Tuesday, 29 July 2014

First Image Of Gal Gadot As Wonder Woman, Age Of Ultron Footage Revealed, Guardians Of The Galaxy Sequel...

Just thought I would pop by and share with all you lovely readers of Jan's blog, some news from this years Comic-Con that caught our eye. Hope you enjoy...

Ian.

Comic-Con has again been awash with lots of exclusives, most of which have received positive reception... Well, most of them... Allons-y!



The above image, revealed yesterday by Zack Snyder, is the first image of Gal Gadot ( Gisele - Fast & Furious 6 ) in full Wonder Woman costume. The image has received, what you might call, a less than positive reception from people on the internet. People constantly saying she isn't beautiful, she isn't 'Amazonian' enough, she doesn't look like she could fight... In the words of Jan "have they seen her? She's fit!"... Also, she was in the Israeli army d*******s!

Now for some slightly more positively received titbits...

So excite!


The final panel of theatrical releases at Comic-Con's Hall H was Avengers Age Of Ultron, where they showed the first footage from the film... Sadly I haven't seen it as I wasn't there *crying uncontrollably* ( I shall patiently await my press invite for next year Comic-Con )




At the end of Marvel's Hall H presentation, a video was shown of Chris Pratt and Guardians Of The Galaxy  director James Gunn, talking to one another about, how awesome it would be if they could reveal that the sequel had not only received the greenlight, but also had a release date set for July 28, 2017... Even though I have only seen the trailer for the first one, this news excites me a lot!


This is just a snippet of the many, many, many, stories coming from Comic-Con. When I have read more I shall be revealing my thoughts on some of them.

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed yourself.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Upcoming US TV shows for the 2014/15 season - CBS

Back with the second network's new shows, this time its CBS. I usually like a lot of CBS shows, and the new ones look as though that trend will continue this year! Sadly, CBS doesn't release a lot of information about the shows, and their characters in advance, so I can only give a bare bones outline.

Stalker

Airing Wednesday 1st October in the US. TBC for the UK.

Ooooooh I'm really looking forward to this!!!! Stalker follows a squad of detectives investigating stalking incidents. From the trailer it looks as if the main character has a secret, and that she may go off on her own crusades against the bad guys she encounters! This was created by Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek, The Vampire Diaries, The Following, Scream, Scream 2, Scream 4, I Know What You Did Last Summer) so you pretty much know it will be enjoyable if nothing else! Not much info on the characters yet, sadly, but as a Maggie Q fan I'm just happy she's back on TV after the end of Nikita!

Maggie Q as Lieutenant Beth Davis.

Dylan McDermott as Detective Jack Larsen.

Victor Rasuk as Detective Ben Caldwell.

Mariana Klaveno as Detective Janice Lawrence

Elizabeth Bogush as Amanda Tate


Madam Secretary

Airing on Sunday 21st September in the US. TBC for the UK.

Can't say I'm all that interested in this one....never been one for political shows, not escapist enough for me. However, it has some great cast members, and I know it probably will be interesting, just depends on your viewing tastes. It follows a female Secretary of State, looking at her personal and professional life, and her attempts to juggle the two. Created by Barbara Hall (creator of Joan of Arcadia and a co-exectutive producer on Homeland).

Cast

Tea Leoni as Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, the Secretary of State.

Tim Daly as Henry McCord, (most likely) Elizabeth's husband.

Bebe Neuwirth as Nadine Tolliver.

Erich Bergen as Blake Calibrese

Evan Roe as Jason McCord

Geoffrey Arend as Matt Mahoney

Katherine Herzer as Caroline McCord

Patina Miller as Daisy Finch

Sebastian Arcelus  as Jay Whitman



The Odd Couple

Airing sometime in September (but I'm starting to wonder if it will be held back til midseason) in the US. TBC for the UK.

Hmmmm there is an odd lack of information on this one. CBS don't even have it listed on their website, it has no IMDB page and the only real info is a Wiki page. Puzzler....I wonder if it wasn't well loved by critics/network bosses? Wiki says it will air sometime in Sept, but I'm leaning towards this being held til midseason. Obviously, this is a reboot/remake/homage (?) to the classic sitcom from the 70's and 80's (which was inspired by the 1968 movie!). I'm always wary when networks try this, there is such love for classic/cult shows, and people can get really unhappy if the remake isn't abxolutely perfect. Woe betide CBS if they decide to deviate from the original too much! The two mains are talented, comedic performers, but Matthew Perry doesn't have the best luck with sitcoms post Friends. Perry developed and stars in this show, and I am a Perry fan so got my fingers crossed!

Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger, a photography and neat freak who has just been kicked out by his wife.

Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison, a slobby sportswriter, also split with his wife.


CSI: Cyber

No US air date yet, but it will apparently go out when CSI has finished its 15th season in January 2015, in the new Sunday timeslot. TBC for the UK

Here we have another CSI: Crime Scene Investigation spin off, the fourth to be exact! A backdoor pilot (is it just me who giggles at that term like a little child??) was shown as part of the 14th season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in April 2014. I stopped watching the original not long after Grissom left, it didn't feel right, so haven't seen the pilot yet. There are virtually no details on the cast and characters, which is somewhat irritating as a blogger! Inspired by the work of producr Mary Aiken, as a cyper-psychologist.


Cast

Patricia Arquette as Special Agent Avery Ryan.

Charley Koontz as FBI Tech Specialist Daniel Grummitz.


Battle Creek

No air date as yet that I can find.

I do like a good police procedural, so hopefully I can add this to my viewing list this autumn. Always makes me nervous when there isn't even a tentative air date by this time however, so I'm not getting too attached! This doesn't soumd like anything new or unique really, two cops, with differing attitudes, team up to try to clean up the streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. Sounds ok, as I said, nothing new or unique but if its a solid cop show it may be worth a look, if its ever shown! It comes from the creator of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan.

Cast

Josh Duhamel as Detective Milton Chamberlain.

Dean Winters as Detective Russ Agnew.

Aubrey Dollar as Holly.

Grapevine as Detective Aaron Funkhauser.

Damon Herriman as Detective Niblet.

Janet McTeer as Commander Guziewicz.

Kal Penn as Detective Fontanelle.

Liza Lapira as Jacocks.


Scorpion

Airing Monday 22nd September in the US. No clue when/if the show will air in the UK.

Another one I'm excited for! A genius gathers a group of other geniuses to solve (and by solve I mean hack) computer problems/crimes to save the world. The trailer looks great, I love these type of shows. Whether it does well is another matter, as most shows I love don't do too well on US tv and get canned pretty early! This one was created by Nick Santora.

Cast

Elyes Gabel as Walter O'Brien.

Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen.

Robert Patrick as Agent Cabe Gallo.

Eddie Kaye Thomas as Toby Curtis.

Jadyn Wong as Happy Quinn.

Ari Stidham as Sylvester Dodd.


The McCarthy's

Airing Thursday 30th October in the US. Shockingly enough, no details for the UK!!!!

This should be great, the US does great sitcoms! Set in Boston and revolving around a close knit, sports loving, Irish-Catholic family, sharing a 3 floor house. One family member, Ronny, a young gay man, decides to move out, and has the opportunity to move to Rhode Island. To stop this happening, his dad offers him the job of assistant basketball coach at the high school, causing problems in the family as the other siblings think they deserve the job more. This has a good cast, and great comic material built into the characters and settings! Created by Brian Gallivan.

Cast

Tyler Ritter as Ronny McCarthy, a 29 year old gay man, desperate for independance from his close knit family.

Laurie Metcalf as Marjorie McCarthy, the matriarch of the McCarthy family. Ronny is Marjorie's favourite as they watch The Good Wife together.

Jack McGee as Arthue McCarthy, the patriarch of the McCarthy family and a high school basketball coach.

Jimmy Dunn as Sean McCarthy, one of the McCarthy sons.

Joey McIntyre as Gerard McCarthy, one of the McCarthy's sons.

Kelen Coleman as Jackie McCarthy, the sole daughter of the McCarthy;s, who is pregnant.


So that's the CBS round up done....are any of these shows tickling your fancy? How many do you think will survive long enough to get a second season? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan
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Friday, 25 July 2014

Possible Delay For The Big Bang Theory Series 8

Ian here again. Jan is still suffering with her M.E and flu etc plus, the heat isn't helping her... We're British, we don't deal well with heat! Anyway, here is a little bit of TV news from me today...

It's possible that, series 8 of The Big Bang Theory  may end up getting delayed... Allons-y!




Reports are circulating on the net that pay negotiations for the new series of, The Big Bang Theory  are going slowly, and this in turn, may delay the shows production...

According to deadline.com, contracts for Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (Penny), Simon Helberg (Wolowitz) and, Kunal Nayyar (Raj) expired at the end of series seven.

With the first script read through set to take place less than a week from today, it is said that pay negotiations are not looking likely to be finished by then.



It is reported that, Parsons, Galecki and, Cuoco-Sweeting (who apparently negotiate together) each earned, a reported $350,000 per episode, for series seven. The same reports also state that, once negotiations are over, these three could possibly be earning $1 million per episode. The shows co-creator, Chuck Lorre is backing his stars with their negotiations, saying "everybody should be very successful, and happy, and rich. They earned it. It's a great cast. Great cast. It's their time"... Frankly, he is right! How many times do talentless actors/acrtresses get pay increases so easily (Kristen Stewart got $12.5 million for each part of Twilight: Breaking Dawn  for f**k's sake!) yet, you have a great cast like this and they're having to fight for it. Also, The Big Bang Theory  is estimated to generate $3 billion in profit... They could afford to pay all 7 of the main cast a million each per episode... It'd be like peeing in the ocean!

On a positive note, Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Mayim Bialik (Amy) are already in... However, I haven't heard anything about Kevin Sussman (Stewart), they did burn his comic book shop down, does that mean he isn't coming back?

Are you a fan of The Big Bang Theory ? Do you think they should get a pay increase? Leave me your thoughts below.

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed yourself.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

S.H.I.E.L.D Recruits Xena

Its Ian here again. We promise we'll get better eventually, but, until then here is another guest post, this one will blow fanboys minds.

Xena, the warrior princess is heading to Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D... Allons-y!



According to TVGuide.com, Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) is going to be kicking arse in series 2 of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lawless, best known for, well, looking like...


...is set to play an undisclosed role for, an undisclosed amount of time... Frankly, the information on this is about as sparse as the outfits in Xena were.

Though details of Lawless' S.H.I.E.L.D stint are unknown, it is known that S.H.I.E.L.D has been looking to fill the recurring role of 'Mary Maloney' a highly skilled agent who can "command any room" and boasts "effortless sex appeal"... Cue internet speculation as to if this is Lawless' role and, more than likely, copius amounts of fanfiction.

What are your thoughts on Lucy Lawless joining S.H.I.E.L.D? Do you think she will be playing Mary Maloney? If not, who do you think she will play? Leave me your thoughts below.

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed yourself.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Upcoming US TV shows for the 2014/15 season - The CW

As you may have noticed, I love TV....mostly US shows as they always seem so much glossier and exotic! So, with the Autumn (thats Fall for our American friends!) season starting in the next couple of months, I thought I'd do a quick round up of what to expect. Sadly, most won't make it to a second season, despite the fact that there are some really interesting ideas, like always, the shows won't catch in the first and second ep and thats all the leeway networks give nowadays.....sort out the ratings system America, we like some shows that don't explode straight away! I'll go network by network, and if possible, give you an air date....sadly, as the UK doesn't always get them straight away, I might not be able to give an air date for British TV. If you live elsewhere I apologise for the lack of air dates but I'd never finish the post if I have to search for dates for every country! I'll do a post for each network, as there are many shows and it would be stupidly long! So.....

First up is....CW!

The Flash 

Airing Tuesday 7th October in the US, no UK network appears to have grabbed it yet but expect it October/November.

Starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, this is a spin off from the hugely successful Arrow, also on CW, and based on the character of the same name from  DC Comics. From what I've seen, and based on Arrow, this will be goooood. I would think there would be plenty of crossovers between the 2 shows, so that opens up the way for some great eps and story arcs. Granted, I am less fond of DC than Marvel, but the writers have managed to make Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (who, lets face it, has not always been the most loved hero in the DC pantheon) and the show truly great, so it stands to reason that, coming from the same developers, The Flash should also be epic! Developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns

 Cast

 Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash,  Central City assistant police forensic investigator, who is hit by lightning following an accident at S.T.A.R Labs when the new particle accelerator is activated. He is left in a coma for months, and when he awakens he has super speed (and abs!).



Candice Patton as Iris West, Barry Allen's best friend....also his future wife in the comics.

Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne.....named after Eobard Thawne, which is the name of supervillain Professor Zoom. Eddie Thawne is a cop, newly arrived to Central City, with a somewhat mysterious past.

Danielle Panabaker as Dr Caitlin Snow, who is a bioengineering expert at S.T.A.R Labs and is in mourning for her fiance, who she believes died during the explosion. The character name is one of the identities of Killer Frost, but whether that is just a nod to the comics or they're going to have Killer Frost on the show, I have no idea!

Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, a mechanical engineer. Another character named for the civillian identity of a comics character, Vibe.

Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, the brains and money man of S.T.A.R Labs. Left in a wheelchair by the explosion (supposedly!) and a social pariah because of the destruction the blast caused. He is not what he first appears to be.....

Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Iris' father and a father figure to Barry.

John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen, Barry's father who is in prison for murdering his wife when Barry was a child. Barry knows his father is innocent, as he saw something strange attacking his mother.

Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm, Caitlin's fiance, who she believes died in the explosion.


iZombie

No air date as yet, so looks like it will be a midseason show.

Another DC Comics related 'loose' adaptation, this one from the Vertigo imprint, this will be somewhat darker than The Flash I'm guessing! Developed by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero, it stars Rose McIver as Liv, a medical student who also happens to be a zombie. She takes a job in a coroner's office in order to have access to the brains she needs to consume to stay 'alive'. She discovers that she gains people's memories after eating their brains, so uses her 'quirk' to help the police solve murders. Looks good, I don't know anything about the comic its based on so have no idea if it will do it justice. Having seen a rather grainy trailer though, it does look amusing and I hope it gets good support. The CW have been known to cut their losses quickly with particularly niche genre shows so fingers crossed this gets a good chance!

Cast

Rose McIver as Olivia 'Liv' Moore, a former medical resident who is unlucky enough to attend a party which ends in a zombie feeding frenzy! Liv takes a job in the Seattle coroner's office to provide her with the ready access to fresh human brains. She discovers that she retains some of the memories from the brains she consumes. She uses this gift to help the police solve murders by pretending she's psychic (maybe I can use this show to ease my devastation over Psych ending?). This gives her the purpose she needs in her un-life.

Robert Buckley as Major Lilywhite, Liv's former fiance.

Malcolm Goodwin as Clive Babineaux, a homicide detective who works with Liv to solve murders.

David Anders as Blaine DeBeers

TBC as Peyton Charles (Alexandra Krosney was cast in the pilot but the part is being recast), Liv's roommate and best friend.

Nora Dunn as Eva Moore, Liv's mother.

Rahul Kohli as Dr Ravi Chakrabarti, Liv's boss who knows her secret.


The Messengers

Airing Midseason in US, TBC for the UK.

This is one I'm a bit 'meh' about. Its about a mysterious object hitting Earth and a pulse it emits stops the hearts of a group of strangers, with no prior connections between them. They find out that they are responsible for preventing the looming Apocalypse. Also, each has powers, ranging from superstrength to healing powers. Created by Eoghan O'Donnell (a writer for Teen Wolf). This just doesn't really interest me for some reason....maybe its because it sounds like it may go down the religion route, I really can't be bothered with more of that on TV!

Cast

Shantel VanSanten as Vera Ivanov, a scientist.

Jon Fletcher as Joshua Simmons Jr, a charismatic televangelist.

Sofia Black-D'Elia as Erin Connors, a young single mother with a violent ex-husband.

JD Pardo as Raul, an undercover federal agent.

Joel Courtney as Peter White, a troubled high school student, struggling with bullies.

Anna Diop as Rose Arvale, a nurse who has been in a coma for seven years.

Diogo Morgado as The Man, a mysterious figure who offers Vera the chance to be reunited with her kidnapped son, but at a cost.


Jane the Virgin

Airing Monday 13th October in the US. TBC for UK.

This one looks really fun! Its a loose adaptation of a Venezuelan telenovela called Juana la Virgen  created by Perla Farias, about an extremely religious young woman, who has vowed to save her virginity until she gets married. Which makes the fact that she was accidentally artificially inseminated by a doctor all the more amusing. There are a few trailers on YouTube, and it looks pretty funny, so I'm looking forward to this one! Developed by Jennie Snyder Urman (90210).


Cast

Gina Rodriguez as Jane, a religious young Latina woman who is saving her virginity until she marries. She is accidentally artificially inseminated by a doctor.

Justin Baldoni as Rafael, the biological father to Jane's baby. He is a reformed playboy, and a cancer survivor. He also happens to be the new owner of the hotel where Jane works.

Brett Dier as Michael, Jane's patient and loving boyfriend, he is a hardworking detective.

Andrea Navedo as Xiomara, Jane's fun-loving mother who became an unwed mother at 16.

Yael Grobglas  as Petra, Rafael's scheming wife.

Ivonne Coll as Alba, Jane's extremely religious grandmother.

Jaime Camil as Rogelio, a telenovela star and Jane's biological father.


So, there you have it.....next time I'll be doing a round up of CBS' upcoming new shows.

What do you think of these newbies? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

... Things Wrong With Transformers: Age Of Extinction

As a follow up to Jan's review of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, I thought I'd share with you, my thoughts about it...

It's been a few days since I saw Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Originally I was going to write a review, however, the film physically made my brain hurt... seriously, it gave me such a headache and, I have to admit, I found myself thinking about pulling the pin on one of Lockdown's grenades and embracing it like an old friend... Anyway, instead of writing yet another review that says 'it's c**p!' or 'failure of modern film making!' I figured I'd write a lists of my issues with it... Allons-y!




Before I get into the list, I want to note, I am a huge Transformers fan, I have loved it since I was a small child, which is probably why Bay's treatment of the franchise irks me so. Also, I considered limiting the list to top 10, however, trying to limit it to 10 was nigh on impossible... if you've seen it, you probably know what I mean.

It kinda goes without saying, many spoilers follow!




01. Aliens wiped out the dinosaurs!
Amongst scientists, the top hypothesis about the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs has always been, the asteroid theory. Bay's film, as was the case with Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, rewrites history... the true cause of dinosaurs extinction was in fact, an alien race terraforming the planet, and it's inhabitants, into a malleable metal.

02. Dinobots are from Earth?
Does the Dinobot skeleton in the Arctic, at the start of the film, mean, the Dinobots originated from Earth... then left Earth, then happened to be brought back by Lockdown?

03. Arctic security measures!
The Arctic excavation site at the start of the film holds an amazing scientific discovery, in order to keep this discovery safe, the people behind it have put in place stringent security measures... a fella with a shot gun and a random metal detector that only your honesty stops you skirting around.

04. Optimus at the movies!
How the hell did Optimus end up in the movie theatre? I understand he probably wanted to see a movie, however, there is no visable hole in the walls or roof and, there is no way, in either robot or vehicle mode, that Optimus would fit through the door.

05. Optimus at the movies part 2!
How did the movie theatre owner never notice Optimus until Wahlberg pointed him out?

06. Lockdown can turn into a gun!
Anyone who knows the Transformers franchise will know, Megatron turns into a gun... well, apart from in Bay's films. Instead, Lockdown gets Megatrons alternate form.



07. Field of Lucky Charms!
Why was Lucky Charms hanging around in the field? If Wahlberg's whiny daughter was sneaking off to see him instead of hanging with friends as she stated, surely the safe place to hide would be further, down the long drive out of site of the house.

08. Autobot desert oasis!
I get that the Autobots are hiding from humans, who incidentally, they could easily squish with their little finger... however, what I don't get is, why are they hiding in the desert? Surely two sports cars, a supercar and a military vehicle together would look more out of place there than almost anywhere else.

09. Meet the new bots!
Where did the new bots come from? In previous films new bots arrivals got explained with throw away lines about Optimus' signals etc, in Age Of Extinction, they're just there, deal with it!

10. Bumblebee... you're an a******e!
The new Autobots' attitudes are questionable, however, we have never seen them before in the movie world, that could be what they are like... What I do have issue with is Bay turning Bumblebee into a Autobot version of Sam Witwicky.

11. Needlessly killing Ratchet (and others)!
In Dark Of The Moon, Bay started a new trend of needlessly killing off Autobots. In Age Of Extinction, he takes it up a notch killing (mainly off screen), almost all Autobots from previous films. It seems to be he is trying to create shocks however, he has no idea how to do this so is trying to go down the over done, kill off a big character route.



12. Drift, you German made Samurai, you!
I understand, having received an explanation from the first film that, the Autobots 'learned Earth language through the world wide web', that this is why Drift speaks like an American films interpretation of a Samurai. I can also sort of understand that when they are in robot mode, their appearance is somewhat dictated by the parts available from their vehicle and thus, he looks like a Samurai. What puzzles me is, why does he turn into a German car and, not only that, one that isn't known for it's drifting ability. It's probably just me this bothers, but surely, if you are going to have a Asian character with a name relating to a style of driving, you could find something that fits... like say, any Nissan Skyline ever made.

13. Drift copter!
If Drift can have two alternate modes (Bugatti and a copter), how come this hasn't shown up before... or even been mentioned before?



14. Wahlberg's daughter!
She's like a female Sam Witwicky... that's all I really need to say.

15. Wahlberg's daughter part 2!
She is supposed to be in high school, and, probably under the legal age of consent in most places (minimum American school leaving age is 16 and, in Texas age of consent is 17)... so obviously, Bay keeps focusing close up on her arse in ridiculously short shorts... I am in no way a prude, it just seems weird to me this 49 year olds obsession with putting underage characters in such outfits/positions.

16. Do you want to buy a robot (feel free to sing to the tune of Do You Want To Build A Snowman)
Stanley Tucci's characters big idea in the film, is to create robots, based on the Robots that destroyed cities in 3 previous films, and sell them to people... what the hell?

17. Transformium!
Transformium... That's up there with Avatar's Unobtanium for s**t names!

18. Megatron transferred to Galvatron!
How did Megatron's severed head, with no access to his Spark (a Transformers soul/essence), transfer said essence to Galvatron to be reborn?

19. All Chinese people know kung Fu!
In Bay's mind, all Chinese people seem to know Kung Fu.



20. Lockdown's ship hidden by clouds!
For quite a portion of the film, Lockdown's ship is hidden from us mere mortals by... clouds. How did he know to pick that day, did he check the weather forcast first?

21. Lockdown's human friendly weapons!
Lockdown's ship happens to contain weapons small enough for Wahlberg and Lucky Charms to use... that's lucky isn't it!

22. Gravity defying ship... no match for cables!
In order to buy time to escape Lockdown's ship, which is firing up it's dark matter drive to leave Earth, the Autobots fire mooring cables into skyscrapers in downtown Chicago (poor Chicago, hit again by bots!). These cables are enough to hold the ship in in place, this is despite the fact that said ship, later in the movie, effortlessly lifts cargo ships, Autobots, cars, buildings etc, before dropping them.

23. Chicago... just get on with it and ignore that ship!
Chicago, the scene of the final battle in Dark Of The Moon gets hit again in this outing. You would have thought, after last time, when they see a large ship in the sky they would maybe run away... you'd be wrong. In some scenes, when the ship is clearly visable there are people merrily going about their business.

24. Lockdown's ship really the TARDIS!
Lockdown's escape pod/ship happens to be his trophy case? Anyway, that's not the point I'm making. When the Autobots are hanging out of the back of the escape ship, there isn't much room for them, yet the Dinobots, who are considerably larger than them, are caged up in there? How?

25. Optimus Prime enslaves the Dinobots!
Optimus Prime, the number one proponent for freedom, enslaves the Dinobots for his own (and their future) benefit... WTF!

26. Wahlberg has Tucci's number!
Wahlberg calls Tucci and talks him into switching sides... how did Wahlberg get the number? Is there a 15 minute cut scene where he phones reception, they put him through to Tucci's secretary and she puts him on hold?

27. Wahlberg kills CIA assassin!
In a rather bizarre fight, Wahlberg manages to kill, a highly trained CIA assassin using an American football for distraction... did I miss the part where it was revealed Wahlberg was a former agent or fighter?



28. Optimus' rockets
If Optimus had rockets, and the ability to fly into space all along, why didn't he just fly the bomb into space and detonate it? It would have made the movie shorter at the very least.



29. Here, have some Dinobots...
Most of the movies hype revolved around the inclusion of the Dinobots. Why was it then that we only got them for around 15 minutes at the end?

30. This is a 12A right?
The death toll in this film has increased from previous films, so too has the severity of the deaths. Take for example the immolation of TJ Miller... did they forget this was a family film, based on a childrens toy line?

I best stop there otherwise, I may go on for a while...

There you have it, a few of my issues with Transformers: Age Of Extinction. What issues did you have with the film? Leave me your thoughts below.

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed yourself.

Friday, 18 July 2014

TV Shows that I want back episode 3 - That 70's Show

That 70's Show 1998-2006


Original cast members

Anyone who missed this show missed out big time! As the title suggests, this show was set in the 1970's. The story began in May 1976 and ended on December 31st 1979, as, well, the 70's had ended! There was an attempt at an 80's show but it tanked after 1 season. Shame. That 70's Show followed the (mis)adventures of Eric Forman and his group of friends, living in Point Place, Wisconsin. We saw the birth of Star Wars mania along with the timeless topics of growing up and young love. This show was truly funny, had a great ensemble cast and never made a dud episode. It also launched the careers of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis....who, coincidentally, played the parts of Kelso and Jackie, who were each other's first loves. The show was well known for 'The Circle', where the gang went to get chilled and peckish....yup they got stoned, although the show was famed for never actually explicitly stating what was happening in said circle. It has been referred to as 'incense' and 'oregano' to hide the truth from adult characters. The action mostly centred on the Forman's basement, where the gang hung out, each in their prescribed spots. Out of the teenage characters only Kelso and Donna don't end up living at the Forman's house, at one point or another, the rest of the teens stay there much to Red's (Eric's grumpy dad) chagrin. The show employed dream sequences to great effect, memorable ones include a Star Wars spoof and a superhero scene, along with many more. The show also used split screens to highlight the differences in male and female interactions. Whenever anyone was stoned and talking to/being told off by Red and Kitty (apart from one memorable episode when Red and Kitty accidentally got stoned from Hyde's 'special brownies') the wall behind the speaker would move to further illustrate the effect of the 'incense'.Other recurring elements included 'the stupid helmet', usually worn by Kelso, Eric's Vista Cruiser and the town's water tower.

Main characters

Eric Forman - Topher Grace 

The series starts with Eric as a 16 year old, scrawny, unathletic, mummy's boy (by the end of the series he has aged but little else has changed!). He has a not so secret crush on his neighbour and childhood friend Donna. His best friend is Hyde, a rebellious, neglected son of a single mother. Eric is, at heart, a nice guy, although he doesn't always do himself any favours! He has a dry, sarcastic sense of humour which tends to get him in trouble with his dad, Red. He's intelligent, but doesn't always apply himself to his studies and has some academic problems as a result. He is the main character for the first 7 seasons, until Topher Grace left the show. Eric chooses to go to Africa to pursue a teaching career as he has no money for college. However, his name is mentioned in each episode of the final season, and his character still helps drive some storylines, despite his absence. He returns in the final moments of the last ever episode, just before the 80's offially begin.

Donna Pinciotti - Laura Prepon 

Donna is the beautiful, redheaded neighbour and childhood friend of Eric , Hyde and Kelso. Both Eric and Hyde harbour romantic feelings for Donna, while Kelso just wants to sleep with her. Donna and Eric become a couple in the first season and, despite a breakup at the end of season 3 and a broken engagement, remain a couple until the 8th season, when Eric moves to Africa to teach. He breaks up with her in a letter, so she tries to move on with a new character named Randy. She breaks up with Randy soon after, as she feels she is moving too fast, and replacing Eric with Randy. It is implied that she and Eric reconcile in the final moments of the last ever episode, when he returns to Point Place on New Years Eve 1979. Donna is intelligent, fiercely independent and a devoted feminist. She refuses to be constrained by typically 'girlie' things, so tends to wear jeans and little make up. Despite the fact that it is agreed that Donna is way out of Eric's league, she loves him and is often the one left heartbroken by him. She is mostly sensible, but when she and Eric break up she goes off the rails. This coincides with the impending collapse of her parent's marriage. She dates Kelso's older brother Casey for a while in season 4, until she is caught drunk after skipping school. She refuses to give up Casey and is devastated when he dumps her anyway. She runs off to California, to live with her mum, with Kelso, who is also running away from Jackie who wants to get engaged. She is miserable and misses Eric, who eventually defies his parents and flies to California to bring her home. As a punishment for her bad behaviour, her dad forces her to go to a convent school to keep her away from Eric and to force her to behave. She and Eric often play parents to the group, being the two most sensible of them all. They eventually get engaged, but Eric gets cold feet and runs away before the rehearsal dinner. Despite this, Donna forgives him and they continue their relationship, until Eric leaves for Africa.

Steven Hyde - Danny Masterson 

Hyde is Eric's best friend from childhood, and eventually his foster brother after his mum leaves town. Hyde is paranoid, rebellious and insensitive. He often ridicules everyone in the group, except for Donna, and likes to deny that he has any feelings whatsoever. At the start of the show he is shown to have feelings for Donna, even going so far as to kiss her when the gang go to Jackie's ski cabin. However, his feelings are unrequited and he eventually gets over his crush. He has few realtionships in the show, the main one being with his former nemesis, Jackie. He explains away their relationship by pointing out that she's really 'hot' when you imagie her silent. He does eventually fall in love with her and they date for a while, but his jealousy over her continuing friendship with her ex boyfriend, and first love, Kelso, causes major issues. Eventually, Jackie demands a commitment from Hyde, and when it is not immediately forthcoming, she decides to take a job offer in Chicago. When Hyde finds out that she has left, he follows her and it is implied he is about to propose. Sadly, Kelso bursts into the motel room wearing nothing but a towel and implies that he and Jackie were about to have sex. Hyde leaves and heads to Las Vegas, where he meets and drunkenly 'marries' Samantha, a stripper. He returns to Point Place and Sam follows him, and despite Jackie's promises that nothing happened with Kelso in Chicago, Hyde chooses to remain married, and his relationship with Jackie ended for good. It turns out that Samantha is already married, which means Hyde was never legally married to her, and she returns to Las Vegas with her husband in season 8. Hyde remains single for the rest of the show. His mother, Edna, brought him up alone after the man he thinks is his father, Bud, leaves. Edna runs off with a man and leaves Hyde behind alone, with no money to support himself. When Eric finds out he tells his parents, and Kitty insists that Hyde move in with the Formans. Red is initially resistant, as they have little money thanks to his employers reducing his work hours. He quickly caves and orders Hyde to pack his things. Hyde then lives in the Forman's basement, until Bud returns and who, after the two reconcile, asks Hyde to move in with him. Bud once again leaves Hyde, who moves back in with the Forman's. He has a surrogate father/employer/friend/child, a stoner named Leo, whom he meets when he applies for a job at his Foto Hut. Leo suddenly leaves town, when it is revealed that he was only meant to stay for a short time, and ended up staying 8 years! He returns near the end of season 7, and resumes his friendship with Hyde. Eventually Hyde discovers that Bud is not his biological father, and learns his father is William Barnett, who it turns out is black and extremely rich. He also has a half sister Angie, who is initially extremely hostile towards Hyde as she doesn't want him muscling in on her dad's business and ruining her dreams of taking over the reins some day. The two eventually become close however, as they both work in one of their dad's record chain stores named Grooves. William eventually sells the record stores and Hyde receives a generic letter informing him of the sale, which leaves him worried about his career, and hurt that his father thinks of him as just an employee. As it turns out, Barnett has sold all the stores except the one in Point Place, and he turns the shop over to Hyde, who ends the 70's as a business owner and manager of the last remaining Grooves.

Michael Kelso - Ashton Kutcher 

Kelso is the lovable idiot of the group. Once again, he is a childhood friend of Eric, Hyde and Donna. It is stated that Kelso comes from a large family, although we only ever see his dad and his older brother Casey. A sister is mentioned but she is supposedly extremely unattractive. Kelso is immature and takes great pleasure in what others think is childish, such as toys and festive kids movies. He is a frequent wearer of the 'stupid helmet', and is very accident prone, injuring his eye an inordinate amount of times. Kelso starts the show with Jackie as his, extremely annoying, girlfriend, whom he insists he is breaking up with but never does. Deep down Kelso does love Jackie, but he is still much too young and immature for such a serious relationship....leading to him making many many mistakes! He is intellectually challenged in most ways, but shows an amazing talent for maths and, astonishingly enough, computer engineering! He decides that Pong, pretty much the first successful video game, is too easy, so he gets to work and manages to make the paddles smaller, thus increasing the difficulty. Kelso is a good guy underneath it all, he sometimes just needs a push to make the right decisions. He accidentally gets the (very hot, played by Shannon Elizabeth) librarian Brooke pregnant, in the toilets of a concert. Thanks to advice from his friends he steps up and does everything he can to be in his daughter, Betsy's, life. Kelso has a relatively brief stint on the police force, but eventually leaves Point Place and moves to Chicago to be near Betsy.

Jackie Burkhart - Mila Kunis 

Jackie starts the show as Kelso's annoying, bitchy girlfriend, who nobody else likes. She is from a rich family, and is extremely self absorbed and selfish. Jackie is very judgemental, and deems most people to be beneath her. She adores Kelso, yet keeps him on a very tight lead! At first she isn't really accepted my the group, nor is she even tolerated. Kelso insists he is going to break up with her many times at the start of the show, but, while they do have some tiffs and breakups, they stay together through many of the early seasons, and still express love for one another in later seasons. By sheer stubbornness and tenacity, Jackie is eventually accepted as an integral group member, becoming Donna's best friend, and eventually dating all the boys except Eric, who still insists he hates her....but doesn't....deep, DEEP down! Her father is a very powerful and influential man throughout the first few seasons, until he is jailed, and Jackie loses her family money and social standing. She eventually moves in with the Pinciottis, until her mother finally returns from her extended vacation! Jackie's relationship with Hyde allowed her to mature and mellow slightly, and the two truly loved each other, but Jackie's demands eventually led to their breakup. By the end of the show Jackie and Fez live together as roomies, and she finally realises that Fez is the man for her. Despite the fact that he had been in love with her for years, at first Fez is unsure, as he doesn't want to be her last resort, but, eventually, they admit their feelings for one another and end the show as a couple.

Fez - Wilmer Valderrama

Fez, whose real name is never stated, is a foreign exchange student...hence where the phonetic spelling of his nickname comes from. He is sweetly innocent in many ways, yet he is still a horny teenage boy desperate to lose his virginity! Nobody knows where Fez comes from, nor his ethnic origins, which causes Red, Eric's dad, to call him many politically incorrect (and hilarious) nicknames like Tonto, Ali Baba, Hadji and Tarzan. Fez only takes offence to being called Tarzan, as he points out to Red that Tarzan was a white man! At one point Fez is about to be deported as his visa has expired, so he marries Laurie Forman.....causing Red to collapse with a heart attack! His marriage enables him to become a US citizen, and luckily for Red, means the marriage can be terminated! Throughout the show, Fez has loved Jackie despite the seeming impossibility of anything happening between them. That is until the final season, when Jackie realises that Fez os the man for her! He rings in the 80's with Jackie Burkhart as his girlfriend, finally!

Red Forman - Kurtwood Smith 

Red is Eric and Laurie's strict father. Laurie is a daddy's girl, despite her exploits. Red is constantly frustrated by his son's lack of athletic prowess, and his snarky personality. On the surface Red is a traditional man's man, but he loves his wife and children and would do anything for them. He is also very charitable, when encouraged by his wife.







Kitty Forman - Debra Jo Rupp

Kitty is Red's wife and the mother of Eric and Laurie, and, in truth, the surrogate mother to the entire group. Unlike her husband, Kitty sees her daughter very clearly, and her behaviour pains her greatly. She mollycoddles Eric, and views him as her baby boy, she goes into deep depressions if she feels that she is losing him in any way. She loves Donna as a daughter, but is also jealous of her place in Eric's life. Kitty is a nurse, although at times she chooses not to work and to stay at home with her family. She is very generous and sweet, but it would be unwise to cross her in any way!




Midge and Bob Pinciotti - Don Stark and Tanya Roberts 

Midge and Bob are Donna's embarassing, but loving and lovable parents. Neither of them is the brightest bulb, but they love their daughter very much. Two other daughters, Tina and Valerie, were mentioned at the start of the show, with Tina even appearing in an episode, but were then never mentioned again. Bob and Midge are childhood sweethearts, who ended up having a baby while still at school. They eventually split up, with brief reconciliations, and Midge moves to California. Bob remains in Point Place and has a couple of somewhat serious relationships, one being with Jackie's mum Pam.






So, there you go.....a quick peek into a great show that I would love to see back on screens, however impossible it is!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction - review

Well, what can I say about Transformers 4? Actually quite a lot, and little of it complimentary! I'm not really a fan of Michael Bay to begin with, even less so now. Sadly, I am a fan of the franchises he's turned into films....which leaves me permanently frustrated and unsatisfied. As to the first 3 Transformers movies, loved 1, still kinda loved 2 and was underwhelmed by 3. Now, I should also say that part of the reasons for my dissatisfaction was Shia LaBeouf and the character of Sam Witwicky. The character worked for me in the first film, but it started going downhill from there. There was no character development, no likability or worthiness about Sam by the end. He was just a spoilt brat who had received amazing opportunities and thought that meant that the world owed him a living. I did, however, like the female characters, and the other supporting cast. The girls were really the true heroes for me, they stuck around and fought because it was the right thing to do, unlike Sam who whined and bitched the whole time. Yet, as is Bay's MO, he treated the women like eye candy. As far as he's concerned its the manchildren that matter. Pfft.



Now, onto Age of Extinction. I hated almost everything about it. Without giving away too many spoliers, Bay carries on what he started in Dark of the Moon. Namely needlessly slaughtering beloved Autobots.....Ian and I still haven't recovered from the loss of Ironhide!! We also never find out what happened to many of our old favourites, and we're presented with a mostly new Autobot team, with no explanation as to why/where etc. There isn't much of a coherent story, mostly just an excuse to have a looooooong film made up of CGI and action. Which would be fair enough if the story was there. It isn't. Luckily we have Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci to at least rescue part of the film with their performances. Wahlberg's Cade is intelligent and USEFUL, he doesn't whine at the inconvenience of helping Optimus and the Autobots save HIS planet and HIS daughter....who, by the way, is irritating as hell. Here she's just eye candy, whiny eye candy at that. There are many many MANY gratuitous arse shots. Her Irish boyfriend is more likable, and a bit more useful, as is Wahlberg's employee/friend/pain in his arse, though he is woefully underused. Bay has upped to violence quotient here too, including human casualities. Not content with people dying in the background of shot, or relatively quickly and painlessly, not we see some pretty serious death scenes. I'm aware that he's trying to create a darker tone, with Optimus' optimism and humanity severely dampened, but its heavy handed at the very least. As for Bay's usual stylised shots, and the usual underlying plot points of father/daughter dynamics, well they're all present and accounted for! The kiss with the sun shining between the characters as they come together? Check. There are also too many scenes which have blatantly been included for 3D showings, which look somewhat odd when not viewed in 3D. There are virtually identical shots of characters being ejected from Bumblebee, flying through the air, and being caught as there have been in the other films. Not to mention the fact that we're supposed to believe that when Optimus or Bee catches people when they fall without snapping their necks on impact. Oh, and the falling debris managing not to leave a scratch on them. Finally, of course, the eye candy blonde, Tessa, still looking perfect and immaculately made up, with just the most subtle sheen of perspiration on her face, and not a single hair out of place....nor her wonderfully coordinated outfit, which she happened to manage to steal, (yet still didn't get any practical clothes for running for her life) natch, being particularly mussed. Any woman knows that the slightest gust of wind destroys your careful hair do, any heat or perspiration eventually conspires to make your make up slide right off your face and if you wear pale colours you WILL get filthy simply by standing in an empty room. Perhaps Michael Bay has an alternative future in hair and make up innovation, or the development of an alien proof laundry process....cos he sure as hell can't direct!!!


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Jan
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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter - review



Karin Slaughter is back - yay! - with a standalone novel. Cop Town is set in 1970's Atlanta, at a time when the Civil Rights movement had started the gradual shift in attitudes towards women and those born into a different race. The story takes place in 1974, and focuses on a rookie cop, Kate Murphy, as she takes her first steps in the brutal new world of policing. Kate is a widow, her husband killed in Vietnam, she is also Jewish, her gender and religious background both counting against her in an era where white men ruled. We are also introduced to Maggie Lawson, a woman with a cop for a brother and for an uncle. Neither of which wants her on the force. Maggie has a troubled past, she was the victim of an assault as a teenager which she is blamed for by her family. Her uncle is a bully, and desperate to keep his stranglehold on Atlanta's policing.

Cops are being murdered in Atlanta. The city is living in fear of a serial killer. The police are quick to lay the blame on a black man, but, having tried once are reeling from their failure. The book opens with a star police officer, Jimmy Lawson, carrying his dying partner to hospital. The two have been attacked by the cop killer, but only one man was shot. Jimmy's sister Maggie knows that this doesn't add up, but is dismissed by her brother and her uncle Terry. Kate is due to start her first shift on the force the day after the latest shooting. Even the female officers show no mercy to rookies, so Kate has to tough it out on her own. Maggie and Kate end up working together, despite the treatment from their male colleagues, and work to solve the case. Secrets are discovered, lives hang in the balance, and the case gets too close for comfort.

I love Karin Slaughter, no really, truly LOVE her. She is immensely talented and isn't scared of tackling difficult subjects. There are times in the book when you feel so filthy after wading through the language and the treatment of people, yet you never want to stop reading. The storyline, as always, is excellent. The book is relentless. It never eases up to let you process what you've read, because if you do you may never be able to continue. You might guess the culprit, you might not, it doesn't really matter because seeing how the characters work everything out is worth the read alone. If you haven't read any of Slaughter's (yes, that is her real name!) work before I highly recommend that you do. You won't be disappointed!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan
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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Live Action Dumbo In The Pipeline... Transformers Writer Penning It

Jan is presently quite sick, she has caught my flu which is exacerbating her ME, so, as she is out of action because of me, allow me to regale you with one of my posts...

It seems Disney are looking to ruin a piece of my childhood... Allons-y!


Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter ran an article detailing Disney's plans to create a live action version of their 1941 family classic, Dumbo.

According to the article, Ehren Kruger is set to pen the script. That name sound familier? that is the name of the man behind the scripts of, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, The Ring, Scream 3 and, The Skeleton Key... non of which scream family friendly Disney Film writer to me. As well as penning the script, Kruger is also set to produce the film alongside Justin Springer (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy).

The 1941 classic (in case you can't tell, I love the original!) clocks in at 64 minutes long (not a bad length for keeping a childs attention). To get round this and add length, Kruger is creating an adaptation of the original movie and adding a unique family story that parallels Dumbo's story... bear in mind, Kruger's latest film, Transformers: Age Of Extinction clocks in at 165 minutes long, around 1 hour too long according to most people who have seen it... makes you wonder, how long is Dumbo going to end up?

None of the information I have read so far fill me with much confidence about what we can expect. Kruger's films have got progressively worse, Transformers: Age Of Extinction has 17% on Rotten Tomatoes... seriously, a film containing Transformers has got that score! Adding the 'unique family story' will detract from Dumbo's story and, as I touched on before, Kruger has a penchant for making films needlessly long, something which parents do not need a childs film to be.

What are they going to ruin next from my childhood, Pete's Dragon?... Oh c**P!

What are your views on Disney's decision to remake Dumbo? What film are you dreading them remaking? leave me some comments below.

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed yourself. 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

GOPO - a supplement to aid those of us with joint pain! Part 1

As I have mentioned before, I suffer from ME/CFS, which cause me severe joint and muscle pain. I have to take a considerable amount of prescribed pain relief, which doesn't always help nor does it last long enough to get me to my next dose. I was offered the chance to take part in a trial on a joint supplement called GOPO, so I decided I had nothing to lose and everything to gain and accepted. Over the next 12 weeks I'll keep you updated on my progress.

Firstly, I'll let you know the state of my condition at the start of the trial. I suffer from a lot of stiffness in my joints and muscles, to the point where Ian has to massage them or force them to flex. As you can well imagine, this is not ideal! Its painful and can't be doing the muscles and joints any good. I won't name the medications I'm on, but I will tell you that I am on painkillers and muscle relaxants along with other things.....when your drugs come in a carrier bag you know you're in trouble!

For the first 5 weeks of the trial I will take 3 capsules, twice a day. After that I will move onto the maintenance dose of 2 capsules twice a day for the remainder of the trial. I will let you know how I am doing after 4 weeks!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan
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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Desperately Seeking (the right!) Foundation!

I need help! Oi be nice! I am still, at the age of 34, searching for the right foundation! Now, I HATE the feel of foundation on my skin, it makes me feel like I'm wearing a mask. Yet, I have skin that can't really look halfway decent without it.....not that I bother wearing makeup much, since I can't get out too often, but I do love makeup and want to look girly for once in my life!

I have problem skin....skin that my doctor, when I was a teenager, swore would get better when I got older. He lied. I still get spots, thankfully not as many and thankfully mostly just around my chin. I do, however, still have oily skin, with large pores which I hate. I have always envied women who can have dewy looking skin, or get away with a little bit of concealer and not much else. I am pale, yet my skin looks sallow and dull without makeup. With makeup, no matter what primer, foundation powder, techniques I use, my pores look even worse. Also every single downy hair on my face looks like its caked, and refuses to lie flat. I've watched YouTube beauty gurus and makeup artists, I've tried every trick they've advised, but nothing seems to work! There is also the issue of staying power. The only makeup that has ever stayed well on my skin is Revlon Colour Stay liquid foundation. The trouble is, that this is so heavy that it makes me feel suffocated. I know I'm asking a lot, but I want a light foundation that disguises my pores, helps make my skin look more alive and less sallow and will last all day.....is that even possible? Any suggestions? Please leave me a comment!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan
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Sunday, 6 July 2014

'A Shiver of Light' by Laurell K Hamilton - review

Laurell K Hamilton used to be quite a good author....until she began to rely almost completely on sex to tell her stories. Despite this though, I've read both of her ongoing series of books, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter and Merry Gentry from the beginning and have to keep reading in case some of the good comes back!



This is the long awaited 9th book in the Merry Gentry series, my favourite of the two. The last book was in 2009 and many fans thought that she had abandoned Merry and her men! Thankfully not. Even more thankfully, Merry is heavily pregnant in this book so Hamilton has been mostly bereft of her favourite storytelling tool, sex. This means that she's had to go back to actually writing character developments and scenes to link the ongoing storyline. This is a great relief to me! Don't get me wrong, I love sex, but if thats all a book has to offer then I'm a hell of a lot less interested. I must be one of a small number of women who haven't read Fifty Shades of Grey, and has no intention of reading it or seeing the film. If sex is the only way you can get from one plot point to the next, or to empower your characters then you're not an author.

In this book we (finally) see the birth of Merry's babies....I won't tell you how many in case you do want to read it, but it is a multiple birth. Once again, I'm not a huge fan of the fact that each baby has multiple fathers, just strikes me as Hamilton being unable to choose her favourite. Not much really happens in this one, well nothing of any note. Hamilton continues her habit of over description of everyone every time they waft into a room, how their hair resembles sunlight and moonlight combined and other such twaddle. Also, Merry never seems to do any motherly duties despite the fact that the entire book is set in the first week post partum. No dirty nappies for this apparently minor deity. No need to workout to get into shape either....just a snap of her perfect moonlight fingers. The fact that she wafts around in virtually perpetual showers of rose petals from the Goddess irritates the crap out of me.....who cleans it up?? Who cleans up after the near constant marathon, messy sex sessions she has? For a princess of the people she leaves alot for her servants to do in her wake! Speaking of those sex sessions, how many times can we hear that Merry 'screamed her orgasm', or that she 'painted her orgasm' with her nails or some such twaddle? Is this how people are supposed to have sex? If so I've been doing it wrong for years! Is it supposed to be sexy? If it is then LKH and myself have very differing ideas of sexiness. Top that off with some truly mindless decisions.....'yes, lets go to that beach house where we've chucked everyone we don't trust, with human guards instead of our normal superhuman Sidhe bodyguards. What can possibly go wrong?'. Lots. Lots can go wrong. We finally see the defeat of Taranis, although in a manner which is so stupid I can barely even believe it. Something which didn't work earlier in the book, suddenly starts to work with no explanation.

Having said all that, I do like the Merry books and I do like the characters. More for the fact that there aren't many authors writing about the Sidhe, which is a topic I do enjoy. Sadly, I have to wade through page after page of sex and seemingly endless descriptions of how people look. Luckily though, as I said, the pregnancy and physical limitations on a woman's body after childbirth, helped to reduce the sex scenes. Sadly, nothing could stop the descriptions but you just have to switch off and ignore that bit if you like the characters and the overall storyline! LKH can and does write good characters, likable ones, hateful ones, nuanced ones....its just a shame she sabotages herself with her sex obsession. Hopefully there won't be another 5 year wait for another Merry book, and hopefully she continues to limit the sex! She won't but I can hope, right?

Thanks for popping by!

Jan
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May 2014 Loot Crate - unboxing and review

Now, I am aware that May has been over for a very long time now, but I am still going to review the items and the service as a whole. Better late than never right??

Loot Crate is an American monthly subscription box service. Each month there is a theme for the box, based on nerdy and geeky goodness! There are three subscription options: 1 month recurring subscription for $13.37 plus $6 shipping and handling which you can cancel at any time, recurring 3 month subscription for $55.11 which works out at $12.37 plus $6 shipping and handling per month, and lastly, a recurring 6 month subscription for $105.99 which works out at $11.67 plus $6 shipping and handling per month, for those in the US. British subscribers would pay $29.95/£17.45 including shipping for the 1 month subscription, $84/£48.95 including shipping for the 3 month subscription which works out at $28/£16.32 per month and $162/£94.41 including shipping and handling for the 6 month subscription (obviously, the conversions may vary, I've just listed them as they are today). If you opt for the 3 or 6 month options, the full amount will be charged upfront. You also get entered into the monthly Mega Crate, which is, as the name would suggest, a vastly larger crate with contents valued at over $750/£437.08.  You have until July 19th to sign up for July's crate, the theme of which is 'Villains'. If you go to the Loot Crate site you will see a discount code for 10% off July's crate.When you sign up you will be asked for your shirt size, as some months will contain tshirts....which are generally great! For your money you will get 1 box per month, filled with goodies from all different genres of Geekdom! The May theme was 'Adventure'....Loot Crate also create brilliant videos to announce each month's theme! Basically, they are an epically cool company!



The May crate contained an exclusive tshirt, featuring Link from The Legend of  Zelda (which my husband loves! Thanks Loot Crate!). Its great quality, hubby likes it because its thin material, so helps him stay cooler. Its also very soft and comfy to wear, not too baggy, not too tight (no I'm not married to a blonde woman hiding from some bears!)! The image is Link made up of loads of Legend of Zelda phrases, it looks very cool.



Next there was an Adventure Time blind bag, which came in a funky little collectable tin. I confess that I've not seen Adventure Time yet....its on our list though! We got, what appears to be, after some quick googling,  Zombie Finn (?). He came in a Lumpy Space Princess (? Oooook then!) tin. Now, for some strange and unknown reason, I love tins and boxes so I was chuffed with the tin even though it means nothing to me!

We also got a Minecraft Hangers blind bag. Once again, I must confess my ignorance and run the risk of having to return my Geek card! Never played Minecraft or any other online games, due to the very simple fact that I get addicted! So to avoid that I don't play anything! Much safer! Ian, on the other hand, does know Minecraft so he was happy! We got a pig in our bag, which, once again, despite knowing nothing about the source, I liked...so everyone is happy, phew!

There was a Legend of Zelda bottle opener....which was very cool. Its nice and sturdy, made of metal so not gonna bend anytime soon!

We also got a cd soundtrack to something called The Friend Zone. We were stumped by this one, and honestly, we still haven't listened to it so can't pass comment on it! Apparently its a Youtube show? Which leads us neatly onto the stickers....they are for Youtube gamers, which, other than Pewdiepie, I'm once again clueless! I know that many other people love em though, and they are very cool stickers. Each month you also get a Loot Crate badge, which some reviewers seem to hate. I liked it, but I am somewhat childish!




All in all, I have to say that I love Loot Crate. Its reasonably priced, you get some cool collectables...some of which are exclusive to Loot Crate....and something to look forward to all month! Obviously, being in the UK it costs slightly more to subscribe but its only whats to be expected thanks to shipping prices. The staff are lovely, really friendly and helpful and you do feel as though they care about what they are doing, and by extension you.

So, what are you waiting for? Go and subscribe!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan
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