[watching] What have you seen recently?

Last night watched Stones, which appears to have been a one of a series of stand-alone plays shown on BBC2 in the mid-1970s under the banner "The Mind Beyond." It concerns the ill advised attempt by the UK tourist board to move Stonehenge to Hyde Park. Cue stirring of supernatural forces determined to prevent that happening. It's all a bit hit and miss. Interesting in parts, and its depiction of British academia is slyly amusing (Malcolm "The History Man" Bradbury is one of the writers) but the supernatural elements don't seem to gel: The Stones act through an antique set of books which may have a secret language inscribed into their spines (although some don't) which awakens supernatural powers in the owners' children. The kids then travel down to Wiltshire to perform a rather peculiar ceremony involving stripping the covers off the books and using them to manipulate the sunlight. All a bit vague really. Not a complete waste of time, but not in the same league as say Children of the Stones or the final Quatermass series.
 
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The TV series of What We Do in the Shadows is coming soon to BBC Two!
The second series... You have some catching up to do. As you've seen the film, you will recognise certain scenes, but they've done an excellent job of expanding on the original concept. Colin the Psychic Vampire is, without doubt, the finest character creation in modern TV (and I'm prepared to fight anyone who says otherwise).
 
Last night - for something mind-numbing - I watched Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher - Never Go Back. It was typical Cruise easy watching. I know and care nothing about the books but I understand why fans of the central character HATED Cruise casting himself in this role.

Thing is - during the day I’d finished binge-watching the second Netflix Punisher series. Oddly both the film and the series had a VERY similar theme - hard bitten ex-special services maverick has his heart melted by a street-smart teenage daughter surrogate. And the difference in quality was stark. The Cruise film was cookie cutter, work-a-day. The TV series was edgy and clever and funny.

What I’m saying is - if they want to make any more Jack Reacher films - Jon Bernthal (?) would be brilliant in the part and they should hand it to the team that made the Punisher TV series.
 
Well that's Artemis Fowl watched (like eating a bowl of jelly babies in one sitting), and The Mandalorian binged (recommended if only for the speeder bike riders' chat) plus the whole making of The Mandalorian series (impressive!).

I'm wondering why I shouldn't cancel my Disney+ subscription before the 7 day free trial is up.
 

Dom

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I'm four episodes into the first series of Babylon Berlin and enjoying it greatly.
It may encourage me to bump the copy of the Weimar Berlin Call of Cthulhu book up the reading list.

I think that there's a potential game in this somewhere.
 

Guvnor

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Bullets Over Broadway
Wonderful comic exploration of phony luvvies and how far would one go for one's art.
9/10
On Amazon Prime
 
Well that's Artemis Fowl watched (like eating a bowl of jelly babies in one sitting), and The Mandalorian binged (recommended if only for the speeder bike riders' chat) plus the whole making of The Mandalorian series (impressive!).

I'm wondering why I shouldn't cancel my Disney+ subscription before the 7 day free trial is up.
Because you haven't watched all of the Marvel cartoons on there. It's great!
 
The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus - mammoth (3hrs plus) documentary on Ridley Scott's sci-fi effort of a few years back. Covers pretty much every aspect of the production and you really get a sense of how much hard graft goes into making a big budget movie. In many ways it's more interesting than the actual film.
 
The Kitchen. An adaptation of a DC comic of the same name on Netflix, where three wives of the local irish gangsters of Hell's Kitchen take over their husband's rackets when they get sent down. Visually its a nice mix of gritty realistic 70s New York with graphic novel artistry. The plot is a bit obvious, and I found the pacing a bit off, but overall it was an entertaining film.
 
Just watched The American, would be existential thriller with George Clooney as an underworld armourer/contract killer hiding out in Italy after things go bad for him in Sweden. Nicely filmed by renowned photographer Anton Corbijn but Clooney's just a bit too blank and plays a deeply unappealing character. Not as good as the similarly themed The Hard Way with Patrick McGoohan. Dutch actress Thekla Reuten the best thing in it by a considerable margin.
 

Brass Jester

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Glad to hear it, we're about to start on it tonight.
I'm learning German so it's good practice (even when the subtitles don't match what they said :))

I know a lot of languages don't translate directly but ...
Spoken:
"Ich habe zusätzliche Männer von anderen Streitkräften gebeten, bei der Suche zu helfen, Sir"
(I have requested additional men from other forces to help in the search sir)
Subtitle: Yes sir


But the story is brilliant. As said, there is a game there somewhere
 
Murder in the Car Park: First episode of Channel 4 docudrama about the Daniel Morgan case - unsolved killing of a private detective in South London in 1987. It’s a bit shaky in places: Some of the location captions are repeated within seconds of each other to redundant effect, and the low budget seemed quite apparent during the coroner’s court scene. That aside it’s done an admirable job of presenting the complexities of a case that involves massive police corruption and is connected to the News of the World hacking scandal, the Stephen Lawrence murder and the infamous Kenneth Noye. It’s like a real world version of a novel by David Peace or GF Newman.

The Salisbury Poisonings: Dramatisation of the events in Wiltshire a few years back. Watched this mostly because I’ve got family who used to live in Salisbury so have some familiarity with the city. Well acted, but all a bit episodic and the excellent Mark Addy didn’t seem to have much to do. Good to see that it treated the second set of victims Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley as real people, rather than the collateral damage some elements of the media seemed to regard them as.

The Appointment: 1981 horror film with Edward Woodward. Family live near to a wood with a creepy reputation. Creepy events then ensue, but without much rhyme or reason to them. Very reminiscent of Norman J Warren's Terror in that respect, and as with that film the whole thing feels slower than a wet week in Goole. One or two good scenes but overall it's just too random and lethargic to recommend. Really intrusive score as well that kills rather than adds to the mood.

Bad Day For The Cut: Irish farmer goes on a vigilante rampage after his dear old ma is killed in a burglary. What could easily have been a rehash of Harry Brown turns into an exploration of the futility and sheer corrosiveness of tit-for-tat violence. It is still pretty brutal though and the ambiguous ending may disappoint.

Also watching reruns of Doc Martin on ITV3 – never fails to cheer me up.
 
The Salisbury Poisonings:
Dramatisation of the events in Wiltshire a few years back. Watched this mostly because I’ve got family who used to live in Salisbury so have some familiarity with the city. Well acted, but all a bit episodic and the excellent Mark Addy didn’t seem to have much to do. Good to see that it treated the second set of victims Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley as real people, rather than the collateral damage some elements of the media seemed to regard them as.
We watched this too and felt it was extremely well done. I was born in Salisbury, as my parents were living there at the time. I actually grew up in the village where DS Nick Bailey was living at the time he was poisoned. Two of my uncles and several of my cousins still live there with their families, and I recall the impact of the police investigation and the media descending on the sleepy village had on their lives.
 
We watched this too and felt it was extremely well done. I was born in Salisbury, as my parents were living there at the time. I actually grew up in the village where DS Nick Bailey was living at the time he was poisoned. Two of my uncles and several of my cousins still live there with their families, and I recall the impact of the police investigation and the media descending on the sleepy village had on their lives.
My Dad's parents lived in Ashfield Road (by the railway line) and then moved out to Winterslow. Used to go into Salisbury a fair bit when visiting them - some of the locations looked quite familiar, which helps brings it all home I suppose.
 
My Dad's parents lived in Ashfield Road (by the railway line) and then moved out to Winterslow. Used to go into Salisbury a fair bit when visiting them - some of the locations looked quite familiar, which helps brings it all home I suppose.
My parents lived in Fisherton Street after they got married and then they moved to Trinity Street.
 
Just watched Blackwood - so-so haunted house- cum-psychological thriller set in the West Country. Tries to put a different spin on the usual strange noises and spooky visitations but comes across as all a bit contrived. Eventually turns into a Poundland version of Kubrick's The Shining. Paul "Dennis Pennis" Kaye is good as an unconventional parish priest - shame the film wasn't about his character really.
 
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