‘Nothing’s gone forever, only out of place’ – Mary Poppins Returns, 2018

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!

Jack and Mary with the new Banks children; Annabel, John and little Georgie – Mary Poppins Returns, Walt Disney Pictures, 2019

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!

An adult Jane and Michael are shocked to see Mary at the door – Mary Poppins Returns, Walt Disney Pictures, 2018

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!

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“And you, good sir. What brings you here?” – The Council, 2018

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas (for last week)

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.

No Review till after Christmas 2018

Hi all! Bearer of bad news here!

Just a quick one to say that there will be no review till after Christmas.

I am so sorry there was no post this week! I have completely shut down after this term!

I will have a review written for next week! Who knows what on!

Oh and look out for my review of South Park: The Fractured Butt Whole coming soon! I am loving it at the moment.

What do you want me to review next? Leave a comment down below!

‘I’m not a man! But neither am I a wolf’ – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, 2018

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 with his wolf brothers and sisters – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Netflix, 2018

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. 

The shooting of this film is pretty darned magical – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Netflix, 2018

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!

No review 03/12/18

Hi everyone!

Just a quick one to say there’s no review this week as I have had no time! Very busy weekend here!

I am on Christmas break in a couple weeks so I will get my backlog up asap!

Sorry!

What do you want me to review next? Leave a comment down below!

Christmas Movies I’ve already watched in 2018

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

Vanessa Ann Hudgens gets to kiss both these men! – The Princess Switch, Netflix, 2018

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

Loved the use of fiction and fact here! – The Man who Invented Christmas,
Elevation Pictures, 2017

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

The BEST Christmas Prince Movie – A Christmas Prince, Netflix, 2018

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!


‘Remember when I said you fly too fast? Forget I said that. Fly fast!’ – Destiny 2, 2017

Happy Monday, everyone! How are we all? I hope well! I am starting to think that weekends are not long enough! Two days is not enough to recoup from the week before! As promised, I am back this week and I actually have something to review! Without further ado, here comes my review of Destiny 2. 

My Warlock in Destiny 2 – Destiny 2, Bungie, 2017

Destiny 2 is (obviously) the sequel to Destiny. Players assume the role of a Guardian, who protect Earth’s Last City from invading alien races. The Cabal, who are a warmongering race, have taken over the Last City and all Guardians are stripped of their abilities (their light). The player character sets out on a journey to find their light and take back the Last City.

Destiny 2 is a first person shooter, with the player going into third person when using their ultimate power. These powers are based around void, fire and air. I currently use fire, because that’s the first warlock power. 

The Dawnblade – Destiny 2, Bungie, 2017

I really like Destiny 2. It’s a really fun game to play with others. Of course, I’ve been playing it with @sebonthesilvermountain because I like to spend time with him and really struggle to play videogames by myself if they’re meant to be multiplayer. 
Both Seb and I agree that the gun play is very smooth. The weapons feel distinct, even if some of them aren’t very good. I am not a fan of the grenade launchers. I find questing fun, and I am interested in the story. I want to know more about the characters, and I’m excited to be hearing what my characters voice is when I get to the DLC. 
The game does have some downfalls though. For instance, I have an issue with the game being a bit short. I’ve not been playing long, but I know for a fact that I am nearly 50% of the way through the main campaign. I’m glad I have some DLC, but Bungie expecting people to research the original game or something. Seb has an issue with the game being lacking, especially for PC players. It expects players to know all about the original Destiny. As a PC player, neither of us know about it as the original game never came to PC. We are missing out on some of the game. 

All in all, I would say someone give this game a go! I don’t know if it’s still for free, but it’s worth picking up to play.

What do you think about Destiny 2? Did you play the original before the second one? Would you play them if you’ve never played them before? Leave a comment down below!  

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! 

What I did to celebrate Halloween in 2018

Good Monday everyone! For anyone that knows me, I love Halloween. I love the aesthetic, the dressing up, the movies that come out. I don’t like really scary things or knocking on people’s doors expecting food, but I do love the effort people put in to Halloween-ify their houses. Because I was with @sebonthesilvermountain this week we did some stuff together. Below is an amalgamation of the things we did together to celebrate. Without further ado… here we go!

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During the day we went to the ‘St. Albans BID’ event in town. We went a bit later than everyone else to avoid some of the crowds, but it seemed well attended. It was really nice to see people dressing up and enjoying themselves.

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The cover art shows how crazy this game is – Lust for Darkness, Movie Games Lunarium, 2018

Lust for Darkness

Who doesn’t like dark mythos imbued with cults all around sex. I did enjoy this game but the ending was really meh. To me it’s like they spent all their money early on  and then had to rush it. The story was interesting though. Jonathon has to save his wife Amanda from a sex-cult where she’s been “held prisoner” for a year. There are weird demon things and lots of death and killing. It’s worth a play for a couple hours. Obviously it’s 300% NSFW and 18+ so no kids please!

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Lucius is as evil as he looks – Lucius, Shiver Games, 2012

Lucius I

Who doesn’t love being the son of the devil, riding your trike around your house and mercilessly killing people? Lucius (so far at least) is a really fun game. It’s some stealth, some magic, some mystery and a whole lot of fun. Did I mention riding around your whole house on a trike? It’s worth the few £ that it is on steam at the moment.

 

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

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

#TBT last week when I reviewed the first two episodes of Sabrina. Well, I finished it finally and let me say – I loved it. Like I said last week, there were some pushy bits of agenda, but in the end I really liked what happened to the characters. I look forward to season 2!

 

Alas, Halloween is done for another year. I wonder what the next one will have in store for me!

What did you do to celebrate Halloween? Did you have a good time? Leave a comment down below and tell me! 

‘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]