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    Deluge of Netflix content continues with The Umbrella Academy

    Seven super-powered siblings reunite to save the world, only if they can put aside their dysfunctional upbringings in Netflix’s new series. The plot begins with 43 women miraculously becoming pregnant and giving birth at midday on 1st October 1989. A Phileas Fog looking gentleman, eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreaves (Colm Feore), adopts seven and proceeds to train the children in how to use their powers. Whether or not Hargreaves knew they would have powers, or it was just a happy coincidence is never fully explored – a common theme with the series. Regardless the children are moulded into a crime fighting team. Fast Forward to the present and we are…

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    REVIEW: The Punisher Season 2

    MARVEL / NETFLIX STARRING: Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Giorgia Whigham, Floriana Lima, Jason R. Moore, Josh Stewart Reviewed by Charlie Pickard Season 2 of Marvel’s The Punisher is now streaming. Season 1 was released in November 2017 – both seasons of this phenomenal show are well worth your time. (You should not watch Season 2 unless you have seen Season 1, as it follows directly on.) As with the first season, the writing, directing and acting are all exemplary. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot and his writing team have crafted an engaging story that is dark, gritty and violent. Never dull nor too fast, it is well-paced and always…

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    Top Books and Films for February!

    Since February is a month widely associated with happiness, as it plays host to Valentine’s Day, and reading and movie nights are two things that make me very happy, I thought I’d share some of my top recommendations for books and movies with connections to love for you to enjoy this month. My choices may seem a bit odd at first but bear with me and all will become clear. Books Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I will take every opportunity I get to rave about the Harry Potter series, but do not think that I’ve shoe-horned this book in here for the sake of it. The first instalment…

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    Russian Doll: Heart at the Core of Netflix’s New Dark Comedy

    Natasha Lyon is having a bad day, again and again and again, in Netflix’s sensational Groundhog Day-esque comedy drama. Nadia (Natasha Lyon) is celebrating her 36th birthday at her friend Maxine’s (Greta Lee) apartment, a massive downtown Manhattan space lavished with modern art. The room is filled with culturally rich friends, drink, drugs and fine food. After leaving the party to go looking for her missing cat, Nadia is hit by a taxi. Seconds later we are back at the party and Nadia is back in the exuberantly decorated bathroom we started in. And there in a nutshell is Nadia’s predicament. No matter what she chooses, she just cannot make…

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    Sex Education on Netflix, it’s exactly what you think it is:

    Sex Education on Netflix is an interesting series, starring Asa Butterfield who has appeared in films such as The Space Between Us, and Ender’s Game. Asa Butterfield plays teenager Otis Milburn, who surprisingly can’t get it on, besides being surrounded by a plethora of sexual references and innuendos, for his mother, Jean Milburn is a sex therapist. Yes, a sex therapist. But in a high school where everyone is nearly having sex, about to have sex and is having sex, it feels very weird for Otis, but Otis has a hidden talent in a school full of sex obsessed teenagers; he can be a sex therapist, well an underground sex…

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    The Fyre: Review

    The party that never happened!  This documentary tells the story step by step of Billy McFarland and his FYRE festival (or lack of one).  Chris Smith is the director of the exclusive Netflix original documentary detailing the disappointing music festival. This outrageous story starts its tale in 2013 when Bill McFarland founded his 1st gold mine “Magnisis”; a very exclusive invitation-only credit card.   2017 is when it all truly kicked off for McFarland and the co-founder of FYRE, Ja Rule. Their plan was to create a magical festival, in the middle of nowhere, out of nothing. An island in the Bahamas, where notorious drug lord and murderer Pablo Escabar once…