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Pitch Perfect 2 is just as funny as the first

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Yep, I said it, Pitch Perfect 2 is funny. Often a sequel is a disappointment, like Anchorman 2, it often doesn’t make you laugh as much, the storyline is either a repeat of what happened in a slightly different senario, like The Hangover Part II, and you often build it up to be something it will never be, like the Star Wars prequels.

This sequel, might not quite be a classic like its predecessor, but the Bellas are back and the songs I think are better than ever. The jokes are good, Rebel Wilson, aka Fat Amy I think is even funnier this time round, note the opening scene where the Obamas get a little more than they bargained for.

So what is it all about this time round? Well, the Bellas are at the top of their game, they were the first all female group to win the National championships and not only that but are three time champions. They get to perform for the president, but after their performance goes wrong and they are the talk of the nation’s news, they are no longer allowed to compete in the national championships, so set their sites on the world championships, where they go head to head with the current champions Das Sound Machine. Fans of the Treble Makers need fear not, as the guys still make a couple of performances in the film, shame they don’t get to sing a bit more too.

Beca (played by Anna Kendrick), has enjoyed her time leading the Bellas, but is still trying to make it as a producer, and with an internship with a producer, she seems one step closer to her dream career as her time at university and with the Bellas is about to come to an end.

The performances are commentated on again by Gail (Elizabeth Banks, who also directed this movie) and John (John Michael Higgins). Gail, like the first time isn’t that funny, I’m not the biggest Elizabeth Banks fan, but I am impressed with her feature film directorial debut). John however is funnier and more sexist than ever. Although a few of his racist jokes are perhaps taking it slightly too far.

If you loved the first film, or are looking for some hilarious entertainment then this is the film for you.

Image source: playbuzz.com

I love this Terminator Genisys x-ray poster

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I saw this poster when I was at the cinema today and had to stop and film it to share with you as I thought it was pretty cool.

It’s kind of like an x-ray of the Terminator. This is one of the many films that are coming out this year that I can’t wait for! Terminator Genisys is out in July 2015.

The House of Peroni is open

House of Peroni

So on Wednesday I was invited to the opening night of The House of Peroni, on Brick Lane, East London. It is an amazing pop up and I recommend popping along. As soon as you walk through the doors you feel like you are in an Italian square.

As you walk up the stairs you can look down on the site you are about to enter, beautiful blue lights and dried flowers surround the space, with multiple bars and an outdoor space, there is even a cinema!

House of Peroni flowers

As you walk down the stairs you are welcomed with a bottle of Peroni, I was given one of these fabulous bottles, which are apparently more feminine, all I was thinking was, what a great vase this would make for a single flower!

Peroni bottle

But for those that aren’t big beer drinkers, there were plenty of cocktails on hand, with smoking cocktails, one with a mini ice cream cone and slushies.

It’s not just a place to go for something to eat and drink, there is also various activities going on, including:

Science of Mixology – Making the ordinary extraordinary, this immersive masterclass uncovers the tips and tricks behind molecular mixology. Led by Residency mixologist Simone Caporale, guests will learn how to change liquids to solids, foams and jellies and use them to enliven any classic cocktail. Includes a complimentary Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

Sapori Di Sicilia Experience the tastes and aromas of Sicilian-inspred street food every Friday night, courtesy of the finest modern Italian artisanal traders. With authentic contemporary Italian food inspired by the beatiful region of Sicily, the same inspiration behind The Residency menu, enjoy delicious piadina and other delicacies while enjoying the terrace. And in case eating like a real Italian wasn’t enough, try cooking like one; Michelin-starred Residency chef Accursio Craparo’s hand-selected favourite ingredients used in his very own menus are available to purchase at The Residency’s Strazzanti shop.

Culture of Coffee Coffee is more than a beverage to Italians, and the practice of drinking it more than just a habit. Guests can enhance their experience at the caffè as they learn about the culture of coffee in Italy, and are exposed to a bespoke menu with innovative blends and tastes from coffee partner Caffè Molinari in association with Stella Coffe & Tea.

La Dolce Granita Indulge your taste buds at The House of Peroni’s granita bar. From Florence’s take on the classic dessert – an iris flower and violet creation topped with gin – to an icy saffron syrup hailing from Milan, Residency mixologist Simone Caporale has created a menu inspired by Italy’s greatest cities. This little taste of Italy will be sure to transport you to sunny days by the coast.

There is also be a private cinema experience, Cinema All’Aperto, showing iconic Italian films throughout each week which guests can book spaces to online.

 One of my highlights of the evening was that I got to bump into a couple of very old friends, including the lovely lady below, Laura (always stylish, especially modeling a Peroni) and her hubby Dan.

Laura Peroni

The  House of Peroni is open until 10th June 2015, visit the website to book – www.thehouseofperoni.com/events

Supergirl trailer released

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This is one of the longest trailers I’ve seen, and probably summaries the first episode in six minutes, but I have to say, the new Supergirl TV series looks great.

I’m excited for this one!

McDreams over :-(

McDreamy farewell

Ok, Shonda Rhimes, I get you. I love a good dramatic episode in Grey’s, but this. THIS is something else. If you haven’t seen the latest Grey’s Anatomy then turn away now.

You can give me a cliffhanger of will George or Izzy die. You can give me a hospital shooting, with Meredith having a miscarriage, in surgery while she panics that Derek might be dead. You can give me Meredith nearly drowning. You can give me her dumping him when Christina is dumped at her wedding. I can just about handle (after a long period of mourning) Lexie and McSteamy dying after confessing their love for each other. But you cannot take Derek, the MerDer relationship away from me. You may say it is not real, but for those of us that watch these shows, especially one that we have been watching for over a decade, they feel like a big part of our lives.

Meredith was destined to lead a dark and twisty life, but Derek did everything he could to bring her to the light side. My friends and I have started a Whatsapp McDreams therapy group (and us Brits aren’t much into our therapy), but this shocking season has made us turn to desperate measures.

So I have decided to show our frustrations via gifs of Meredith Grey.

First there was Patrick Dempsey’s suspension from the show, where has Derek gone and why hasn’t he appeared in the last few episodes?

Meredith Grey McDreams over

Then he returned and they saved their marriage (oh man why can’t I find someone that looks at me like that?)

Meredith blushing

Then, the car crash happens, he is ok, rescues people and then his car gets hit by a car

Meredith crying

Then he talks us through what the doctors are doing wrong and how they are missing how they can save his life

Meredith crying over Derek

But then suddenly, Meredith is in the hospital talking to him, he made it through the surgery!

Meredith tears of joy

But no, Shonda just gave us that tears to turn our tears of sadness to tears of joy for a split second, only to rip our hearts out again.

Meredith confused

Then the realisation that he is gone, forever. No coming back. McDreamy is gone, MerDer is over. Our lives are OVER!

Meredith crying in the lift

So if you feel this pain too, I shall leave you with this loving memory of McDreamy and those eyes.

McDreamy eyes

No more MerDer

MerDer over

Don’t stop looking at us like that McDreamy! :-(

McDreamy

Image sources: cinemablend / easternhighroleplay / Buzzfeed / professionalloudmouth / sarahmarieh / comecandoerrado / fortheloveofmer / fanforum / popxo / thefrisky / youthconnect

The House of Peroni takes over East London

Pop up Shop - Cropped

I’m a fan of Peroni, not just to drink the beer, but as a brand, it has become a pretty cool icon brand, especially in the UK with its House of Peroni.

If you haven’t had a chance to experience a Peroni event, then you are in luck, as next week Peroni Nastro Azzurro will be transforming iconic east London venue, The Boiler House, into a stunning Italian Piazza as the The House of Peroni returns to London. The Residency will be open from 14th May – 10th June. I’ve been invited along, so a review will be coming shortly, but for those thinking of heading down here’s a bit more info…

The House of Peroni will feature a new host of talent including Michelin starred chef Accursio Craparo who will be creating his Sicilian inspired food for the first time in London. The House will feature multiple bars with Peroni infused cocktails created by award winning Italian molecular mixologist, Simone Caporale, Assistant Head Bartender at The Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel. Noted set designer, Simon Costin, inspired by The Residency’s theme, La Piazza, will be curating the entire experience and transforming the Boiler House into a metropolitan garden teeming with food, drink, music and more. Guests will also able to see a stunning floral installation by rising natural sculptor Rebecca Louise Law who will bring the scents and smells of the Italian summer to East London.

So maybe see you there!

Avengers: Age of Ultron review

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Last night I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron, which I have been excited for since the first outing of multiple super heroes in one film in Avengers. First off, let’s just look at the incredible line up of people that make an appearance in this film:

  • Chris Evans (Captain America)
  • Robert Downy Jr (Iron Man)
  • Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow)
  • Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk)
  • Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye)
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver)
  • Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch)
  • Paul Bettany (Jarvis/Vision)
  • James Spader (voice of Ultron)
  • Don Cheadle (War Machine)
  • Cobie Smoulders (Maria Hill)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)
  • Hayley Atwell (Agent Peggy Carter)
  • Anthony Mackie (The Falcon)
  • Idriss Elba (Heimdall)
  • Stellan Skarsgard (Erik Selvig)
  • Andy Serkiss (Ulsses Klaue)
  • Julie Delpy (Madame B)

Yes, that is almost 20 big named actors in the film, there may even be more, but those are the ones that I spotted. What an ensemble cast. Hats off to Joss Whedon, it can’t have been easy to manage all of those egos! Especially when the first six are the main stars of the film and the rest are fighting for screen time.

Now that is out of the way, let’s talk about the film. I don’t want to give anything away, as you really have to see this, but hopefully I can help paint a pretty picture for you.

The first film was great, it was funny, packed full of action, gave each of the cast a fair amount of screen time and gave us a brief background, where needed of the characters. Let’s face it, as one of the biggest box office movies ever, it is a tough one to live up to, but I think the team have done a great job with this sequel.

Age of Ultron is funnier than its predecessor, but without being slapstick, or turning it into a comedy action film. It has its dark moments too, and plenty of action, in fact the film opens right in on the action. I would say that is the only flaw in my eyes. We know that Thor, Iron Man and Captain America have all been busy with their own films since they team were last together, and they didn’t really pop up in each others movies (note there was a kind of Captain America appearance in Thor when Loki turns into him). So for me jumping straight into the action of them working together again, as if they have been doing it all along wasn’t the best platform to kick this off. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it starting with the action, but I thought there might be a bit of a getting in touch, maybe a Whatsapp group message started by Thor “Hey mortal Avengers, I need to get Loki’s sceptre back from your realm and I could use some back up, you guys free tomorrow?”

The team are tasked with their biggest challenge yet, they have thousands of people’s lives at risk and they have to figure out how to stop Ultron and save as many people as possible.

We also get to see Jarvis literally brought to life and Paul Bettany gets to play a super hero. There is something special as part of the making of him, keep an eye out for it, for those that have seen Guardians of the Galaxy will hopefully get the importance of it.

There of course is a teaser clip at the end, I won’t tell you any more other than it is someone we’ve seen a couple of times through these Marvel films.

There is so much more I could say about this film, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. So go and see it so we can discuss it!

I will of course be going to see the film again, and pre-ordering my blu-ray shortly.

Image source: denofgeek.us

Belle film review

Belle movie

There has been so much sci-fi new recently, that it was about time I squeezed some drama in-between it all. So here is a review of the film Belle. (note contains spoilers)

It is based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, who was the mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral in 18th Century England. She, like her cousin is a bastard child, she never really knew her mother, and her father acknowledged her as his daughter, rare of a man of wealth, but even rarer when the daughter is of mixed race in this era. Her cousin’s mother passed away and she was not acknowledged by her father. Both are sent to live with their uncle at Kenwood House, Belle, purely because her father is away at sea. When he sadly passes away however, she inherits his wealth. She must then learn to live as a rich woman, who would be attractive to men because of her money, but may not truly be accepted because of the colour of her skin.

She meets John Divinier, the son of a clergyman, who hopes for a career in the law. He is taken under the wing of Belle’s great-uncle, who has worked his way up to the Lord Chief Justice. He is working on a case where a company owner was claiming on their insurance for loss of slaves on their ship during a voyage, due to having to throw them overboard to die due to lack of water. But did they really die this way, or did the merchant simply overcrowd the ship, causing the slaves to suffer? Well John believes the latter, and seems to be the only person that cares for the slaves. This case went on to start the motion of the abolishment of slavery.

John’s passion for the suffering of the slaves to be ignored and his lack of judgement over her skin colour make him attractive to her. But she must marry a gentleman, and that he is not.

Belle is torn between marrying a gentleman, who really just wants her money and title, or the man that has the same values as her. In reality Belle lived at Kenwood for 30 years and her and John lived happily ever after. She inherited her great-uncle’s fortune and they had three children.

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One key focus of the film is a painting that Belle and her cousin Elizabeth sat for, which is said to have inspired the film.

I’m a sucker for period dramas, I don’t think there is any BBC adaptation from the 90s onwards that I haven’t seen, and with the likes of PoldarkCall the Midwife, Our Zoo and Mr Selfridge dominating weekend TV in the UK, I’ve had a constant flow of stuff to watch. In my mind, there just aren’t enough films though, especially good ones. And I have to say Belle is one of the good ones. It is quite a controversial subject matter, and I think it was handled gracefully. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is beautiful and portrays the vulnerability and strong character of Belle so well.

If you are a fan of period dramas, then I recommend you try this one out.

Image sources: eurweb.com / the painting of Lady Elizabeth Murray and Dido Belle once attributed to Johann Zoffany, 1779. Photograph: Courtesy of the Earl of Mansfield/Scone Palace Courtesy of the Earl of Mansfield/Scone Palace/PR (via the Guardian online)

More sci-fi trailers? Well ok, here’s Jurassic World and Fantastic 4

Jurassic Park Fantastic 4 trailers

First there was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then there was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now we have Jurassic World and Fantastic 4. I just can’t cope! I sadly don’t have enough time to break down these trailers and analyse them as I have with the other two, so instead, I will simply share these two trailers with you. But please let me know what you think of them.

Fantastic 4

Jurassic World

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice first teaser trailer released

Batman

So this trailer was supposed to be live streamed on Monday, but after it was leaked online, it has officially been launched this weekend, probably also to piggyback on the Star Wars 7 trailer too.

Either way, I am just excited that within a matter of days we have had teaser trailers for two of the most exciting upcoming films. Not to mention we are days away from the Avengers: Age of Ulton release. Eek!!

So let’s take a look at the Batman v Superman first teaser trailer…

Superman

It really gives us a big insight into the route of the film, and how Batman and Superman become enemies. Following on from Man of Steel, where director Zack Snyder said that the film had to be darker for this day and age, if an alien showed up on earth today, with the powers that Superman has, we probably wouldn’t have welcomed him with open arms.

false god

So we see in this trailer that some people aren’t that positive to having Superman around, he is seen as too powerful, and people are scared of his power.

batsuit

Which seems to link to Bruce Wayne looking at his suit deciding that he is the only one that can go after him, or perhaps is a little jealous of all the attention Superman is getting? Does this mean that Ben Affleck’s Batman is post Christian Bale and he is coming out of retirement? Would be far easier to do that then tell the origin story again. Also, it appears the rumours are true that he has more than one suit, the one above looks like it is modelled on Iron Man.

bow down

Despite Batman and the world seemly against Superman, from this shot, some seem to respect him and bow down to him?

supes in the sky

It seems we are going to have some epic fight scenes in this film, between the two of them. But will they come together to team up against Lex Luthor? We know he is in the film, as is Wonder Woman, but the two are yet to make an appearance. Perhaps they are being saved for the second teaser trailer.

Watch this space. In the meantime, check out the trailer below if you haven’t seen it yet.

Image sources: io9.com

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