Murder on the Orient Express: A film that has more drama that double booked seats!

So I watched Murder on the Orient Express (MOTOE).  I had been looking forward to this for a while. The all-star cast included Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, Josh Gad,  Penelope Cruz,  Michelle Pfeiffer, among others. The film is available to see in all cinemas now.

I didn’t go into this film with too much knowledge of what was going to happen nor did I research a brief  plot. I’m glad as it meant that I could watch MOTOE with an open mind and be pulled into the excitement of the investigation.

 The Plot

MOTOE was a relatively slow film. It was by no means an action, however I would say that it is a period drama.

The film followed a luxurious train journey which resulted in a halt over the murder of one of their rich travellers. Suspects wining and dining while being potential culprits of murder. The case was investigated by the one and only Mr Poirot.  I’ve always been a fan of his films and have liked the way that he can read people and know more about them than they tell.

MONOE had everything we would expect in Poirot drama –  the body that has been found right under his nose, the little clues that are left behind by the killer who doubts Poirot’s ability to solve the case and the dramatic final announcement where he reveals the murderer with as much public embarrassment as possible.

The solving of this case was more complex and had a twist, which revealed more than Poirot originally anticipated.

The Scenery and Costumes

I have not seen a train  as luxurious as the Orient Express.  Every surface was lined with burgundy felt.  Wine glasses were a rich blue and chandeliers fell from the low ceiling. There was nothing I could fault about the train except the sleeping quarters which despite the other furnishings,  were really basic.

The costume in this film was so beautiful. The “too” short dresses and “slightly see through” meshes that we wear now were replaced with silky vintage gowns that screamed wealth and sensuality. This film is a feast for the eyes to anyone who loves vintage, luxurious clothing.

Final Note

I really enjoyed MOTOE. The plot was engaging, despite it’s slow speed and would recommend it to anyone!

Star Rating? 

I would give this Murder on the Orient Express 4 stars!

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Thank you for reading.

Until the next review…

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Blade Runner 2049: A film that replicated the original and more!

Blade Runner 2047 follows on from the 1982 original, directed by Steven Spielberg. The films cast includes the han-some Harrison ford and Jazzy Ryan Gosling, along with others. The film is still in cinemas now if you decide to read this WITHOUT seeing it first. There will be spoilers, but if that’s what you makes you see the film, than my job is done.

You can view the trailer here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH8kAO8GkCk.

The Plot

The plot (in short) followed a world in which human life was revolutionised. It was Blade Runners (played by Ryan Gosling) job to track down “replicants” (scientifically engineered humans) who had gone over their termination date. Older versions that had been replaced, by faster, stronger models that were no longer fit to serve in society.  There was a little deviation in the plot where Blade Runner to have his own adventure. It was emotional and insightful and without this, the plot would have been too “busy”.

We saw Blade Runner (Ryan Gosling) bloody and injured through out the film – mostly from being attacked by the older resistant models. He was pretty good in his role as Blade Runner – very fast and violent, yet oddly likeable and trusting. I would not normally put these together, but on this occasion it worked.

I especially liked the scene when Blade Runner met Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). A stand off of wits and aim. And despite their differences, they still agreed to make up over an drink of Whisky. A great idea!

This version of the world was amazing though: humans were scientifically engineered, but they looked like any other humans. Houses were so kitted out that you could have a virtual wife hollogram where ever you went and memories seemed so real, despite not being your own. I do have some trouble imagining what this world would be like in 2049, I don’t see flying cars any time soon.

I would not describe it as an action movie per say. It was slow and very futuristic.  It was quiet in the monologue, then all of a sudden, it was fast and intense and exciting. This of course may not appeal to everyone. Like some people, I have a tendency to get bored during a slow film, unless something really catches my eye. Despite the mix of two completely different genres, I found that I before I could get bored, they was a scene of loud music or action and I was engaged again.

I understood it despite not seeing the Blade Runner recently. The way the plot was interesting to those who were familiar with the original AND basic enough for new fans. It is a very hard balance to get!

Star Rating

For me the movie was good. I enjoyed it and would see it again! I think it is worthy of 4 stars!

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Thats it from me…

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The finale series that had us glued to the screens! (Spoiler alert)

We had a lot of great telly this week with thrillers like the finale of Liar. We also said adu to the complicated but truly worth it, Rellik finale!

Liar (Finale on Monday 16th October 2017 BBC1)

The psychological thriller had lots going for it, and the built up was mounting, so much that the evidence was stacked against Andrew. Our opinion of Andrew as a character had become sour as the series went on, as more and more was revealed about his psychotic nature. The bluffing eventually got too real for Andrew! We just wanted him to go down for what he did, but instead the closing scenes panned onto a dead silhouette amongst the marshes.

His death was a surprise to all of us, but maybe for Laura it wasn’t. I wondered what really went on – if she had got to him and wanted to end it once and for all.

This series was engaging and has potential for a second. After all, what really happened to Andrew? Suicide or covered up murder?

Series star rating: 4 stars!

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Rellik (Finale on Monday 16th October 2017 ITV1)

The summary at the start was there to help us, but in all honesty, it just showed us how much we had forgotten. It was like watching a show on X4 or X8 and not following anything.

The plot took a dramatic turn in last weeks episode, in which we saw Elaine (aka Helena Parides) kill the Dr Jonas Borner in his car. She later attacked Dr Isaac Taylor after revealing such a haunting revelation that made us think differently about her whole character and intentions.

The series took its time to build, and lost many viewers in the process, but trust me when I say, that the finale not only pulled it all together, but it also had you hooked on every word and scene. And all of a sudden hell is breaking loose and you don’t know where to look. Blood, car chases, gun shots and fire all in one episode. Brilliant! 

The episode, mostly focusing on Elaine and Gabrielle, ended with a little hope, but we are still not certain. Will Elaine return or it the hell over for him in series 2?

What a way to finish a series, which a first was so confusing! I had the time and patience to watch these episodes, and relished in the challenge of decoding it.

I liked the way the plot all linked in by the end.

Series star rating: 3 stars

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I loved these series (Liar more than Rellik) and I hope you enjoyed them too !

 

Until the next review…

Bye guys!

 

What went down in Rellik and Liar on BBC and ITV1 this week!

A summary of some of the series that we took the pleasure of watching this week. 

Liar (Episode 5, Monday 9th October 2017)

It was a dramatic episode. We had a worried police officer who was spiked and sexually abused in her home, a big over reaction about Laura’s sisters affair with her colleague Tom and more evidence of Andrew’s sick truths hidden away in a wooden shed.

We also saw a more authoritative side to Laura. She put herself in such danger, only for it to backfire in his favour. Tense scenes of rookie mistakes – running backwards in such an isolated boat harbour – the flaws were just too much for her to pull it off.

A episode of nail biting and agonising silences. Twists and turns in all directions, so who really knows? Maybe next week the truth about Andrew will no longer be relevant.

Star Rating: 4 stars

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 Rellik (Episode 5, Monday 9th October 2017)

So this week’s episode had its usual and highly complicated plot. I know that many people have given up on the series because it is too much to take in however we are starting to understand a little bit more about these murders.

In this episode, we were able to paint a clearer picture on Gabriel’s character, who before his awful acid ordeal was a catch for the ladies. His unethical views of marriage  and the meaning of commitment was very worrying.

For anyone who has not seen Rellik, you may want to watch it before you read this very disturbing spoiler.

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Liar, Rellik and Dr Forster: The dramas that unfolded this week!

A series round up once again. We close the curtains on Dr Forster! You have made our Tuesday nights entertaining, but we bid you farewell! See you for series 3 (hopefully)…

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Liar (episode 4 on Monday 2nd October):

This episode showed us bits and pieces – unnerving things about previous occurrences. Little snippets that made us hate Andrew.

I am not sure about Andrew. He puts his nice face on at work, but is out of control when he is off shift. Breaking into houses, planting evidence, drugging a female police officer… a side to a surgeon that you don’t ever want to be see and hope is true! His audacity to sue her over ruining his reputation shows how he feels he has gotten away with it.

I liked the little potential love story in it between Laura and the man she met at the hotel – that you may be able to recover from something horrifying and abusive. It gives women  (and men, sadly) some hope that it will get better.

Star Rating: 4 stars!

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Rellik (episode 4 on Monday 2nd October):

If you are still watching Rellik, then I applaud you! It takes time to get your head around it, but you are half way. Two more episodes then you can give your brain a rest!

I have been waiting to see what he looked like before the attack and we eventually did. He looked normal, relaxed and calm and he is so different now. He is now dysfunctional, scary and revenge hungry and I don’t blame him!

An episode that is still losing its popularity compared to Lair, its rival show on ITV.

A backwards plot that leaves fans answering their own questions by the end of the episode, taking away any suspense and excitement that watchers expect when watching a “thriller”.

Star Rating; 3 stars!

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Dr Forster (episode finale on Tuesday 3rd October):

An episode that in my opinion went a little bit too far. A plot concerning two parents , in a rut, with a child in the middle – confused and sad. You could see it throughout the episode – the pain of not having a family that stands by one another and what it does to you.

There were moments where I thought she could “finish him off early”. She had an opportunity to hit him with her car and even gave him drugs to let him do it himself. But even with her hard cased character, she still loved him. The thought of him doing harm would be too much to bear and haunt her.

The episode was so dramatically farfetched, that it left us all broken with an outcome that every parent would dread. A moment where everything you fort over is gone. Yes, I thought Tom was hit by the car where he had watched his dad give up. I don’t know if him leaving was any better – at least you would know where he is and he was happy, you know?

A series that has come to a sad end, but has potential for a third – maybe Simon will get his life together or Tom will turn up. We hope so.

A series well worth your time!

Series Star Rating: 4 stars

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Final Note

Have you picked a side on Liar yet?

Have you been watching Rellik?

Did you enjoy the Dr Forster finale as much as I did?

 

Thats all from me! 

Until the next review…

 

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Borg McEnroe is a film to hit home about!

Any tennis fans will know how tense the Wimbledon Final was in 2013 between Murray and Novak Djokovic? However this was unbelievable!

You can view this film at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

The Cast

The fantastic cast included Sverrir Gudnason as Borg and our Transformers side kick, Shia Labeouf as the highly ecstatic and young McEnroe. Gudnason and his ice cold, controlled expressions were perfect for the role. It was alongside his flawless complexion that made him realistic. His likeliness to Borg’s photos from the 1970s and 80s made them look like identical twins.

The same went for Labeouf who had the same crazy afro hair (trendy in those days) that McEnroe had. It made us wonder how they managed it so well…. any styling tips?

My Plot

The greatest match between two of the greatest tennis players: Borg McEnroe.  A king of championships vs a new comer who would unknowingly change tennis forever.

You would be disappointed to hear that I had not ever heard of Borg before the film or had any idea of how influential this match was, but now I have and I understand.

My Thoughts

I was watching the film – perplexed and completely blown over by their history. They had all experienced doubt and failure, but they had achieved things we could not never dream of. Their quality of tennis was exhausting, even to just watch.

The film was exciting. At most I thought it would be a documentary but I was wrong and It beat all my expectations.

An amazing film about two of the greatest tennis players.

Star Rating

4 stars!

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So was this the greatest match ever played?  

Get in touch if you think so 🙂 

 

Until the next review…

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A Series Recap of the week! What did I miss?

A little look at the series that were on earlier this week! I have not given much away (well I hope) so you can watch them now and experience the same excitement and drama.

Killer: Episode 3 (BBC 1 on Monday 25th Sept at 9pm)

A twisted episode with the murder and relationship that was very close to home. It all got a little uncomfortable. A closing  cliffhanger scene also left us desperate for more and scared for Gabriel’s well-being.

The series is getting more complicated by the episode. It takes total concentration to remember the plot and the going back in time aspect is not everyones thing.

Still worth a watch though! 

Star rating: 3 stars!

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Liar: Episode 3 (ITV 1 on Monday 25th Sept at 9pm)

The episode was like a game of table tennis. Just when we thought we were winning and you knew who it was, you were suddenly hit by a fastball. Little details that add to the plot (slowly)  but give us no real clue about what happened.

I don’t know how you feel about the characters, but I was especially shocked to by the closing scene – I felt like saying “We got you!”. The truth is, we have been on tenterhooks during the series and have supported both parties at some point.

We will get to the final episode and then ask ourselves “why did we not see it?” Because all of a sudden it will become really obvious. 

Great engaging episode! 

Star rating: 4 stars!

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Dr Forster: Episode 4 (BBC 1 on Tuesday 26th at 9pm)

This episode showed the aftermath  of the guilty party who got what he deserved. Just when you thought it was going good, it went up a notch. It was so satisfying to watch and drama was written all over.  

We have made it to the finale next Tuesday and everything is going to come down to this. Will all the efforts be worth it in the end?

Star Rating: 4 stars!

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Finally…

What a week of series! There is more drama in these shows than an episode of Eastenders!

Did you like the episodes? If so, than let me know 🙂

 

Well that is all from me. Until the next review…

Bye guys 🙂

 

Judi Dench got royal approval in her role as Queen Victoria in Victoria and Abdul!

Victoria and Abdul is still in cinemas to watch, if you have not already done so!

The Plot

The film took place in 1887 when India was 27 years under the rule of Queen Victoria. It showed a beautiful relationship with an Indian prison writer, who later became an advisor and close friend of her Majesty. This caused conflicts in the royal court.

This is a true story with some adjustments. If you want to find out in more detail, you can see this link for more:  The True Story of Victoria and Abdul

The Characters

Kareem’s character was so loyal, kind and gracious (Ali Fazel), which was the complete opposite of Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) before she saw him as her side kick.

Despite being Queen and the representative of India, she had very little manners and ate meals with such speed that her other guests were unable to get half way through. We knew that Kareem would be a little different – his kind charm found a way to unravel and smoothen out her attitude, so much that her staff thought she was going crazy.

My Thoughts

I found the film utterly stunning and Judi Dench was so captivating and mesmerizing that I was totally lost in the plot. The film made me feel warm inside, as everything that was a little off-putting, suddenly became more beautiful.

I would highly recommend this film to any Judy Dench fans – she is not just our M, she is our queen (ish)…All bow!

Star Rating: 4 stars!

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http://observer.com/2017/09/review-judi-dench-is-majestic-in-victoria-and-abdul/

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This bird’s-eye view of life behind the throne that is a royal triumph indeed.

What’s Frying 2 – Making Friends.

A great article raising awareness of ASD and showing, in a snap shot, what it is like to be different. Embrace it and be you. It is worth a read!

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As I sit here I’m stark ass naked in bed (apart from socks). I do actually question when you see people enter into cunnilingus in movies and tv shows how do they get to the socks?! Like how? “excuse me a second I’m just going to take my socks off”. Like what?!

Anyway we’re deliberating from what I actually wanted to talk about. Since the last time I wrote an entry a lot has actually changed. I’ve gotten poorer for a start (THANK YOU STUDENT FINANCE!!). But more to the point I actually socialised with other human beings on a level of friendship. For the past two days I was involved with a university transition event for people with disabilities. The first day was a bit tough, knew no one and didn’t really actually want to contribute much. Can you blame me? However on the second day I did actually…

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Weekly review: A brief review of the latest series to catch up on!

Three series with their own little review. If you are wondering what to watch or have lost track of the array of shows you have started, than this should help.

Series included in this review include Rellik, Liar and Dr Forster.  As some of you would be aware, Strike: Silkworm (J K Rowling book based series) had its final episode last week and it was good! It is still on Iplayer if you are interested..

Rellik (episode 2):

The episode was hard to follow, much like last weeks. There is only so much back tracking that you can take before your minds are boggled and you completely forget what has happened. It is a nice idea and the plot is definitely captivating, but it is just a little bit too complicated. I’m sure that by the end of Rellik, it will make sense  – all the lose ends will be tied up and you can see it in normal time, but honestly, I don’t think viewers will wait that long.

There is a growing, unanimous opinion from viewers that it is unwatchable and they have favoured other series like Liar or Dr Forster. I agree.

Star Rating: 2 stars

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Liar (episode 2):

A series that gets more tense as the episodes progress. A tin of worms was thrown into the case – a trending social media post, a new insight into Andrews wife death, a text from unknown…

We also had a brief encounter from Dennis Walters in the previous episode – “She has lied about something like this”… as if it is not the first and Andrew is her next victim. She seems like a lovely character, however we only know that she is a teacher. Nothing about her history prior to that night. She may be a little more surprising than we think!

The episode was tense and made us wonder… are there things that they are not telling us?  I just feel like watching more… excited to find out what will happen next. A week is far too long to wait!

Star Rating: 4 stars!

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Dr Forster on BBC 1:

Episode 3 showed on Tuesday 19th September

Dr Forster was back to her tricks and had a few things up her sleeve. With everything that was going on with her son, it was a chance to patch things up with her Simon, or was it?

A few things led to another and the family went into crisis. A confused and upset son, a lonely and desperate mother and a father trying to move on with his new, slightly controversial and partially undeserved life. What else would you want to watch with this much drama??

This was a very exciting episode. So much was going on and there were very raunchy scenes. There was definitely no holding back by Gemma but it’s no scene for sensitive eyes….

Star Rating: 4 stars

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What did you think of the episodes?