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Dublin Murders: Episode #1.1 (2019)
Dublin Murders is based on a series of books by Tana French which has been adapted for the small screen by Sarah Phelps.
A complex and intricate novel comes across as dour in the opening episode. Everybody is being serious and a police chief being sexist and then wondering if he was sexist.
Two Garda detectives Rob Riley (Killian Scott) and Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene) investigate the murder of a 13 year old Katy Devlin in the local woods. The same place where three children disappeared in 1985. One of the boy's later appeared, the other two, a boy and a girl have never been seen since then.
There might be a connection between the early disappearances and the recent murder. There was nothing here that was gripping, too many people being solemn and po faced.
Undoubtedly this is a layered mystery and an important revelation is made in the second episode. My initial opinion, solid but dull.
There have been more episodes of Still Open All Hours than Open All Hours. It has all been done in a shorter space of time as well.
Roy Clarke set his word processor on autopilot some time ago after the show was resurrected as a series in 2014. It is almost the same plot each episode. Granville usually cons Cyril and Eric with a new miracle cure. Gastric tries to impress Madge. Mrs Featherstone makes a play for Granville, creepy as she is much older than him and she used to do the same with her uncle.
The start of the sixth series. Somehow it merged into Last of the Summer Wine. Granville has found a mangle and wants to run a steam pressing service. The mangle with Gastric on it goes loose on the streets. There is even a panda car with two policemen in it drinking tea.
I think Roy Clarke put his autopilot on the wrong show setting!
The Front Runner (2018)
The Front Runner
I wonder if Gary Hart looks at Bill Clinton and thinks why Clinton managed to survive all the allegations of womanising and Hart was blown off course.
The answer is Clinton was never photographed on a boat called 'Monkey Business.'
I never got the adulation that Hart got in the 1984 Democratic primaries. I also did not see anything charismatic about him. To me he was just another middle aged politician. Hart lost the primaries to Walter Mondale, but he made a strong enough showing to be a contender for the 1988 campaign.
Although the film is called The Front Runner. Hart was just a well known name in the field of potential Democratic contenders in the early summer of 1987 and the primaries would not start until early 1988.
Hugh Jackman plays Gary Hart. Whoever did Jackman's hair should had been fired. It looks nothing like Hart's bouffant.
Setting his sights for the 1988 Presidential Nomination. Hart gets a campaign team together but he never gets off first gear. Within a few weeks there are rumours that Hart as been seeing a young model called Donna Rice. One newspaper had sent journalists following Rice who may had spent the night together with Hart.
I have no idea why Jason Reitman thinks anyone wanted to see the story about Gary Hart. This is not a compelling story. Hart is from a long line of politicians who could not keep his zipper up.
Jackman never dazzles as Hart or captures the essence of the man. He comes across as maudlin and tired rather than a chancer.
Where the film succeeds is showing the workings of the campaign room by a strategist such as Bill Dixon (JK Simmons) or the journalists going about dealing with the sex scandal story and how it was done in the old days.
I Hope You Like Missionary!
Tech entrepreneur Aaron Peele is the target for the security services. He has outsmarted one attempt to get close to him. Aaron Peele shows his malevolence in the way he gathers and uses data.
Eve sends for Villanelle to infiltrate Aaron Peele. An unusual job, as the target is not be killed. Still Villanelle manages to kill a chaperone who minds Aaron's sister Amber. She does it while Eve is watching in horror.
As for Eve, her husband Niko has moved out. He is not happy what is Eve is turning into. Eve is not happy that Niko has moved into a fellow teacher's house Gemma. Check out when Eve does channel Villanelle when she goes through her clothes drawer.
With Konstantin and Villanelle working for British security, you would think that some tension would be lost. Villanelle reveals different layers in this episode such as how she manages to get close to Amber, how the malice is always bubbling under.
White Boy Rick (2018)
White Boy Rick
White Boy Rick is based on true facts. What should had been a thoughtful drama turns into a gloomy and an interminable bore.
Set in mid 1980s Detroit, a city rife with violence and drugs. Rick Wershe Sr (Matthew McConaughey) buys cheap guns, modifies them and sells them on. He is looking for the Golden Fleeced to give his kids a better life. It might be too late, his daughter is already addicted to crack.
Teenage son Ricky Wershe Jr (Richie Merritt) gets into into drug dealing and informing for the FBI about rival black drug gangs, one of which he has managed to infiltrate. The film has a narrative that law enforcement coerced Ricky Jr into selling drugs and then betrayed him. When Ricky is later arrested, he was given a life jail term with no chance of parole because of Michigan's then tough drug laws.
Ricky Jr served almost 30 years in jail before being released.
However the film paints everybody in a bad light but it is so uninvolving. It is a tedious drama when it might had worked better as a cynical dark comedy.
McConaughey raises the game when he appears. Newcomer Merritt brings a gauche naive quality to Ricky Jr who let's face it was not too bright. You can sense that when he 'borrow's' his grandfather's car, leaves the keys inside as he goes to meet his sister in a diner. The car gets stolen.
A Confession: Episode #1.4 (2019)
I was wondering why the character of John Godden, the father of murdered Becky Godden was painted as a bit of a prat.
This episode provides an answer. Godden could not respond to his ex-wife Karen Edwards questions. Members of his family had mentioned seeing Becky, when she was actually dead. It was a reason why Becky was never reported to the police as a missing person.
DI Fulcher's shortcuts comes back to haunt him. Christopher Halliwell was not immediately taken to the police station to be questioned and his rights were not properly read to him. This is important, Halliwell could now argue that his confession is non admissable. Without being properly processed he can say that it was obtained by oppression. After all it was just him in a police car made to talk. No one was recording it, no one was taking notes and he was not given an opportunity to have a lawyer.
Just imagine if this became widespread. The US drama 'When They See Us' is a good indication of what happens when police overstep their mark.
Halliwell is only charged for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan and not Becky Godden. John Godden is not happy and raises an official complaint against Fulcher.
In the early part of the episode, Fulcher is applauded by members of the public in a shop. Now he faces being vilified. Martin Freeman does well in portraying Fulcher's bewilderment and bubbling anger.
Giri/Haji: Episode #1.1 (2019)
I was shocked by the opening episode of Giri/Haji. Not because the first third of it was in the Japanese language.
It had a filmic quality of modern Japanese and Korean crime drama. Director Julian Farino has approached this visually as Far Eastern cinema, you even get an anime sequence.
The story itself is about a weary detective Kenzo Mori (Takehiro Hira) who has been sent to London in an exchange visit to search for his younger brother Yuto. He is a gangster mixed up with the Yakuza but he was thought to have died.
With some recent violent deaths in Tokyo. Mori is tasked to find him in London, by both his superior and what looks like a chief gangster.
Mori leaves his troubled family life behind. His Japanese contact does not show up to meet him and he might be untrustworthy. His police contact DC Sarah Weitzmann (Kelly Macdonald) has troubles of her own.
Mori realises a half Japanese rent boy Rodney he met in a club would be useful in his below the radar mission.
A stylish drama with a lot that is lurking underneath. This is a lurid noir with hints of twists and turns and betrayal. I am sure Tarantino's Kill Bill is an inspiration.
Versailles: Miasma (2017)
Madeleine de Foix is arrested as the poisoner. Her son is released and is certainly not happy with her mother's actions. Fabien tries to make her talk but she secretly takes a poison herself.
Fabien assumes she is not the only murderer in Versailles and wants to look at other unnatural deaths that have happened in recent years.
As for Louis, his baby daughter with Montespans dies. Claudine could not cure her and she is dismissed by Louis.
Old Cassel cannot get away from his treacherous past or his vices as he forces himself on Sophie in their wedding night.
As for Phillippe, he still leaves his new wife Palatine unsatisfied, she goes out horse riding with Louis who likes her attitude. However Phillippe has a big falling out with Chevalier.
There are some big losers in this episode. With the death of her baby, Montespans values has plummeted. It was noteworthy that she was not concerned at first when she heard that the baby was ill. Claudine gets drunk when she is banished as the physician.
Louis meanwhile believes sins can cause heartache, something the priests might agree with. The church would be in a a stronger position with a king who is virtuous as his wife.
It was good to see Chevalier get taken down a peg or two. If only Phillippe would understand that he only cares about his money.
Not Going Out: Kid (2006)
Lee gets to crack a few old jokes riffing on Ken Dodd. He is trying to make 14 year old Nicky laugh. Kate has taken him in as his parents attend a wedding in the caribbean.
Trouble is Lee has problems being on the same level of a teenage goth. Tim has no issues as he and Nicky share the same taste in heavy metal music. Tim also gets on well with Nicky's dog as Lee is allergic to dogs.
I liked how Kate has issues with giving the dog vegetarian food. Meanwhile Tim kept eating the dog food by mistake and realised that it was better than Kate's vegetarian food.
Both Lee and Tim continue with their rapid fire gags to each other and to Nicky. Trouble is he does not find Lee's joke funny.
Straker is concerned about space debris. It looks like he was ahead of his time on the issue of space junk.
Straker has suspicions that the aliens could be using space debris to hide a device behind and cause disruption to SHADO's spacecraft.
It sets Straker in a collision course with General Henderson. Both men are pig headed, loath each other and refuse to compromise.
Henderson does not have the funds to clear up space debris and has no time for his wild theories. Even after Colonel Foster replicates the space flight path of a lunar module that crashed during re-entry, this time Foster nearly crashes but hr manages to survive.
There are plenty of shouting matches in this episode as Foster looks on in bemusement. It did not lead to exciting drama.
The Capture: Correction (2019)
The final episode sees the appearance of the final big star Famke Janssen. Some American government bigwig who is a few pay grades above Frank Napier. She brings him down a peg or two and lets him know that someone is watching him.
Unfortunately each time Famke came on screen, I kept wondering how much botox has she had. Maybe she was that fake real time 3D CGI that the security service have developed.
I thought The Capture had a potential to be a really good thriller. Unfortunately it never reached its potential. The final episode blew off course and the reason for it was in case they got the go ahead for a second series.
The security services are afraid that they not want the information out in the open that CCTV footage can be corrected. Make guilty people look guilty so they can be convicted in a court of law.
Rachel gives them an ultimatum but Commander Danny Hart thinks she could be recruited to work for the security services.
As for Emery, he is persuaded to do his time quietly for his and his families sake.
A murky and confused thriller that is morally bankrupt. It does not like lawyers. One barrister murdered, a solicitor beaten up and then abducted by some shady spooks. What were they going to do with him? Emery's daughter is taken and used to put pressure on Emery. All of it been done by the 'good guys.'
All Is True (2018)
All Is True
This is like watching the Ben Elton sitcom The Upstart Crow and finding out that the cast has been replaced by different actors.
Written by Ben Elton who this time has cut the jokes. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as William Shakespeare in his retirement years in Stratford Upon Avon after the Globe theatre burnt down in London.
It is disconcerting to see Branagh looking like Ben Kingsley in this film. Judi Dench plays his wife Ann Hathaway, although the real Ann was eight years older than her husband. Judi Dench is twenty six years older than Branagh, the age difference is noticeable.
This is a melancholy and fictionalised film. The autumnal colour palette sees Shakespeare at the end of his life haunted by the death of his son Hamnett many years earlier. He died at the age of eleven during an outbreak of the bubonic plague.
Shakespeare feels guilty that he was not there when his son died and after all these years he has unanswered questions. Being at home he needs to connect with his estranged wife and also need to deal with his daughters, one is still unmarried, the other has marital issues.
Despite his fame, Shakespeare suffers from an inferiority complex due to his family's social standing. His father had debts and this is touched upon when Shakespeare has to put up with barbed comments from local landowner and when he receives a visit by the Earl of Southampton (Ian McKellen.)
I think there was no need for so much prosthetics on Branagh. It was distracting. The story is superficial, it really is meditating on loss, grief and old age. Yet is was heavy going and only livened up when McKellen showed up.
I liked Elton's The Upstart Crow and this needed the cheeky zippy fun of that series.
e film imagines Shakespeare coming home to Stratford for good after the fire, yearning for a prosperous and peaceful retirement but now forced to confront long-suppressed feelings about the death of his son 17 years before. He must deal with the angry, conflicted and still unmarried Judith, and her troubled sister Susanna, married to Dr John Hall - and also his stolidly unimpressed wife Anne. Both daughters create social upset for Shakespeare, who despite his fame is yearning for bourgeois respectability in the provinces. But the awful memory of Hamnet keeps coming back. He angrily disputes ownership of grief with Anne and Judith, pointing out that he feels as deeply as they. But Dench brings an acid rebuke to Anne's reply that, at the time of his Hamnet's death, he was writing The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Zomboat!: Episode #1.1 (2019)
A zombie comedy set on a boat in Birmingham.
Sisters Jo (Cara Theobold) and Kat (Leah Brotherhead) wake up one morning and discover a zombie apocalypse in Birmingham. Jo's boyfriend has already turned and is now stalking her in a zombified state. Kat who has seen Romero's zombie films and is an avid shoot em up gamer has the idea to escape to London on a canal boat while she attacks the zombies.
Best friends Sunny (Hamza Jeetooa) and Amar (Ryan McKen) were in Birmingham for a stag weekend. They eventually discover the walking dead and run away, not before they start throwing things at them including their mobile phone.
They also end up in the same canal boat but Jo and Kat are unaware of this in the first episode.
This first episode started well but it lost my interest with Amar and Sunny's pointless bickering when there were more pressing matters facing them.
There were a lot of references to zombie films and television shows such as The Walking Dead but not the comedy Zombieland.
Not as funny as it wanted to be in the first episode and it does look cheap. This is Birmingham, Britain's second city and it looked empty with about half a dozen zombies on the rampage.
I wonder if Arthur Conan Doyle's Wisteria Lodge was inspired by Arthur Morrison's The Affair of the Tortoise which was published earlier.
The latter was dramatised as an episode of The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes featuring the detective Martin Hewitt.
Both stories feature people with a murky past from the Americas who are now hiding out in Britain.
A cartographer Scott Eccles consults Sherlock Holmes. He was invited to a country estate as a guest of an amateur Spanish cartographer, Garcia. The next morning, Eccles wakes up and find the house deserted. The police later turn up wanting to question Eccles over the death of Mr Garcia.
Freddie Jones gives a fruity performance as Inspector Barnes. He comes across as pompous and pig headed at first, telling Holmes that he can follow his path while Barnes will tread his own. Holmes is convinced that Barnes has the wrong suspect.
Holmes and Watson investigate a neighbouring house. Dr Watson thinks he has spotted a lady in distress. It is an elaborate revenge tale featuring a fugitive dictator from Latin America. To Holme's surprise Barnes was never too far off the scent.
There is a lot of plot here, it just starts off in a very subdued manner. Jones actually livens things up a little and at the end it is a rather tragic tale of revenge.
Bergerac: Ninety Per Cent Proof (1983)
Ninety Per Cent Proof
It is the start of the third season and a starry young cast. John Gordon Sinclair, Carol Royle and Ray Winstone all appear.
Jim Bergerac is spending all day in court over an arson case. Jerry LeFevre is accused of setting his hotel on fire for the insurance money. Bergerac stopped LeFevre's car which contained empty containers that smelled of petrol.
LeFevre's lawyer wants a jury trial and argues the evidence is flimsy. LeFevre's son went out with Bergerac's ex wife. It all looks like Bergerac is being vindictive.
Later that evening, Bergerac helps a drunk Irish lady who claims her ex husband is stalking her. While he goes out to investigate a potential sighting of him, she is found dead in the hotel room and later Bergerac is found extremely drunk.
When he returns to the hotel room later on, there is no dead body and LeFevre's son is there with another lady. It looks like a set up to discredit Bergerac.
Brian Clemens wrote a very different adventure. Bergerac has to clear his name and prove to everyone that he has not fallen off the wagon. A priest drops by to help him, a fellow recovering alcoholic just like Bergerac.
Of course credibility is strained as Bergerac storms in everywhere like a bull in a china shop and rarely engages his brain. He makes it very easy for the LeFevre's to discredit him.
Extras: Sir Ian McKellen (2006)
Sir Ian McKellen
With Andy's sitcom being continually lambasted by the critics. Andy decides the play's the thing and he wants to show off his acting chops in the theatre.
Darren gets Andy a part in a play to be directed by Sir Ian McKellen. Only to Andy's dismay, this romantic play features a same sex gay relationship.
Andy is uncomfortable being involved in a gay play. It gets worse on the opening night, his old school friends arrive. Steve Sherwood never had issues in pulling the ladies and Andy resented being called gay by him. Now they will all see Andy being romantic with another man in a gay play.
Jonathan Cake plays the babe magnet Steve, the old school friend of Andy. I really liked how he played it straight especially when Andy's camp old pal Bunny showed up. I think Cake outshone the guest star Ian McKellen.
Both Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant turned up the dial in the embarrassing squirm factor regarding straight actors playing gay parts and being seen by family and friends.
Darren gets his own embarrassing mishap when he invites Maggie to his home for dinner.
Is There a Doctor in the House?
Xena and Gabrielle comes across some wounded people caught up in a civil war. Xena needs to give them urgent medical attention by setting up a proper mobile army surgical hospital in a healing temple.
They also come across a pregnant woman about to give birth to a centaur. Worse Gabrielle gets mortally injured.
It really is case of war is hell and Cena and Gabrielle deal with the casualties of war.
A limp end to the first series which is mainly studio bound. I think the budget ran out. It is Dr Xena as she displays her medical skills right in front of a young Hippocrates who is impressed with Xena's healing skills. He is less enamoured with the old man Galen's power of prayer to the healing gods. Galen is also offended by Xena's modern medicine methods. This is Ancient Greece after all.
The Godfather (1972)
Francis Ford Coppola got Mario Puzo's pulpy novel and turned it into a cinematic masterpiece with Puzo as co-scriptwriter. Robert McKee famous for his seminars on script writing offers Casablanca as the perfect film. He deconstructs the script and movie in his seminars. He is wrong. The Godfather is as perfect as a movie you can get.
When Paramount Pictures gave the movie a greenlight. The mafia families were concerned that it would lift the lid on how they operated and shine an unwelcome spotlight on the crime bosses. There were attempts to stop the movie being made. They had nothing to worry about, when the movie came out the mob bosses realized that no amount of money could buy the public relations they got from the film.
Instead of murderous gangsters. The Godfather portrays the mafia as men of honour, family men who value loyalty and live by a code. Violence would only be used as a last resort. It is because we never see the outside victims of these people. The story is set within gangsters and their families and associates.
The film opens with an epic wedding sequence set after the war. On the day of his daughter's wedding Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) cannot refuse a request made of him. His godson Johnny Fontane drops by to sing at the wedding and requests Don Vito's help to secure a part in a movie that would secure his comeback. His informally adopted son Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) is sent to Hollywood to persuade the film producer and when he refuses, the producer wakes up in bed with the head of his prized horse.
Don Vito Corleone is a criminal, the head of the five families. He is also the moral centre of this movie. He is wise, he can be kind but he is also ageing and his values are of a world that is disappearing. Don Vito's reluctance to enter the drugs trade would be his undoing.
The Godfather is really the story of youngest son, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino.) The war hero who wanted to have nothing to do with the family business but is pulled in first when his father is shot and then when a further attempt is made on his life in the hospital. After the death of his hot headed brother Sonny Corleone (James Caan.) Michael is groomed by Don Vito to become the head of the family. After his father's death, Michael plans revenge on those who betrayed his family and the rival families.
In his first scenes at the family wedding, Michael explains to his girlfriend Kay Adams (Diane Keaton) the various heavies hanging around and some of the things his father did to pull favours. Michael is an outsider in his own family as he tells Kay that he is not like them. As the film progresses Michael becomes exactly like them.
The Godfather has terrific performances. Marlon Brando won his second Best Actor Oscar and rejuvenated his career. On the other hand Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and James Caan were all nominated for the best supporting actor Oscars and cancelled each other out. The film won three Oscars including Best Picture. The big winner that year was actually Cabaret with eight Oscar wins including Best Director.
So much of The Godfather has been emulated since. Michael Cimino was so enamoured by the movie, he opens The Deer Hunter with an epic wedding sequence to set up his story. He also cast Robert De Niro and John Cazale, two actors who appeared in The Godfather films. On the other hand Coppola would later cast John Savage who plays an important role in The Deer Hunter in The Godfather III in 1990.
Then there is the climax. The christening scenes where Michael Corleone renounces the devil and all his work which is intercut with his various henchmen killing the Corleone's rivals. A trick Coppola has used in his other movies.
Agent Carter: Now Is Not the End (2015)
Now Is Not the End
Hayley Atwell reprises Agent Carter in her own television series. Using clips from Captain America: The First Avenger, this series is set after the second world war as Agent Carter works for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR.) The organisation that was succeeded by SHIELD.
The SSR is male dominated and chauvinistic. Agent Carter gets the brunt of it.
With the paranoia that manifested itself in the USA of the 1950s. The American government are after Howard Stark who is held in contempt for failing to appear in a Congress hearing and regarded as a traitor for selling his dangerous inventions to the highest bidder.
Howard Stark turns to Agent Carter for help to clear his name and his butler Jarvis provides her with assistance.
This episode has a wonderful period setting, it looks good visually. In contrast to Captain America: The First Avenger which was shot in Manchester, England which stood in for New York.
The pacing is good. Carter glams up to use her feminine charms and also gets to kick ass.
The first episode is forming an arc, it has more organic links with the Marvel movies and it is clear money was spent here.
The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Fourteen
The Valeyard quotes Shakespeare to the Doctor. He uses the phrase, The Undiscovered Country from Hamlet. It could be a good title for a Star Trek movie. The Valeyard wants the Doctor dead and the Master wants the Valeyard dead as well as take control of the Matrix.
With the death of Robert Holmes. The writers Pip and Jane Baker were brought in to finish the Trial season. For some reason they had no recourse to Holmes ideas to finish the serial.
What we are left with is a mess of an episode with some clunky pseudo scientific phrases from the Bakers. The Doctor is in a catatonic state as he ends up back in Dickens land as the Valeyard displays that the pen is certainly mightier than the sword.
We then end up back to the trial room where suddenly the Inquisitor suddenly becomes the judge and jury in a lynching party. Hold on what was the function of those Time Lords sitting in the courtroom that were acting as if they were the jury for the last 13 weeks?
It is all the Theatre of Grand Guignol to eliminate the Time Lords. You actually think they need eliminating with their shoddy security operation. The Matrix was compromised for years and no one noticed. Their prosecutor was the evil incarnate of the Doctor who somehow emerged from nowhere and no one noticed. Did anyone even clock the Keeper of the Matrix by the end of it all?
Ultimately, the real judge jury and executioner was BBC programme controller Michael Grade. He hated the show and disliked Colin Baker. 'Carrot juice' turned out to be Baker's finals words as he was unceremoniously sacked. The show was kept on but producer John Nathan Turner had to recast the part once again.
The trial concept was a failure both with the critics and the viewers. The viewing figures declined and show would now be shunted away from the Saturday evening slot.
Interestingly the whole Season 23 has received the special edition Blu Ray treatment. At least now it is beautiful to look at.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Day the Earth Stood Still is a great movie. The 1951 original that is.
This could had been a good movie if the story was not so disjointed. If the script was not so cliched and if they got rid off the annoying kid.
The US government summons a group of scientists in secret. An object from outer space is approaching the planet. In fact a sphere lands in New York and an alien Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) emerges who takes on human form.
Klaatu wants to talk to the world leaders about the human destruction of the planet. The US Secretary of Defence views him as a threat and wants him interrogated at a secure facility.
Dr Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) helps Klaatu escape and when she learns the true nature of his visit, she wants him to understand humanity.
Michael Rennie gave a wonderful performance in the original movie which had a message of peace. Reeves seems to be inspired by Jeff Bridges alien from Starman as the remake highlights the issue of environmental destruction. Unfortunately the movie is bland, the American military are portrayed as trigger happy caricatures.
Look Whose Wheel's Come Off
When Pearl is told that Howard wants a kiss. She replies "again, we did it on the honeymoon."
No wonder Howard went for Marina and frankly he should had stayed with her.
Hobbo meanwhile gets a smacker on the lips from Pearl. Much to Howard's disgust. I think Pearl enjoyed it. It must be Hobbo's moisturiser.
Hobbo uses his operational brain for two plans. One to get Barry to enjoy a night out after sneakily having some fish and chips. Second to persuade Howard to make a greater effort to protest that he is homeless.
Luckily for Barry that Glenda is not that hard as she realises he has ate fish and chips. Howard though chains himself on his bicycle and then loses the key.
Another episode stolen by the quips from Entwistle and a much better effort from Roy Clarke, almost vintage.
Brightburn is essentially a twisted evil Superman origin story.
A childless couple Kyle and Tori Breyer adopt a baby boy whose alien craft lands on their rural farm. Brandon is like a normal child until he turns 12 years old.
Then Brandon exhibits erratic strange behaviour. He has dark thoughts which manifests in his drawings and writings in his scrapbook. Brandon injures a girl at school and when he feels threatened by someone, he goes to kill them in horrible ways. Eventually even his parents realize that their sweet boy no longer exists as Brandon manifests special powers.
Produced by James Gunn who made the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and written by his family members. This should had been an interesting 'what if' take on the superhero genre.
Instead Brighburn opts to become a dumb, violent slasher horror film. More Friday the 13th and The Omen as Brandon is the child you cannot harm.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos makes a film based on a Greek tragedy, Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides.
Heart surgeon Steven Murphy's (Colin Farrell) life is in turmoil after he befriends a troubled teenager Martin (Barry Keoghan) who is the son of a patient who died while Steven was treating him.
Martin blames Steven for his father's death. His wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) finds out that Steven had been drinking when he treated Martin's dad. Now Martin is threatening harm to both of their children and he wants Steven to make a deadly choice.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a weird arthouse film and not a very good one. It starts out with the Murphy's comfortable lifestyle and everyone delivering lines in a monotonous cold way. It is too self consciously trying to be offbeat, dark and pretentious.
It then becomes unpleasant, surreal and violent as Martin can somehow make the Murphy's children fall ill by some form of magic. This compels Steven to act in a way to somehow rescue his family. It is essentially a demented version of Sophie's Choice.
Private Buckaroo (1942)
Essentially a musical revue for the war effort and promote enlistment. It is a movie with lots of songs and a slim story about an entertainer made to join the army and he has an attitude problem.
The movie could had benefited with more comedy acts although Mary Wickes steals the show as a tall lady out on a date with Shemp Howard in a nightclub. Comic Joe E Lewis tries to take her away from him.
The highlight of the songs is The Andrew Sisters singing Don't Sit under the Apple tree. If you know little about the Andrews Sisters then this is the film to see them in action.