Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney | Book Review

I first became aware of Sally Rooney’s work back in 2020 but until now, I hadn’t actually read anything by her (or even watched any adaptions). After some contemplation — and seeing various opinions on social media — I settled on starting with Conversations with Friends and I’m so happy that I did. While I can’t say if it’s her best work, I certainly had the best time with it and it feels like a wonderful way to start delving into her books.

For those unaware, Conversations with Friends follows Frances, a student and aspiring writer who performs spoken word poetry with her best friend Bobbi who also happens to be her ex-girlfriend. The two of them meet and become friends with a journalist Melissa but as events unfold, Frances becomes much closer with Melissa’s husband Nick (an actor) and it all leads to Frances having to face who she is, her actions (and reactions), and what she wants.

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Bridgerton Season 2 Review

[Header: Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton and Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma | Netflix]

This post has potential, minor SPOILERS.

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure how much I’d like season 2 of Bridgerton going into it. This is because I never felt any particular way towards Anthony (the eldest Bridgerton sibling whom this season follows). I was, however, happy to find that I enjoyed this season quite a bit and honestly, I probably enjoyed it as equally as the first.

Here’s the thing with Bridgerton. It’s not going to be for everyone and I would argue is not the kind of show you go into for anything other than a good time. While it does have deeper and more emotional scenes and storylines — Anthony’s past surrounding his father is a particularly good example of this — it can also be a little silly and over the top at times.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

[Header Image: Adèle Haene as Héloïse and Noémie Merlant as Marianne | Pyramide Films]

“Do all lovers feel they’re inventing something?”

Yesterday, I logged onto MUBI to find that they had Portrait of a Lady on Fire available to watch, a movie that was very high up on my watchlist last year and I have to say, I’m so happy I finally got to see it and that it was even better than I ever thought it would be.

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Seventh Heaven (1927) | Classic Review [Spoiler Free]

[Header Image: Charles Farrell as Chico and Janet Gaynor as Diane]

Not bad, eh? I work in the sewer – but I live near the stars!

So, a little while back I toyed with the idea of watching every movie nominated for Best Picture which turned into me wanting to watch every movie nominated for any kind of Academy Award award. I really don’t plan to do anything other than keep track of what nominees I’ve seen via a letterboxd list I made and to potentially write a few reviews here and there like this one. It’s because of this random idea I had that I came across Seventh Heaven and I’m so glad that I did.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Seventh Heaven is a silent film that follows a sewer worker, Chico (Charles Farrell) who saves young woman, Diane (Janet Gaynor), and the pair fall in love before war eventually intervenes. It sounds like such a simple premiss, right? It is but as I said before, I’m so incredibly happy that I came across this movie because it is genuinely so good.

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New Girl Season 7 Episode 8: ‘Engram Pattersky’ Review

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It worked really well that Nick and Jess’ wedding happened in the penultimate episode so we could focus on them all as a group in the finale. It was all made a hundred times better by the fact that it took place primarily in the loft. Quite a lot of New Girl has taken place there so it was really fitting that we got to end the series in the same space.

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