Today 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’.
Wayne Goss, known as GossMakeupArtist on YouTube, is a professional make-up artist. He posts a video about every three days on his two channels all about make-up techniques and products. On his second channel, GossMakeupChat, he continues to review products and display techniques while also providing personal anecdotes, opinions and general chats on TV shows, films and music.
This is the ‘about’ summary on his main channel so that you can understand a little more of what he does there: ‘Love makeup? Want to improve your makeup skills? Interested in becoming a makeup artist? Or just want honest reviews on the brands you most love. Then welcome to my channel. With 15 years makeup experience I want to share with you everything I’ve learned. By breaking things down into simple, easy manageable segments, even the most complicated looks become easy’.
There is little more to say, but that I think that his videos are wonderful; Wayne is so down-to-earth and so honest. Additionally, his knowledge is so great and his videos give a small insight into the make-up industry. Please take a look at the following videos:
This week I don’t just want to rave about one TV show, so here are my top 5 favourites of right now:
My entire household loves NCIS, that’s me, my parents and my granddad, and a lot of my friends also watch NCIS avidly. We’ve been watching odd episodes here and there on several TV channels and now my Dad has recently purchased Seasons 1 – 8 on DVD so that we can finally watch them in order. I think one reason why the show is so good is because of its characters; their relationships are what keep the audience interested after all.
2. Death in Paradise.
This is a brilliant BBC One show. It’s set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie and is currently into its fourth season. The show follows the islands police and homicide detectives who solve various murders. Again, I think the characters are what keep the audience watching.
This show is so flawlessly put together with an amazing cast displayed so stylishly that it’s hard not to be enthralled in it. It is a very popular show but if you are in the minority and don’t know what it’s about, it follows corporate lawyer Harvey Specter and his relationship with fraudulent lawyer Mike Ross.
4. Happy Endings.
I feel like this show has been underrated and thus only spanned three seasons from 2011 until 2013. It is staged alike popular shows such as Friends, and How I Met Your Mother, with a cast of six friends following their various relationships and comic problems. I enjoy this show so much and as thus have been trying to buy the seasons on DVD.
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
My final recommendation today is, of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I couldn’t not mention Buffy as it will always be my favourite TV Show. Although it has been little over a decade since Joss Whedon ended the series, it is never too late to start watching it. I remember when I was a lot younger, that I watched Buffy with my Dad but I was too young to fully comprehend what I was actually watching. So, when my Dad bought the series, I started to watch it all in order and fell in love with it. I love the concept and the characters and I just think it’s a seamless mix of horror and comedy with that ninety’s/noughties feel and for me it’s the perfect show.
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This is a slightly different, and shorter, recommendation today, but I want to talk about FunkoPop! Figures.
Funko is an American company which was founded in 1998 to make pop-culture toys. They make a huge range of varying figures of many different characters from pop-culture over the years such as Ghostbusters, Batman comics, The Walking Dead, Zelda, Ace Ventura, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Chucky, Elvis, Doctor Who, Back to the Future, Toy Story, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Monsters Inc.… There are so many from all sorts of TV shows, games, films and even some celebrities.
I’ve been interested in these figures for a little while now ever since I’ve seen them featured in many YouTubers’ videos and also at my local HMV store. The reason why I’ve been looking on the internet for them recently is because I’m hoping to finally buy one of these figures for my birthday, as a small treat to myself I suppose.
Some of the ones I want are: Groot (From Guardians of the Galaxy), Robin (Batman and Robin), Bernadette (The Big Bang Theory), Jack Burton (Big Trouble in Little China), Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Pooh (Winnie the Pooh) and Elsa (Frozen). During writing this post, I have even found a range of Johnny Depp characters that I would also like such as Captain Jack (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Edward Scissorhands.
Places where I have found to buy them online are: www.forbiddenplanet.com, www.amazon.co.uk/www.amazon.com and of course, http://funko.com/.
‘Mo has the special talent to bring characters out of books. One night he brings out three characters from Inkheart, a story set in medieval times and filled with magical beings. Capricorn and Basta, two villains, and Dustfinger, a fire-eater. Now, 10 years later Meggie discovers the truth and it’s up to her to escape Capricorn’s evil grasp.’ This summary from Imdb explains Inkheart perfectly.
This film is based on Cornelia Funke’s critically acclaimed novel, Inkheart. If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while now, you’ll know that I’ve been reading the Inkheart Trilogy. I watched the film before I read the books and despite several differences between the two I absolutely love both.
Inkheart is a wonderful, magical family film with such an interesting concept, portrayed by a great cast. I am biased in that I watched the film first, but I do feel like the roles in the film matched what I imagined while reading the book.
Paul Bettany plays a brilliant Dustfinger, my favourite character in both the book and the film. Brendan Fraser plays Mortimer, the bookbinder and a silvertongue. It’s interesting that the author of Inkheart actually envisaged Fraser when she wrote Mortimer; it was him and his voice that inspired the character that he was later to play in the film. Eliza Bennett plays Meggie, and if I’m to continue comparing the film to the book I must say Meggie in the film is older than Meggie in the book. As with Elinor, played by Helen Mirren, she is supposed to be overweight in the book but is far from that in the film. Despite these differences, I honestly believe Eliza and Helen are brilliant for the roles.
There’s little more to say about this film except for that I recommend it…