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Nine Perfect Strangers Episode 4 Review

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Nine Perfect Strangers is the most addicting series I’ve seen so far, It’s already become Hulu’s most watched original. Streaming in the UK on Amazon prime video, the first three episodes introduced the shows ensemble star studded cast of characters, all of whom are hiding secrets and trauma whilst staying at Tranquillum House. 

Episode three ended with a bombshell, revealing that Masha (Nicole Kidman) is drugging them. In Episode four titled “Brave New World”, shows the repercussions of Masha’s admittance. Surprisingly things don’t go as badly as viewers may expect. 

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The guests are understandably outraged that she didn’t ask for their consent first as she’s been micro-dosing them all with magic mushrooms. Even Tony’s (Bobby Cannavale) oxy has been switched out a while back with the mushrooms. Frances is not happy either and walks away, whilst Masha bluntly tells the others that they’re all keeping secrets. 

Such as Lars (Luke Evans) who as it turns out, is an investigative journalist but Masha is already very much aware of who he is. She eventually encourages him to continue on with his research and even says his stay at Tranquillum could even win him a Pulitzer prize. 



The guests overall take the news better then expected. No-one even leaves Tranquillum House as suggested by Masha, though several characters briefly consider doing so. 

Among them is Napoleon (Michael Shannon) who seems the most bothered by Masha’s deception.  Him being a school teacher has been against drugs his whole life. However his worry about consuming these narcotics turns into an intimate moment with his wife Heather (Asher Keddie). Both rekindle their romance and Napoleon finally confronts to his wife his feelings about their son’s death. 

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Another relationship this episode showcases is of Tony and Frances, this pair’s relationship has truly grown over the weeks. The episode helps us understand more about Tony and what happened to him in the past. His life has been completely destroyed and this episode gives us a devastating and shocking reveal. 

During Masha’s Mr. Kendo exercise, Frances reveals more about her experience getting catfished by Paul (Ben Falcone). It’s not just the lying and stealing that made her broken over his betrayal. It’s the fact that she’ll never get to be a mum. McCarthy’s performance was so emotional and heartbreaking, it truly showcases her range. 



It’s Carmel’s (Regina Hall) turn to meet up with Masha. Alone they discuss that she’s a bit of a livewire as they talk about her violent tendencies. The deep reason for Carmel’s hostility is that her husband left her for a younger woman. She is unfortunately forced to pick up the pieces in her life as she’s at her wits end. Carmel also really wants to punch Jessica in the face. 

Everyone was being drugged, except for Jessica (Samara Weaving) and Ben (Melvin Gregg). Jessica really wants to sample some of these healing drugs but ben is scared since his sister is an addict. 

Whilst the guests have calmer and friendlier interactions, drama among staff at Tranquillum increases rapidly. It sets up what seems to be an open relationship between Masha, Yao (Manny Jacinto and Delilah. The latter appears less on board with the whole thing. 

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The end of episode Four sees Masha telling her staff to move forward with the next step in her plan. Its unclear what her purpose is going to be going forward and there’s certainly someone who has it out for her. Nine Perfect Strangers is shaping up to be quite the intriguing show.

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And Just Like That… Review: HBO Max’s Sex and the City Revival

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We hope you like your cosmos with a side of drama as “And Just Like That..” has officially dropped onto HBO Max in the States and onto Sky TV and NOW in the United Kingdom, 

Are you ready for the next Chapter of Sex and the City!. 

This chapter follows Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s. 

The first two episodes “Hello It’s Me and “Little Black Dress” are now streaming on your countries chosen platform and from the start this HBO Max Original has done a decent and glamorous job of brining Sex and the City into the modern era, as the series is infused with a new familiar story, but is very much rooted in the classic SATC. It’s diverse and features a social/Cultural awareness especially with the use of instagram, podcasts, and a nod to this pandemic as the iconic trio talk about their time with their husbands during lockdown and the new hobbies and traditions they started that seem to have stuck with them. 

Thursday’s premiere truly catches us up with old friends in post-pandemic New York as they wait for a table at a crowded restaurant. All are navigating through their fifties as this new chapter of their lives explore and deal with grief, journey, friendships and the pressure of perfection to achieve career wise, whilst entering a new territory. 

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It was nice to spend time this morning with Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda again. The actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon truly step right back into their roles and their banter is just as quippy as ever, However “And Just Like that…” gets off to a dramatic end as we’re guided through a catch up which was necessary to pick up a story many years later after it ended. What was introduced during 1998-2004 was a newfound love and obsession with cosmopolitan cocktails, designer shoes and brunches is still featured but the sparkly fizziness from the original is absent and what follows is a much more mature self aware series. 

Notably absent from the series is Kim Cattrall’s fabulous Samantha who SPOILER ALERT has moved to the UK for work as Miranda confirms to their friend Bitsy, that no Samantha isn’t dead, the publicist has just moved overseas. From the get-go her absence seems to be part of the shows overall storyline as it showcases female friendships and the including that they don’t always last forever. 

But just as people leave in real life, new friendships start as “And just Like That…” introduces us to a host of new characters who fit perfectly into this world, We meet Charlotte’s mum friend Lisa (Nicole Ari Parker), Miranda’s law professor Nya (Karen Pittman and Carrie’s queer podcast host Che (Sara Ramiez). 

With introducing new characters, the series also gives us a reunion with returning characters we know and love, especially the beloved and iconic Stanford a delightful role played by the late Willie Garson and his fiery fierce husband Anthony (Mario Cantone) who try to put a fight behind them by embracing and acknowledging how lucky they are to have each other. 

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Carrie the former newspaper sex columnist is now a social media connoisseur and professional podcaster. She and Big (Chris Noth) are having a loved-up experience complete with wine, record player, Peloton, and Carrie’s extensive walk-in wardrobe. She’s posting New York fashion onto her Instagram and contributes to a sex and relationships podcast. 

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Attorney Miranda is going back to school to become a human rights advocate, Miranda has her own awkward moment at her first day in class and dabbles with alcohol dependency. She’s constantly all over herself not to appear racist. Though she also has to deal with her sexually active son. also returning is Steve Brady, Miranda’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, by whom she becomes pregnant with their son.

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Charlotte is still Charlotte in “And Just Like That..” she’s prim and proper with daughters Lily (Cathy Ang) an overachiever and Rose (Alexa Swinton) more rebellious and failing to conform with her mothers brand of femininity. She’s also examining the last decade and a half of leaning into motherhood. 

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The show still features its iconic humour and this new chapter certainly has potential to explore the next chapter of their lives which I can’t wait to see. After the first two episodes, just like that my heart is broken!.

“And Just Like That…” is now streaming on HBO MAX, Now and airing on Sky Comedy!

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The Batman | Official Trailer 2 – DC Fandome

The Batman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film is being produced by DC Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Mattson Tomlin.



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March 4, 2022

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Matt Reeves

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Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard, John Turturro, Jeffrey Wright

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The Batman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film is being produced by DC Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Mattson Tomlin.

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Mothers of the Revolution – They’ve Challenged World Leaders, Altered The Course Of History And Truly Inspired Millions

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Mothers of the Revolution tells the story of one of the longest protests in history. Between 1981 and 2000, thousands of women from around the world came together at Greenham Common to take a rightful stand against nuclear proliferation. This remarkable group of fearless women were shunned by the press and the media. Director Briar March reveals the women as the cold war heroes they truly were, she tells the story of these women through their eyes and though reenactments as they persisted arrests, condemnation and scorn. 



In the early 1980s, a young mother in Wales was alarmed like many about the UK government’s Campaign called “Protect And Survive”, which advised people to use the four minutes between the warning and a nuclear strike to stack suitcases full of objects like books to absorb the radiation. The Pressure and rising threat to their own families’ safety called for action and thus the Women for Life on Earth group was born.

From the conversation around the kitchen table in Wales, Karmen Thomas took action. She was instrumental in organising the initial protest which on the 5th of September 1981 these women marched from Wales too Berkshire to protest over the nuclear weapons being kept at RAF Greenham Common. Over 120 miles they become a living protest against the British Governments decision. The protest surly gathered momentum as when the reached Greenham Common permanent camps were set up. 

Many women joined the camp such as Chris Drake, a single mother and millworker who truly felt like she belonged and felt like she was born again. Young mothers were not a group who traditionally had their voices heard at the time and the press moved on to other issues they deemed more important, So the women organised Embrace The Base. A day in which the camp and women across the country who travelled up joined hands to form a human chain around the entire military base. 

This documentary is a celebration of Greenham such as its spirit and the effects, which were all worth celebrating. However the film also shows the difficult aspects such as the brutal evictions and assaults by the police force and soldiers. It truly was a Cold War drama/thriller with the tension of a soviet spy novel. It’s also the story of love especially for family and children , and of the commitment these women made to a higher cause. 



They’ve challenged world leaders, altered the course of history and truly inspired millions, it’s an emotional and empowering documentary. 

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