A fairly light month's crime-mystery-horror viewing in February numbers-wise anyway.
|Inspector George Gently (2007 - 2017)|
The show derives from a series of crime fiction books penned by Alan Hunter in the 50s and set in East Anglia.
Inspector George Gently (also known as George Gently for the pilot and first series) is a British television crime drama series produced by Company Pictures for BBC One, set in the 1960s and loosely based on some of the Inspector Gently novels written by Alan Hunter. The series features Martin Shaw as the eponymous Inspector, Lee Ingleby as Detective Sergeant John Bacchus, and Simon Hubbard and Lisa McGrillis in supporting roles as police constables for the fictitious North East Police Constabulary.
The series is notable for moving the setting of the stories to North East England, centering on Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland and County Durham, as opposed to the Norfolk, as portrayed in the books. As the series begins, the death penalty is still in effect in Britain, and is used as a plot feature in some early episodes. The abolishment of the penalty in 1965 is a change that is noted in the series. The earliest episodes are set in 1964, and the series progresses in approximately real time, with the closing scenes of the seventh series taking place in January 1970.
|Dog Day Afternoon (1975)|
I picked this film up just before Christmas for a pound. It's a film I have heard of but never seen. I had seen the book years ago by Patrick Mann but never read it. Looking up a bit of detail for this post, I find an article that tells me its based on a true story. I always thought it was fiction. See here. Interesting seeing Al Pacino from 40 years ago. An enjoyable film, but a bit slow in places. Hard to see any bank robbery-hostage-siege situations playing out like this these days.
|Santa Clarita Diet (2017)|
Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix-original series as married realtors, Sheila and Joel, who are living a quiet life, raising their teenage daughter in Santa Clarita, Calif. Their world unexpectedly changes when Sheila goes through a dramatic transformation that sends her down a road of death and destruction -- but leaves her looking and feeling better than ever. Barrymore and Olyphant also serve as executive producers, alongside showrunner and creator Victor Fresco ("Better Off Ted").
While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains life-threatening injuries from a brutal bear attack. When a member (Tom Hardy) of his hunting team kills his young son (Forrest Goodluck) and leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back to civilization. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, the legendary fur trapper treks through the snowy terrain to track down the man who betrayed him.