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Recap – Suits S7E6: “Home to Roost” 

After my disheartening recap last week, I was not expecting to say this. Suits is back. Well, nearly.

Okay, so this is better. In comparison to the slow starting first few episodes, this is an improvement. Suits is finally ramping up its usual gears that allowed me to enjoy it in the first place. What strikes me, is that as a concept, Suits is not complicated. The narrative is easy to explain. Okay, they have to get the legal terms correct but it is always forgiven for not entirely getting the law right. That is entertainment for you. My qualm with the dispiriting episode last week was that they have appeared to imbalance the relationships between the characters a little too much. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Most serial TV shows suffer from this. Only the best shows maintain satisfactory consistency.

Mike definitely went rogue for a moment. It was never going to last. He finally faced the consequences of playing with two separate firms. The violation of his agreement with Harvey was always going to result in a short fuse. It exploded, albeit softly but it represented the first round of Mike vs Harvey. Interestingly, Mike does not care about money and Harvey really cares about his finances. It is corporate law after all. Despite my annoyances with the rebellious Mike, I am looking forward to round two. Cage fight anyone? Rachel will be the celebrity guest referee. There is a feeling that she will be the key to resolving all this. It is not about the prison case anymore. It is a difference in morals. The other factor is Mike is feeling comfortable. Too comfy if you ask me.

Louis Litt. Bless. This episode represented another test of his new resolve for dealing with personal situations. Like Mike, he had to face the consequences. It cannot get more personal than a sexual harassment lawsuit against him can it? “Home to Roost” was probably his biggest test of the season so far. Stephanie, yes the loud-mouth intern, is suing Louis for his outburst before Donna fired her. It was never about striking him down in court. It was about growing up and showing respect to others, regardless of who they are. I honestly thought this was going to be the second downfall of Mr Litt. I have been proven wrong yet again. Maybe he has finally risen above his delayed teenage years. Expect Litt’s personal tests to continue throughout the course of season seven.

Suits went full circle since my last recap, dismantling my fear that the Harvey / Donna ball game had disappeared. The scenario is back. As usual, it is frustrating but in a good way. Donna’s unique moment of clarity that Harvey’s newfound relationship bugs her is another breakthrough. On a serious note, how long is this going to be dragged on for? Surely this is the season? Maybe a court case between the two will form a catalyst. However it happens, Suits will make it as dramatic as possible.

Despite my newfound enthusiasm for the season, it does feel that they are switching directions between episodes. There was little about Harvey getting a grip on his firm and Alex suddenly reappeared again. It went back to its core strength – the characters. I am not grumbling. I am only really interested in how this journey is going to end amongst this corporate group of friends. Let’s hope it continues to have moments of confrontations, legal twists and revelations for the rest of the season. Mike and Louis had to face the consequences in “Home to Roost”. Who will it be next week? Or will they just be one happy family? Kidding.

Biggest tip of the episode: do not get into a relationship with your ex-therapist. Bad call.

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Review – Message From The King

What’s this?

Message from the King is a neo-noir action thriller. A Netflix Original. Wait, what? Yes, you read correctly. It appears the media giant is trying to distribute through every genre possible. It also stars Chadwick Boseman. Before he completely disappears into the Marvel Universe, we get to see him showcase his talents in this dark narrative. Intrigued? So was I.

What’s it about?

I am not going to lie. When I hovered over the thumbnail and read the description I rolled my eyes. I deliberated whether to press play. The Xbox Netflix app has this persistent feature where it either plays a snippet from the movie or starts the episode and, to my annoyance, it meant I had to press back a few times. Here is the basic premise: a South African man named Jacob King lands in Los Angeles to avenge his young sister’s death. It sounds like a typical action narrative that is good for the tired brain that cannot be bothered to concentrate. Here is how the premise really sets itself up: Jacob lands in LA, investigates the daily life of his sister in order to find her, ends up at a morgue as per advice from a local, identifies his bloodied and mutilated sister and gets extremely angry. Jacob is quite clearly a character that has more to him, yet reveals only grains of his personality. Who killed his sister is not clear, and who is important remains to be solved. The first twenty minutes of Message from the King gives you a convincing impression that we may have an absorbing thriller on our hands. I was surprised.

Did it deliver?

Yes, though with a few gripes which I will discuss later. The opening of the movie is immediate and straightforward. It does not begin showing his life in South Africa. It rolls from an L.A. airport where two unknowing border control men ask the suspicious questions and consider the shady answers. From there, it moves to Jacob investigating the whereabouts of his sister. Less is more because of the setting, the atmosphere between characters, and the slow revelations. It keeps you engaged. There is a moment in particular where Jacob passes his motel neighbour and she throws him the enquiring glance. He returns the favour so you know that she will be important at some point. By the time he finds his murdered sister you are ready. His pain and anger can be felt. Whether or not the slow build-up to the key moment was intentional, it works because when he first participates in an action scene you are exhilarated by his violent side. Message from the King wants you to know that this is not action reliant. There is a real character on display.

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Opinion – Is Daniel Craig A Little Too Shaken And Stirred To Play Bond Anymore?

So, following well over a year of speculation about whether he will return to the role of 007, it has been confirmed that Daniel Craig will play James Bond for a further two films.

After all the injury problems experienced during the production of Spectre, the actor’s most recent outing as the spy, Craig’s future was very much in question. During the promotional work for Spectre, everyone kept asking the big question – will he do another film? At the time, it looked as though we had seen the last of him. Craig seemed to have had enough; looked as though he had completely fallen out of love with the character. However, over a year and a half on after the release of the last film, the news has surfaced that he is signed not for one, but for TWO more films.

Now, inevitably, everyone has their take on the announcement. It has received a somewhat mixed response and has definitely polarised cinema-goers and Bond fanatics. Some have been overjoyed to hear that Craig will be in the role for the foreseeable future, and others have been… less so.

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Ready Steady Cut EP53 – The Conjuring 1 and 2

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This is Episode 53 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, with the upcoming release of Annabelle: Creation, we discuss The Conjuring Series. Please note that this is Laura’s first horror episode. How did she handle it? Find out!

Trailer Talk is IT and as always, we answer questions raised by our listeners and play another game of You Can’t Beat Me!

Episode Summary:

00:00 – Introduction and Episode Summary
02:10 – Announcements
03:30 – Trailer Talk – IT
09:33 – Thoughts on The Conjuring Series
11:14 – The Conjuring 1
39:57 – The Conjuring 2
1:01:39 – Questions from Listeners
1:11:13 – You Can’t Beat Me! – Gangsters
1:34:14 – Final Comments

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Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 

What’s this?

After many apparent hesitations, director Luc Besson and his wife decided to write an English-language French science fiction action-adventure film titled Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It is based on the French comic series Valérian and Laureline. I am not familiar with the comics but in the past couple of months, I have admired the trailers from a visual standpoint. Then again, the movie did have a budget of 197 million Euros, so it should look mightily impressive. The movie has nowhere near matched the budget in the box office, and it is the most expensive European and independent film ever made. Ouch. I would hate to deliver that news to the board.

What’s it about?

Close your eyes for a minute and imagine a space station. Wait, this will not work. Instead, clear your mind for a minute and imagine a space station in 2020. Then years later, leading countries of the world attach their station to this one. Then many years later, other species from different planets send their station to join in on the action. This continues to happen until the 28th century. We now have one large planet made of cities (named Alpha) with a multitude of peace agreements. Still with me? Good. Now, imagine a planet far away with pale looking, peace loving Avatars, who are living in harmony amongst powerful energy-containing pearls, in a tropical paradise. All of a sudden, huge ships crash into their planet and they are wiped out. Lead male character Valerian wakes up. He just had a dream about this decimated planet and he is about to embark on a mission with Laureline ordered by his commander to retrieve a converter. They are later told that Alpha is infected by an unknown force and they must investigate and protect the Commander, suspiciously performed by Clive Owen.

Can you see why I told you to close your eyes? This narrative has so many obstacles to jump around that, at times, it felt mentally challenging.

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Ready Steady Cut EP52 – Reviews Round-Up – Dunkirk

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This is Episode 52 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, we do our reviews round-up and discuss movie releases from the 2nd half of July. The headline review for this round-up is the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. All films that we review in this episode are spoiler-free. All the movies that we review are listed below.

Episode Breakdown:

00:00 – Intro and Round-Up Summary
02:11 – Hot Topic – Top Gun 2
Movie Reviews
07:49 – To The Bone
26:23 – The Big Sick
35:48 – The Incredible Jessica James
44:55 – First Kill
54:42 – Casting JonBenet
Headline Reviews
1:11:29 – Dunkirk
1:37:39 – Final Comments

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Ready Steady Cut EP51 – Stephen King Movies Special

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This is Episode 51 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, with the upcoming release of The Dark Tower,  we discuss the most adapted author of all time, Stephen King and what are considered to be his top three movie adaptations – The Shining, The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption.

Trailer Talk is Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok and as always, we answer questions raised by our listeners and play another game of You Can’t Beat Me!

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