Thursday, November 26, 2020

3 Reasons Why I liked Into the Forest (2015)


Would you have survived the lockdowns without computers, the internet, and Netflix? Would you have survived without electricity?

While living deep inside the beauty of the forest, like any of the young generation sisters Nell and Eva were looking forward to medical school and a prestigious dance group respectively. Nell was using computers for studying while the dancer Eva a great sound system in full blast when suddenly all electrical power was lost. Into the Forest is the story of their struggle.

These are the 3 things I liked of the movie. There are spoilers.

Friday, October 30, 2020

3 reasons Why the 100 series Finale made No Sense

Clarke Griffin on the warpath

My watching the 100 up to its finale is
 a case of loving the characters and the world building - up to season 2 at least -  but hating where it’s going. It was always shorter than the average season which helped me soldier on. 

I am surprised that the series finale ended in a great victory for all of humanity. No human is left in the physical mortal plane, transcended in what can only be described as a sci-fi version of heaven.

These are the three things I did not like about this “win”. This rant has spoilers.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Incendies (2010)

War is brutally simple. 

It will always be just the one thing: live or die; loss or victory; longing or hatred; joy or sorrow. Incendies doesn’t get with that program. It manages to be beautifully nuanced.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

3 Reasons Why I hated the movie Triple Frontier (2019)

Former Special Forces on the run and on mules

I give you three reasons why Triple Frontier sucks and there are spoilers.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Booksmart (2019)

Books are only the beginning.

Booksmart is the misadventures of Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever). They have dedicated all their time to each other and to academics; they always get good grades, teachers love them. Classic overachievers. Now the best friends have one night left to see (high school) life for the very first time.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Warrior Nun (Netflix)

Deep in the inner recesses of the Roman Catholic Church is the Order of the Cruciform Sword, guardians of an an angel’s halo, wielded by the Warrior Nun. Since the Crusades the halo bearer has lead fellow sister warriors in a war against demons. 

The halo gets passed from warrior to warrior through the centuries until lately it ended up with a civilian that no convent, much less a secret paramilitary one, would want.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Scotland's Home of the Year (BBC Scotland)

Michael Angus (standing) with Kate Spiers and Anna Campbell-Jones at front
Images from The Herald

While still walking through the rabbit hole of Britannia I came upon Scotland’s Home of the Year (SHOTY). The show is a tour of houses without the historical slant that Restoration Home had and more of the owner’s personal taste. 

A big red heart symbolizes that taste which the owners will make known as the favorite spot. Judges look out for it and once found they stop to see through the owner’s point of view. Judges and episode winners see each other only in the grand finals.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Restoration Home (BBC Two)

Dr. Kate Williams, Caroline Quentin and Kieran Long

While on a self declared break from my regular series I went down the rabbit hole that was YouTube, one video led to another until I found myself hooked on Restoration Home.

A production by the BBC Two, the documentary series presents old buildings acquired by ordinary citizens who are willing to see through the crazy idea of restoring said structures to habitability. 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Dark (Netflix) (2017, 2019, 2020)

Think Back to the Future, Groundhog Day, and the series Counterpart; all swallowed, chewed, grinded, spat out, and presented as good spaghetti, for lack of a better analogy. Dark is the most convoluted time travel story I have ever seen.

Recommended to me as a German Stranger Things, Dark is far from it. Only a small town vibe would be shared by both series and no more. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Little Women (2019)

Letters from Father

Science fiction and an end of the world scenario: Contagion, It Comes at Night, 12 Monkeys, or the Walking Dead - like many others curiosity drove my choices of what to watch at the start of this pandemic. A compelling watch but with days upon days of isolation, I couldn't without flipping out. Laying low from negativity such as news, social media, and in my case certain movie genres is indeed good advice. 

Since then the movies or TV series I’ve seen to name a few are: Money Heist, Star Trek the Next Generation, All the President’s Men, and The Last Dance. Actually I am surprised to be relying more YouTube than the movies I have on file. 

Still cautiously avoiding just the one genre, for this week’s entertainment I traveled to a bygone era via a light hearted period piece from the 2020 Oscar Best Picture nominees.

The March sisters looking at the Laurence house

Little Women, the classic Louisa May Alcott’s tale said to be based on author’s own family, has been made and remade at least 10 times, I was old enough to remember only 2 movies that included this latest one. I never saw or read the story, until now.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Missing the Americans


Why do Americans always end up as heroes in the movie; my Ex brought up the topic one time. Since it was long ago, I can’t remember any emotional weight that was behind the question. She may have wanted a geopolitical chat with me assuming my memory of her bringing up Henry Kissinger is even in the same conversation.