TV shows & Movies to watch in December 2017 [Emz]

Thursday, 30 November 2017

So as tomorrow is the beginning of December, I thought I would post about upcoming TV and Movies that are being released this month.

If you have any in mind that I don't mention, feel free to comment.

The Crown - Season 2


I watched the whole of Season 1 last November/ December following it's release and I loved it.

I am really looking forward to Season 2. Claire Foy portrays the Queen very well, she is very convincing and Matt Smith portrays Prince Phillip, Duke Of Edinburgh.

The first Season revolved around the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip's marriage in 1947 to Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne following the death of her father King George VI in 1952. It also followed on from there and followed the rest of the royal family including Princess Margaret until 1955.

The Second season is supposed to pick up in 1956 and is rumored to be leading through the births for Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. It will cover the Suez Crisis and Princess Margaret's relationship and marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones and beyond.

Season 2 of The Crown will be released on Netflix on the 8th December 2017.

Pitch Perfect 3


So, the first Pitch Perfect film was released in 2012 and it's sequel in 2015. 

I enjoyed both film immensely. I didn't know that I was going to expect when I went to see the first one but I loved it.

This film as well as the other two have starred, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee and Ester Dean. Hailee Steinfeld is back portraying the character Emily Junk from Pitch Perfect 2. 

Unlike the last 2 films number 3 is being directed by Trish Sie instead of Elizabeth Banks.

Here is the synopsis:

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Pitch Perfect 3 is out in Cinemas on the 20th December 2017.


Doctor Who Christmas Special - Twice Upon A Time


So series 10 of Doctor Who finished earlier this year and led us in to a sneak peek of this years Christmas Special. 

The special this year is called Twice Upon A Time.

We have Peter Capaldi returning for his last outing (possibly for now) as the 12th Doctor and Pearl Mackie and Bill Potts. We are also reintroduced to David Bradley stepping into William Hartnell's shoes once again as the 1st Doctor. He last appeared at William Hartnell/ 1st Doctor in 2013's An Adventure in Space and Time for Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary.

Here is the synopsis:
"The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley - Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure. Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story. An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity’s darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning…"
This is the final episode for the 12th Doctor and we shall get a cameo from Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.

This festive hour long episode will air on Christmas Day on BBC One.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi



So, it's been two years since the last main Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens and a year since Rogue One.

Episode 8 also known as The Last Jedi is almost here.

Here is the Synopsis:
Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

The film will be released on the 13th December 2017.


Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle



So it's been 22 years since the original Jumanji film starring Robin Williams and young Kirsten Dunst was released and we now have a sequel. A completely different cast and it's a board game no longer.

The film stars, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart, along with Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale.

Here is the synopsis:
Twenty years after the events of the first film, the infamous board game has evolved into a video game and while cleaning out a school's basement serving detention, four teenagers find it and get sucked into the same jungle setting that Alan Parrish got sucked into all those years ago. They also become their avatars inside the game and the only way out is to play along and finish it.

The film does look good. I just hope it can do well as it has some high standards to match up to the success of the first film.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle will be released on the 20th December 2017.

The Greatest Showman


I have seen the trailer for this film quite a few times at the cinema and am really looking forward to watching it.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Recbecca Fergusson and Zendaya.

Here is the Synopsis:
 Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

This looks incredible and the music was produced by the same people who did La La Land.

This film is released on Boxing day in the UK and the 20th December in the US.

That's all for now. If you think I've missed any or there are any that you are looking forward to feel free to comment.

Till next time

Emz x

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Everybody Talking about Jamie (West end)(Zee Post)

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Title: Everybody Talking about Jamie
Theatre: Apollo theatre in London
Run: 6th November 2017 till April 2018
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Book and Lyrics: Tom MacRae
Music and orchestrations: Dan Gillespie Sells
Cast: John McCrea, Josie Walker, Lucie Shorthous, Mina Answar, Luke Baker, Tamsin Carroll, Ken Christiansen and many more.

Bio.
Jamie is a 16 year old boy, who live on a estate in Sheffield with his supportive mum Margaret. As he getting ready for end of exam and he decided to go to his end of school prom in a dress. With the support of his mum, Auntie Ray, his best friend Pritti and Hugo he discovered who his inner Drag is and be able to live out his Dream as a drag queen and basically look fabulous at his prom.

Review:

On the 18th November I had a chance to see my favorite musical at the west end for the first time since it original run at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield.


Now as it had quite a lot of the original cast in it. I knew it was going to be outstanding. I honestly can't fault them. The new cast members was so lovely, and really talented, and who said drag can't sing wrong, as there were couple of Drags up there who have stunning voices.


With the theme of songs there are a mix of upbeat to songs that little cry yourself to sleep, quick I basically did. Mainly to Ugly in this Ugly world, which is a very powerful emotional song, which sits to close to my heart, as I been there.

One of the strong storyline is between Jamie and his mum, as she always been his rock. From a young age she saw something special in him, that nobody else could see.

All I can say go see it, it make you laugh, cry, smile and sing.

Star

5 Stars

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Slowing down

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Hey guys! this is not a review... sorry... But I just wanted to let you know that I am slowing with the blog. 

It has happened that I am the only one posting. I started this hoping that it would be something fun for myself and my friends, butt it is getting stressful to keep it running by myself. 

I tried to see if anyone else was interested but no one has come forward.

I won't stop posting but it won't be for a while or so often. I work 4 days a week and really don't have time to keep writing reviews as often.

I hope you understand and will enjoy what is posted in the future.

Take care

Emz x

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TV Review: Doctor Who Christmas Special 2005 "The Christmas Invasion" [Emz]

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


So this is one of my favourite episodes. I loved David Tennant's proper introduction as the 10th incarnation of The Doctor.

Here we have a few familiar faces popping up in this episodes. We have Rose's mum - Jackie (Camille Coduri) and Rose's Boyfriend/ ex-boyfriend - Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke). We also have a reappearance of Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton). She was last seen in the double episodes Aliens of London and World War Three.

This episode was 1 hour long instead of 45 minutes like the series.

This episode aired on Chistmas Day 2005 (25th December) on BBC One.

Here is the Synopsis:

It's Christmas Eve and high above London, the alien Sycorax are holding the Earth for ransom. The Tenth Doctor must recover from his regeneration in time to save the human race from slavery.


Review:

I have loved this episode for a long time now. This episode pick up almost straight away from the end of The Parting of Ways.

The Doctor is still going through the regeneration process and instead of going to Barcelona (the planet not the city) he takes Rose home. This just happens to coincide with Christmas Eve.

The Doctor greets Jackie and Mickey on landing wishing them a Merry Christmas and then collapses.

They take the unconscious Doctor back to Jackie's flat and dress in in Pyjamas.

The events that follow obviously leave you thinking whats going on and in my case a bit of laughter for the second of the two events. 

So Mickey and Rose go Christmas shopping. Whilst out Rose notices they are being followed by a Santa brass band, as the Santas get closer, the aim their instruments and shoot fire at Rose and Mickey.

When they get back to Jackie's flat after being unsuccessful getting hold of Jackie on the phone, Rose notices a new Christmas Tree in the Living Room, almost on cue the tree begins spinning forcefully and destroying the living room. The amusing t]thing about this was Jackie exclaiming "I'm going to get killed by a Christmas Tree."

Rose wakes up The Doctor who destroys the Christmas Tree and check outside to see the Santas were controlling the Tree. The Doctor exclaims they are pilot fish and then something is coming. He then collapses again after waking up to soon.

We then learn about a Space probe heading for Mars, losing signal and then regaining in. they get images from a spaceship from The Sycorax exclaiming they were coming to Earth to enslave the human race. We are reintroduced to Harriet Jones, who is now Prime Minister and still introduces herself as she did in Aliens of London but instead on MP for Flydale North, "Harriet Jones, Prime Minister" this is now followed by "Yes, we know who you are."

The Sycorax head to Earth at a rapid rate and hypnotise one third of the Human Race. this turns out to be through the blood sample A+ on the Probe that the Sycorax picked up in Space.

Once the Sycorax hit the Atmosphere Harriet Jones and her fellow co-workers are transported onto the spaceship and try to get the Sycorax to leave, with no success. Two of the people with are are killed.

Whilst this is going on, Rose, Mickey and Jackie carry the Doctor to the TARDIS to hide. Whilst trying to get the monitor working, the TARDIS signal is picked up by the Sycorax and they are transported on board, both completely unaware.

Rose ends up leaving the TARDIS to search for her mum,, just to scream when she sees she on the Sycorax ship. Mickey comes after her and just manages to shut the TARDIS door.

Rose speaks for the Planet whilst The doctor, she uses words from aliens she has met over time to try and get the Sycorax to leave, with no success. 

Whilst speaking the Sycorax suddenly sound like they are speaking English, but confirmed that the Sycorax were not speaking any language but their own. So Rose realises the TARDIS is translating for them and then out steps the Doctor.

The Doctor, seemingly distracted asks Rose about his appearance before address the Sycorax leader. He quotes the Lion King whilst talking about the human race, after pressing a big red button which breaks the control the Sycorax have over One third of the human race.

After not succeeding to get rid of the Sycorax, The doctor challenges the leader to  a sword fight, during this he loses a hand, but luckily for the doctor as he is still within his Regeneration cycle, he grows a new hand.

He wins the fight but the leader comes for him, finding a Satsuma in his dressing gown, that belonged to Rose's mother's 'friend.' he fires in at a button and the leader falls off the ship.

The Doctor orders the Sycorax to leave and then they are all Transported back to earth. Harrier Jones uses Torchwood to destroy he ship as it leaving, making the Doctor very angry. He says he can take her down with just 6 words. Her tells her assistant, "Don't You Think She Looks Tired?"

Ending the episode, The doctor finds a new outfit and spends Christmas dinner with the Tylers and Mickey before Rose and The doctor decide where to go next.

I enjoyed this episode so much, from the aliens to Harriet Jones' return. I also enjoyed some brilliant quotes from Jackie and The Doctor, such s Jackie asking what else The Doctor has two of when Rose tells her he has two Hearts.

Favourite quotes - The Tenth Doctor: Look at these people, these human beings. Consider their potential! From the day they arrive on the planet, blinking, step into the sun, there is more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than - no, hold on. Sorry, that's The Lion King...

The Doctor: My head!
[groans in pain]
The Doctor: I'm having a neuron implosion... I need...
Jackie Tyler: What do you need?
The Doctor: I need...
Jackie Tyler: Just say it!
The Doctor: I need...
Jackie Tyler: Tell me, tell me, tell me!
The Doctor: I need...
Jackie Tyler: Painkillers!
The Doctor: I need...
Jackie Tyler: D'you need aspirin?
The Doctor: I need...
Jackie Tyler: Codeine? Paracetamol? Oh, I dunno, Pepto-Bismol?
The Doctor: I need...
Jackie Tyler: Liquid paraffin? Vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E?
The Doctor: I need...
Jackie Tyler: Is it food? Something simple? Bowl of soup? Nice bowl of soup? Soup and a sandwich? Bowl of soup and a nice ham sandwich?
The Doctor: I *need* you to *shut up*!
Jackie Tyler: Oooh, he hasn't changed that much, has he?

The Doctor: We haven't got much time. If there's pilot fish then... why is there an apple in my dressing gown?
Jackie Tyler: Oh, that's Howard's, sorry.
The Doctor: He keeps apples in his dressing gown?
Jackie Tyler: He gets hungry...
The Doctor: What, he gets hungry in his sleep?
Jackie Tyler: Sometimes.

The Doctor: [still recently regenerated] Am I... Ginger?
Rose: No, you're just sort of... brown.
The Doctor: Aww, I wanted to be ginger. I've never been ginger. And you, Rose Tyler, fat lot of good you were. You gave up on me. Ooh, that was rude. Is that the kind of man I am now? Am I rude? Rude and not ginger?

Thats only a few but i'd be here for ages if I posted all of them.

I will start reviewing Series 2 soon.

Till then

Emz x






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DVD Review: The Librarians Season 1 Episode 6 "And The Fables Of The Doom" [Emz]

Tuesday, 14 November 2017


So this was an interesting episode.. a little cringe worthy and very funny.

Here is the Synopsis:

The librarians travel to a town where fairy tales come to life and attack.


Review:

So this episode was really good in some places but very cheesy in others. The team investigate the fact that a troll dumped a man in the lake in his truck. They find a massive fingerprint on said truck. Ezekiel and Eve find the Troll.

Meanwhile, whilst Cassandra and Jake talk with the Sheriff about the strange goings on in the town, they are interrupted by the town mayor seemingly unaware that he is completely naked.

This leads to bigger problems. Jake kills a massive Wolf. It seems that all the townsfolk are slowly turning into fairy tale characters. 

Jenkins names the book that they should look for as the "Libris Fabula."

Whilst some of the team interview the local Librarian about the book, Ezekiel meets a dying child called Jessie in the hospital. He teaches her how to pick locks and somehow figures out she is being drained by the book.

After rejoining the team and getting arrested, the Sheriff (who turns out to be Jessie's father) turns into the Big Bad Wolf.

The team are beginning to turn into fairy-tale characters Eve becomes the princess, Cassandra becomes Prince Charming, this explains why she was being hit on by lots of women earlier in the story. Jake is the Huntsman and Ezekiel is Jack, the nimble thief.

In the end, Ezekiel finds out that the Librarian is draining Jessie of her life force. he manages to distract him and gets Jessie to change the story and end it. 

The Librarian ends up inside the book.

I enjoyed this story, It was a little cheesy though. The way Eve turned into a Princess and constantly giggled and the way Cassandra became Prince Charming.

It was rather funny though the way that the Town Mayor ended up walking around naked, it wasn't hard to remember The Emperor's new clothes.

Till Next Time

Emz x

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Doctor Who: Series 1 Episode 13 "The Parting Of Ways" [Emz]

Saturday, 11 November 2017


So I've reached the end of the series! Blimey!

Here we are with The Parting Of Ways. This is the last episode of the Series and Christopher Eccleston's final ever episode as The Doctor.

This episode aired originally on the 18th June 2005 on BBC One.

Here is the synopsis:

Rose and the Doctor's friendship is put to the test, as Earth plunges into an epic war with the human race being slaughtered.


Review:

The episode picks up where the last episode ended. The Doctor and Jack rescue Rose by materialising the TARDIS around her. Which is very clever if you ask me, I wouldn't have thought of it.

The Doctor learns that the Daleks survived the Time War (barely) and have been driven mad by the human values they have absorbed.

After arriving back on Floor 500, Jack and The Doctor set about building a Delta Wave to fry the Daleks brains, unfortunately they don't have as much time as needed.

They get the extrapolater covering the top 6 levels and Jack leaves to help get  volunteers ready to battle the Daleks.  

The Doctor checks on the Delta Wave and realises that its not ready. He tricks Rose into the TARDIS on the pretence he can cross his own timeline. The TARDIS de-materialises with only Rose on board. 

A hologram of thee doctor Appears and tells Rose that he has activated Emergency Program One and the TARDIS is taking Rose home. 

Rose lands back home and is crushed. Her mum is just happy to have her home. 

The Daleks force their way in on floor 494 and begin their ascent upwards.

Rose back home in the 21st Century, still upset is being told my her mum and Mickey to just get on with her life. Rose on the other hand is having none of it and tells them that The Doctor showed her a better way of living your life.

She runs into the paved area of the Estate and notices Bad Wolf scrawled all over the floor and walls, she realises there is a link between The doctor and her even though they are in different places and times.

With Mickey's help with the towtruck, Rose opens the heart of the TARDIS and they look into each other. She transports back to the Gamestation just before the Daleks shoot The Doctor. 

She becomes Bad Wolf and destroys the Daleks to ashes and resurrects Jack. The Doctor realises that the power on th time vertex running though her head will kill her and kisses her to take it away. Rose passes out.

When Rose wakes up The Doctor is talking about all the things they would have done together. rose asks why they can't do those things. 

The Doctor explains that the Time Lords have a way of cheating  death and he wont be the same if he gets to do them. He tells her she was fantastic and so was he and then light explodes from his hands and face. When it is all over he looks completely different.

David Tennant takes over as The Doctor.

This episode ending shocked me. i didn't read any newspapers or seen it on the TV that Christopher Eccleston was leaving so it was a huge surprise. But I looked forward to the Christmas Special.

Till next time

Emz x

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DVD Review: Disney's Descendants [Emz]

Friday, 10 November 2017


So I first watched this film last year. It originally aired in 2015 on Disney channel, but I don't have that station. 

The story is set 20 years after "Beauty & the Beast." All the villains are transported onto a non-magical island Known as the Isle Of The Lost and all the Kingdoms came together under Belle and The Beast to create the United states of Auradon.

We pick up with the children of both the "heroes" and "villians." 

Here is the Synopsis:

Ben, the teenaged son of King Beast and Queen Belle, invites the exiled children of defeated villains to attend a prep school with the heroes' children.


Review:

So this film keeps the theme of most Disney films.. it's musical!

So the film opens with Narration from one of the Villain kids and then we meet Prince Ben, Son of Belle and The Beast, he is soon to become King and has chosen his first proclamation. For Kids from the Isle of The Lost to be given a chance to live in Auradon. 

The kids he picked are Mal, daughter of Maleficent (Dove Cameron), Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen (Sofia Carson), Carlos, son of Cruella DeVil (Cameron Boyce) and Jay, son of Jafar (Booboo Stewart).

All these characters are trying to carry on their parents legacy. Where Maleficent (Kristen Chenoweth) is the leader on the Isle, Mal is the leader of the Villain kids (VK's)

So once in Auradon, the kids try to steal Fairy godmothers magic wand, as per Maleficent request. This doesn't go to plan and the kids escape luckily before being caught.

I liked the way the kids tried to fit in even though they were having to do Maleficent bidding. 

Mal puts a love spell on Ben and he falls for her immediately, he invites her on a date and goes swimming in the Enchanted lake. Mal is torn between trying to have a normal life in Auradon or going back to the Isle after stealing the wand.

After parents day goes horribly wrong for Mal after being introduced to Aurora's mother by her granddaughter (she didn't know who she was originally) a majority of the kids of Auradon gang up on Mal and the other VK's and make them unwelcome.

On the way to Ben's coronation Mal give Ben a chocolate which contains the anti love spell. Ben eats it but admits to Mal that her spell washed off in the Enchanted Lake.

At Ben's Coronation, Fairy Godmother's daughter Jane, feeling insecure and out of place (also after being manipulated by Mal) grabs her mothers wand and unknowingly makes a hole in the barrier around the Isle. Maleficent escapes the Isle, and before she arrives in Auradon the VK's have decided that they do not want to be evil and choose good. 

Maleficent arrives and the VK's (mainly Mal) fight against her and she ends up turning into a tiny Lizard according to Fairy godmother the size of the love in her heart.

The films ends with the party after the coronation.

I enjoyed this film alot. I had wondered for a long time what would the kids of the Disney Prices and Princess be like and also what would the kids of the Villains be like. This fulfilled my imagination. I may be alot older than the fan base for this film but I enjoyed it all the same. It wasn't too cheesy and was very enjoyable.

Til next time

Emz x

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TV Review: Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 7 "The Traitor" [Emz]

Thursday, 9 November 2017


So this episode takes you in so many different directions with all the stories happening. One part definitely tests President Kirkman's negotiation skills.

Here is the Synopsis:

An American track-and-field coach's trip to Russia forces Kirkman into a hostage exchange involving the CIA and the Russian government; Agent Wells and Deputy Director Atwood's investigation uncovers dangerous information


Review:

We begin with the arrest of Team USA's Gymnastics Coach in Russia and learning that he is a spy for the the CIA.

Kirkman has his work cut out to make a deal with Russia to release him.

President Kirkman's wife Alex. makes a trip to Jail to meet with her ex boyfriend who is making accusations about being Leo's father.

Hannah Wells of the FBI is digging deeper into Catalan and McLeish's involvement.

All the stories kept me on edge and I didn't know what was going to happen next. The way Kirkman dealt with the spy stuck in Russia was interesting and finding something Russia wanted to help free the Coach was a smart move.

Also the way that as Wells keeps getting closer to the truth, some people are determined that she is silenced. They go after her boss Atwood.

The pace never really slows down through each episode. I'm glad that the whole story doesn't just rely on the bombings and finding the culprit, but sub stories form throughout each episode. 

I can't wait to see where the story takes us next.

Till next time

Emz x

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