The Great British Bake Off was a success but left us missing the BBCs no advert rule (spoiler alert)

This is a review of the newly launched GBBO on channel 4.  We moved to a channel with new contestants, new judges (except Paul) and new presenters.

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Left to right: Paul Hollywood (original judge), Sandi Toksvig (new presenter), Noel Fielding (new presenter) and Prue Leith (new judge)

My Thoughts

I liked the bake off – I was worried that I would miss Mel and Sue (and I did) but I found Noel and Sandi rather funny and I settled in. Their opening to the show was entertaining and their one liners bounced off each other like table tennis.

All the main components and challenges were the same, but I was in more anticipation as I was unsure if Prue would play nice or not. She was tough and I liked that. Mary was always lovely about it and found the positive side to it, but something about Prue’s straight to the point judging made it really good.
The challenges were harder and the pressure was higher and as usual we had a few lagging behind. Forgetting to put ovens on, cakes falling apart… it was the bake off we know and love.
The challenges were brilliant and the illusion cake show stopper was a toughy, but boy, did they pull through. I was sure that they were real blueberry pancakes (and I would love to go to Liam’s house for breakfast). I have never really liked tomato, but Stephens BLT looked better than any sandwich I had ever had.  And wow… Flo could have fooled me with her watermelon if I hadn’t seen her cooking it!

Congrats to Stephen for Star Baked!

I hate to see Mel, Sue and Mary go, but this breath of fresh air actually grew on me.

All is well and good, but if there is one thing we British hate as much a queuing.. it’s adverts. The number of food related adverts was beyond anything and the fact that there was an advert break before the last two minutes was absolutely pointless. We never really appreciate something until it’s gone and now we wish that we could just watch it all in one and not lose our place or forget who baked what.

Netherleless, I would watch it again and try not to get hungry when I see the cake baking challenge with Stork.

Overall

A better than expected opening episode. I had my doubts about its popularity without Mel, Sue and Mary however Noel and Sandi eased my worries.

Star Rating

4 stars!  1 off for the adverts…

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The Hitman’s bodyguard film review: Guns, car chases, hearts to hearts and wicked one liners!

This is a review of the latest must see action film, The Hitman’s bodyguard, directed by Patrick Hughes. You can see this film now in all major cinemas.

The Plot

The plot followed an ex triple a rated executive protection agent Guard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) who in the attempt to help a friend, fell into the role of protecting Darius Kincaid (Samuel Jackson), a killer who was to stand trial in the Court of Justice. Only Micheal had to get him to court without being killed (or getting Darius killed) and that was not simple.

You can view the official trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Afusxc2SM .

My Thoughts

I was laughing (like really laughing). The script was so funny and these two enemies found common ground with their insulting and funny come backs. I also would be very hesitant to record the number of times the characters (especially Darius) said “m*****f*****” . It would make a great drinking game!

The film was not all guns and car chases. I have not seen many action films recently that have portrayed such a brotherly relationship between the main characters, and for that reason you would never think they are enemies. When one was in danger, the other would swoop in and save the day. It was a nice change.

The film was so entertaining, I was never bored or distracted. There was too much to look at to think about anything else.

The Action

I have not really talked about the action and there was a lot of it. I would say that my description of it does not do it mercy. Completely epic scene after scene, and when you think it gets a little slow, the fast paced action returns all over again.

Samuel Jackson was effortless and crazy as Darius. Combined with Ryan Reynolds hesitant and witty portrayal of Michael, the characters made a fantastic team.

Last Note

Hitman’s bodyguard is the brother film to Bridesmaids. I have not laughed this much at any film since I saw Bridesmaids in the cinema years ago.

Star Rating

What a film! 4 stars is definelty on the cards! Don’t just take it from me, it is worth seeing!

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Was it too much comedy to action?

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Trust Me S1 E3 recap review: Cathy witnessed a hard truth at the hospital that could expose her once and for all (spoiler alert)

This is a review of the BBC series Trust Me,  series 1 episode 3, featuring Jodie Whittaker as Cathy/Alison.

The Plot

Part of the reason, Cath pursued her position as a doctor was to uncover why so many patient deaths have occurred in the hospital, labelled as accidents. She was finally exposed to a harsh insight and saw one for herself, only to cover it up. It is then that she realised how there was more to these incidents, and that is not just the altering of reports. Her involvement in the case has leave her out to dry for all to see. It is about time that they would come asking about it.

Her week had really not been good, and with the recent passing of her father, she was rather distracted. So a trip to Andy’s countryside home was nice and could allow her to relax – but oh wait.. he had an agenda and he knew about her Cathy/Alison cover up. Only he wanted to help her because she was the best doctor they had.

Sweet of him.. but would his decision come back to bite him and was it genuine?

My Thoughts

The episode progressed rather quickly – on a spectrum from sympathy and anger to shock and complete horror. I was on an emotional rollercoaster.

I was glad that Andy helped her when he confronted her about her secret, but it is a big thing to keep and I have this feeling that he may not stick to his word. He has the power to make or break her and going into the final episode, the truth will come out one way or another.

There was a horrific case during Cathy’s busy shift. It was the blood and the needles. I was close to looking away, it was not for the faint hearted.

What’s coming up…

A dramatic episode!

  • Will they find out her true identity?
  • Will Andy keep his word?
  • Will she publicise the conspiracy or will she stick up for the team?

This is the final episode and I am excited!

Star Rating

This episode gets 3 stars and a good recommendation! Despite some unplausible points that I mentioned in previous  episode reviews, this series is entertaining and watchable.
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Will her time as Alison be over?

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A Ghost Story review: A story about love and loss with a hint of halloween!

The film was not what I expected, instead it had certain themes of love, loss, grievance and acceptance. All of these we can relate to in some way.

The Plot

The plot followed a young woman (acted by Rooney Mara) who lost her partner (acted by Casey Affleck). He came back in another form to find that he was locked in time and could only watch her slip away from him.

You can view the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_3NMtxeyfk.  You can also view this film at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. You can look at viewing times or book at https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/film-and-events/view/ghost-story .

My Thoughts

I was watching the film and although it was on a sad topic, the fact that they were dressed in a white sheet with holes for eyes was quite immature. It is the kind of costume that you would wear for halloween when you realise that you have nothing left to wear. But all funny notes aside…

The film was rather slow and used panning shots to increase tension with very little audio. Pictures speak louder than words and these scenes were no exception. It was a clever move and we all expected to see a white figure in a sheet appear.

I have to mention the fantastic acting of Casey Affleck, who was undoubtedly brilliant in his role. Not just as a her man, but also as her ghost, I felt every feeling – sadness, regret, happiness, loneliness! It was like I was there.

Now as for the motto of the film. The idea that our deceased loved ones stay behind and live as an invisible entity is comforting yet also creepy. If I were to describe the film, I would be happy with a hint of sad. For, while the families had good times, there was always a loved one there – watching and yearning to be with them but stuck in time.

Final Note

A slow film with meaning. It was not what I was expecting but it was a nice surprise.

Casey Affleck was spot on!

Overall Star Rating

I would give this film 3 stars. Despite the lack of audio, the film had a lot of meaning. It was not what I was expecting but a nice surprise.

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Trust Me S1E2 recap: Things get tense as Cathy gets a little too deep and risks everything she holds dear! #docotrincrisis

Episode 2 of Trust Me was a little more dramatic and I liked it! Who doesn’t like a little of drama…

The Plot

Cathy is deep in her lies and the longer she works there, the more trouble she will get into. She has such a burden on her shoulders, and feels under pressure from her undercover secret! She would do anything to keep it, like acquiring a fake passport.

So called “Alison” has found her place in the hospital and she has made an great impression amongst her colleagues, especially Dr Andrew Brenner who is completely into her. Their secret relationship is rather controversial, especially if it is eventually unearthed by her husband?

Despite fitting in, it has not been easy. It has been full of mistakes – mostly basic tell tale procedures and even providing her passport was a little difficult – because, of course she was not Alison.  I don’t understand why someone has not caught on to it .

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Trust Me S1 E1 recap: Jodie Whittaker finds herself as doctor with one aim: to uncover the truth!

A new series on the BBC once again tries to grab our attention with a heart stopping drama with Jodie Whittaker posing as a doctor in an A&E hospital in Edinburgh (Doctor? such a coincidence..).

The Plot

The plot is fairly simple, but has a complicated secret. A string of information that can uncover an awful truth. Her opportunity to uncover this depends on whether she can get a way in, work for the hospital and get solid proof herself.

The Character

The character Jodie plays is rather troublesome and takes a completely different identity –  her friend, Alison Sutton.

Jodie seemed at ease in her role – she was a natural, and could adapt her acting beautifully to the situation. She was able to be bewildered when Alison Sutton was faced with A&E for the first time and could even grasp Alison’s quick learning of complicated medical knowledge and procedures.

The Flaws

The plot was interesting, but not totally believable. Ok… so the lack of security, passport and NI number checks when being employed. The alarm bells should have been ringing when she seemed totally overwhelmed when doing basic tasks, that she (her fake identity) is qualified to do.  Many viewers caught on to this and took to this on Twitter.

Last Note

It was an informative and slightly unrealistic first episode, but now we know the basics, we can not get into the corruption! A well played role so far from Jodie Whittaker,

Star Rating

I would give this review 3 stars and would recommend you to watch the episode if you like these mysterious, undercover thrillers!

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Film Review: Land of Mine with deceptive beaches and deadly silences!

This is a review of “Land of Mine”, a Martin Pieter Zandvliet directed film, which is currently showing at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

The plot followed young german POW soldiers forced to deactivate landmines from danish beaches.

My Thoughts

Most of the scenes were set on a peaceful and beautiful beach with a bright blue sky, yet it was far from that. Under that beautiful beach were land mines and combined with an antagonising silence, the film had us in anticipation constantly.

Whilst the danish were not fond of the germans, the film had a surprising mix of themes: cruelty, kindness and silence. At times the silence was unbearable and I was anticipating loud bangs. They always occurred when I least expected them and every time they went off, I felt a sense if dread. Knowing that one by one, a young man would bite the dust and become a another casualty was hard to watch.

Overall

This film was so effective… whilst little dialogue can sometimes make a film very boring, Zandvliet used it to his advantage.

Star Rating

I would give this film 3 stars purely because I have seen better an worse films. A healthy middle ground.

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In the Dark S1 E4 review recap: A twisted plot that shocked me to the stomach!

This episode was very twisted, so much so that including it all in the review would be the length of a book. So I am going to try and shorten it. This is a recap of course, and I assume that those who read this have seen the episode. Otherwise, there is no point in watching the episode as the spoilers are going to ruin it for you.

So here goes…

Helen is especially fragile and is told to REST. However Helen being Helen didn’t really listen to them. Of she goes on her little adventures – walking the “streets” and asking local boys about the recent deaths (heavily pregnant of course).  She delved into Paul and his mysterious absences and found that he was an in a officer corruption group – finding crime from the inside. And who was he investigating before his death? Helen found out for herself what Paul knew before he tragically died and the tapes showed it all. This was very surprising and I was left feeling baffled!

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