MOVIE REVIEW: Ready Player One (2018)

In a dystopian future world human beings escape the drudge of their daily life by entering The Oasis via virtual reality. The Oasis is made up of endless different worlds where you can earn and spend “coins”, to live out your fantasies, upgrade your avatar and go on quests.

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TV REVIEW: Rick and Morty – Season 2

After six months, Rick (voiced by Justin Roiland), Morty (also voiced by Justin Roiland) and Summer (Spencer Grammar) decide to unfreeze time and reconnect with the rest of the world, including Beth (Sarah Chalke) and Jerry (Chris Parnell). This time the whole family gets involved in Rick and Morty’s adventures making for an even crazier collection of experiences than in the first season.

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TV REVIEW: The Last Kingdom – Season 2

Season two begins with a grieving Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) heading north with his companions, groom Halig (Gerard Kearns) and warrior nun, Hild (Eva Birthistle). Having lost both his love and his best friend, he decides it is time to try to win back his lands in Bebbanburg. Not an easy task with no army.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Highwaymen (2019)

At the height of the Depression in 1930’s, bank robbers and lovers Bonnie and Clyde ran riot across America. With law enforcement failing to make much headway in catching them two retired Texas Rangers are brought back into the fold.

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TV REVIEW: Rick and Morty – Season 1

Morty (voiced by Justin Roiland) lives with his warring parents Beth (voiced by Sarah Chalke) – a horse heart surgeon – and Jerry (voiced by Chris Parnell) – an unemployed ad exec. Also in the Smith household is Morty’s popularity obsessed sister, Summer (voiced by Spencer Grammar) and his alcoholic scientist grandfather, Rick (also voiced by Justin Roiland).

Rick is both a genius and a sociopath with an endless taste for outlandish adventures. With his portal gun he is able to open pathways to multiple dimensions but roaming the multiverse is boring without a companion/lackey so Rick decides to bring Morty along for the ride.

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RECIPE: Easter biscuits

This weekend Little O and I decided to do some baking. Baking with toddlers is a bit of a mixed bag. It is probably about 75% stress and 25% joy. The pitfalls include a lot of mess, a lot of impatience and potential food hygiene issues. I manage to keep the latter under control by giving Little O a piece of dough to play with that never actually ends up in the oven… so there’s a tip for you.

These super easy biscuits are cute and colourful and manageable even with an almost three year old in tow!

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Universal Yums: March 2019 – Ukraine

This month’s Universal Yums box came from Ukraine. My Ukrainian colleague assured me that Ukraine is well known for having many chocolate factories and there was indeed plenty of chocolate in the box. There were also a fair few onion flavoured things, which was interesting. Overall it was a mixed box with some very nice snacks and some very average ones. There weren’t many new flavours so it wasn’t the most exciting box.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Suicide Squad (2016)

I didn’t see Suicide Squad when it came out because I was knee deep in nappies and then the reviews were awful. When it recently arrived on Netflix I thought how bad could it possibly be… I mean maybe it will be fun…

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MOVIE REVIEW: Triple Frontier (2019)

After leaving active service, former US Special Forces Operative, Santiago Garcia (Oscar Isaac), has been acting as a consultant tracking Narcos in Brazil. When he spots the opportunity to take down a kingpin and help himself to his money Garcia decides to bring together his former team to do the job.

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TV REVIEW: Russian Doll – Season 1

On the night of her thirty-sixth birthday New Yorker, Nadia Volkova (Natasha Lyonne) is killed in an accident. Then she wakes up her friend, Maxine’s (Greta Lee) bathroom at the start of her birthday party… and it keeps happening over and over with Nadia dying over and over doomed to relive the same day.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Dirt (2019)

When I first moved to the UK myself, my brother and a few friends went through a phase of reading rock star autobiographies. Anthony Kiedis and Slash were popular but the number one book we all loved was The Dirt, which tells the story of Mötley Crüe from the perspective of all four band members. It was raw, brutal, shocking and hilarious. I am not even a
Mötley Crüe fan and I was obsessed. When I found out Netflix was going to make a film about the book I was immediately keen to watch it.

The end result is… interesting. The pacing is all over the shop. Loads of time is invested into Nikki Sixx’s (Douglas Booth) childhood, which makes sense as it explains a lot of his drive and his sink into addiction. After that everything is at breakneck pace. The band goes from playing in an empty basement to filling stadiums in minutes. Everything after Vince Neil rejoining to 2015 is about 4 minutes long. None of the story lines ever get to breathe so a lot of the impact is lost. There is so much made of the band being like a brotherhood but nothing invested into setting up their closeness. It’s mostly just mayhem and tits. I mean don’t get me wrong mayhem and tits is fun but the book wasn’t just fun. It was hard-hitting and really emotionally intense. It strikes me that a mini-series would have been more effective than trying to ram 30 years into two hours.
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TV REVIEW: The Sinner – Season 2

Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) is called back to his home town of Keller, New York to advise the daughter of his childhood friend. It’s Heather’s (Natalie Paul) first case as a detective and it’s a weird one. Two adults have been found poisoned to death and the only suspect is a teenage boy named, Julian.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Get Out (2017)

When Chris’ (Daniel Kaluuya) girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) invites him to spend a weekend with her family, he’s apprehensive. She’s not told them that he is African American and based on his previous experience, he doesn’t think things are going to go as smoothly as she hopes. But Chris is in love so he reluctantly agrees.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dirty John, The Dirty Truth (2019)

After watching the Dirty John series on Netflix, I was so fascinated by the true story that was the inspiration behind it, I decided to check out this documentary.  For those who don’t know both the series and the documentary are about a predator called John Meehan who used coercive control to try and take over a woman called Debra Newell’s life.

My hope was to find out more about John’s background and possibly some missing details from the series.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

The pretentious Los Angeles is thrown into tumult when a previously unknown artist’s works come onto the market.

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TV REVIEW: Dirty John – Season 1

Three times divorced, Debra Newell (Connie Britton) feels like she has finally found the real thing when she meets John Meehan (Eric Bana). He’s successful, intelligent and attractive and treats her like a queen. Debra is head over heels in love and John has an answer for evetyhing so all the early red flags and her children’s disapproval seem unimportant.

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Little O’s quarterly update – 2 3/4

Age: 2 3/4
I like: Boobs, red apples, Kinder Eggs, the Gummi Bear song, Monsters Inc., jumping on and off things

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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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