Category Archives: Film and TV Shows

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TV Show: H2O (Just Add Water)

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Emma_Cleo_Rikki_MermaidToday I am recommending H2O, a teen show that I originally watched on Nickelodeon when I was in secondary school. Having craved to watch the series in the correct order and all the way through I was glad to find it on Netflix. With all the extra time I found myself with as summer started (being at home away from university life) I managed to power through the three seasons that were made.

The show, while sometimes meant for a certain age group, is very engaging and even my mum, who is in her forties (let’s hope she doesn’t read this post and see that I have broadcasted her age on the internet), has enjoyed the show. Yep, it has a parent’s approval, a parent, might I add, who doesn’t much care for films and could, I’m pretty sure, live life without a television at all.

H2O is a show about mermaids and we follow three such beings from their magical creation in the pilot and see how they cope not only with their new powers and hiding their secret from the world, but also with the constant struggles that every teenager has to deal with: friends, boyfriends, school, family life and even the occasional part time job.

‘Three ordinary women discover an Island on Mako and a moon pool that turns them into extraordinary mermaids with special powers over water on the night of a full moon. They must never look in the moon’s eye or there will be side effects for each of them’.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://h2o.wikia.com/wiki/H2O:_Just_Add_Water

Book/Film: Me Before You

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skshfsInvited by a friend to watch Me Before You, I went and watched this emotional film at the cinema a few weeks ago. Having not read the book, all that attracted me to the film was the trailer and the impending love story (I’m always a sucker for a love story). However, I did go home and order the book (which I finished reading today), but I would suggest reading the book first and not make the same mistake I did.

Starring a truly wonderful cast of Sam Claflin as Will, Emilia Clarke as Lou, Jenna Coleman as Treena, Matthew Lewis as Patrick, Charles Dance as Stephen Traynor, Janet McTeer as Camilla Traynor, Samantha Spiro as Josie Clark, Brendan Coyle as Bernard Clark, and Stephen Peacocke as Nathan, the film was set up perfectly. It is also pretty faithful to the book, hardly surprising when you consider that the author, Jojo Moyes, wrote the screenplay.

‘Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they’re going to change each other for all time’.

It’s a truly beautiful story, heartbreakingly emotional but also quite inspirational. The book and the film push the idea that life is meant to be lived and you should be grabbing every opportunity you can.

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Disclaimer – I do own the above image, it is from: http://filmmusicreporter.com/2016/04/22/me-before-you-soundtrack-announced/

Film: Alice Through the Looking Glass

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alicettlg_payoff_1-sht_v13_smLast week, my friend and I went to see Alice Through the Looking Glass. I was so excited since I have loved the original Alice in Wonderland film by Tim Burton. I had also been waiting a while for the new film to be made. Additionally, being a Johnny Depp fan, I was excited to see the Mad Hatter again.

They chose a great cast for this film, many of whom were returning from the original film. So as I said, Johnny Depp returned as the Mad Hatter ‘Tarrant’, but he was joined by Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth the ‘Red Queen’, Anne Hathaway as Mirana the ‘White Queen’, Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Lindsay Duncan as Helen Kingsleigh (Alice’s mother) and Leo Bill as Hamish. New to the cast were Sacha Baron Cohen as Time, Andrew Scott as Dr. Addison Bennett and Rhys Ifans as Zanik Hightopp (the Hatter’s father).

The story sees Alice travel through time to rescue the Mad Hatter’s family. The introduction of the character Time, played amazingly by Sacha Baron Cohen, and the concept of Time as a person was something I adored. It was really interesting and the film looked at Time in a thought-provoking way.

‘I used to think that time was a thief, stealing everything I loved. But I see now that you give before you take, and every day is a gift, every hour, every minute, every second.’ – Alice Kingsleigh (Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016).

While this film felt like it was missing something that the original had, in being an introduction to the characters and seeing their relationships form, it is still a fine addition to the story and I cannot wait to give it a re-watch.

See the trailer below:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/657313-alice-through-the-looking-glass-poster

TV: Once Upon A Time

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dsjhfjdfToday I’m going to recommend one of my favourite TV shows, Once Upon A Time. Now on its sixth season, it continues to be popular. However, I am recommending the show from only having reached episode 21 of Season 4, but it is so incredible!

Starting with Season 1, I found the concept of the show so intriguing. It follows the inhabitants of a town called Storybrooke, the idea being that they are all characters from fairytales, cursed to live in our world instead of their own by the Evil Queen.

Throughout the seasons of the show, we see many curses being implemented and broken. Many characters turn from evil to good, or good to evil. We see so much character development within such brilliant characters known from popular fairytales or books.

The storylines are often quite powerful too. Warning: this show will pull at your heartstrings on a constant basis, especially if you start to love the characters. Very little good happens to them characters but that’s another reason why you just cannot stop watching.

Additionally, one of the reasons I love this show is because it gives a voice to so many women. Pretty much all of the strong characters are female and this is so inspiring because there are so few shows that do this even in 2016.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://dvd-subtitles.com/once-upon-a-time-season-1-episodes-1-4-d111780.html

Film: The Imitation Game

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23065_320_470As we returned from seeing Deadpool in cinemas (see previous post), my friends and I, for some reason or another, decided to watch The Imitation Game. This was a film I was desperately waiting to watch and couldn’t wait, but I had no idea what to expect of the film, other than Mr Benedict Cumberbatch’s great acting.

The film is ‘based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.’ (Click here to see source)

This film is so incredible; I honestly believe that everyone should watch it. It’s amazing what Alan Turing did for the world and it’s heart-breaking what he had to go through to achieve it. Not only did he help win the war, he also helped with computing among many other things.

The film brings up issues about autism, homophobia, feminism and more and allows the audience to reflect on them. This is so important.

I must admit, I cried at the end, but the ending makes the film. It really does.

The Imitation Game also had an amazing cast – I know I say that a lot when recommending films but never has it been truer than this movie; Benedict Cumberbatch is joined by Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Charles Dance, Matthew Beard, Mark Strong and James Northcote to name a few.

Here’s the trailer to give you a bit more of a feel for the film:

I truly recommend that you watch it, enjoy!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above poster; it is from: http://www.cineplex.com/Movie/the-imitation-game-2014/Photos

Film: Deadpool

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Deadpool-Poster-Dec1st.jpgThis Valentine’s weekend, I saw Deadpool at cinemas. ‘Crashing’ a friends Valentine’s date, I sat with five of my friends in the packed screening, feeling like I was the least excited out of all of them. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to see Deadpool, but since I love X-men and Marvel as they are, I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy Deadpool quite as much. It was going to be a little different and I didn’t know what to expect.

Fortunately, I truly loved the film. Its fourth-wall breaking humour was spectacular and made it such a unique film. Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool was on point – no better way to say it. He really made the character.

For the few of you reading who are not familiar with Marvel’s Deadpool character here is a little summary from IMDB about the film: ‘This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.’

However, this film is a love story. Of course, that is part of the joke of Deadpool being released Valentine’s weekend, but I found this a really lovely part of the film too.

The cast were great; I’ve already mentioned Ryan Reynolds, but here are some of the other brilliant actors who made the film what it is: Morena Baccarin, Karan Soni, Ed Skrein, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand and T.J.Miller.

Here’s the trailer:

Check out the film!

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Disclaimer 1 – this film is definitely not for children. Disclaimer 2 – I do not own the above poster, it is from: http://screenrant.com/deadpool-movie-poster-kinberg-radical/

Film: Daddy’s Home

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ksjdAbout three weeks ago I met up with a friend to swap Christmas presents and to see a film at the cinema. We chose to watch Daddy’s Home.

Daddy’s Home, a comedy, is about two men and the family they share. One man, Brad, is the perfect dad and has been wanting children of his own for a long time. He’s married to Sara and is the Step Dad to her two children. Just as he’s finally being accepted as their new dad, Dusty Mayron turns up to unsettle everything. Dusty is the children’s biological father and Sara’s ex-husband; he’s reckless and not very responsible but he’s very cool. Hijinks ensue as the two men challenge each other and try to win over their family.

With a cast starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg little was going to be bad about this film. Supporting them, the cast includes: Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro, Hannibal Buress and Bobby Cannavale.

Here’s the trailer:

Enjoy!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image; it is from: http://www.expatgo.com/my/2015/12/18/daddys-home-movie-to-be-released-in-malaysia-on-31-december/

Film: What We Did on Our Holiday

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11189544_oriToday I’m recommending the film What We Did on Our Holiday. I ended up watching this with my Dad after a friend of his told him to watch it. It’s a good job she demanded that he saw the film as it was incredible. It was funny… it was intriguing… but it was also a well-crafted heart-warming film.

The imdb summary is as follows: Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.

The film focuses a lot on the relationship between a grandfather and three of his youngest grandchildren. These innocent children find themselves in an unpredictable situation that causes the family to break.

I apologise that my recommendation isn’t the most eloquent or the most adept to actually provoke you to watch this film, but believe me when I say, it’s a film everyone should see at least once in their lives. Trust me. Go and watch it.

If not for the story, go and see this film for the cast: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Ben Miller, Amelia Bullmore, Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull, Celia Imrie and Annette Crosbie.

Here’s the trailer:

Thanks, and enjoy!

Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.flixster.com/

Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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star-wars-force-awakens-official-posterI have a confession… I had never watched any of the Star Wars films until the latter end of December 2015. But… I have managed to watch them through, enjoy them, and force my Dad to take me to the cinema to see the newest in the series: The Force Awakens, which I am recommending now.

However, I will struggle to recommend this film because any Star Wars fan is going to see it and by now has and, those who don’t care aren’t going to have their opinion changed by the 7th film in a series, or by my blog post alone. But I do urge anyone who hasn’t watched any of the films, to go ahead and try them. I used to be like you; uninterested and not bothered… but it will be worth it.

Nows the hard part: trying to rave about the film without spoiling it. Characters – I love the characters: new and, most definitely, old! I think the combination was great. The way and when they introduced these characters was perfect, especially for Luke. I thought that scene was breathtaking and emotional (SPOILER – A great way to end the film, and set us up for the next one). I also love the introduction of the adorable BB-8 droid.

The cast is incredible and includes great names: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Anthony Daniels.

I’ll finish by adding the IMDB synopsis: ‘30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order’.

I can’t wait for the next two films!

Thank you for reading,

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-the-force-awakens-theatrical-poster-first-look-in-theater-exclusives-and-more

TV and Film: Doctor Who

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dskjhfdToday I’m recommending Doctor Who once again, because yes, it’s that time of year. Doctor Who is back on our screens and well into its ninth series with only two or three more episodes to go.

Many people were unsure about Capaldi’s doctor last series, but I think he’s now well-adjusted and has settled into the role quite successfully. I love his unique relationship with his companion Clara, who keeps him balanced when he could quite easily go off on one or be mean or too extravagant.

The episodes this series have been quite incredible with interesting plots and characters. There have also been a lot of two-parters which is actually really good so we can gain more detail from each story. There have been ups and downs as you would expect with any good TV show and… there have been incredible speeches from both the Doctor and Clara.

I’ve been loving these episodes massive amounts so… If you’ve missed this series, or never watched Doctor Who, it is never too late to jump in and I hope you really enjoy it!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.flickeringmyth.com/2015/10/watch-a-promo-for-doctor-who-series-9-episode-4-before-the-flood.html