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… More
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
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.
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)…
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!
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!
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
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…
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 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?
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.
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.
So was this the greatest match ever played?
Get in touch if you think so 🙂
Until the next review…
Bye guys 🙂
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!
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!
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!
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 🙂
Victoria and Abdul is still in cinemas to watch, if you have not already done so!
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
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.
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!
This bird’s-eye view of life behind the throne that is a royal triumph indeed.
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!
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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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
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!
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?
This is a review of Detroit, a film currently showing at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle and. This is a true story and It just shows how time and attitudes have really changed.
The treatment of black people led to riots in the streets of Detroit 1967. A time when being black was a crime, even if you were doing nothing wrong. The plot followed a motel raid in which guests were unnecessarily tortured for a distant gun shot.
You can watch the trailer for Detroit at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFeWsDpy9y0.
My Thoughts of the plot
The motel gun raid scene, in which officers invaded, including Krauss. “Face the wall” – it made me feel awful that people would be treated like that. I was scared just watching it.
A court case that followed showed white and black people sitting on separate sides and each of the victims being judged for their colour and involvement. The police officers were given the higher ground and nothing would have made me happier to see them face justice.
The plot was great, but what made it greater was the actors:
Will Pouler, who is best known for his role in Dunkirk and We’re the Millers, was terrifying. In a good way of course as he was playing Krauss. In his previous roles, he has been quiet and funny, so this was a surprise. Wow this lad blew me away – he must have found some hidden anger to be in such an angry role
John Boyega, our very own Fin from Star Wars, was Dismukes. A friendly UN police officer who was caught in the cross fire by white detectives. He cared about Detroit and the people there – he did not understand why they were being hurt like this.
This film is iconic and is a true story. There is still a misunderstanding that skin colour matters, and it doesn’t. We are all human and all equal, no matter what race or ethnicity. You can read the full story of Detroit 1967 here if you are interested: https://www.biography.com/news/detroit-movie-true-story .
I found the film got to me and I think that’s the point. To get people talking about what really happened, raises more awareness. Despite the rather miserable and true plot, I recommend the film to anyone who is interested in that aspect of history or to those who are generally curious.
I would give this film 4 stars as it was punchy and had my full attention!
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Did you think that the film portrayed the Detroit riots in 1967 accurately?
Did you like the review?
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Until the next review…
Logan Lucky was showing at the Tyneside Cinema on the day I wrote this, however it is now limited in showing times as it has been out. The film has an all star crew, including Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig.
You can view the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPzvKH8AVf0
Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) planned to rob the vault from the Charlotte Motor Speedway and asked his brother Clyde and sister Mellie to help. Jimmy approached Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) during his prison sentence to assist in demolishing the underground pipes during the NASCAR race. Everything was going to plan however there were some complications and the FBI were on their tails.
I found the film extremely entertaining! I was baffled by how clever and cunning the whole scheme and general plot was. All the characters were especially funny in their own ways.
I heard that Daniel Craig was a little different in this film and they were right. Bond went from hero to zero as Joe and looked as though he had let himself go bad in his black and white jail jumpsuit. His American accent was surprisingly good too and his one liners were second to none. If I had never seen James Bond, I would have scoffed in disbelief at the thought of him being suited up and gentlemanly .
Channing Tatum was a rather broken man in this film, as Jimmy. His life was falling apart, and he played it really well. I was not sure of his beard and scruffy worker dungarees though.. they didn’t look right on him or maybe that was because I have not seen him in a role like that before.
A heist that was beyond any of our imagination and that’s why I liked it. I am still not sure how it was done and I may have to see it again to pick up on those little details. It is definitely worth another see. Daniel Craig was award winning and Channing was the cherry on top of the cake. Brilliant!
I would splash out 4 stars for this film! Funny, clever and unbelievably entertaining to watch.
Have your Say
Do you agree with the review?
How do you think Daniel Craig did in his prison role?
Do YOU know how they did it?
Please let me know! You know how to get to me (look below)!
Until the next review..
Bye guys 🙂
This episode was the finale (episode 4) and I was expecting shards to fly. But I must say I was surprised as they didn’t fly as thought they would.
It was fast paced and I do applaud Jodie Whittaker for such a passionate performance. Unfortunately my praises end there. There are and having been many flaws in this episode.
I will be going into a lot more detail about the episode now and what I thought! If you have not seen it, don’t read on past this point – it will take away the need to watch the episode and I frankly I want you to watch it and let me know what you think.
I find it is often easier to watch it one after another as it is more like real time. Here is a good opportunity – have a watch and let me know 🙂