistent that her plan is totally the best plan and everyone needs to do it her way without ever stating actual facts. The actual heist is ludicrous an completely unrealistic whilst claiming to be totally plausible (relies on so much coincidence), and none of the actresses get any real time for character motivation or development. We get a two min scene with each one where Debby explains that she needs them and her plan is brilliant and even though all of these women are way more successful than Debby they just go 'oh okay' and risk prison with no explanation. Then, in order to make the heist actually work some new characters are introduced in the final act. It's BULLSHIT and it still doesn't work. Anne Hathaway turns in a cracking performance, and Awkawfina is also good but everyone else seems to phone it in which was super disappointing.
I am 100% the target audience for this type of film and I really, really want there to be more of them, but Ocean's 8 just didn't work for me because the story just wasn't thrilling enough. Also, for a movie about female empowerment it was disheartening to see how airbrushed/face blurred the lead actresses were.
So rather than watch this I would suggest you just watch the Widows trailer on repeat because that looks fucking a-mah-zing, though I was like 'Wut? Viola Davis and Liam Neeson as a couple?' Cannot wrap my brain around that but it won't matter anyway and just every frame of the trailer looks perfect. I'm a massive Gillian Flynn fangirl and I'm hopeful that this is another slice of her awesomeness, and yes I do know that Widows was originally a novel by Lynda La Plante. I know my shit.
2. Jurassic World:Fallen Kingdom
I didn't like the first Jurassic World movie and I suspected this one would also suck, and yes, it really sucks. It's three implausible movies rolled into one, including dinosaurs who keep changing sizes (the continuity on this movie was shocking) and a truly bizarre twist ending which is played as compassionate but is just weird. Also plot threads that are totally unexplained while others are so laboured you roll your eyes with boredom. When will studios realise that Chris Pratt cannot play a charming hero? Stop trying to make him one. Daniela Pineda is good as a hipster dino-doctor, Rafe Spall is playing his usual arsehole with aplomb and Toby Jones is great in his tiny, ridiculous role, but none of it is worth actually watching this boring mess of a movie.
For the first time ever I don't think I can do a best liked/most likely to rewatch for June because I didn't like either of this movies and can't imagine ever watching them again.
Books: in the order I read them
1. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg
|3 stars. I didn’t love this but it was decently written with an interesting plot so I don’t understand why this has such low reviews on Goodreads. I loved The Marauder and her crew were funny and interesting and the initial mission was interesting. Most crucially I didn’t love any of the characters, who all felt quite thin and really I thought they were too many people who were royalty in disguise. The romance between Andi and Dex felt pretty forced too. However, it was enjoyable enough and I’d probably read the next one, even though I don’t feel like I need to know what happens next.|
2. 84K by Claire North
4. Space Unicorn Blues by TJ Berry
3 stars. It’s not my usual type of sci fi but the story grew on me. Initially I wasn’t really into half-unicorn Gary and the magical spacebeings (faeries, necromancers, sentient trees and unicorn Gods are all alien species) but the story settles down about a third of the way through and delivers plenty of action and interesting insights. It's more fantasy that sci fi in my opinion but the story is inclusive and has some carefully crafted insights into humanity and bigotry that are worth reading. Jenny Perata is actually a great character and Ricky Tang is also great and needs way more to do. They are the most interesting characters and I could’ve read way more about them.
*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Again I'm not really sure what the best book I read in June was as I thought they were all quite flawed and I probably wouldn't reread any of them but I thought 84K had some interesting concepts, even though they were ultimately under-realised.
I'm currently reading Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias which is very prescient given current goings on in the US, and I've also got Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly, Everfair by Nisi Shawl, and Sick by Porochista Khakpour on my TBR pile.