MOVIE REVIEW: Isn’t it Romantic? (2019)

Junior Architect, Natalie (Rebel Wilson) hates romcoms and isn’t afraid to tell anyone just why she finds them so clichéd, predictable and unrealistic. After all she’s known since she was a child that the kinds of things that happen to girls in romantic comedies don’t happen to girls like her.

Natalie’s belief in herself and her worth is so low that she lets everyone from food cart owners to her colleagues push her around and she’s stuck designing car parks, living in a shit hole and being mistaken for an assistant by her clients.

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TV REVIEW: The Good Place – Season 3

Season 3 kicks off with Michael (Ted Danson) intervening in the four humans’ lives to prevent their deaths. His hope is that by giving them the opportunity to live their lives again that they’ll live better lives and get into The Good Place legitimately.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Leaving Neverland – Part 1 & 2 (2019)

I have never been a Michael Jackson fan. Of course I know many of his songs. He was such a ubiquitous public figure it was almost impossible not to know who he was. I remember when the first child abuse allegations came out and it being a massive media sensation. Although none of the allegations ever actually stuck, I think a lot of people remained deeply suspicious of Michael Jackson and I am not sure his image ever recovered.

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RECIPE: Peanut Butter brownies

I love peanut butter. It is probably my favourite flavour of all time. Nothing goes better with peanut butter than chocolate so when I saw this recipe for peanut butter brownies I couldn’t resist giving them a try. They were absolutely delicious. So if you like peanut butter and chocolate as much as I do, get on it!

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TV REVIEW: Luther – Season 5

Season 5 sees Luther (Idris Elba) back in the field with new partner. Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku) comes from the private sector and Schenk (Dermot Crowley) tells Luther under no uncertain terms he needs to play by the book.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Roma (2018)

Roma is a semi-autobiographical look at director Alfonso Cuaron’s upbringing in Mexico City’s Roma neighbourhood in the 1970’s. Seen through the eyes of maid, Cle (Yalitza Aparicio) it tells the story of a middle class family, which starts to fall apart when the father leaves to be with his mistress.

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TV REVIEW: The Last Kingdom – Season 1

After Saxon Uhtred’s (Alexander Dreymon) father is killed by marauding Danes he is taken as a slave by Earl Ragnar (Peter Gantzler) and his lands are handed over to his opportunistic uncle. Ragnar becomes fond of Uhtred and chooses to adopt him raising him as a son alongside his own son, Young Ragnar (Tobias Santelmann). Uhtred is happy living as a Dane but when Ragnar’s enemy Kjartan (Alexandre Willaume) murders him and Uhtred is blamed he has no choice but to escape with, fellow slave, Brida (Emily Cox) and return to Saxon land.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Lego Movie 2 (2019)

The second Lego Movie kicks off the Dystopian Apolcalypseburg, five years after the events of the first Lego Movie. Following the Duplo invasion the former residents of Bricksburg hav ebeen forced to adapt to a new tougher life that requires constant vigilence and adapting to survive. Of course the one resident who has failed to toughen up and sees nothing but fun and joy in everything is the ever positive, Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt).

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TV REVIEW: Luther – Season 4

Season 4 of Luther is short and intense, comprising of just two episodes, which I think were a Christmas special when they were aired. Although there is no festive content in the episodes.

It starts with Luther (Idris Elba) on a leave of absence and living a quiet life in a remote village. However the peace is shattered when two detectives arrive from London requesting his help with an extremely disturbing case.

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RECIPE: Baked vanilla cheesecake with berry compote

Last week I asked Mr O if there was anything in particular he would like me to bake and he said “cheesecake”. I have a few go to cheesecake recipes for set cheesecakes but I have never made a baked one so I decided to give it a go. It’s a bit fiddly but this recipe from Janie’s Patisserie came out perfectly. Not a single crack and the texture is heavenly. I have absolutely found my forever recipe.

This cheesecake needs to rest overnight so make sure you start the day before you expect to serve it.

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TV REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Season 4

Season 4 of Peaky Blinders begins with the Shelby family and their associates separated by the terrible deal Tommy (Cillian Murphy) made at the end of season 3. Feeling betrayed, they are keen to start their own lives away from Tommy and his relentless ambition. When a threat is made by the Changretta family, they will have no choice but to bury their differences and come together.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Breaker Upperers (2018)

Kiwi best mates, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) have not been successful in love. What they have been successful in is creating a unique business where they’ll break up with your significant other for you for a fee.

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Universal Yums: February 2019 – Italy

This month’s box came from Italy. It has been the box I could eat the least from because there were so many things with nuts in them. Fortunately Little O was on hand to help me with the eating.

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TV REVIEW: American Crime Story: The Assasination of Gianni Versace

In July 1997 Andrew Cunanan (played by Darren Criss) murdered world famous fashion designer, Gianni Versace (played by Edgar Ramirez) outside Versace’s  Miami mansion, sparking a nation wide manhunt. This murder and the events that preceeded it are the topic of the second season of American Crime Story.

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MOVIE REVEW: Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

They say the truth is stranger than fiction. I can think of no example more apt than the relationship between the Broberg Family and their neighbour Joe Berchtold that is depicted in this Netflix original documentary.

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TV REVIEW: Luther – season 3

After her humiliation in season two, Erin Gray (Nikki Amuka-Bird) has a new partner in trying to investigate Luther’s (Idris Elba) alleged corruption. DSU George Stark (David O’Hara) is ruthless, vicious and will stop at nothing to get his man.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)

About five years ago I watched my first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race and became instantly obsessed with Drag culture. I think the artistry of what female impersonators do is so creative and societally aware in a way that really pushes boundaries while being extremely entertaining. Keen to understand the origins of the culture, I watched Paris is Burning several times. On the most recent viewing Netflix recommended The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson to me. I knew who Marsha was because she is discussed on Drag Race in connection with the Stonewall Riots, which is where the gay liberation movement started.

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TV REVIEW: The Sinner – Season 1

One beautiful summer’s day on the beach, young mum, Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) snaps and murders a man with seemingly no provocation. Cora pleads guilty but detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) is convinced there is more to the attack than what is immediately obvious and sets to uncover the truth.

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MOVIE REVIEW: How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World (2019)

If you had told me before I had children that the majority of my cinema trips would be to see animated films, I would have scoffed. Now that Little O is old enough to go to the cinema though, taking him to see something he might enjoy is a lot of fun. Although he doesn’t really get a lot of movie etiquette it’s worth him shouting “this is amazing” at the top of his lungs and letting him eat all my popcorn to see his excitement. Our latest watch was How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World… or in Little O’s words “Dragon Movie”.

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