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formerly lifeinsomniac
24 November 2015 @ 05:32 pm
For anyone who celebrates a day of eating and family time, I hope it's a good one.

As a random media rec, if you have access to Netflix's series Jessica Jones, I highly recommend it. It's got so many amazing characters and stories we don't see played out too often.
formerly lifeinsomniac
19 November 2015 @ 11:09 pm
Sherlock solves a B plot mystery in the latest Elementary episode thanks to some squirrel monkeys. REALLY NOW, SHOW?? It would have only been better if they had an actual squirrel monkey in the episode.

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I decided to put my reviews of both episodes in one post because I'm already falling behind in writing about these. Not because I haven't enjoyed this season so far but my schedule has gotten increasingly hectic. Plus, these two episodes tie into each other pretty nicely so it makes some sense to review them next to each other. In any case, onward! There be spoilers under the cuts.

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10 November 2015 @ 12:07 am
To paraphrase Ben Whishaw who stars in this BBC2 drama: London Spy is the least spy thriller-y spy thriller ever made. Having watched the first episode, I'll say it's probably one of the most Ben Whishaw-y Ben Whishaw projects ever made. I don't know if the creators of this miniseries were looking for an actor to fit perfectly into their slightly dreamy, angsty, melancholy story or if Ben Whishaw's agent is always casting the net for scripts like this. But either way, it's a pretty engrossing piece of TV so far.

The basic premise is about Danny (Whishaw) an ordinary bloke who gets pulled into the world of spies and espionage when his partner, Alex (Edward Holcroft) is mysteriously killed. The first three fourths of the first episode is watching Danny and Alex meet and rather quickly fall in love despite the fact they seem to come from completely different worlds with completely different temperaments. The last quarter kicks off the more suspense stuff when Alex turns up dead.

I don't completely agree with Whishaw that this isn't a very thriller-y series. The last quarter actually had me more tense than any action spy film I've ever seen. You can watch the trailer for the series below.

formerly lifeinsomniac
08 November 2015 @ 08:38 pm
It's a very, very brief review as I don't have too much to say about the latest Bond installment. I liked watching it and it had loads of fun scenes bracketed by loads of boring scenes. So for me it was a typical Bond film.

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formerly lifeinsomniac
05 November 2015 @ 11:50 pm
In the recent season premiere of Elementary, Sherlock found a stuffed squirrel he'd been looking for. Thanks to this random tidbit, I now have a non-photoshopped image of JLM's Sherlock with a squirrel.

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Way to kick up my crossover-happy writer's brain, show. Bra-freaking-vo.

In related news, my review for the premiere will be up soonish.
formerly lifeinsomniac
03 November 2015 @ 09:02 pm
For Halloween, I watched Crimson Peak starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain as it seemed like a good spooky holiday film.

My very brief, non-spoilery report is that this is not really a horror film. Rather, it's a film that has ghosts in it but if you're someone who tends to avoid horror movies, have no fear. This film really, truly, is not that scary. It has a couple of gruesome moments but the majority of it features a lot of gothic tropes and actors sporting hair that is not their own.

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In the end, if you're a fan of any of the main actors and/or love gothic stories, go see this movie. Don't be afraid of getting scared. It's seriously not that scary and just close your eyes for the two gory scenes in the movie. For anyone hoping for a lot of twists and turns in their movie plot, BEWARE OF CRIMSON PEAK.
formerly lifeinsomniac
24 October 2015 @ 02:50 pm
I ended up reading the book first and had the audio version play for its 12 hour run while I did a bunch of chores around my apartment.

Below is my non-spoilery brief review.

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Overall, I'd say the book was enjoyable. Not the best thing I've ever read but like the podcast has real moments of truly great humor and heart.
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Hiddleston and Chastain separately have done sketches with Josh Horowitz where the end result is usually Horowitz looking super uncomfortable. So obviously their combined power would make for an awesomely funny creepy sketch.