Entertainment

Catfish

Catfish has to be one of the best shows on TV. It’s one of the very few American shows that I watch before it airs in the UK. I just can’t wait!

If you ask me, Nev & Max are the Ant & Dec of America. They have a bromance thing going on…

Moving Taylor Swift(ly) on, I want to discuss last night’s episode which aired in the States; it was as juicy as a raspberry Starburst and featured a #Catfish FIRST!

The story goes: Colleen met ‘Tony’ on “Plenty of Fish” (not many Nemos on there, though).

It was all going a little too well ’cause the mysterious ‘Tony’ proposed just THREE weeks into the online relationship (before they had even met) and Colleen accepted.

FUDGE ME! #Butterscotch. There’s laying it on ‘thick pretty quick’ and then there’s Usain Bolt(ing) it to the alter… Tony seems the type to be the latter.

Oh yeah, Colleen also lets slip to Nev & Max that Tony hasn’t always been completely honest wither her…  *RAISES RED FLAG* *RAISES MAROON FLAG*

Apparently, Tony told her that he lived in Lakewood, Washington at first. Then, he somehow ended changing his story and saying he’s staying in Baton Rouge. Naturally, Colleen wants to know if that’s the only lie he’s told, which is why she enlists the help of this nifty investigative duo…

In keeping with the ‘to add fuel to the “is he a Catfish” fire’, every time Colleen suggested meeting up or video calling, ‘Tony’ refused.

What’s this guy (and other Catfishes) deal?! You can’t claim to “love” someone but not want to meet them regardless of the fact you don’t look the same as your picture. Can someone explain how meeting your online lover with Nev & Max’s help takes away from the fact that you’ve lied and the fact that you’re not physically who you claimed to be?

Then again, I might not understand the logic behind these Catfishes, but I do get hooked on the show itself. Above all, I think it’s the puns, bants and suspense that grips me.

Anyway, back to the episode – as per Catfish usual, Colleen sends Nev & Max all the information that she has on ‘Tony’ so that the pair can get to work and unmask him.

Like all episodes (six series strong), they end up tracking down THE mysterious ‘Tony’ (in between plenty of seemingly dead ends, confusion and twists/turns) down. Again, like all episodes of Catfish, although ‘Tony’ refused to meet Colleen in real-life previously, he somehow plucks up the courage to do so LIVE on TV with Nev & Max present. I swear these two are like the Catfish whisperers!

So, is he really called ‘Tony’? Nope, he’s actually called Jeremy.

Also, the stereotype is that the majority of Catfishes use photos of someone else and Jeremy was no different. However, although he used someone else’s photos, he – like all Catfishes – promised Colleen that this was the last lie he had told (along with the fact that she seemingly lied about her age and ‘kept asking for money’). That’s still a pretty big one though, isn’t it?

Finally, true to his ‘lay it on thick & quick’ self, Jeremy née ‘Tony’ PROPOSES to Colleen again less than 5 MINUTES after meeting her IRL! It must be the fact that he’s not “unattractive” because she ACCEPTED for the second time (even after he sent her photos of someone else). WHAT IS THIS SHOW?! Meanwhile, I can’t even get a follow OR DM.😆

P.S. they’re still together to date (I assume). Since the show broadcast, Catfish released a tweet stating that although only ONE couple have stayed together after meeting, this particular story beats that couple because Colleen & Jeremy are the first to get engaged.

N’aww! How cute is that?

I love love. Love is a beautiful thing. I wish them all the best. 💖

13 Reasons Why

This week’s #NationalMentalHealthWeek and May is renowned for being #NationalMentalHealthMonth. So, I wanted to make a quick post that explains why I won’t be watching ‘13 Reasons Why‘, and tell you all that it’s okay to suffer from bouts of depression from time to time, you’re only human. When you begin to feel down though, recognise the triggers, and speak/reach out. Don’t suffer alone. You’re not alone.

1) It sounds majorly sad, traumatising and depressing.

2) It’ll definitely have a negative affect on me, it’ll be a mind-messer.

3) I’m not interested in watching someone else suffering – least of all to the point of being driven to suicide.

4) I don’t want to watch other people’s words or actions leading to someone taking their own life… I’m well aware that it’s a prominent, sensitive issue in today’s society that needs to be addressed (in ways other than filming a series and streaming it to Netflix).

5) would you want people making a film/TV show about you or someone you know and love going through this? Out of respect, no I wouldn’t. It’s a personal and private thing. Therefore, if this story’s based on a true story – which I’m sure it is – I don’t think it should be aired.

6) a majority of us have been bullied, so I wouldn’t watch it for fear that it’d bring back memories. I also don’t think watching others being bullied is something I’d find intriguing or interesting. It actually makes me sad, angry, hurt and annoyed.

7) the show itself is WAY too overrated!

8) I’m not interested in Netflix unless I’m watching it with someone (and I don’t – not because I can’t get someone to watch it with, just because I’m selective and only have one in mind).

9) The genre of real-life, thriller dramas/documentaries doesn’t appeal to me (with exception of Catfish and that isn’t even tragic or mind-messy).

10) I can’t not get emotionally invested in such stories, so I avoid them when possible.

11) it’s not something I’d openly recommend anyone to watch*, so why would I watch it myself?

*other than a bully, in which case I’d show them this as a means of explaining how their words/actions are impacting/could impact on those who they’re bullying.

12) I believe there are other ways of raising awareness for suicide (which doesn’t involve making documentaries). If you want to make a difference, campaign, march, run a marathon, or set up a GoFundMe… Speak out. Do something.

You don’t need to watch a docu-series about the last moments of someone’s life, leading up to their death, to want to do something about it.

13) I just don’t want to.

Look, to give credit where it’s due, I’ve heard great things from friends. It’s also been well received by the wider Netflix community. Obviously if you’re interested in this type of show, watch it. I’m just not and I wanted to share my thoughts on it because it’s all over social-media…

A second season of it (if rumours are to be believed) just shows that it’s less about suicide awareness and more about bank balance. No thanks.

If you’ve been affected by depression, anxiety or intrusive thoughts, seek help – speak to the Samaritans or Child Line (if you’re young). Alternatively, contact a mental health charity like Mind and/or speak to your GP, mentor, parent/s, someone you trust. Sometimes, even a stranger can help. Just, speak.

Arrival

Today is #AlienDay, and what better way to celebrate than review one of the best alien films I’ve seen to date… Arrival.

Yes, I actually have a penchant for alien films. I’ve seen most. and have got to say ‘Attack the Block’ was also good.

The story of Arrival:

Basically, Louise Banks is a lecturer who is enlisted to help investigators make sense of the phenomenon and decode the aliens’ language.

The mysterious spacecraft lands in her city, and it’s up to her and the rest of the team to piece together the reason for the spacecraft’s landing, and what it that the aliens want. Although stations across the world and transmitting reports that state the aliens want war, and to attack… Louise follows her instinct and believes otherwise. It’s up to her to prove their innocence before it’s too late. Obviously she was extremely nervous to begin with, but then she befriends the aliens and makes an alliance with them. They begin trusting her. She ends up decoding their language, and understanding what their visit is in aid of.

You’ll have to watch the film to find out, I don’t do spoilers.

However, although the film is focussed on the aliens, there’s another weird, underlying storyline that caught my eye, and will catch yours when you watch it. The film begins with Louise, a mother, playing the role of the doting mother. Her daughter later tragically dies of a terminal illness (with her father nowhere to be seen).

Louise is a linguistics lecturer at the Massachusetts University at the time when bizarre things start happening in her town… Shortly after weird stuff start happening, as I mentioned above, she learns that 12 extraterrestrial spacecrafts have landed across the Earth – one of which is in her town. U.S. Army colonel G.T. Weber turns to Louise and physicist Ian Donnelly to find out what caused this.

Louise and Donnelly successfully make contact with two seven-limbed aliens (which Ian nicknamed Abbott and Costello) aka “heptapods”.

Louise, being a linguistics expert, discovers their written language of complicated circular symbols and begins to unscramble them. The more proficient she becomes, the more vivid her visions of the future (to us, the audience) but past (to her, in the film) with her daughter and of their relationship with the absent father. The reason for the father’s absence later becomes clear at the end of the film. Trust me when I say – if you’ve seen it, you’ll know… If you haven’t, watch it, because it’s shocking!

During the investigation, Louise and Ian develop a bond, and an attraction. It’s clear for the viewers to see – but nothing happens right away. Somehow, they end up together, like we knew they would…

Although it’s centred on aliens, there’s a story there about devotion, the sixth sense, and the ability to predict the future. There’s risk involved, and sometimes, taking risks means losing things/people. Would you take a risk?

All in all it’s a great film. I’m not going to lie, I’ve only watched it once and I remembered leaving the cinema in shock and confusion. However, it’s such a great film that after a short amount of pondering, it really puts things into perspective and you realise that it did in fact make sense.

I loved it, and I reckon you would do after watching it, if you haven’t already.

Side note: Ian was the late daughter’s dad. Louise and Ian embarked on a relationship, and her daughter was the by-product.

Nachos

I put a poll out on Twitter, and out of my 1,550+ followers, one of them voted for Everything. So, this is a post that has a bit of everything

It’ll have entertainment in the form of the above embedded Facebook video… It’ll have me discussing this alleged “beauty treatment” (or lack of it), and it’ll also have a life lesson along with another quick mention of everyone’s favourite: Bae! 💖

Let’s get the negatives out the way first, shall we? I’ll start by asking: WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL must’ve happened for a beautician or therapist to think wasting nachos, queso and cheese by placing them on another person could be “healing”?! If we thought applying makeup using a boiled egg was morbid, what the SAM HECK is this?!

I had never heard anything like this until I saw it. I – just, words actually fail me… I wish I didn’t see it in the first place tb…

Imagine that CHEESE though?! That cheese… Those nachos… Those jalapeños… Why? “Why’re you doing that, wo/man???” My God! 🙀

There are people starving and these people are wasting an abundant supply of this by bathing people in them as a means of “healing” SBMH (shake both my hands). 🤝

What happened to essential oils? What happened to sensual messages? Even acupressure? … Why is society wasting good food?

One thing this video has done though is turned people off nachos for life! There are things that – once seen – can never go unseen; this being one them… I have absolutely no words. Just – none.

Apparently, this is “healing”. I’m sure EATING it would be more healing than being covered in it… Then again, I don’t have a diploma in Beauty Therapy nor Nacho-Homosapien-Soaking.

Still, after throwing up about seven times, I did find the funny side. I mean, you’ve got to with stuff like this, haven’t you?

Let’s get onto the positives! 😃 This guy (receiving this treatment) is obviously living the dream! Imagine being lathered in that cheese like it’s sun lotion… He must’ve been in Nachos Heaven when this video was filmed; just look at his smug, goggles-wearing face. 🤣

The life lesson:

DON’T DO IT.

IF IN DOUBT, EAT THE NACHOS! DON’T RUN BATHS IN THEM.

YOU’LL STINK, YOU’LL LOOK LIKE A RIGHT PLEB, AND PROBABLY GET A SKIN DISEASE, SALMONELLA OR ECOLI.

The mention of bae:

Wanna tweet or nah? 💖

Face To Face

Wow. Very rarely am I speechless… Channel 4’s Face to Face has made me that way!

Katie Piper is (and’s always going to be) an inspiration! I love how confident, resilient and awesome she is… Where the haters in society would expect someone who’s been through what she has to cower away and be fearful, she is fearless (and flawless).

Her battles and ability to overcome them screams “strength” and “#GOALS”! She is someone we could all learn from…

Face To Face‘ highlights complex skin problems that some of us wrestle with every day, and proves that there are others out there with the same or similar skin imperfections, who rock it and are able to walk tall and be confident. The show sees Katie Piper (a survivor of an acid attack) giving girls a makeover to make them feel better about themselves, and it works.

It’s an incredible watch!

I guarantee that if you were lacking in confidence or self-esteem prior to watching it, the bravery of those who appear in it will make you feel otherwise…

What did I learn from ‘Face To Face’? I learned that we are all beautiful. I knew this already, but, it’s just nice to know that there are people out there who embrace their “flaws” (which I don’t believe they are) and feel body/face confident. This makes them seem and look even more so!

If you ask me, the only flaw someone can have is a low level of confidence or self-esteem… I understand that it’s unavoidable when pressure, bullying and discrimination surrounds us… But, I also know that someone who challenges these circumstances and accepts themselves as they are is attractive.

I, myself, have lacked confidence before… I know the feeling, and this is why I’m reaching out to you, to tell you that you’re perfect.

Flaws, to me, are just a trick of the mind… They make us think what we have is unacceptable when really – the only thing “unacceptable” is thinking that they’re not acceptable.

We all love makeup, don’t we? Some love it more than others…

Makeup is a tool that cannot only makeup our skin, but can make up our confidence.

There are also some of us who rely on it for confidence – and that’s okay too… The moral of ‘Face To Face’ as I understood it is to be happy in the skin you’re in whether you’re made up or not.

To conclude, yes – I think makeup can make a huge difference, and I’m so glad it exists; because it enables others to feel confident and beautiful. However, makeup is only skin deep, where confidence goes beyond that and goes right into soul. Remember that you’re MAJORLY beaut, and the right people know so.