Tag Archives: 2014

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: 3 New Trailers

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For today’s film recommendation, I want to recommend three trailers. These films are either not out yet, or have only just come to cinemas. I’ve been incredibly inspired by the trailers which I’ve recently come across as I had to analyse them in my Media work and I cannot wait to see these films.

One. Magic in the Moonlight. Emma Stone and Colin Firth – gotta love it!

Two. Into The Woods. Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, James Corden and Chris Pine! So cool!

Three. Kingsman – The Secret Service. Colin Firth (yes, I love him), Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong and Michael Caine. It’s about The Secret Service – surely a recommendation for the 007 lovers out there!

Hope you enjoyed these as much I do every time I watch them!

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Film and TV: NCIS

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I have a confession. I’ve recently gotten into another TV show and gotten completely obsessed. NCIS is that TV show…

My entire household love NCIS so much. I watch it with my parents on the many channels that are showing the repeats from the last ten seasons. My Grandad also loves it just as much. It’s just so damn good! First and foremost, the characters are brilliant, that’s what keeps us all engaged and it’s why my parents can watch the same episode over and over again (something that, believe me, is very rare for those two). The team has changed over the years but the dynamic has always been similar and has always had something that keeps us all hooked, ncis-7993-1920x1200perhaps it’s because we like the character development and the interactions between and around our favourite characters.

 Another thing that has made this show continue so well is that it must have amazing writers. I honestly believe the people who write NCIS are geniuses. They’ve managed to keep a show about the Navy and about murders with the same handful of characters so interesting. There must be over 200 episodes but thus far I have found all the ones I have watched completely different and engaging.

As I usually do, I’m going to enter a synopsis from IMDB: ‘Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs is the leader of a team of special agents belonging to the NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) Major Case Response Team. Gibbs, a former Marine, is a tough investigator and a highly skilled interrogator who relies on his gut instinct as much as evidence. Gibbs’ second in command is Senior Field Agent Tony DiNozzo, a womanizing, movie-quoting former Baltimore Homicide Detective, who despite being the class clown always gets the job done. The team also consists of probationary field agent Ziva David, a former Mossad officer who is a skilled fighter, as well as Junior Field Agent Timothy McGee, a computer-savvy agent often mocked by DiNozzo. Assisting them are Abby Sciuto, the energetic-but-Goth lab tech who is like a daughter to Gibbs, and Dr. Donald Mallard, nicknamed Ducky, the eccentric medical examiner full of unusual stories. This team of elite agents, based in Washington, D.C., solve criminal cases involving Marine and Navy personnel’. neue-episoden-von-navy-30408_big

I just couldn’t recommend this programme enough, so please check it out if you haven’t already because it is genuinely so well written and has a handful of truly amazing actors; Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Cote de Pablo, Brian Dietzen, Rocky Carroll, Lauren Holly and Sasha Alexander are a few examples.

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Ps. NCIS Los Angeles also looks brilliant and has some really good actors.

Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.serienjunkies.com/news/navy-cis-30408.html and https://tinyobsessions.wordpress.com/category/law-order-svu/

Music: Troye Sivan

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386dTroye Sivan is an Australian YouTuber. He was in XMen Origins: Wolverine as a young Wolverine. But I’m not talking about any of that today… I’m talking about his venture into the music industry.

Troye recently released his EP TRXYE, and by recently I mean a short while ago, as once again I’m late on the bandwagon. But I’m glad I finally gave into the hype and listened to his single ‘Happy Little Pill’ as it opened up a whole new world for me. I think Troye has a very unique sound and I love his songs so much.

This recommendation is going to be left short because there isn’t much more to say except to go find the EP on iTunes and listen for yourselves.

The music video for Happy Little Pill is below:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above picture, they are from: http://www.tubefilter.com/2014/07/24/troye-sivan-happy-little-pill-single-trxye/ and http://www.pagesdigital.com/listen-troye-sivan-happy-little-pill/

Music: Jesus Christ Superstar and Phantom of the Opera

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Today’s music recommendation is going to be Jesus Christ Superstar. This is because I like a lot of musicals and I always name Phantom of the Jesus Christ SuperstarOpera as my favourite for its atmosphere, it’s drama and the phantom himself and I absolutely love it’s music but I don’t necessarily love all the songs… so I’ve had to re-evaluate which is my favourite and I think Jesus Christ Superstar deserves the top spot in my musical lophantom-1ving heart. I love all of the music in Jesus Christ Superstar and I always sing along and I know all the words. The music tends to be my go to play on Spotify and I think it’s just crafted magnificently, not that Phantom isn’t, both Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar have brilliantly composed music and that’s thanks to the genius that is Andrew Lloyd Webber.

So I guess this post has become me raving about both musicals. Now I’ve had the pleasure to watch Phantom of the Opera in London at the West End and it was fantastic. I’ve also fallen in love with the 2013 arena tour version of Jesus Christ Superstar that we have on DVD. It is because of the incredible music that they’ve hooked me so well.

Before the rambling continues… Here’s a song from both shows:

 

If ever you have the chance to see either show, grab it!

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Disclaimer – I do not own these pictures, they are from: http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2012/05/18/christ-almighty-%E2%80%98jesus-christ-superstar%E2%80%99-comes-to-town/ and http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/music/jesus-christ-superstar-birmingham-nia-1717195 and http://www.uktheatretickets.co.uk/blog/index.php/547/phantom-of-the-opera-a-musical-that-has-everything

Magazine: Shout

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I would like to recommend Shout magazine. This magazine is a teen magazine aimed at 11 – 14 year olds, or so Shout says… I will admit I’m probably too old for the magazine but not that old. I like it for its celebrity news but not necessarily on One Direction or other bands alike, but on its YouTubers such as the weekly section written by Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter. This week’s issue (as shown in the pictures) even had a poster of Marcus Butler and Joe Sugg as well as a MASSIVE Dan Howell poster. I really enjoy the free gifts too, this week I got a necklace, sweets and hair chalk. I love hair chalk! But that’s for me to talk about another day… Anyway, what I really love about Shout magazine is that it focuses on nothing but positivity, it has several articles every week on how to ‘beat a bad day’ or how to be happy, or something along those lines. I just think it’s a good reminder to be happy as well giving helpful tips to get out of a rut, if your day to day life is getting you down. This is reinforced by their 2014 Project Smile Campaign.Mag whole

This is what was reported prior to the launch: ‘Shout magazine will launch its ‘Project Smile’ campaign on Wednesday 30th April 2014. The campaign aims to promote happiness amongst Shout readers and will tap into the growing YouTube vlogger-sphere. It will run from April to September 2014.

As part of the campaign, Shout has appointed YouTube vloggers Zoe Sugg (Zoella) and Louise Pentland (SprinkleofGlitter) to be celebrity ambassadors. Popular amongst the teen market, Zoe and Louise have around 5.75 million YouTube subscribers and 2 million Twitter followers between them. They will write a monthly column for the duration of the campaign which will focus on their teen years.

Zoella’s Zoe Sugg said, “It makes me so happy to be involved in Shout’s campaign and to hopefully bring reassurance and happiness to others who may be facing insecurities or problems growing up is so rewarding.” SprinkleofGlitter’s Louise Pentland added, “I’m so excited to be a part of this campaign as Shout was the first magazine I read as a teenager and I love what it gives to young girls.”

I’ve been loving reading Shout this past month. New issues are published every two weeks and are available from most supermarkets and newsagents for £3.99.

Enjoy!

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Film and TV: Doctor Who and Whocon!

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Today I’m recommending two things… Doctor Who and Lincoln Whocon at The Ritz.Whocon Banner

Saturday 23rd August 2014. A very busy day. I attended Lincoln’s (in England) annual Doctor Who Convention and then got treated to Deep Breath, Episode 1 of Series 8 of Doctor Who.

ritzFirstly, Whocon was absolutely fantastic.  It was held at The Ritz Cinema and Theatre which is such a cool (and small) venue. The convention was worth every penny and more; I had a standard ticket which cost me £25 plus a booking fee. This was totally reasonable for everything that was involved and bearing in mind that the Ritz are trying to fundraise to continue refurbishing and repairing the venue and trying to restore it to it’s former glory, it’s very reasonable. So Whocon… From start to finish, I cannot express how brilliant everything was. Everyone from the guests to the Ritz staff were so kind, so nice and so genuine. They invited amazing guests including; Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Simon Fisher – Becker, Peter Roy, Frazer Hines (who actually lives 15 minutes away from me!), Nick Joseph, Nev Fountain, Terry Malloy and Colin Spaull. Part of the festivities was an incredible video with Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann with the event organiser Steve Healey, who also, as far as I know, organised the brilliant opening ceremony that actually made me emotional. Then there was a beautifully organised raffle and auction which were both made amazing from the prizes/items themselves (DW figures, signed photos, board games, DW Guitar signed by all the guests, a replica working light Handles, as a few examples) and Steve’s commentary during this was hilarious. I loved the impromptu joke session too with Steve and Colin Baker, which was amazingly informal and included everyone there! AMAZING. THANK YOU SO MUCH STEVE and the rest of the RITZ team!…. I think it is worth going to the Ritz because they’re doing a lot of hard work restoring a wonderful place and it’s so great to see and to support.

Doctor Who Series 8Now onto the exciting bit… DEEP BREATH has finally hit all of our screens! Don’t worry this will be brief and therefore contain no spoilers… well, not really. New Doctor, good. Scottish sounding Doctor, good. New Theme, good. Clara, good (we all have opinions on Clara’s character but I personally love her), Strax, Jenny and Vastra, good. This episode provided a good backdrop for the rest of the series, this is because it has set up a lot of puzzles and storylines that are to be explored and figured out during Series 8. It also sets up the further characterization of the Doctor and his companions and it definitely leaves us needing more. I can’t say much more before spoiling everything but if you haven’t seen it, WHY NOT? But go on, find the episode, watch it, love it like I did. It’s such a great introduction to the new series.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above pictures they are from: http://www.ritzcinema.org/ , https://www.facebook.com/events/464390153633500/?fref=ts and http://techwarriorz.com/v2/im-excited-doctor-series-8/