MOVIE REVIEW: The Hate U Give (2018)

Sixteen year old Starr Carter (Amandla Sternberg) lives a double life. She lives with her family in the deprived area of Garden Heights. Her neighbours are mostly black and her corner shop owner father, Maverick (Russell Hornsby) has past connections to the local drug lord. In her other life she attends a private school where her peers are almost exclusively white and wealthy. She changes the way she speaks, dresses and acts depending on which group she is with in an attempt to fit in.

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TV REVIEW: The Letdown – Season 2

The Let Down picks up just before Stevie’s first birthday. Audrey (Allison Bell) and Jeremy (Duncan Fellows) are living separately while Jeremy attempts to start a new life for them in Adelaide and Audrey reluctant packs up their home in Sydney.

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TV REVIEW: Criminal: France

The French version of Criminal is very focused on hierarchy. The interrogation team has been lead by Oliver Hagan (Laurent Lucas) for many years but the promotion to team leader has been taken by a young female outsider, Audrey Larson (Margot Bancilhon). The rest of the group neither trusts Audrey nor respects her authority and if that wasn’t enough to deal with they are all reeling from the events of the Bataclan. This leaves Audrey trying to manage her cases but also deal with the impact of traumatised detective, Laetetia (Anne Azoulay) steamrolling interrogations.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Dark Crystal (1982)

Recently Netflix released a series as a prequel to the cult classic The Dark Crystal and a load of my most favourite geeky friends who like all the same stuff I do went wild. I have a big gap in my film knowledge from the 80’s and early 90’s because I didn’t grow up in a particularly film focused household so I had never seen it. I decided this was a good opportunity to remedy it.

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TV REVIEW: Criminal: Germany

The Teutonic installment of Criminal is another completely different take on interrogation. Again it is set in the same office but with a darker, greyer atmosphere and with significantly less interpersonal shenanigans between the detectives. The German crimes involve a missing real estate developer whose body is discovered years after he vanished, a case of domestic violence and the search for the body of a missing girl.

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TV REVIEW: Workin’ Moms – Season 3

Season three of Workin’ Moms kicks off shortly after the birth of Kate (Katherine Reitman’s) new baby. Her life is in flux as she faces single motherhood, attempting to co-parent with someone she just can’t quite forgive, running her own business and reentering the dating world.

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TV REVIEW: Tales of the City – Season 1

A few years ago I read a book called Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin and rather enjoyed it. I was excited to see that Netflix was releasing a limited series of the same name and I started watching it… only to realise that it was actually the follow-up to three 90’s mini-series and that I couldn’t really remember what had happened in the book so I decided to try and track down the original series and low and behold two of them are on All4!

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TV REVIEW: Criminal: Spain

The second instalment of Criminal I watched was set in Madrid and featured a Spanish interrogation team. This time the crimes involved an apparent “black widow” style murder, the drowning of an autistic girl and a terrorist act that might be connected to an infamous drug lord.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Rachel Chu (Constance Wang) and Nick Young (Henry Golding) are both New York based students who have been dating for a while. Rachel knows nothing about Nick’s Singapore based family but she knows she loves Nick. When Nick announces that his best friend, Charlie Wu (Harry Shum Jr.) is getting married and he’d like Rachel to join him for the wedding, she is thrilled. However, nothing can prepare her for what she is about to face.

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TV REVIEW: American Horror Story – Apocalypse

After my American Horror Story binge earlier this year, I was excited to see the eighth season appear on Netflix. I was lucky/unlucky to catch a horrible cold that put me at home in bed for couple of days so I managed to fly through the whole season within a couple of days.

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TV REVIEW: Criminal: UK

My company has recently set up Slack as a communication tool for everyone in technology to share. Those who work in a Digital or Tech functional will probably be familiar with it. It’s a great tool for communicating about work related things but it also has the added side benefit of often sparking up non-work related channels. One such channel in our Slack workspace is a TV and film recommendation channel where I found out about Criminal.

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Real Neat Blog Award

I haven’t done an awards post in ages because I don’t normally accept them but as this nomination was from The Punk Theory, who is one of my most loyal supporters and the owner of such an excellent blog, I am joining in.

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TV REVIEW: The Handmaid’s Tale – Season 3

Season three of The Handmaid’s Tale sees June (Elisabeth Moss) handed over to rebellious Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) as a handmaid. Here she bonds with Lawrence’s mentally ill wife, Eleanor (Julie Dretzin) and plots ways to see her stolen daughter. Meanwhile Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) and Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) fight to get Nicole back from Canada where Luke (O-T Fagbenle) and Moira (Samira Wiley) are taking care of her.

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TV REVIEW: Mindhunter – Season 2

The second season of Mindhunter kicks off after Holden’s (Jonathan Groff) close encounter with Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton). Suffering from panic attacks but more determined than ever he’s ready to get back into the field. Tench (Holt McCallany) and Wendy (Anna Torv) are both unsure though and this is exacerbated when their new boss (Joe Tuttle) tells both of them to keep an eye on him.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Aquaman (2018)

Over the weekend, my friend Y came to visit. We decided to watch a film one evening and I got to pick. I thought why not Aquaman, after all Jason Momoa is hotter than Satan’s balls. What could go wrong?

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MOVIE REVIEW: Wonder (2017)

Wonder follows a year in the life of the Pullman family as youngest child, Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) attends school for the first time. Up until fifth grade Auggie has been homeschooled by his mother, Isabel (Julia Roberts) because he was born with a genetic facial deformity that has resulted in multiple surgeries and looking different from other children.

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TV REVIEW: The Letdown – Season 1

Audrey (Alison Bell) has just had a baby and is trying to navigate her new life. She’s gone from a career, busy social life and exciting relationship to no sleep, mum’s group and resenting her partner, Jeremy (Duncan Fellows) for getting to continue his life mostly interrupted.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Snowpiercer (2013)

After Earth is turned into a frozen wasteland, what remains of humanity is trapped on a high speed train circling the planet. The front of the train is a place of luxury, occupied by the super rich while the end of the train is occupied by the “tailenders” who live in absolute squalor and desperation.

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TV REVIEW: Big Little Lies – Season 2

WARNING: If you intend to watch season one, this review contains content that could be considered season one spoilers.

A year has passed in Monterey since the death of Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgaard) and the five women who witnessed his untimely end are trying to move on with their lives and forget what happened.

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TV REVIEW: Stranger Things – Season 2

I know I am a bit late to the party, but I have finally finished season two of Stranger Things.

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