Sunday, 19 January 2020

Baking cookies, Penny Dreadful trailer and The Crown

Baking was the order of the day today with Toni and I whizzing up a double batch of gluten free keto chocolate chip cookies!

Oh my goodness, they were delicious!

Any of you a fan of the Penny Dreadful TV series? We thought it was wonderful and now we are getting a spin off in the form of Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels, set in 1938 Los Angeles. Showtime have just released the first trailer:

We caught up with the rest of season one of The Crown which is turning out to be compelling viewing and then moved on to season two.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Shazam, Motherland: Fort Salem, Sex Education and a little hockey

We start our day with breakfast at Miggi's before returning home to chill out. In another better late than never moment we decided to watch Shazam as we missed it when it came out.

The DCEU movies have been a bit hit and miss so I wasn't keeping my hopes up for this one. I knew nothing of the comic book character so went into this one with a completely open mind. Overall it wasn't bad at all. Shazam seems to be set in an alternative universe to the other DCEU offerings which was a surprise.

It's a fun superhero movie and I think I would definitely go and see the sequel which is also tied in with standalone supervillain movie Black Adam.

We caught wind of a new TV series coming out that peeked our interest. Motherland: Fort Salem. Set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the burgeoning U.S. government to fight for their country, Motherland: Fort Salem follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into terrifying and thrilling early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are strikingly familiar to our world, but with supernatural tactics and weapons. Let's hope it turns out to be good.

The second season of Sex Education is now out so we watched the first two episodes on Netflix. It is as hilarious and silly as the first season. Avoid this one if you are easily offended or don't like the idea of frank discussion about bumping uglies.

Our evening finished watching Washington Capitals v New York Islanders and were very happy to see the Islanders lose 6 - 4.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Urgent (or not) and Rangers victory

Urgent seems to be becoming a far too familiar word at work right now. I've been bombarded with numerous requests to do things that are classified as urgent. They now get added to my urgent list and get processed in date order. It's getting to be a bit like the boy who cried wolf! How many times can you ask for things to be done urgently before you accept that they aren't all urgent!
Of all these things that were seen as urgent the only one that really was involved security patching of servers which resulted in me having to do some work in the evening.

Caught up with last nights Islanders v Rangers game and was delighted to see the Ranger walk away with a 2 - 3 win. A last minute goal from Chris Kreider secured the deal. The play off race continues.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

The Crown on Netflix

Today we took a slow dive into Netflix series The Crown.

We are late comers to The Crown as it has just finished Season 3 with Season 4 upcoming (out of 6 planned seasons).

The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present. The first season depicts events up to 1955, with Winston Churchill resigning as prime minister and the Queen's sister Princess Margaret deciding not to marry Peter Townsend.

We've watched the first four episodes so far and it is quite a good show. There seems to be a little poetic licence going on with some characters being shown in a slightly better light than they perhaps deserve so it will be interesting to see if this continues or the show tried to take on a more real view.

I am definitely not a Royalist but this one is worth a watch.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Morbius trailer

Sony Pictures next Marvel film will be Morbius.
Jared Leto is the main character Michael Morbius (The Living Vampire) and it could be this will be one of his finest performances after his OK portayal of Joker in DCs Suicide Squad.

Lots of questions doing the rounds with this one....
Will we see Morbius in the Venomverse or the MCU? He was in the Spider-Man comics so maybe he'll be in a Spider-Man film. I have no idea but I can't wait to find out! Roll on July!

Monday, 13 January 2020

Dark Phoenix

We finally got round to watching the last of the Fox X-Men movies, Dark Phoenix. The reviews at the time put us off of going to see it at the cinema but I really wanted to see what it was like.

In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite, not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

The reviews weren't great but it wasn't too bad. Dark Phoenix seemed like a lazy attempt to close out the X-Men series as Fox headed into the Disney buy out and felt somewhat rushed as a result. It carried the same look and feel of the previous X-Men films so there was great familiarity but it seemed to lack something.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Rangers lose and Was It Something i Said?

Caught up with the Rangers v St. Louis Blues game today. It started well but as happens far too often the days the Rangers choked in the end and crashed out 2 - 5. It was definitely the latter on this image!

We also burned our way through  quiz show Was It Something I Said? that we found on Youtube.

Was It Something I Said? was broadcast on Channel 4, It was presented by David Mitchell and featured team captains Richard Ayoade and Micky Flanagan. Celebrity guest narrators appeared in each episode and, for the first series, narrators included David Harewood, Phil Daniels, Charles Dance, Brian Blessed, Joh Craven, John Seargent, Kirsty Wark and Mariella Frostrup.

It's a shame this only ran for eight episodes as I thought it was very funny and would have liked to have seen a lot more of it.

You can find all eight episodes on Youtube if you are interested in watching it.