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! 

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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.

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‘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!

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“Which one of you is my Grandad’s girlfriend?” – Trust, 2018

Good afternoon, Monday-ers! How are we all this week? I hope well! I’ve had my first week of my PGCE, which means that I am officially a trainee-teacher, woo! But this does mean I’ve had less time to watch and read things than I would have liked – it’s all been tiring! Therefore, what I’m reviewing I admit to not having finished. I am half way through. This is unlike me, and I hope it won’t happen again. But I just had to talk about it! So, without further ado, I bring you Trust, a story about the Getty kidnapping. It’s a bit shorter than my usual reviews, but that’s purely because I’ve not seen all of it.

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John Paul Getty III getting kidnapped – Trust, FX/BBC, 2018

Before I begin this review, I think I should explain the kidnapping itself. John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in the in Rome when he was 16. He had toyed with the idea of getting himself kidnapped by petty criminals but he changed his mind because both of them started getting work modelling for photographers. He was blindfolded, transported, and imprisoned in a cave. The kidnappers issued a ransom note demanding $17 million in exchange for his safe return. When that message arrived, some family members suspected that the kidnapping was merely a ploy by Getty III, as he had frequently joked about staging his own kidnapping to extract money from his wealthy grandfather.

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Donald Sutherland as Getty Snr. I think he really looks the part! – Trust, FX/BBC, 2018

I have really enjoyed watching this show. I am engrossed with all of it. From what I’ve heard it does a better job than the Scott movie adaptation, but this I need to watch. Perhaps when I’ve done that I can give a comparative review of both.
Where I’m at currently at in the show is a little… boring? It’s the explaining of how he was captured, but I feel like it’s too explanatory. I think it would have been better to see most of the story from Gail’s (Getty III mother) perspective in this part. We’ve seen her going crazy over it, but I feel like we should know what she’s doing more to get Getty Snr’s attention. I am hoping it picks up later on, when we see his body parts being cut up and sent back to his family – to show that the kidnappers are not joking.
The acting is superb though. Even though there has been a few slumps in pacing, I’ve not felt like I haven’t engaged with any of it. I want to find out what happens next. I mostly want to see how it ends – How Getty III came back to his parents and grandfather, how his grandfather lived his last three years of life, if anything else crazy happens to them! I wasn’t alive when this originally happened, so I can’t wait to find out what does!

If you can get on to the BBC iPlayer, I really recommend watching it. I know it was on FX in America, but am unsure where you can see it there. But please do! It’s well worth the watch!

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‘I like the way you speak words’ – Final Space, 2018

Good Monday everyone! How are we all this fine day? This week I start back at uni, to begin my teacher training – but don’t worry, I won’t forget about you. I will keep posting here! I’m in the process of setting myself up a youtube channel over here where I’ll be talking about my love for all things ‘comic’, (like I do here), as well as how to juggle teaching and life! I want to tell you guys all about my training and how I cope!
This weeks review is from a show that came to Netflix a few weeks ago, but I’ve only just got around to reviewing it. It seemed like everything came out at the same time, and I had to prioritise what to watch and review whilst writing my dissertation. Well, now that’s all out of the way, I bring you a review of a great cartoon – Final Space. 

 

Gary Godspeed is an astronaut, who was imprisoned upon the Galaxy One, a prison

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The Gang saving the day – Final Space, Netflix, 2018

ship in which he is basically held in solitary confinement. One day he encounters Mooncake, a small green alien that says “chookitty” a lot. For some reason (obviously explained in the show) Mooncake is wanted by the evil alien, the Lord Commander – so he can get to ‘Final Space.’ Gary and Mooncake, along with other friends Gary meets – Avocato and Quinn to name two – to discover what on Earth (haha, unintended space joke) ‘Final Space’ actually is.

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Quinn and Tribore investigating something for The Infinity Guard – Final Space, Netflix, 2018

Let’s just jump right into it. I really liked Final Space. So much that I binged it as quickly as possible. What I am enjoying about adult cartoons at the moment is the fact that, like with Disenchantment, they’re easy to watch as well as touching on real life issues. Gary is completely head over heels in love with Quinn, even though he met her for five minutes, five years ago. The series explores Gary’s feelings on a grand scale. He’s the unlikely protagonist – a man who is honestly emotionally unhinged. He’s gone stir-crazy on the ship with nothing but KVN (an annoying robot who eats all his cookies), the worker bots (who all try to just kill him) and HUE (an AI who is basically his jail-guard). His emotions are plain to see and are raw, you know exactly what’s going on even though he’s a 2D cartoon. God, have I missed good 2D cartoons. Now-a-days we rely too much on 3D rendering, when most good shows can get across their message without the CGI graphics.
The ending was a bit meh, though. Like… it was definitely trying to tell people it was a cliffhanger. It was just a really… disappointing one.

You should watch Final Space. It wouldn’t take you very long to do at all, and you’ll love the characters as much as I do. It’s an easy watch, that doesn’t fail to interest the audience in what ‘Final Space’ actually is.

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‘He touched her hoo-hoo!’ – Insatiable, 2018

Good Monday, everyone! Sorry I’ve been a bit awol recently, but I am back! Don’t you worry!
As I said before, I’ve been doing a lot of binging television whilst I’ve written my dissertation. That is now all done (scary times!) so I am here, enjoying a nice break! I can finally enjoy summer!
As I said last week, I’ve been watching a lot of series and Insatiable was the first one. I have a few bones to pick – not with it. With it’s hate. This will be a different review than I usually do. I won’t be going into the story of the show, but how the story has caused so much controversy.

Let’s start with the headlines. Here is a selection of three; From Buzzfeed and Popbuzz. They all hate on the show.

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The Netflix Poster – Insatiable, CW/Netflix, 2018

They are incredibly unhelpful. This is my issue with sensationalist media; if it’s not PC in any way, it’s the devil. As someone who was a bigger girl, and has lost a lot of weight, I resonated a lot with Patty. I too have wanted revenge for the bullying I have had. Patty has some obvious mental health issues mixed in with this all – she used food as a comfort, and that gets taken away from her.
One of the main issues people have with this show is that it apparently tries to tell the audience that being fat is bad for you. But honestly, I’m not sure we can argue that it’s good for us. The Western world is more obese than ever, even our children are obese, and that is not good. Obesity leads to all kinds of health risks, so when I see people who are massive, not just chubby or a little overweight, but massive, tell me that they refuse to help themselves, even after a doctor has said they need to – it really gets to me. I was only few stone over weight and I was struggling to get up the stairs, I can’t imagine how overweight children feel.

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Debby Ryan in a fat suit, being bullied as Patty – Insatiable, CW/Netflix, 2018

I think what people forget with this type of sensationalist show is that exact word – it is sensationalist. It’s out to start a controversy, a discussion. It’s also important to remember that this is a CW show – it is aimed at teenagers, like Riverdale. It has some of the same issues tackled as Riverdale (underage sex, having to grow up too quickly). I unfortunately think that this is a case of ‘if there’s something to hate – let’s hate it’. Perhaps it tried to tackle too many issues all at once, but I’m not angry at it. The show’s producer, Lauren Gussis, experienced this fat-shaming herself, whilst at school, but because she’s skinny now, people think she’s not allowed to tell this story. That’s completely unfair to her own narrative. We forget that this is how she was treated, and she’s getting that out there.
Debby Ryan, who plays Patty, said that “We knew that this conversation [about weight] needed to be had. We knew that this societal brokenness needed to be addressed, but we didn’t know how badly it needed to be addressed.”

I for one am glad they addressed it. I hope that more teen dramas highlight issues like this, and continue to give them in a controversial way.

Did you watch Insatiable? What did you think? Do you agree with me or disagree – love it or hate it? I would love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment down below! 

 

What I’ve been watching on TV, Summer 2018

Good Monday everyone! Just a quick one this week, as I’m super busy! Currently writing an MA dissertation and working alongside! It’s made my life a little crazy at the moment! I’m going to do a quick post about what I’ve been watching at the moment! As I’m writing, I like to have something in the background, which means a lot of tele (great view of it from my bed!) All of these shows are on Sky, as it’s what’s connected to my television! So either a terrestrial or Sky Atlantic subscription required for these! Without further ado, here we go!

SPOILERS AHEAD! 

 

Westworld, Season 2

 

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Westworld, HBO, 2017 – Present

Let’s start with a familiar one, shall we? Westworld is a crazy tv show about robots, which flashes back between the present, the future and the past (super over simplified, I know.) It’s based off of the original movie, but it goes into much more detail about the uprising of robot to human. We find out about the code Ford implemented in them, this season, and that he expected things to go this way. It’s a little confusing at times, and occasionally I watch this thinking “This is such a lovely story, but it can’t be told like this.” But honestly, it’s such a pretty show… I love it. People need to see it.

Humans, Season 3

 

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Humans, Channel 4, 2015 – Present

 

Still on the robot human relationship, Humans is about synths that live amongst humans. In this season, the orange eyed humans have taken over the jobs of the green ones, (a virus/code has given the green eyed robots humanity, and so the real humans have no one do to their chores anymore!
This is a show shows a big debate between humans and robots, if robots should be given the same rights as ‘real’ humanity. It’s very interesting to watch this unravel in a world set in the exact same year as ours. It’s very interesting to watch, and the parallels it draws to our lives. Again – give it a watch!

Patrick Melrose, Mini Series 1

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Patrick Melrose, Sky Atlantic/Showtime, 2018 

Patrick Melrose is the oddest tv show I have watched. An adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s books (which are based on his growing up) and stars some big British stars (Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Raine etc.), it is basically an hour a week of a drug addled frenzy. I paused halfway through as I was so unsure how I felt about it, but have carried on to watch the rest. It’s actually quite good now it’s in the last episode. Perhaps I wasn’t mixing well with it because I wasn’t alive in the 80s, so didn’t understand how his life was working back then? It’s quite a hard watch, with the amount of drugs and abuse that happens in his life, but has made me want to read the books! So that’s a plus, right?

The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 2

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Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu/Channel 4, 2017 – Present

This was big hype last year, and for good reason. I’m glad they’ve brought it back for another year – it’s a world that’s super interesting. I was worried in the first series that there would be some kind of agenda in the show, but there isn’t, which makes me super happy. It means that it’s approachable for everyone to watch! The dystopian world that Gilead is terrifies me. As a woman, the idea of being forced to have someone else’s child because I may or may not have commited a sin (these include June, the main character, who married a man who had been in a previous relationship, or another handmaid who was a lesbian). The religious elements to this show indicate how bad things can become if we just listen to one doctrine above the rest, putting books and laws before humanity, can be detrimental to everyone. It’s not just women that are oppressed either, men are too! Whilst women who were ‘bad’ are made into handmaids, men are forced to go off to war, a war which probably makes little sense to them! As with everything else – worth a watch!

Poldark, Season 4 

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Poldark, BBC, 2015 – Present

As with every other British woman, we are super happy when Poldark is back! Set in the late 18th Century, it tells the story of a man named Ross Poldark, who comes back from the American Revolutionary war to chaos at home! This season tells of the story of Demelza cheating on Ross (after he did the same to her last season). Both still love each other, but have struggled to be around each other, with temptation coming for them from every angle. I have loved this show since the beginning, and keep promising myself that I will watch it all the way through again! I can still recall the night that Ross and Demelza got together! I really hope that they do every book in the series (it’s an adaptation of the Winston Graham novels), just so I can get more of it. If you love a good bit of historical adaptation, then go watch!

There we go! There’s what I’ve been watching! I really recommend every show on this list, even if you just give them a go! You never know, you might love every episode!

Have you seen anything on this list? What do you think of them? Love or hate them? Leave a comment down below!