‘Lion’ Film Review

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One of the greatest films I have seen in years, the gorgeous and captivating tale of finding your way back home, Dev Patel stars as the Indian orphan Saroo, who uses Google Earth to find his way back to the family he lost at the age of five.

Based on a true story, Lion begins by showing how 5-year-old Saroo was tragically separated from his brother one night and ends up getting lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. Many cruel encounters follow, making you sit on the edge of your seat, wondering if he will make it to a place of safety.

Luckily, he gets adopted by an Austrailian couple and manages to live a privileged and contented life, far away from the poor streets of his hometown. At the age of twenty-five, Saroo longs to see his birth mother and brother again. Due to the technology of Google Earth, Saroo finally has a chance to use the memories he has to find out where he came from.

There is a terrific cast, Sunny Pawar is adorable and really sets the film alight with his realistic role as five-year-old Saroo. Nicole Kidman and David Wenham shine as the charismatic couple that adopt him.

If you do one thing this weekend, watch this incredible film, you won’t be disappointed.

Five stars!

 

 

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True Blood Season 7 Episode 10 ‘Thank You’ Finale Review

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Above: The people of Bon Temps raise a glass to an easy life and a happy ending.

The last drop of blood has been tasted as the curtain falls on the last True Blood episode. 

The fans had high expectations of the finale season and even higher hopes for the finale episode titled Thank You. There have been many complaints about the way the supernatural TV show has ended but I have to say, I think although it was a safe ending, a lot of loose ends were tied up for all of the main characters.

The episode is an emotional one as Bill dies but what I and many of the other fans don’t understand is why he wanted Sookie to kill him? I mean, hasn’t he done enough harm to her? He wanted Sookie to use her light bomb to kill him which would give them both what they wanted, Sookie could be ‘normal’ and Bill could die at a time that was right for him. In the end Sookie decides to keep her light and I’m glad she did because it is a part of who she is and in the end she finds happiness with a mystery man, who appears to be human.

The biggest problem I had with the finale was that there was a gaping hole in the plot. During the last few episodes of season seven we are led to believe that Bill could possibly be turning human. He has many human visions, he tells Sookie that having Hep V has made him feel more human and Sookie reads his thoughts in the final episode. I think the writers screwed up with that one. It would have been a more sufficient ending if Bill turned human again and he and Sookie lived happily ever after. It makes no sense that Bill had a problem with Sookie being with a vampire when he didn’t mind Jessica marrying Hoyt, who is human.

I know what the writers were thinking with the finale, they wanted the entire story to go full circle. The first episode began with the people of Bon temps and that’s exactly how it ended. They used a flash forward to show the viewers what happened in Bon temps when the balance was restored. They paired Jason with Bridget, they had three kids. Arlene ended up with a vampire named Keith. Lafayette finally found happiness with vampire James (I’m still annoyed that he didn’t get his moment in the finale) and Sookie is pregnant and with a mysterious man which in my opinion should be Bill. The finale felt rushed and sloppy and I think the writers actually ran out of ideas. I still love the show and I, like many others believe that it had definitely ran its course as a TV series.

I hate to give it a three star rating but I was definitely disappointed in the way True Blood ended.

 

 

 

True Blood – Season 6 Episode 10 (Season Finale) TV Episode Review [SPOILERS]

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So season six has officially finished. Season six was the shortest season so far, there were only ten episodes instead of twelve because of Anna Paquin’s pregnancy so the writers had to cram a lot into the season finale to set up all the story lines for season seven. The season finale may have fallen flat comparing to season five’s finale but there are a few cliffhangers that will keep truebies anxiously guessing until Summer 2014.

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The first storyline to come to an end in the finale was vampires being able to walk in daylight. I’m glad that this came to end because vampires are creatures of the night, Warlow died in this episode and the ability for the vampires to walk in the daylight died with him. This resulted in Eric (supposedly) burning in the sun. Now I’m a bit sceptic about this, the writers want us to believe that Eric is dead but I don’t think they will kill of one of their main characters in that way. It’s just a cliffhanger to keep fans guessing and panicking that their favourite character has died. A lot of fans have commented on the ‘six months later’ section of the episode saying that it felt rushed but I felt that moving the time along shows how things returned back to normal in Bon Temps, something that we haven’t experienced since the first season. The writers recently commented on this by saying that they wanted to return to the set up of season one, focus on the main characters of Bon Temps after exploring different subjects like the vampire authority, the fellowship and vamp camp.

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We finally see Sookie in a somewhat normal relationship in the six months later section of the episode, for a few seasons her flirtation and chemistry between her and Alcide has been clear but it is far too domesticated for Sookie, we all know that she is a Danger Whore and Alcide will not satisfy her needs for very long.  Sookie has been whining about having a ‘normal’ life for five seasons and that’s what her relationship with Alcide suggests but the end of the finale suggests that danger is coming whether she likes it or not (bit predictable… when will her character learn?) I also really like the relationship between Jason and his new vampire girlfriend Violet. She may be a little bit crazy and obsessed with Jason but she shows Jason how to only tend to her needs and Jason has only ever had the opposite treatment. This relationship will only strengthen his character in the future and heighten his overall respect for women. I commend the writers on exploring a different path for this character.

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A very sweet moment in the finale was the scene between Tara and her mother. The citizens of Bon Temp have decided, since there is no longer any True Blood that every vampire should have their own human. What Tara’s mum offers to do is to nurture and look after Tara to make up for all of the times that she failed as a mother when Tara was a human. The season finale tied up a lot of lose ends such as Arlene buying Merlotte’s and renaming it Arlene’s Bar and Grill and Sam becoming Mayor. Having a flash forward six months allowed these revelations to be revealed so I think it was a very smart move for the writers, even though it felt a little forced.

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The ending is exciting but not as heart wrenching as season five’s finale. We see many hungry, sick looking vampires making their way for Arlene’s Bar and Grill (it’s going to take a while to stop calling it Merlotte’s.) The writers have managed to leave unanswered questions which is what a successful season finale should do. I am really excited to see how these stories progress in season seven. There is always going to be someone unhappy with the way the writers deal with the main characters but in the grand scheme of things I think they have hit the nail on the head with the final episode.

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Society Has Killed The True Meaning Of Beauty

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Society has not only changed the way we look at the world but the way that we look at ourselves. We live in a society driven by advertisements and media. From a young age we are bombarded with images of the media’s perception of beauty. We never learn the real definition of beauty. Instead we have computer generated airbrushed images forced upon us, our TV screens filled with advertisements for beauty products, they persuade us to buy makeup to cover up our natural beauty.  Our perception of beauty has been distorted by the media and it is only going to get worse. The idea of beauty will never be the same, the damage has already been done.

There are thousands of young girls out there right now, flicking through the pages of their favourite Vogue magazine, hoping and wishing to look like the girl on the cover. It’s wrong. At that age you believe that the images on the cover are the definition of perfect. I know this because I used to be one of them. I was obsessed with the idea of looking like the young celebrities that were the same age as me but were twice as beautiful, with airbrushed skin and fully made faces, I, like many other girls believed it was what they actually looked like. Obviously as I grew up and I discovered the truth but it doesn’t stop the influence that the media has had on my self esteem.

Society would probably say that I am not beautiful. They would say that my eyes were too big, my eyebrows were not perfectly shaped and I had too many curves to even consider being a model. But that’s not true. I used to believe these misconceptions about myself. I would loathe myself in the mirror, wishing I looked like the young celebrities and actresses that I admired. Now of course I have become comfortable in my own skin. Yes, my eyes are big but they are also my best feature. My eyebrows might not be perfect but I have grown to accept them and as for my curves, I like them too. It makes me feel like a woman. Being a size zero is nothing to be proud of.  I recently saw a post on my Facebook news feed of a girl showing off that she finally fit back into her size zero jeans. She was perfectly proportioned before but now, her legs look like barbie legs. It’s ridiculous. No one should be striving to be a size zero, it’s  unhealthy. Surprisingly, a large percentage of men actually say that they prefer curvier women. So eat that cookie girls, it isn’t going to make you fat.

Something that also concerns me is the way that women present themselves in today’s society. They not only believe that makeup and fake tan will make them beautiful but they believe that dressing provocatively is the only way to receive male attention. Of course sex sells and the media knows this all too well. Exposing cleavage, pouting at the camera and wearing leotards and hot pants. This is what the women of today think is sexy. It’s a sad realization that the days of women respecting themselves is officially over. What happened to the image of women such as Marilyn Monroe? A classy, curvy and attractive woman that is still admired today for her natural beauty. One of her most famous quotes states that imperfection is beauty. But why is it every woman is constantly reminded of her imperfections? How are we supposed to be powerful, confident women when all we see is negative images of what beauty is and what beauty isn’t?

I believe that everyone is beautiful. I believe that I am beautiful. That isn’t me being conceited. I believe that I am a beautiful person. I may not have the prettiest face or the smoothest skin but I have a beautiful personality. I know this now. It has took me a very long time to accept myself. But what about the women that can’t accept themselves? They fall into a downward spiral of self-loathing and low self esteem. People are surprised by the amount of young girls with eating disorders. Are you really surprised? With images of what beauty ‘should’ look like forced in their faces, how are they ever going to feel comfortable in their own skin? What little girls don’t understand is the girl on the front cover of Vogue that they admire, that has pins for legs has been edited tirelessly on photo shop after the actual shot has been taken.

I am blaming society for poisoning our minds with their toxic image of beauty. Beauty cannot be defined. Everything is beautiful. Everyone is beautiful. The colour of the sky, the way a flower blooms in the spring and the image of a rainbow – all of these things are beautiful. Everybody believes that the world is beautiful but why can we not accept that every person is beautiful too? Tall, short, fat, thin, freckles, dark skin, light skin, curvy, green eyes, blue eyes, brown eyes, ginger hair, blonde hair, black hair – everyone is beautiful. People will call you ugly but it is society that is ugly, not you. I am going to live my life believing that I am beautiful, I don’t care what anyone else thinks because life is too short to believe that you are worthless. Unfortunately, that is how society makes us feel – worthless. Society has killed the true meaning of beauty.

Taylor Swift hit the nail on the head when she said that ‘Beauty is sincerity. There are so many ways that a person can be beautiful.’ Never believe that you are not good enough. Never look in the mirror and say I hate myself, I am ugly or I am worthless – you’re not. You are beautiful. Believe this and you will live a beautiful life. We live in a society that only embraces their vision of beauty but there are many visions of beauty. Like a spectrum of colours we are all different and we all have our own identities. Don’t let society kill your definition of beauty. See the beauty in the little things, see the beauty in other people and most importantly – see the beauty in yourself.

True Blood – Season 6 Episode 1 – Review (Spoiler Alert)

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True Blood is officially back on our screens with the fang-tastic sixth season. 

I can’t tell you how annoying it was to wait a whole year to find out what happened to my favourite characters but for the next ten weeks I can indulge myself in the blood, sex and gore of the hit TV show True Blood. With shows like this the response can be unpredictable because for the next season to thrive there must be a change in pace and after watching the first episode of season six, I am very excited about the new road that the show is going down.

Based on the best selling books by Charlaine Harris, True Blood is a fantastic TV show on HBO and Fox TV UK that brings the world of Sookie Stackhouse to life. The show has been on the air since 2008 and since then we have watched the show become a massive success as we discovered the supernatural beings present in Bon Temps Louisiana. Over five seasons there have been vampires, shape shifters, fairies, werewolves, mane ads and ghosts all fighting to get along and more importantly- stay alive.

At the end of season five we were left with a cliffhanger, one that frightened every  ‘Truebie’  to their very core. Bill or should I say Billith rising from a pool of blood as Eric and Sookie watch in pure amazement and fear. Eric yells run to Sookie and the credits roll. And that is what every True Blood fan was left with. An uncertainty of what would happen next. But never fear because season six has returned and I personally think it will be the best season yet!

The first episode carries on from where season five left off and I have to say I really liked the thriller-type-camera-angles in the first ten minutes of the episode. I watched an interview with Stephen Moyer who plays the role of Bill Compton and he directed the first episode and the camera angles were his idea. He said ‘I knew I wanted to play the episode as a thriller, I never had the camera on a tripod, I never had the camera on a dolly. We were literally hand held and running, I wanted to give it the feeling that you were with the actors.’

In the first ten minutes of the episode a character dies, which is a little bit of a surprise. The character wasn’t one of the primary characters but I still felt like her death was rushed and they could have waited until further in the episode. However, the death of this character shows the true revelations of what is to come for all supernatural beings and humans during this season, hence the tag line ‘No one Lives Forever.’ When one character dies though another one is introduced. Jason has a run in with Eric’s sister Nora and leaves Sookie, Tara and Pam behind to run off his frustration.

I guess no one ever told Jason to never get into a car with a stranger – but he does. There is something odd about this character from the beginning but I knew that he had some connection to Sookie. He claims that he is Warlow and Jason obviously reacts and ‘Warlow’ disappears without a trace. That won’t be the last of him though, he will be occurring in plenty more episodes and I’m sure they will reveal his true identity because judging by the season trailer, the old guy in the car isn’t Warlow but a distant relative of the Stackhouse siblings.

In the first episode of season six titled Who Are You, Really? We see the end of the Bill and Sookie relationship. Well I assume so, she did try and stake Bill to save Eric. Maybe they will find their way back to each other one day? Hmmm maybe not.  I think I prefer her with Eric anyway. Another surprising turn in the episode was Sookie banishing Eric from her home, it seems that Sookie has finally learnt that vampires bring trouble – About damn time Sookie! She believes that her life with will one day be ‘normal’ but who is she kidding really? She’s a half ling – half fae half human telepathic. There’s nothing normal about that.

Now, let’s talk about this Billeth situation. I wasn’t the only one who was shocked when Bill supposedly died and resurrected from a pile of red goo. I didn’t know how the writers would come back from that and I felt that the character Bill was going to be killed off. But cleverly it has worked to their advantage and now the character Bill is actually exciting to watch – I found him boring and too perfect before. No vampire is that perfect. While the episode spent much of its time on the aftermath of the assault on vampire central, it also found time to add a few new layers of intrigue, most notably the new politician storyline. I feel like this is a secondary part of the plot, like the vampire authority was in season five.

I tolerate it because it is part of the show but I prefer the show when they focus on the main characters but that is my personal preference.  It’s still early days, but so far, it seems that Bon Temps is indeed an almost faerie-free zone – except for the magical children in the care of Andy Bellefleur. Lafayette is yet to be possessed by anyone yet but it will happen at some point – he has the worst luck in the world. Just like Sookie, he will never be normal. Alcide has become the master of his pack and is enjoying the power he has over the other wolves, especially the ladies.

I am really excited for next week’s episode. Ten weeks sounds like a long time but I feel like it isn’t long enough to unravel all of the hidden parts of the plot that need to see the light. Hopefully they carry on making True Blood because I think the show is exceptional! I give the first episode of season six five stars because it has left me excited and on the edge of my seat. I guess I will have to wait until Monday to find out what happens but in the mean time I think I am going to dive into the fiction that runs through the veins of the show – it’s time to read the fourth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series Definitely Dead.

I don’t like to compare the books to the TV show because they both run on completely different tracks. Some hardcore fans are annoyed by the fact that the show doesn’t stick to the books – but where is the fun in that? I will possibly write another review next week after the second episode airs. I hope you all like my review on the first episode of season six – now I need to go and ‘sink my teeth’ into the next Charlaine Harris novel.

‘The Vow’ Film Review

We are all familiar with the wedding vow ‘To love and to cherish, from this day forward till death do us part.’ Well what if you woke up from a coma, not remembering that the man that stood before you was your husband or what you had done in the last few years of your life? The Vow is a bittersweet amnesia story that begins with Paige (Rachel McAdams) unfastening her seat belt to lean in and kiss her husband Leo (Channing Tatum) one snowy night in Chicago.

Before they can even touch each other’s lips they’re hit from behind by a truck and she goes through the windscreen. When Paige comes out of a coma some weeks later with no memory of her husband or marriage she tries to fill in the gaps of her failed memory. Instead of a reunion with her husband, Paige reverts to her former life with her stuffy, upper-middle-class parents and Leo has to make her fall in love with him again. A sweet story that leaves you wanting more.

The movie is cliche but that’s sometimes ok for the type of movie it is. Of course Tatum and McAdams are brilliant actors, a perfect cast for this film in my opinion. I won’t reveal anymore, don’t want to spoil it for you! But I would deffinatley go and see it at the cinema if you have the chance!

Rating – 8/10

True Blood Review

True blood is a blood thirsty TV series you can really sink your teeth into — no pun intended! It’s an original series that really differs from the typical supernatural shows… I started watching True Blood when my friend at university recommended it to me.

I’ve never been a fan of this vampire phenomenon but I decided to give it a chance. Well, let me just tell you now True Blood was a complete shock for me! After the first episode I was on the edge of my seat and I wanted to find out what happened next.

The series is filled with nail biting scenes and surprising twists at the end of every episode! One thing I might add is the amount of nudity in this television series but it’s not meant for the younger generation – That’s why twilight exists!

It’s not suitable for the faint hearted. I watched 5 episodes in a row one night because I couldn’t sleep until I knew what happened. The cliffhangers are brilliant! Sookie, the main character is annoying at times. She always ends up in the bad situations and you shout at the TV at her for being so stupid!

Also, I think it’s pretty cool that she reads minds, it’s an interesting twist on her character. If you like a jam packed show filled with vampires, werewolves, witches and fairies – True Blood is the show for you!