Category Archives: Films

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: Shrill – Season 2

It’s no secret that I loved the first season of Shrill, a peek into the life of plus size journalist, Annie Easton (Aidy Bryant). Season two returns with a slightly longer episode run and sees Annie attempting to go into freelancing after storming out of her job. It also explores her relationship with her fuck-buddy turned boyfriend, Ryan (Luka Jones),

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BOOK REVIEW: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

It’s been a while since I published a book review on here. That’s because it’s been a while since I read a book. A whole year in fact. For many years I was a voracious reader but motherhood has really taken a bite out of my time and my ability to concentrate (hence TV series’ over movies of late too). When Mrs O Senior gave me The Testaments for Christmas I decided it was time to break the drought and put some effort into reading again.

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TV REVIEW: The Stranger – Season 1

Lawyer, Adam Price’s (Richard Armitage) world is shattered when a stranger (Hannah John-Kamen) reveals to him that his wife, Corinne (Dervla Kirwan) has been keeping a secret from him. When Adam confronts Corinne she disappears sparking a desperate search that will lead Adam deeper an deeper into the secrets of his whole town.

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TV REVIEW: Girls – Season 6

Season 6 of Girls sees Hannah (Lena Dunham) take on a whole new challenge when she unexpectedly falls pregnant during a one night stand. Her decision to keep the baby and who she tells becomes one of the core issues driving the narrative throughout the season.

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TV REVIEW: Girls – Season 5

Season 5 of Girls opens will Marnie’s (Allison Williams) extremely ill-advised wedding to Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Despite the fact that all Marnie’s friends are very aware that she is making a terrible mistake no one has the actual guts or love for her to actually tell her, which pretty much sums up everyone in Girls.

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TV REVIEW: Girls – Season 4

Season 4 of Girls kicks off with Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) relocation to Iowa to start Grad School. Initially she is love with the idea that she can rent a whole house for less than her tiny shared New York apartment but it’s not long before things go sour. While Hannah is convinced of her own genius the rest of her class is less so and soon the tension between her and her classmates is out of control.

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TV REVIEW: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Season 3

Regular readers of this blog will remember that I absolutely loved the first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and then felt a bit let down by the second season. I wasn’t sure if the third season was going to be a return to form or a downward slide. The honest answer is that it’s a bit of both.

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TV REVIEW: TV REVIEW: Girls – Season 3

Season three of Girls sees Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver) try to bring their outside lives into the relationship with mostly disastrous consequences. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) leaves rehab anything but rehabilitated. Soshanna (Zosia Mamet) starts to wonder about what life will bring after she graduates. And Marnie (Allison Williams) attempts to embark on a music career.

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TV REVIEW: Girls – Season 2

Season 2 of Girls picks up not long after the end of Season 1. Hannah (Lena Dunham) has moved on with a new boyfriend (Donald Glover) but is still nursing her ex, Adam (Adam Driver) from his car accident related injuries. Marnie (Allison Williams) has lost her job and is having an existential crisis. Soshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) are trying to figure out their burgeoning relationship. And Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is settling into married life with Thomas John (Chris O’Dowd).

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TV REVIEW: Girls – Season 1

Girls follows the trials and tribulations of four twenty-something friends as they try to survive life in New York. Hannah (Lena Dunham) is a neurotic, aspiring writer who overthinks every element of her life. Marnie (Allison Williams) is Hannah’s best friend and roommate who spends all her energy trying to curate her perfect life. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is a long time friend of Hannah’s who has recently returned from her travels or rehab… or both. And Soshanna (Zosia Mamet) is Jessa’s naive, virginal cousin.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 1917 (2019)

Mr O and I don’t get to see loads of films in the cinema but after seeing a trailer for 1917 and reading all the hype surrounding it, we decided it was worth drumming up some babysitting. Mr O is a bit of a war buff and it is a genre we both enjoy so it seemed like a good choice.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Skin (2018)

Skin follows the story of Bryon Widner (Jamie Bell), a skinhead who tries to escape his fascist gang with the help of a black Antifa member. Having met Julie (Danielle MacDonald), a single mum who herself has escaped the white supremacist lifestyle, Bryon dreams of a new life but his “family” is not going to let him go so easily and he finds himself trapped and fearing for his life.

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MOVIE REVIEW: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)

It has been some time since I took Little O to the cinema. A few months ago I look him to see a film (I forget which) and they played a Lion King trailer. It scared the absolute bejesus out of him. Since then we’ve gotten as far as purchasing tickets and getting to the entrance of the theatre and then he’s refused point blank to go in. Recently I discovered that our local cinema does cheap family tickets early on weekend mornings so we decided to give it another go and at least not spend a fortune if he refused again. I picked A A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon because it is aimed at the littlest of humans and hopefully devoid of any scary bits. And it was a winner

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MOVIE REVIEW: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

And onto the final film in our Avengers marathon…

It’s been five years since the snap when Thanos (Josh Brolin) disappeared half of all living creatures out of existence and for most of The Avengers and the world things are not looking great. Some are vigilante-ing, some are drinking, some are healing and some are trying very hard to move on. That is until Scott Lang/Ant-Man reappears from the Quantum Realm where his suit retreated for safe-keeping and suggests time travel might be a viable proposition.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

Onto the second film in our Avengers marathon!

When inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) become aware that Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) – Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother – may be trapped in the quantum realm, they have no choice but to turn to Scott Lang (Paul Rudd).

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