Series

Reign | Season One

My series review of “Reign | Season One ” created by Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie Sengupta

In my view…

Last year I have been on holiday to Edinburgh, Scotland. So I knew a bit of the history about Mary the Queen of Scots. And I was wondering if this series is based on real facts, is it historical true? Sadly it is not historical accurate. It is a costume drama of fiction and a bit of fantasy. So what is exactly true and what is not…I dare not say.

The first season is about Mary Queen of Scots fleeing to French court somewhere in Paris – no it is not Versailles – and preparing to marry Francis the Dauphin of France. This first season is about alliances, friendships, love, intrigues, the threat of war, power,  nobelty and of course how to reign. Everybody is trying to find out how to do that best in his / her own environment and in his / her own way.

The episodes differ a bit from one to another. There are many plot changes and unsuspected events or habits that appear. The middles episodes of the whole season are becoming cruel so it is not suited for underaged children to watch. Especially when you do not know if such scenes are historically correct. Or is it fantasized cruelty? Makes me shiver and I do not know if I will completely watch the second season.

And how about the Scottish accents? Mary Queen of Scots and her four ladies named lady Aylee, lady Greer, lady Kenna and lady Lola. Great actresses but who speaks really Scottish? It is not a Scottish production but a mixture of all kinds of English accents. I love the history of the ‘Great British Castles‘  which is also a series with lots of historical facts presented by Dan Jones. The castle chosen for this series is ‘Ashford Castle’ in Count Mayo, Ireland. So in short I am not sure if I really like the series Reign because of the historical facts and the quick turnarounds in the episodes. I love the costumes though and the choice of crew and the diversity of day and night scenes and festivities.

Trailer:

I hope you like the series. It is worth to try watch it! I am not telling too  much about the story – never do in my reviews – you have to see the series yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Easter Series | Top 5 2018

This weekend it’s Easter so it is time for an ‘Easter Series’ list. What to watch during the Easter days?

The story of Easter has to do with religion. But for kids it has also to do with rabbits, chocolate eggs, chickens, colored Easter eggs and so on. And being as a family together for a long weekend.

Netflix offers a few films and series that are all about….rabbits and chickens. Here is the little list:

  • Peter Rabbit (series 2012) – three seasons, 25 episodes in total of each 22 minutes.
  • Wallace & Gromit | The Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005) – film of 85 minutes.
  • Gaspard and Lisa (series 2011) – one season, 25 episodes in total of each 20 minutes.
  • Miffy | Longer Stories (2005) – one season, 4 episodes in total of each 24 minutes.
  • [PEGI 12] White Rabbit Project (2016) – one season, 10 episodes in total of each 48 minutes.

Wallace & Gromit | The Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005) trailer:

https://youtu.be/BXYNHHj4KDw

Where are you looking forward to at Easter this weekend?

Greetings by Sophie

Netflix · Series

Lost in Space (2018)| Series | Trailer

In the month of April, Netflix will air a new series named ‘Lost in Space’. Maybe this series will become my new series to watch after I have finished ‘The Vampire Diaries | Season 7′
or ‘The Queen | Season Two’. 

Lost in Space’

The first season of this series will consist of 10 episodes of each an hour length. According to IMDb not the average 44 minutes. I am wondering if these series will be distinctive enough of ‘Star Trek – Discovery | Season One’ so I can watch both series for some variety and that I will not mix up the storylines. The genre is science-fiction and it is a remake of a 1960s science fiction series about a family that has accidentally survive in this universe. The ten episodes will be online at once on April 13th, a friday so you could binge-watch if you like it.

The family ‘Robinson’ who it is all about, will be played by Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Mina Sundwall, Taylor Russell and Max Jenkins.

The trailer

YouTube Description:


Lost in Space | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Views 2,955,221 | Likes 38K | Dislikes 1.5K

 Netflix | Published on 6 Mar 2018 |SUBSCRIBED 3.2M

The Robinson family, part of a highly trained mission to establish a new colony in space, is unexpectedly pulled off course forcing them to crash land on a lost planet. Danger will find them. Lost in Space premieres April 13, 2018. Watch Lost in Space on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80104198

Lost in Space | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix http://youtube.com/netflix

Have you heard of the 1960s series ‘Lost in Space’?

Enjoy watching!

Greetings by Sophie

Films

Spectral (2016)

Spectral (2016) Poster Source: IMDb.com; link to the filmpage

In my view…

 

Spectral (2016) is a film that touches a lot of genres with each a little bit of the story. It’s full of action, the enemy is a science-fiction mystery and the scene and timing feels like the beginning of an outbreak of war. World War III possibly if this would be real. The enemy is a ‘thing’ or a person that can’t be beaten by bullets. So the army is forceless without the help of a scientist and the new high-tech gear – the nice high-tech accessories the army is wearing to beat this threat.

How you interpret the term high-tech and imagine such items, could be completely different from the perspective of another person. In this film, the high-tech is partly pre-build before the mission and partly build during the mission and the whole story. That perspective is nice to see.

The cast of the film is diverse and it feels like, except for the scientist and the special agent and commander, that everyone has the same size of role. I really like that. It is not too centered on the main characters and every personage has a real addition to the story.

It is a film that is quite realistic – for me as just a citizen of a big city – to be developed or happen within 25 or 50 years. You never know how quick and up till how far certain technologies, people and their imaginations, grow. My rating is a 8 out of 10 on IMDb because I am still curious for what happens in the ending part what you can obviously imagine, you know the brain of the enemy literally and figuratively, but you won’t see. Feels like a – little minuscule but very important fact – missing scene.

This film is a Netflix Original so you can only watch it on Netflix.

In my reviews I am writing in descriptive facts and about the  feelings. Not telling about the story – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it multiple times.

Trailer:

I am not telling about the story – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it multiple times.

Greetings by Sophie

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The Halloween List of Books Films and Series

Halloween Night!

Tomorrow it is the 31st of October, it’s Halloween night! If you have a day off or an evening off, here is a seven item list of inspiration of Halloween related / horror related films, series and books. I am not that fond of horror so the lists are quite mild. If I have not seen a film, series or read a book yet, it is mentioned in the lists in Italic.

The Film List

Weeks before Halloween you already see the advertisements on tv about films being aired by a broadcast on Halloween. On IMDb I have selected the films and series I have seen with the genre horror.

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Pinterest | Top Five Today | Netflix Series

Are you curious for which series I am currently watching on Netflix?

On Wednesday I write about series. A series review or stuff related to series. To finish a series takes a lot of time, watching a lot of episodes and now and then it is more than others. A series can differ from two episodes in a season to twenty-three episodes in a season. Often a long documentary is split into multiple parts, for example two or three. But it is still a documentary because it is informative and made once without enlarging it every now and then. When a series has four or more episodes, I see it a real series. Not a documentary; independent of the category or subject.

Top Five Today

Hereby the five series I recently watch on Netflix. The posters gathered on my Pinterest.

The most royal series and therefore now one of my favorites. And oh the English accents, for a non-native English speaker / writer.
Year start: 2016 | Seasons: 2 | Categories: Drama, History

A story about a – partly criminal – family living in Birmingham in the 1918’s. Just after the war. Interesting subject and point of view during that decade.
Year start: 2013 | Seasons: 5 | Categories: Crime, Drama

What I like most about the series is that you can rarely predict the happenings, plot twists, change of characters and so on.
Year start: 2009 | Seasons: 8 | Categories: Drama, Fantasy, Horror.

If you have visited once – or plan to visit – one of the biggest in the history of Britain castles … this series is a nice addition of information and views of the territory and areas of the castle.
Year start: 2015 | Seasons: 2 | Categories: Documentary, History

Because of the combination of technology, the graphics and the fantasy futuristic story, I like this series a lot! A nice new Star Trek series. If you have seen none, one, two or even all of the films of Star Trek… this series is for everybody who loves a bit of technology and fantasy. You do not need prior to this series the knowledge of all the films and stuff… you can just start with this series as an independent series.
Year start: 2017 | Seasons: 1 | Category: Science-Fiction

 Which Series do you watch?

Greetings by Sophie

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Sherlock | Season One (2010)

My series review of “Sherlock | Season One (2010)” created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat

In my view…

Sherlock Holmes is a very well known character in the detective literature written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The books are very famous and since 2010 it is – partly – filmed in a series way. And yes I say partly because it is adjusted to the time period we currently live in. The (high-)tech technology of today but the complexity of mysteries in crimes is of all time.

It is incredible how Sherlock Holmes – played by Benedict Cumberbatch – talks and thinks so rapidly. And even John is talking more rapidly in the upcoming seasons than he managed in this season. Of course it is a series, filmed and directed and mounted by a crew, but it is definitely also a skill of really good acting! As an actor as he didn’t practice his lines as rapidly as they were supposed to be; than you would have noticed it. But he did. In fact a few nice additions to this series and interviews and stuff can be seen on YouTube at the Graham Norton Show.

Another nice fact: this series is translated in at least seven languages. I have written previously about it in ‘Sherlock in seven languages‘. Those languages are: English, Italiano, Español, Français, Deutsch, Čeština and Russian.

The obvious story at the beginning is about the genius consultant detective Sherlock Holmes meeting for the first time with Dr. John Watson. From then on they go on an adventure. An adventure that will last way more than just one season of three long 90 minutes episodes, but I will only review the first season in this post. The big adventure is about Sherlock Holmes himself. Who is he really? What does he like? How does he think so incredibly quickly and sharp. Thinking clearly is not always the case…or well…that’s just the case of an episode, and more widely seen his character now and then if you can still follow me haha.

The main characters

Beside Sherlock Holmes himself and Dr. Watson, there are a few characters that play a big role throughout this season. The landlord woman of their house is Mrs. Hudson and they work together with D.I. Lestrade on all the cases. Quite quickly miss Molly Hooper begins to play a role within the series as well as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes.

The first episode of Sherlock | Season One (2010)

A Study in Pink

“A woman in pink is the fourth in a series of seemingly unrelated suicides, but Sherlock Holmes deduces that the deaths are actually murders most foul.” – Netflix description

“War vet Dr. John Watson returns to London in need of a place to stay. He meets Sherlock Holmes, a consulting detective, and the two soon find themselves digging into a string of serial ‘suicides’. ” – IMDb description

Tips / tricks / confusing

After – nearly bingewatching – this series completely with the fourth season, I can give a little advice for watching this series:

English is not my mother tongue; though I am quite fluent in English. I use subtitles because especially Sherlock Holmes speaks so rapidly with lots and lots of details in his sentences. I never want to miss a single detail because as a watcher of this series you are thinking together with them. You are asking yourself the ‘who dunnit?’ question. So: subtitles on! Oh and not in my native language Dutch because several translations are not correct and / or missing words.

My second advice is this: prepare your environment with a bottle of water and a healthy snack. Because for 90 minutes your brain will be thinking about the story, what it sees, the sounds and just thriller of the series too! So it’s not a ‘sit back and just relax’ series, no it is a ‘the game is on’ series!

It can be confusing that Sherlock talks so rapidly and it can be a bit confusing if you have read the novels but discover that they are not exactly the same. For example already the title: is it ‘A Study in Pink’ or ‘A Study in Scarlet’ ?

My third and last advice is to watch

Trailer:

This trailer is uploaded on YouTube by ‘The Empty Hearse’ and is not officially made by the BBC. But nonetheless this is a nice recap of several scene shot throughout the whole season.

I hope you like the series too. It is definitely worth to watch it! I am not telling too  much about the single episodes – never do in my reviews – you have to see the series yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Films · Netflix

The Netflix Christmas List 2016

Christmas Panda illustration by Karen Vaughan. Copyright belongs to her.
Christmas Panda illustration by Karen Vaughan. Copyright belongs to her.

It is three weeks prior to the Christmas holiday and now and then you hear already some Christmas music in stores. This morning I have read an announcement of Netflix releases its Christmas list for the holiday. And Netflix has changed the streaming game by making some films and series available for offline view in their app. So no worry, maybe your choice of film or series is available offline. But why not starting now with a nice film to feel already festive for the holiday? Hereby a big Christmas film and series list – related through its coldness. And some films I will review in the upcoming weeks. Which film(s) will watch this month?

The Christmas List
  • To be released:
    • series Doctor Who – Christmas special (24th)
    • series Call the Midwife – Christmas special (25th)

 

  • Christmas films based on a book
    • A Christmas Carol (1984)
    • A Christmas Carol (2009)
    • Angels in the Snow (2015)
    • Caspers Griezelkerst (NL) (2000)
    • The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
    • The Polar Express (2004)

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Pinterest

Netflix Infographic ‘What to Watch’ guide

Sometimes you are just indecisive. Netflix has so many films and series to choose from. But you can only watch one thing at a time. And I mean at exactly the same time. The same thing as you don’t read to books exactly at the same time next to each other.

Sometimes decision making for what to watch, can be made easy by filtering on an actor or actress. Or scrolling down through one of the many genres. Or search by year and choose something very old or brand new. There are also websites that keep track of what is new on Netflix and what will be released soon on Netflix.This differs though per country or state and what Netflix offers is also divers. For example here in The Netherlands, films that have been in cinema in Dutch have sometimes two languages. Especially animated films. It can be spoken Dutch, or spoken English and subtitles in Dutch. But the little minus is, when you want to learn English and listen to the English version, you don’t have English subtitles to check. My family and friends recommend me now and then a series or a film.

How do you decide what to watch on, for example, Netflix?

 

Greetings by Sophie