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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TV REVIEW: Workin’ Moms – Season 2

Workin’ Moms season two picks up a few months after the end of season one. Kate (Catherine Reitman) has had some time off work as a result of Charlie’s illness, only to discover that she is only wanted part time. Kate sees an opportunity to take on a second job but his leads to conflict with her husband, Nathan (Philip Sternberg) who thinks she should sack off work to have another baby. Things are further complicated when her dad dies unexpectedly.

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TV REVIEW: When They See Us – Mini-Series

When They See Us is a dramatisation of the true story of five teenage boys of colour who were falsely convicted of the brutal rape of a jogger in Central Park.

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TV REVIEW: Big Little Lies – Season 1

I have been hearing about Big Little Lies for ages and with a cast that includes some of the best actresses in the business at the moment, I could not resist delving in when the full first season got added back onto to Now TV.

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TV REVIEW: The Haunting of Hill House – Season 1

Following the apparent suicide of Nellie Crain (Violet McGraw/Victoria Pedretti) her broken and often estranged family must try to piece together what happened. This means delving into the past, the death of their mother, Eleanor (Carla Gugino) and the sinister legacy of their former home, Hill House.

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TV REVIEW: Killing Eve – Season 2

Season 2 of Killing Eve picks up directly after season 1 ended with Eve (Sandra Oh) stabbing Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Reeling from the violent act she has committed but unable to find Villanelle, Eve returns to MI6 and her husband, Niko (Owen McDonnell) but can’t get past her obsession. Meanwhile Villanelle makes plans to track Eve down but can’t escape her past or her own compulsions.

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Summer has finally started

Regular readers may have noticed it’s been a bit quiet around here but as summer has finally started, we O’s have been rather busy…

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TV REVIEW: Years and Years – Season 1

Years and Years follows the trials and tribulations of the multi-generational British Lyons family over 15 years, commencing on New Years’ Eve in 2019. As technology, politics and society changes around the family, so do the family members and the bonds between them.

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TV REVIEW: Good Omens – Mini Series

Angel, Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and demon, Crowley (David Tennant) have been quietly co-operating for millennia. They’ve both become rather fond of earth-life and humans and the bureaucracy of both of their higher powers has enabled them to fly under the radar and enjoy life.

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TV REVIEW: The Virtues – Mini Series

After his ex-wife and son leave to start a new life in Australia, Joseph (Stephen Graham) decides to track down his long-lost sister, Anna (Helen Behan). This means going back to Ireland and facing some of the horrible things that happened in his past after the death of his parents.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Blockers (2018)

Lisa (Leslie Mann), Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) and Mitchell (John Cena) all make friends when their young daughters start school together. Over the years they grow apart but the three girls, Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) remain best friends. On the night of their prom, the families are brought back together and it is here that the parents discover that their daughters have made a pact to lose their virginities that night. Determined to stop this from happening the estranged friends must band together once again.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Tag (2018)

Childhood friends, Hoagie (Ed Helms), Jerry (Jeremy Renner), Bob (John Hamm), Chilli (Jake Johnson) and Sable (Hannibal Burress) have been playing the same game of tag for 30 years. During the month of May they get together to play, focusing their attempts on Jerry, who has never been tagged. When Hoagie discovers that Jerry is getting married and has not invited any of them he decides to get the gang together and crash the wedding as Jerry will be the perfect sitting duck.

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Little O’s quarterly update: 3

Age: 3
I like: Bananas, Dancing to “I Like to Move it”, my paddling pool, riding my trike, playing with my friends

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TV REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows – Season 1

When I found out Taika Watiti and Jermaine Clement had decided to make a TV series version of the unexpected 2014 smash hit film, What We Do in the Shadows I was dubious. Although everything Watiti touches seems to turn to gold, turning movies into TV shows is very hit and miss, especially when you change the setting, characters and actors.

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TV REVIEW: Narcos: Mexico – Season 1

After three seasons of focus on the Colombian drug trade, the Narcos franchise turns its eye to Mexico. This time the focus is on Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna), Mexico’s first ever cartel leader. In theory Félix is a fascinating character. He is a former police officer who became involved in the Sinoloan marijuana trade, in practise the whole seems to be a bit less than the sum of its parts.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Venom (2018)

Investigative journalist, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is very serious about his principles and exposing the bad guys. His number one target is Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), a scientist with questionable ethics. Unfortunately Eddie is also a bit of a selfish coward and when he goes too far he ends up losing his job and his relationship with Anne (Michelle Williams).

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TV REVIEW: The OA – Season 2

The second season of The OA picks up directly after the first one ended. Having successfully jumped after she was shot OA (Brit Marling) finds herself in a new dimension in the body of a Nina Azarova that never experienced the bus crash that changed Prairie’s life. Confused by where she is and how she got there OA ends up back in the clutches of Hap (Jason Isaacs) and is horrified that he has rounded up her former fellow captives to continue his research. The worst part is that Homer (Emory Cohen) doesn’t seem to remember his former self.

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TV REVIEW: Pose – Season 1

I am a huge fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I love the artistry of the participants as well as their boundless self-expression and the way they interpret the weekly runway categories in such a creative fashion. The show is the epitome of fierceness and I am living for it.

My love of Drag Race lead me to the documentary Paris is Burning which looks at underground “ball” scene that formed a huge part of the New York LGBT community in the 80’s. I have watched this documentary several times because it is beautiful and heartbreaking and gives such a deeper understanding of the inspiration behind the TV show.

Pose is set in the world of Paris is Burning so you can imagine I was like a moth to a flame.

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TV REVIEW: Chernobyl – Mini-Series

In April 1986 a nuclear reactor exploded in the Soviet town of Chernobyl. In the wake of the devastation that occurred a group of scientists and one brave administrator worked to try to get to the bottom of the cause while also coming up with strategies for limiting the damage. But in a world where the truth will do anything but set you free, it’s like swimming upstream with no fins.

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