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Netflix and Chill: Chewing Gum

Originally posted on The Collective:
? Edited by The Collected Mutineer ***A spoiler free review*** Chewing Gum Review: “Bless Us One and All, Oh Great and Benevolent Queen Bey” This six-episode comedy premiered in the UK on television last year, but Netflix acquired the rights to broadcast as an exclusive in other countries, and boy, am I glad. The cheeky humor, diverse cast and realistic portrayal of sex, religion and relationships (familial and otherwise) in Chewing Gum make it a sleeper hit of the season. During American Thanksgiving, I sat down with my Netflix account determined to watch something that wasn’t a Russian documentary or hockey related, and settled on Chewing Gum. Set in the U.K. housing complex (Tower Estates), the main character, Tracy, is touted as a Beyonce-obsessed shop girl looking to get laid, which, let’s be honest, is right up my alley. Still, the show is about more than blessed Queen Bey; there are issues of class, race, sexuality and religion that make each 22 minute episode stark and laugh-out-loud funny. Led by Michaela Coel, writer and creator of the original play Chewing…

Film Review – Your Name (2016)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Mitsuha wakes to find herself crying Your Name (Kimi no na wa) Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimetres Per Second) Voice acting by Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi Review by Jordan “Once in a while when I wake up. I find myself crying.” If movie magic is the transformative ability to create a world other than this one, filled with life and beauty to capture the imagination in ways only dreams could create, then Your Name is the most magical movie of all time. Emotionally satisfying, as it surveys the landscape of love and longing by way of teen romance, comedy and celestial drama before scaling the heights of fate, Makoto Shinkai’s latest film uses its delicately drawn characters to introduce us to strangers who switch places in their sleep, setting rules for what they’re able to do and keeping a diary of the day they’ve steered. Mitsuha lives with her younger sister and grandma at a temple in the rural town of Itomori, weighed down by the expectations of being…

Film Review – War Dogs (2016)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Title – War Dogs (2016) Director – Todd Phillips (The Hangover) Cast – Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper, Ana de Armas, Kevin Pollak Plot – The true story of best friends David Packouz (Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Hill) who through bizarre circumstances found themselves winning an arms supply contract with the American government and therefore becoming “war dogs”. “This isn’t about being pro-war. This is about being pro-money” Review by Eddie on 23/08/2016 With one of those true life stories that you’d never believe had it not actually happened at its disposal, Old School and The Hangover director Todd Phillips and his capable duo of Miles Teller (in need of a hit) and the scenery chewing Jonah Hill (going all method on us) make War Dogs an entertaining and quick-fire experience that shines a light on an interesting aspect of White House law and how strange our modern warfare has become. A dark comedy filled to the brim with deplorable and colourful characters, language and…

Tale Of Tales (2015)

Originally posted on LazySundayMovies:
“Every new life calls for a life to be lost……..are you willing to accept the risk?” What’s it about? Nightmarish intermingling of three medieval fairy tales for grown ups and their sadist friends….but not their children. Not anyone’s children. Who’s in it? Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Bebe Cave, Jonah & Christian Lees, John C. Reilly, Hayley Carmichael and Stacy Martin Why should I watch it? + Impressive performances all round – not easy when almost every character is a main one + With Basile’s The Enchanted Doe, The Flea and The Flayed Old Lady thrown together, you’re actually watching three stories in one picture. Efficiency wins + Beautifully shot with dreamlike characters and history book looking scenery + Toby Jones will make you believe that a flea is a man’s best friend. Forget your dog.Sell    your dog + Vincent Cassell can keep a straight face while saying the most ridiculous things + He is also excellent at playing a perv + Consistent themes of royalty, family and obsession in the three neighbouring Italian kingdoms of Selvascura, Roccaforte and Altomonte. Are they real places? Don’t know + The…

I Got Next: Saved by the Bell Interactive Game

Originally posted on The Nostalgia Blog:
A Saved by the Bell interactive game on YouTube?! The Future is now! This is an interactive game from Fine Brothers Entertainment (ya know, the people who do those great ‘Teens React To’ videos). It’s a pretty cute little game that I suggest you check out. One down fall is you can’t play as Mr. Dewey who (as we all know) is the greatest character in Saved by the Bell history. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/CumqNwQsChM

I Want My MTV (Classic)!

Originally posted on Cookies + Sangria:
Yesterday, executives over at MTV decided the repeats of the Eric Clapton hour-long jam band special on VH1 Classic just wasn’t getting the ratings they were expecting, so they decided to rebrand and turn VH1 Classic into MTV Classic. Just like the regular VH1 and MTV, MTV Classic is the cooler, more hip cousin as opposed to your slightly off-colored uncle who was a diehard DeadHead back in the day. What this rebranding means is that now millennials can watch “retro” shows from the 1990s like MTV Unplugged, Cribs, OG Road Rules and an animation block featuring the likes of Daria and Beavis and Butthead. Plus, MTV Classic promises more 90s and 00s music videos, including a TRL Retrospective, so I better be seeing more Carson Daly and Jesse Camp in my life. JK about that last one. https://youtu.be/MNzS1Hk-sLs Growing up, I was the kid who thought watching MTV made me cool. The first season of The Real World that I ever watched was London, which aired in 1995. I was…

Film Review – Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Title – Star Trek: Beyond (2016) Director – Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) Cast – Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella Plot – Captain Kirk (Pine) and the crew of the USS Enterprise run into trouble when they are marooned on a distant planet that is harbouring the human hating Krall (Elba) whose dastardly plan could threaten the lives of millions throughout the expanses of the universe. “Unity is not your strength. It is a weakness” Review by Eddie on 27/07/2016 For a series that was rebooted in such promising fashion with the J.J Abrams directed 2009 film, the freshly polished Star Trek franchise is slowly dying a sad death on the back of Abram’s lacking 2013 sequel Into Darkness and thanks to Justin Lin’s newest addition simply titled Beyond, this wannabe Star Wars competitor needs a mighty warp speed boost with the already announced 4th film to stay relevant and appealing to audiences who won’t likely be…

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

Originally posted on LazySundayMovies:
“Pick a number between 1 and 3,500.” What’s it about? A guy in a wheelchair falls in love with the Mother of Dragons and a retired writer turned carer go on a road trip to the world’s deepest pit because road trips solve everything. Who’s in it? I know him as the kid from Tracy Beaker but you’ll probably recognise him as Assjuice from Bad Neighbours, Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez and the woman that was originally cast as Catelyn Stark. Why should I watch it? + First of all, Trevor is a very funny dude, he’s very sarcastic and pulls a lot of pranks + Using humour as a coping mechanism, which is something I can see myself doing if I was in his position + Paul Rudd was dialled back a bit but still manages to pull off laughs + Especially the “Bite of the James” scene + Seriously, Craig Roberts should get an Oscar just for not breaking character during that scene + Their back-and-forth jabs and constantly one…

Show You Should Be Watching If You Aren’t Already: Difficult People

Originally posted on Cookies + Sangria:
Tomorrow the second season of Hulu’s Difficult People premieres which means you have 24 hours or less to catch up (or at least start the first season if you haven’t already). If you haven’t heard of it, let me introduce you to a show about the most ridiculous human beings who you love and dislike greatly at the same time. Basic Plot https://youtu.be/WWcEktio9Is As best friends living in New York City, Billy and Julie’s typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations. It’s obviously not high concept, so it’s nothing like your Orphan Blacks or Mr. Robots. Think of it like Will & Grace meets… a less boring version of Seinfeld? But you know what else isn’t high concept? The reasons why you should start watching and catch up to ALL 8 EPISODES FROM THE FIRST SEASON (!) just in time for season two. Queen Amy Poehler Is Responsible For This Gem If you trust Queen Poehler’s comedic chops, then you should probably at least give this show a…

The End of Superhero Movies?

Originally posted on The Sunflower Cafe:
I’ve heard people jokingly (and not so jokingly) ask if the end of superhero movies is near. The thing is, superhero movies have become their own genre so to ask for an end would be like asking for the end of romantic comedies, horror movies, or spy thrillers. Also, superhero movies aren’t anything new. They’ve existed long before the Avengers hit screens, and they’ll be around long after. I have no complaints about a new movie or two being released each year, but I can understand the exhaustion people are having. We don’t need an end though. We need variety. One of the issues is that every recent superhero movie is linked together and all done through the same company. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is impressive, it doesn’t allow much separation because there are movies for each of the main Avengers leading in to the Avenger trilogy. Viewers are stuck in the same universe over and over again even though they’re able to see different stories taking place…