Only one cinema outing in the month and only a bit of TV watched at home.
I blame my eldest daughter. You don't realise what a disruption a wedding can cause!
|Angela Black (2021 - ITV Drama series|
|The Handmaid's Tale Season 4 (2021) - Channel 4 TV Drama|
A few months after it aired we got around to finally watching it. Very harrowing in places, I mean how much shit can one person put up with? Boring in a few other places, especially when the focus shifted to some of the minor characters that I wasn't really bothered about. There was a comeuppance and a reckoning for some of the 'villains' but not all of them. Elisabeth Moss is pretty darn good and has been throughout.
|Hit! (1973) - TV Film|
A near fifty year old crime drama that we recorded and watched. Not amazing, quite gritty, but the story was a bit of a stretch to be honest. Overall I liked it. Interesting seeing a young Richard Pryor on screen. It was weird seeing the scenes in Marseilles conducted totally in French when the locals were on screen. No dubbing, no subtitles. I supposed they were going for an authentic vibe. Won't rush out to grab a copy so I can watch it again in the future, but at least I won't die wondering. More to enjoy than not.
|The Great Wall (2016) - TV Film|
An enjoyable action filled romp with Matt Damon battling some monsters. An enjoyable couple of hour's viewing.
|Freaks (2018) - Netflix Film|
My monthly penance - a horror film with the family. I liked it, though struggled to recall what it was about when typing the title. God bless Wikipedia.
From Wikipedia (with spoilers) ....
Seven-year-old Chloe Lewis has spent her entire life confined inside an abandoned house with her father Henry, who forbids her from leaving under the threat of being killed by "the bad men". Despite her father's warnings, Chloe longs to experience the world outside her home and desires a maternal figure in her life, due to never meeting her deceased mother Mary. To help Chloe have a normal life, Henry seeks to educate her on general social behavior so she will one day be able to pose as a member of the neighboring Reed family. Chloe observes strange occurrences in the house, such as Henry expelling blood from his eyes and a ghost-like female figure in her closet. Over time, she learns about "abnormals", individuals with superhuman abilities who are hunted by the government's Abnormal Defense Force (ADF) and contained in an underground facility known as Madoc Mountain.
When Chloe eventually manages to leave the house, she discovers her own abnormal power of telepathy at the prodding of an elderly ice cream truck driver. The ice cream truck driver reveals himself as Chloe's maternal grandfather Alan, who believes his daughter is still alive, and Chloe realizes that the "ghost" in her closet is actually Mary being held captive at Madoc Mountain. Henry and Alan are also revealed as abnormals, identified by their bleeding eyes, with Henry using his time-altering powers to cause only a few months to pass outside of the house during his seven years with Chloe. Upon discovering that Chloe left the house and has been in contact with Alan, Henry brings her to the Reeds, only to be turned away when Chloe uses her abilities on the Reed matriarch Nancy. Nancy subsequently contacts the ADF to deal with Chloe and her family, but Chloe tricks the agents into believing the Reeds are abnormals and they kill Nancy.
Using her telepathic abilities, Chloe begins to help Mary escape from Madoc Mountain, but is hindered by the arrival of ADF Agent Cecilia Ray at the house. When Henry and Alan attempt to deal with her, the agent reveals to Henry that she knows the truth about him and his daughter and a drone strike will be ordered on the house if they kill her. Ray offers to place Chloe under governmental care, but upon realizing Henry and Alan are stalling, a scuffle ensues that leads to Ray killing Alan and mortally wounding Henry before she is killed by Chloe. Henry manages to delay the ADF agents long enough for Chloe to ensure Mary's escape, then uses his abilities to manipulate time and carry his daughter out of the house as it is destroyed by the drone.
After Henry succumbs to his injuries, Mary arrives using her flight abilities and kills the remaining ADF agents. Mary promises to keep Chloe hidden at a new location, but Chloe refuses to continue hiding, believing that no one can stop them from living wherever they want. Moved by her daughter's confidence, Mary agrees and flies off with Chloe.