House Of Cards Season 4: The Annual Binge Watch

Yearly House of Cards binge with my darling!

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It can’t be a coincidence that the season 4 debut comes out right in the middle of the primaries. This elegant timing by the producers only adds to the hype surrounding the return of this epic political drama.

Carrying on from last years tradition, my boyfriend and I held our House of Cards day, complete with deep-South inspired snacks, where we vowed to dedicate our entire day to binge watching the full season.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I was a little disappointed with Season 3. After the unforgivable murders of both Zoe’s Barnes and Peter Russo in Season’s 1 & 2, the stakes were high for Underwood to deliver another killer move (pardon the pun). Sadly, that moment never came, and the episodes plodded on slowly. However, it becomes apparent upon watching Season 4 that the writers were simply biding their time and building up to…

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Darkest Dungeon Top Tips

My quick blurp on Darkest Dungeon that I posted yesterday has been my most popular article to date. When writing I never expected such a response. Following suit to my previous post I through I would outline my top 5 tips for players new to the game.

1. Death is Inevitable

The nature of Darkest Dungeon boils down to you vs. the game. The game will do its up-most to knock you down and beat you black and blue. During your initial dungeon runs if a party member is below level 3 then I wouldn’t bother to much if he/she should fall as they can be easily replaced. Party members at level 3 should be given more care keep them alive as they will be prime candidates to receive upgrades to fight back against what the dungeons throw at you.

2. Don’t Squander All Your Money

During the initial stages of the game I wouldn’t bother upgrading your town until you have a lot more gold in the bank. Upgrading the town is expensive and the benefits gained from the upgrade can’t really be utilised properly until you have around 60-70k in the bank.

3. Bring Enough Supplies

Always prioritise spending you hard earned gold on getting/having enough supplies for your next run. There is nothing worse than running out of food ¾ of the way through a dungeon and have to deal with the stress and after effects of hunger when you could have just purchased those extra 4 at the start of the run. Below is a helpful overview to give to the base supplies required for each run.

Short: 8 torches, 8 food, 1 shovel, 2 bandages, 1 skeleton key.

Medium: 12 torches, 16 food, 2 shovels. 4 bandages, 2 skeleton keys.

Long: 18 torches, 24 food, 3 shovels. 4 bandages, 2 skeleton keys.

Sometimes I change the keys or some herbs or antidotes depending on what run I am about to jump into.

4. Take your Time

There is no need to make a split second decision in Darkest Dungeon. Think about what you are about to do think about your party members positioning, think about the enemies position. Consider your moves and try your best to turn the tide of battle in our favour.

5. Use an Occultist

She’s the only real healer and has got me out of many a sticky situation by keeping those on deaths door standing.

 

To wrap it up my tips my I would say have a backup party so should your main crew need a rest you can easily swap in an out counter-parts of similar skill. Currently my main part consists man-at-arms heading up the front line followed by a crusader. My 3rd slot sees the most change but at the time of writing I am using a jester for his stress reducing abilities finally an Occultist at the back to heal my party when needed.

House of Cards Season 4 – FOUR WEEKS TO GO!!

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On Friday 4th March, the nine-time Emmy award winning political drama ‘House of Cards’ makes it’s eagerly anticipated return to Netflix for a fourth season.

Season three ended on the mother of all cliff hangers, so needless to say I am dying to uncover what the meddling Underwood’s have been up to since.

As with the previous year, I will be hosting a House of Cards themed day in honour of the new season, which will naturally involve a 12 hour Netflix binge followed by an 8pm blog post to summarise my thoughts. Last years blog post was one of my most popular, so be sure to check it out and get yourself up to speed one what has gone down in DC so far.

House of Cards Season 3 review

The best story leak I’ve heard so far is about the introduction of a new, younger power couple to…

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Oscar season: Spotlight (2015, Tom McCarthy)

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Tom McCarthy’s latest film release is based on true events which took place in Boston in 2002, when a investigative newspaper team uncovered a mass cover-up of pedophilia and molestation within the Catholic Church.

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The Spotlight  reporting group are a mixed quartet, varying in age, background and journalistic style. They have one common agenda however and that is a hunger for the truth. With the arrival of a new editor-in-chief at The Boston Global, a shake up is proposed. Outsider Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) tasks the paper’s investigative Spotlight team with revisiting a priest abuse case which surfaced in the predominantly Catholic Boston area a few years back, only to be swept under the carpet with minimal media coverage. As they begin to scrutinize the case, the extent of the abuse they uncover reveals itself to be on a significantly larger scale that they could have ever dared fear.

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OSCAR SEASON – The Hateful Eight (2016, Quentin Tarantino)

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This movie needs no introduction. It is the 8th film to be independently written and directed by Quinton Tarantino, and one which has been dodged with piracy leaks and disagreements with cinema chains. All of this is unlikely however to stop it from being just as big a success as his previous films. Before you choose watch, here is a general run down of what you can expect from the eagerly awaited ‘Hateful Eight’.

The tale is set in Wyoming post Civil War years, against the back drop of a snowy wasteland. A stiff neck Bounty hunter, John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) is traveling by horse and cart to his final destination, Red Rock. On board, he houses a fire cracker female prisoner (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) who he plans to trade for a bounty on arrival. Whilst the bounty stands whether she is delivered dead or alive…

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[spmarket 2]Spotify Reveals The Top Wedding Songs Globally [/spmarket]

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[spmarket 2]In many parts of the world, it’s Wedding Season! So if you’re still thinking about that perfect song for your first moments’ as a married couple, Spotify can help! Today, Spotify revealed that multi-award winning singer-songwriter John Legend’s ballad All of Me is the top choice for tying the knot around the globe. Mellow-rocker Jason Mraz is the world’s favorite artist for matrimonial music, with two of his tracks featuring in the global top 20 list.

Spotify analyzed over 400,000 wedding themed playlists worldwide, also identifying Bruno Mars’ Marry You, Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and even Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines as among the most popular wedding music.

Analysis of ‘First Dance’ playlists revealed that British crooner Ed Sheeran is the most popular artist globally for the all-important first dance, with his tracks Tenerife Sea and Thinking Out Loud featuring in the top 5, Jason Mraz, Etta James…

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House of Cards – Season 3

House of cards day.

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I know this is a movie blog, but I thought I’d mix things up a bit by reviewing a TV show in this post instead. That show just happens to be ‘House of Cards’.

As many of you will know, Season 3 of the political drama screened on Netflix last Friday, and me and my better half decided to take a day out of work and binge-watch the whole thing! Seeing in the new season in style, we stacked the fridge with beer and dished up a few southern-fused recipes in honour of the show’s villainous protagonist, Frank Underwood.

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A lot of my friends and blog regulars are also big fans of the show, so I’ve promised not to reveal any spoilers in this post. Instead, I will offer a general synopsis of what one can expect from the show’s recurring character, and some new ones to look out for!

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