Suddenly, Last June:
Consider This Situation Fuckin' Handled

Published On July 10, 2017 by Sofia da Costa |
title quote from Get Out (2017)

Another month has gone by and hooray, we're halfway through the year! Yeah that doesn't sound right, time passing sucks. That said I cannot wait for this month to be over, because that will mean I will finally be on vacation. Until the end of July things will be a little hectic with studying, so I can't promise I will publish any more posts until then; yes, this may be the beginning of a short hiatus, loves.

So let's take a look at the month of June, which was nice! I saw five movies, caught up with three tv shows, and read three books.

My Top 3 Television Medical Dramas

Published On June 29, 2017 by Sofia da Costa |
This week's Thursday Movie Picks is a tv special on medical dramas. Immediately I thought Grey's Anatomy, House MD, Private Practice... I figured a lot of people (me included) would feature these shows, but actually, the answers are SO varied it amazes me - so make sure you check out everyone else's posts! I suppose those shows would be my honourable mentions, even though I stopped watching GA some years back, and PP wasn't all that great. To them I'd add Scrubs (technically a comedy but it is so good!) and the one I need to check out soon, The Knick.

My Top 3 TV Medical Dramas of All-Time:

8 New Book Releases to Read in June!

Published On June 07, 2017 by Sofia da Costa |
left: pinterest, right: we heart it

Here we are with a fresh batch of new releases not to miss this month! I'm positive most of these will be great summer reads. This time I bring you eight books, which is not a lot... it seems like the more I read, the pickier I get. I'm honestly tired of most YA fantasy releases that feature yet another plain but beautiful warrior who saves the world while riding the instalove unicorn with the most gorgeous male ever; I'm also tired of murder mysteries with predictable or non-sensical twists that don't bother giving life to their characters; and I'm SO tired of adult romance novels with the same old plots and lazy writing.

In all fairness, some of the following books may seem like that to you. Which either means that a) they're from an author I usually read, or b) I'm hoping to god they're better than the blurbs. I can tell you right now, K.A. Tucker, Loreth Anne White, and Taylor Jenkins Reid are authors I always keep an eye on. I'm not too crazy about Mariana Zapata, but Dear Aaron has an interesting enough plot. And Final Girls, well, it could be awesome, it could be awful. Stephen King liked it, so I'm willing to find out. Maybe.

The remaining three books I am genuinely interested in: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue sounds fun and different; I've been meaning to start the Monsters of Verity series for a while now; and anything Outlander is immediately at the top of my list!

Suddenly, Last May: Shall we Steal a Cadillac?

Published On June 05, 2017 by Sofia da Costa |
title quote from à bout de souffle

June is here, which means it's time to look back at another month of movie watching, tv binging, and book reading. To avoid excessive recaping, I've decided that on the first weekend of every month, the Suddenly post will replace the usual FWeekly one, but I'm keeping the links!

May was considerably more productive than April. Not only did I watch and read more in general, but also I came back to blogging and managed to publish six posts in a bit over two weeks! I plan to raise those numbers in the future, but for now I think it's just fine.

Web Event! My Movie Alphabet Vol. 2

Published On May 31, 2017 by Sofia da Costa |
Today, I bring you - prepare yourself - A BLOGATHON. Gosh, how long has it been since I've been in one? Back in the early years of blogging there were so many! Oh and those cute awards we gave each other... I kinda miss those, they were so uplifting. We need to bring those back, guys. Since we're riding the nostalgia wave,  I'm pleased to say my dear blogger friend Mettel Ray has celebrated seven years of blogging this year! And to every movie blogger's delight, she brought back her famous, life-changing (what do you mean, exaggerating) blogathon, My Movie Alphabet.

You can check out her own Vol. 2 here. The following rules apply:
1. List your favourite actors, actresses, movies or directors from # to z
2. I allow a little wiggle room: you may list two under one letter* because it is Vol 2 after all! In that case, the choices have to be from different categories – actor/director, actress/movie, etc
3. If you participated last time, don’t look at your first movie alphabet before Vol 2 is ready
4. Comparisons in between your new alphabet and the previous one are highly encouraged

As in my previous entry, I include honourable mentions. Some of my picks are a bit representative, like Raging Bull for Martin Scorsese, Yesterday Today Tomorrow for italian cinema, and so on. My picks for the original blogathon are marked as before.

2017 Blind Spot Series Update:
The Lady From Shanghai, Hiroshima Mon Amour, To Kill A Mockingbird and 12 Angry Men

Published On May 22, 2017 by Sofia da Costa |
So I sort of (entirely) missed writing about my Blind Spots this year, BUT I have been watching them all! I'll try and do better from now on. Here's an update with my quick thoughts on the first four movies of the 2017 Blind Spot Challenge: The Lady From Shanghai, Hiroshima Mon Amour, To Kill a Mockingbird, and 12 Angry Men.

January | The Lady From Shanghai, 1947
This Orson Welles noir from the 40s was, for lack of an actual word, meh. And see, I didn't expect that. Because I like film noir, I worship Rita Hayworth, and I certainly love me some Orson Welles (damn his magnetism). But The Lady From Shanghai? Not for me. It's got some gorgeous shots and, as expected, fine performances, but the story itself didn't pull me in at all. Also, I was expecting, you know, Shanghai. But don't let this get you down...

FWeekly: Life is a Struggle for Relevancy

Published On May 20, 2017 by Sofia da Costa |

title: quote from book Dating-ish, by Penny Reid
images from pinterest

At last, a new weekly recap! Haven't done one of these in ages. Truth be told, I rarely feel like I have enough content to fill these up, but I have missed linking your posts so much. So bringing this feature back was a no brainer. That said, I'm not sure if I'll publish them weekly or bi-monthly, we'll see how it goes!

books + books + books
Just a couple of days ago I finished a book I've been reading for a month. It was Meagan Spooner's Hunted, a Beauty and the Beast retelling where Beauty is a badass hunter. And while I didn't love it (it was okay), I am thankful to it because it successfully broke a long chain of DNF's that started in early 2017. There's nothing I hate more than not finishing a book I'm already invested in, if even the investment is pure curiosity.

DNF-ing right in the beginning is fine, you just realised the book wasn't for you. But that was not the case here: I've been dropping books I read 60-80% of, which is insane! I'd start a book, dig the story, get excited, only to have the plot die on me halfway through it. I still think about how Wintersong or Passenger might've ended - I may never know! And that almost happened with Hunted, but I powered through and it payed off because, at the very least, it felt like a spell was broken, ha.

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