Probably the most viewing in a month for quite some considerable time.....a few films mostly very good, a couple of TV series completed and another four started and no trips to the cinema.....
|Eric and Ernie (2011)|
Bring Me Sunshine.....
A telling of the fledging careers and early days of the comedy duo that was Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, from their dance-hall performances of northern England to cult status.
|The Handmaid's Tale - Season 2 (2018)|
Amazing, once I heard there was a Season 3 coming, in truth it couldn't really have ended any other way. Superb acting throughout, very tense, and fairly topical IMO. Highly recommended. Just need to read the book by Margaret Atwood while I'm waiting for it.
From Radio Times....
Hulu has said that season two – which takes us beyond the endpoint of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel – will be shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her stolen child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. It will consist of 13 episodes.
‘Gilead is within you’ is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In season two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth,” reads the synopsis.
We will also be visiting Alexis Bledel’s character Ofglen who has been exiled to the dreaded colonies.
As fans will remember, Ofglen (aka Emily) was banished to the colonies, where rebellious or “useless” women (known as “unwomen”) are sent to clean up radioactive waste.
|The Sinner Season 1 (2017)|
The Sinner is an American crime drama mystery television series, based on the novel of the same name by German crime writer Petra Hammesfahr. Eight episodes of the program, originally conceived of as a "close-ended series", were ordered in January 2017 and premiered on USA Network on August 2, 2017. In March 2018, the series was renewed for a second season, also of eight episodes, which premiered on August 1, 2018 and concluded on September 19, 2018.
The first season of The Sinner received two nominations at the 75th Golden Globe Awards: Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for Jessica Biel. Biel was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
In the first season, Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) delves into the past of a troubled young mother (Jessica Biel), in order to determine why she stabbed a man during a beach outing but has no memory of why she committed the crime.
In the second season, Ambrose returns to his hometown, after a 13-year-old boy confesses to poisoning his parents, and learns secrets that the town's inhabitants are determined to keep buried.
|Rock of Ages (2012)|
Another one that passed me by first time around. Daft, stupid and very very funny. I even managed to overlook the fact that Russell Brand - the biggest bell-end ever to stroll the planet was in it. Loved a glammed up Tom Cruise.
The songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and other artists underscore a tale of big dreams in Hollywood. Soon after hopping off a bus from the Midwest, aspiring singer Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) immediately finds herself in trouble. Coming to her rescue is Drew (Diego Boneta), a bar-back at the legendary club the Bourbon Room. With stars in their eyes, the young lovers chase their dreams, but a misunderstanding involving rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) threatens to tear them apart.
One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running for a no-holds-barred game of tag -- risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take one another down. This time, the game coincides with the wedding of the only undefeated player. What should be an easy target soon becomes an all-out war as he knows they're coming to get him.
|Ozark Season 1 (2017)|
Created by Bill Dubuque ("The Accountant," "The Judge"), this drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrdes' fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.
|We're The Millers (2013)|
Small-time pot dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished; trying to help some teens, he is jumped by thugs and loses his cash and stash. Now, David's in big debt to his supplier and -- to wipe the slate clean -- he must go to Mexico to pick up the guy's latest shipment. To accomplish his mission, Dave devises a foolproof plan: He packs a fake family into a huge RV and heads south of the border for a wild weekend that is sure to end with a bang.
Deirdre (Natascha McElhone) puts together a team of experts that she tasks with stealing a valuable briefcase, the contents of which are a mystery. The international team includes Sam (Robert De Niro), an ex-intelligence officer, along with Vincent (Jean Reno), Gregor (Stellan Skarsgard) and others. As their operation gets underway, several team members are found to be untrustworthy, and everyone must complete the mission with a watchful eye on everyone else.
Apparently this six part BBC drama was the one that recently gripped the whole nation and had everyone excitedly chatting about it the next day at work. Apparently. I'm an episode and a half into it and not really feeling it I'm afraid. I don't like Keeley Hawes' character - a controversial politician. I guess I'm not supposed to. I don't like Richard Madden the ex-service PTSD suffering bodyguard. So why bother watching it? My wife is of the same opinion. Maybe we'll give it another episode and a half before either getting hooked or irritated beyond belief. I think it was trailed as from the makers of Line of Duty. I'd rather be re-watching that if I'm honest.
Bodyguard is a British television drama series, created and written by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions for the BBC. The six-part series stars Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes. The series began broadcasting on BBC One on 26 August 2018, achieving the highest viewing figures for a new BBC drama in the multichannel era and the highest BBC viewing figures since 2008.
The BBC commissioned the series from the then independent World Productions in 2016. After ITV Studios Global Entertainment bought the company in 2017, they handle international distribution for the series. In 2018 Netflix agreed a distribution deal to broadcast the show outside the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The series is set around the fictional character of Police Sergeant David Budd, a heroic British Army war-veteran suffering from PTSD, who is now working as a specialist protection officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service. He is assigned to protect the ambitious Home Secretary Julia Montague, whose politics stand for everything he despises.
|Killing Eve (2018)|
Eve's life as a spy is not adding up to what she had hoped it would be when she started. She is a bored, very smart, MI5 security officer who is very desk-bound. Villanelle is a very talented killer, mercurial in mood, who clings to the luxuries of her job. Eve and Villanelle go head to head in a fierce game of cat and mouse, each woman equally obsessed with the other as Eve is tasked with hunting down the psychopathic assassin. Sarah Barnett, BBCA president, says, " `Killing Eve' stands out in a sea of scripted stories as refreshingly entertaining and great fun."
U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months.
|The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (2018)|
I've had the book by Joel Dicker on my shelf untouched for about three years now and the airing of a ten part adaptation has finally spurred me on to reading the 600 plus page door stopper. I'm trying to read in sync with some weekly viewing, but am lagging behind a bit at the minute. Nearly four episodes watched so far and I'm enjoying both. I do like Patrick Dempsey - very easy on the eye as well as a decent actor.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is an upcoming American mystery drama television miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by Joël Dicker, that is set to premiere on Epix. The series was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and stars Patrick Dempsey, Ben Schnetzer, Damon Wayans Jr., and Virginia Madsen.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair follows "a young writer who heads to Harry Quebert’s home for some inspiration. Instead, he finds that Harry’s been accused of murdering 15-year-old Nola Kellergan, who went missing years prior."
|The Next Three Days (2010)|
Life for John and Lara Brennan (Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks) is miserable after she is convicted of a murder she says she did not commit. Three years later while struggling with the demands of work and raising his son alone, John is still trying to establish her innocence. When her final appeal is rejected, Lara becomes suicidal, forcing John to exercise the only option he has left: Break her out of prison.