Series Review: Bones Season 1 (2005-2006)

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A friend and a work colleague and my sister told me that I would like watching Bones. With three solid recommendations I eventually just had to try it out. I am SO happy I did. I am travelling through the fourth season right now and I haven’t stopped watching at all.

Here is what happened :)

After returning from a “holiday” where workaholic Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) identified victims of genocide, she is stopped at the airport by Homeland Security. Not knowing who the man tailing her is, Brennan kicks his butt and is arrested. It turns out FBI agent Seely Booth (David Boreanaz) orchestrated her arrest because he needed to know when she would be back in the country and her lab co-workers at the Jeffersonian Institute wasn’t being very helpful with telling him when she might land. Temperance, who is known as Bones, finally agrees to help and she and Booth works to identify bones found in a lake. A working agreement is struck between the Jeffersonian and the FBI that makes Bones and Booth investigative partners.

Booth and Brennan are investigating a man that looks like a suicide bomber. The deceased was part of the Arab-American Friendship League and the President of the USA is upset that he is looking like a fool for trusting an extremist. The deceased’s wife insists she and her husband are lovers of peace and cooperation and the team try to find out why he is dead. The bomb reveals to be planted under his car and this eliminates the suicide bombing and makes it a murder case. Bones discover he and his brother shared some strange skin condition and tries to figure out if it was genetics or something else. They learn that the deceased’s brother is hiding that he is an extremist Muslim by pretending to be Christian and that he plans to suicide bomb a peace summit meeting, they rush to save the lives of the people at the meeting and Booth’s sniper abilities helps them save the day.

The next case takes them to an exclusive private school where children of important dignitaries attend under the strictest security measures. The son of Columbian diplomats is found hanging from a tree and Bones quickly establishes it wasn’t suicide. His mother insists that her son wouldn’t commit suicide that the miracle of him gaining hearing from a cochlear implant was a powerful moment and he wouldn’t commit suicide after something like that. Bones believes her because the evidence points to murder, and Booth has vindictive fun by not giving the snooty principal and his security manager the answer they want. Further investigation shows that the boy was involved in filming sex scenes and bribing sugar mommies at the school, and they find the killer through the videos.

Bones is upset that she needs to travel to Aurora to investigate a hand that was found in bear’s stomach. Looking at the remains, Bones deduces that the man was a victim of cannibalism and didn’t die from the bear attack. When the likeliest victim, a Native American Indian, is proved innocent, everyone in the town becomes a suspect. Brennan is very popular with the men in the small town and Booth dances with her to give her a break from all the unwanted popularity. Back at the lab Zack and Hodgins compete for a delivery employee’s attention but strangely enough Angela is the victor in that war.

A six year old boy’s bones are found murdered near a shopping mall and they find out that he is a boy that was reported missing a few days earlier. It turns out that his mother isn’t his biological parent and that she took him when she found his birthmother dead. She has two other foster kids as well and Bones gets emotionally attached to the case because she herself was a foster child. The murderer is found in the neighbourhood and Bones is very happy with Booth when he manages to get the charges against the mother dropped and the two foster children can remain with her because she is a good parent to them.

Brennan and Angela go out for a night on town and Brennan gets into a fight at a nightclub because she observes the culture in her usually direct and slightly offensive way. When a wall collapses and a skeleton is found underneath, Booth arrives and it becomes a crime scene. The victim is identified as a former DJ at the club, and his known rival and the club’s owner become suspects.

Howard Epps (Heath Freeman), a serial killer on death row, is days fromexecution. He and his lawyer, a woman who believes in justice, ask that his case gets investigated again by the man who put him in jail, Booth. Booth believes he is guilty and is reluctant, but agrees to take a look. There is just enough doubt to get him a delay on his death sentence. In the end they see that Epps is guilty and is just playing with them, but now he won’t get executed immediately. Booth is furious but unable to do anything. Bones breaks Epps’s wrist when he tries to touch her and it makes her and Booth feel a bit better.

A woman is found in a fridge with signs of undergoing through torture and drugging. Booth immediately notices one of the deceased’s friends has a new fridge and he and his girlfriend is arrested. It is obvious they are guilty but they have a good defence team and Brennan is called to testify, something she is bad at because she can’t connect to the jury. Her former professor and lover, Michael, shows up and he and Brennan casually sleep together. She is unable to continue being his friend when he is the witness for the killers and he mocks her during the trial. The prosecutors manage to make Brennan appear human when they ask her why she became an anthropologist, to find her parents that went missing, on the stand, a tip Booth gave them. She is angry with Booth but at least justice prevails and the couple is arrested for their perverted fantasies.

The Man in the Fallout Shelter: A very old set of bones is found in a fallout shelter before Christmas and is sent to the Jeffersonian for identification. The entire team is quarantined after a fungus is released into the lab from the body, and it seems that everyone will be spending Christmas there. Brennan is the Christmas Grinch and no one knows why, but she tells Angela that her parents disappeared right before Christmas as a teen and she and her brother had a huge fight on Christmas day that made him put her into foster care. She sets out to identify the man and learns that he, a white man, had loved a black woman in a time where interracial marriages were illegal. He was murdered for his coin collection but kept the last, most valuable pieces hidden. After an outburst from Angela, Bones makes it her priority to find the elderly woman and let her know the man that she loved never deserted her. They find the now elderly lady and her granddaughter and tell them the news. The elderly lady thanks her for the coins means the deceased’s granddaughter is able to go to medical school. The episode ends with Bones finally opening the present her parents gave her that last Christmas.

The Woman at the Airport.

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Bones and Booth head to Los Angeles to investigate the remains of a young woman found scattered around the airport. Angela has trouble reconstructing the skull because the woman had so much plastic surgery done on her. The deceased’s boyfriend says she was beautiful but never at peace with how she looked, and though he is saddened by her death he is a suspect because he found out that she was a prostitute and very angry about it. They find the specialist who did the surgery and he is cleared of the suspect eventually. Booth and Brennan catches another prostitute who killed her friend because she thought the deceased had tried to steal her rich customer.

The Woman in the Car:

An agent from the State Department arrives at the Jeffersonian Institute to do security checks on the staff. Hodgins is offended when he learns that he isn’t perceived as a threat because he really wants to be perceived as dangerous. Overall, the lab staff just confuses the agent and she is eventually taken off her assignment when she asks Brennan classified information and Brennan makes the right call to the right person about it. During all that Booth and Brennan find a body of a woman in a car and signs that a child was kidnapped. They trace the victim and her son to Carl Decker, a man in witness protection against a weapons manufacturer that sent damaged goods to Iraq and Afghanistan and is subsequently responsible for soldiers’ death. Decker disappears and it is obvious he is looking for his son. He takes the CEO of the weapon’s manufacturer hostage but Brennan manages to calm him down with logic they both understand with their advanced minds. The boy’s finger is sent to the Jeffersonian with a warning to back off. Hodgins traces the general area where the boy is kept and Booth saves the boy and calms him down by using the safe word his father taught him.

The Superhero in the Alley

A decomposing corpse is found in an alley. Brennan establishes it as a teenage boy and he is marked as a comic book enthusiast in his superhero outfit. Booth and Brennan find a comic book store close by that is a place where fans meet and have some cosplay. The deceased, who was already dying of cancer, had his own series of books and character. They suspect the book store owner, who did the graphics for his novels, but he is proven innocent. Further investigation shows that the boy died protecting a woman he worked with when he tried to scare her husband. At his funeral, Booth honours the superhero by laying his Sniper pin on the boys’ casket.

The Woman in the Garden

Brennan and Booth investigate a dug up corpse that was found in the back of a gang member’s car. Another body turns up and it becomes a double homicide and Brennan finds the victims to be related. They investigate the wealthy employees of the victims and eventually find the killer.

The Man on the Fairway

Bones and Zack investigate crash site where Chinese diplomats and an unidentified guest, possibly a prostitute, died. Bones find fragments of a person who wasn’t in the plane but on the ground during the crash. A private investigator, Jesse Kane (Michael E. Rogers) shows up and thinks it is his missing father who was on the ground. Bones connects to him because he is an orphan too, but it is obvious she is in a better place than him. It turns out to not be his father and he asks Brennan how she copes with someone not searching. Bones gives the documents of her parents’ disappearance to Booth so someone can start again.

Two bodies in the Lab

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Two bodies arrive at the Jeffersonian – one that appears to be a victim of a serial killer Booth searched for and another that might be James Cuguni, an old mob boss. Special Agent Jamie Kenton (Adam Baldwin), the Agent who worked on the mob case, arrives to assist the investigation. Bones ignores Booth’s suspicious warnings (and a bit of jealousy) and goes on a blind date with David Simmons (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), a man she met online. She is shot at before she can meet David and he is brought in for questioning but he seems innocent. It seems clear that Bones was shot at because of one of the highly volatile cases she is working on, and Booth vows not to leave her side until they catch who was responsible. He decides to spend the night on her couch to be by her side, but he ends up in hospital when her refrigerator door blows up in his face. Kenton promises to keep her safe but Booth realises what is happening – to distract Booth, Kenton made a victim appear like a serial killer case to shift his focus while the corrupt Kenton went and tried to either mislead or murder Bones. When he realised that she is way too clever to be distracted, he knew he had to kill her. He ties her up and nearly gives her the gruesome death his other victim suffers but the seriously injured Booth arrives and frees her.

Helen Bronson (Mary Mara), a documentary filmmaker, is found dead at the bottom of a shaft tunnel beneath Washington. Bones establishes Helen didn’t die from the fall. Brennan and Booth find an underground society. Their leader, Harold Overmeyer (Glenn Plummer) is an ex-soldier who can’t move on from what he saw in the war and who also holds himself responsible for the victim’s death. Booth and Brennan discover that the underground tunnels contain priceless treasure and that Helen was murdered because she discovered it and someone else wanted it. Booth and Brennan set to find who knew Helen had discovered the treasure and catch the killers trying to take the treasure, and afterwards they take Harold back to his underground friends and he is happy again.

The Skull in the Desert

Angela is on vacation with her photographer boyfriend in the desert. He goes missing and a skull arrives on the sheriff’s porch. Angela calls Brennan and she flies down to New Mexico and confirms the worst – that it is Angela’s boyfriend. Booth rocks up and Sheriff Dawes (James Parks) is upset about it but when he learns that his sister was with the photographer before he died he allows Booth to help with the investigation. A drug syndicate is uncovered and the team races against time to save the Sheriff’s sister while Angela deals with her boyfriend’s horrible death.

The man with the Bone

Booth brings to Brennan a 300 year old bone that may have belonged to Blackbeard. The team gets excited at the thought of pirates and treasures, and Hodgins is only too eager to dive down to collect samples. He befriends Dane McGinnis (Rodney Rowland), a site worker who shares his love for treasure. The team really gets excited when a skeleton is found at the site and they set to date the body. With all indications pointing towards their expected time period, everyone is excited. The body is stolen from the lab and all hell breaks loose. Bones is furious at what happened and wants the skeleton found. Dr. Goodman tracks the theft to a security guard and he is questioned. The bones were planted at the site and everyone is outraged. When their likeliest suspect is dead, they need to look at new avenues and Hodgins nearly pays the price.

Brennan wakes up in a bloody scene and can’t remember what happened to her. She is badly beaten and calls Booth to help her. He arrives in New Orleans and the voodoo priests tell her that Hurricane Katrina was caused by evil voodoo priests. The lab staff at the Jeffersonian calls her with results on a skeleton she can’t remember she sent and she knows it is a clue to her attack. Everything around her points to dark magic but even when Bones becomes a suspect for murder she refuses to believe it was supernatural. In the end her simple use of intellect helps her find the murderer.

The Graft in the Girl

FBI Deputy Director Sam Cullen’s daughter is dying from a form of lung cancer Brennan questions because it prevalent in older people. Investigation reveals that the bone graft she received came from a sick donor and that the company that supplied it has disappeared. More patients who received grafts from the same body are tested for cancer. Although it is too late for Cullen’s daughter, Booth and Bones search for the guilty parties and help the other patients with early detection. Angela does something beautiful and gives Cullen’s daughter a visual tour of the Louvre, something the young artist will never see now because of her cancer.

The Soldier on the Grave

A soldier’s grave is vandalised in what seems a protest suicide the day before he was supposed to be honoured. Bones finds that he was deceased was murdered and that he served in the same troupe as the soldier in the grave. Booth relieves a lot of horrors of his own time in the army and struggles to deal objectively with the case. They investigate the entire troupe and realise that something happened when they were in Iraq that is causing every person that was there to die. Bones manages to console Booth when he reveals some of the things he did in the army by listening to what Angela said that compassion and a simple touch is sometimes the only things that are needed to save a situation.

The Woman in Limbo

Bones is running around as usual, late for everything, when an image Angela created stops her in her tracks. It is her mother, and the devastated Bones insist that it is wrong. Booth opens a case and tries to console Bones. He fetches her estranged brother Russ (Lorean Dean) to help with the investigation. He tells Bones the truth – her parents changed their identities to get away from their lives as high class bank robbers. Russ works with Angela to create a sketch of a man his father pointed out as dangerous when he was a child – Vince McVickers, a man that was in a violent heist gang that turned witness to protect himself. Booth arrests him for carrying weapons and for killing Bones’ mother when they find a weapon that could have killed her. McVickers casts doubt on Max Brennan’s integrity by claiming it was him that killed her mother, not McVickers. The episode ends with a phone message from Max Brennan telling them to stop searching for him.

Rating: 6.5/10

I liked Bones Season One. It came through as a strong pilot and had everything needed to keep people watching. I felt drawn to it because obviously I love the lab side. The characters are strong and colourful and girl power rocks this show. I like Brennan’s unapologetic outlook on life and her confidence in what she believes in. She is so strong minded and she is such a good role model for girls.

Best episode: The Superhero in the alley, Two Bodies in the Lab, The Soldier on the Grave.

Worst episode: The Skull in the Desert. It should have been Angela’s shining moment but Michaela Conlin’s performance fell through.

What irritated me

Bones touching her hair with gloves on. That is DISGUSTING. Why don’t you just contaminate yourself and the bones already?!

The eating in the lab. YEUCH!

Michaela Conlin really is a mediocre actress. She does improve as the show progresses, but she is honestly not the cream of the crop.

The first bunch of episodes ends lamely. Sometimes the episode didn’t even have an obvious villain and end, and when they did there weren’t even arrests or anything.

The overtime these people gladly work

What I loved

The seriously beautiful lab. I would give a kidney to work in a place like that.

The way the characters interact reminds me of how people in the lab really talk to each other.

The characters are funny and intelligent and awkward. I love Hodgins’s short temper, paranoia and conspiracy theories, Angela’s sweet and kind nature, everything about Booth, Bones’ sarcasm, brains and social inadequacy, Zack’s nerdiness and awkwardness. I love how Dr. Goodman tries to manage them but ultimately accept they are experts and should be indulged.

The relationship between Bones and Booth. It is obvious from the start that there is something special between them and that it is inevitable that they end up together. I love how they learn to tolerate each other, and then understand each other and then move towards friendship at the end of season one.

Conclusion

Bones season one is worth the watch but the following seasons need more solid plotlines for the cases. Worth the watch, especially for the significantly more glamorised view of lab life.

Have you seen it? What did you think?

 

Book Review: Whiskey Beach

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Eli Landon had everything – he came from a respected family, became a successful lawyer, married a beautiful woman and had the respect of all his friends. Then his wife Lindsay was murdered, Eli became the suspect because Lindsay had cheated on him and they were already going through a divorce, and his life fell apart. He was basically fired from his job and had to desperately fight for his freedom, which he eventually got.

Eli goes to his family home, Bluff House on Whiskey Beach, a place that has been in his family for 300 years, to try and rebuild the life he has now. He is depressed, sad and underweight and in desperate need of kindness. Abra Walsh, a yoga instructor slash jewellery maker slash general do gooder, is asked by his grandmother Hester Landon, a woman who lived on her own in Bluff House until she fell down stairs and had to go to Boston to recover, to look after Eli. Abra has survived a crazy stalker and other horrors so she knows how difficult it is to move on. Her caring nature forces her to try and help Eli. She irritates Eli until he eats and works out, she even gets him a dog, and slowly he improves.

Eli is being checked out by a private investigator. He thinks that it is either from Lindsay’s parents, who refuse to acknowledge his innocence or the investigator in Lindsay’s death that harassed Eli so much that he was reprimanded for it. The PI is found dead and Eli is in unwanted spotlight again. He finds that someone has been digging in his basement, presumably looking for treasure rumoured to have been in one of the first Landon’s possession.

Will Eli ever find out what happened to Lindsay Landon? Who attacked Hester Landon in Bluff House? Will the persistent Detective ever stop his man hunt on Eli?

Rating: 6.5/10

Firstly, let it be mentioned that I found this book enjoyable but a little stretched and a bit generic. Whiskey Beach is a long book that didn’t need to be this long. I think taking off about 50 pages wouldn’t hurt the story at all. The story didn”t live up to the expectations I had after reading quite a number of impressive books by Nora Roberts.

Lindsay’s killer was a surprise but I hated that once again, Roberts revealed very early who was harassing the residents of Bluff House.

Abra Walsh was a little unreal. This woman is so damn happy all the time, so forgiving and caring and open, it just didn’t feel authentic. I had sympathy for Eli, because he really seemed sad, and I liked how he recovered. I liked the dog and was mentally cursing every time. I thought something would happen to her.

The book is unoriginal and I feel like I’ve read the plot line in other books way too much for it to impress me. It felt rushed and if you’ve read the Witness, you will support me when I say that Whiskey Beach is not even close to being the best book written by Roberts.

Movie Review: 10 Things I hate about you

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Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a new student at Padua High school. He is befriended by Michael Eckman(David Krumholtz) who shows him around the school. Cameron spots Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) and her friend Chastity (Gabrielle Union) walking through the school and falls in love. Michael warns Cameron that they are the pretty, popular girls and that Joey Donner (Andrew Keegan), the school hunk, has his eyes on Bianca. Cameron pleads his true love and Michael helps him secure the job of Bianca’s French tutor even though his skills are rudimentary.

Bianca really wants to date Joey Donner. She fights with her father about it but Mr. Stratford (Larry Miller), a gynaecologist refuses to let his teenage daughters get impregnated. After another fight Mr. Stratford says Bianca can date when Kat (Julia Styles), her abrasive sister, does. This seems as likely as world peace because Kat isn’t the world’s most approachable person. Kat openly mocks Bianca for wanting to date Joey because he is such an idiot.

Kat has her own issues. She is still dealing with her mother’s death and her father’s insistence that she attends a university close to home instead of Sara Lawrence where she wants to go.

Cameron wastes no time and asks Bianca on a date. She says she isn’t allowed to date until her sister does. It seems like there is an easy solution – find Kat a date – but even the hardiest of bad asses don’t seem keen on dating Kat. The ever trustworthy sidekick Michael identifies Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) as a candidate. He is as notorious as Kat and not afraid of anything.

Patrick laughs at the suggestion. Michael uses his brilliance and gets Joey Donner, who isn’t the smartest peanut in the packet, to finance their mission. By lying and claiming he wants fame by association, he gives Joey the idea to pay Patrick to date Kat and thus being able to date Bianca. Cameron plans to have wooed Bianca and stolen her heart by that time.

With the monetary compensation, Patrick agrees. He tries to woo Kat but she is very prickly about being wooed. He eventually gets her to attend a party with him and that means Bianca can attend. Bianca’s time is monopolised by Joey and that upsets Cameron because he has been working hard to win her heart. Bianca has a miserable time when Joey shows her his model poses and she is bored out of her mind. She asks Cameron to take her home and he agrees despite still being angry with her. She kisses him and Cameron is very happy about it.

At the party, Kat gets very drunk and dances on a table. Patrick takes care of her and helps her stay awake when she bumps her head. She tries to kiss him but he gently refuses because she is too drunk. This makes Kat withdraw again. To get back in her good graces, Patrick gets the help of the school marching band and he sings a song for her on the pavilion in front of the whole school. He gets detention but Kat forgives him and helps him escape detention in a very unique way. They go to play paintball and they finally kiss there. Patrick asks her to the prom but Kat says no and that leads to a fight. Kat eventually realises she was wrong and meets him there. Joey shows up and asks for Bianca and Mr. Stratford has great pleasure closing the door in his face because Bianca went with Cameron. Joey is furious and takes Chastity to the ball. He hits Cameron which motivates Bianca to break Joey’s nose. Joey spills Patrick’s secret and Kat about being dated so her sister can date.

How will Patrick get Kat to forgive him and take him back? Will Kat be allowed to attend Sara Lawrence?

Rating: 8.5/10

I really love Ten Things about you. It is so much fun. It is funny and entertaining and sweet. I’ve seen it about a thousand times and it never stops being entertaining. It has all the elements needed for a teenager chick flick to be successful: some nerdy guy set on getting the prettiest girl, a douche bag jock intervening with everyone’s happiness and a couple destined to fall in love.

Heath Ledger is so gorgeous in here. He is just so charismatic and beautiful I literally feel the cracks form in my heart. He is the perfect bad boy every girl wants. The “you’re just too good to be true” scene is one of the best scenes ever created in the history of film. That smile just kills me.

I love Kat’s bitchy, abrasive behaviour. I love the ridiculous outfits and hair. It is so 90’s.

Obviously, I just love this movie. Go watch it.

I’m April’s fool right now

April, so far, really hasn’t been my month. Truly, it has been sucking. From insane work deadlines to people stealing my parking space (THE WORST CRIME) to my online orders not going through, this past week was not fun.

However, April is supposed to be one of the best months for South-Africa. We have Good Friday, Family day, Freedom Day AND workers day in the span of three weeks. Even if you have to work it is all about enjoying the super short weeks. I think the government realises we need this month’s laziness because since it’s the quarter of the year it means people are ready to commit murder without provocation. I certainly am. A combination of slight flu and internet problems and everything mentioned above is making me the grumpiest person to be around right now. everyone else, I am sorry.

What I achieved in the three first months of 2014

Car. Nothing beats that

I upgraded from my crapberry to what I believe was a very good choice, the Samsung S4 mini.

I GOT MY LAPTOP. It has Windows 8 on (not a happy place for me to be working on) but I love having it already. Sorting out internet hopefully by the end of the week and then I will be the happiest.

Basically, I already achieved at least 50% of what I wanted to achieve this year. The rest seems pretty doable considering I never thought that I would get three tasks done in one year.

Lover’s Rock, the pleasure resort

Was quite pleasurable without the bow-chicka-bow-wow its’ name might imply. Had the best long weekend I’ve had in ages, and I really, really didn’t want to return to work.

Music

I can’t imagine how I ever liked Daughtry’s music. EUGH.

Lotto

I won R10.50. I’M RICH!

Bones

I’ve started watching Bones and so far I am enjoying it completely. And I have serious lab envy.

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Yep, still on it. On a serious reading go slow, but I am really enjoying the book so far. It is like a very excellent textbook on marriage traditions. I love the way Gilbert writes.

Divergent, the movie

Firstly, it isn’t supposed to be like the Hunger Games. It is a completely different story. It was enjoyable but not the best adaption I’ve seen.

Candy Crush

I am fully in its clutches #Addiction

Autumn is approaching in South-Africa. It has been so blisteringly hot lately that I welcome it. It would be incorrect to say that I love summer – it is so hot and I dislike heat. Winter is very cold so I will say I’m a moderate temperature person – Autumn and Spring. I need to do some serious shopping for winter because I apparently have no clothes. Where they all disappeared to is a secret I will never know.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark was better for me, but Temple of Doom still had the wow factor although Winnie was the most incredibly annoying heroine possibly ever created.

#nomakeupselfie

I think raising awareness about cancer is amazing and important, but I also think that actually doing something so support research is much more important. I honestly think that this craze is just about getting more attention than anything else. And really, I don’t deserve to see your makeup less face when I go on Facebook before my first cup of coffee. I have done nothing bad enough to my life to be so frightened.

News

I used to haunt news sites, desperate for information about what was going on in the world. Now, I just don’t go on. When did the world become so horrible and full of despair? Ugandans are getting slaughtered in churches, the Ukraine vs. Russia vs. the United States is still going on, Oscar Pistorius is still in his court battle and the petrol price is still going up. So pardon me for steering clear from such depression. I hate that there is a craze about something and after a few months the world forgets while the citizens of a ravaged country has to struggle on.

Being Healthy

I really don’t want to say this too quickly, but it would seem I have a moderate control over my taste buds again. I am working hard at eating things that are good for my body, and exercising at least three times a week. It is an ongoing thing this healthy lifestyle, with ups and downs and irritations that wants you to swallow a box of chocolates with a glass of Coke, but I guess the thing is to never give up.

The Bane(s) of my existence

The eternally “sick”. There are people in the world that copes better with cancer and Aids than somepeople do with a bit of flu.

People who are incapable of closing a door and leaves it to slam close.

People who don’t know how a door buzzer works.

People who are rude and have no social etiquette.

People who don’t understand sarcasm.

People who are incapable of seeing the viewpoints of others.

People who think they are the best in everything.

And the worst?People who manages to be all of the above

Oh, and slow internet. Luckily annoying people can’t be slow internet, because then I would be wearing an orange jumpsuit by now.

And people who stink. MEH

Links I loved the last few weeks:

Barry Roux is taking over the internet

Some Pretty Little Liars Data

This blog post has the PRETTIEST shoes on EVER! BUY all the shoes!!

Movie Review: Divergent (2014)

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Plot

After years of war and discord, Chicago closed itself off from the outside dangers and divided its society into five factions – each faction representing and developing characteristics needed to make society successful. Abnegation lead the government because they were selfless and that is an important part in leadership, Amity farmed and they were the lovers of peace, Candor told the truth, Erudite were the intelligent part and found resources to keep people safe and healthy and the Dauntless were the brave upholding the law and protecting the citizens.

Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives with her parents Andrew (Tony Goldwyn) and Natalie (Ashley Judd) and her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) in Abnegation. The year a teenager turns sixteen they have to undertake a test to establish which faction they are most likely to succeed in but it is made clear that the choice remains with them and that they can choose.

Beatrice tests with a Dauntless woman named Tori (Maggie Q). Her results are inconclusive, and Tori tells Beatrice that it means she is Divergent – something that makes her not easy to control and will cause her death. She tells Beatrice to pretend she was sick and not tell anyone her results.

That night at dinner their parents tell them that the Erudite, led by Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) is spreading lies about the Abnegation because she wants to control Chicago. One of the stories she is spreading is that one of the Abnegation leaders, Marcus Eaton (Ray Stevenson) abused his son Tobias and that is the reason Tobias defected from his faction when he had the option.

The next day is the choosing ceremony and Caleb defects towards Erudite and although Beatrice intends to choose Abnegation she chooses the Dauntless faction she’s always admired from afar. Beatrice meets her fellow initiates, Christina (Zoe Kravitz) and Al (Christian Madsenn) who defected from Candor and Will (Ben Loyd-Hughes), an Erudite transfer. The new initiates are immediately put to the test when they have to board a train running at full speed. When they arrive at the Dauntless compound they are introduced to Eric (Jai Courtney), a young and brutal Dauntless leader. He tells them they need to jump into a dark pit to get to the compound and if they don’t they have failed their first test and will become Factionless, homeless beggars who belong to no faction and is the outcasts of their society. Tris volunteers to jump first and is helped from the net she lands in by Four (Theo James), the initiates instructor. Beatrice introduces herself as Tris when Four asks her name.

Eric tells the Dauntless initiates that there are only space for a certain number and that the weakest will become Factionless. As training starts, Tris knows that she will be thrown out if she doesn’t improve. She gets her ass kicked by Molly, a girl nearly twice her size. She slowly improves until a fight with Peter (Miles Tanner) an Erudite transfer who mocked her from day one. She is beaten unconscious and is hospitalized. Christina and Will visit her in hospital and tell her that Eric wants her thrown out. Determined, she chases after the train leaving with the initiates and helps win a capture-the-flag game. Her standing increases but she is still below the line but it is undeniable that she is getting better. Four also gives her a few tips and becomes kinder than what he initially seemed.

Tris makes the bar and is allowed to progress into the second stage of training but she and Al, her friend, are in the bottom spots so they are obviously competing against each other. The next phase of training is simulations where initiates experience their worst fears. Tris’ divergence makes her realise simulations aren’t real and she is able to exit her dreams in record time. Four is testing Tris and notices her secret. He warns her to conceal her secret and to exit her fear landscape the way Dauntless would – by finding a way to protect themselves and thus waking up.

Tris is terrified that she will die because of her divergence and goes to see her brother at the Erudite compound. He tells her that Erudite is planning to overthrow the Abnegation for leadership of their society. She is angry with him because she sees it as betrayal against their parents. On her way out she meets Jeanine Matthews again and Jeanine wants reassurance that Tris is truly Dauntless and that Tris will follow orders like a Dauntless soldier, even if it means hurting someone you love. Tris manages to lie herself out of it and can leave the Erudite compound safely.

Back at the Dauntless compound Tris is attacked and taken to the chasm where her assailants want to throw her off. Due to her training she puts up a massive fight but is still overpowered. She pulls a mask off one of the people and it is her alleged friend Al. Four arrives and saves Tris from death. She spends the night in Four’s room where he sleeps on the floor.

The next day Al begs Tris for forgiveness but she refuses and orders him to stay away from her. Later that day they pull Al’s body from the chasm where he committed suicide. Tris is devastated but Four tells her that fear makes people like Al weak and do crazy things and that his death wasn’t her fault. He tells her that he will help her survive her final test by taking her into his fear landscape and teaching her how to act Dauntless instead of Divergent.

In Four’s fear landscape she realises crucial points to Four’s characters. He is named Four because he has only ever had four fears: the fear of heights, confinement, his father and killing innocents. Four is revealed to be Marcus Eaton’s son, Tobias, the son that allegedly (and truthfully) left Abnegation to flee his abusive father. After they wake up they admit their feelings and kiss and Tris tells Four that she wants to take it slow. Four shows her the Erudite at their compound busy with some secret meetings with the Dauntless leaders.

The day of her final test Tris passes with flying colours and she is initiated without anyone suspecting her secret. Eric injects her with a tracking serum and she is uncomfortable with it. The serum turns out to be mind control serum, manipulating the Dauntless to attack the Abnegation. Divergent people are unaffected and Tris blends in because not doing so means certain death. On the way to Abnegation, Tris finds Four and when he touches her hand she realises that he too is Divergent.

At Abnegation, Tris and Four is walking with the controlled Dauntless when Eric spots them. A twitch in Four’s eye is all it takes to reveal their secret and they are taken captive. Jeanine orders Four to come with her but Tris to be executed. Tris’s mother shows up and takes her to safety but is killed along the way.

What happened to Four? Will Tris ever see him again? Will the Dauntless wipe out Abnegation? Can Jeanine Matthews be stopped? What does open war mean to their fragile society?

Rating: 6.5/10

Divergent could have been way more than what they came up with. It wasn’t that bad, but I think you would be very confused if you didn’t read the book. I loved the casting on the film and the special effects and the chemistry between Tris and Four and how dangerous Eric looked, and compared to the other book to movie adaption I’ve seen this year, Vampire Academy, it is a raging success. If you forgot what I thought about that, go read it here.

The movie didn’t feel rushed at all, and I’m sure they were dedicated to producing a loyal adaption. It followed script well and didn’t go overboard. I didn’t wish for it to end quickly or wondered why the fighting scenes were taking so long.

Why didn’t I grade it higher then, you ask? I felt it lacked emotion. I didn’t feel drawn to the characters as much I did in the books and there were critically few times that I was attached. The scene where Tris holds her dead mother was brilliantly done. I think there Shailene Woodley showed her star power and it gives a glimmer of hope that the sequels can be much better.

I really liked the Ferris Wheel scene and how fearless Tris came through. I loved Four’s bafflement with her terrifying lack of fear. The knife throwing scene? It was okay. Not so much came through the way I wanted it to but it didn’t deviate from the book.

Al’s weakness and Peter’s reproachable personality should have been given more screen time. Do the readers of Divergent remember Al crying him to sleep at night? I do, and I think it shows exactly how he didn’t fit into the Dauntless crowd.

I am not getting into the big Is Hunger Games better or is Divergent better debate because for me they are both exceptional ideas. The storylines are only similar in the fact that it is in the same genre. Veronica Roth is my hero for not taking some of Suzanne Collins’s ideas and tweaking it just enough to not become a law suit. I will make my point that I like the Divergent series, as books, more, but that the Hunger Games movies far outstrip the Divergent adaption.

What I liked

The casting of Tris, Four and Eric. They were AMAZING

Tris Prior/Shailene Woodley

I think this will be the year of Shailene Woodley. She is an amazing actress. She was so good as Tris. I think she was perfectly cast and deserves praise.

Eric/Jay Courtenay.

How absolutely cool was he? I admit that he was a bit under pierced and under tattooed but he came across as slightly flamboyant but still such a douche bag. He did a good job in keeping it secret if he is evil or just a plain assface. Also, I found him ridiculously sexy for some demented reason. Who else thinks he looks a bit like Macklemore?

Four/Theo James.

I have some issues how they didn’t fully developed the character. Four is a messed up guy who was beaten by his extremist father, escaped to the most notorious faction and gained respect there, and they just didn’t show that as well as they should have. Theo James was rocking it. He is ridiculously sexy but not a pretty boy and I found his attitude spot on. I loved the bluntness between him and Tris and how she didn’t mind putting him in his place when he deserved it.

The choosing ceremony I really liked. I liked the imagery of how perfectly divided the factions sit and how they are separated but functioning in society.

Kate Winslet as Jeanine Mathews. Well cast but I disagree with the amount of show time she got because she isn’t so present in the first book.

How the Dauntless were portrayed. They looked so fun loving and fearless and free.

The movie didn’t feel stretched (major points) no plots were changed and the fight scenes didn’t drag on until eternity.

Four’s tattoos looked amazing.

Ashley Judd as Tris’ mom worked well. She fitted into the plain beauty of the Abnegation.

The chemistry between Tris and Four is off the charts. Something that puts Divergent just a bit ahead of Hunger Games that Tris and Four is the only two people in the relationship and that there is never any triangle of any sort.

What I didn’t like

The plenty of screen time Jeanine Matthews got but there was no time to include crucial plot lines like how bad Peter really was, Al’s cowardness and all Four’s little tantrums and everything. I get that they wanted to include the star power Kate Winslet has but I think it is more important that viewers know what is going to happen later on in the sequels.

Molly (Amy Newbold) is always an enemy, not a respected rival.

Peter never got his ass handed back to him.

Soundtrack didn’t work with the movie material.

I felt a lack of emotion coming through. I expected to be enthralled by the movie but sometimes thought about other stuff in between. It wasn’t that gripping and I thought.

Compared to Captain America: Winter Soldier (Yes I know the vast difference between the two stories) if I had to choose I would go watch CA again. That movie really made me feel something and apart from Tris and Four kissing (hot stuff) and Tris sobbing against her mother’s dead body I didn’t really connect with the characters.

Have you seen Divergent? What did you think?

Movie Review: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

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IMDb Top 250 Movies

29/100

Archaeologist Indiana Jones retrieves a golden idol by getting through an ancient booby trapped temple in Peru. As he escapes, he is surrounded by his rival, another archaeologist Renè Belloq(Paul Freeman) who seems to take great pleasure in stealing Indiana’s successes. Belloq has the indigenous Hovitos on his side and Indiana is forced to surrender the idol. He manages to escape death by boarding a waiting seaplane.

Indiana Jones returns to his teaching at Marshall College as an archaeology professor, and is visited by two Army intelligence agents. They tell him that the Nazis are searching for his old mentor, Abner Ravenwood, who is the leading expert on Tanis, an ancient Egyptian city. Abner also apparently possesses the headpiece of the Staff of Ra, and the Nazis desperately want it. Jones deduces that they are searching for the Tanis because it may be the location of the Ark of the Covenant, and the Nazis believe that if they acquire it they will become invincible. They are looking for the staff of Ra because it is the key to the finding of the Well of Souls, a secret chamber in which the Ark is buried. The agents want Jones to find the Ark before the Nazis does, because the ramifications of that would be troublesome.

Indiana Jones goes to Nepal to learn that Ravenwood is dead and that his daughter Marion (Karen Allen) has the headpiece. Marion and Jones had something between them before and she is still angry the way it ended. Marion tells Jones she doesn’t have the idol and he leaves and the tavern she owns is raided by a Nazi agent, Toht (Ronald Lacey) and some thugs. The tavern burns down after a big fight when Indiana shows up. Toht gets his hand burned by the headpiece when he tries to take it and Marion and Indiana escape with it. Toht has the emblem now seared into his hand. Marion says she will accompany him in his search for the Ark.

Marion and Jones land in Cairo and Sallah, a skilled excavator, tells them that Balloq and the Nazis are digging for the well of Souls. They are using a replica of the emblem that they cast from Toht’s hand. The Nazis tries to kidnap Marion and it looks like she dies. Jones and Sallah learn that the Nazis miscalculated the location of the Well of Souls. Jones and Sallah find the Staff of Ra and uncover the Well of Souls, which is filled with the one thing Jones hates, snakes. Jones retrieves the Ark but the Nazis and Belloq arrives, and tosses the alive Marion into the pit with Jones and seals them inside.

Marion and Jones escape and he manages to get the Ark back. They leave the next morning on a boat, but the boat is boarded by Belloq and the Nazis. The ark is once again stolen and Marion is taken captive, but Indiana follows them. He trails them to an isolated island in the Aegean Sea, where Belloq wants to test the power of the Ark before he gives it to Hitler. Indiana reveals himself and threatens to destroy the Ark, but Belloq knows he will never be able to destroy such an important historical object. Indiana and Marion are tied together and Belloq opens the Ark. Nothing seems to happen but suddenly ghost like beings emerge from the Ark, killing everyone except Marion and Jones, who kept their eyes closed because Jones realised its’ supernatural powers.

Back in DC, the Army takes the Ark to safety, ignoring Jones’ objections and stores it in a giant government warehouse alongside similar crates.

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Rating: 8.5/10        

IMDb gave Raiders of the Lost Ark 8.6/10, but I am a little anal about numbers so I will stick with 8.5/10. However, moving away from my obsessive nature, I really, really had a good time with this. I put it on to see if Zoë’s raging that it is awesome held credit (her requirements for something to be awesome is quite high, so I had a fair idea that it would be good) and IT WAS.

I didn’t expect to be so entertained. Indiana Jones and the raiders of the Lost Ark is action packed and fun with surprisingly good graphics. Who knew how looky Harrison Ford was?

I expected horrible 80’s acting and it was nothing like that. The lead actress, Karen Allen, had some exaggerating moments and it is obvious that women empowerment was a myth back then and Indie was saving her from everything but she had some ‘tude and wasn’t afraid to tell people shit.

The Lost Ark didn’t follow a generic storyline and it every time you thought the action was over they had something else in store. I loved the snakes and how Indiana doesn’t fear anything except them and I absolutely loved the ridiculous plastic German guy and the snooty French man. I laughed like a loon at the Love you written on the student’s eye lids and Indie’s disconcertment about it. I loved the archaeology bent and the different locations and how it was showed that Indie wasn’t immune to thieves who took his relics seconds after he found it. My favourite scene in here, and it may even make a favourite of all time, was when someone wanted to knife fight him in Cairo and he took out his gun and shot them. I don’t know why, but it was hilarious!

Indiana Jones is cocky and sure and really hot. His adventurous side appealed to me and I loved that they wrote him as a highly intelligent guy that loves exploring.

I feel a bit like a granny by saying this, but they just don’t make movies like this anymore!

 

 

 

Movie Review: The Fast and the Furious (2013

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Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his friend, ex-cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) live the highlife after their successful Rio Heist. Dominic is living with Elena (Elsa Pataky) and Brian lives with Mia (Jordana Brewster) and their new born son Jack. Gisele (Gal Gadot) and Han (Sung Kang) now live in Hong Kong. The last two of the Rio heist, Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacrias) live the high life.

Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) shows up again and wants Toretto and his team to help him with a specialized task. Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) is a former British Special Forces soldier who destroyed a Russian military convoy and may be looking to destroy a few other things as well. Dominic plans to refuse but Hobbs promises full amnesty to the team for their past crimes and shows Dominic a photo of Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Dominic’s former, presumed dead girlfriend. Knowing that Lettymay be alive forces Dominic to reconsider the deal. Elena says it is okay for him to go and he and Brian sets off to meet with the rest of the crew while the women stay with the baby.

The crew arrives in London and manages to catch one of Shaw’s henchmen. He leads them to Shaw’s hideout, but Shaw has pulled one over them and his team is busy pulling a heist somewhere else. Shaw flees the scene and Dominic and his crew races after him. Letty joins the fray to help Shaw and shoots Dominic.

Hobbs tells the crew that Shaw is planning to steal components to create a Nightshade device that can disable power in the region to the highest bidder. Shaw looks into the other crew and sees that Letty used to date Toretto. She is saved from paying for it because it is obvious she is suffering from some form of amnesia from the blast that killed her.

Taj finds out that Shaw plans to attack a NATO base in Spain. Dominic’s crew interferes and destroys Shaw’s convoy. Shaw, who has Letty with him, drives in a tank and begins to destroy cars and the highway. Letty is horrified, seeing who Shaw really is. Brian and Roman flip the tank and Letty flies through the air but Dominic miraculously catches her mid-air.

Shaw is captured and he tells Brian that he has Mia captured. They are forced to release him and Riley (Gina Carano), Hobbs’ partner, reveals that she is actually working for Shaw. Letty chooses to remain with Dominic and her old crew because she doesn’t remember anything but knows they are the people that truly out care for her.

Shaw and his crew are boarding a plane when Dominic and his show up. Dominic, Letty, Brian and Hobbs manage to board and Brian rescues Mia. They escape to safety as the plane begins to board. Han, Gisele, Roman, Tej, Brian and Mia are keeping the plane from rising by tying their cars to the plane and giving it too much weight to rise. Gisele dies when she rescues Han by sacrificing herself. Letty kills Riley and she and Hobbs leave the plane but Dominic stays behind to find Shaw. Shaw is thrown from the plane and dies, and Dominic miraculously gets out alive in one of the remaining cars. He gives the chip to Hobbs, thus securing their amnesty.

Fast forwarding, the crew is able to return to the United States. Hobbs and Elena go to Dominic’s house, Elena tells him that she wants him to be with Letty and wants them happy and that she belongs in law enforcement. Hobbs confirms that they are now free. Dominic asks Letty if she remembers anything, and although she replies in the negative, she says it feels like home.

In Tokyo, Han is coping with his grief by doing what he loves, driving cars, but his car explodes and he is killed. The other driver walks away from the explosion and leaves a message on Dominic’s phone with the ominous message “You don’t know me. You’re about to”.

Rating: 7/10

The Fast and the Furious franchise is so much fun. It is fast paced and action packed with reasonably good acting and a storyline that is solid enough to keep your attention.

Luke Evans portrayed Shaw very well. He made a brilliant evil mastermind but I think if he had more show time it would probably have pushed my personal rating up.

I have to put it out there that I am not a Michelle Rodriquez fan. She just seems like the type of person I won’t get along with and I think her roles are very typecast and unoriginal. I honestly think Toretto should have stuck with Elena (because maybe then Elsa Pataky can stop pretending that she’s married to my husband, Chris Hemsworth).

Who else thinks the end where Elena tells Toretto that she accepts he should be with Letty is very, very unrealistic? That is the only part I found truly ridiculous. Here honey, go back to your ex I won’t say a word. Asseblief man.

The last big fight scene with the airplane was very long and definitely felt stretched. It was all fun to watch though and I laughed at how Hobbs went with Shaw’s big guy and Toretto went with Shaw – it was like natural selection of let’s fight someone with our own body build (okay, Vin Diesel is much more muscly than Luke Evans but The Rock is fucking terrifyingly big).

Definitely worth the watch!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is living in Washington and learning to live in the modern world. He still works for S.H.I.E.L.D. He meets war veteran Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and makes a new friend in him.

Steve is picked up by Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and they help save a SHIELD vessel from Algerian pirates. Natasha takes information from the ship’s computers on Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) orders, and Steve is upset because he is being lied to. The next day, Steve confronts Fury and Fury shows Steve SHIELDS latest developments – a large trio of helicarriers that is set to enforce world peace.

Nick Fury isn’t able to crack the data that Natasha took from the ship. It is odd, because as the director of SHIELD he has access to everything. On his way to see Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) he is attacked in his vehicle and the vehicle is torched by the Winter Soldier. Fury manages to make it to Steve’s apartment and gives Steve the data and the warning to not trust anybody. He is shot by the mysterious Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Steve takes after the assassin but he escapes and Nick dies in hospital after giving and manages to make it to Steve’s apartment.

Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), a senior SHIELD official, wants to clear Nick’s name when his involvement in the hijacking of a SHIELD vessel becomes known. He speaks to Steve, who declines to share what Fury told him seconds before his assassination. Pierce brands Steve a fugitive and Steve is attacked in an elevator by SHIELD officials. He escapes, and goes to retrieve the retrieve the memory stick with the data on where he left it in the hospital vending machine. Natasha, who took the data from where Steve put it, shows up and says she will help him find out who is infiltrating SHIELD and help clear Nick’s name.

Will the two be able to restore Nick Fury’s name? Who is the Winter Soldier? Will the helicarriers be aired despite the warning Fury issued before his death?

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Rating: 8/10

I loved this movie! It was so well done. I really thought it was much better than Captain America: The First Avenger. It seemed that the producers took their time and actual care to get the movie properly done this time around.

The Winter Soldier was action packed and fast paced, and never felt too long. The fight scenes were incredible.

Personally, Steve Rogers/CA is the best of all the super heroes. Iron Man is extremely arrogant, Thor has too much pride, and the Hulk really has an anger issue, but Steve Rogers is genuinely a brave, honest man that exists way beyond his expected life span because of those things.

Nick Fury is awesome. He is always on top of things and somehow knows what is happening everywhere. He is ruthless but everything he does is for the sake of the safety of humanity.

Robert Redford was excellent as Alexander Pierce. He seems so sincere you never see his corruption underneath until it is too late.

No aliens were involved. I enjoyed it because it shows that there are corrupt and evil people in the world, and that they must be fought too.
Although Natasha Romanoff is much more likeable in this movie, I will put it out there that I simply dislike Scarlett Johansson. I haven’t found her a fantastic actress and she seems to be in roles where she is a pain in my ass. However, her more humane version of Natasha (awesome name, have to say) was more likeable than any other movie I’ve seen her in.

The Winter Soldier itself was totally badass and an excellent villain. Sebastian Stan was excellent – can this guy be cast in more movies now? He was completely respectable as Bucky, and it is heart breaking to see how it damages Steve to see his friend in such a position.

The characters developed as the movie progressed. Especially Steve Rogers, who seems to be moving on in life and making friends, and Natasha Romanoff, who starts showing that she is a human being that wants to be accepted by the people she works with and someone who takes the integrity of the people she works with seriously. I enjoyed Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, Steve’s war veteran side kick. He seemed to be able to immediately distinguish who is right and wrong and who to help.

Really worth the watch!

5 Things Friday: Five things that makes me happy right now

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I’ve had an awful week at work, and I had a number of ideas for this post today: things that makes South-Africa awesome (I will only post that though once I am not so angry anymore that they stole a work colleague’s car from a secured parking lot and I am walking outside every two hours to check on my car… I guess that means good exercise at least), I had some fitness and weight loss ideas running around in my head but I didn’t even have the urge to share my limited knowledge on that subject. So I’ve decided to share with you the things that make me happy right now.

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It is so much fun watching a glamorised version of what I do every day. I love the characters and although the story is weak in the beginning it is definitely becoming more solid and the acting is getting better and better. And the lab is AWESOME. I want it I want it now.

The Fact that I am watching Captain America: Winter Soldier tonight

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Finally!! Of all the Marvel movies, Captain America has the best story. I really can’t wait! Watch out for the review next week!

The fact that I am watching Divergent next weekend

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This is obviously movie month here, but I can’t wait to see Tris, Four and the Dauntless. WHOOP

I am seeing my best friend at the end of April!
ZOE!!!!!

I got 100% for my Microbiology assignment at Unisa.
#HappyLabRat

Enjoy your weekend!