Jessica Jones (2015 – 2019)

So if you’ve got Netflix or are a fan of Marvel, you would have seen the mass of Netflix Original Marvel shows: ‘Luke Cage’, ‘Daredevil’, ‘Iron Fist’, ‘The Defenders’ and this one, ‘Jessica Jones’. To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to watch these, as some of them you have to watch in order to understand others and that really irritates me. But it’s all because of a Marvel Universe timeline or something… Although, happily you can watch ‘Jessica Jones’ on its own and that’s what I did because I couldn’t get into the other ones, maybe I will another time. Anyway…

‘Jessica Jones’ is extremely different to the Marvel films, the films of Avengers, light and superhero savour is not transferred to this television programme. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the Avenger films, in fact I usually go see them in the cinema once they’ve been released. But I love this show, I love the differences. It is very cleverly put together to contrast the Avengers.

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Jessica Jones, the main protagonist of this Marvel show, is played by Krysten Ritter and I believe she is the best actress for her, she becomes the character and suits everything about her, plays her amazingly well. Jessica is a PI, private investigator, at Alias Investigations, in the underbelly of a city she lurks in shadows and photographs those riddled in affairs and crime. Deep down, Jessica is troubled from her past, her whole family’s death, the man who used and abused her, she has a traumatised history. Her coping mechanism is at the bottom of a bottle, of any whisky bottle. The theme of alcoholism is a common denominator throughout the series as it’s the one thing Jessica will always return to. Her past haunts her present, and even more so when her past comes to find her once again. Introducing the series bad guy, and a hell of a bad guy at that, Kilgrave, which by the way is played by the phenomenal David Tennant. A psychopathic, narcissistic mind-controller, his power is extremely strong as he forces people to do what he wants, whether that’s to give into him or kill themselves… He’s definitely a horrendous villain. Jessica is forced to face her fears when others are being controlled like she once was. Time to use her magnificent strength, physically and mentally, to help.

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Another character who should be mentioned is Jessica’s adopted sister, Trish (Rachael Taylor). A strong female protagonist who desires to be as strong as Jessica, but is the complete opposite. Her character is definitely one that grows throughout the series as she becomes obsessive and determined, also troubled. Where Jessica is easily found in a bar, Trish is easily found through the paparazzi as her childhood stardom as Patsy is constantly remembered by the public and her Trish Talk radio station keeps up her celebratory status. She’s desperate for her best friend to be a superhero, not matter how much Jessica rejects the thought. Finally, another strong female protagonist is Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss), a manipulative but powerful lawyer. Her character, again, is one that develops so much, and the struggles she endeavours are hard-hitting by the end. Survival is everything. All the characters are flawed, and many do things which are controversial in thought, but I think that is what makes them great characters, they feel real. Although, neither characters are likable throughout the whole series.

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‘Jessica Jones’ is definitely a show that becomes extremely addictive, in the action, crime and thrilling moments of this dingy city. Jessica is powered, but she never asked for her strength, she got them without choice. Her life is full of terror and trauma. A mass of problems arise throughout the series as Jessica struggles in her own mind as she blocks people out and turns to alcohol every time. I would definitely recommend watching this show, I watched it extremely quickly. Personally, I think series two is great too, not as good as series one, but still stands some ground in enjoyment, regardless of popular opinion. Become absorbed in this different light of Marvel, purposely made to look low-budget and dark.

Life As We Know It (2010)

When one year old Sophie is soon orphaned it’s up to the godparents to drop everything and take care of her. Knowing nothing of being parents and hating each other from an awful blind date three years before, they struggle through charts and other baby-related problems, trying to be the parents Sophie lost.

Another Katherine Heigl romcom, and of course she’s a similar character to her usual, the control-freak, like in ‘27 Dresses’ or ‘The Ugly Truth’, ‘Life As We Know It’ is just the same character. And just like ‘New Year’s Eve’ she’s a caterer, although ‘New Year’s Eve’ did come out after this one. Doesn’t mean that’s a bad thing, no not at all. I do love Katherine Heigl, but it’s pretty much the same character she plays in each film. The other star of the film is Josh Duhamel, he is great too. The film is also quite predictable, but aren’t most romcoms? Saying all this, I really do like this film, it’s enjoyable, it has hilarious moments and heart-warming ones, I don’t think there is much else to ask for in a romcom. Oh wait, there’s an adorable baby too.

Life As We Know It

Holly and Messer (that’s his last name don’t worry) are bombarded with the dreadful news of their best friends death in a car accident, the next day they are surprised to find that those best friends had named Holly and Messer together as their daughter’s guardians if anything should happen to them. Their lives turn upside down as they are now suddenly handed a baby. Told to live in their deceased friends’ house and look after their baby, they feel more and more they are falling into their friends’ lives, struggling to look after a baby who won’t stop crying. Messer is a jokey character of playing the field, as such, he loved his old life of going to see games as a living and being able to pick up women whenever he wanted to. Holly, she’s the opposite, she’s a caterer with her own bakery and she follows life by a plan.

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The film follows one year which is broken down into seasons. They struggle in their first year of having a child, with the case worker coming at the hilariously most inconsiderate times, and with the neighbours constantly hovering, helping or pestering, you decide. One of these neighbours is actually played by Melissa McCarthy, but to be honest her character does annoy me a bit, she bosses her husband round like nobody’s business and talks with such high pitch, I think she is supposed to be a little annoying.

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Overall, I do love this film, I think it’s enjoyable, it has some great moments and it’s a fun easy watch. It puts you in a great mood and makes everything feel brilliant. I wouldn’t say ‘Life As We Know It’ is the best romcom, far from it, and it’s definitely not the most hilarious, but it’s still fab. If you love a good romcom, then you should watch this one too.

A Quiet Place (2018)

Directed, co-written, executive produced and starred by John Krasinski, with wife Emily Blunt. This film has been highly advertised, everywhere I look there’s some reference or advertisement for ‘A Quiet Place’. Additionally, with this John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have done many interviews, in which what struck me was what John Krasinski stated the reasoning for the film was, a love letter for his children, of what he, as a father, would do for his family. After watching the film, this is completely obvious, there is a domination of the powers of the family. This element becomes beautifully done and it’s so moving. ‘A Quite Place’ is not just a horror, but instead has more to it than that.

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Although saying this, this film is also a great horror, a horror I actually enjoyed, it was beautifully done to the point that I would watch it again. It is a horror of aliens, if you haven’t seen the trailer or heard anything of it… ‘A Quiet Place’ tells the story of a family who live in a locked down city taken over by blind aliens, or alien things. The story of how they got there or why they are there is never told, we know nothing of them, which adds a mysterious element. All we know is that when these things hear any noise, it comes running from afar and attacks it. Therefore, this family, father and mother (John Krasinski and Emily Blunt), and children (Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Cade Woodward). The family is anonymous as they live in silence frightened of any noise as death soon will follow.

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To be honest, not much actually happens in the film, but somehow you watch the film wrapped in the tension, as they have been able to build tensions extremely well. The film is broken down into three days, where there is constant tension. In order to build the tension and because of the plot, the film uses eerie silence to contrast to the loud noises of the beasts hunting. Although this was a film of silence, it was very cleverly done with the daughter, who was deaf. We were constantly thrown to her hearing and the dead silence she was struggling with. The use of sound, I thought, was excellently used in this film, and this is one element that is extremely key to a horror and ‘A Quiet Place’ executed it well.

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In conclusion, I thought this was a great horror. It has moments of heart-break, moments of utter tension and sheer terror for the characters on screen. There were moments of stillness praying the monster wouldn’t sense the family. But also a domination of love and hope in such a horrific life as they try to survive. All the actors and actresses were brilliant in their roles, as the screen came alive in this dystopian world. The film doesn’t feel long at all, and in reality isn’t actually that long. It’s cleverly done and definitely had me frozen non-stop watching the screen.

Bad Moms (2016)

When mother Amy finally snaps after an extremely long day, she quits the PTA and decides she will become a bad mom (or mum). She quits trying to be the perfect mum when things keep going wrong and starts putting her own needs first. The mums that join her, single feisty mum Carla and stay at home, controlled mum Kiki. Along the way, Amy soon finds an enemy in the President of the PTA, Gwendolyn, and the two constantly by her side, Stacy and Vicky.

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I love the actresses of this film, the stardom is brilliant. Mila Kunis as Amy, Kathryn Hahn as Carla, and Kristen Bell as Kiki. Firstly, these three do have an amazing chemistry, they are all great together. If I’m honest, I have watched many interviews with these three and I love them together, and of course that helps in a film! Gwendolyn is played by the great Christina Applegate too, although her character is one that goes to some extreme extremes. Like I’ve already said, ‘Bad Moms’ has a great cast, plus some other great additions. The music is fab in this film, it’s fun and is modern popular songs, from Demi Lovato’s ‘Confident’ and DNCE’s ‘Cake by the Ocean’. It really does add to the fun of the film. There’s also a lot of slo-mo moments, again I think it all just adds to the fun of the film. It adds comedy and just go very well with the upbeat music.

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All the characters are very different, they all have their own parenting style, but all highlight a bad mum struggling but having so much love for their children. Mila Kunis’ character carries the plot of the film, it’s mainly her life that becomes the dominant family in the film. Amy is the parent that has always tried, she does everything for her children, does their homework, makes them the perfect lunch and rushes around to make sure they get to their extracurricular activities after school. When a bad day occurs Amy snaps, and heads to the bar. Here she meets Carla. Carla’s a single mum who’s always been excluded in PTA meetings, she’s very crude and provocative, nevertheless, she’s hilarious in her feistiness and truth. Then there’s Kiki, who is a stay at home mum, she does nothing for herself, and her husband does nothing for the children. Kiki is pretty much domesticated and controlled by her husband to be the “mother of the household” stereotype. To be honest, I really didn’t expect her character to be like this, but her growing throughout the film and her doing stuff for herself made her into such a strong character and funny too, with her hilarious dancing or her awkward ways.

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This is a 15 and for good reason. There are hundreds of sex talks and references. There is also a sex scene and a lot of swearing. But a comedy for this audience and it’s a really funny one. There are heart-warming moments, a breaking moment (obviously, as all films do), and many hilarious moments. Yeah it’s predictable, but it’s enjoyable and funny, and isn’t that all you need in a comedy? You don’t watch a film like this one for twists and turns, just a fun watch and that is what it is. The actresses are superb and the film is one I would definitely watch again. It’s a film for many to enjoy and laugh with, and love these bad mums.

Bachelorette (2012)

“The B-Faces” are reunited at one of their weddings. High School friends are finally joined back together at Becky’s wedding, with Regan as the Maid of Honour and Bridesmaids Katie and Gena.

This is a film for older ages, it’s a 15 for a reason. There’s a lot of swearing, constant use of drugs, and a sex scene. Just a pre-warning.

This film has a good stardom. Firstly, Kirsten Dunst, from Tobey Maguire’s ‘Spider-Man’ and from ‘Bring It On’. Dunst plays Regan, the self-absorbed leader-as-such of the group. Secondly, it’s Isla Fisher, recognisable from ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’, ‘Now You See Me’ and ‘Definitely, Maybe’. Fisher is Katie, the wanna-get-wasted Bridesmaid. Thirdly, Lizzy Caplan, from ‘Mean Girls’ as Janis, as Isla Fisher’s replacement in ‘Now You See Me 2’ and appears in one of my favourite shows ‘New Girl’. Caplan plays Gena in this film, the hate-the-world take-responsibility-of-nothing Bridesmaid. Then the Bride is played by Rebel Wilson, obviously from ‘Pitch Perfect’ 1, 2 and 3. It also has James Marsden from ‘Hairspray’, ‘27 Dresses’ and so many other films I love, although hate his character in this, he is such an arsehole. And then there is Adam Scott from ‘Friends with Kids’ and ‘Leap Year’. So many, many recognisable actors and actresses in ‘Bachelorette’, that’s if you’ve seen those films I’ve mentioned of course!

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At the beginning of the film, Regan, Katie and Gena seem like such horrible people. Really bitchy, horrible people, especially to the Bride. Actually, a lot of the characters are extremely flawed. It is odd to see a film where a lot of the characters are like this, but somehow by the end you end up kind of appreciating the characters and liking them. The Bridesmaid’s go through a lot and more and more is revealed about them, about their past and the reasons they are the way they are, which makes it more relatable and honest. Strangely by the end, you’re hoping for the best with these characters and loving a good ending. As you watch you seem to forget the crap they did at the beginning and just see them as real flawed characters that should still be appreciated. You discover they’re actually extremely close friends and would actually do anything for each other. It’s very strange, cleverly done. The character this was most successful for me was Gena definitely as her past became such a recognition of her ways. Also, it was for Katie, as she became a character deeply sad and troubled.

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When the drugged-up Bridesmaids make the Bride’s rehearsal dinner a disaster, Becky angrily backs out of the Bachelorette party, so the three Bridesmaids decide a party is necessary anyway. After accidentally ripping the Bride’s wedding dress, the night becomes a disaster to try and get it fixed. ‘Bachelorette’ turns chaotic and stressful, extremely fast pace, telling the story of the night before a wedding. To strip clubs and ex-boyfriend’s houses, to a pool then back to the hotel, the girls travel everywhere to try and fix the huge problem they have made.

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This isn’t the best film I’ve ever seen, it’s definitely not the best romcom at that. It’s an ok film, definitely not the worst either. I mean everything gets so chaotic and mad, that it’s hard to understand the character’s position in the wedding. The film is heavily revolved around drugs as that’s the reason the dilemma occurs. So this is definitely a film of required taste, but at that it’s not an amazing one either. It’s an odd one at that. To say the least, it’s definitely not a film I would watch over and over again, one or two times is enough really.

Santa Clarita Diet (2017 – 2019)

Now I’m going to be completely honest, this is such a weird show. It really throws you straight in with the randomness and craziness. Oh and some gross scenes, like a lot of vomit, a lot of being sick. This is definitely a show for older ages, a few sex scenes, a lot of swearing and also use of drugs. There’s also many gory scenes, the main character does eat people…

I started watching this because Netflix was really pushing it, definitely a lot of advertisement for this show, it kept on coming up as a recommendation for me. Besides, it’s also Drew Barrymore and I love her! She’s great, she stars in so many films I love: ‘Charlie’s Angels’, ‘Ever After’, ‘50 First Dates’, ‘Blended’ and I could go on. So I gave this new show a chance. Once I started watching, even though I was so confused over the weirdness, I strangely couldn’t stop watching it. Once you get used to everything, it becomes comical and so addictive. Every episode ends in some chaotic new drama and you just need to watch the next episode.

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If you haven’t seen it, here’s the plot for you. The Hammond family changes completely when the mother suddenly falls ill. They are real estate agents whose life became routine and boring. Until… Sheila (Drew Barrymore), the mother, dies. And then she wakes up again, but this time, undead. Sheila changes completely, more confident, more impulsive and more truthful. Then what changes the most, she discovers she wants to eat people. Her husband, Joel (Timothy Olyphant) just wants a normal life. But he loves his wife so much, and would do anything for her, even though she does want to eat people, the freshest of people, because dead people don’t work for her. So this concludes the beginning of their normal-not-so-normal life of killing people to satisfy the now-undead Sheila. They try to keep secrets of their new life from their sixteen year old daughter, Abby (Liv Hewson) but in reality she knows everything, and tells all she knows to her next door neighbour, Eric (Skyler Gisondo), the stereotypical intelligent but awkward teen. The Hammond’s try as hard as they can to remain a normal family, however as the next door neighbour Sherriff becomes more suspicious and Sheila becomes more impulsive, and the question of food for the now-undead mother, things get crazier and crazier and escalate to extremes as they comically struggle through something that’s on a different world than what they’ve dealt with before.

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As it is a Netflix Original, of course all episodes are on Netflix. You also do need to watch the programme in order as the episodes practically lead on from one another directly. They are such an easy watch, only half hour long. It is such a different programme to other undead shows I’ve seen before. Safe to say, it’s highly opposing ‘iZombie’ for example, that even though carries comedy as well, has more of a murder mystery element. ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ has comedy, gore and crazy moments that are honestly reacted by an average family.

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You know what, I would recommend it. It’s a great watch and extremely addictive in every episode. Honestly none of the episodes are boring. The actors and actresses are superb and the loving relationship between Sheila and Joel shows no bounds. But like I’ve previously stated, it is a 15 for a very good reason. The first season is definitely the best, and it does go a little downhill after that, although still good nonetheless. If you think this is a show you would appreciate and enjoy, then watch it!

Bridesmaids (2011)

I believe this to be one of the classic romcoms from the 2000s. It’s hilarious, it’s got a worthy storyline and it’s got some great actresses to pull of the film as great as it is. It is really an enjoyable, comical film, but definitely one for older ages, with a few sex scenes and obscene language.

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‘Bridesmaids’ is a story of when Annie (Kristen Wiig) thinks her life has hit rock bottom, but she’s got so much further to go. She’s lost her beloved bakery and lost her boyfriend when her business went under. But now, she’s losing her best friend when Lillian (Maya Rudolph – ‘Grown Ups’) announces she’s engaged. Annie becomes Maid of Honour and realises how single she is, then she becomes insanely jealous of Lillian’s new friend, Helen (Rose Byrne – ‘Bad Neighbours’ 1 and 2). Helen’s life is in opposition to Annie’s. Where Annie is running out of money, has no love life and lives in an apartment with creepily close siblings Brynn (Rebel Wilson) and Gil (Matt Lucas); Helen has her own estate with a huge driveway, she has money to throw at everything, she wears long ball gowns and her hair is always perfect. Planning a wedding is something she’s great at, although Annie has always been Lillian’s best friend and always wants to be, but as Helen throws money and makes everything spectacular, Annie finds herself dropping to the bottom even more and making huge mistakes which just ruins her childhood friend’s best moments. Introducing the major plot line of this film: a competitive rivalry between Maid of Honour and Bridesmaid.

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We also meet the other Bridesmaids of the film. Firstly, is Lillian’s cousin, Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey – ‘Blended’), she’s married with three sons. She is constantly complaining of her life and the crude stories of her children. Secondly, newly-wed and innocent Becca (Ellie Kemper – ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’). Finally, the best Bridesmaid and the one who gets the most screen-time compared to the other two, the groom’s sister, Megan (played by the amazing Melissa McCarthy – from so many great iconic moments, ‘Spy’, ‘The Heat’, ‘Gilmore Girls’). Megan is absolutely hilarious, she definitely carries a lot of the humour in the film. And of course, Melissa McCarthy’s husband makes an appearance, Ben Falcone, although their scene after the initial credits is not something I wished to have seen…

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‘Bridesmaids’ is solely based on Annie’s life as she crashes everything, but hilariously does so. Kristen Wiig is truly brilliant, she plays this character amazingly well as we become to understand this struggling protagonist. We watch her as she panics on planes, as she destroys a giant cookie. As she ruins a relationship with a genuinely lovely yet awkward cop (played by Chris O’Dowd), and as she keeps returning back to the guy who treats her awfully. Meanwhile, her best friend is planning the best day of her life.

I would really recommend watching this hilarious romance comedy. If you think this would be a film for you, but it at the top of your list, I promise you’ll laugh. Just remember the Wilson Phillips own words: “Hold on for one more day” (it does have some relation to the film, don’t worry).