A Book and Film Blog

Saturday, 25 November 2017


You may have noticed things have changed a little bit on the blog! So hi again, been a while.

As I write this post, I'm currently buzzing.  I just presented a radio show (Listen! http://urn1350.net every Saturday at 3pm) and we talk about TV shows. One of my fave friends joined me and it was just bants we had so much fun! But I have gone through a bit of a rough patch personally over the last month and I'm still sort of getting over it. I've been ill, quite overwhelmed, and out of my comfort zone nearly everyday.

Final year just hasn't been easy. I am having fun and i'd still say it's the best uni year so far but it's quite intense. And that's not even just because of the workload. I think the biggest challenge of university  is going to seminars, doing the work, looking after yourself, balancing your friendships, doing stuff outside of your course so you don't drive yourself crazy being in the library all day long, applying for jobs, maybe doing a part time job ... it's a lot.

Sometimes I wonder if I've taken a bit too much on and can't keep up, or this is how everyone feels. This semester has me in a bit of a funny head space because I've been second guessing myself a lot recently. I'm just not sure what I'm really doing in life and I've been making a lot of mistakes and bad decisions .... Adulting is just hard 😭

But back to the blog,  though I'm really happy with the new name and the little tweeks I've made,  I initially felt a lot of shame surrounding having to change the blog name once again. When I no longer like something, I'm quick to change it but it sometimes feels like you've failed when you can't stick to a decision. But a good friend of mine said the other day that growing up is uncomfortable, and I'd add sometimes painful. Being a creature of habit, the prospect of things changing gives me major anxiety and I've felt a bit rubbish when things aren't going my way or I've had to make like 12 bad decisions to before finding a solution.  I'm learning that there's no shame in sticking to your gut and changing your mind, and owning those decisions. It's also pretty inevitable.

So I say all this to say, I'm still going to be blogging about books and film and occasionally TV but I think the vibe is changing slightly so do come back ! I'm really excited about my future posts xo

Friday, 10 November 2017

Best Podcasts on Film & TV

Image of Bedside Table With Blogosphere Magazines Reed Diffuser and Speakers
current bedside table vibes

My new speakers are a current life favourite and given all the podcasts I'm constantly downloading, it means I now always have one on. They help me switch off after long days on campus and keep my company through the mundane everyday tasks.

Now, I think I download about 10 new podcast episodes each week and I do want to share them all. But I get that not everyone is interested so what I'll do is break up the posts. Film and TV podcasts seemed like a good place to start because they were essentially my introduction into the podcast world and, I've been listening to most of these for the best part of two years.

Collider Movie Talk

The show's panellists all work in the film industry in some capacity and their love of cinema just exudes I lav it. It means you'll not only get film trailer analysis and solid reviews; you'll also get a lot of in-depth conversations and analysis about the industry and the film making process.

Because they're also critics, they normally get to see films before their official release dates meaning, exclusives and juicy interviews with vip. The best part! there are different podcast shows within the Collider family: Collider Movie Talk which is a daily show so I'm pretty much always behind (a great problem to have) and other shows weekly shows Collider TV Talk, Collider Hereos, Collider Nightmares and Jedi Council.

So yeah, they produce a LOT of content. I'd say Movie Talk is a good way in if you don't know where to start but yeah, you'll essentially never get bored. This is a nice geeky one for those who like backstage news.

Kermode and Mayo Film Review
If you like film, you need to be listening to Kermode and Mayo. I used to read Mark Kermode's reviews but it's so much more fun to just listen and hear him bounce off Simon Mayo. Their wittering at the beginning used to really get on my nerves in the beginning but once you get used to it and just get on board, its the best 💗

Other reasons to listen include:
- reviews from Mark Kermode
- good chats
-listener emails ! the show has what must be some of the most intelligent young listeners and some of the reviews that get emailed in from like 12 year olds are actually pretty astonishing.

Back Row Podcast
Rhianna Dhillon reviewed films for Greg James on BBC Radio 1 and her reviews were the only time I ever tuned into his show. No shade, I'm just a not a fan of daytime radio (unless it's Clara Amfo though I wish she'd talk more and play less music). I digress. Then I missed about 3 weeks, came back and she was GONE. But then she came back with her own film podcast with her boyfriend Mike. Not only do I love their banter but it's also a nice, juicy, really long podcast - nearly 2 hours.

They only review new releases over the fortnight as opposed to hearing the same reviews on every film in the top 10 and there's also a lot of chit chat about films that are not in the top 10 and TV shows.

The haven't uploaded an episode in a hot minute which make me sad but it's definetly one worth going back to and listening from the beginning.

Reality Steve

If you watch The Bachelor/The Bachelorette - this one's for you.
You might know Steve as the guy who's entire career is essentially to find out what happens before it airs and leak the info and spoil the season on his blog wohooo (I live for Reality TV spoilers I don't care). On this podcast are Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants literally from Season 1.

You'll find out all the backstage gossip which is actually really interesting on a show like The Bachelor where a. everyone is essentially coerced by producers and b. is so heavily heavily edited and; an insight into the contestant's life outside the show which is just quite interesting for a nosy person like myself.

Insecure is going down on my list of 2017's highlights and if you haven't seen any of it, the year is not yet over, you still have time, you can still salvage the situation.

Now I never thought I'd be someone who enjoyed a recap show. I tried listening to Afterdale and M is for Maple (both Riverdale podcasts if you hadn't guessed) but Riverdale I suppose isn't the type of show that requires further analysis. I also find that although I love it, the more I hear people describing the show, the more I realise how ridiculous the entire premise is - especially this season. So those two didn't stick.

But each episode of Insecure juggles themes that warrant further discussion whether that's: complex friendships, being a black woman in a predominately white office or finding the right counsellor.

The podcasts' hosts are also best friends so their vibe is natural and they genuinely love the show and get excited talking about it!All these components make this podcast absolute magic and I enjoy it nearly as much as the show itself.

Share more TV/Film podcasts in the comments - I'm always on the hunt for new ones !

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