Top Ten: Romantic Suspense Films

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Romantic Suspense Films

Romantic suspense as a genre is a difficult one to define. The main differences between romantic suspense and more normalised romance movies can be seen the in the setting and events of the films. Often with a romantic suspense film, the romance between a couple is ‘suspended’ due to more pressing issues relating to the situation of the film, these being of a more action, adventure, or crime slant.

The action genre is a one that branches over into many other, often times surprising genres. After a year and a half spent researching the action genre for my abandoned PH.D, the genre and all its off shoots is one that I still manage to find interesting and entertaining. The romantic suspense genre, while not being widely acknowledged nor defined, is one that nevertheless remains a staple of the film industry.

So armed with this knowledge and my romantically inclined nature, I would like to share my top ten romantic suspense films.

10. This Means War (2012).

A pair of C.I.A. operatives wage an epic battle against one another when they discover they are dating the same woman.

Taken from IMDB

Okay so I will admit that This Means War isn’t that great of a movie – however when I was watching it I couldn’t get over how much it exemplifies the romantic suspense genre.

While the story does revolve around a romantic triangle, there is no lack of action nor romance. Think of This Means War as an attempt to capture the essence of Mr and Mrs Smith – one that almost does. This Means War is a great example of the romantic suspense genre but ultimately a forgettable film.


9. True Lies (1994).

A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.

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True Lies may feel more like an action film but when Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis interact – their chemistry explodes more than any bomb in the film. Normally in the romantic suspense genre, you would see two people getting together, but in True Lies you see a married couple re-connect and see each other in a new light.

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Long Lost Review: The Fall (2006)

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The Fall

Directed by: Tarsem Singh

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

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I’m changing it up a bit this month, so instead of a book, it’s an amazing movie that I don’t think enough people know about. The Fall is a visually stunning film that blurs the lines between cinema, story, truth, and lies – I absolutely loved this movie and just need to share my love for it.

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Favourites: The Addams Family (1964)

The Addams Family

(TV Series)

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Blurb: They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re The Addams Family! America’s first family of ghastly giddiness, are here in all of their ghoulish glory in the original TV series based on the delightfully demented imagination of Charles Addams. Tarantulas, torture racks, and tombstones have never been so much fun!

Join Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Cousin Itt, and the rest of the gang for a fiendishly funny and altogether kooky experience. It’s time to pay a call on The Addams Family


Length: 64 episodes.

Genre: Comedy.


Why is it a favourite?

Morticia and Gomez.

I am in love with them individually and as a couple ❤ When I first encountered the Addams Family, it was with the 1991 film with Anjelica Huston and Raúl Juliá and I fell in love.

It wasn’t until a late night TV binge that I found the original TV series, and fell even harder in love. After quickly purchasing the complete collection, I devoured the series and loved every episode.

The show is so funny, very adorable, and for something that was created in the 60’s, has aged quite well. If you’re an Addams Family fan, this is definite recommended watching.

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Currently Consuming: Planet Earth

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So beautiful. So horrifying.
Can’t look away.

About: Narrated by David Attenborough, this eleven part documentary showcases and celebrates all that the natural world has to offer.

The documentary took five year to film and make, and at the time, was the most expensive nature documentary series ever made by the BBC. Also it is filmed in HD and looks amazing!

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Small Snippet of March 2019


Star Trek Original Series – Season One

Years ago, when my partner and I first got together we were watching Star Trek: Next Generation and each remarked how we had never seen the original series, despite being fans of the show. This conversation soon evolved to us promising ourselves that we would one day make our way through the whole series in chronological order.

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Small Snippet of January 2019

The first month of 2019 has been good and bad. I managed to achieve a bunch so far this year in regards to getting blog posts up and ready as well as tackling my Netgalley ARC list. However, it’s been tough at work with a staff member who I worked closely with, suddenly passing away over the holiday break.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend her funeral as there were too many staff attending for everyone to be able to go 😢 It has made returning to work very bittersweet and I have found myself at times upset and short tempted while working with the public. So just remember everyone that library staff are people too and your behaviour does affect them.

*Looking at you snooty lady who wouldn’t take no for an answer when I wouldn’t sign her granddaughter up to the library (you’re not the legal guardian and didn’t have any ID – so no you weren’t entitled to a card just because) and angry dude who lost ‘two years of work’ when the 15 minute computer turned off when the time ran out (it totally gave you repeated warnings and yelling at me solved nothing). 😓😅 Rant over.

Moving on, below are some of the things I have been interacting with and enjoying over the month 😃


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Brooklyn 99 – Season 5.

Omg, Brooklyn 99 just keeps getting better! There were so many amazing moments in this season, I can’t pick a favourite buuut stand outs were:

  • Rosa coming out as bisexual – that speech by Jake while he was pretending to be Rosa coming out to her parents had me tearing up. So great to see some bisexual representation ❤
  • The wedding vows – Man, I was emotional throughout the whole season but I was in tears and sob laughing during the wedding scene. ‘Your butt. Your butt is the bomb’ was so sweet and funny and just encapsulates why I love those two as a couple.
  • That interrogation episode – If you haven’t seen it check out the episode ‘The Box.’ Such an amazing episode!
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Anticipated Arrival: MIB International

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What is it?!

A new Men in Black movie!

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organisation.

When is it coming out?!

13th of June, 2019. So… a while away 😥

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How to: Watch Netflix.

How to Watch Netflix

How to: Decide what to watch on Netflix and then give up.

Okay you have the subscription, you’ve set up your account, now all you need to do is find out how to watch Netflix. You don’t need to be a novice to find out how to engage with Netflix, you could be a seasoned semi-professional who may just need a quick brush up.

Whatever your Netflix experience I’ve got you covered! Simply follow these steps and you’ll be sitting back and watching Netflix in no time!

  1. Open Netflix.

Okay this is an easy one! Not hard to mess this up. Open the app, open your browser, and load up that Netflix Menu.

2. Stare at the Menu.

Look at all of those choices! You could watch anyone of those. Not figuratively, you could literally select any of those options and watch them. Go on, make a selection.

3. Make a selection.

Okay, it’s cool. None of those look like anything you want to watch? That’s fine. Keep scrolling, explore what Netflix has to offer. Do you want to watch a movie or a TV show? Not sure? Okay that’s fine, maybe check out that genre feature, you never know what you’ll find.

4. Make a selection.

Oh I get it, there’s too much to choose from, you kinda want to watch a lot of it but don’t really want to watch it now. I get it, I’ve been there, maybe just pick something fun and easy? Oh! Re-watch something you love, that’ll be good.

5. Make a selection…

Oh, okay. Don’t want to waste your time and re-watch something that’s okay… I suppose. Oh! Check out your My List, there is sure to be something in there you want to watch, why else would you put it in your My List, if you didn’t want to one day watch it?

6.  Maybe it’s time to just pick something.

You don’t… you don’t want to watch anything from your My List? Ummm, okay, that’s okay. I mean, you do have to choose something to watch for us to continue on this how to post. Oh, it’s too late to watch a movie now? That’s okay, there are so many TV shows to choose from!

7. Make a selection.

Yep, I am aware of the time. Yes, I do realise we’ve been at this for half an hour. You just, you have to pick something to watch before we can move on. I do realise that there is a lot of content to choose from and that making decisions has never been your strong suit but to watch something on Netflix you actually have to choose something to watch on Netflix. Please, make a selection.

8. Give up and go to bed without watching anything.

Oh, okay.

It’s getting late, you have work tomorrow, and you’re too tired to pay attention. I mean okay, I don’t understand why you would say you wanted to watch something, stuff around for forty minutes trying to pick what to watch, and then just give up and go to bed but whatever, it’s your life.

I mean, I did write this as a disappointed dig at myself for constantly doing this, I just don’t understand why can’t I just pick something to watch?! What is wrong with me?


Currently Consuming: Psych

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PsychThink Pysch is just another crime show? Psych! Think again.

About: The TV show Psych features Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is an observant man who has an eidetic memory and incredible investigation skills. In order to solve cases with the Santa Barbara police department, Shawn pretends to be a psychic. Opening up a business with his best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) called Pysch, the pair assist with solving crimes all the while trying to maintain their ruse.

Why:I have seen so many screenshots and gifs about this show (shout out to that fandom), and I have always wanted to sit down and give the show a chance. Turns out its just as great and funny as tumblr made it seem!

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Currently Consuming: Monty Python’s Flying Circus

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About: Put simply Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a sketch comedy show from the 60s. However when you look a little bit closer you see that the show was a revolution for absurdist humour, launched a number of careers, and had a lasting affect on humour which reaches into shows and movies of today.

Why: While I devoured the show during my childhood, my partner has only ever seen The Life of Brain and The Holy Grail. I feel like this is a huge oversight on his part and since Netflix has made the show available (in such a better quality than the VHS I watched the show on) we have been making our way through the 45 episodes.

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