‘Bringing your grand total to the modest sum of… 198,000 bells!’ – Animal Crossing, 2020

Play this as you read the introduction!

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 at Cape 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).

Animal Crossing Date with Katie! – Animal Crossing, Nintendo, 2020

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).

The trailer screen – Animal Crossing, Nintendo, 2020

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!

This calls for a celebration… Hooray! – The Personal History of David Copperfield, 2020

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.

Dev Patel as David Copperfield – The Personal History of David Copperfield, Film 4, 2020

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.

Dev Patel as David Copperfield – The Personal History of David Copperfield, Film 4, 2020

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!

‘Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?’- Joker, 2019

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?

Arthur with his counsellor – Joker, WB Studios, 2019

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.

Testing out the clown makeup – Joker, WB Studios, 2019

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!

X-Men Cake, September 2019

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!

‘Get ready to cheersplode baby!’ Borderlands 3, 2019

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!

The splash art for the pre-order – Borderlands 3, 2K Games, 2019

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.

Guns with legs! –
Borderlands 3, 2K Games, 2019

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!

‘Grunge is a good look for you.’ – Captain Marvel, 2019

Happy Monday folks! I somehow forgot to post last week, but my excuse was it was a super hectic week in the lead up to Easter. Seb was with me a few weeks ago and we went to see the big Superhero movie out – Captain Marvel. Check out my thoughts!

Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, using her powers – Captain Marvel, Walt Disney Studios, 2019

We’re in the year that this librarian was born – 1995 – on the Kree planet of Hala (yes those bad guys). A member of their starforce, (Carol Dan) Vers, suffers from amnesia and recurring nightmares with an unknown woman. Yon-Rogg, her mentor and commander (played by Jude Law, in a pair of contacts which just makes him look so uncanny valley I struggled to look at him), trains her to harness her powers and not let them take over, whilst the Supreme Intelligence, who runs the Kree – and turns up looking like the person someone most respects (In Ver’s situation, it’s the unknown woman).
Long story short – Carol is on an adventure to find out who she actually is, with all the crazy Marvel shenanigans along the way!

Agent Fury and Carol Danvers, chilling in a warehouse – Captain Marvel, Walt Disney Studios, 2019

I have to say I liked Captain Marvel. It was a good date night film. We both seemed to enjoy sitting there for a couple hours and watching it. @sebonthesilvermountain has more wrong with it than I did. But I’ve never watched all of the Marvel movies, as I have no inclination to. I pick and chose which look best to me – and Captain Marvel looked interesting. I’m totally for female empowerment.
However, I’m not sure Brie Larson was the right pick of Captain Marvel. Tom Holland can hold a scene as Spiderman, but I’m not sure that Brie can as Captain Marvel. I’m interested to see how she is in Avengers before I make a final decision on her – but right now I think the plot was great and it looked stunning… but maybe she’s not right for the role?

What were your thoughts on Captain Marvel? Did you love it or hate it? Was it 1990’s enough for you? What about Brie Larson?

‘That Harley is a fop and a prat and smells like a ninety-six year-old French whore’s vajuju.’ – The Favourite, 2019

Hello everyone – long time not see! I have been having WordPress issues (for some reason it’s not loading on my google chrome) so I’m having to use incognito mode? Yeah, I don’t know either.

Queen Anne VS Queen Anne – The Favourite, Film4 and others, 2019

Last weekend, I went to see The Favourite with my Mum and Dad, before it left the movie theatre. It’s a good Friday evening activity after a long week at work.
Here’s a quick premise: It’s 1708 and Britain is at war, with France (duh.) Queen Anne is in bad health, and seems to hate governing – she prefers to do childish activities like playing cards or playing with her rabbits. Her adviser, Sarah Churchill, is basically in charge, Anne does everything she says. Sarah basically controls everything, and hates to be challenged. Queue Abigail – her cousin. Fallen from grace, Abigail gets in with the Queen and attempts to change her views on Sarah; she wants to be as in control as her cousin is. Does she succeed? (I’m pretty sure we all know the answer by now).

Nicholas Hoult is amazing in this film! – The Favourite, Film4 and others, 2019

So this was a weird movie. I wanted to see it because I was working at Hatfield House when it was filmed, so I saw a lot of the filming being done. It was really interesting seeing a film from the inside, and sitting in a theatre knowing where each scene was filmed.
It looks immaculate, and It was so interesting to see each scene take place. I liked the bit where they were running back and forth in the hallway – pushing the wheelchair the full length at full speed. That looked really fun.
I loved the power dynamics of this film. Especially the end where Anne gets all her power back, forcing Abigail into a servant’s position again. After there was this weird bit with rabbits, which I still don’t know the symbolism of it a week later. Is it about the cyclical nature of children? I have no idea. I’m not sure anyone knows really.

All in all, I really liked this film. It was weird and quirky, like All is True, which I had seen a little previously to this. I like these weird historical films. I dig them. Everyone should.

Check out the trailer down below!

It’s good to be back! What should I see next? Or read next? What would you like me to review?

No review 12/11/18

Hi all!

No review this week as I completely forgot to watch, read or do anything of note (being half way through BoJack Horseman isn’t enough!) Next week will be a review of Destiny,  as it was free on PC this week, so I will play some more and get back to you!

Sorry!

I am super sorry! I completely forgot! I think I have a serious case of the weekend brain! Leave a comment telling me what you’d like me to review! 

‘How clever, you’re dressed as your future’ – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, 2018

Good moaning (get it, Halloween puns ahead) everyone! How are we all today? Looking forward to Halloween and Bonfire night? I know I am. Halloween is probably one of my favourite holidays – I am planning on being a Sith this year. Fingers crossed my outfit works out. So today’s review is on a spoopy (yes spoopy, not spooky) theme. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina released this week and I am hyped. You may know this from my review of the comic here. I am a massive pansy to scares, I’ve probably said before, but this isn’t that scary. Disturbing occasionally, but not scary.  I’ve barely watched any of it, so I’m going to give a comparison rather than a “real” review – Does the show live up to the comic? (No mentions of the 90s show here. I did love that, but it’s so different, it can’t compare.)

Spoilers ahoy!

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Sabrina on her birthday – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix, 2018

Sabrina Spellman is about to turn 16. On Halloween. On a blood moon. Omens, omens, omens. She spends her days hanging with Harvey, her friends and going to school On her 16th birthday, Sabrina must fully embrace her witch half during a Dark Baptism during which she will pledge loyalty to the Dark Lord Satan. However, Sabrina is torn, as she must choose between her friends and her family. Sabrina spends the days leading up to her birthday finding answers to all her questions about the ritual. Things go downhill pretty fast. Because of course they do.

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Sabrina vs Sabrina. I think they did a good job!  – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Archie Comics/Netflix, 2018

So far, so good. They haven’t killed Harvey which I’m really happy with. In the comic he was killed off in the first few pages. I’m glad he hasn’t been killed off in this (So far. Hope I haven’t jinxed it).
Sabrina looks amazing. True style icon. I want to be her. And they’ve kept her looking a lot like Sabrina from the comic. Very happy about that. I quite like that they’ve brought the looks from the comic into the book, a lot like Riverdale, bringing the 50’s towards 2018. It adds some retro into it, and I really love it.
I’ve only seen a couple episodes, but I am loving it so far. I’m able to look past the modern issues they’ve kind of shoved into it – don’t get me started on that headteacher. He needs to be sacked. Urgh. I hate bad teachers in shows.
I think there’s only one bit of it I don’t like. The fact that they shoved it into the modern day. The comic wasn’t in the modern day – it kind of made Sabrina a better feminist. There was a reason for her to fight against the patriarchal nature of the Church of Night. Also, it made it more powerful that her dad was still in the picture and forcing her to be a part of it.

If you like Riverdale, give this a go. If you like witches, give this a go. If you like Halloween, give this a go. If you like watching tele give this a go. It’s worth it.

Have you seen Sabrina? What do you think? Love this more than the 90s show? What about the comic? Leave a comment down below! 

[Header image: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix, 2018]

No Review 30/07/18

Hey all! This week has been super busy (writing for my dissertation and revising for an exam) that I’ve not had the time to do any reviewing this week! Fear not, there will be a review next week, I promise! I’ve been watching a lot of iZombie as I’ve been working, so I’ll probably have all that watched by next week!

Tell me what you’d like to have me review, it can be anything – books, movie, comics, tv! You name it, I’ll try get it done!

What do you want to see me review? I’m up for anything! Leave a comment down below!