A beautiful Liverpool sky

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I took this picture on the way to work this morning 🙂

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Film Review: Walk Of Shame (2014)


Starring
: Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright, Ethan Suplee, Oliver Hudson

IMDb synopsis: A reporter’s dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money – and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.

My verdict: I have to say, I liked it. Reporter Meghan Miles thinks she’s up for promotion, only to find out she’s lost out to Wendy Chang. As well as this blow, her boyfriend has upped and left her. Her friends, Rose and Denise, convince her that she needs a fun night out, and this is pretty much where the film begins. They end up in a bar, where dishy James Marsden is serving the drinks, through a clumsy happenstance (I love that word, I’ve just found out it means something that happens by chance, I’m so dim!), she ends up going home with James Marsden. She wakes up after an eventful night, and tries to get home. Various things get in the way of that, and she ends up doing the so-so shameful walk of shame, via a crack house, massage parlour and various other randomness. The amount of James Marsden was lacking for me, so a point docked there. Plus, she just leaves her car at the pound. Like, who does that? It’s a rainy weather duvet day kinda film, or if you’re off sick and just need to Netflix and chill. But alone, you’re sick and need your rest.

My rating: A Elizabeth Banks looks nice in that yellow dress 3 out of 5 stars

My favourite Christmas adverts!

Ah, ’tis the season to be jolly, and time again for the battle of the Christmas adverts! John Lewis had everyone tweeting like mad about their #ManOnTheMoon, but I have to say that I much preferred their Monty the Penguin advert from last year. These are my favourites 🙂

Vodaphone
We’re going vegan this month, so this advert pleases me! I thought it was genius that they used “Flying Without Wings” 😀

Sainsburys
Mog the cat is so cute! Mog was created by Judith Kerr who also wrote The Tiger who Came to Tea and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit as well as the Mog books. Judith even appears in the advert as a neighbour. To coincide with the advert, Judith wrote a brand new Mog story, which is being sold exclusively in Sainsbury’s stores. Proceeds from the book will go to Save the Children’s efforts to improve literacy in children.

Irn-Bru
Haha, if they don’t sell this jumper in real life, they’ve lost out. This is Irn Bru’s first new Christmas advert in nine years, and it’s a corker!

BHAFC
I must admit that I don’t know anything about football, but this Brighton & Hove Albion promo for half season tickets starring Bobby Zamora, David Stockdale, Kazenga LuaLua, Bruno and Gordon Greer is pretty cute.

Pieces For Places
My, my, my, I wasn’t expecting the second half of the advert at all! I laughed so hard and it really made me want to jump in the car and drive straight down to Wales to buy scarves a plenty. Incidentally you can buy the scarves in the video, with money from sales going to charity Age UK.

Vision Direct
I love pugs so I was so excited to see Gizmo the pug in Vision Direct’s advert. So so so cute!

If I don’t get the chance to blog before the big day, I just wanted to say that I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and a Happy New Year! xxx

Film Review: The Decoy Bride (2011)


Starring
:  Kelly Macdonald, David Tennant, Alice Eve, Michael Urie, Sally Phillips, Maureen Beattie
IMDb synopsis: When the world’s media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.

My verdict: I found this on Netflix as I was looking for David Tennant films to watch to fill the Jessica Jones hole left in my telly viewing. David Tennant plays James Arber, a best-selling author who is due to get married to Hollywood actress, Lara Tyler (played by Alice Eve), except their wedding is ruined when a paparazzi photographer manages to sneak into the church they’re in and Lara calls the wedding off. As they want a paparazzi free wedding, they decide to run off to the island of Hegg in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland (which is a fictional island in real life). Unfortunately, the same paparazzi guy finds out and heads over to Hegg. To try to help them to get married in secret, local girl Katie Nic Aodh (played by Kelly Macdonald, who was 35 in real life in this but looks about 25!), is drafted in to be the decoy bride, to give the paparazzi their picture, believing they’ll leave, leaving Lara and James in peace to get married. All kinds of craziness take place, including David Tennant dressing up like one of the Bay City Rollers, a deaf couple dancing to bagpipes, a haunted toilet and the man from Ugly Betty being the character he played in Ugly Betty. Hurrah.

Rating: A bagpipe playing 5 out of 5 stars

Netflix Review: Jessica Jones (2015)

Starring:  Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, David Tennant, Carrie-Anne Moss, Wil Traval, Susie Abromeit, Mike Colter, Erin Moriarty
IMDb synopsis: A former super-hero decides to reboot her life by becoming a private investigator.

My verdict: Now, I must be honest and say that I only really started to watch Jessica Jones because I fancy David Tennant. I would watch that man read the phonebook to me, hour upon hour, if that was possible. Michelle and I usually watch Netflix series episodes during dinner (one episode a night), and this is what we intended with Jessica Jones. We settled down to watch episode one on Tuesday night, with the belief that we’d only watch one episode. Wrong. We went to bed at 12:30am after binge watching the first six episodes. Then we had a conundrum on Wednesday night as there were seven episodes left to watch. Should we watch four on Wednesday and three on Thursday? Five and two? We did neither. We binge watched all seven and went to bed very late. Were the late nights worth it? Yes, totally! I felt truly bereft at work on Thursday as I had run out of episodes, which meant no more David Tennant, though I did get my DT fix by watching him hosting the Doctor Who special of Never Mind The Buzzcocks on YouTube…

I’ve never really been into Marvel; not the comics, not the films. So, I was going into this with no super-hero background knowledge. It didn’t matter, as even though it is a Marvel show, my lack of knowledge didn’t detract from the show.

* Krysten Ritter plays Jessica Jones, a former super-hero who is now a private detective, trailing cheating husbands and wives around New York City. All she’s trying to do is get rent money and move on with her life, but her past keeps coming back to haunt her.
* Rachael Taylor plays her best friend Trish Walker, a former child actor and now talk show radio host.
* Jessica has an apartment in the same block as drug addict Malcolm Ducasse, played by Eka Darville, who she takes care of a lot, but later in the series, the tables turn and he ends up looking after her.
* David Tennant is wonderfully brilliant as Kilgrave, someone Jessica is trying to avoid who is back from her past.
* Jeri Hogarth is a lawyer who supplies Jessica with her detecting jobs, played by Carrie-Anne Moss who I must admit I haven’t seen since The Matrix (I know she’s done loads of films since!).
* Wil Traval plays Will Simpson, a NYPD sergeant who stumbles into Jessica’s life after being sent to kill her best friend Trish.
* Susie Abromeit plays Pam who is Jeri’s assistant and also lover, even though Jeri is married. Tut tut.
* Mike Colter plays Luke Cage, who has some pretty amazing super-hero skills of his own.
* Hope Shlottman, played by Erin Moriarty, is someone Jessica has been tasked with locating after she goes missing.

I don’t really want to give too much away about the plot, so I won’t, but I have to say this: Jessica Jones is brilliant! It’s one show where all of the characters are interesting, and even though there are main characters, you care about all of them equally. I was genuinely sad when it ended and I really hope that there’s a second season 🙂

Rating: 5 glorious stars out of 5