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10.9.18

What I've Been Consuming : Podcasts, Movies and TV Shows



I have been consuming a lot of stuff recently. I'm not talking food, I'm talking TV shows, Podcasts and Movies. It's been a good couple of months for all three things and it's not something I really share a lot about, but I've been watching and listening to a few great shows and movies that you need to know about!


I never really listened to podcasts, not until I finished reading I'll Be Gone In The Dark and I needed to find out everything there was to know about the Golden State Killer, then I started to get into True Crime podcasts and I have been LOVING them!

Casefile True Crime Podcast

Casefile True Crime Podcast, or simply Casefile, is a weekly true crime themed podcast that first aired in Australia in January 2016 hosted by an Australian man who remains anonymous. The series deals with solved or cold criminal cases, often related to well-known murders and serial crimes. Most of the cases relate to Australian cases, although notable crimes from the UK and the USA are also regularly featured.

I got into this podcast after reading I'll Be Gone in the Dark, because Casefile has a 5 part series on the Golden State Killer, covering all aspects of the crimes committed, and as he had just been caught, I needed to consume everything I could about the case. After finishing the series I left the podcast for a bit, but have recently got back into it. Dave and I listened to the episodes on Silk Road while down the coast, and I have recently listened to the episodes covering Jonestown and Port Arthur. I just think it's written so well and so clearly, they deal with dark and sinister crimes really well and they share all the facts (which I love). I also like that they have recordings from some of the cases as well.

The Teacher's Pet

The Teacher’s Pet is investigated and written by Hedley Thomas. Chris and Lyn appear to have the perfect marriage. But when Lyn goes missing, dark secrets are buried. This is no fairytale, but a sordid story of strangely close twin brothers, teenage student lovers, and probable murder.  

A friend of mine recently got me on this podcast and now I am hooked. Every spare minute I have (in my car, at work, as I'm writing this blog post), I am listening to this podcast. It is shocking to hear about this case and about the lack of investigation when Lyn disappeared in 1982. This podcast unpacks all the evidence around the case and tries to piece together a case against Chris Dawson. It explores what was happening between male teachers and students during the 1980's (which is shocking to me as a teacher). Hedley talks to friends and family of Lyn and other people who have insight into her disappearance. I am really excited to see what will come from all this information, because all the evidence seems to point into one direction.

Kim's Convenience 

The misadventures of a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store. While running a convenience store in Toronto, members of a Korean-Canadian family deal with customers, each other and the evolving world around them.

I discovered this show recently on Netflix while I was aimlessly scrolling for something to watch. I started watching and then a couple of episodes in I had to go back to the episode 1 so Dave could join in watching it with me. It is sweet and so damn funny, but also really heartfelt. Just a beautiful little show that encompasses all things family. If you're after a new light hearted show, I cannot recommend this enough!


Younger

Trying to start a new career gets more difficult as you age, which suddenly single-mom Liza realizes when she tries to re-enter the working world at 40. After a young tattoo artist convinces her she looks younger, Liza decides to do something about it. Her solution revolves around trying to pass herself off as 26, courtesy of a makeover by her best friend, Maggie. The newfound confidence helps get her a job assisting temperamental Diana. Teaming with 20-something co-worker Kelsey, Liza hopes to make it a dream career -- while no one discovers her secret. She later has to deal with the fallout of the truth after revealing her secret to Kelsey.

Season 5 of Younger has just concluded and I am so sad it's over (also because I need answers already). I somehow, randomly stubbled across Younger last year and binge watched the first three seasons in a matter of days. It is such a fun show that keeps you guessing the whole time. Whether you're on team Josh or team Charles you will be hooked from episode 1. 
 

Dynasty

A modernized reboot of the 1980s primetime soap follows two of America's wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.  

Another show that I binge watched in about a week. Think Gossip Girl with more drama. You have the glitz and the glamour of extreme wealth, the fighting between families (and members of families) and all the drama you can handle. The end of the season left me SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS that I am now reliving as I write this post....HOW COULD YOU LEAVE US HANGING LIKE THAT!


 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jake Peralta, an immature, but talented N.Y.P.D. detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt.  

If you haven't watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine, what are you even doing with your life? All jokes aside, I only started (and finished) watching it recently and I was hooked. I wasn't super keen on it, but Dave kept persisting and I can understand why. It is such a fun and light hearted TV show that gives you all the laughs and all the feels at the same time. The latest season is about to air on Netflix and I am so fricken excited!

Also how can you not love a TV show that has this happen in it:



 

The Crown

Based on an award-winning play ("The Audience") by showrunner Peter Morgan, this lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern times.

This was another show I wasn't hugely excited about, not until Dave actually finished the two seasons on Netflix, THEN I was intrigued. I smashed out the two seasons in less than a week and was devastated when it was over. I never really called myself a royals fanatic until after this TV show, but it had me so intrigued! It was beautifully written and filmed and honestly if you haven't watched it, you need to because it gives you so much insight into the royal family and the going ons inside the palace.


Victoria

This eight-part drama features an all-star cast including Jenna Coleman as a young Queen Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert. The monarch's life is chronicled as the story begins with the death of King William IV in 1837, her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 and her relationships with the influential forces around her. 

Following the conclusion of The Crown and Dave and my addiction to all things royal, I jumped very quickly into Victoria. It follows her journey from becoming Queen at such a young age (I couldn't even imagine having that much power and responsibility) and all the challenges she had to face along the way. I didn't know much about Queen Victoria before watching this show, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it any royal fanatic out there.
 

To All The Boy's I've Loved Before

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.   

I read the book, by Jenny Han, growing up and I was SUPER excited when I heard that the story would be coming to our screens on Netflix. It is such a beautiful story about love at high school in the most embarrassing circumstances. It's awkward, real and honest. A lot of people have been loving the cast selection as well, that the star is Korean-American. All in all, it is just a beautiful movie and if you haven't seen it yet, you need to.

The Kissing Booth 

A high school student finds herself face-to-face with her long-term crush when she signs up to run a kissing booth at the spring carnival.

Another teenage rom-com, sappy love story. I mean, after a long day at work, all I want to indulge myself in is a sappy rom-com that doesn't make me think and this has been one of my favourites recently. It's such a sweet story about a girl who falls in love with her brothers best friend, but because of the best friend rules, they can't be together. If you love a sappy, but fun story, this is perfect. 
 

Crazy Rich Asians

The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere.   

Not something that you can watch on Netflix or Stan yet, but Dave and I went and saw it at the movies the other week and absolutely loved it. It's laugh-out-loud funny, heartfelt and just beautiful. I bawled my eyes out and laughed so loud and loved every minute of this movie. It is another movie that has been praised for it's international star cast and exploring another culture. I can see this movie winning a number of awards soon. I am excited to read the books now, because I am not ready for the story to be over!



I hope you enjoyed this slightly different post! I have just been enjoying some different media types recently and had to share so that you guys could enjoy them too. What podcasts, TV shows or movies have you been enjoying recently? I am always on the hunt for more things to listen to and watch! 

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