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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TV Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Part 2

Part two of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina sees Sabrina starting her new life at The Academy of Unseen Arts. She’s now a fully fledged witch involved in a burgeoning relationship with her classmate, Nick Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood) and throwing herself into her studies. It’s not long though before she realises that letting go of her mortal life won’t be that easy.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

As my current movie buddy is not quite three yet, he gets to pick the films we actually go and see in the theatre. “Pets 2”, as he calls it, was his latest pick. He was a big fan of the first Secret Life of Pets movie, which was one of the less annoying films he’s been fixated on so I was happy to take him along to the “cimena” to see the sequel.

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TV REVIEW: Workin’ Moms – Season 1

A group of moms who attend the same mom and baby group reach the end of their maternity leave and prepare to return to the world of work. None of them have realised just how much motherhood has changed them or the challenges they will face trying to balance parenting, their careers or their relationships.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017)

Seven months after the brutal rape and murder of her daughter, Ebbing resident, Mildred (Frances McDormand) is still waiting for justice to be done. With the local police department ignoring her pleas, she decides to put up three large billboards on the road into the town plunging the whole area into chaos.

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TV REVIEW: Narcos – Season 3

I have to admit that I was in two minds about continuing on with Narcos post season two. The first seasons were focused almost exclusively on Pablo Escobar and with him out of the picture, what was the point really? But we soldiered on to find out what happened with the Cali Cartel that filled the gap left by Pablo.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Lady Bird (2017)

Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is sick of her hometown, Sacramento. She’s sick of her mother (Laurie Metcalfe) telling her what to do and putting her down. She’s sick of feeling less than her wealthy Catholic school classmates. Her grand plan is to get into an East Coast college and become the person she thinks she was always supposed to be.

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TV REVIEW: The Umbrella Academy – Season 1

On 1 October 1989 41 women around the world suddenly gave birth without showing any former evidence being pregnant. Sir Reginald Hargreaves (Colm Feore) adopts seven of these children, discovering that they all have special abilities… except for one.

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