TV Review: The Third Day (Sky Atlantic) – Miniseries

Created by Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly and aired on Sky Atlantic in September 2020, The Third Day follows the individual journeys of a man and woman who arrive on a mysterious island off the English coast at different times, where they encounter a group of islanders set on preserving their traditions at any cost. Sam (Jude Law) arrives in the “Summer” after being mysteriously drawn to the island, and Helen (Naomie Harris) arrives in the “Winter” seeking answers.

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You Should Be Reading: The Girl With All The Gifts

“And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.”

Written by M.R. Carey, based on his Edgar Award-winning short story, Iphigenia In Aulis, and originally published in 2014, The Girl with All the Gifts is a set in a dystopian future in which most of humanity is wiped out by a mutated fungal infection that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”.

Set at an army base in rural England, a small group of children, who appear to be immune to the disease’s effects, retaining normal thoughts and emotions, are being studied by the ruthless biologist Dr Caldwell. Spending their days in a classroom, taught by the empathetic Miss Justineau and guarded by the ever-watchful Sergeant Parks, the story centres on a particularly special young girl, Melanie. Melanie excels in the classroom and loves each day she gets to spend with her favourite teacher Miss Justineau. But when base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks, Pvt. Kieran Gallagher, and Dr Caldwell, and must discover what she really is to ultimately decide both her own future and that of the whole human race.

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DVD Review: Macbeth

Directed by Justin Kurzel, Macbeth is based on the Shakespearean play of the same name, and follows the title character, the Thane of Glamis (Michael Fassbender), who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife (Marion Cotillard), Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Wracked with guilt and paranoia, Macbeth becomes a tyrannical ruler, forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from suspicion, a bloodbath which swiftly takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death.

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DVD Review: Miss You Already

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Miss You Already follows the friendship between two life-long friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), who have been inseparable since they were young girls. But as they navigate life’s highs and lows as they grow older, their relationship is put to the test when Milly is hit with life-altering news. Told that she has breast cancer, Milly needs Jess’s support more than ever. But as Jess tries to balance her own life as she starts her own family, it’s only a matter of time before the pressure on their bond takes its toll.

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DVD Review: The World’s End

The final instalment to Edgar Wright‘s Cornetto trilogy, The World’s End has been one of the most highly anticipated comedies of this year. Focusing on five childhood friends – Gary King (Simon Pegg), Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine), and Peter (Eddie Marsan) – the film is centred on their reunion when they attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier. Hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again, Gary drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realise the real struggle is for the future, not just for theirs, but for humankind’s, as they unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

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Average New Poster for ‘Now Is Good’ Starring Dakota Fanning

(Written for HeyUGuys)

Upcoming drama Now Is Good has a new poster this week. Starring Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga) alongside Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), it may not be the most exciting of film art, but the film is sure to pull a heart string or two.

Directed by Ol Parker, Fanning plays 17-year-old Tessa who, diagnosed with terminal cancer, compiles a list of things she’d like to do before she dies, determined to experience some regular teen thrills whilst she still has the chance, top of the list being to lose her virginity (I think that’s where Irvine comes in!).

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