Being Human, season 1, a TV series review.

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks.

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I’m on a role at the moment with my reviews. Next up is Being Human, the UK version, season 1, a TV series review. I watched it for the first time when it was aired on Syfy channel here in the Netherlands. I watched the first two episodes but decided it was not good enough to follow. But since the whole Doctor Who thing, I decided to give it another go. I mean, it has ghosts, vampires, werewolves and some of the British actors I admire.

And again, spoilers:

Plot synopsis for season 1 according to the BBC website:

Have you ever heard the one about a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost living together? Well for George, Mitchell and Annie, that’s no joke; that’s their life… or afterlife as the case may be. The supernatural trio share a rented house, desperately trying to balance their paranormal problems with the challenge of simply Being Human.

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Trailer:

 

My Thoughts:

Like I said, the first time I watched Being Human, it didn’t interest me. But over the last couple of days I watched the first season. It only has 6 episodes. Basically the series is about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost, sharing a flat in Bristol. And this first season is all about learning who the main characters are.

being-human-season-1-1-flotsam-and-jetsamAnnie, the ghost, played by Lenora Crichlow. She is bound to the flat were all three of them live. She died in the flat and basically here first season is about finding out why she is still on earth. That and becoming more solid. First off she is only seen by other supernatural creepy crawlers. But gradually she becomes more and more solid. Can move stuff around, mover herself around, even kiss. And we find out why she is still here on earth. Well, that is a shocker!

Mitchell, the vampire, played by Aiden Turner. They did a good casting job there. He is the perfect vampire. Mysterious, little dark, charming, good looking, mitchell6longish hair. But as most vampires nowadays he tries going vegetarian. What is it about the movie and book industry these days, can we please have the proper monster vampires back. But back to Mitchell, vampire, working in a hospital (how does he manage, with all the blood and not drinking it) sometimes relapsing, trying to blend in. Oh and first joining then fighting the all mighty vampire power that wants to convert all humans either in food or fellow vampires. He has his nice human moments, but most of the time being an annoyed, moody vampire.

being-human-season-1-georgeAnd last but not least, George, the werewolf, played by the amazing Russell Tovey. In my opinion, he is the lead character out of the three lead characters. He steals the show, is funny, endearing, cute, and most human of all of them. He struggles with being a werewolf, why it happened to him and his general angst of biting or killing another human being. He also works in the same hospital as Mitchell, to keep a low profile and in order to lock himself up in the basement when he has his time of the month. In this particular series, just the one day. He learns how to deal with his inner doggie, and actually falls in love with Cacti, ehh I mean Nina, played by Sinead Keenan. Again marvelous acting and the two of them, Russell and Sinead together, have this thing, they sell it.george-nina

But the main thing is that all of them try very hard at being human, not always succeeding in it. The struggles of how three supernatural creatures watch us mere humans, want to be like us, is a nice point of view. The storylines still aren’t the best there is out there, but it’s nice and refreshing. Oh and very funny. I like the fact the vampires have normal fangs and demon eyes. Although the werewolves look real cheap. It’s a man in a werewolf suit. That could have gone Being-Human-Nina-as-a-wer-001better. And I would have liked to see more of Annie the ghost peeping trough walls and doors, instead of opening them.

Another thing, the whole George transforming into a werewolf is amazingly done. He really does act his ass off (no pun intended, well, just a little then) and the screams and cries really hit you.

The main evil character, Herrick, played by Jason Watkins, is the right amount of being evil, twisted, slightly mad and creepy. But he lacks a bit of background.tv_being_human_jason_watkins What we learned about vampires, living hundreds of years, is that they have all the time to accumulate lots and lots of money, create different backgrounds, learn lots and lots of stuff. These vampires are just plain, trying to take over the world.

But still. It’s funny, entertaining, some amazing acting, naked men, blood, violence, sex, supernatural creatures. So I’m gonna watch season 2 next.

Where can I get the DVD’s?

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Being-Human-Complete-Series-DVD/dp/B001RIYMBW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356891642&sr=8-1

Mind you, this is just the first season; Amazon does sell boxes with more of the seasons all together.

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Being-Human-Season-Lenora-Crichlow/dp/B003IMERF6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1356891736&sr=8-3&keywords=being+human+season+1

Seeing it is a British series, if you can order it on amazon.uk it’s much cheaper. This also goes for the Dutch people.

Bol.com: http://www.bol.com/nl/p/being-human-serie-1/1002004011580642/

Rating:

I actually rate this 7.5 out of 10. Because of Russell Tovey and the jokes and the vampires. Go watch it!

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Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy

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2012 in review

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 20,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

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De Bende van Oss (the Gang of Oss) a movie review.

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks, another review.

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This time, a Dutch movie. Normally I wouldn’t review Dutch movies, because it’s you wouldn’t have seen it if you’re not from the Netherlands. Also, really bad acting. The quality of Dutch movies sucks. But there is a reason behind my review. This movie is about the gangs of Oss, the city I was born in. And that is pretty awesome. For such a small town, well actually it’s a city but with village mentalities, to have a movie made of it. That’s just awesome.

And as always, spoilers!

Synopsis according to IMDB:

In the 1930s the Brabant [southern province of the Netherlands] city of Oss was caught up in a crime wave. The military police was sent from the north to Oss to free the city of the terror regime of the Gang from Oss [Ossche Bende]. When the military police discover sex crimes and fraud even among the local clerics and prominent members of the community, the conflict escalates between the catholic south and the protestant north which eventually leads to the fall of the Colijn administration the last operating pre-war administration.

Trailer, with English subtitles:

(Trailer is not suitable for young kids because of… nudity, just to give you a warning)

 

My thoughts:

Wachtmeester-marrechaussee-Daan-SChuurmans-De-Bende-van-Oss-credit-Victor-ArnoldsLike I said before, the quality of most Dutch movies suck, and this one is no different. Then why write a review? Even though the quality sucks I love the movie for the fact that it’s about my hometown and actually shot in my hometown and surrounding towns. Also, the language, specifically the accents. Every region in every country has its own accent, and ‘Brabant’ the region I grew up in is no different. It feels like a bit of home since I don’t live there anymore. And I find it funny that a lot of people have difficulty understanding it, even if they’re from Holland. The accent makes it difficult to understand if you’re not from that region and aren’t accustomed to it.

The movie has a very good Dutch cast; a couple of actors even grew up in the same region as the movie takes place in, so it felt like coming home for them also.leider-Wim-de-Kuijper-Marcel-Musters-met-neef-Ties-Mathias-Schoenaerts-en-Johanna-van-Heesch-Sylvia-Hoeks-De-Bende-van-Oss-Credit-Foto-Victor-Arnolds

The idea of the movie is really great, the script is actually good, and the shooting and picturing the right atmosphere is also done amazing. It’s just that Dutch movies have the tendency to be harsh and easy with certain aspects. For example. If you see a love scene in an American movie, it’s all about the passion and feelings behind it. You don’t see much nudity, but the beauty is in what’s implied. Yes it’s often over the top and dramatic, but that’s why we go see stuff like that. In Dutch movies it goes something like this. Woman needs something from man, pulls of her clothes, they fuck (excuse my languages but you can’t call it lovemaking) you see just johanna-van-heesch-sylvia-hoeks-in-haar-cafe-de-bende-van-oss-credits-victor-arnoldsabout everything and then it’s done. That’s what I don’t like about it. Same goes for all the other emotional stuff going on in Dutch movies and this movie. It’s like they are afraid we are too stupid to imagine what happens next, they need to spell it out.

Enough complaining. The historical events depicted in this movie are really accurate, this really happened in Oss in the ’30. Well, not maybe the story of the lead female, but the gangs and the violence and the whole Catholics against Protestants.

And although I like the fact that the story is told from a woman’s point of view,  Johanna van Heesch, a young café proprietor (later on prostitute), daughter of Mien de Snol (Mien the FILMSET BENDE VAN OSStrollop) and half sister of the mentally handicapped Trees, and wife of Ties. I sometimes have the feeling it’s distracting from the main story about the gang violence. It’s nice to have the two plotlines intermingled, but I would have liked to see less of Johanna and more of the gang violence and its background.

Another fun thing, there is a lot of cycle racing going on. For me, it’s that part of my childhood again. My dad did and does a lot of amateur cycle racing and I have the feeling it’s also a part of the lives of the people living in that particular region. Back then and now.

de-in-plaatselijke-kroeg-midden-aan-tafel-jan-greven-benja-bruijning-bendelid-links-met-pet-jan-hein-kuijpers-de-bende-van-oss-credits-victor-arnoldsI do recommend seeing this movie if you like historical drama / crime. The movie is actually better than most Dutch movies and I am biased in this as well.

Where to get a copy:

If you want to get your hands on a copy, you can buy it on Amazon, although it’s expensive because it’s import. But it has English subtitles.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Gangs-OSS-Bende-van/dp/B007J87YFU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356878966&sr=8-2

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Gangs-Bende-NON-USA-FORMAT-Import/dp/B007J7I7VG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356879014&sr=8-2&keywords=de+bende+van+oss

For the Dutchies, I got my copy at ‘de witte boekenmarkt’ or you can order it online at bol.com: http://www.bol.com/nl/p/bende-van-oss-de/1002004011698310/

Rating:

I’m debating on my rate for this movie, but decided to settle on 7 out of 10, just because of the sentimental value it has for me.

I hope you liked my review.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Torchwood: First Born, by James Gross. An audio book review.

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks, as promised, another book review.

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I’ve read a couple of Torchwood books, well, read is a big word. As part of my recovery from my surgery I had to do a lot of walking and to keep me company I added a couple of audio books to my mp3 player, and this was one of them. The thing I love about the Torchwood audio books is that they include the original cast from the TV series as much as possible to read the books. This one was done by Audible and unfortunately only has Kai Owen (who plays Rhys Williams) participating in this project. The other audio books where narrated by just the one person, this is narrated by a couple of characters in the book. I think it’s a shame they didn’t get Eve Myles for the role of Gwen Cooper, although the voice actor who does play the role of Gwen, is really good and it sounds a lot like Gwen.

Oh, before I go any further. This book takes place before Miracle day and this review is gonna contain spoilers.

Goodreads description:

Gwen and Rhys must protect their daughter as they stand alone in the defence of the Earth – a “Torchwood: Miracle Day” prequel.

Amazon description: (seeing as the one from Goodreads is really short and doesn’t tell you anything.)

Gwen and Rhys are on the run. Rhys was hoping this meant a windswept cottage on a cliff top, but he’s had to settle for a miserable caravan in the isolated village of Rawbone. With the locals taking an unhealthy interest in their daughter, Gwen and Rhys start to realize that something is very wrong – something with echoes of a life they thought they’d left behind. As they uncover the village’s terrible past, Gwen discovers that Torchwood will never leave them behind, and now she and Rhys stand alone in defense of the Earth. And the children of Rawbone can only bring her closer to the secret forces that want her out of the way.

My thoughts:

So I listened to a couple of Torchwood Audio books already and I must say, this isn’t one of my favorites, together with Border Princess. I don’t know if this has anything to do with the fact that it was more of an audio drama then an audio book, or an audio book all together. But the other audio books I listened to where a lot shorter than this one. Most of them were between an hour and a half and two hours. First Born is over 6 hours long! And it is sometimes confusing listening to the different voices and parts being played by the narrators.

torchwood-torchwood-7011507-910-1200Although I love the story very much. And may I just comment on the fact that a lot of the Torchwood stories are the same? Again this is about children, creepy alien children that is to say. I love how throughout the story little hints are given, working towards the final endgame. For example, the stink thistles. You just know there is something wrong with them, but it isn’t explained right away. Another thing, the children. Seeing that they all look alike, your mind get’s all these ideas about what could be the cause of this, and when you learn what’s behind it. The only proper response you can give is, yep, Torchwood.

There are actually a couple of storylines in this particular story. All neatly woven into one. First of all, we have Rhys and Gwen on the run, after everything that 550w_cult_torchwood_0401_04happened with Children of Earth. Torchwood is no more, Jack is gone, and the rest is dead. And I really appreciate that in just about all the books, the remaining characters still look back at their fallen colleagues, keeping their memories in their hearts. But yeah, Rhys and Gwen are on the run with their daughter Anwen and end up in Rawbone to keep a low profile.

The other storyline is the creepiness of Rawbone. The people are strange, the children even stranger, all looking alike. I don’t want to say too much of this, because I don’t want to actually spoil the plot for people who haven’t read it yet.

torchwood-torchwood-7011507-910-1200And also we have a little subplot. Rhys, dealing with being a daddy and looking after baby Anwen and keeping Gwen away from bloody Torchwood. Kai Owen plays the role perfectly for Rhys. (James Gross did a marvelous job capturing Rhys as the character he is in this story.)

But as I said, not one of my favorite stories. The story is really long; we have too many perspectives from the different characters in the book and for me that is really distracting. I need to get my hands on the book so I can read it and see if my opinion stands or the culprit of my low rating is indeed the audio book.

If you are a fan of Doctor Who and Torchwood, I still recommend you read and/or listen to it. Otherwise, just pick something else.Torchwood-logo-torchwood-256800_1600_1200

My rate for this book is 6 out of 10.

Hope you enjoyed the review.

Lots of love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

YouTube Sunday!!!

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks, how are you this fine Sunday, or rather the last Sunday of 2012? How are you spending it? Same as ever or are you doing something special. Me? I’m cooking in between blogging and other stuff. I have some friends coming over on New Year’s Eve and I am making Indonesian food. Which means I’ll spend 3 days in the kitchen, cook massive amounts of food, smell of onions and garlic for days, no matter how many times you shower or wash your hands, almost get carpal tunnel syndrome for all the cutting and chopping an dicing, but when it’s done, it will be so worth it.

So me and my friends are gonna spend new year’s eve eating, laughing, playing board games, watch some crappy television, mostly standup comedy shows made for new years eve, eat ‘oliebollen’ this is a Dutch treat we eat at new years eve and toast with champagne at 12 o’clock, then go outside and watch the fireworks. Basically a fun night.

One other thing, I’ve been thinking about reorganizing my blog for next year. Now I have one main page where everything get’s posted, but I was thinking about adding more pages so you can find the posts more easily. Like a different page for movies, TV series, books, doctor who, guest posts and random stuff. Don’t know if it’s gonna work but what do you guys think? Let me know by posting a reply.

And now, the YouTube vids, and I have some nice ones today:

We start off with two lovely Hobbit related videos. Max 60 seconds interviews with Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage:

http://youtu.be/hNZCSGcU1MA

http://youtu.be/eLIK-DREmJA

Can I just say that Martin Freeman is really cute and funny and adorable in these videos. Sorry about the Hobbit spamming, but it’s all I have, since I’m still a bit bitter about not being able to see the Hobbit.

This one isn’t a YouTube video, but one from that guy with the glasses. They do the most awesome reviews ever made, watch Bum reviews:

http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/bum-reviews/37671-bum-reviews-the-hobbit

The next video needs a bit of explaining. We have this huge fundraising in the Netherlands, where 3 radio DJ’s lock themselves in a glass house for 6 days, don’t eat, and make none stop radio for 6 days. You can request songs for money, go by the glass house and donate money right there, or do something ludicrous to raise money and donate it. There are so much people and organizations participating in this. And almost everyone in the Netherlands participates in this by raising money. (Including me, I donated 15 euro’s to get a song played on the radio, Take on Me, by A-HA) The money goes to the Red Cross for a project that doesn’t normally get a lot of attention. This year the money went to projects for pregnant woman and babies in 3rd world countries. We raised over 12 million euro’s this year. Most of the DJ’s get selected almost every year to do this, and this particular DJ, if he’s inside the house does this fun impersonation, singing along with Cliff Richards and the Young Ones, with the song living dolls. If you don’t want to listen to a lot of Dutch babbling, you can skip the vid till 2.45 min. enjoy:

http://youtu.be/HYV-TKh8b3g

BTW he got 15.000 euro’s for the Red Cross to do this parody thing. Yep, people donated money, just to see this.

Oh and just in case, this is the original video: http://youtu.be/gGOU0o9K89g

And now for a bit of Les Miserable spamming. This is one of the most emotional and beautiful songs from the musical Les Miserable, performed by the piano guys: http://youtu.be/5mJ08-pyDLg Bring Him Home. It gives me the chills every time I listen to it.

And another review by the team from that guy with the glasses, this time by the nostalgia chick. She reviews Les Miserable, the musical, be warned, there is singing in it, also not a YouTube video:  http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/31204-les-miserables-the-musical

And the last Les Mis review, the Nostalgia chick reviews the new movie: http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/specials/37785-les-miserables-2012

As a proper Whovian I watched the new Christmas episode on Christmas day, wanna see what’s next for 2013? Here’s the American teaser trailer: http://youtu.be/FXqXZepqgMQ

Hope you enjoyed today’s selection of videos

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Chicks dig Time Lords: a celebration of Doctor Who by the women who love it. A book review

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks. It’s been ages since I did a proper book review and I’m way behind on them, according to my Goodreads list. So it’s time to catch up a little and also do new reviews as soon as I finish a book.

I decided to start with the most recent books I finished first and this is a though one to review, since it isn’t actually a story, but a bunch of collected essays. But I’ll try.

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Oh and I don’t know if you can spoiler a collection of essays, but just in case, warning: may contain spoilers!

Goodreads description:

In Chicks Digs Time Lords, a host of award-winning female novelists, academics and actresses come together to celebrate the phenomenon that is Doctor Who, discuss their inventive involvement with the show’s fandom and examine why they adore the series. These essays will delight male and female readers alike by delving into the extraordinary aspects of being a female Doctor Who enthusiast. Essays include Carole Barrowman discussing what it was like to grow up with her brother John (including the fact that he’s still afraid of shop-window dummies), columnist Jackie Jenkins providing a Bridget Jones’ Diary-style memoir of working on Doctor Who Magazine, novelist Lloyd Rose analyzing Rose’s changes between the ninth and tenth Doctors and much more. Other contributors include Elizabeth Bear (Jenny Casey), Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey), Jody Lynn Nye (Mythology series), Kate Orman (Seeing I), and Catherynne M. Valente (The Orphan’s Tales). Also featured is a comic from the Torchwood Babiez creators, plus interviews with Doctor Who companions India Fisher (Charley) and Sophie Aldred (Ace).

My thoughts:

I received this book as a birthday present from a good friend of mine and absolutely love it, being the whovian that I am. Like I said it’s a collection of essays by women that somehow are connected to the Doctor Who universe and they talk about how they were sucked into it and how Doctor Who played a part in their lives. The book was created between the 10th and 11th Doctor so we only get views upon David Tennant’s Doctor, but I don’t mind. I love to read how these women came in contact with Doctor Who. Seeing it as kids on TV, or by their partners, or having a lovely brother that has a role in the series. Women who run conventions and fan fiction sites, write their own stories, or played in the show themselves. And although I’m only familiar with the new Doctor Who series, it’s nice to read about the old series as well. Even though you know little about it. I will pick a few stories that particularly had my interest for this review and leave it up to you to buy this book and read the rest.

The first one is obviously the essay from Carole E. Barrowman called Time is Relative. Carole is of course the sister of John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and 538932_10151063014022285_304470139_nTorchwood) and together they wrote a couple of Torchwood novels, the latest being Torchwood: Exodus Code (a must read for any Doctor Who and Torchwood fan, review will be up later.)

She talks about when she first met the Doctor, the second Doctor and when little Johnny was born, being an obnoxious baby, always crying. (Now why doesn’t that surprise me)? She made her little brother into a fan and together they watched Doctor Who, and she gives us a few little insides in the life of John Barrowman, which is absolutely adorable. And she tells about the Doctor being a constant in her life, the geekyness about her brother being in Doctor Who and sharing secrets, even going on set of Torchwood as well as Doctor Who. The way she describes it, having such a good connection with her brother and sharing their inner geek together, it makes you nostalgic.

twbabiez_1The second essay isn’t really an essay but a comic. Torchwood Babiez! Behind the scenes by Tammy Garrison and Katy Shuttleworth. I wasn’t familiar with halloweeniez_babiezTorchwood Babiez so I decided to check it out online while I was writing this review, needless to say I got distracted. If you don’t know them yet, head over to: http://tw-babiez.livejournal.com/ it’s absolutely adorable and brilliant and cute and, well you catch my drift. But the comic in the book tells about how these two amazing women met and created the most awesome, cute, geeky comic ever seen. How they were recognized at conventions and recognizes by staff. Apparently John Barrowman has a blow-up picture of him as a Torchwood baby himself. That is the ultimate appraisal I can image happen to you.

The last essay I want to talk about is: Two steps forward, one step back: Have we really come that far by Shoshana Magnet and Robert Smith. They discuss the companions as being new female role models and making Doctor Who more attractive for women to watch, but also, what each companion bring with him/her and if showing the characters they have is really a step forward or a step back. It makes quite an interesting read.companions-forever-doctor-whos-companions-19934567-1024-768

Ok, I’m a bit biased if it’s about Doctor Who, but the quality of the essays is really good and discusses a wide range of topics. From just entertaining, to background information to topics that make you rethink your own interests and views onto Doctor Who. But still, I rate it a 9 out of 10

Love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy.

Top 10 on Thursday!!! Vlogging twice

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks, seeing as it must be Thursday somewhere still; I’m not too late by posting these. YouTube was giving me trouble with the uploading of my vids, as in, it took forever.

I made two top 10 on Thursday’s and this time as a vlog. Thought it would be a nice change.

First vlog is about a top 10 things that were awesome for me in 2012:

Next vlog is about my hopes and dreams and wishes for 2013:

Hope you enjoyed it and let me know what you think.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy