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See you On the Other Side..2018

The year of 2017 like any, has been an eventful one through the trials, tribulations and uplifting moments that mark the ending of another year. In remembrance to some of the people I can recall, such as Sir Tony Atkinson, Om Puri, Sir John Hurt, David Cassidy, Bruce Forsyth, Chester Bennington, Peter Sallis, Sir Roger Moore, Chris Cornell, Bill Paxton, Tom Petty, Chuck Berry, Adam West, George A. Romero, Tobe Hooper, Jon Henseasons and many others, who have given us some great moments onscreen aswell as lending their voices to our ears, who are gone but never forgotten, may you rest in a place ‘up there’ they call peace.

It has been a very difficult journey and still is through being so unwell, so naturally keeping up with current entertainment isn’t quite my forte, and naturally, it would seem my time is spent being stuck in the pages of the past with viewings and certain readings, nevertheless I have been able to see a few things over this current year, some more favourable than others, so here I present you with some of my 2017 most loved entertainment.

Directed and Written by : Darren Aronofsky

Starring : Jennifier Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer

Mother opens with a spectuacular vision of a burning house being restored, painting the picture of a chilling tale to take place. Referring to the characters by Mother and Him, it centers around a couple in their ever so enormous home which soon becomes a chaotic place when strangers, who are seemingly connected in a very unusual manner, begin to evade their home. If you have ever felt annoyed at uninvited guests, than this crowd will begin to make you feel very, very uncomfortable.

It is like watching a bizzare nightmare unfold with the strong biblical themes underlying the eloquence portrayed in very disturbing events. The cast do a wonderful job in their surreal environment and one i like to call ‘the marmite effect’, because it is so pyschologically troubling that some will like it as others will not.

Underneath the trauma it is quite a vision to behold when one peels away the layers of confusion. From the visionary mind of Aronofsky who directed other spectaculars such as Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Black Swan ( 2010), do you realise that ‘seeing is believing’ in his peculiar reality. Be careful, your beating hearts have been warned.

Directed by : Doug Liman

Written by : Gary Spinelli

Starring: Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson

American Made is based on the biographical crimes of Barry Seal ( an airline pilot who was working as a drug smuggler) appears in what Liman describes as ” a fun lie based on a true story “. Inspired by the stories of the real Barry Seal, Tom Cruise plays the part very well. His risky buisness days are far from over as the eccentric man who earns more than his load of cash, working like a mad man for both the CIA and a group of filthy Cartels, who you don’t want to end up as enemies. Least not to forget the DEA, hot on his flying tail to take him down for his drug smuggling courier job.

They say ‘aim high’ but Barry soars a little too high over his limits which follows a series of mishaps and hot trouble after trouble. Barry keeps his ‘friends’ close and his enemies closer which just might just serve you that wrong kind of justice. Akin to the cinematography of Wolf of Wall Street ( 2013) it’s a movie that rides high with subtle humour in between the chaotic seriousness of such arms dealing. Just don’t quit your day job over it.

2013 – present

Created and Written by : Steven Knight

Directed by : Tom Harper (series 1), Colm McCarthy (series 2 ) , Tim Mielants ( series 3) , David Caffrey (series 4)

Starring : Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Tom Hardy, Helen McCrory

Original Network : BBC Two

‘ On a gathering storm comes a tall handsome man in a dusty black coat with a red right hand’, sings the tale of a highly distinguised- Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) who knows that family means everything when you mess with the gang. He is the head hunter with the best knowledgeable business, liquored with crime under his belt, to try and salvage his actions in dire times and a lifelong time of hardship, all without having the noose around his neck for his dodgy ways.

It takes place in the bleak enviroment of England (notably Birmingham) 1919 After the first world war, where the notorious battle seems to see the men guns blazing and cutting each others throats until its going to be the last man standing. Aesthetically pleasing in a period of baker boy hats, suits, dresses and flapper hats, Steven Knight has created a spectacular crime driven script that goes beyond an ordinary gangster job to be had. It manages to capture history without dragging it six feet under boredom and the choice of Indie punk music works hand in hand with the visuals. The show kickstarted season 4 earlier this November with a fiery six episode and will see its return in 2019.

Attack on Titan ( 2013- present )

Directed by : Tetsuro Araki and Masashi Koizuka (Based on the original manga by Hajime Isayama)

Attack on Titan is a very unique and thrilling journey to set your eyes on. A city divided by enormous walls sees a vast of Titans (creatures that bear their naked flesh for the viewing ) who have an appetite for humans. The protaganist Eren Yeager and his childhood friends – Mikasa and Armin join the special military forces to fight against such creatures. What and who they are, are answered as the truth unravels at the hands of season two, that aired on April. With a detailed account of weaponary and striking combact movements that show no fear of bloodshed, it is a series i have really enjoyed viewing as the story is what really drives the visuals at heart. Season three is set to premiere next year.

Directed and Written by : Bong Joon – ho ( co written with Jon Ronson )

Starring : Ahn Seo – hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano

Netflix brought my attention to Okja which served as a rare and delightful treat not one i ever considered for the eating. It is a visionary tale that goes beyond liberation for an Anmals right. Lucy Mirando (Tilda) plays the eccentric and amusing enviromentalist, whos company has been experimenting with a special kind of pig breed, for a bizzare cure in world hunger without the Nasty GMO. (or so she says). Hail the glory super pig mutants that are produced. She tells her audience that ” they leave a minimal footprint on the environment, consume less feed, less excretions and most importantly..they need to taste fucking good !”

These are then distributed to different locations across the world in which one is chosen for a special kind of breeding. Our hearts are captured through the eyes of young Mija from South Korea who, with the help of her family bring up Okja who she bonds a strong attachment to. When Okja is taken away for’ taste testing’, Mija along with some activitists go on a wild adventure of a lifetime to save her companion. One that leaves you breathless.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to those who have enjoyed reading my blog posts this year. With good fortune, i shall see you on the other side of 2018.

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A Mademoiselle living in the U.K Born in the late 80's with a vintage heart. My blog is made up of my thoughts; be it through the eyes of a great movie, the chapters of a book or in the hands of a game and other ideas that set my mind apart.. here on an open platform to share with the rest of the world. Won't you join me..

31 thoughts on “See you On the Other Side..2018

  1. It’s been a sad and scary year all round. I’ll be happy to see the back of 2017. I wish you all the best.

    I love Peaky Blinders! I haven’t caught up with season 4 yet, but am really looking forward to doing so. Love the Shelby family so much. Mother looks interesting.

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    1. It really has been quite a dreary year to say the least. I remember reading upon your ill health which was upsetting to know and yes good riddence to keeping the bad times at bay in the year. I hope you’ll be well enough again in the future, for both our sakes.

      I’m so glad you enjoy Peaky Blinders, it really is a masterful show full of excitement at every turn. Even the slow tuned drama scenes are worthwhile all in the name of the peaky..fookin..blinders heh. You will really enjoy season 4. It has even more suspense and an unlikely turn of events.

      I forgot to mention a few others that I enjoyed such as Taboo which stars Tom Hardy and equally on par with this show and I also loved the Fargo tv series. Much love for the New Year.

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      1. Thank you for your good wishes. I hope we will both have better health soon.
        I love that line from the blinders Haha! Looking forward to season 4. Taboo was very good, while it’s not one that became a favourite, I did enjoy it quite a bit. There is so much quality TV around at the moment. I think TV has gotten better than films.

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  2. I haven’t said much in public, but 2017 has been one of the hardest for my family in recent years. I can only hope for a better year for both of us in 2018, Sonea.
    Thanks for the roundup of your favourites. (Well, maybe not Tiny Tom 🙂 ) I am a huge fan of Peaky Blinders, and have never missed an episode. No spoilers, but what about Tom Hardy in that last episode? Great stuff.
    Love and best wishes to you, Pete. x

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    1. Oh goodness Pete. I am very sorry to hear that. That is quite upsetting to know.

      I really wish the best for you and your family and really do hope things will be alot better for the near future, indeed for us both.
      I’m also glad to hear you enjoyed Peaky Blinders as much as moi. Yes that was quite a turnout which was more swift than I ever imagined but it worked with its touching moments. Being tired to write so much, I also forgot to mention an equally periodic drama of the same kind called Taboo starring Tom Hardy which I enjoyed though i am not sure of its return yet. Not to forget season 3 of Fargo which I really enjoyed.
      I really hope you and your family will do well soon. It is challenging through circumstances no doubt, so let’s hope 2018 is kind to us. Much love into the New Year.

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    1. They are a little obscure amongst some crowd but i do hope you will enjoy a few from the selection when you ebventually watch them perhaps. That’s very kind of you to say Alex. That in return, makes me smile. Thank You for reading it.

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  3. When I look at some of the end of year posts and the people that are close to me (you included), so many people have had an amazingly rough year. It seems 2017 was a year that just wouldn’t let up. I know how tough things have been for you, and as I mentioned on your last comment I really hope that 2018 is going to bring you all the joy and happyness that you so very much deserve.
    Looking at all the things that are included in this post, I can honestly (and am pretty ashamed to admit that) say that besides Attack on Titan, I have yet to watch all of these. The past few months have been crazy, and I missed out on quite a lot of things. Luckily enough things have now settled down, and I hope to catch up on some of the things I missed out on. This was a wonderful round up Sonea, and as always an incredibly beautiful post to read (I already read it at work in between calls). Thanks for being such an awesome friend and as I said I look forward to continuing our friendship next year.
    All the best,
    Michel

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    1. Yes, it really has been a difficult year and at times I feel it becomes all too overwhelming to manage but I try my best. Of course hearing about other people with ill health aswell is always upsetting. I only hope we all have a better start to the New Year. It means a lot as always that you care as do I in return. You really are a wonderful dear friend at heart.

      Never feel ashamed, for I have not seen many of the more popular movies of thks year myself, some purely by choice. (I’ve given up on my fair share of cape crusaders ahem). and some I have missed out on though there is always a return to these movies for us.

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading the selection on the post and thank You as always for your support since the beginning. You have come to be a great and dear friend who has a wonderful mind to display. Indeed look foward to our growing friendship into the New year Michel.

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      1. Well, I just said as much over on another blog, almost every end of year post that I am seeing , has people saying how tough this year has been. It really was not a very great year, but compared to yours though, I’m really not complaining. I truly admire your strength in this year, and I can truly understand the fact that things do seem to get to overwhelming for you.
        I hope with all my heart 2018 is going to be the year where everything that is good will happen to you. Thanks for these amazing words again. See you in the new year: looking forward to it already Sonea 😊

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  4. Love your picks, Sonea! Cheers to Okja and Peaky Blinders, which I enjoyed very much as well. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started on the latter, but now I’m hooked. One of the most compelling and well-acted crime dramas out there. Your posts are always wonderful to read, and this one’s no different. I do hope you’ll feel better in no time. All the very best for 2018! 🙂

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    1. You are very kind to say so Jade and I really appreciate it. Yes Peakt Blinders is one that seems indecisive on paper..but once you watch the first episode. .do you realise it’s potential. I would also recommend Taboo. I think you may enjoy it. Thank you for the kind wishes. Cheers to a nicer New Years.

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  5. Some great titles there, such as Okja and Mother! I know very little about Peaky Blinders, but it sounds very exciting the way you put. I will be checking it out.
    I noted that other commentators also said this year has been rough for them, and I, too, cannot say that this year has been good. I wish you and everyone else here have a much better 2018!

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    1. Peaky Blinders is quite an interesting show and one I unexpectedly really enjoyed out of the midst. And of course Mother was very shocking but I found it entertaining.

      I’m sorry to hear you haven’t had a good year..it does make me upset to hear as people as nice as you deserve such goodness in life but indeed life likes to throw challenges our way..let us hope the near future is kinder to us.

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    1. It really has been quite the battle which I hope ends in a good way. It’s serious so here’s hoping I get through it all.

      I am very grateful that you enjoy reading what I have to write and thank you for the kind wishes. In return , I hope you have a wonderful one into the New Year Jason.

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      1. That’s quite alright Paul. I have been taking things slowly with writing due to health still and other busy hours that keep me away. It is simply just wonderful to hear from you. Michelle plays a small but very disturbing role but one which I am sure you will be intrigued by. The film itself is disturbing but in a pleasing manner of a powerful script. Thank you for liking my work. I hope you’ll keep well.

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  6. It’s so good to see you in 2018, Sonea. I hope this year brings you more health and happiness. Get better soon, darling.

    There are at least three movies/shows here that I want to watch and haven’t, so I skipped those portions. But I ahve to say, damn, you do a fabulous job at dissecting movies. Why have you never tried doing this professionally? I understand you have health reasons, but did you ever try applying anywhere, just out of curiosity?

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    1. Oh thank you so much Pradita. It’s irnoic that I should discover writing for certain shows and movies when I am at my worst from which my site was born. I did look through the curiosity glass, but it told me I either needed long term experience of the ‘professional’ kind or it wasn’t exactly the tyoe of thing I was looking for. There are various writing jobs ofcourse but none that define what I do unfortunately which can be disheartening. I do try to keep a lookout but I haven’t found my place in any roles yet.

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      1. That is disappointing indeed. I so wish you had discovered this art in you much earlier. But don’t give up hope. Keep trying. The blog is one way you can do it. Your flair for writing and command over the language is something of a rate talent, that I haven’t seen in even accomplished writers. Keep up the good work 🤗🤗🤗

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