Killing Eve (Season Two)

Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are back for a second season of ‘Killing Eve’. One of the best shows I’ve seen of 2018, of course it had to come back in 2019! In just one day, season two had been watched – every ending just begs you to continue, so why resist? There will be some spoilers from season one as they carry one from each other, therefore read at your own risk – watch season one first: review here.

Villanelle (Jodie Comer), heartbroken yet impressed by Eve’s (Sandra Oh) recent stabbing, is trying to cope with the injury. However, what Eve doesn’t recognise is Villanelle’s even more deepened interest in the MI6 agent. Meanwhile, Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) recruits Eve back on another psychopath hunt. Eve is looking for Villanelle, Villanelle is hunting Eve. The obsessed chemistry only gets worse between these two, as the first contact between at the end of season one has only brought a need for more.

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Both actresses are phenomenal in this season just alike to the first. Jodie Comer as Villanelle is amazing in her acting talents, more of her accents are experienced in this series. Talents from Russian, to British, to French and American. Again, we travel across Europe visiting the beautiful shots and scenes, while Villanelle patrols doing what she does best: killing. However, we see so much more of this character, we learn more. The complexities are explored in this season. Although, keeping the sassiness and hilarity of her bluntness – the things that make her character so great.

Whereas, Eve in her new psychopath-centred life, forgets her husband and delves even deeper into a life of MI6 hunting of murderers. Eve’s character changes progressively throughout the season. She begins to think differently, influenced by Villanelle more than she’d want to admit. Finding Villanelle is her whole life.

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The parallels between the two series is phenomenal, beautiful in its irony and reflection. I do think this is a great second season, I don’t think anything will ever live up to the brilliance of season one, however it doesn’t need to. This season brings everything that is needed from season one and draws even more out of the characters. ‘Killing Eve’ continues to be a fantastic show, so different from other shows. Something is always happening, there are shocks and laughter. Characters unpredictable yet addictive. If you loved the first season, don’t worry this one isn’t a let-down.

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Ma (2019)

Octavia Spencer stars in this new horror from Blumhouse Productions. I have to admit this one was very different from other horrors that I’ve seen. We all know that horrors love to create a quick background to delve into this setting and new characters (or old ones). ‘Ma’ definitely did this, although this part was the majority of the film, rather than the first ten minutes. What actually happens in the trailer doesn’t happen until the last twenty minutes of the film. What the whole film actually entails is a story of five teenagers and their sudden new friendship with Sue Ann (Octavia Spencer) – a kind woman who has brought them alcohol. Or so they thought…

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Octavia Spencer sings as the best actor of the film. To be honest, the others aren’t great, but it doesn’t take much away from the film, you just have to ignore those awkward moments. Regardless, Sue Ann is such an interesting character. ‘Ma’ really explores in detail why she feels the urge to be the way she is, and in some ways you feel sorry for her, really feel pity towards her. It spends a lot of time building this character for the audience.

As a horror it definitely has jump scares, there were a few moments that got me jumping out my seat (although I’m an easier scare). The horror element is more creepy, as you don’t know what is going to happen. You’re just waiting for this character to explode as she stalks, tracks and follows the young teenagers. Additionally, the film does come to an abrupt ending. It’s all very sudden when everything starts to kick off and it is really exciting in a horror sense of a film. But then it’s over, where it could have told so much more afterwards.

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‘Ma’ was an enjoyable (as they can get for a horror) film. It was interesting to understand what had happened to this main protagonist and discover what she is going to do, what she is planning. The camera angles are intense throughout the whole film, with a lot of extreme close-ups. It is an intriguing film, different to other horrors. I might watch it again in the far future, but don’t think I’ll be jumping to this one time and time again.

Salt (2010)

An Angelina Jolie action spy film – I don’t think I can think of a film that isn’t good with that particular phrase. Angelina Jolie has to be one of the best action actresses, she is phenomenal in executing all parts of the film. What action movies aren’t great with her? ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’, ‘The Tourist’, ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ – all brilliant, including ‘Salt’. 

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‘Salt’ follows a CIA agent accused of being a Russian sleeper agent. Once this is declared, everything goes awry for Agent Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie), she ends up on the run from the CIA and we have no idea what is actually going on. You become so intrigued into the mystery of the whole film, constantly wondering what is going on and what the hell Salt thinks she’s doing!

This action is non-stop explosive action throughout the whole film. The audience are warped into this action lifestyle of spies. It’s an extremely interesting plot from start to finish. I was hooked from beginning to end, glued to the screen. It’s explosive and action-packed, with some excellent fighting scenes and a brilliant plot to be absorbed into. What more do you need in an action film?

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I would definitely recommend this film. Watch and try to discover who Evelyn Salt is. Watch as the mystery unravels itself, but you’re not entirely sure until the very end. With action such as car chases, jumping down elevators and scaling buildings, it really is non-stop and exciting all the way through. Besides it’s Angelina Jolie!

Dead to Me (2019 – )

Well this new TV show didn’t take long to finish at all… One season, 10 episodes, one sitting, one day: easy. From the first episode, I was hooked, I had to keep watching till the end, desperate to know what was going to happen, desperate to uncover all the secrets. It’s such an interesting, shocking programme. Brilliant from beginning to end. Truly with a phenomenal cast, the entire season was just excellent in every element.

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So, if you haven’t seen the wide advertising Netflix does so well, then here’s a quick plot. Jen’s life has become a downward spiral ever since her husband was violently murdered in a hit and run. Since then, she’s become a widow and single mother to her two sons. Her response for grief is anger and wine. However, she does start to try and make way for life again when she going to a grief counselling. In this meeting she meets another grieving woman, Judy. Amongst all the loss and hatred the women hold, they soon become unlikely friends as they try to piece together what happened three months before and finally come to grips with their losses.

Apparently described as a comedy – I don’t really get it. There were parts of the programme that made me smile, but I feel like I was invested into the drama significantly more. My face wasn’t really a constant grin but rather jaw-dropped from the twists and turns this show takes you on. You can’t help but watch the next episode when you’re left stunned and speechless at the end.

The two protagonists of the show have to be mentioned as they are both incredible. Firstly, as the heartbroken widow, Jen, is Christina Applegate. She is absolutely outstanding in her role of damage and anger. Then there’s Linda Cardellini (who I always remember as Velma from ‘Scooby-Doo The Movie’) as Judy, the supporting friend with way to many secrets locked away. The roles these stars become is remarkable and really brings the whole show to life.

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I would definitely recommend this new binge-watch. It doesn’t take long and becomes an interest for a day. So much happens as you become warped into these two women’s lives, invested to learn all the secrets and uncover what is going to happen. Just a quick note: the programme is a 15 as it does involve drugs, sex and swearing. Nevertheless, ‘Dead to Me’ was such a change of pace from the programmes I usually watch and was so refreshingly different, I couldn’t stop watching – that was until Netflix announced that there were no more episodes left for me to watch. Give it a go, I promise you’ll be hooked straight away!

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Finally watched my first Quentin Tarantino film, this one seemed to be more my liking from the trailer. A revenge filled plot with hatred running through one woman’s eyes. After waking up from a coma after four years, our nameless protagonist (Uma Thurman) is on a mission to kill anyone involved in the murder of her unborn baby girl and her comatose state for nearly half a decade. She’s on the hunt for the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad working through a Death List.

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‘Kill Bill’ feels like a very raw film, with lots of crime and violence throughout. I do have to admit it was a bit overload on the blood splatter, didn’t need to be as overexaggerated as it was, spluttering everywhere (it is an 18). Although, I love the cinematic effects throughout the whole film, I thought they were magnificent and so original, different and clever. To begin with, the film is broken down into chapters, although that doesn’t mean the chapters are in a chronological order. However, it does not become confusing, only adds to the intrigue of the film and cleverly adds more and more to characters. We understand straight on she’s only on this path for revenge which seems understandable since she was shot in the head in her wedding dress… We know quite quickly she’s dangerous and skilled with not much empathy behind.

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Secondly, there are also very clever cinema camera effects added. A whole chapter of the film is in a Japanese style animation, so intriguing as you delve into the past of the deadliest assassins in Tokyo (played by Lucy Liu). Other parts of the film have extreme colour saturation, bright colours to seem unnatural on screen. We know this is a film with all the cinematic effects. Additionally, parts of the film are even in black and white as we cleverly sneak from colour to monochrome. I loved all these effects, I just thought it made the film feel so original and exciting.

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As you can probably tell, I quite enjoyed my first Quentin Tarantino film. I loved how different it was and the whole essence of the film was brilliant. Nonetheless, the plot is a good one, it’s intriguing and interesting as we watch this woman on her deathly path. Finally, the ending it brilliant, begging for you to watch volume 2 straight away. And I might just have to.

“Revenge is a dish best served cold” – the tale of ‘Kill Bill’.

Revenge (2011-2015)

I started this show ages ago, but never had the chance to finish it. So I returned to it recently from the beginning and I’m hooked! A scandalous drama even thrilling at times. Welcome to the Hamptons socialites, they would do anything for everything. There are no limits they wouldn’t go to. Expect a lot of drama, twists and turns, surprises and shocks throughout.

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‘Revenge’ follows one particular woman on a path of, can you guess? Revenge. Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) travels to the Hamptons to start on her meticulous revenge plan against some of the most powerful and wealthy socialites, the Grayson’s. What they don’t know when Emily carefully plants herself into their family, is that she is secretly Amanda Clarke, the girl who lived next door as a child, the daughter of the man Conrad (Henry Czerny) and Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) framed for murder. David Clarke (James Tupper) was framed in a plan cleverly devised by the Grayson’s with a lot of other powerful influential people involved; all knowledge Emily Thorne possesses left by her father after his death in prison. One by one she crosses people off her list as truths arise and scandals are revealed. Emily Thorne is brutal living a life to avenge her father’s death. But how long can she keep her secret identity hidden?

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There are many other characters along the way. Ones to love, Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann), even if he is presented as a bit sceptical in the beginning. Nolan needs a mention, because his character is phenomenal, his dedication to Emily is one to admire and route for. There are a lot of characters that are not likeable, but many to be loved too. Characters to feel wary of, to hate, to learn to appreciate, or even ones that need removing from the picture immediately: this show has got them all. We predominantly follow Emily Thorne and the Grayson family; Conrad and Victoria and their two children, Daniel (Josh Bowman) and Charlotte (Christa B. Allen). But also, we dive into the Porter family at the Stowaway Pub, where we find Jack (Nick Wechsler) and his younger brother Declan (Connor Paolo – Serena’s brother in ‘Gossip Girl’).

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This show’s episodes follow from one another, making it so addictive as you want to uncover more and more about the characters. We are thrown into flashbacks in some episodes where we find more about their backgrounds, things we don’t expect or things that make what we already know more clearer, more understandable. There are so many shocks and surprises in the whole show, where you have no idea how the characters are going to react. They all are unpredictable, particularly, Victoria and Emily, the two female stars of the show. ‘Revenge’ is a drama of lies and secrets, of revenge and scandals. I think it’s a great show, so addictive and unpredictable. It’s fun to escape into, a life of upper class stab-in-the-backs and unknowing sins. ‘Revenge’ will throw anything at you.

Thoroughbreds (2017)

A dark comedy thriller drama, where two upper class girls regain a startling, unsure friendship. One, Amanda (Olivia Cooke) has no feelings, no emotions. The other, Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) is quite the opposite, feeling everything. Yet somehow, they become friends and spend more and more time with each other as ideas plot around their heads of crime.

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This film definitely intrigues from the beginning. The characters are so interesting and complex you watch as a want to know more and more about them. I think Amanda was a fab character, played so excellently! She’s so likable, yet has no emotions, and even comical at times. In fact, she’s actually quite funny with her witty remarks and total honesty. She’s a phenomenal character. Lily seems to be the one that’s relatable but there’s still an unnerving edge to her character. It’s all extremely well acted to bring these characters to life. You can not predict what they will do, it’s very clever.

‘Thoroughbreds’ is broken down into chapters, which is a nice change. I love the editing and the camera work with the film, the noise is excellently executed. There is a lot of real silence. We don’t need to see everything to know what’s happening, the camera is particularly clever. The whole film has a fresh feel to it, that is different and to be liked because of that.

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We follow these two young girls as they begin to spend more time together. With hatred running in the family, the girls want to get rid of a particular someone. The whole film has a feel of eeriness and unsettling moments, although you route for these girls. So it makes it a film enjoyable to watch.

“It’s only weird if you make it weird”.