Bates Motel S5Ep8: The Body Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cook
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

Sheriff Greene arrives at the house, and questions Norman about his confession, and while he’s in a hurry to get the arrest over with before “Mother” can show up, Greene doesn’t believe Norman actually killed anyone. But instead thinks he’s doing this for attention, but keeps him in the station jail cell until further notice. While in there, Norman is given his meds, but is forced to puke them back up by “Mother” who takes over Norman’s body and attempts to fix the mess he created.

“Mother” agrees, when talking to Greene, that she confessed to Sam’s murder for attention, but only to take attention away from Sam’s real killer, Madeleine, who he had a fight with previously. “Mother” also blames her/Norman’s willingness to confess, and lack of focus on having his meds withheld. But once news hits that Audrey’s body was pulled from the lake, Greene arrests Norman for three murders, and Dylan is left to tell Emma the terrible news, and left with a difficult choice. Help Norman, or watch be sent to prison.

Meanwhile Romero has made his way back to the motel, and finds Chick in the basement writing his book. Chick reveals that Norman dug up Norma’s body and has been keeping her at the house until recent events that forced him to bury her in the woods. Chick continues on taunting Romero about how his and Norma’s relationship to the perfectly tragic, heartfelt, yet heartbreaking story, and enthusiasticly types away at his typewriter, prompting an angry response from Romero, who shoots Chick.

Catch Bates Motel Mondat nights at 7PM on A&E.

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Bates Motel S5Ep7: Inseparable Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Max Thierot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre” Psychological Thriller 

After killing Sam, Norman is in an almost in a comatose state. He’s unable to function, and “Mother” has to take over and tells Norman he has to dispose of the body. While disposing of Sam’s body, Norman sees the police searching the lake, and pulling out a body. Back at the motel Sheriff Greene informs Norman that they’ve found Jim Blackwells body along with several others. Fearing that it will lead to an investigation of the house, Norman takes Norma’s body into the woods and buries her.

After learning the death of his mother, Dylan returns to White Pine Bay to see Norman and learns from the local pharmacist, while picking up Norman’s medication, that Dr. Edwards has been missing for over a year and he is presumed dead. On his way home, Dylan runs into Madeleine who asks if he’s seen Sam at the motel because he had not returned after their fight the previous night.

When Dylan gets back to the house he asks Norman about whether or no he’s seen Sam, and begs Norman to take his medication beacause he’s not well. Furious “Mother” surfaces, claiming that she can only love one son, and tries to kill Dylan. Intervening, Norman stops “Mother” and pins her down, but Dylan watches on as Norman struggles with himself. Guilt rushes through him, and Norman calls 911 and confess to Sam’s murder.

Catch Bates Motel Monday nights at 7PM on A&E.

Bates Motel S5Ep6: Marion Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieroit, Olivia Cook
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychologocal Thriller

Marion (Rihanna) has checked into Bates Motel, but has managed to survive one more day. That doesn’t make her stay a pleasant one. After sharing a brief meal with Norman, Marion can’t seem to get her mind of Sam, and asks Norman for his address, who reveals to her that he’s married. Not believing Noramn, Marion goes to Sam’s to find him fighting with Madeleine, who later locks him out of the house when he goes to confront Marion whose’s smashing his car’s windows.

Madeleine returns to the motel where Norman and “Mother” are agreeing over whether or not they should let Marion live, but Norman refuses to kill her. Instead he let’s Marion leave the motel. Same later comes to the motel to smooth things over with Marion, only to find her gone, and decides to clean himself up before returning home. While Norman may have had some sympathy for Marion, there’s none for Sam, and stabs him to death in the shower.

Marion isn’t the only one who had to learn bad news from someone else. After finding Norma’s death online, Emma bears the tragic news to Dylan, who calls Norman, furious for not being told sooner.

Catch Bates Motel Monday nights at 7PM on A&E.

Big Little Lies (Mini Series) Review *SPOILERS*

  • Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Laura Dern
  • Network: HBO
  • Genre: Dark, comedy-drama

*Fair warning, there are SPOILERS down below.*
Well, that was interesting. As a whole, I found the show entertaining, exciting, humorous, and a well done suspenseful mystery. Between the mini series and the book there were a few changes, both details that were left out, and changes to some of the characters. I’d say none of the changes though were bad, just simply added to create more drama.

Even though the truth never verbally came out, I think it’s safe to say that Ed knows about his wife’s affair with the director of the play, and so does the director’s wife. Throughout the show Nathan was always insinuating that Ed had a problem with him, but with evidence tonight, it was the other way around with Ed only retaliating to whatever nonsense that Nathan brought up. 

But I think the biggest question I have is about the finale. While no words were spoken the show still did a good job at displaying the horrible truth of who Ziggy’s father is, but the manner of which Perry died, I wonder why they chose to leave out why Bonnie was the one to kill him? In the books it’s because her own parents were in an abusive relationship and she and her siblings witnessed it happening. So when Perry confesses to, one, abusing Jane, and two witnessing Perry hit Celeste, it triggers past memories for Bonnie. 

Also since this is a show that circulates around drama, another surprising note is that they didn’t add the the whole nanny affair situation.

Ever in the show seemed perfectly cast, although there were moments where I felt Shailene Woodley was a little out of place, but then again Jane was supposed to feel that way so I can’t decide if that was just Shailene displaying excellent acting skills, or if she’s really didn’t fit in.

The actors that stood out the most were Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Reese Witherspoon, and Iain Armitage as Ziggy. For someone so young, he did a terrific job at playing a role that was the centre of all the drama spewing about. Armitage can also been seen playing a young Sheldon Cooper in the new Big Bang Theory prequel titled, ‘Young Sheldon‘, with casting news just released on March 13, 2017.
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The Masked Truth (Book Review)

  • Title: The Masked Truth
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; division of Random House
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2015
  • Edition: 2015 Hardcover
  • Special Features: None
  • Pages: 340
  • Price: $21.99 CAN ($17.99 US)
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-68475-0

This was so different from anything else I’ve read from Kelley Armstrong. Different, but good. A weekend therapy camp that was suppose to do wonders for it’s recipients, turned out to be the makings of a real life nightmare.

Not only is there no supernatural/paranormal element to this book, which is the signature in pretty much every Kelley Armstrong novel. But Armstrong takes on something that can be intimidating and hard to pull off without coming cross as ignorant or crass. Many of the characters were dealing with mental disorders, and Armstrong handled each person’s case with care, and made each one of them realistic.

As I reached the third act of the book, it completely threw me. I was not expecting the curve ball that was thrown, or how the ending turned out, and who was involved in the terror that went down Friday night. Turns out if you connect the dots from several different parties, more then one case can by solved.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars

Would I recommend: Yes, not only is it something different from Kelley Armstrong, but it’s also different from any other YA novel I’ve read. It’s talks about mental disorders, but not in a way that’s insensitive, but also how the character learn to accept, and work on ife’s everyday challenges.
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Big Little Lies – Book Review

  • Title: Big Little Lies
  • Author: Liane Moriarty
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House, zBerkley
  • Publication Date: July 2014
  • Edition: 2017 paperback, mini series tie in.
  • Special Features: Discussion questions
  • Pages: 486
  • Price: $22.00 CAN
  • ISBN: 978-0-399-58719-1 

Wanting to read this before the show finished, I quickly completed it in a matter of days. And boy am I glad I did. One, I did not see (part) of the ending coming, and two, the changes that were made. Were they all necessary? No. And I’m not talking about them leaving out details from the book, but adding new material to the show that wasn’t even remotely hinted at in the book.

It was still a great book though, despite the difference. It’s about murder, but told not only with great suspense and fills your need for a great mystery, it does so in a way that is  humorous and exciting. The relationships between the characters are believable, and you can picture them all as real people you’d run into on the street, at school, or through mutual friends.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I Recommend: I would definitely recommend this book, if you’re in need of a good mystery novel.

Bates Motel S5Ep5: Dreams Die First Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Max Thieriot
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

Norman runs into an old friend from his past, Dr.Edwards, and the two have a chat that stirs up memories for Norman, reminding him that he occasionally takes on the role of “Mother”. Like he did the previous night. After getting a phone call from the bartender at White Horse Bar, telling Norman that his car was left in the parking lot, Noramn is left confused when the bartender recognizes him, but Norman swears they’ve never met. What throws him off even further if when he returns to get information on “Mother” the patrons in the bar recognize him, include one man in particular who follows Norman into the bathroom, and tries to seduce him. Having a flashback of “Mother” and this man having sex in the back of his car, Norman leaves and returns back to the motel.

Marion is triedof the distance between her and Sam, and the mistreatment she gets at work. So when her boss asks her to deposit $400,000 into the company’s bank account, Marion decides that this is her chance to get out of Seattle, and start a new life with Sam. Taking the money, Marion packs, and makes her way the White Pine Bay, and stops at the motel.

 With all his business trips to Seattle, Madeleine confronts Sam on his affair. Dylan and Emma seem to be having their own little marital spat. Dylan has had no contact with Norma or Norman since he left, and tells Emma that her mother checked into the motel, but never checked out. Later that night, Emma learns about Norma’s suicide.
Catch Bates Motel Monday nights at 7PM on A&E.

Bates Motel S5Ep4: Hidden Review/Recap

  • Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Olivia Cooke, Max Thieriot
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

Caleb is dead, and Chick offers to dispose of the body at the lake. The Sheriff is beginning to figure out that something is off with Norman, and when she learns that Jim Blackwell not only skipped out on his parole, but he also served time at the same prison as Romero, who she also recently learned escaped. After questioning Norman at the motel, and informing the news of Romero’s escape, she’s left with no answers as to why Jim had the motel’s address, and when he’d been there. After finding no name in the guest registry, the Sheriff leaves.

Norman is in a constant hallucinatic state, and just can’t seem to escape “Mother”. After learning that Jim’s name has disappeared from the registry, Norman and “Mother” go looking for his car that “Mother” had previously hid and hope it dispose of it before the police find it.

Later, Norman and Madeleine have dinner at her house, and while the two start the makings of a cake, they share a kiss. But Norman starts to have another psychotic break, and begins to see flashes of Madeleine on the floor with her throat cut, and flees back to the motel.
Catch Bates Motel Monday nights at 7PM on A&E.

Bates Motel S5Ep3: Bad Blood Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Max Thieriot, Ryan Hurst

It seems Norman isn’t the only one who’s going a little crazy. Now trapped in the basement, and handcuffed to a pipe, Caleb keeps visualizing Norma. But not just visualizing, but talking and interacting with her. Occasionally ‘Norma’ is really Norman during one of his blackouts, and dresses as Norma, and another Caleb is hugging Norma’s frozen corpse. At least the last one was just a crazy dream.

After witnessing Norman’s disturbing behaviour, Chick decides it would be best to live at the house for a while, and keep an eye on Norman. But when Norman’s tries to push him away, Chick acts like he knows about Norma. Not about how Norman blacks out and impersonates her, but that “she’s still alive and just hiding at home”. After some persuasion from both Chick and Norma, Norman agrees to let Chick stay.

While in town running errands Chick is recording experiences he has witnesses with Norman into a recorder, and purchases a type writer and tells the store keep that his writing a, “true crime novel”. Norman has another blackout and confronts Caleb. ‘Mother’ talks to Caleb and confesses that they can’t keep continuing on like this, him in the basement, it poses too much risk. But unable to do it herself, ‘Mother’ convinces Norman that he will have to do it. But when Norman goes to the basement to kill Caleb, he has a lucid moment and unhandcuffs Caleb and tells him to run.

Norma is furious, and takes the guns away from Norman and chases Caleb down the street. Returning from town, Chick hits a fleeing Caleb.

But another dead body may be the last of Norman’s concerns, Alex has escaped his prison escort and his making his way make to White Pine Bay. But Alex may need to put his crusade aside for just a moment, because while attempting to steal a car, he is shot.
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Kong: Skull Island (Movie Review)

  • Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Rilley, John Goodman, John Ortiz, Jign Tian, Terry Notary, Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston

Who needs actors when you have a visual effects team with this much talent. I could have watched a whole 2 hours of just Kong defending the island, and learning and seeing all the different creatures that live on this island. The visuals told a better story then the actors (except some, some of the actors were great). The emotions that they gave Kong made it so by the end of the film, you were rooting for him, and hoping he triumphed over the humans.

But the humans themselves weren’t all trouble, there were a few actors that actually served a purpose and who had a story/background that made sense. I’m looking at you Tom Hiddleston, I’m thinking he was just there for eye candy. Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson),  Randa (John Goodman), San Lin (Jing Tian), Houston (Corey Hawkins), Hank (John C. Rielly), and Glenn (Jason Mitchell) were either the real stars of the show, or at least the characters that actual served a purpose, even if they weren’t shown a whole lot. The main stand outs in the film were Jason Mitchell and Jonh C. Reilly, if anything this felt like their (and Kong’s) movie. Every time they were on screen they stole the show. Jackson and Goodman were the follow up scene stealers, and both ended up going down the same story path.

Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston played roles that could have very easily been absurd by another, and to a degree they were. Mason (Larson) is a photojournalist hired to document, through pictures, what they see on the island, while Conrad (Hiddleston) is a former British Air Service Captain, who now offers his (poor) tracking services. His role was so incredible pointless, I have no clue has to why they added him or his character. Randa paid Conrad to do the job that all the soldiers on the team were practically already doing. Mason was probably the worse photographer they could have hired. She was slow to take a photo, and didn’t take enough of them. Hiddleston’s character didn’t even need to be combined with another actors character because he already was, he was just an unnecessary addition to the cast who took up room. As for Larson’s character, she could have been combined with Jing Tian’s character, who is a biologist brought to study the land and it’s inhabitants.

Larson and Hiddleston are the only down falls of the movie, and their obviously forced romance. Aside from the few actors that stole the show the visual effects and the action sequences are what made this movie. This film has a plethora of action scenes, and the movie opens with one that is the base for the whole film. The action was incredible, the design of Kong and all the creatures that live on Skull Island were beautifully crafted. The visual effects team did a fantasic job at creating and bring this creatures to life. I’d say they’re the best CGI, and original (except Kong) that I’ve seen in awhile.
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars. Just try to ignore Laron and Hiddleston and the movie is perfect.