Movie and TV Reviews

 

The Reviews

Mindhorn – Julian Barrett at His Absolute Finest, Sir

I was sceptical, as British comedies can be a hit or miss for me. This, however, really hit the right spot. It was fantastic to see Julian Barrett in the lead as Mindhorn, the 1980s TV detective brought out of the archives for a final, thrilling, real-world case. There were a lot of laughs and a lot to enjoy, but the best thing for me was to see Julian in his element. Great movie.

The Orville – Seth MacFarlane Awkwardly Wins Me Over

Watching The Orville now after winning a free 2 month trial from NowTV. I like the show and I’m surprised with the reviews. Critics seem to hate it as much as fans love it. I thought the Star Trek Discovery TV show was just boring and confusing. Seth MacFarlane has given us back Star Trek, with a toned down version of his trademark humor thrown in to boot. I’ve read so much about how awkward Seth looks in the role of captain Ed, but I think he pulls it off and I enjoy the self-contained nature of each episode.

I like the show and I’m surprised with the Rotten Tomatoes and other critics reviews. The professional critics seem to hate The Orville as much as the actuall viewers enjoyed it. As far as I’m concerned, Seth MacFarlane has given us back the original Star Trek, with a toned down version of his trademark humor thrown in to boot. Most who watched this show went in expecting to hate it. I was the same. I like MacFarlane’s off-color humor and observations, but I expected The Orville to just be too much. But The Orville is a scifi show with a splash of comedy, not a comedy trying to be a scifi show. That’s what makes it watchable. That, and the positive message it brings back to TV science fiction. We’ve in a world governed by lunatics and heading at full speed towards the abyss as the intellectuals scream in silence. God knows, I don’t want watch the same shit when I turn on Star Trek.

Star Trek Discovery

These days, television that expects me to commit to a main plotline spanning a season or more needs to be really, really good for me to commit. I’m talking about Game of Thrones good, or Breaking Bad. Star Trek Discovery doesn’t have that appeal, so I was quick to quit.

Archives

Wonder Woman 1st June 2017

Alien Covenant 12th May 2017

Zootopia (Zootropolis) 4th April 2016

Batman V Superman 28th March 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane 19th March 2016

The Context

I’m a fan of the cinema and believe that it bring a certain experience to watching a film that viewing at home cannot match. Some movies absolutely belong in the cinema and lost some of the spectacle when viewed at home, regardless of the quality of your home cinema equipment. I enjoy the typical Hollywood blockbuster movies but recently am becoming more inclined to enjoy smaller and less mainstream cinema. Maybe I’m getting wiser as I age. I certainly hope so!

My Tastes

moon4My favourite movie of all time is Joe Versus the Volcano. John Patrick Shanley’s script resonated with me the first time I first saw that movie. More than twenty years later the movie still holds a special place in my heart.

I saw Terminator 2, Judgment Day about eight times at the cinema. I was obsessed with that movie and totally blown away by the special effects. Of course, Arnie as the eponymous Terminator was never better. It’s a movie I can still watch anytime and still find absolutely amazing.

I like television, but I’m very picky. Right now I’ll watch absolutely anything to do with The Walking therapist linda2Dead. Yes, I mean absolutely anything. In fact, if they made an Eastenders spin-off that took part in TWD universe then I’d watch it. And I loathe Eastenders. I’m watching Bojack Horseman, The Man in The High Castle, and the astonishingly brilliant TV sitcom Community. Also watching F is for Family, Better Call Saul, and Lucifer. My attraction to the latter show, Lucifer, is confusing. Sometimes it seems too unbelievable that I just can’t look away. But I think I’m in love with Lucifer’s therapist, Linda, so provided she keeps getting her three minutes an episode I’ll be hooked.

 

 

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