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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

Film: Cinderella

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Cinderella_2015_official_posterWho doesn’t love Disney right? We all love a good Disney Princess too. My favourite is Cinderella and always has been. I absolutely love Cinderella and recently got the Disney cartoon trilogy on DVD as a birthday present from a friend. You can imagine both my surprise and joy when, a few months back, I came out of the theatre at the cinema and saw a poster with a single glass slipper on it and nothing else. I had no idea a new Cinderella film was going to be made let alone how soon it was going to be released. So today, my Dad took me to see the 2015 film and I enjoyed it so much.

The story follows pretty similarly to the cartoon version (this being a live action version) until nearer the end, but even these slight variations have little influence on the narrative.  For some, that might signal a lack of imagination from the writers, but I think it’s good to bring back Cinderella in the same way for those of my generation, looking nostalgically to the past, and for a new generation who may not be familiar with the story.

‘A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella’s life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes and a little help from her fairy godmother of course.’ (See link).518233194_6_610_433

The film has a fantastic cast including Lily James as the pretty Cinderella, Richard Madden as the handsome Prince, Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother and Derek Jacobi as the King. Further actors in the film are; Nonso Anozie, Stellan Skarsgard, Sophie McShera, Rob Brydon and Holliday Grainger.

Cinderella 2015 has a great mix of pure entertainment, humour and action with great costumes, soundtrack and actors. It’s emotional at times. I recommend it so much.

‘Have courage and be kind’.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures in this post, they are from: http://news.moviefone.com/2014/05/15/disney-cinderella-teaser/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella_(2015_film).

Film: The Great Gatsby

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Despite the fact I studied The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, in English Literature for about a year; I never got the opportunity to watch the 2013 movie. But, alas I finally have.

gatsby‘In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like critizing anyone, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had.”’ This is my favourite quote from the novel and was also the opening line to the film, with Tobey Maguire, who plays Nick, saying it. The film hooked me then and there.

The film, from this beginning, continues with a very swift pace. This makes the film seem quite rushed, however, this matches the cinematic quality exhibited in Fitzgerald’s writing and therefore, I like how well The Great Gatsby 2013 has managed to stick so closely to the book. Of course, it does follow the book quite well, with entire scenes reading exactly as they do in the novel.

Although, the way in which the film was framed, through Nick’s therapy, I suppose, was not at all in the book. In the novel, Nick does write the story of Gatsby but not because he needs therapy from it. Not that this is a complaint. I actually really liked the way it was done because when Nick gets closure and is able to sleep, after being an insomniac, it gives the audience closure after such a pivotal moment in the narrative.

The characters and setting in the film were exactly as I had imagined them while reading the book. I know that other people wouldn’t be as easily pleased, but I thought it was extraordinary, as if I was watching my imagination play out in front of me. I think a part of why the characters were so good was because appropriate actors were cast. Tobey Maguire plays a perfect Nick; his style just suits how Nick was written, as does Owl Eyes’ character in the library, and Gatsby, as played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Other amazing actors in the film were: Isla Fisher, Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki and Joel Edgerton.

The soundtrack for this film is brilliant; I love how modern songs were made to sound like the songs of the time and just fit into the film as if they were classics from the 20s. I also like the onscreen edits with text running across the screen at specific parts of the movie; I think it just added another layer to the film.

I really enjoyed The Great Gatsby (can you tell?) and I do really recommend it. I also recommend reading the book first because Fitzgerald crafted an amazing novella, and I think that there will be a better understanding of the themes, such as decadence and hedonism, that are shown throughout, by doing this.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, it is from: http://operagasm.com/download-of-the-week-23/

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/

Films: Charlie’s Angels

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Charlie’s Angels: Original and Full Throttle

Last night, I watched Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. I planned to watch it for about half an hour and then go to bed, leaving the rest for the following day. But alas, I got so into the film I couldn’t stop it.

charliesangelsdvdcoverDespite the fact that this film is a sequel, it can be watched pretty much as a stand-alone film as long as you understand the nature of Charlie’s Angels and the friendship that the characters have. I, having not entirely realised that the film was a sequel until I had already committed to watching it, watched it out of order. But I have always had knowledge of Charlie’s Angels and although, not being able to recall what happened in the films prior to this re-watching, used to watch them when I was younger.  Fortunately, I have watched the first film since, in order to write a full recommendation.

Actors. The films have an absolutely incredible cast. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bernie Mac, Crispin Glover, Bill Murray, Tim Curry, Sam Rockwell, Sean Whalen, Justin Theroux, Shia LaBeouf, Matt LeBlanc, John Cleese and Luke Wilson are but a few.

These films make a very obvious use of sex appeal, so much so the Full Throttle DVD case itself comments on it. This may not be for everyone; after all it wasn’t what attracted me to watching the film but if you overlook that there is so much more to these films to praise them for.

Simply, they are great feel good films; very cheesy but in a way where it uses humour to complement their action and adventure elements. But less simply, Charlie’s Angels promotes strong female characters, as the protagonists are strong female characters; Dylan, Alex and Natalie are the Angels, they need to be strong and skilful physically to win against their opponents but they’re also mentally strong. What’s better is that, in relation to themselves their male opponents are presented as kind of stupid, and their female opponents are extremely intelligent, this applies more so to Full Throttle. This is good because it’s rare that female protagonists are so powerful and even rarer that the females are made to appear more erudite than their male counterparts.  Even now, eleven years since Full Throttle was released, the film industry struggles to fully explore strong female characters. In addition to this, the films promote the importance of friendship and despite parts of the films being, as stated earlier, cheesy, this topic is approached in an inspiring manner by allowing Natalie and Alex’s support of Dylan to be a guiding force in giving Dylan her confidence especially in the second film.

If at first you don’t succeed… do not underestimate the power of Plan B. Throughout Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, different groups of characters, from the Angels to their enemies, refer to their Plan B after their assumed Plan A fell through. I think this has been intentionally overdone to really push the old adage and to show that even for the Angels things don’t necessarily work out first time, but even if the first attempt fails, it’s important that you continue.

The characters of Natalie, Alex and Dylan are so well created too; they complement each other so soundly, being similar enough to hold a good relationship yet being different enough to keep their relationship strong and… choreographically, the fight scenes enhance each characters idiosyncrasies perfectly making these scenes a beauty to behold.

Music in these films is very important in keeping the atmosphere appropriately in line with the story and music is one of the reasons why I think Charlie’s Angels is brilliant. There is just great music all the way through both films. The main soundtrack of Full Throttle is Pink’s Feel Good Time and it fits perfectly. The song itself is brilliant and the video is done so well too. I’ll insert the video here;

And lastly, it wouldn’t be a proper TweetingRawr film recommendation without a comment on make-up and clothes… Rapidly changing throughout the films; the Angel’s makeup and wardrobe is so phenomenally finely done making each of them look so beautiful.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the poster, it is from: http://www.currentfilm.com/dvdreviews2/charliesangelsdvd.html

Film: Bridget Jones

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Bridget-Jones-The-Edge-of-Reason-movie-posterBridget Jones and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

I recently bought Bridget Jones (2001), so I’ve recently watched it again. It’s very unlikely that you haven’t seen the film, but if you haven’t here’s a brief summary from IMDB: ‘Bridget Jones is an average woman struggling against her age, her weight, her job, her lack of a man, and her many imperfections. As a New Year’s Resolution, Bridget decides to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth. The fireworks begin when her charming though disreputable boss takes an interest in the quirky Miss Jones. Thrown into the mix are Bridget’s band of slightly eccentric friends and a rather disagreeable acquaintance who Bridget cannot seem to stop running into or help finding quietly attractive.’

SPOILER ALERT – I absolutely love this film, for its comedic value, yes, but mostly for the romance. I ship Bridget and Mark so much by the end and I absolutely love the ending. They are perfect for each other and it’s brilliant that he accepts her imperfections, loves her ‘just the way she is’ and even ignores her mean comments in her diary, going so far as to buy her a new one for a fresh start.

Now, I’ve also watched Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) recently, the sequel, for those who don’t know. This film I love also, but not quite as much. I feel like the ending is more inevitable than in the first film and it is also more all over the place. I still love Bridget and Mark together but I just think that his character could’ve been developed much more than it was. Either way, I love the romance, I love Bridget’s friends and I love Bridget.

These films both contain brilliant stars, many of whom I love so much; Renee Zellweger, Celia Imrie, Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Paul Brooke, Shirley Henderson, and Sally Phillips.

I would recommend both films to the very few of you who haven’t seen these two films.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the poster shown in this post, it is from: http://www.dvdsreleasedates.com/movies/404/Bridget-Jones:-The-Edge-of-Reason-(2004).html

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/