Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Blogger Picks | October #3

October Blogger Picks 21
Coury | Fancy Treehouse - Tradition
Emily | Cupcakes and Cashmere - Five Things
October Blogger Picks 22
Kayla | Not Your Standard - Video: My Ab Workout
Mary | Happily Grey - Varsity
October Blogger Picks 23
Emily | Stiletto Beats - A New Chapter, Emily Vartanian
Anna | Anna Saccone - Blogging Again
October Blogger Picks 24
Emily | Cupcakes and Cashmere - Entertaining Idea: Spooky Skewers
Kenza | Kenza Zouiten - Our Wedding Day - The Dinner Party
October Blogger Picks 25
Patricia | Peexo - Does The Fashion Industry Snub Bloggers
Anna | Anna Saccone - Don't Judge A Book By Its Instagram Feed
October Blogger Picks 26
Helena | Brooklyn Blonde - A Friends PPD Story
Kayla | Not Your Standard - Afternoon Tea At The Ritz
October Blogger Picks 27
Helena | Brooklyn Blonde - Walking on Cobblestones
Kenza | Kenza Zouiten - All Black Everything
October Blogger Picks 28
Patricia | Peexo - Ditching Transitional Dressing
Jessica | Not Jess Fashion - 5 Types of Textured Coats To Try This Winter
October Blogger Picks 29
Emily | Cupcakes and Cashmere - #METOO
Emma | Milkteef - Me, Too
October Blogger Picks 30
Krystin | Suburban Faux Pas - Moto Moment
Naomi | Love Taza - Jacket Weather

Monday, 20 November 2017

TV | Helix (2014-15)

Cast: Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanimé, Matt Long, Jordan Hayes

Summary: A team of scientists are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation when they arrive in the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be an outbreak of a strange disease in a secluded international research facility.

Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi

Season(s): 2 (Cancelled after season 2)

Watched: May 2017

During my 150 Film Challenge last year (you can find how I got on here) I decided not to set myself another challenge but instead to watch more documentaries and TV shows, especially those on my Netflix watchlist, and Helix was one of those on my list.

I had already seen the first few episodes of Helix when the show first aired on Channel 5 back in 2014, but I never actually watched the whole season. Somewhere during the season the show was moved to a later timeslot (I think from 9pm to 10pm) which meant that I missed a few episodes and then I never got back into watching it.
I had no plans to watch season 2 when it came out, firstly because I never finished season 1 and secondly it had been moved to the Syfy channel (which I didn't have).

3 years later, I have finally watched both seasons!

Season 1

Experts from the CDC Alan (Billy Campbell), Julia (Kyra Zagorsky), Sarah (Jordan Hayes) and Major Balleseros (Mark Ghanimé) head to an Arctic BioSystems Research Facility, headed by Dr Hatake (Hiroyuki Sanada), to investigate a potential viral outbreak involving Alan's brother Peter (Neil Napier).
We quickly learn that Alan had been infected by an unknown virus, causing him and others to spew some sort of black gunk, Julia, Alan's ex-wife, slept with Peter while she was still married to Alan and Dr Hatake, Major Ballerseros and Sarah are all hiding secrets.

I enjoyed season one of the show and I really, really enjoyed the first few episodes especially episode 3, 4 and 5: 274, Single Strand and The White Room. Some of my favourite special effects and moments happen in the first few episodes: the first shot of the research station in the pilot in amazing, the vectors (especially the first shot of Peter in the pilot), the growing virus in the glass box in episode 3 and the frozen monkeys (but I can't remember which episode they're in).

I think my absolute favourite episode of the season is definitely The White Room, where after discovering that she is infected with the mysterious virus Julia is left on the quarantined level "R" with other infected & non infected people. Thrown out by the other abandoned workers she meets a mysterious woman named Jay who tries to help her find safety.
It was pretty much after this that things started to go downhill for me.

If you haven't seen the show look away now!

It turns out that Hatake is an immortal, the facility is run by the Ilaria Corporation, Ballerseros is working for the corporation, Hatake is actually Julia's father, Julia becomes and immortal, so does Sarah and a whole lot more!
I definitely started got a bit lost with the introduction of the whole immortality thing, Constance Sutton (Jeri Ryan), The Scythe (Robert Naylor), the connection between Hatake and Julia (was this explained, if it was I totally missed it) and that final episode, I definitely was not a fan of the final episode.

None of the questions I had were answered so I was greatly looking forward to watching season 2.

Season 2

Season 2 starts in a similar way to season 1. After a viral outbreak in another remote location, the island of St. Germain, which is inhabited by members of a religious community, Dr Farragut and his team are called in to determine the cause of the virus and how to stop it, but not the Farragut you're thinking of.
In the 15 months since season 1, Alan has been discredited by the CDC and is apparently in hiding after interrogating and killing immortals, in an attempt to locate and rescue Julia. His brother Peter is now in charge of the team, which now consists of Dr. Sarah Jordan and newcomer Dr. Kyle Sommers (Matt Long).

I thought season 2 was okay, but there definitely wasn't as many wow moments as with the first season and there were so many unanswered questions from both seasons that left me feeling disappointed.

Questions like:

What exactly happened to Julia after artic biosystems? Which in turns leads us to why did she join Ilaria? Hell what happened to all of them during that time especially Sarah, The Scythe, Hatake, Ballerseros etc.
Now, Alan, he's not in the final scene, we know the bones in the grave don't belong to him and we later learn that he is definitely not dead, so where is he and why is he not mentioned in the final scene?

Sarah's baby! Someone please tell me exactly what is up with that. It's quite a big part of the story in season 2, it's even removed from her, kidnapped and held for ransom. What was all that fuss about? Isn't the baby the reason she wanted to work for Illaria, but there's absolutely no mention of it in the final scene.

All in all I did enjoy it but I think it would have been much better if season 2 had continued on from where season 1 finished or even took place over the 15 months between seasons 1 and 2, answered some of the questions that came up in season 1 and then season 3 (had it not been cancelled) could have been what season 2 was about.

Make sense?

Rating: 6/10
One Final Word: Okay

Friday, 17 November 2017

In the Cinema - November #2

November 17th

Justice League - Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

Good Time - After a heist goes awry, a bank robber tries to free his brother from Rikers Island, all in one night.

Ingrid Goes West - An unhinged social media stalker moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star.

November 22nd

Daddy's Home 2 - Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.

November 24th

Battle of The Sexes - The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Suburbicon - A homes invasion rattles a quiet family town.

The Star - A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Blogger Picks | October #2

October Blogger Picks 11
Samantha | Samantha Marie - Modernism
Helena | Brooklyn Blonde - Q&A Part II: Motherhood Edition
October Blogger Picks 12
Helena | Brooklyn Blonde - Woodstock Getaway
Tanesha | Girl With Curves - The Ups (and Downside) of Pregnancy
October Blogger Picks 13
Jessica | Hapa Time - Embracing Change
Helen | The Lovecats Inc - 10 Things I Wish I Could Just Say
October Blogger Picks 4
Krystin | Suburban Faux Pas - Sleeveless Sweaters
Kat | With Love From Kat - Suede Trench Coat For Fall
October Blogger Picks 15
Chia | Just Peachy - Vlogs: Life, Marriage and Moving
Emily | Cupcakes and Cashmere - The Things I buy From The Farmers' Market Each Weekend
October Blogger Picks 16
Luanna | Le Happy - Pastel
Christine | Hello Fashion - Little Red Dress
October Blogger Picks 17
Megan | Lush To Blush - Suede Mini & OTKS
Anna | Anna Saccone - My Husband Is A Published Author!
October Blogger Picks 18
Emily | Ivory Lane - Sunday Best
Megan | For All Things Lovely - The Perfect Fall Transition
October Blogger Picks 19
Amy | Straight A Style - My Favourites From Last Fall Restocked
Emily | Cupcakes and Cashmere - Winter Whites
October Blogger Picks 20
Caroline | Burkatron - We're Having A Baby!
Rachel | Pink Peonies - Trip To The Pumpkin Patch...

Monday, 13 November 2017

Chained (Jennifer Lynch, 2012)

Chained 2012 Poster

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Weber, Eamon Farren, Evan Bird, Conor Leslie, Julia Ormond

Summary: Bob, a cab-driving serial killer who stalks his prey on the city streets alongside his reluctant protégé Tim, who must make a life or death choice between following in Bob's footsteps or breaking free from his captor.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Watched: June 17th, 2017

When Brad (Jake Weber) drops his wife Sarah (Julia Ormond) and son Tim (Evan Bird) to the cinema, he urges the two to take a taxi home instead of riding the bus. Just as they call for a taxi, driver Bob (Vincent D'Onofrio) arrives in his taxi and they decide to jump in.

Only Bob doesn't take them home.

Instead he abducts the two and takes them to his secluded home where here kills Sarah and forces Tim, who he renames Rabbit, to be his slave/accomplice and keeps him chained to stop him from escaping.
Fast forward several years Rabbit (Eamon Farren) is now a teenager and Bob decides it's time for him to come of age and become a man by becoming a killer like him.

I liked this film, I thought the idea was very interesting as it's very rare to hear of killer keeping their victims alive as their slave/accomplice, so I was looking forward to see how it would be done.

I did have one big issue with the film and that was with Vincent D'Onofrio's portrayal of Bob. I wasn't sure at first if there was something wrong with him because the way he spoke made him come across as a slightly intellectually disabled. His accent was off putting and I thought the moments where he shower Rabbit kindness (rarely) just didn't fit.
Chained 2012 Still
All in all I enjoyed this film especially the last 15-20 mins and I thought the final twist was brilliant (don't worry I won't spoil it for you).
On a side note this film is another that makes me realise that I love all my loose ends in a film to be nice and securely tied.

Rating: 7/10
One Final Word: Good