Happy Monday, everyone! I hope we all got over ‘Blue Monday’ (the 3rd Monday in January – apparently it’s the most depressing day of the year) and didn’t have too much snow during the week! I’ve had an up and down week, but I am back to feeling better! Hooray! This week’s tele came around a little differently than normal. I saw a trailer for the new STARZ tv show The Spanish Princess…
… and then remembered that there were other STARZ shows in the vein of Reign (semi-historical romance dramas – right up my street!) So I went out of my way to find copies of The White Queen (this weeks review) and The White Princess (a future review). Without further ado, let me tell you about The White Queen!
The White Queen is set in the War of the Roses – a time when Britain was divided by two houses both vying for power. It revolves around the women who were influential in it; Elizabeth Woodville of York – who marries Edward to become Queen, Margaret Beaufort of Lancaster – Mother to Henry Tudor, and Anne Neville, who changed sides from York, to Lancaster, to York – wife of Richard III – each manipulating things to go their own way. Although the series is called The White Queen, it adapts 3 of Phillipa Gregory’s books – The White Queen (focused on Elizabeth), The Red Queen (focused on Margaret) and The Kingmaker’s Daughter (focused on Anne Neville). It begins in 1464, 9 years after the beginning of the war, and finishes in 1485. With no spoilers to be wary of, as it’s actual history please find a brief recap of the history here.
People should know by now, I love a good historical drama. See my reviews of shows like Outlander. Give me a period outfit, with corset and braided hair any day! I love the conflict in them, and kind of feel like I’m learning stuff all at the same time. As with a lot of these shows, things move through time quite quickly, and the adults don’t age – so their children end up looking the same age as they do. The acting is quite good, and I do feel immersed. I never find that STARZ shows have ‘bad’ acting. Sometimes eye-rolling plot, but the actors are never the reason for that. I am excited to watch the sequel, The White Princess and The Spanish Princess after that!
Have you seen The White Queen? What did you think Are you as into period dramas as I am?
Happy Monday everyone! How are we all this week? I hope well! I have enjoyed a weekend at home binge watching tele – I do realise I haven’t reviewed a book here in a while… I do aim to change that…I promise. But anyway, I have been binge watching as I work (no shocks there) and noticed I missed the new season of Delicious. So I binged that over the weekend. So without further ado…here’s my review of it all so far!
Gina is the first wife of Leo, who owned a very successful hotel and was a prominent chef. He owes much of his success to her – she taught him everything there is to know about cooking. He divorced her and married another woman, Sam. Even though Gina is now in the background, Leo has gone from strength to strength. Gina has never left his life, and he dances around his relationships with them both. And then he dies. Leaving them, and their dysfunctional family, to get on with their lives and each other. To try to run the hotel without him.
I have always liked this show. I like Dawn French, Emilia Fox and Iain Glenn in their roles – It’s really nice to see them all playing a more chill role, where they can be almost themselves (no dead people, comics or swords here!) Occasionally, I don’t like the how… out there the story is, but it’s so picturesque that I can over look it. The acting is good, the story is usually good. It’s a good show. Sure when I watched the first season, I was a bit bemused about it being around, I like how easy it is to watch. I am also shocked that it’s in Cornwall, because it looks like a beautiful vineyard in Italy most of the time. I need to get myself to Pentillie Castle asap, because it’s beautiful.
People should get watching this, because I want another season! Go! Watch!
Have you seen Delicious? What do you think of it Do you love or hate it? Leave a comment down below!
Happy Monday, everyone! I, like everyone else, was back to work this week – so I’ve been finding some easy stuff to binge watch when I get home. Coming into 2019, I realised something. I have never seen all of The Big Bang Theory (I think you can see where this week’s review is going). I admit, I’ve not finished it all yet, but thought I’d give you all my thoughts. Without further here we go!
Everyone probably knows the plot of The Big Bang Theory but here’s a brief recap of the plot: Leonard, Sheldon, Raj and Howard are all scientists at Cal Tech University, California. They are all best friends and all pretty brilliant in their fields. They spend most of their time playing video games, reading comic books, going to comic con – you know, the “usual nerd stuff.” Next door, a pretty waitress/actress named Penny moves in, and Leonard instantly falls for her. Each of them, bar Raj, also gets a girl (Bernadette for Howard and Amy for Sheldon). It’s about their lives as they traverse being super nerdy, weird and geeky with trying to fit in with society. Obviously, it’s quite difficult for them – it’s all part of the joke.
It may be the nostalgia talking, but I do like The Big Bang Theory. Sure it can occasionally be eye rolling, and I’m not sure that it would be as funny without the laughter track – which does play at the wrong time sometimes (it’s not always played at a funny bit). Sometimes it alienates nerds from others. But I do like it. It IS funny. I understand their relationships with the friends, family and partners… and why they’re friends. I think the characters are funny. I may think otherwise in another 5 seasons, but on season 6 I am enjoying it. Enough to keep binge watching. It IS worth watching, just for something in the background. I do like it. Honest.
Have you seen The Big Bang Theory? What do you think? Love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below!
Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone’s got back to the grindstone and isn’t missing Christmas too much! I am back to work myself today, so I went to the cinema to celebrate the end of my holiday! There’s a few movies out at the moment that I want to see, but my mum asked if I would see this with her so we did! Without further ado, here is the sequel to Mary Poppins…Mary Poppins Returns!
As the title suggests, in this sequel Mary Poppins does indeed return to Cherry Tree Lane. In this one, she is played by Emily Blunt (known for other musicals such as Into the Woods, great 1990s movies such as Devil Wears Prada, being married to John Krasinski and being my top pick for the next Invisible Woman). Lin Manuel Miranda plays the new Bert – a lamplighter named Jack, who has just a bad a cockney accent as Dick Van Dyke – it’s how he knows Mary Poppins, he was a child when she first arrived on the scene and was Bert’s apprentice. Michael Banks, now an adult, is still living in his family home (his father has passed it onto him since his death) – but he’s in some financial bother. Long story short, the Banks are on the brink of losing their home. Thankfully, little Georgie catches a Mary Poppins at the end of his kite (yes the ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ kite), and she helps to take over!
I liked this sequel. I thought that Emily played a good Poppins. She didn’t try to be Andrews, which was good as I don’t think she was ever going to be – there’s just some things that are etched into stone, and one of those is Julie Andrews as Poppins to millions of children’s brains. This Poppins was a bit brasher, tougher – as if coming back has changed her (which I guess it has… literally). They kept the real life and animation, which was great. A bit of me was terrified they’d make it CGI, as they sacked all their animators a few years ago. But it still had the same charm – I just wished there was a bit more of it. Chris O’Dowd as an Irish Setter was actually quite funny, he’s a pretty good actor, and this solidified it for me. Lin Manuel Miranda was a good Bert substitute. To be honest, I liked ALL the characters. The adult Banks children were amazing – the joy of childhood had left them, and they seemed to forget if things they experienced as children were real or not. At times it was pandering to the old movie – the same story beats happened in the same places, but overall that was to be expected. They wanted people to enjoy this movie.
I think people should see this movie, just for the reminiscing factor.
Have you seen Mary Poppins Returns? What did you think? Did it live up to the original or not? Leave a comment down below!
My review this week is a bit different. In that you’re going to get my thoughts as we play! This week I give you whole game play with @sebonthesilvermountain. Before the end of 2018 we’re going to get through as much of it as possible! (Ignore my croaky voice, I am progressively sicker during this game play!)
We’re playing The Council. A game set in 1793, we’re playing Louis de Richet, a member of a secret society, who has been invited to a private island off the shore of England, by Lord Mortimer. We’ve joined a tonne of well known historic guests – Napoleon and Washington to name a few. Join us as creepy tales ensue!
Below is episodes 1-3 of The Council
We’ll be streaming on Seb’s channel on New Years Eve! Come play with us!
Have you played The Council? What did you think? Would you have played it like us? What about your own gaming? Have you played anything good recently? Leave a comment down below.
Happy Monday everyone! How are well all this week? I hope so! Has anyone started their Christmas shopping? I have only just. I am feeling very behind already this year. So much to do and such little time. With all this stuff I have to do, I like to have things on in the background. So today’s review is just that. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle came out this weekend, so I thought I’d give it a watch. Without further ado, here we go!
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a 2018 fantasy adventure film directed by Andy Serkis with a screenplay by Callie Kloves, based on stories collected in All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a fantasy adventure, both live action and CGI animation. It’s got an all star cast; directed by and staring Andy Serkis, featuring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomie Harris. When I said all star, I bet you weren’t expecting Batman and Sherlock alongside Gollum.
It has received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the cast, visual effects, and Serkis’ passion for the project, but compared it unfavourably to the Disney film. But I don’t think this can compare to the other Jungle Book that came out this year. Also with an all star cast. That was cuddly and cute. This isn’t. I won’t go much into the plot, but this is not the story that Disney lovers will be used to. This is a dark retelling of the story we know and love. There’s no singing and no cuddly animals. They all look ragged and, dare I say it, evil. But it’s more like the original book. For instance, there’s a really upsetting scene where Mowgli is forced to look at his killed-and-stuffed best friend when he’s in the man village. The camera pans between the two more than once, adding to the sadness of the scene. There’s a lot of gore too, blood and bits are shown a lot. We see Mowgli and his wolf-brothers and sisters eating raw flesh on more than one occasion.
I think I enjoyed it better than the soft and cuddly version of the story. I am a sucker for films close to the book. And this is just that. It is an actual retelling, rather an a Disney-ifying.
Have you seen Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle? Are you going to? Did you love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below telling me what you think!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, Your branches green delight us!
Now you’re in the Christmas mood, I’m going to be talking about Christmas movies today. Yes I have already started watching Christmas movies. Not because I’m one of these “CHRISTMAS STARTS IN NOVEMBER WOOOOOO!” people but because I like mind numbing tele when I’m doing other things. Without further ado, here’s my Christmas movie recommendations so far!
The Princess Switch
The Princess Switch is about a woman named Stacy DeNovo is a young baker who runs a pastry shop friend Kevin Richards. After being invited to a fancy cook-off, Stacy meets Lady Margaret Delacourt, future bride of Edward. Margaret and Stacy note that they look perfectly identical and exchange roles for a couple of days. Obviously both girls have romances with their twins main main and hijinks ensue. I really liked this film. I liked the hijinks. Even the acting wasn’t the worst for a Christmas movie. It is 100% watchable. And I will be rewatching this when I need a feel good movie. I recommend it to any Christmas movie fan!
The Man who Invented Christmas
he Man who Invented Christmas is a film about Charles Dickens and how he invented Scrooge. It seems to be semi-biographical, as it does include some historical knowledge about him – Two years after the success of his book Oliver Twist, Dickens is suffering from financial hardship. He’s in debt with everyone. To make a lot of money. he sets out to write a new book to restore his finances. Seeing inspiration around London, he begins writing A Christmas Carol, in six weeks so it can be published for Christmas. As he begins to write, he interacts with the characters he is writing about, most notably Ebenezer Scrooge. He seeks help from those around him as he rushes to get the book done in time! As a Lit grad, I have to say I really like a good biopic. And this was a good biopic. Dan Stevens plays Dickens really really well. Again, I recommend it (especially if you know the story of A Christmas Carol!)
A Christmas Prince
Amber Moore (an inspiring young journalist) is sent to the foreign nation of Aldovia to cover a press conference with the crown prince Richard, who is set to take the throne following his father’s recent death. Richard is alleged to be an irresponsible playboy and is also rumored to be planning to abdicate. Amber decides to snoop around the palace and while doing so is mistaken for young Princess Emily’s new tutor. Amber takes the opportunity to go undercover to investigate the rumors around Prince Richard. You’ll notice there’s a lot of Christmas Prince movies on Netflix. But this is by far the best. I love this movie and can’t wait to binge it again before the sequel. Honestly, this is the best movie.
Have you seen any of these movies? What do you think of Dickens? What about Christmas Royalty movies? Leave a comment down below!