‘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!

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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!

‘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

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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]

What I’ve been watching, Autumn 2018

Good morning and happy Monday everyone! How are we all this fine weekday? I hope you all had a calm and relaxing weekend. I certainly did; I brought a new car. I know – crazy. I feel like a real adult, doing real adulting things. Anyway, I haven’t been able to binge watch a series, and there’s only been a few episodes of the new seasons of shows that are out. So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been watching at the moment (on Netflix obviously). There may be spoilers ahead.

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Chidi and Eleanor talking about philosophy – The Good Place, Netflix, 2018

The Good Place Season 3

This season started off with a bang. We’re back on Earth, due to Michael’s shenanigans, and none of our characters know each other. We saw a bit of this last season, but now we know how Michael got all of the characters there. I have to admit – it’s been a bit of a slow start. But the latest episode was really good. Their acceptance of their fates was superb, and showed them all going through signs of denial and grief. I love this show and am really glad it’s back.

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Bojack and his agent – Bojack Horseman, Netflix, 2018

Bojack Horseman

I’m a bit late to this party. I have only just started to watch it, and I have to say, I don’t know how I feel about it. It’s funny in places sure, but it feels like any other adult cartoon (Family Guy, American Dad etc.) except this guy is a horse and there are other animal-people around as well as humans. It’s just meh. Maybe it’ll pick up later on. I’ll stick with it.

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Riverdale Season 3

I don’t remember if I told you my thoughts on Riverdale Season 2 but you should know I thought it was whack. It kind of started to ruin my love for it (But nothing ruins my love for Bughead, Bughead for life). This season starts out with Archie’s trial, and goes on to be about the Occult? I don’t know, I was a bit taken aback when it began. I know the new Sabrina is coming out, so perhaps they’re trying to tie them in a bit? It would be interesting, seeing as Greendale is already in the series. I won’t be giving up on it, but I am dubious at the moment.

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The Dragon Prince

I am halfway through The Dragon Prince and I honestly do like it. It’s a good story, and it’s done by the same people who did Aang so it’s going to be amazing. But what’s with the frame-drop art style? I worried it was my internet for a little but lots of people have been complaining. It makes it a bit disjointed to watch. Which is why I’m only half the way through. But I will finish it. I promise.

I need to get to finishing some tele! I am very behind as you can see!

Have you seen any of these? What is your thoughts on any of them? Something you wished I would watch on Netflix? Leave me a comment down below! 

‘That was one heck of a worm dance’ – Big Mouth, Season 2, 2018

Hey everyone! How are we all? Thanks for allowing me a week off! I felt pretty awful over the weekend and just needed some time off. It’s been a tough week my end, purely because I was sick all week. And teaching whilst sick is very difficult. But being sick meant I got a lot of television watched. Including the new season of Big Mouth.

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Andrew and The Shame Wizard. If there’s one man that I like to speak like, it’s The Shame Wizard. Sorry, The Shane Lizard – Big Mouth, Netflix, 2018

Big Mouth is based around Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s childhood within the New York suburbs – but we already know that. Because we’ve already reviewed season one.
As with before Nick is constantly comparing himself to Andrew. Even though he’s got a hormone monster now, he feels like he is behind in his developmental stages. He’s told time and time again there’s nothing wrong with him, but he won’t listen and wants to grow up. Andrew, and honestly every other character, is terrified of growing up. Each of them has something wrong with them; Andrew thinks he’s disgusting for having feelings, Jess is having trouble with her parents, Jay’s dad is a terrible influence – that kind of thing. Plus, Coach Steve gets his own story too. Which is just hilarious. He sings the theme tune for his episode.

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Andrew looking at Nick’s sister’s swimming costume – Big Mouth, Netflix, 2018

Season 2 was even better than season 1, in my honest opinion. It’s so open and honest about adolescence and puberty. It handles how boys and girls feel about their bodies and emotions so candidly, I assume that any adult watching it can relate – I certainly can. Issues are still dealt with in refreshing openness. I would say this seasons got much better writing too – it’s not officially one of the best cartoons on Netflix. Heck, it’s one of the best cartoons out there. I would even suggest showing it to elder teens – the hormone monsters and the teens, and even the adults, feel so real and genuine. Their stories are just top notch.

Go watch Big Mouth, seasons one and two. It’s just so good. I think everyone will love it.

[Header image: Big Mouth, Netflix, 2018]

No Review 07/10/18

Hey everyone!

Just a quick one to say there’s no review this week! I have been struck down by the Gods of Influenza, and had an essay to write so that took priority.

Have a good week and tune in next week for my review on the second season of Big Mouth.

‘My head doesn’t work right. I thought maybe these people, could fix me. Sounds stupid.’ – Maniac, 2018

Hello everyone! How are we this lovely Monday? I hope well! I am exhausted, but not too exhausted to not bring you a good ol’ blog post! I just hope you forgive that my reviews are smaller and more concise for the time being!  I’ve been settling into working, so haven’t been watching or reading much – however, I had this to finish off, which means you’re getting a review of one of the greatest things I’ve seen on Netflix this year – Maniac. 

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Maniac poster, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill – Maniac, Netflix, 2018

Maniac follows Annie and Owen, two random people who put themselves up to participate in a pharmaceutical trial. Annie is pretty done with life, taking drugs, living in a hovel and stealing most of her father’s money. She’s more fixated on her broken relationship with everyone than trying to actually fix them. Owen, a younger son of a rich family (and probably the most normal, which is saying something) has struggled his whole life with schizophrenia. Neither is happy – they want to get better. So when Dr. James K. Mantleray claims, via his trail, that he can repair anything about the mind it draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial. Let’s just say it goes a bit crazy, and nothing goes as anyone would like. But what else were we expecting when it’s being run by an AI with emotional issues.

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Owen and Annie deal with their emotions, face to face – Maniac, Netflox, 2018

If you can’t already tell, I loved Maniac. I found it really realistic to the real 80’s (not that I was alive then). The use of the AI in the old style computers was amazing, and I loved the high colour palettes used. Even the stark whiteness of the lab contrasted so well to the dream sequences.
The writing was superb. I found myself falling in love with all of the characters, each of them were unique – the lab techs and the test subjects. Their conversations were candid, and sometimes funny, but the actors really got behind their characters. From what I’ve read, they did a lot of method acting. For instance – Justin Theroux only managed to get into the character of James by playing his awful wig as just that – an awful wig that James puts on every morning to cover his bad bald spot. They all played into their character’s small madnesses and insecurities – Owen worried about his mental stability, James worried about his mother etc.
I know this is a limited series which is what I’m both happy and sad about. Owen and Annie’s story is over, they have an ending. But not all the characters do; and I want to know what happens to them. What happens to the AI? What happens to the company? What happens to everything. Maybe even what happens to Annie and Owen, if they make it where they want to go.

You should see Maniac. It’s a good sci-fi show. It’s deep and alluring. I loved it. Go and watch!

[Header: Maniac, Netflix, 2018]