All posts by abbiosbiston

Hi, I’m Abbi. I grew up in South Africa and moved to London in 2004 because I didn't have anything better to do. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I live in Essex with my long-suffering British husband, Mr O and our smaller human, Little O. I divide up my life between my day job as a Digital Product Owner, trying to get my head around mummery, experimenting in the kitchen, reviewing random crap and spending too much time on Instagram.

MOVIE REVIEW: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Day two of our Halloween movie watching lead us to an absolute horror classic. Unbelievably Mr O had never seen A Nightmare on Elm Street but it’s an old favourite of mine from my teenage horror movie watching years.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)

As it’s October and Halloween season, Mr O and I have decided to watch a few “scary” movies. It’s not our usual favourite genre but we both love Halloween so we thought, why not? Our first pick was British horror comedy, Slaughterhouse Rulez.

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TV REVIEW: Stranger Things – Season 3

A year has passed and things are relatively peaceful in Hawkins, Indiana. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is still in hiding with Hopper (David Harbour) although she is spending most of her time with Mike (Finn Wolfhard). Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) are both working at the local newspaper, which seems to be exclusively staffed by chauvinist pigs. Steve (Joe Keery) is selling ice-cream in the new mega Starcourt Mall with his former classmate, Robin (Maya Hawke). And Billy (Dacre Montgomery) is driving all the MILFs crazy as a lifeguard at the local pool. But things in Hawkins never stay quiet for long….

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MOVIE REVIEW: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

All former elite assassin, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) wants to do is retire in peace with his dog and his car and reminisce about his lost past with his late wife. Unfortunately Camarro leader, Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio ) has called in a chip that must be satisfied if John will have any chance of a future.

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TV REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Season 5

The fifth season of Peaky Blinders begins on the eve of Black Tuesday. The Blinders are experiencing prosperity like never before but Michael’s (Finn Cole) failure to sell the family’s shares on time is about to torpedo that. He is forced to return home from New York in disgrace with a new wife (Anya Taylor-Joy).

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TV REVIEW: Glow – Season 2

The second season of Glow focuses on the trials and tribulations of the Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling and their desire to keep their show on air while also delving into the relationships of the performers and their friends and family members.

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TV REVIEW: Dead to Me – Season 1

After Jen Harding’s (Christina Applegate) husband, Ted, is killed in a hit and run accident she is overcome by grief. At a grief counselling group she meets Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini) who she immediately finds weird and over familiar. However Judy seems to be the only person who understands how she feels and its not long before the two become firm friends. But Judy is hiding a terrible secret and it seems Ted might have had a few of his own too. As Judy helps Jen with her obsessive desire to find out who killed Ted more and more is revealed with devastating… and hilarious consequences.

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TV REVIEW: What/If – Season 1

Scientist, Lisa Donovan (Jane Levy) is the CEO of Emigen, a company she has built from scratch to develop her pioneering technique for creating medication personalised to a patient’s genetic code. Lisa is desperate to get funding to keep the company going but is at loose ends until she meets Anne Montgomery (Renee Zellweger). Anne is known for being absolutely ruthless and rejecting all the things she believes hold women back… family, relationships, children. Anne offers Lisa the investment she needs but with a condition. She wants to spend one night with Lisa’s husband, Sean (Blake Jenner) and if Sean discloses what has happened on this night, Anne will take full control of Emigen.

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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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