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What have you been watching? Including Lupin, WandaVision and Wonder Woman 1984

It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend to fellow TMINE readers anything you’ve been watching this week

Previously on TMINE

Lockdown 3.0 occurred, that’s what happened.

Now on TMINE

Happy New Year! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? TBH, I’m still not feeling the TV buzz. Or even seeing much new TV or movies. I’m also still ridiculously busy, which given January is normally my quietest month work-wise is insane.

But… I’m not not watching things, you know? And I do have some time occasionally to write something.

So TMINE ain’t going back to normal any time soon. But I am going to at least try to do one of these every Monday or Tuesday.

This is predominantly going to be What Have You Been Watching? – a chance for you to let everyone know if you’ve found some gems out there to while away the quarantine. I haven’t really got the time or energy for full reviews of things, but I am also going to talk a little about what I have been watching – both film- and TV-wise – so I can at least flag things up.

After the jump then, what I’ve been watching, since I have seen some new things at least since last we spoke: Netflix’s Lupin, Disney+’s WandaVision and Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

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Orange Thursday: Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) and Enola Holmes (2020)

Every Thursday, TMINE reviews two movies, carefully avoiding infringing a former mobile phone company’s trademarked marketing gimmick

Come on, studios! Release more movies! Honestly, it’s bad enough that they’re releasing so few at the moment, but pushing back the release dates of Black Widow et al, just because the US can’t get its coronavirus act together? That’s uncalled for.

All of which is a long-winded way of saying that Orange Thursday is back down to dregs again, with only two movies left up its sleeve. Fingers crossed, TMINE can watch some more by next week.

This week, then, the double bill is the unexpected third entry in the Bill & Ted franchise, Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020), and yet another of Sherlock Holmes’ unknown siblings turns up in Enola Holmes (2020).

See you after the ads and the trailers.

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Orange Thursday: The Old Guard (2020) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Every Thursday, TMINE reviews two movies, carefully avoiding infringing a former mobile phone company’s trademarked marketing gimmick

Cinemas are open again, but there ain’t a lot on at the moment – although I’m going to see the new Bill and Ted this afternoon, so that’s something to look forward to for the next Orange Thursday. Until then, it’s a momentary fall back to the streaming services for Orange Thursday, as we take in two movies available on Netflix.

The first is another of Netflix’s attempts to create a movie franchise of its own, The Old Guard (2020), while the other is the latest, somewhat franchise-ruining entry in the Jurassic World series: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).

See you after the very un-Netflix ads and the trailers.

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Orange Thursday: Tenet (2020) and Venom (2018)

Every Thursday, TMINE reviews two movies, carefully avoiding infringing a former mobile phone company’s trademarked marketing gimmick

As life returns to almost normal again – despite the best efforts of young people – it’s time to switch off Covideodrome and once again take a trip to the movies for Orange Thursday.

This week, we’re starting with one very obvious choice: literally the only big movie released in the past couple of weeks – Tenet (2020).

But what to choose for movie two? I could regale you with reviews of Lovely Wife’s and my usual summer holiday viewing: Top Gun (1986) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). But no.

Instead, let’s go with Venom (2018), a comic-book movie I somehow inexplicably missed at the cinema when it was released, but which is now free on Netflix.

See you after the facemask-adorned ads and the trailers.

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Covideodrome: Aladdin (2019)

A temporary replacement for TMINE’s Orange Thursday feature in which I review a readily available movie you’ve probably already seen

Streaming services, but particularly Disney+ have been among the biggest beneficiaries of lockdown. I guess someone has to be, I guess?

Trouble is, they’re struggling a bit to add new stuff. That means you’re basically restricted to whatever they had in the pipeline pre-Covid and their back catalogue. And in Disney+’s case, that pipeline is basically zilch, so we’ve been working our way through the archive.

I’ve already documented our journey so far through all those old Disney movies we’ve somehow missed. Since then, we’ve not watch that much more, but having watched the original cartoon Aladdin (1992), we decided to watch the live action Aladdin (2019), which saw Will Smith take over the role of the genie from Robin Williams.

Now, I have to say, we were braced for the worst. Disney’s live-action remakes have generally been sub-standard. They’ve been okay, just not that great, particularly when compared to the originals.

And here we were presented with something that not only didn’t feature Robin Williams and featured Will “bit of a career slump” Smith, not only didn’t have any big names or cast, not only was live action, but it was directed by none other than Guy Ritchie.

Yes, him. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels himself. I mean, this was going to be bland at best.

But you know what? We actually really enjoyed it. Not only was it in some ways an improvement on the original and the best of the many live action remakes we’ve now seen, Aladdin (2019) it’s enjoyable as almost any of the classic Disney cartoons we’ve seen, too.

Blimey, guv’nor.

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