So, I decided to fight my urge to keep moving and spend the weekend parked on the couch with my foot up. I am not someone who likes to give in, but it had to be done. So, here is some of what kept me from going stir-crazy over the weekend.Jillian and Justin: This 4-episode show which premiered in June 2017 is available on TV on W Network and on-line at The W Network website. It follows designer Jillian Harris and boyfriend Justin Pasutto over the course of a year. Harris is the funny and emotional cohost of Love It or List It Vancouver and a former Bachelorette. The docu-series follows the pair as Harris tries to juggle her 5-hour weekly commute between Kelowna and Vancouver, and a profitable lifestyle blog, and her relationship. The couple is also fully renovating their new house, trying to sell their old house, and working on multiple projects. Over the course of the year, Harris becomes pregnant, gives birth, gets engaged, and swears a lot (but this is somehow endearing!). This is a very busy couple, who are loving and not afraid to disagree. It offers an interesting and often funny look behind the scenes at a driven celebrity career. Before I Fall (2017): I’m a sucker for any movie that plays with time and/or the “butterfly” effect where one small change can have a big impact. So even though the movie is aimed at a YA crowd, I figured I’d give it a go. I probably should have left well enough alone. It’s about four mean girls, but their characters are not drawn with any depth. Based on a YA book by Lauren Oliver, the movie stars Zoey Deutch (as Sam) who is the best thing about the movie and is clearly a rising star. On February 12 (or Cupid Day at her school), we follow Sam through her day at school and then to a party, after which there is a terrible car accident. When she wakes up, it is February 12 all over again. She lives the same day over and over in different ways, until she is able to change things enough that she is released. It might be a good teen film, with some presumably relatable high school situations and a moral of sorts about being nice to other people, but there are certainly movies that do this kind of thing better. Groundhog Day did it with a lot of humour and The Butterfly Effect took things to the limit in a cool psychological thriller. Logan (2017): This dark episode in the X-Men saga is well worth watching. Hugh Jackman is compelling, playing the Wolverine as we’ve never seen him — drinking, sick, and despondent. Patrick Stewart is Charles Xavier who now has devastating psychic seizures, with the disability played to perfection. Dafne Keen as the young mutant, Laura, is amazingly freaky, with an awesome stare and a ferocious attack. My husband’s and my biggest complaint was the amount of violent gore, with repeated severed heads and claws through heads ad nauseam… we had to look away. As an aside, after watching Castlevania, I found that Logan had some similarity of story line, but without the humour — drunken recluse, pulled reluctantly into helping people, adamant that he doesn’t care, and finally caring and throwing himself into the battle. Oh and the other thing is that X-24, the clone/android type replica of Wolverine also played by Hugh Jackman, really reminded me of Richard Armitage when he had his really short haircut! Well, we always knew that Jackman and Armitage had some facial similarities. But also, according to Inverse.com, “We did some subtle things,” explained Jackman. “I changed the bridge of my nose, I wore contacts — I just wanted him to look a little different from myself.”
The Richard and Layla Chronicles: No judgments, please… Yes this is real-person fiction starring a fictional Richard Armitage and an original female character. The story is often funny, starting from when a drunk and heartbroken Layla first meets Richard in a bar and including some cute scenes with Hobbit pals Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman. It touches on serious subjects, such as domestic violence, and it explores the relationship of two people trying to get past scarring from their past romances. It is often touching, and VERY often VERY steamy. Definitely, NSFW. The stories were written mainly in 2013 and 2014, but there are updates as recently as 2017. We see this fantasy couple through their early relationship, camping trips, engagement, moving to New York, marriage, and babies (although I haven’t reached as far as these last several stories yet). If you like RPF and don’t mind that it’s NSFW, this will keep you going for a long time. The full collection has been assembled in chronological order at Not So Molly.
90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?: OK and don’t judge me for this either… I was very bored! But they had a marathon of episodes on TLC… what was I to do? The regular season focuses on several couples, where an American brings someone over on a fiancé visa. The visa requires marriage within 90 days in order for that person to be allowed to stay in the country. I had watched bits here and there in reruns and so I had some familiarity with these couples who managed to marry and continue on now a year later. As my husband says, it’s kind of like watching a train wreck. It seems pretty obvious that a few of them were probably just in it for the green card, which is pretty sad for the ones that were tricked. But a few of the couples really seem to want to make it work but their cultural differences and separation from family make it really difficult.
Well. So, at this point, my brain had basically been turned to mush. But, good news! By Monday morning, my foot was well on the way to normalcy… if definitely multi-coloured!