TV REVIEW: Killing Eve – Season 3

Killing Eve is back for a fourth season in the BBC’s latest study of how much a brilliant concept can be dragged out before even the biggest fans turn on it.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 13th (2016)

In my ongoing education about systemic racism, I recently watched 13th a documentary directed by award winning director, Ava DuVernay. In this film DuVernay explores the 13th Amendment to the US constitution and its impact on the Black community in the USA.

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TV REVIEW: Gangs of London – Season 1

Finn Wallace (Colm Meany), the head of the consortium of gangs that runs London, has been murdered and the question on everyone’s lips is who killed him and why?

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MOVIE REVIEW: Kinky Boots (2007)

Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) dreams of leaving the small Northern town he grew up in with his fiancee, Nicola (Jemima Rooper). His plans to escape the family shoe factory and move to London are dashed though when his father dies unexpectedly. Now Charlie will have to find a way to pull the artisan shoe factory out of financial ruin in the face of much cheaper competition.

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BOOK REVIEW: I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Braithwaite

I have been waiting with great anticipation for Candice Braithwaite’s memoir, I Am Not Your Baby Mother, since she started talking about writing it on her Instagram some time ago. I have long been a fan of her forthright look at motherhood and her desire to uplift diverse mothering experiences beyond the straight, white, cis, middle class default. The fact that it was released almost exactly in time with the recent surge in interest the Black Lives Matter movement has made reading it that much more timely.

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Some resources for white people who want to be actively anti-racist

While much of the world reels in shock at what is happening in the USA right now after the shameful murder of an innocent black man called George Floyd, I am sad to say that I am not shocked at all. Systemic racism is an insidious and every present monster not only in the USA but very much in the UK and all over the Western World.

If you are white and want to be actively part of a change that must happen but have no idea where to start, here are some things you can do.

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TV REVIEW: Workin’ Moms – Season 4

The fourth season of Workin’ Moms sees Kate (Catherine Reitman) back together with Nathan (Philip Sternberg) and trying to rebuild her relationship while simultaneously building her business. Anne (Dani Kind) is attempting to write a parenting book, while her daughter, Alice (Sadie Munroe) is still on off the rails. Meanwhile Frankie (Juno Rinaldi) is worried her girlfriend, Bianca (Tennille Read) is being duped by her son’s biological father. And Jenny (Jessalyn Wanlim) takes on her boss with the hope of bridging the gender pay gap.

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TV REVIEW: Last Kingdom – Season 4

Following Alfred’s death, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) and his band of men are free to follow Uhtred’s long held dream of liberating Bebbanberg from his tyrannical uncle. Unfortunately even the best laid plans are open to ruin and Uhtred finds himself forced to retreat.

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TV REVIEW: Pure – Season 1

Every now and then I accidentally stumble upon a Netflix series that I have never heard of and the premise is so intriguing I can’t resist trying out an episode… and then end up bingeing the entire season. Pure was one of these.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Three Identical Strangers (2018)

In 1980 three young New Yorkers discovered that they had all been separately adopted as infants and were in fact a triplet. At first Robert, Eddie and David’s discovery of each other is a blast. They go on all the talk shows, they revel in their similarities and use their newfound fame to indulge in a life of wine, women and song.

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TV REVIEW: The Nest – Limited Series

Wealthy Glasgow couple, Emily (Sophie Rundle) and Dan Docherty (Martin Compston) have always dreamed of having a child of their own but with no success. When Emily has a chance encounter with, troubled teenager, Kaya (Mirren Mack) an opportunity for surrogacy opens up. Unfortunately no one has been completely open about their past and soon there’s murder, dodgy business dealings, family trauma and unexpected romance in the mix.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Hustlers (2019)

At the height of the financial services boom, Destiny/Dorothy (Constance Wu) starts her stripping career to help support her ageing grandmother. She’s a bit unsure of what she is doing at first, but veteran, Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) takes her under her wing. Together the two make a fortune out of idiot city boys who like tits and have unlimited disposable income.

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TV REVIEW: Star Trek: Picard – Season 1

Mr O is a huge Star Trek fan. He grew up in a very science fiction focused household where he watched Star Trek in all its forms with Mr O Senior. His party trick is being able to name any Next Generation episode within three seconds of it starting. I grew up in a much less science fiction interested household but I had seen bits and pieces of various Star Trek seasons over the years. When Mr O and I moved in together we cycled through the entire Next Generation, Voyager and Deep Space Nine back catalogues as well as all the films. I am sure it’s no surprise that we were both quite excited to watch Amazon Prime’s Original Series, featuring one of Star Trek’s most famous characters, Jean-Luc Picard.

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TV REVIEW: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

We’ve all heard the phrase “truth is stranger than fiction” but never has this been more apt than in the world of Netflix’s latest true crime documentary Tiger King.

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TV REVIEW: Vikings – Season 5 – volume 1

Following the death of Ragnar Lothbrok his sons attempt to forge a new era of Viking dominance but competing ambitions get in the way and soon they find themselves at odds hurtling towards one epic battle.

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TV REVIEW: Locke and Key – Season 1

After Rendell Locke (Bill Heck) is murdered by one of his students (Thomas Mitchell Barnet), his wife, Nina (Darby Stanchfield) and three children return to his childhood home in search of answers. None of them has ever visited the mansion-like Key House and Rendell had always been reluctant to talk about his past, so the family have no idea what to expect.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Booksmart (2019)

Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Devers) have been best friends their whole lives. Lives they have dedicated to intensive study in the pursuit of being accepted into their dream Ivy League colleges, eschewing parties, frivolity and just general teenage behaviour. On the eve of graduation they discover that their sacrifice has made very little difference and that many of their “lazy” classmates have been just as successful has they have. Now Molly is hellbent on the idea that they should have one massive night out before they set off on their futures. The only problem is, they don’t have the address of the big party pre-graduation party and Amy doesn’t really want to go.

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TV REVIEW: The Good Place – Season 4

Following the discovery that it’s virtually impossible to live or judge a good life, Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and the gang launch their new afterlife experiment. Their intention is to use the afterlife to redeem a group of reprehensible characters and move them on to the Good Place.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Marriage Story (2019)

New York Theatre director, Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) and his actress wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) have been married for several years. However their once strong love has turned to resentment and the two have decided to split. Nicole returns to her native Los Angeles with their son Henry (Azhy Robertson) to pursue a TV pilot, which is the catalyst for a brutal custody battle that will suck in Nicole’s family and their friends and test them both to their limits.

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TV REVIEW: Anne with an E – Season 1

Growing up I was a huge fan of L.M. Montgomery’s series of books about Anne of Green Gables. I read the whole series as well as all the follow up books. They were absolute childhood favourites of mine. Recently I discovered that Netflix had made a TV series about Anne’s adventures. I was extremely sceptical because the books were so perfect but I decided to give it a go anyway.

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