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Thursday Movie Picks: Horror TV

Welcome to the last Thursday of the month, or as anyone who takes part in Wandering Through the Shelves’ Thursday Movie Picks calls it, TV edition Thursday! She’s picked spooky themes for the whole of October and this week is no different. Thing is, I’ve struggled enough with picking horror movies, and I watch so little TV! I could name you 3 horror TV shows quite easily but it would make for a sucky post.

Here, there’s Sleepy Hollow which I never watched past Season 2, there’s The Haunting of Hill House which scared me so much I couldn’t make it through the first episode, and the follow up The Haunting of Bly Manor which I also haven’t seen more than one episode of (because it bored me to tears, to be frank).

So I’m going to have to think out of the box. Thankfully one of my favourite shows ever, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has a Halloween episode every season, and they are FANTASTIC as every one is a Halloween heist. So, I bring to you, ranked, my 3 favourite Halloween Heist episodes.

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Season 3: Halloween III

Jake and Amy are one of my favourite ever fictional couples so their first Halloween Heist together was always going to be a memorable one. I just loved how both Jake and Captain Holt wanted Amy on their team for fear she was a double agent, leading to a great twist at the end, albeit one you all probably saw coming.

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Season 4: Halloween IV 

This one was great for so many reasons. Firstly we have Gina taking more of a lead role which is never a bad thing. Then we have Rosa and Amy pairing up, two characters with so little in common that it was somehow a match made in heaven, and how can I not mention the Boyle lookalike?!

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Season 2: Halloween II

It’s no secret that Captain Holt is my favourite B99 character, I made a list of my Top 10 Captain Holt quotes which is crazily my most viewed ever post on this blog. It takes all comedy shows their first season to really establish their characters and to be honest Season 2 as a whole is probably still the best (in my opinion!). I think that’s why Captain Holt coming out of his shell and getting stuck into the spirit of the heist was such a pleasure to watch, especially when he played Jake for a fool and won.

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TV Thoughts: The Boys (Season 1)

the-boys-amazon-tv-show-2019-reviewWhat’s this, Allie? You’re posting about a TV Show? It has been TOO long since I got properly stuck into TV. I much prefer movies which demand less of my time. There’s nothing worse than spending hours over the course of several years being loyal to a show that ends badly, I guess I’ve been burned too many times! Of course, I’ve been loving Modern Family and Schitt’s Creek but they’re happy little 20+ minute episode shows that I tend to watch whilst doing something else (she says, writing a blog post in the middle of Season 5 of Schitt’s Creek).

I’ve heard too many good things about Amazon Prime’s The Boys, though. My husband has been nagged by his friends to watch it too so we decided to watch it together. If you didn’t know already, The Boys is pretty much an anti-superhero show. In a world full of special people with powers, one company has cashed in and suddenly saving the world has budgets, advertising and hidden agendas.

Hughie (Jack Quaid) has his world crashing down on him one day when a superhero accidentally kills his girlfriend. Set on finding answers and closure, he ends up teaming up with vigilante Butcher (Karl Urban) and his crew to bring down the ultimate group of superheros, known as The Seven, headed up by the world’s strongest hero, Homelander (Antony Starr). That’s all I’ll say on plot, because if you’ve watched it already you know what happens, and if you haven’t given the first episode a watch yet…you really should.

The first thing that shocked me about The Boys is the violence and gore – but for good reasons! The moment Hughie’s girlfriend is killed sets that bar perfectly for what you can expect in the rest of the show. Think explosions, guts, severed limbs…the lot. This won’t be the show for you if you don’t like the C word, either. Every sentence that comes out of Butcher’s mouth contains at least one. He is clearly the standout character! For so many years our superhero movies and shows have been made for a family audience so it’s such a breath of fresh air to have The Boys.

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What makes something in the superhero genre stand out for me is the villain, or villains. The greatest villain should be someone we feel conflicted about. Take Thanos from the Marvel Universe for example. He commits a terrible act by literally wiping out half of the human race but…the reasons behind that action aren’t diabolical in the slightest. So with The Boys, who actually is the villain? These superheros are as corrupt as can be but Butcher’s team are murderers!

So in short – we are LOVING this show. We’ll be starting Season 2 tonight and I can only hope it stays being this great.

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Thursday Movie Picks TV Edition: 2019 Freshmen Series

I really thought I was going to have to skip this week’s theme. I just don’t watch a lot of TV anymore, and because I don’t have a lot of free time I’m suspicious of new shows. I don’t want to sink hours into a brand new show that turns out to be garbage 5 seasons later when I’m too invested to stop!

So yes, this week’s Thursday Movie Picks theme is dedicated to TV shows that premiered in 2019. I knew I had 2 that I could contribute. And that was about it. But then I remembered a show that I started and didn’t finish, so perhaps you can all tell me if it’s worth sticking it out.

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The Witcher

I haven’t read the books that the show is based on, but I’m a huge fan of the games, and I hated it when Henry Cavill was announced as Geralt. He’s not my Geralt. But I was too curious to stay away, so I gave it a go. I have to say…he’s a good Geralt. You can tell that Cavill himself is a huge Witcher fan and I see a lot of the video game Geralt in him. I just hope that Netflix throws a lot more money into Season 2 because it’s so painfully obvious that 99% of the budget was blown on Cavill’s salary!

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The Mandalorian

But Allie…aren’t you from the UK? The UK doesn’t get Disney+ until the end of March? Well, you know what Disney? Spoiler alert but we’ve all watched The Mandalorian. Perhaps next time you should plan your releases a bit smarter. The entire world fell in love with Baby Yoda late last year, me included. The Mandalorian is a fun little show that doesn’t take itself too seriously and feels accessible for the newest of Star Wars fans whilst still providing enough fan service for the hardcore fans. It’s just an all-round crowd pleaser!

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Living With Yourself

This is the show I didn’t finish. I love Paul Rudd, and him being the lead in a TV show where he has to work out how to live with the better version of himself sounded like the right kind of crazy. It just didn’t turn out as fun as I expected it to be. Has anyone else watched the whole season? Is it worth sticking with?

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Best Stranger Things Season 3 Quotes

If you haven’t already noticed, I’m not quite ready to let go of Stranger Things Season 3 yet. I think I love it more and more as time goes on. I guess the quote ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ is true after all. Speaking of quotes…what better way to celebrate the season by sharing some of my favourite quotes from the series?

Erica: You can’t spell America without Erica.

Steve: It’s this stupid hat. I am telling you, it’s totally blowing my best feature.

Lucas: Isn’t it past your bedtime?
Erica: Isn’t it time you died?

Steve (to Dustin): Hope you guys are in shape. Lookin’ at you, roast beef.

Hopper: Maybe I’ll just kill Mike. I’m the Chief of Police, I could cover it up.

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Robin (explaining the plot of Back to the Future): So like, I wasn’t totally focused in there or anything, but I’m pretty sure that mom was trying to bang her son.

Alexei: No cherry, no deal.

Mike: We are treating her like some kind of machine when she’s not a machine, and I don’t want her to die looking for the flayed when they’ve obviously vanished off the face of the earth. So can we please just come up with a new plan because I love her and I can’t lose her again.

And finally…

Hopper: If you don’t mind, for the sake of your poor old Dad, keep the door open three inches.

I’m not crying, you’re crying.

This season had some really cute moments for sure, didn’t it? Also, it’s not a quote, but there’s no way I could not post the video for the WORLD’S greatest ever duet…Dusty Bun & Suzie Poo with The Neverending Story!