Film & TV

    Thoughts on the Acolyte Ep. 7

    Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but we watched episode 7 of The Acolyte last night. And, I have to say, I enjoyed this one. Not only were the fight scenes excellent, but we finally got some more background on what’s going on and, of course, we got to see a little bit more of Carrie-Anne Moss in action.

    I’m still not sure where, exactly, this show is heading, or quite what it’s message is (if any). And, to be honest, it feels a little rushed. Like we should have had a lot more depth to the story and character arcs, especially about Manny Jacinto’s Sith character, Qimir.

    I mean, come on people, we only have one episode left. Really?

    Okay, people let’s have at … it time to share the goods! What are your top 5 fav movies of the moment.

    Mine are:

    1. The Fifth Element
    2. Alien
    3. Finding Nemo
    4. Dune, 2021
    5. Beaches
    Come one, fess up!

    In the Land of Women

    a still from Land of Women (Apple TV)

    Don’t know about anyone else, but I’m thoroughly enjoying Land Of Women on Apple TV. While a tried and tested trope, I love this obvious twist on it, and who doesn’t love Eva Longoria in a comedy? But I have to say, the one character I’m loving so far has got to be Grandma, Carmen Maura as Julia, who steals every scene she’s in. So deadpan and droll, and that twinkle in her eye? Priceless.

    Bye, Bye Dr. Oakley

    Kind of poignantly sad after coming to the end of 12 seasons of Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet, on Disney yesterday. We’ve been through countless surgeries, the pulling of deadly porcupine quills from dogs who’ve met their match in the wildness of the far north. And watched as the good doctor’s daughters have grown up, joined the family practise, and then, gone on to forge their own careers elsewhere.

    It’s been a fun and informative ride, though, I have to admit, sometimes a bit of a gruesome ride. And now, there’ll be an emptiness in my early evening watch schedule as I look for something else to fill the void. Probably not another vet series as, to be honest, I think I’ve somewhat overdosed on the horror stories of all the things that could wrong every time the good doctor worked on yet another cat/dog/pig/goat/horse/wolverine/lynx/buffalo/chicken/rabbit/cow/reindeer/musk oxen and any number of other critters that found their way to her door.

    Thanks, Doc, and so long, it’s been a blast.

    Franklin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Apple TV
    Watched May 17, 2024

    I love me a really good historical drama complete with accurate attention to detail, and Apple TV’s mini series, Franklin, delivered on every level. I was surprised just how much I loved Michael Douglas in the title roll and how well he played off the excellent cast. I especially enjoyed seeing Eddie Marsan chewing his way through his role as John Adams, fencing beautifully against Michael Douglas.

    All in all, a wonderfully lavish production of a fascinating look into a forgotten piece of America’s history.

    The Vanishing Triangle ⭐️⭐️
    TV show 2024
    Watched May 13, 2024

    Well, that was one hell of a surprise, and not a good one. We started watching this one mainly because it’s on Acorn TV and advertised next to one of our fav shows, Brokenwood Mysteries, and on the same night. And, for the most part, it was interesting enough. A damaged reporter gets a clue, 15 years after the murder of her mother, that might lead her to the killer who also is abducting, raping and murdering a number of young women.

    Sad to say, after watching this through to the end, instead of a resolution, and a finale that tide up all the loose ends. It just stopped. I mean, literally. The final episode seemed to be leading us toward a resolution and then … just kind of hung there at the end, like it had nowhere else to go other than to imply the murderer got away with it, sort of. I don’t know.

    Very frustrating.

    Enjoying a Life of Crime!

    Ah, I love Monday evening TV which, tonight, consists of:

    I love Acorn TV for the choice of shows offered from all over the world. Which includes lots of murder-mysteries, police dramas, and all things crime.

    The Ipcress File ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    TV show 2024
    Watched May 9, 2024

    Well, colour me surprised, not only was this TV version of Len Deighton’s book almost true to the authors work, it improved upon the Michael Caine movie considerably. Though, I have to say, the lead in the TV show—Joe Cole— was no Michael Caine, he didn’t do too badly as the loveable cockney grifter.

    This limited series focused more on the actual spy business and, was at times, clever and twisted, at other times, a little slow on progress and maybe, just maybe, could have been just 4 tightly written episodes, not six. As it was, this one was a nice departure from the usual spy drama we’re force fed these days, especially as it was set in 1963. So no smart phones, and reliance of tech.

    The cast over all were good, and the script twisted enough to keep me interest right till the end, even though I knew what that ending was, having watched the film way back when. What the show did though was give us a more in-depth look at the characters and the build up to the dramatic ending and, along the way, threw in some fun too.

    Alice, you’re now officially my new hero.

    Dark Matter S1. ⭐️⭐️
    TV show 2024
    Watched May 8, 2024

    It was just as well I had no expectations going into Apple TV’s latest SciFi show, Dark Matter, otherwise I might have given this one star not two. As it turns out this one felt a tad trite and cliched, picking over the bones of oh so many other shows that have gone before it and, recycling one too many over-used tropes (Schrödinger’s cat anyone?)

    And, with a music score that made it difficult for this hard of hearing person to make out some of the mumbled dialogue in the first episode, meant I was struggling early on. Not that I missed anything according to my OH who, wondering out loud, asked why Jennifer Connelly was married to some butt ugly guy? Casting aside, why is everything shot in the dark?

    The second episode did nothing to improve our assertion that we really didn’t care about the lead, or any of the supporting cast, who all looked like they wondered why they were actually in this mess to begin with. Or, how using the usual flimsy science—oh look, we have a cube that transports people to alternative realities—we’re going to get the erstwhile antihero out of the mess he finds himself in.

    Do we care? No. Will we watch more. No.

    So, after a lot of messing around I now have a simpler version of my review website, In Review, back up online. If you’re interested in reading a handful of author interviews, assorted genre book reviews, and my thoughts on this or that recent movie or TV show, check it out.

    You can also subscribe and get an email alert for whenever there’s a new post.

    The Mandalorian S3. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    TV Show 2023
    Watched 13 February 2024

    Finished the last couple of episodes of season 3 of The Mandalorian last night and wow, talk about saving the best for last. This has been a 5-star outing from the first episode right on through to the last. From the acting, to the action, to the humour, everything has hit the right note.

    Talk about scripted to perfection. Big shout out to Jon Favreau and a great cast!

    Finished watching seasons 1 & 2 of The Mandalorian plus The Book of Boba Fett this weekend, and started season 3 as of yesterday.

    There better be a season 4 is all I can say!

    🍿 Haunted Mansion (Disney +) ⭐️⭐️

    It took me and mine a minute into watching this one to realise it was a remark of a remake, another attempt by Disney to make money by flogging a dead horse. We finished watching it while playing a game of Yahtzee at the same time. Guess which won?

    🍿 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ⭐️⭐️

    This overly long schlockfest was neither entertaining, or well done. Tedious noise!

    Doing Disney ...

    We did it, we succumb, we took out a sub with Disney + and, excited, decided to jump straight in to the Marvel Universe.

    📺 First up, episode one of Secret Invasion, the Marvel series featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. And … talk about being underwhelmed. Not only that, nothing happened, two people were killed off, and, people running around with green masks on was, well, something of a let down. Is this it? ⭐️⭐️

    📺 Bored by Nick Fury et el we pumped for the Star Wars spin-off, Andor, hoping for a bit more action and grit. And yes, while there seems to be plenty of grit. Here again was another rather dull story lacking any depth. However, on the insistence of the OH, we prevailed through to the bank heist episode… sorry, I mean the break-in to a heavily fortified garrison to steal … well, I better not spoil it for those who haven’t seen this one yet. But, can someone please explain to me how they got that large transport down that access tunnel into the underground cavern/vault? A groaning ⭐️⭐️

    Which begs the question, what do we try tonight?

    As I was out gallivanting about the city yesterday, I didn’t have to time to post my weekend movie nights round-up. So here it is.

    🍿 First up was Eternals, a Marvel Studios/Disney comic book adaptation that, to be honest, at 2:30 hours long might have been better served as a TV series. I would have watched it, especially if it meant the characters got a better intro and background story. As it is, this one was good popcorn fluff and a little less violent than the usual fare. I actually enjoyed it and yes, hope there will be a second outing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    🍿 Next we watched Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, with Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Sam Riley reprising their roles. With Michelle Pfeffier playing a deliciously nasty Queen Ingris who gets … well, I can’t tell you that, you know, spoilers and all. Needless to say this was as much fun as the first installment and gave us some really good action sequences. Another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    And you, what have you all been watching recently?

    Apple TV

    We started watching Silo on Apple TV last night. What a nice piece of classic-style dystopian SF. Really looking forward to seeing where this one goes, especially as they’ve just been green-lit for a second season.

    Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

    📺 We started season 2 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds last night and, damn, I have to say, that was one of the best episodes to date. Full of action, pathos and drama, our crew our getting into this big time, and I’m here for it all!

    I’m really enjoying the way the writers are threading canon and myth from classic trek into this new iteration, and giving us glimpses that tease and delight. Like Spock and his harp in this first episode. Can’t wait to see what else they gift us. And it’s fun to see the regulars getting more scenery to chew on.

    And while me and mine were still mourning the loss of one character from season one (no spoilers) the transition to a new character? Brilliant. I hope she’s going to be a regular for the entire season.

    And you, are you watching too?

    Netflix Night

    🍿 We watched Hanna on Netflix Saturday night, and … talk about child exploitation and endangerment, never mind the utter mindless violence. A tedious ⭐️⭐️

    TV Shows: Manifest

    📺 We watched the last few episodes of the weird scifi show Manifest on Netflix, so you don’t have to. ⭐️⭐️

    You’re welcome!

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