Companies Need To Stop Writing Fake Positive Glassdoor Reviews (318/365)

Glassdoor is probably one of my favourite websites out there purely because it has helped me with job hunting, searching for honest reviews about the company and looking at the interview process. Good souls out there will write down what the companies interview process is, what each position pays and an honest review about their experience working there. As someone who has landed in a lot of work places that are on the more negative side, the fact that websites like this exist is really helpful, and can allow you to spill the tea when you leave.

The thing is, there’s a lot of fake positive reviews out there, and it really shows how companies are trying to drown the negative reviews out of sight. Now, I understand that its only natural to want your company to be seen in a good light, especially as people might reject a job offer based on negative reviews, but by writing fake reviews, you’re damaging your credibility. Since the positives will be over the top, and the negatives will be even harsher – we all know that (most) people don’t write fake reviews about negative employment, if they’re using terms like racism and sexism – it’s because your company is racist and sexist.

Am I writing this because I’ve seen this happen in previous work places – fuck yes!

Not only have I worked in a sales office where my manager forced us to write good reviews, as the bad were really bad, but I’ve also worked in another company where we all stalked their Glassdoor page as we knew the people who wrote the bad reviews. We knew the bad reviews all came from a place of pure honesty, and then we saw a flood of positive reviews that were so good that it wasn’t believable – sometimes upper management need to learn to lie better.

At the end of the day the reason websites like Glassdoor exist is to help employee’s, not employers. It’s for people who are applying for jobs and it’s a platform that allows them to get a ‘no bullshit’ view of what they’re getting themselves into.

To Everyone Who Didn’t Play ‘Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem’ (224/365)

Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is one of those cult classic games that you either played and obsessed over, or you somehow didn’t. Now in hindsight I know it wasn’t that popular, but this game has an extreme cult following for a reason. When the game came out me and my brother were clearly too young to play it, and in all honesty we had no business playing such a scary game but we will never forget or mourn the fact that it never got a season two.

For anyone who doesn’t know what the game is, it’s a Nintendo Gamecube exclusive horror in which the characters you play go insane along the way. Yes, you read that right, they actually go insane, you see crazy visuals, sink into the walls, get decapitated – and it’s all in their heads. As I’m not the best at any synopsis, especially as I spoil things without known, I found a brilliant article that has explains it brilliantly:

“The game centers on the Roivas family and its ties to an ancient book called The Tome of Eternal Darkness. Behind the scenes, an evil force called the ancients has been scheming to harness the power of the book and overtake the world. One by one, each generation of the Roivas family comes into contact with the book, and the game chronicles the stories of them all. There are 12 different playable characters in the game, and their adventures all take place during distinct time periods.”

It must be a mix of the game being truly scary and the fact that it takes unique turns based on each character, but everyone who played this game actually loved it. I may blame this game for creating a fear of the horror genre and a little bit of trauma, but then I really shouldn’t have played it as a 9 year old, and I still sing the praises of this game. It was ahead of its time, and if you can get passed the graphics I honestly recommend everyone who hasn’t played it to attempt it.

There are things called bone thieves which literally steal the body of any normal person, when you play your character bone thieves present themselves as maids who attack you, and then they literally rip open to reveal a grotesque monster. Which doesn’t seem that terrifying but every character you play is an ordinary person, so they’re not super strong or build to defeat these monsters, you have a limited amount of weapons and magical ability depending on your character – so sometimes you end up running around like a headless chicken hoping you’ll tire them out, which doesn’t happen.

One moment in the game that still gets me to this day is playing a character in a World War I camp, the power goes out and you’re chased by all the nurses and wounded who are bone thieves and I didn’t have a lot of bullets in my gun, so I spent a lot of time running and looking for ammo whilst trying not to die.

The game also has brilliant voice actors which just adds to the plot and there’s some really unforgettable montages because of this.

TLDR – Play this game if you haven’t played it, if you have, join me in crying for the lack of a sequel.

More People Need To Watch Maniac (217/365)

I remember when Netflix original ‘Maniac’ first aired, I was tempted to watch it but decided to add it to my list as I didn’t have the time or energy to watch it initially. The fact that Jonah Hill and Emma Stone feature in it was a big plus for me as they’re both amazing actors, and the picture Netflix used to display it kind of insinuated that it was a show that was deep and slightly trippy – hence I knew I’d need to wait a while to watch it.

I watched it a few weeks ago and I was completely in awe of it, it had been a while since I had watched something so deep and meaningful. I will admit I have watched a lot of lighter shows recently, so when I watched Maniac it hit me differently. It deals with difficult subjects like human connection, loss, depression, grief and mental illness in a really brilliant way and honestly as a viewing experience it will stay with me for a while.

What’s truly upsetting though is how underrated the show is, because we’re in an age where Black Mirror is popular, so surely a show like this should have done amazingly, but I don’t know anyone personally who has taken the time to watch it, and the reviews online are mixed, possibly because it is such a uniquely weird and wonderful show. I highly recommend it personally and I don’t want to give too much away, but give it a chance, take the time and honestly I think most people would enjoy it.

For anyone who wants a synopsis, here’s a synopsis:

“Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim are two strangers who are drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial. Each has a different reason for participating in the experiment — she is disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and sister, while he has struggled throughout his life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. The radical treatment, using pills that the inventor claims can repair anything about the mind, draws Annie, Owen and 10 other subjects into a three-day drug trial that they’re told will permanently solve all of their problems, with no complications or side effects. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned.”

Where X-Men Went Wrong in Dark Phoenix (170/365)

X-men is one of the franchises that I wished lived to the hype generated by the comics and cartoons. I grew up on the 90’s cartoons and later on loved X-Men Evolution, so it is a series that is near and dear to my heart, but the movies somehow find a way to fuck it up. Don’t get me wrong, First Class was an amazing film, but after that, they’ve been missing something and that’s one of the reasons why Dark Phoenix is not only bombing, but also having horrifically bad reviews. People are either telling people not to watch it because it’s so bad, or telling them to watch it so we can discuss how bad it was.

Acting wise, the film was actually good, all the actors did their best to convey emotions but the issue was there was no connection whatsoever. It felt like the romances and friendships were lost in the script, like they focused so much on making it look pretty that they forgot the most important part of watching a film – the chemistry. We didn’t even get the family vibe that X-Men is big on, it felt like everyone was a 2D parody of what they should be.

Mystiques death, which should have been a powerful moment was just funny. I can’t even describe how much I wanted to laugh when it happened, and my friends were the same. We just didn’t care, despite having multiple films that attempted to develop her character. They clearly couldn’t afford Jennifer Lawrence anymore, and it showed.

Should I even discuss the aliens? WTF was the point of them, all they did was look weird, have a few shit fights and no motivation at all. They tried to show it through the little animation of their world blowing up when they were with Jean, but as an audience they just felt random. They didn’t even do much and honestly… why have aliens if you’re not going to have another scene in space.

So Jean went all phoenix mode in Apocalypse, and somehow everyones forgotten about it…. Which is honestly weird because it would have been a great segway into the actual plot.. which comes back to the bad writing complaint.

The writing was just awful, barring Jeans moments with her dad, that was actually good. But the writing of the film kind of forgot about every inch of character development everyone had gotten in the previous films, alongside ruining any possible interest in all of the main cast. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Scott Summers should be an interesting character, but he’s just a side chick. Charles Xaviers toxic need for acceptance and glory could have been an amazing edition but they just didn’t develop it enough for it to be a thing we cared about.

Magneto and Beast went from ‘MUST KILL JEAN’ to ‘LETS SAVE JEAN’ in 2 minutes and honestly that was just a joke. I think that was the point I finally gave up on the film actually being salvageable…

Moral of the story – don’t get the guy who ruined the previous phoenix film to direct another one. Who thought this was a good idea?

I Watched ‘Us’ and It Wasn’t Groundbreaking (86/365)

Before you send me streams of hate for not liking this film, please read the post.

I watched ‘Us’ this weekend and honestly felt a bit cheated. It’s not like it wasn’t a decent film, it just wasn’t amazing. I guess on some level I was expecting the same feeling as ‘Get Out’ where it took a concept and ran with it to the point where I was on the edge of my seat. ‘Us’, however, had a few shocking moments, but the grand reveal was predictable.

‘Us’ centres around the Wilson family vacation featuring Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), her husband Gabe (Winston Duke), daughter Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and son Jason (Evan Alex). Naturally, like with any horror film, their beach vacation went horribly wrong, as they fight tooth and nail to survive against their doppelgangers.

One thing this film did brilliantly was feature a black middle class family without making the film about race. It really goes to show how little representation there is in horror. As this families race was a massive surprise to the audience, we usually view spiritual and horror films through the lens of a white family. So showing racial representation as the norm was a nice touch.

As much as I wanted to like this film, I just feel like it failed to keep the suspense going. Initially when the doppelgangers attacked I was on edge and terrified, but then it got funny. When the humour kicked in, I lost that feeling of fear, and stopped empathising with the main cast. I personally feel like the concept was brilliant, but the execution fell flat. Part of this is because I went in with high expectations as Jordan Peele has a good track record.

I’ll try not to give away too much with my thoughts on this, but there’s a final reveal, and it was predictable as fuck.

That’s all for now, my final thoughts on this is, take it for what it is – which is a slasher/thriller that isn’t scary. The performances by each actor are Oscar worthy so if you enjoy a good 2 hours of amazing acting but not an amazing plot – feel free to watch it. The soundtrack is also fantabulous!

Captain Marvel Was a Pleasant Surprise (71/365)

So this Sunday I went out to watch Captain Marvel with low to no expectations. I knew nothing about the character from the comics and after what Marvel did to Black Widow and Scarletwitch I thought they’d somehow ruin this one. I just lost my faith in their ability to adapt female characters and keep them well rounded, strong and believable, but to my surprise Captain Marvel was an amazing film.

I’ll keep this short and spoiler free but the plot worked great as an origin story, it’s set before Nick Fury has his famous eyepatch so you don’t need to worry about where it fits in the greater Marvel timeline. The main premise is that Captain Marvel has lost all her memories and is a cree soldier hunting down the shapeshifting Skrull race, during her encounter she ends up on earth and that’s where the fun happens.

Everyones dynamics worked, not only was this a great story but it was funny, serious and at some moments it got emotional. The elements of female empowerment seeped through but didn’t overwhelm and honestly I would 10/10 recommend it to everyone. I can’t wait to see how she fits into the next Avengers film as we now know her full strength and what she’s capable of.

Also it has two post credits scenes, so like every Marvel film, stay to the very end 🙂