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Watched the first of much raved over new series on SBS TV "Years And Years" starring Emma Thompson, not sure if I like it, I needed to see much more of Emma and less of the very dysfunctional family that so far dominates!!!! I shall hang in and see how it unfolds next week.
I picked up the Havana Quartet novels by the Cuban author Leonardo Padura at my local used bookstore; I've started Havana Red, but it's really a TBR at the moment. I learned that Netflix had obtained a TV series based on the books: Four Seasons in Havana. A 4 episode police procedural (i've seen the first epi). Because it was a Spanish-Cuban production, much of it could be and was filmed on location. Surprised the government allowed filming of the city's impoverished parts and the ugly housing and the an ill-equipped police station; this is by no means Miami Vice South. The slovenly hero is a Hemingway wannabe, romantically nostalgic for the Batista days (really, how did the filmmakers get away with this?!}.
First 3 episodes of Watchmen. I'm also trying to read the graphic novel on a 7" tablet using the Kindle app, so the panels are in color. I also viewed the movie a while ago. This is not a re-boot of the movie or the graphic novel; more like a sequel created by the HBO producer, Damon Lindelof, creator of the TV series Lost. Lindelof continues the alternate history of the graphic novel, Robert Redford is president, Skip Gates (the genealogy host) is Secretary of the Treasury, in charge of reparations (the series begins with a massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which sadly was not alternate history). It appears that the series will focus on Regina King (as a costumed crusader) and Jean Smart (a former c-c), now an anti-vigilante FBI agent. (Costumed heroes were re-defined as vigilantes before the present action starts and were outlawed.) In the first episodes, King's car has to stop because of a rain of baby squid. I've found it to be fascinating stuff so far, and watched the first 2 episodes twice.
Also taking a look at His Dark Materials; only the first episode has appeared on HBO so far. Seems to be less interesting than Watchmen, because I believe the intention is pretty much to stick to the books. BBC is partly responsible for this and it looks like the novels are going to get the BBC Hardy, Gaskell, & Dickens treatment. The daemons look very CGI.
trying to track down and even purchase "Norsemen" no luck!! Netflix seem to have it tied up!!
I missed Years and Years. (Thanks aussieh) A six part series. A terrifying look into the future, if we allow it. Emma Thompson plays the controversial would be politician, "of the people", who speaks her mind, acts the fool and also plays very dirty. The results of her rise to power are unthinkable. I'm not sure how this would resonate with our US members.
I quite like Watchmen too. It's a DC product and I believe those who are fans of the graphic books are hating it. I was expecting superheroes, and was wrong. The police have been forced to wear masks after a white vigilante group had a cop killing spree. The soundtrack is ace, but I do worry about Sister Night's costume. Wouldn't it get trapped in the car doors? Only four episodes of nine so far, but I do like it's unpredictable storyline.
Watching Forest Whitaker playing the Godfather of Harlem and enjoying it immensely. They could have used a soundtrack of soul from the sixties, but perhaps that's a personal choice because I don't like the gangsta rap that found it's way into this. I binged up to episode 7, now I'm going to wait weekly for the next installment. Netflix has spoilt us with their simultaneous release of the whole series on the same day.
I rarely gel with comedies, but Back to Life was wonderful. 30-something Miri is released from prison after serving 18 years for murder. She just wants to pick up the pieces and get on with her life, but the small Kent seaside town, where she lives with her parents, is going to put every obstacle in her way. I love Adeel Akhtar, who plays her next door neighbour, Billy, and it's nice to have a sympathetic murderer, who you hope will get through it. My one complaint is the multiple uses of the "C" word. It always used to be the final straw word and had a euphemism in our house....He/she is a right Michael Flatley.
Working my way through an IMDb editors list of TV series. I started Catherine the Great. The costume and sets were beyond amazing, but the court intrigue bored me, even with the lovely Helen Mirren in the lead. I gave up half way through E01.
I've just discovered there are two series of The Young Offenders. Set in Cork, Conor and Jock are two teen inner city miscreants. They have their adolescent libidos set on the headmaster's two daughters, who believes hell will freeze over before these thorns in his side will get their thieving hands on his girls. It's got a lot of warmth, and it's funny, although I find the subtitles essential. I really enjoyed the original film. (2016)
I did binge on the whole series of Season 03 of The Crown and thought it so gloomy. In the first two series I had a lot of sympathy for HRH, for having to take on this daunting life's work, but this time I felt pity for unloved Prince Charles and admiration for spunky Princess Anne. I felt the episodes about Princess Alice were the only one that held me spellbound. Possibly the issue was that I was familiar with the main characters of the day and nobody looked like their character, with the exception of Barbara Castle. Olivia Colman (a tremendous actress) only needed one expression (that of blandness). Helena Bonham Carter was too famous to play Margaret, and her latest beau (Roddy) had just finished playing the Mr Mercedes psycho. The final straw was to have the most delightful elderly Derek Jacobi playing the spiteful and bitter Duke of Windsor. I found it odd that "the Troubles" in N.Ireland were never mentioned. Your thoughts?
I'm not much of a Star Wars fanatic. I only went to the cinema to see Rogue One for Donnie Yen. So I wasn't sucked into the hype for Disney Channel's The Mandalorian, but I fell in love with 50 year old Yoda. I'm hooked!
Tania Modleski. Public Books, 11/18/2019: TV's Golden Age of Female Serial Killers. Some spoilers on Rebecca -- the book & the movie I assume, Killing Eve, and the the French series also available on Netflix in the U.S., La Mante. I skipped the part about La Mante, since I want to take a look at it on Netflix. I viewed Killing Eve when BBC America was showing it weekly on U.S. cable. First season gripping. Second season, well, it seemed to be written for Public Books commentators. Curious to know where Jodie Comer goes from here.
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