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Recap – The Apprentice S13E3: “Robots”

Episode Title: “Robots”

Episode No.: 3

Network: BBC

Air Date: October 18, 2017

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Review – My Little Pony: The Movie

Thanks to a series of incredibly bizarre events, earlier this evening I found myself in a screening of My Little Pony: The Movie, along with my partner and our daughter, a friend of ours and her son, and what seemed like every pre-teen child in the northern hemisphere. There are surely worse environments to watch a movie in, but none that spring to mind. Then again, though, who’s the idiot here? This film isn’t aimed at me. It’s for the kids; a sugary, shrieking slice of animated adventuring that’s intended to be a revelatory first movie-going experience for the nippers. I’m pleased to report that my daughter, elbow-deep in a seemingly bottomless pick-n’-mix bag, thought it was wonderful.

Unfortunately, she’s not writing the review. And I’m still a little pissed off that I had to pay for all those sweets, so if you’re one of those insufferable maniacs who have made it their mission over the last few days to personally attack any critic who didn’t enjoy 100 minutes of glittery equine frolicking as much as you wanted them to, maybe cut me some slack here. I’m trying. I went in there with an open mind, and I left with one, too. It was just suddenly full of complete bullshit.

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Review – Dr Foster Season 1

Dr Foster follows the life of what starts off to be the perfect family. We’re introduced to Dr Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) and Mr. Simon Foster (Bertie Carvel) showing their love for each other in the rawest sense. We are then introduced to their 14-year-old son Tom Foster (Tom Taylor) which altogether paints “the perfect family”.

Throughout the first episode, we follow Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) as she first begins to suspect her husband of cheating. To begin with, she seems to have what can only be described as the perfect life. The series then quickly propels us into watching Dr Foster’s psychological warfare as she not only finds out her husband is having an affair but comes to shocking revelations about her husband’s secret life. On top of this, her career and personal life unravels just as she does.

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Review – The Crown Season 1

The Crown is a biographical drama which follows our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Season 1 follows Queen Elizabeth as she first comes to the throne after her father’s death in 1947 up until Princess Margaret’s (her sister’s) dissolved engagement to Peter Townsend in 1955.

This season cleverly manages to fit an awful lot in it without leaving you feeling overwhelmed. Not only do you follow Queen Elizabeth during her coronation but you also follow the latter end of Winston Churchill’s reign as Prime Minister. You also see Princess Margaret’s relationship with Peter Townsend, which at the time struggled due to moral implications set by social measures of the time.

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Review – American Vandal

At first glance, it is easy to mistake American Vandal as a serious documentary series. It has that Netflix documentary font, the mysterious introductory music, and an open question monologue. You then realise that initially, it is about one thing:

Penis drawings.

I succinctly remember rolling my eyes when Lad Bible and Unilad starting getting excited over the Netflix trailers. American Vandal is a mockumentary series that displays itself as a satire of true crime documentaries. The series follows the aftermath of a costly high school prank that led to the expulsion of “class clown” Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro). He claims his innocence despite the overwhelming evidence. The prank? Drawings of a huge penis spray-painted on 27 faculty cars. Sophomore Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) leads the investigation and is seen as the “filmmaker”.

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Opinion – Is TV In Better Shape Than Film?

The Emmys have got me thinking. I watched a lot of the shows that were nominated this year – Big Little Lies, Ray Donovan, Westworld and The Night Of come to me off the top of my head. These were all fantastic shows, Big Little Lies especially, as it wasn’t something I would have necessarily put down as my sort of thing. And there were plenty of other well-known programmes that were also nominated and that went on to win. However, it’s not so much the awards thing itself that is the main talking point here. The nominees were a very diverse bunch. For example, there was more than one decent female part in contention for the best actress categories, AND there were people from all backgrounds included (some of these actually won too!).

As a result of the positivity surrounding all aspects of these awards, I’ve come to the conclusion that TV is in better shape than film at the minute. Think about it – we’ve just had a massive awards ceremony where the majority of the nominees fully deserved their nominations and there was no controversy. What’s going on? This is not how I’m used to things working of late. Where were the racial and political undertones that ended up overshadowing the whole thing completely? These things just didn’t exist in the run-up to last weekend’s ceremony. As a result, people are talking about the TV shows and the performances within them… as they should be. Things were all very peaceful, and everybody focused on what they were there to focus on. TV has made miracles happen, end of.

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Review – Dear White People Season 1

Dear White People is a comedy-drama TV series on Netflix which is based on the 2014 movie of the same name. It mainly follows five black ivy league students who all face stereotyping and prejudice discrimination.

To begin with, I think it’s worth saying that I like this series, I think it has a few minor issues but nothing which dampens how this series is supposed to be viewed.

The main concept of this TV series shows not only how black people suffer from discrimination in a prestigious place, which in this case is a fictional Ivy league school Winchester University, but also how in-depth racism, prejudice and discrimination can be. Not only is there a main point of contention between the black and white students but one within the five students we follow. The first dispute occurs when an extremely offensive blackface party occurs at the start of the series. Although I haven’t seen the movie, I believe this is the point that the series picks up where the movie left off. This party expectedly sparks outrage amongst the black community within the school. When no action is taken from any of the educators at this school the situation worsens, and rightly so. This immediately shows how there are two different battles in situations like this. Even when something as blatant as this happens, so openly racist and discriminatory, there is still the underlying battle between the students and those higher up in the hierarchy within this institution. The dispute which occurs within the main characters is surrounded by how to deal with the racism they’re faced with and have been faced with their whole lives, their parents lives, their grandparents lives and so on. Whereas some, mainly Sam (Logan Browning) and Reggie (Marque Richardson) feel that they need to do something active which won’t get unnoticed whereas others, such as Coco (Antoinette Robertson) feel it’s better to do as much as she can to be seen as an equal which some of the others view as diminishing her own integrity.

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