Good morning, fellow campers! Wakey wakey, rise and shine. It’s a beautiful day here on Cape Kitty. Today’s time is 12.00, midday, on the 30th of March 2020. Today’s news is that… 2020 is officially cancelled. A plague, commonly known as the ‘corona virus’ or COVID-19 has literally shut down all countries pretty quickly. We here atCape Kitty want you to know you are in safe hands with myself, Isabelle, and our over-lord and master, Mr. Tom Nook (with his sons Tommy and Timmy).
As you can see, I have spent the week with my eyes glued to the joy of a game that is Animal Crossing. I think you can tell that I have really enjoyed it so far. I’ve been making sure to log in every day. Thing’s I have achieved? I have: Made my character, called my island Cape Kitty, found a place to call my own, made 5 houses for villagers, decided my house should have a purple roof, Nook’s Cranny, the Museum, Resident’s services and a villager arriving tomorrow. (Before you ask, yes I am time travelling occasionally, especially early game, I don’t see the issue with it at all).
My favourite thing has to be the museum. The fact that it’s all about evolution, and for small children playing Animal Crossing you have the ability to actually teach them evolution from the fossils exhibit – I love the little window at the top that lights up when a human stands on the last line. The little submarine windows in the fish exhibit. The little butterfly house in the insect exhibit (which is where my featured image comes from). I love finding new things to fill it with; I love the thriving echo system that it creates. I will be sinking many hours, including time travelled ones, into this game!
Have you played Animal Crossing? Will you? What’s your view on time travel? For or against? Leave a comment down below!
Happy March everyone. Did you enjoy your extra day of February? We’ll see you in 4 years time, 29th! During the end of January, I saw many films. I know this is a tad late to the party, but here is my review for The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Here is a brief plot summary – The Personal History of David Copperfield is a story of Copperfield’s life, from his youth into adulthood. He has an amazing childhood, with his mother, father and nanny Peggort. When his father dies, his mother remarries a cruel man named Mr Murdstone, who regularly beats him. David is sent to work in Murdstone’s factory, where he isn’t told about his mother ever again. Not until it’s too late. After being told this, David trashes the factory and runs away to his very odd aunt. But things still go wrong for David, when he meets a rather slimy man named Uriah Heep.
I want to talk about the blind casting of this film. Normally, I find that if something is set in a specific time period, blind casting can be jarring. In 1917, I didn’t see the reason for the Indian soldier, as he wouldn’t have been in a regiment that he was placed. It felt like it was just a political correctness thing, a tick box exercise. However, the fact that race does not play large here, no one comments on someone’s race, people are just people, didn’t draw away from my watching of this film. In fact, the fact that people were picked on the talent enhanced the viewing for myself and my family. Dev Patel plays an amazing David Copperfield, and it was like I was watching the story come alive on the screen. I would re-watch this film in a heartbeat. The who’s who of British tv and screen play amazingly on screen for this film, and I really recommend people go see it.
Have you seen David Copperfield? What did you think of the blind casting? Leave a comment below!
*Brushes off the cobwebs and blows dust off of the keyboard* Woops. It’s been a little while. I haven’t gone! I am back. You’ll see me at least once a month from now on. I promise. In fact there may be more than one post this month! I’ve even put an alarm in my phone!
Anyway, I saw Little Women a couple of weeks ago, and I loved it. I’m going to admit, I’ve never read the book (which I have bought now!) The basic plot (which I feel is allowed to have spoilers seeing as the book is over 150 years old). There are four sisters who the novel forms itself around; in age order they are… Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Jo is a teacher in New York, Meg is home tending to her family, Beth is unfortunately very sick and Amy is in Europe learning art. The story revolves around their life, including the relationships with other men – Laurie, a regular man about the town, and John, Laurie’s tutor. What’s interesting is that Jo has been writing their whole life into a book, and she puts it out for publishing. She too calls her book Little Women.
I just wanted to warn you that this is going to be an Amy ‘stan’ post. Whilst everyone will tell me that she is a spoilt brat, I really found her to be the most impressive character. And no it’s not just because I am one of Florence Pugh’s biggest fans (though yes, Midsommar is my favourite movie of 2019) but also I found her incredibly relatable. Being the youngest she finds that she cannot go and do the things that her elder sisters do, and I think that she’s really treated like a child and not a young lady, even into her adulthood. Don’t get me wrong, I like Watson as Meg – who decides to marry for love, which means she has no money but she’s with someone she wants to. I love Beth for her caring and loving nature. I also love Jo, for her firey and ambitious nature – for realising what she really wants. But I feel for Amy. She spends her whole life living in the shadow of Jo, trying to live up to Jo, and basically not being Jo. Living in someone’s shadow is not good – and she knows it. So when Laurie admits his feelings for her, she says she’s not being his second pick because Jo won’t have him. She knows what she wants and she won’t be lead down a path she refuses.
What did you think of the film? Did you like it better than the original or the book? Does it deserve an Oscar? Leave a comment down below!
Hey! It’s been a hot minute – the life of a teacher! I’ve been on a break from school (ah school holidays!) so thought I would check in! How are you all? Good? I’m glad. Let’s just jump into it, shall we?
A few weeks ago I went to see Joker, with my dad. We’re both die-hard DC fans (or superhero fans to be honest) and love to see a good flick together – yes, that includes the girly ones. Long story short, I thought it was cinema genius and Joaquin Phoenix deserves an Oscar. Will he get one? Probably not – it’s a superhero movie. They don’t get nominated. Admittedly, I did miss the first ten minutes of the film (for TMI reasons) so I can’t comment on them, other than that my dad caught me up on the small bit I had missed. I don’t think it spoiled the movie for me.
Joker is an origin story for the Joker set in 1981. The film follows Arthur Fleck (who is not the Joker of any known DC universe, so this is it’s own separate thing), a failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. He’s a man with some serious mental health issues too. They’re really well handled in the film. We slowly see Arthur’s sanity fall apart, and it’s a thrilling and pretty bloody ride. It’s honestly hard to talk about without spoiling literally everything about it. As an audience you need to watch the decent that Arthur goes through yourself, not hear it second hand from a reviewer. My one thing to all the people who have rated this poorly, due to it’s association with DC and him being “Joker” – you need to get off your high horse and realise that this is it’s own stand alone movie. It may be jumping off a new, and grittier (if that’s at all possible), DC universe, and I think it’s a good start!
All in all, I loved the film. I can’t wait to own it on DVD!
Did you see Joker? Did you love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below!
Hi everyone! I know it’s been a couple of weeks but I had something amazing up my sleeve. Remember when I went to St Albans’ Comic Con this year? I met a lovely lady there named Anna, from Lush Layers by Anna. She contacted me from that blog and asked if I wanted to collaborate. I said of course I did! We began spit balling some ideas for what to do together – how could comics and cake come together?
Then we both discovered each other’s love for X-Men, and not just any X-Men but the 90s cartoon. You know the one. The one that’s my ring tone… Oh, you know it! Look let me just play you the theme song…
There remember now?
Anyway, we were unsure of what to do until we sat down to do it! Anna knew which recipe to pick immediately – Link for that here. It’s a moist and gooey chocolate cake, made with avocado instead of egg! Yes, ladies and gents – this cake is completely vegan. Anyway, there are pictures of our process down below!
When I say this is the best cake I have ever eaten, I really mean that. It is the best cake I have ever eaten. Even my mum loved it – it’s chocolatey and creamy and delicious. The chocolate frosting is moreish, and not sickly in any way. Avocados are definitely the way forward for any cake.
I will be going to Anna for every cake I need! Find her info here! Go on and give her some love! Not only did I get an amazing cake from this, but I have made a new geeky friend! Thank you so much, Anna! Everyone loves the cake – it’s amazing!
Can you guess which X-Men we put on our cake? What other collabs can Anna and I do together? Leave a comment down below!
Hello again. I know it’s been a little while, but now I am no longer on my summer holidays and I am back at work now, so I am back!
Anyway, last night I was at a book release for Daisy Butcher’s new book Evil Roots: Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic which is part of the British Library Tales of the Weird collection. Part of this release was to see the Director’s cut of Little Shop of Horrors which sticks to the main plot of the musical, rather than the happy ending that we have all originally seen. This cut was released in 2012, nearly 30 years after the original release. Let’s just say… it’s REALLY different.
So why a director’s cut? Apparently, during production, the director (Frank Oz) shot a 23-minute ending based on the off-Broadway musical’s ending. Unfortunately, after audiences at the preview screenings did not react positively to it, the ending had to be rewritten and re-shot for the theatrical release with a happier ending. Therefore, the Director’s cut is scarier than the original cut. For one, people die. I won’t say which people. But people. Audrey II is much more evil than she… he… it? was before. In fact, and if you’ve seen the play version this will be no surprise, Audrey II duplicates. A lot. Let’s put it this way – humanity does not win. According to Oz and Warner Bros. this is the intended ending of the movie. I’d love to know why audiences needed the happy ending. This ending made much more sense to me. It was 23 minutes of footage I had never seen, which honestly brought the movie to life even more. There’s no way we could currently win against Audrey II, especially Seymour and Audrey (the original) who have no powers to defeat it.
You can find Little Shop of Horrors on Prime Video, and you can find Daisy’s book here (for a discounted price at the moment!).
Have you seen the original or director’s cut of Little Shop of Horrors? Which do you prefer? Leave a comment down below!
Happy Monday, everyone! How are we all! As promised – I haven’t gone back into the depths! I am here! This weeks review is about the end of an era (as with a lot of other shows this year). That’s right, this weeks review is about iZombie. Spoiler alert – this show was ended way too soon. I can’t promise this review will be spoiler free, seeing as I’m talking about the end of an era.
As you probably already know, I do really like iZombie. My previous review was “This is right up my street.” Trust me when I say, I bloody love this show. It’s acting is amazing and story lines are compelling.
But let’s just jump into how I felt about the last season. Whilst I loved most of the season, the end happened way too quickly. All the stories were just tied up way too quickly. The last two episodes were so quick and I actually think everything was tied up too nicely? Everyone lived happily ever after… after everything that had gone on? Really? It’s just not how I expected this season to end. I was kind of disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy everyone is happy, but everything was wrapped up too nicely in this small little parcel, with more telling me what’s happened than showing me how everything had changed. I liked the idea that everyone had meetings in VR, but show me a bit more of how things had changed in 10 years!
I think everyone needs to watch iZombie. It’s political, it’s funny. I love it. It’s a shame about the end but I understand why it ended that way.
Have you watched iZombie? What did you think of the season finale? Did you love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below!
*clears off the cobwebs, blows the dust off her keyboard* Hey… It’s been a while. Should I re-introduce myself? I don’t know how a come back works…
I guess I should apologise. I’ve been away for a while – it was a bit here and there before I left, and then I just vanished. Well, lucky you – I’m back! My format may change a little. Blogs will now be shorter, snappier, to the point. It will be every week OR every two weeks – I can’t promise that I can see/read/watch/do something new every week when working full time now. But I am back, I promise.
Anyway, I was invited back to Comic Con in St Albans this year! Like last year, I had a blast! Unfortunately, I was unable to stay for very long, and didn’t have much time to talk to all of the celebs there, as they were all so busy with their signings (maybe next year I’ll go for the end rather than the beginning, that worked better last year) – it’s been a super busy weekend, with our local village weekend, therefore I didn’t get to speak to that many people, and only spent a small amount of money (last year I spent way too much!) My material gains this year include – a limited edition collectors coin from Xmen: Apocalypse, A Wonder Woman print from Sam Rogers Art, A Khal Drogo and Dany print from Kirsten Rose, A pin-up Rapunzel print from Duncan Gutteridge, vegan chocolate from Ana of rockpopcandy, A sushi bathbomb from Lush, Luke and Harry from Chaos City Comics and their local artist Adam Falp from whom I got an adaptation of Frankenstein. I spoke to many lovely cosplayers, including a Deadpool with an amazing accent (I recall it being West Country off the top of my head) and he was lovely to talk to. I also saw many Ghostbusters – which is good, because what if there’s a ghost around!
Pictures below! – I haven’t tagged any of them, but if you want one tagged please message me and I will!
I didn’t get many calling cards this year, but thank you to everyone that I spoke to especially – Sam from Sam Rogers Art, Tony from Tony’s Movie Stuff, Duncan Gutteridge (original Sonic artist), Kirsten from Kirstenrose.co.uk, Luke and Harry from Chaos City Comics and Adam Falp, Ana from, Rockpopcandy.co.uk and the ladies from St Alban’s Lush!
Did we see each other at SACC? Would you like to collab? Get in contact with me by leaving a comment below, using the contact page or sending an email to email@example.com!
Happy Monday everyone! I’ve just got back from a holiday, so I am writing this a week in advance. Look at me, being ahead. But just in case they release more on this, I will be behind in adding it to the end. For now this will be a quick one. Because hype, hype, hype!
Like everyone ever, I am hyped for Borderlands 3. The first two games and the pre-sequel are three of my favourite games. I love getting together with my looter-bros and going and killing some flaming psychos for their fancy guns. Did you ever use the screaming guns in Borderlands 2? I think it was called the bane? It literally screams every time you shoot it, as if a psycho was living inside of it. For no reason what-so-ever, it’s not a good gun at all, it is my favourite gun. It’s fun and stupid. That’s why I love it. Not only are the games fun but their stories are so well thought out. The Pre-sequel actually made me like Handsome Jack. I felt sorry for him. Really sorry for him.
I do have some reservations about the classes. I like to play Siren – nothing will live up to Maya in my opinion – but the new siren is a melee character, seemingly. That’s not usually my kind of thing. Trying to figure out who plays who in my looter-group could be difficult. Oh and it’s Epic Store exclusive for 6 months – why?! That bugs me so much – exclusives are bad! But that’s not too many negatives – 2 out of how ever many I could have. I am excited. Really excited.
Catch the trailer here!
Are you excited for Borderlands 3? Did you play 1, 2 and the pre-sequel? What are your thoughts on what we know so far? Leave a comment down below!