This week we 'pass the popcorn' as I went to see two movies in the last week.
I went to see Kong: Skull Island, a great action packed movie but I couldn't help thinking that poor Kong was just going along his normal business and keeping the baddie creatures at bay, no problem. Then in drops 'man' and upsets the whole island, bombing everywhere and I am not surprised kong was upset and proceeded to squash all those pesky humans because frankly in his big hairy feet I would have done the same thing. It does turn into the ultimate battle of man vs nature. The nosey scientists want to discover the island and the mysteries upon it, drafting in the army to complicate things even more. The hot headed Samuel L Jackson is a bit miffed that Kong has killed his buddies but the group leader played by Tom Hiddleston becomes torn between siding with Samuel L or saving Kong, what does he do?
The more I see Tom Hiddleston in TV and Movie roles the more I keeping think Bond? maybe? not sure but I am becoming more convinced. There are some very cheesy scenes in this but overall it is a great film. Good effects and heart jumping moments so it is worth a watch.
I also went to see the new animation offering called Boss Baby. This is a nice family funny film. Great characters with voices from Tobey Maguire, Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel but the main voice from boss baby is Alec Baldwin. It follows the story of a 7 year old boy who is enjoying life with mum and dad and along comes a baby. Timothy Templeton feels a bit threatened and left out but then realises that Boss Baby is there really on a mission to find the secret to Puppy Co's new puppy which is believed to take over from babies and win the hearts of many mummy's and daddies. Timothy's parents both work for Puppy Co. so Boss baby needs to use them for information and get back to Baby Corp where he wants to take over the top job and put babies back where they belong.
It is good and very funny. Loved Boss Baby, they get the facial expressions so real in these films it's amazing. Good action packed excitement that kept it interesting. I do recommend it if you fancy a bit of a giggle and a light family trip out.
If you've seen any good films lately please let me know or tell me what you think of these films.
Thanks for reading and 'I'll be back' (see what I did there?) tomorrow for Music Monday.
Take care for now.
Well I finally caught up with it, yep I am going to admit that I have actually quite enjoyed Britain's Got Talent. It is funny and there is some great original acts which I love to see. there is also the 'oh my goodness, why did you even turn up' people but without them it wouldn't be such an entertaining show. they do more than I do anyway and actually give it a go.
There is also some great talent from outside of Britain. Now this used to be a bit of a grudge of mine because it's BRITAIN's got talent so why are people allowed to enter from other countries. Apparently they queue to do the British version as it's the best so I've had my mind changed on that one.
I'm glad because otherwise I wouldn't have witnessed the very eccentric and very funny......Neils Harder from Amsterdam who was an average magician really but it didn't really matter as his personality won him through. Big respect to Ant for volunteering to take part in his act, I'm not sure I would have felt so brave, but hey it's magic.
Issy Simpson, a cute 8 year old magician definitely put Simon in his place didn't she? A brilliant act and one that makes you wonder 'how did she do that?'
We also witnessed a beautiful dance/acrobat act from a lovely couple who had come over from China, just amazing!
Jonny Awsum, originally from Derby (had to mention that) was such a funny end to the auditions this week with his comedy musical act including Ant and Dec. I carried on singing that song for a while after.
I love the acts which you think are going to be rubbish and end up being the best. So I am hooked, I just hope the performing dogs stay away a little but I have to say the lady who showed us and the panel how to do 'Doga' did turn out quite funny in the end. I will keep watching I think, a converted viewer. I will not go back to X factor though.....never!!!
We saw the final ever episode of Broadchurch and I enjoyed this series, if I'm honest though wasn't totally blown away with the ending. It wasn't going to be anyone obvious but it didn't come as a great surprise either. I can't knock it though. It has been a brilliant drama to watch throughout and I personally think there was an opportunity for it to carry on really but obviously not and what do I know, I'm just a girl that drinks tea and talks about stuff all week.
I watched the great Billy Connolly in a lovely show called Billy Connolly and Me - A Celebration. It consisted of his classic work, some unseen footage and testimonies from some of his devoted fans. It was lovely to see which of his work had inspired people and had an effect on their lives. It's good to see he maintains a great sense of humour through his condition. I will always love Billy myself, he is just so funny and I have laughed till it has physically hurt. An amazing man and an inspiration to all.
Blimey Dennis Quaid was everywhere this week, I half expected him to just walk into my living room or look up at the breakfast table and see him munching on a bowl of coco pops. He was on the The One Show, The Nightly Show with Dermot O' Leary and with Chris Evans on Radio 2. Nice fella, not seen anything from him for a while and that's probably why he's been on everything, just in case we have forgotten who he is. Not sure about that Nightly Show, are you? It's shown late for some I suppose but it has had a different presenter every week, some being better than others but the jury's out on that one.
Hospital People was a new mock doc which started this week and is based around a hospital, obviously as the title says. A wide range of funny characters played by Tom Binns who also co writes the series as well. I'm chuckling which is a good sign but not belly laughing yet. I do love the porter Ian D Montfort who believes in psychic healing until he has to have a procedure himself, he tends to lose his psychic ability. These types of comedy shows do tend to just go very popular all of a sudden so watch this space, another one to watch. Will it turn out to be as popular as The Office?
Ah and lastly The Durrells has returned. A great start to the second series. I love this family and admire how Mrs Durrell copes with not only the kids but all these admirers. I know Spiro has lent her some rent but I wish someone would just donate a few tins of paint. I'm no decorator by any means but I'm thinking about nominating her for DIY SOS. It looks so beautiful though in Corfu and it's going to be fun to see them cope and hopefully make some cash, maybe not with catering though eh? Dodgy scotch eggs haven't gone down well. So glad it's back and can't wait for more.
Well done to everyone who ran in the London Marathon, you are amazing for such a massive physical achievement and also for raising money for charities you feel so passionate about. Congratulations, and I have a bubbly foot spa here if anyone wants to use it.
Thanks for reading and I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday tomorrow. Take care for now........
I've not been watching a lot of TV this week as I have been on holiday but did manage to catch the big winner of the week in ratings and just general all round entertainment - Car Share.
I've not just watched the first episode, I've binge watched all four episodes as they all became available on BBC iplayer. There is always time on a vacation for comedy. It's a bit like dangling chocolate in front of me and saying I can have one chunk every week or the whole lot now, ermmmm yep I can't resist..
I won't give it all away so don't worry as I do understand some people possess very good willpower and are savouring that weekly moment for just the best laugh ever. It is such simple format but totally works and Peter Kay is just one of the funniest men ever. Ratings soared and for me the man can do no wrong. The on screen chemistry with Sian Gibson who plays Kayleigh is just so natural and you can actually imagine them as your own work colleagues. The big question is 'Will they get together?' 'Do we want them to?' I do!!! I just love them and think they would be great together. I just don't want it to spoil what they have already, oh get me! It''s not real Sue from the Brew!!! They are my favourite tv couple at the moment though. Keep watching it!
I managed to catch a documentary on Wednesday evening which was called Reported Missing. It was on BBC1 at 9pm and I was glued to the screen. Apparently someone is reported missing every two minutes and my goodness the tension and stress involved is unbelievable in the cases portrayed on this programme. I have experienced my son go missing in a supermarket for a matter of minutes and the relief when I saw him was immense but to go through hours and hours of not knowing must be the worst feeling. I won't go into too much about the series in case you want to go and watch it but I have full admiration for the police and other services who put their time and all their effort into helping to find these people, it is truly amazing. I had no idea what it takes or what people go through when dealing with this trauma so it's worth a watch to help everyone to understand.
This kind of leads well into Britains Got Talent which I haven't seen in full yet so I will have to leave my review of it till next week but I did catch the choir which included members of families who had loved ones who were missing. So emotional but I do love that the power of music and the love of singing has brought them together to connect. So good.
On my way back from my hols and on a lovely Travelodge tv I saw The first brand new episode of Doctor Who. Loved it and loved his new companion, Bill Potts played by Pearl Mackie. The first gay companion which I love and she has just fitted in very naturally alongside the Doctor. It's hard to believe this will be Peter Capaldi's last series, I feel I've just got used to him and now he is going. I could never make up my mind about him really as I loved Matt Smith's Doctor so much but have grown to like him. There is big speculation at the moment as to who the new Doctor will be. Talk on big media is that it will be Kris Marshall which I am holding my breath to see it confirmed and some truth to the rumour. I think he would be excellent and very popular from some comments made already. Guess we will have to see.
So I haven't done to bad for saying that I've been away. The Scottish Highlands and my wonderful family won my views this week. Yep sometimes my family are worth a watch, they make me smile and laugh so much, precious moments to treasure. A lot of eating and drinking, was even to full to watch Masterchef. No more food!!!
Take care for now and I'll be back for Music Monday tomorrow.
So with the return of Britain's Got Talent next Saturday (15th) are we still loving the tv talent show?
It's not a new thing, these shows have been around for years really, I go back to the days of Opportunity Knocks and New Faces where legends such as Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry, Pam Ayres and Les Dawson were discovered. A panel of celebrities, like today voted on a favourite act but before that it was down to a clapometer, imagine that? Your talent determined by how loud people can clap!
Now we have very high profile celebrities and Simon Cowell who make more fuss and take over the shows with their status rather than concentrating on the actual contestants. Britains got Talents remains popular still, probably as you can never go wrong with Ant and Dec as presenters and it is a bit of fun but if I see one more dancing, performing dog in the final I may boycott it forever.
The Voice seems a little bit more serious and dedicated to the wannabe star than X Factor, whether that is down to the format. I prefer the fact that they don't know what someone looks like and can only hear a voice rather than make any judgements about people on appearance. When everyone saw Susan Boyle for the first time, she was judged even before she opened her mouth and sang, I'm glad she did, as it rendered everyone in shock. You never judge a book by a cover, but in life people do tend to do just that.
BGT does follow the old style talent show and does branch out to a range of different acts and we even like a giggle at the people who clearly have not been told that their act is not very good from the trusted members of their family but I like a 'tryer' and someone who gives it a go anyway. It's not easy and they are braver than me, I couldn't do it.
The jury is still out for me on the 'find a star for the latest musical' type of show. It's a good chance for someone to audition and it makes us see the process it may take for producers of musicals to make that decision but I'd like to see more of a 'fly on the wall' type of documentary about auditions and how it really is rather than some edited talent show. For me it would just be a change.
Who votes in these programmes? Someone must. I always think if you don't vote then you can't complain about the result. I suppose that's the excitement of the whole idea, that you want your favourite to win. I do wonder whether all the people who vote go and buy the winners single or support the performing dog after the show has ended, social media makes that possible or you can wait for Simon Cowell to commission a dreadful movie involving said dog.
I'm not a great fan, as you can probably tell. I dip in now and again to see if anyone impresses me. Don't get me wrong there have been some great performers and vocalists but for some shows I just think they have had their time or need a further revamp. Maybe I should just join with the great British public and enter into the spirit. I may well try.
Enjoy the tv for the week and I will be back next week to review BGT and the brilliant Car Share which returns on Tuesday (11th), really looking forward to that!
Take care for now, thanks for reading and come back tomorrow for Music Monday.
It been another great week of tv, Broadchurch is reaching a point where it looks as though they may be ready to make an arrest, but you know, if you've watched previous episodes, it's not going to be the right person is it? Surely? I do quite like that it does refer back to the original story and follows Mark Latimer battling his feelings towards the man who was acquitted for the murder of his son. I think there will be a dramatic climax to that storyline. Meanwhile the fingers are pointing towards Lenny Henry at the moment though Oooooh I don't know, think I'll leave it to Millllllleeeerrrr! and Hardy. even I stand to attention when he shouts 'Miller!'. Look forward to tomorrow then.
Prime Suspect 1973 is just brilliant even though according to some sources that the viewing figures have dropped. That's probably me when I fall asleep and accidentally nudge the remote over to another channel. I have to say, I have been good though lately I remained awake woo hoo! Give me a medal eh? I love the relationship between Jane and her boss Len, please let him be ok after Thursday's episode or is heartache going to make her that tough woman she becomes later. It's the last one this week so please, everyone watch it so the figures go up and we can have another series.
I do have to say I do flag a bit during Vera, I'm snoozing a bit after the first hour. For me Vera is a marathon with it's two hour episodes, I've gone to sleep by the time she's ready to sum up and reveal the culprit. Just to recap this is not because any of these great dramas are boring, it's just me with my 9pm 'drop off, snoozing zone'. She's brill though isn't she? Love her in her coat, hat, boots and chugging around in her Land Rover with a handy spade in the back. Did you spot that this evening? Reckon she has that handy just in case she has to dig a dead body up. Love how she gets Aiden to pop her plastic slippers on for her, he's such a gem isn't he? She has that 'mum look' that puts fear into any criminal that even thinks about telling fibs to her. You know the one, we've all had that look when we were kids, the type that just says, without words that 'ya grounded', in trouble, no tv for you. Loving it, just need to get more practice for a two hour show, wonder if they do tv viewing viagra? Viagra for the eyelids, to keep them up! I think it's called caffeine or matchsticks.
Just watched the final of The Voice, not bad and well done to Mo but I was actually going for 'Into The Ark'. They were brilliant and the first time a duo have got that far in The Voice. Michelle had to go in the semi's, lovely girl and a fabulous voice but for me I can't be doing with the screamy, shouty kind of singing. I have to think whether I could listen long term and I think my ears would pack up listening to her for too long. It's the same with Mariah Carey and similar artists, it's not for me. Do we ever carry on listening to the finalists after the show anyway, well yes sometimes. We are still listening to Will Young and the lovely cheeky Olly Murs but that was X factor wasn't it? I'm struggling to remember the previous Voice winners, I'm sure they are out there but we'll see.
My star of the week goes to All Round to Mrs Brown's. Love this, it's so funny as is the show anyway but this just gives it another dynamic. The guests are fun and it's just a change to see a chat show taking part within another show. Such a good idea and now I am going into the kitchen saying 'reggae' much to the delight of my kids who now think I'm more crazier than I was before. It certainly spices Saturday night up although I do love my Casualty and I had major emotional blubbing moments during Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway this week. I love it when they give the trip to Florida out to people, its so heart warming. Dermot O' Leary was funny as well playing havoc in Tesco's, it seems weird to see that boy being naughty. Shocking!! ha ha.
Well that's it for this week, only to say that The Durrells return this month sometime. Looking forward to that as the first series was just brilliant.
Take care and thanks for reading.....catch you tomorrow for my new feature - Music Monday.
Pass the Remote
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