Entertainment, Review, Television

Pretty Little Liars

I’ve only just started watching this and I’ve just finished episode 3, so this is like a vague review depicting what I think so far.

And so far, so good. I knew full well what to expect when I started watching and yes it’s about a group of beautiful American girls and all the gossip and secrets that surround their lives. They’re all very self-entitled and omg my life is so much worse than yours! hashtag love ya. The writing is… eryhh… but I think the character development so far is decent even within only 3 episodes. I’m sticking with it, let’s put it that way.

My only worry is that there are now 6 seasons and I know what happens at the end (friends have been watching it for a while and I didn’t mind knowing the spoilers) which makes me wonder how on earth they have managed to fit 5 whole seasons between now and the cheeky reveal. I’m just hoping that other dramatic things are going to happen!

I have high hopes for it because a lot of my friends have watched it and there’s been a lot of hype about it around social media lately, so that must mean it’s good…right? An update will follow once I’m more into it.

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Entertainment, Film, Television, University

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Guys, guys, guys! I have exciting news!

I’m directing a pilot for a web series this semester (which also happens to be my last, sob sob) and the theme ladies and gentlemen, is STEAMPUNK. Yes! For those of you who are unsure as to what it is, allow me to enlighten you to my take on it, as there are quite a few different opinions floating around out there. Imagine a world where steam has been used to develop technology, only steam. There’s no industrial revolution, no mobile phones, no cars. But there are airships and rayguns (big maybe) and women are equal to men in every way. It’s like the world is stuck in the Victorian age but are more advanced in some things simultaneously. And it’s so cool! It’s seen more of as an alternate reality and doesn’t really rely on legitimacy. Better not do anyway because I’m planning on doing this my way ha.

Essentially, this story is something like Sherlock Holmes, of course, but with a female lead called Gwendolyn Carrioncrow. She’s smart, she’s feisty and she’s fearless; she’ll stop at nothing to solve a case and she’ll do virtually anything to get what she wants. No, not like that! You disgust me. She’s very self assured but refuses to get close to people, after her parents died when she was just twelve and was forced to live with her elderly (and senile) aunt.

But enough of her! Let’s get down to business! Of course, similar to the last project, we are setting up a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds. We are also hopefully holding a fund raiser which will include a bun sale and a quiz in York because steampunk, my friends, is NOT cheap. It’s all in the detail you see and it’s going to be a lot of hard work and money to make it look right. All I ask is that when the Kickstarter is live, please at least take a look at it (I will link it of course) and if you can, donate something, anything. We would be so grateful. I just want this film made so badly, it’s my last ever semester at university and I really want it to go well.

Now, I’m sure you’re tired of me banging on so I will bid you adieu for now and munch on a biscuit or something. Farewell, and I’ll update you later on in the project 🙂

Brittany

Entertainment, Film, Review

Review: Closer

I adore this film. Even though it’s got a pretty slow story, it’s just full of action at the same time. If that makes any sense…No? Okay, here’s a breakdown (don’t worry there’ll be no spoilers, there’s only one twist and that’s at the end):

Dan (Jude Law) and Alice (Natalie Portman) fall in love.

Dan cheats on Alice with Anna (Julia Roberts).

Anna meets Larry (Clive Owen) through Dan because Dan pretends to be Anna on a sex website.

Anna and Larry fall in love and get married.

Anna and Dan continue seeing each other for a year.

Dan splits up with Alice and Anna splits up with Larry.

Larry and Alice meet in a strip club when she becomes a stripper and have sex.

Anna gets back with Larry.

Dan gets back with Alice.

Alice falls out of love with Dan goes back to America.

Got it? It’s pretty complicated to understand, but you find yourself getting it as you watch the film; it’s nothing complicated like Inception, it’s pretty easy to follow. But, yeah, I remember first watching this film in one of my media lessons because, let’s be honest, my media teacher was very into films with lots of sex appeal. Be warned: this film should probably be rated an 18 instead of a 15 for it’s vulgarity and language. But there’s never any sexual graphic scenes in it. Other than in the strip club where Natalie Portman might as well be naked, but you never actually catch a glimpse of them being intimate together, other than when they kiss.

I love the characters in this: all of them. Except maybe Anna, but she’s confused by who to love, so you sort of accept why she keeps cheating on Dan and Larry. Even though they all cheat on each other, you never hate any of them, probably because we’re distant from them and they’re not like our friends or anything. It’s just great to see how they solve their problems that they’ve all set up for themselves and how they deal with the heartbreak that they all inflict on each other. What’s amusing about this is that it’s all their own fault and you just think throughout it: Oh, how stupid have you been? 

It does get quite intense, but not in a way that makes you want to kill yourself afterwards, it’s just not a comedy is all. But it is witty and sharp. The scripting is amazing. It’s just so clean cut and it works perfectly. What I mean by that is that it just flows. And then the one twist at the end, when you see Dan’s face, it’s just funny. But not in a comedy way. Obviously I’m doing a grand job at being specific about what I think about this film, but I suppose that’s the point: it’s just vague. But in a good way! You’ll literally have to watch it to know what I mean, but it truly is an awesome film. Watch it!

Entertainment, Review, Television

New Page: Life on Mars

“My name is Sam Tyler.

I had an accident and woke up in 1973.

Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time?

Whatever’s happened, it’s like I’ve landed on a different planet.

Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.”

This is my favourite TV show and I remember actually watching it when it was being broadcast on the TV, which I’m afraid I can’t say a lot for nowadays. As soon as I watched the first episode, I was hooked, it was like something I had never seen before and I just fell in love with it immediately. It has to be said that my favourite character is the might Gene Hunt, Detective Chief Inspector of the Greater Manchester Police in 1973. I mean, it’s such an original idea: a cop from 2006 is in a car accident and when he wakes up, he’s gone back in time by 33 years, he’s been demoted to Detective Inspector and gets flashbacks to his childhood as a four year old and hears hospital noises from the  present day.

I’m not going to go into some massive review about it, there’s no point and I can’t be bothered to be frank. But I will say that I found it so easy to fall in love with all the characters; Sam, Gene, Chris, Ray and Annie and then all the extras that dip in and out as they do in dramas.

So instead of going off on one about how amazing Life on Mars is, this page is going to be filled with pictures and things like that, because they’re far more interesting than reading the crap that comes out of my brain and onto the computer, right? :)

BUT! DO NOT confuse this Life on Mars with the utterly SHITE American rip off. No, just no. It even got cancelled before the first series finished. Only watch the English version. The only version.

From left to right: Chris, Gene, Sam, Ray, Annie

Camberwick Green Episode

I want this t-shirt!

And some of the beauty of Gene Hunt for you…

Here’s the link for the Life on Mars Page: https://briholme.wordpress.com/tv/life-on-mars/