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Line of Duty S4, E8: AC-12 finally unmasks the truth about Operation Trapdoor and balaclava man, along with a few surprises on the way! (spoiler alert)

Th is is a review of Series 4, episode 8 of Line of Duty, which is finally coming to a close!

We were all left wondering whether Roz would get away with framing her husband and if Micheal would be innocently convicted. We found out….

 So this was the finale?

The finale was unexpected and extremely gripping. We knew in our minds that balaclava man could have been more than one person, but hoped that it wasn’t.

What I thought of the plot and outcome?

The plot was twisted (as we would have expected) and we only really found out the extent of the culprits by the end. The plot was intense and we were put through a series of emotions, such as impatience (when Roz would not admit her doings on Tim), sadness (when we thought Micheal would go to jail as innocent), relieved (when Roz admitted her offence) and surprised (by the involvement of Jamie in the plot).

There was some suspicion around Hilton and the viewers in this case would have be right. Hilton sent and recommended Jamie to work at AC-12 to presumably watch the case and the person connecting them together was Lakewell. He was not balaclava man, but he did frame Micheal Farmer. It was all a group effort and AC-12 could not have pinned it on to Lakewell, without Roz becoming detective. In some way I like her more than I did before this episode as she looked into every detail, in turn convicting him of perverting the cause of justice.

I still don’t understand though… Roz admitted to murdering Tim accidentally, yet she covered her tracks, adding on more suspicion? Why did she not just admit it instead of going to all the trouble of pinning it on her husband and tampering with the evidence? It seemed like she would have denied the murder (convicted manslaughter) if she had not been found out by AC-12 and the clothes and evidence she hid were not recovered?

I do think that this series was quite unrealistic and was lengthened to fit six episodes. In my opinion, it could have been shorter and less farfetched, whilst getting the same outcome and emotions from the viewers.

Am I excited for the next series?

Yes!  We could be faced with a new case in the next series or the return of Balaclava man, bearing in mind that there were many people involved in the operation who AC-12 were not informed of!

Star Rating

Overall I would give this episode:

5 star rating

What an episode to end the series! The five star rating is well deserved!

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Broadchurch S3 E6: Work-life balance is difficult for everyone, even Miller and Hardy!

In this review, I am discussing Broadchurch. In episode 6, we saw the case continue with suspects coming and going.

My Thoughts

This episode informed us of compelling evidence against Ed that was the most conclusive breakthrough yet. My initial impression of Ed at the start was that he was very understanding. Part of me is now worried that he can hide behind that persona and be totally different. I know that in these series, nothing is as it seems…

We saw the emotions run high between the residents, especially Ed and Jim. Ed liked Trish and seemed to lose control when he faced Jim, after he found out that they had slept together. He seemed very obsessed with her and had photos from 10 years ago… and he sent her the flowers, which was kind of creepy. He can also get violent, as we could see from Jim’s facial injuries.

We have seen Miller and Hardy work together for three series now and have developed a fact file of their personalities. Miller, being funny and sensitive and Hardy, in contrast, being direct and very focused.

But in this episode, we saw an angry side to Miller. Smashing laptops and phones after finding her sons porn, Miller seemed to have bottled a lot of anger and it was now all being released. It was kind of scary as I would not have imagined her as this controlling. Hardy on the other hand, was very sensitive and when his daughter Daisy wanted to move back in with his mum, he took a softer, motivational approach and begged for her to stay. It was moving and I felt my heart melt with his words.

It seemed that the case was becoming more than a job, and was developing into an obsession. With so much at stake, it was easy to neglect family and lose track of what was going on. I felt sorry for them as it can’t have been easy.

Hardy and Miller were also angry at Katie – Ed was her father! Katie was hesitant to tell them and refused to get involved in the interview with Ed and no wonder…  Miller worked so hard to get to where she was and Katie just swanned in after 6 months training and potentially compromised the case!

Conclusion

Overall I found the case focused more on the detectives and their families, which is nice as it suggested that their job is not the only thing they are dealing with. They are human too. The plot in this episode seemed very plausible too. I found the episode gripping, intense and personal. I also cried at the end (you will know why if you have seen the episode).

Comment if you agree (or if you don’t). I would like to know what you all think 🙂

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Everyones favourite fairytale is brought back to life and it takes us into a new magical world! (Spoiler alert)

This film has been long awaited and has finally arrived at our screens! There is such a hype around the film and I hope it does not chip any of our expectations!

Beauty and the Beast has the same plot as the Disney film, which was first released in 1991. The director Bill Condon added in a few scenes that filled in some of the gaps, such as her mother’s death.

The plot

We were introduced to a young, beautiful girl in a small town, named Belle (Emma Watson). She lived with her wacky father who was a very good inventor. Belle did not feel that she belonged in the town and was seen as odd by her fellow villagers. She had a very kind and understanding nature and tended to see people beyond their outside appearance. She had also been bought up by her father Maurice to be fearless and to not be afraid.

Of course, what was so scary about a big spooky castle and a tall beast like figure? Whilst Maurice was spooked by the Beast after stealing a rose from his garden, Belle was very courageous and faced the Beast by saying “come into the light”. Belle was willing to stay there for life, so her father could be freed. She was fearless.

When you see the beast (Dan Stevens), you may think of it as an evil creature. The Beast, in reality was not a beast at all, but a selfish prince who took what he had for granted and rightly got punished. Over time, he got withdrawn and realised his mistakes, often resulting in anger. He often approached Belle in a loud and explosive manner that used to startle her yet over time she started to tame him. She taught him the importance of books and they shared humour. They ate together and he started to see her in a different way.

Belle got on with the Beast. They had common interests and she started to love him however she was in demand. A buff, over confident and good looking Gaston (Luke Evans), had his eyes on Belle. She was as good looking as he was, which meant that she would be his future wife. Gaston came across as very strong and only did things for his personal gain. He lied to the villagers to make Maurice look crazy and left his friend in need to kill the Beast! I mean who would believe that there was a beast in a dark castle in the middle of the forest…

The best scenes

There were many scenes that I found extremely humorous and most of them included Gastons friend, Lou Fu (Josh Grad) who added some sass and attitude to many “Gaston focused” scenes. He was extremely entertaining to watch, especially when he was dancing on the tables during the song “Gaston”. He always found a way to calm Gaston down and despite Gaston’s attitude, he stuck around, despite not really feeling appreciated.

We were also joined in many funny scenes with the one and only Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (Ian Mckellen). They were just like two best friends, always blaming each other for things and having a friendly rivalry. They both had different personalities, with Lumiere being louder and more stubborn to following rules, with Cogsworth alway wanting to stay in line. We were truely blessed to see Lumiere in his element during the song “Be Our Guest”, in which he displayed his entertaining and enthusiastic manner, along with his great singing voice.  It was accompanied by bright colours, fireworks and of course the grey stuff (try it, it’s delicious).

Of course, we can’t forget one of the most important scenes in the film – the dance in the grand ballroom. Belle was utterly gorgeous in her yellow dress (so fittingly representing innocence) and whilst she and the Beast were dancing, I felt that they had eventually found each other. The Beast was coarse and unrefined, but she saw past that all to see that he was dear and caring. The Beast loved Belle and he let her go free, as a sign of love. He wanted her to be happy but if she was not happy here, he was prepared to let her go.

With no hope of her return, the Beast was sad and withdrawn, much to the delight of Gaston, who could eventually slay it and for all. Gaston could not understand why Belle would fall for such a beast… he was one sided and just saw the outside, not that he as caring, gentle and a better man than he was. Gaston met his demise and fell from the collapsing bridge, not before he could wound the beast to the ground. Belle was heartbroken and when the last rose petal fell, she was left hunching over his still body, longing for him to come back.

She loved him and the enchantress who cast the curse on him all those years ago, finally agreed that he had earned his right to be human. No longer would he be a beast, but a kind and loved prince by all the village. He and Belle lived happily ever after and with Gaston gone, there was less ego in the air. His fellow staff had been returned to their original human selves and the castle was not longer feared, rather it was open to dances and celebrations.

Final Thoughts

I saw my favourite fairytale come back to life and it was magical. The scenes were beautiful with such incredible detail, from the dresses and outfits to the castle’s luxurious interior and beautiful grounds.

We were blessed with a film that could make any of our childhood dreams come true and it could not have happened without such an amazing cast. Emma Watson was flawless as Belle, Luke Evans was a dreamy and masculine Gaston and brilliant humour was provided by the incredible Ewan Mcgregor, Ian Mckellen and Josh Grad.

If you ever need a bit of magic in your life and a hint of sass, this is the film to watch.

Be our guest and take your place at a cinema near you.

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Line of Duty S4, E1 was definitely not as straight-forward as we thought! (spolier alert)

So we had similar faces, such as DS Steve Arnott (acted by Martin Compston), SI Ted Hastings (acted by Adrian Dunbar) and DC Kate Fleming (acted by Vicky McClure). They were returning characters.

New team member included DC Jamie Desford (acted by Royce Pierreson) and DCI Roz Huntley (acted by Thandie Newton).

So overall, new viewers of this series will not have to worry too much about what has happened previously. As it is a new case, the series will have new challenges and will be more thrilling than the previous three series.

The plot

The case followed an abduction of a young girl after two girls previously had been murdered. The Senior Investigator had gathered evidence and closed the case, yet FI Tim Ifield (played by Jason Watkins) had his doubts and got AC-12 involved.

The case was gripping and we saw horrible scenes of abduction, by a figure, whose face was hidden by a balaclava, and was wearing a black leather jacket. Micheal Palmer was arrested on the suspicion of attempted murder, and he claimed to be visiting his nan in the nursing home (7.30 – 8.30) then he ate some sandwiches on a wall. He did not remember where the wall was and said that he had nothing to do with the fire, the abduction or the jewellry evidence. He was not sure about any of it and he was very sketchy. He was later charged.

The victim could not prove that it was Micheal and the evidence did not really suggest it was him after it was examined by FI Tim Ifield and presented to DS Steve Arnott at AC-12. No carpet fibres were on the jewellry, so they may have been planted there. A boot print at the scene did not match any of the investigators and showed that may have been someone else in the house.

The senior officer DCI Roz Huntly, the SIO who closed the case previously, was very dismissive towards new evidence and always seemed to feel that she had grasped it all. In some way it is selfish. Micheal Palmer was convicted, which was quick, however this seemed too quick… The evidence could have been pointing towards him, but was it deceiving? DCI Roz Huntly also seemed very dominating and unrespectful. She was just doing her job, but was she really looking into the evidence. Was she bending the facts to close it under pressure?

Fleming and Arnott started to investigate Micheal Farmer for the murder of two girls and attempted murder of one, more recently. Micheal Farmer was accused of the rape of a young 15 year old girl, so was that really enough to charge him on? They wanted to dig deeper and Fleming was now part of  SIO Roz’s team temporarily, as a way to gather more evidence on Micheal Farmer. She was confident that their team was following procedures and felt that all her good work was being too critically analysed.

FI Tim Ifield was very into the evidence and throughout the episode, he reviewed evidence again and again which was slightly suspicious.  He said that no black fibres or balaclava fibres were found on the victim’s body, in Micheal’s car or his house. This evidence could be quite obvious – the balaclava man on the CCTV had size 10 feet, whilst Micheal was size 8. Was Micheal Farmer framed for the murders by a man who committed all three?

FI Tim Ifield went to visit the cafe where Hana, the 3rd victim worked and was visited by Roz who confronted him about looking at the evidence for Micheal Farmer. She questioned why they were looking over the evidence. She used her status and authority to convince him that she was right about the case. She lashed out at him and raised her voice.

To our shock, we saw FI Ifield push Roz in defence and she fell onto his floor, blood lying in a puddle under her head. He went to his backpack and and got out a balaclava and black jacket. Was he the murderer? He was in the investigating team; he had AC-12 around his little finger and had their trust. Was poor Roz in trouble now?

 

My liking towards him grew lesser and lesser whilst I started to feel sorry for Roz more. Her character is domineering and authoritative but in this position, she is vulnerable. I just hope that she survives.

Final Thoughts

There are many little nooks in this case and some quite similar to the previous series.

We have an insider who could have been the murderer. He has their trust and no bad police record, but worst of all, he is an FI! He knows how to hide and present evidence to frame others. He is a skilled nightmare, but did he do it?

I was not a fan of CIO Roz at the start of the episode and she did not seem liked by others, except her assistant. She came across as quite rash and was quick to frame Micheal for the murders. However she was very wrong, and to find out face to face, in such a vulnerable position, I just hope that the AC-12 team are given a little clue, otherwise the case will not be solved.

Gripping beyond a doubt and it kept me on my toes right to the end…. the AC-12 team must be prepared to fight hard for this case!

Really worth a watch…

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The Mummy had me wrapped in its grasp from the off set! (Spoiler alert)

So I went to see the newly released “The Mummy” film and I found it action packed. The film kept me on tenterhooks, as tense music was present all the way through.

My Thoughts

Tom Cruise, who played Nick Morton, an artifact stealer man who stumbled upon a tomb, containing a dark force that was hidden in the hope that it would never be discovered.  He was joined by a young archaeologist Jenny Halsey (played by Annabelle Wallis) who was eager to discover more. As the discovery emerged, it became clear that there was something more to it, including the cover up of history during in 1127bc. Nick and Jenny both got on very well and they were a great team and worked well together, despite her hidden agenda.

Our evil counterpart, Princess Ahmanet had a very dominating and scary look to her. She was a perfect villain who made the film exciting, as she was always lurking around in corners, jumping out or appearing at any opportunity. She definitely kept me on my toes and I kept jumping in shock, even when I expected it.

The graphics in the movie were very much CGI, however they did look genuine, especially the Egyptian burial sites and prison that held Princess Ahmanet. A scene that was less convincing was the moment where the plane crashed. Nick and Jenny were rolling around in the plane and attempting to hold on to anything they could. It was like they were falling forever and by the time it had crashed, it had felt like hours.

The ending was odd and not what I expected for a Tom Cruise film. He was a hero who took the evil to save Jenny and innocent lives, rather than killing the evil itself. I found this admirable, but very contrasting to his fighting spirit in the film.

Last Note

The Mummy was exciting, tense and worth the watch! The CGI made the film even more exciting too because it made you feel like you were there..

Star Rating

I would give the film 4 stars as it was so well made and exciting from the off set.

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S1, E3: Conspiracies emerged and truths backfired in the series, Broken! (spoiler alert)

I am reviewing S1 E3 of the BBC series Broken. This episode was especially tense and we got an insight into Father Micheal’s flashbacks.

My Thoughts

He had a troubled education – he was mallestered by his english teacher, Father Matthews. He has had trouble in his past taking advantage of girls and it makes me wonder if it was because of his teacher?

It seemed like those who ran the church and took of advantage failed Micheal, yet he still went to God as a priest. He had to face Father Matthew’s sooner or later and when he did, Father Matthew’s was very dismissive of the claims and stated “you enjoyed it”. I felt very sorry for Father Micheal as he didn’t get the apology that he deserved.

Father Micheal was also fighting with his guilt over Vernon’s message. It was like a song in his head that he could not get out – one with a memorable addictive tune like crazy frog.

We also were introduced to a police man who was at the scene when Vernon was shot. He was advised to tell the truth by father Micheal. However the female coworker Dawn, who sprayed on a young boy and lead to his death threatened the police officer to lie. His story did not match up with the other officers and he was angry that she got away with killing a young boy.

All of his family and friends were put against him – peer pressuring him to change his account of the death. He was understandably angry and infuriated that he, the truthful one, was shot down by those who lied. I just wished that he could help and be the officer to allow his mother to know the truth.

Last Note

It was tense, gripping and I had my heart in my chest and I just hoped that Dawn would admit really happened to Vernon. It was so sad to think that someone telling the truth was grated down to the point of lying.

We saw a vulnerable side to Father Micheal in this episode and relived his childhood memories of his unsavoury education. How is he support to help others when he is struggling himself?

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give the episode 4 stars!

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I was left in knots by Berlin Syndrome! (Spoiler alert)

I looked at the plot before hand, but only briefly. I wanted to know what was going on but still be surprised and gripped to the screen. The film did not disappoint.

My Thoughts

The thriller had the two key ingredients – a psychotic killer and obsessive and an unwilling victim who was prepared to risk her life to escape. The way Clare stabbed him in the hand with a screwdriver was gutsy and how she cunningly beat him with his own weapon was sneaky.

At first looks you wouldn’t think that anything was wrong with Andi or odd but looks can be deceiving. Under that neat beard and nice eyes, there was a monster who would manipulate, abuse and lock woman away against their will. His creepy stare and photobooks of disturbing naked photos would be enough to damage someone for life. Especially if they are not you…

Of course this man had no intention if stopping after his previous victim Nathalie and moved on to Clare. A sweet young Australian tourist who just wanted to travel and develop memories.

The plot was definitely gripping and my eyes were locked on the awful situation in front of me. My criticism was that Clare got involved with Andi very quickly and didn’t really think “hmm I don’t know this guy and I am on my own so I should probably be careful”. I think the “stranger danger” advice that parents tell their children is relevant here. Furthermore the dangerous fling between Andi and Clare was a bit naive and rushed.

Final Note

What a film and my attention was glued to the screen right to the end! Apart from my little criticisms, it would be happy to see it again or recommend it to others!

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give Berlin Syndrome 4 stars as it was gripping, captivating and nail bitingly tense!

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S1 E3: Dramatic concrete finale to the gripping series, Paula! (Spoiler alert)

What a build up to such an exciting episode! I have been critical of the previous two episodes, however this finale passed all my expectations.

My Thoughts

The episode was less farfetched than last week’s and answered all our questions.

James found out his fate in court and Paula and Mac were understandably struggling with everything that had seen and gone through. Mac was still recovering from his attack when he confronted James after he attacked Paula in the restaurant.

I have called Paula marmite before and I could not agree more in the finale. She has an odd way of solving her problems and it mostly includes getting other people involved and in the wrong. She also doesn’t help herself and tends to go back to old flames such as James.

We saw a different side to Paula and I actually felt sorry for James, especially after he revealed his sad childhood and the identity of that young girl he had been seeing. The young girl being his sister, I admit that I expected her to be one of his victims so I guess there are no skeletons in his closet.

So poor James was suffering with more frequent nightmares and his sister Mary was appearing. She looked very creepy with her pale skin and she didn’t speak at all – she just stared and I was waiting for her to jump out. Luckily she didn”t…

Paula became a different person in the finale and we found out how psychotic she really was. James came to visit her in her basement and a kiss became something more sinister. James woke up in a dark container, which was later buried under fresh concrete. This just reminded him of when he was locked in a cupboard with his sister. James had finally met his match and relied on Paula to live – “I keep you alive or you can die and it won’t matter”. I thought she had killed and buried him, but this is so much worse.  I found this very disturbing to watch, and just to make it even more creepy, we saw Mary one last time.

Final Note

So the series was short and sweet, but not low on drama, suspense and little girl sightings. The ending was very unpredictable and uncomfortable and Paula’s final act made us awe in shock. Very good series. Would recommend.

Star Rating

Overall I would give this episode and the overall series 4 stars!

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S1 E2: Broken introduced new cracks to the plot as Michael Kerrigan’s past was revealed! (Spoiler Alert)

In this second episode, we saw more emphasis on Priest Micheal Kerrigan (played by Sean Bean), than the young struggling mother, Christina Fitzsimmons (played by Anna Friel).

My Thoughts

As a priest, he has not had the most innocent past. During a woman’s confession, he revealed that he abused women and used for sex. It is not everyday that you find out that your priest had those shocking intentions. As he explained, he was very young and took advantage of them because he could.

Priest Micheal Kerrigan did not have the best time in this episode. Alongside his confession to the woman, he unintentionally contributed to the death of a young man. When he could have gone and helped him, he decided to ignore the phone call, only to find out the horrible news in the sermon the next morning.

He found the guilt extremely overwhelming, however he had to make a choice: Should he tell the boys mother of his guilt or be the priest that she needs for her grief and support her? I also tried to imagine what I would do in that situation – if I would have the guts to tell her that he may still be alive if I picked up the phone. I don’t think I would be able to.

Final Note

The episode was gripping but not in a thriller way. It made me think about my morals and regrets. It showed that guilt could be very overpowering, and that even so, a man can turn his life around and get forgiveness from God.

I could not look away from start to finish and I am eager to see what the next episode has holds. With so much in the priests past, I have no doubt that there are many more shocks and revelations to come.

Star Review

I would give the review 4 stars as it was morally gripping from start to finish! The series is different to other BBC dramas and I like it!

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“My Life as a Courgette” was not the cream of the crop!

I am reviewing the animated film “My Life as a Courgette (Zucchini)”, which is available to see at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne.

My Thoughts

The plot followed a young boy, nicknamed Courgette who went into care and adapted to living without his mum. It was hard to see him struggle however very uplifting when a new arrival to the home made him and the children happier.

It was an animated film, however it did pull on my heart strings a bit. It was the lack of belonging and failure that these children felt towards their parents that got me emotional.

Final Note

I enjoyed the film however it did not stand out as much as other films I have seen.

Star Rating

I would give the film 3 stars as it was not as memorable as I hoped.

What do you think?

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S1, E2: Troubled Paula faced more drama in an overly packed episode!

This is a review of Paula, episode 2, series 1. on BBC 2, normally shown on Thursday night.

My Feelings

I found this episode quite farfetched and filled with unnecessary drama – fights galore that added nothing to the story line, just a way to lengthen out the episode! I would prefer two episodes to three as it would be easier to watch.

Paula has that marmite feeling to her – you either love her or hate her, and in this episode, I found her very eerie. Yes she had lost Phillip and her brother in suppose suicides, however I found her hard to watch. Her constant frown and vulgar language was very off putting. I do not understand why James and the detective would suddenly be so fixed on her – were we suppose to be scared of her and not James?

We know that James is not mentally stable and has had increasing illusions of a young child. It was very creepy. but brings up the question: Does he have any skeletons in his closet?

To be honest, Paula isn’t any better. Death and stress do bad things to people and her mental capacity has got a little less predictable since her one night stand with James.

Her weird thoughts have also given us a bit of a chill – the fact that she liked being the prisoner in games when she was younger and explained how she visited another family while she was unconscious, after asking her brother to strangle her. It was all a bit disturbing really.

 Final Note

Dramatic? yes but a little too dramatic and predictable! You could just tell what was going to happen to her alcoholic brother. It was inevitable.

Star Rating

I would give it 3 stars as the plot was a bit too ambitious!

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Broken looks at the lives of two people and shows us the harsh reality! 

This is a new BBC series following two people and how they are facing life in its most unpredictable way.

General Plot

The episode followed Sean Bean as Father Micheal Kerrigan with an abusive and sad past and Anna Friel, a financially struggling mother of three who lost her job. The reality is that life is not always kind like God and for Father Micheal, he has seen horrible things.

My Thoughts

We saw struggles with claiming benefits, feeding three children, dealing with the past. It seemed that they were all trying to make a living with the little money and resources they had.

I was especially emotional when Anna’s mum died and had the phone in her hand to call help, only to die before it came. She was so broke that she tried to hide her mothers death so she could still get her pension and it became days. Her family were asking questions and the idea of keeping her mother alive for her pension, was to others quite heartless, nethernerless, it was what Anna relied on to live.

Father Micheal’s flashbacks were all church related and not positive. He was still troubled with memories.

Was it intense, gripping? Yes. It was a different type of drama and was more relatable than gripping murder series.

Final Note

I found it very difficult to watch, not because it was badly made… no, because people actually lived that way with little money and lack of job security. It was heart breaking.

It was different to everything I have seen and it’s real life depiction reminded me of a film I had watched – I Daniel Blake. One I would also recommend to watch if you have a night to yourself and a box of tissues.

Star Rating

I would give this series 4 stars and would recommend watching this (if you have not already). The series looks like it will become more interesting. I will definitely be watching next week. You in?

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Late review of Paula S1 E1: Prepare to be glued to your seat and mesmerised by all the drama!

So I watched the first episode of Paula this week. I have not really had chance to publish my thoughts about it and I will try and keep these brief.

My Thoughts

We were introduced to Paula ( Denise Gough), a quiet chemistry teacher and then later met Handyman James (Tom Hughes). At first looks, he was professional and had charm and handled Paula’s rat problem with ease.  Paula was in pursuit from Philip, at PE teacher at the same school. He seemed eager to spend weekends with her behind his wife’s back.

It all seemed normal, but then things got weird and a one night stand became something more sinister and dark.

I saw James’s character change and we saw him in a more violent and stressful light. Not only that, he was acting rather odd and with visions and nightmares, he looked a little unstable. This seemed incredibly evident when he started to investigate into Paula’s life and finally learned about Phillip and their secret one time affair.

He became rather creepy, and it showed no bounds as he blackmailed Philip and lured him to a dark rubbish site, only to kill him with his bare hands.

I have seen many films which have resulted in a one night stand, and nothing this dramatic has come of it.

Final Note

It was unpredictable and tense. My opinions of these characters went up and down like yoyo – sometimes sympathy for James state and then awe at his audacity to deliver violence. The death of Philip made me shudder and the ghostly girl sighting in James van was chilling.

The director made it very clear in this episode that nothing was as it seems and some problems are skin deep. Paula’s comment of “You could be anyone” after their one night stand was now more relevant.

Star Rating

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The opening episode deserves 4 stars, without a doubt!

If you like the Fall or the Replacement, than you will love this!

Stay tuned for the the next of three episodes this Thursday!

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The Other Side of Hope showed humanity but didn’t hold my interest! (Spoiler Alert)

When a film focuses on war, death and refugees, it really makes us hurt emotionally. Stories of war, depicted beautifully by Abi Kaurismaki, made me appreciate what I have – a home, family, food and security.

My Thoughts

The Other Side of Hope had a simple plot and followed a restaurant owner who helped a Syrian refugee who fled war and was desperately trying to find his sister.

Themes in the film included war, in which we learnt of horrible family losses. For Khaled, this consisted of his mother, father, brother and friends family.  We were introduced to Khaled who fled war for a better life and payed to be smuggled over borders. There were some moments where we saw true discrimination and violence against immigrants and I found this very uncomfortable. This was however bypassed by the humanity of local Finnish people who supported Khaled. I found the way Khaled was welcomed by the restaurant owner and the team very encouraging and I hope that those who watch this film understand refugees more and the risks they take to get to safety.

In contrast, I would say that the plot was slow and it took a while for me to get into it. I found myself getting bored and only really being captivated in the last 30 minutes. This film was not really meant to be fast paced though, rather was aimed to be close to the heart and teach us about morals. The film has definitely given me some food for thought!

Last Note

Overall I found the film very heart warming. The only thing I would say is that it was slow to develop and not as funny as I expected.

Star Rating

I would give this film 3 stars as it was not fully to my taste and quite slow in the plot.

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