Christmas time should be a fantastic time for films and TV shows and December 2018 was no exception. We’ve seen the release of some fantastic family-friendly movies in the cinema, and some amazing thrillers on Netflix.

So, let’s talk about all the things we’ve watched this month;

Adults

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Netflix is pushing the boundaries once again with this multi-ending interactive thriller Bandersnatch. We’re huge fans of the Black Mirror series and have been looking forward to watching this since the announcement.

The film doesn’t disappoint and provided an interactive narrative between me and Helen throughout the film’s decision-making process. A special mention to Will Poulter who we personally haven’t seen on our screens since We’re The Millers. He played a fantastic role and did it 100% justice!

The Innocent Man

Sticking with our new found love of US crime documentaries we’ve been watching The Innocent Man this documentary is an adaptation of John Grisham’s only nonfiction book. Set in Ada, Oklahoma in the 1980’s it follows the deaths of two young women and the wrongful convictions of those charged.

I don’t think the series is quite as good as say The Staircase or Evil Genius. However, it still provides you with a lot of emotion and questioning.

Marvellous Mrs Maisel

Over on Amazon Prime, Marvellous Mrs Maisel is back with a second season. After it’s first season success and a nomination for three golden globes it could be hard to see how a second season could come even close to topping the first. However, it just about manages it with 50% of the seasons focus being around the Weissmans summer vacation at Steiner Mountain Resort.

While I wasn’t 100% sold on the ending of season 2, it does leave you with a small cliffhanger that’s already got you pencilling in dates for its season 3 release date.

Teens

Jack Frost

The late 90’s film has recently seen its launch on Netflix. While the film might be a PG I’m putting it in the teen’s category because two decades on from first watching it I still shed a tear at the thought of what happened to little Charlie Frost.

Kids

Lady & The Tramp

Bella has recently been re-watching another classic, Lady & The Tramp. This film is currently only available to watch on DVD (although it’s expected to also be featured on their upcoming streaming service Disney+ as it launches in 2019)

It still fascinates me that more than 60 years on from its release Lady & The Tramp still has all the love and charm for the children of today.

Mary Poppins Returns

With the release of Saving Mr Banks, and now Mary Poppins Returns it seems Disney is doing all they can to cash in on our love of the classic film. However, unlike Saving Mr Banks we found that Mary Poppins Returns somewhat missed the mark.

I was hesitant to openly criticise such a major box office film, however, judging by the reviews over on Rotten Tomatoes it seems I wasn’t the only one, as at the time of writing it has just a 69% score.

3 thoughts on “December 2018 – What We Watched This Month”

  1. I really liked Bandersnatch, although there have been several broken mirror I enjoyed more, it was incredibly clever. It’s amazing to see how far Will Poulter has come from his School Of Comedy days, but he always really shone out in that.

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