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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

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: Top 5 007 Films

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On_Her_Majesty_s_Secret_Service_main-reviewWith the new James Bond film, Spectre, on its way, I wanted to recommend my TOP 5 007 films so far…

#1 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

I think it’s a shame that George Lazenby never got a chance to play James Bond further since I really enjoyed his version of the character. This film is a really classy stand-alone film with the well-known villain Blofeld opposite our hero Bond.

#2 – The Living Daylights

The first of Dalton’s two film stint as Bond was a great introduction to his version of the character. In this film Bond works to prevent ‘an evil arms dealer from starting another world war’. We also see a charming and romantic relationship form between Bond and supposed Bond Girl Kara Milovy.

(License to Kill, Dalton’s second bond film, was close to making my top 5 since it had a fantastic story showing Bond try to avenge the injuries his friend, Felix Leiter, received from Sanchez, the villain, and the death of Felix’s new wife.)

It’s also a shame, like Lazenby, that Dalton didn’t have much more time as Bond as I really enjoyed his angsty and emotional Bond.

casino_royale_poster_by_comandercool22-d6aichh#3 – Die Another Day

Genuinely loved the concept of this film, one which I can’t really speak about without ruining part of the plot, but it really is good.

‘James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon’. 

#4 – Casino Royale

Marking the beginning of a new era of James Bond, a new reimagining of the series and a new Bond (Daniel Craig), Casino Royale is swarve, classy and full of surprises.

#5 – Skyfall

Action packed and thrilling, Skyfall kept me on the edge of my seat by making me worry about what was going to come next. I really enjoyed the film and its attempt to delve into the pasts of Bond and M. The villain, Silva, was creepy and fun to watch while also being terrifying. I also enjoyed seeing Bond’s vulnerability – something that hasn’t been featured too much before which makes the character seem more human.

So there we are, my top 5, however, being a massive fan of James Bond, of course I do love all the other films too and would truly recommend a good marathon before Spectre comes out on the 26th of October.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above posters, they are from: http://movieboozer.com/movie-review/majestys-secret-service-1969-movie-review-action-action and http://comandercool22.deviantart.com/art/Casino-Royale-Poster-380449205

Film: James Bond

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mon 5thThis month the newest James Bond film, Spectre, comes out. In preparation for this my father and I, being huge James Bond fans, basically took to a massive marathon of all the films, watching one film a night for quite a few nights…

Obviously, I wanted to recommend James Bond to you, so let’s get on with it…

Spanning over 50 years, the James Bond films have been in theatres since 1962 with the release of Dr No. The newest film, Spectre, will be the 25th film in the collection. Over these years, we have seen many different eras, different fashions, different styles and six different actors try their hand at playing the infamous James Bond himself.

Who is James Bond? ‘He is a fictional character created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1953. Bond is a British Secret agent working for MI6 who also answers by his codename 007’. (Click here for more information).

Sean Connery: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Connery began it all as the charming and sophisticated womanizer and spy. His era, largely in the 60s, shows off the romantic cars and casual wear of the time.

George Lazenby: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Lazenby’s Bond was only captured in the one film but what a good film it is. Showing a more athletic Bond, perhaps more appropriate for the work of a spy, Lazenby continues to showcase the classic charm of the character but also a more romantic side as his Bond falls in love and even gets married.

Roger Moore: Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981),2BbimGp Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985). Having the most films, Moore is classic James Bond in a nutshell. His Bond is just as classy as the rest but with even more charm and perhaps some added cheek. Roger Moore’s era sees a more casual and humorous era of Bond, while also showing off 70s gaudy fashion and style.

Timothy Dalton: The Living Daylights (1987), Licence to Kill (1989). Dalton’s Bond brings a more thoughtful undertone to Bond that concentrates on the seriousness of being a MI6 agent with a licence to kill. Dalton’s Bond is perhaps the most emotional of them all making his films all the more spectacular.

Pierce Brosnan: GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002). Bringing Bond into the 90s is Brosnan, perhaps the most passionate Bond. These films show the transition between the classic Bond films into the more modern and fast paced films of the 21st Century. Harbouring all of the cheesiness and action of which the 90s are known for, these films are really set in their era, but are loved all the more for it.

Daniel Craig: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015). Our current Bond, Daniel Craig, is perhaps our most powerful yet. With more action than ever before these films are getting better and better. A special mention for Skyfall: the story is perhaps my favourite of all the Bond films.

Whether you start from the beginning, or join James Bond with the release of Spectre, I truly recommend them all. It is quintessentially British and so classic; a really enjoyable thing to watch and be a part of.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/prints-multiples/everything-or-nothing-50-years-of-5614287-details.aspx and http://www.heyuguys.com/007-heaven-bonded-by-a-fantasy-photo-shoot/fifty-years-of-james-bond

Film: Jurassic World

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jurassic-world-own-raptors-posterThe Jurassic Park trilogy, released and most popular in the 90s and early 2000’s, has recently been joined by a fourth film, a sequel, Jurassic World.

22 years after the original Jurassic Park failed, Jurassic World sees the original idea working rather successfully and encouraging more and more guests at all times. However, the park’s previous popularity has led to the decline in its ‘wow-factor’ as people are getting bored of standard dinosaurs. The owners of Jurassic World look towards years of genetic research to engineer a new breed of dinosaur, mixing dinosaur genes with the genes of all manner of different animals to create a super dinosaur, if you will. As the film gets into motion, what else would happen but the dinosaurs go crazy, escape and threaten the lives of the millions currently on the island and everything goes horribly wrong.

In amidst all of this, we follow Claire, a career driven woman with little time for family, and her nephews Zach and Gray, coming to visit Jurassic World. Then joins Owen Grady, a dinosaur trainer and their best hope of survival.

Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, this film has more than dinosaurs to offer. It has an incredible cast including Jake Johnson (New Girl), Vincent D’Onofrio, Judy Greer, Irrfan Khan, Katie McGrath, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, BD Wong and Omar Sy.

Chris Pratt was my reason for watching this film, I’ll be honest with that one. I never really watched the Jurassic Park trilogy properly; I only caught bits while my Dad was watching it. After seeing Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy, I, like many others, fell in love with him. Not only because of his lookjurassic-world-posterss but also because he happens to be an amazing actor. For me, he was a perfect pick to play Owen Grady and I really enjoy his chemistry with Bryce Dallas Howard too. Their inevitable romance, however expected or perhaps clichéd, was a really great element to the film. Also, I’d like to add, I really enjoyed Jake Johnson’s character and liked what he added to the film.

I really enjoyed the film (as you can tell); I thought the dinosaurs were great, the storyline was amazing and the character development, however similar any of it was to the previous films, was also brilliant to watch.

It’s safe to say that if you’ve enjoyed Jurassic Park or Chris Pratt’s acting in the past, Jurassic World is a perfect film for you. If you haven’t yet seen it, go and check it out!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above photos, they are from: http://www.fourzine.it/2015/06/jurassic-world-non-solo-un-parco-a-tema/16153 and http://screenrant.com/jurassic-world-trailer-2-poster-indominus-rex/. Parts of the above synopsis were taken from IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369610/?ref_=nv_sr_1 and therefore I cannot and will not claim that it is entirely my own.