Not a bad month all in all - 4 TV series completed, a cinema trip, a DVD viewed and a couple of films watched that aired on the small screen in the month...
|The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (2018)|
Last episode watched and quite faithful to the book. My wife and eldest daughter flagged towards the end of this 10 part adaptation, but I wasn't too bothered. In hindsight it might have been a bit slow with a few episodes where not much seemed to happen, but overall well worth the time invested in my opinion. Patrick Dempsey's my latest man-crush, though I don't think I took to his character. What 30-something year old man, plots a life with a 15 year old?
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."
|Dark Heart (2018) - 6 part ITV drama series|
Whilst devoting his life to his work, DI Will Wagstaffe is a man haunted by his past. With his team in the City of London police force, the investigate a series of horrifying attacks and murders.
|Killing Eve (2018) - BBC drama|
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."
|Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)|
A stop-start film, so-far only part-viewed. Tiredness and a touch of not really feeling it caused us to pause it. It might be one to get back to as I do like a shoot 'em up kind of Westerny-type film and there's a few members of the cast I quite like - Willem Dafoe, Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. Johnny Depp has never really floated my boat. It's interesting seeing them all much younger and fresher-faced.
Return of the mythic guitar-slinging hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), in the final installment of the Mariachi/Desperado trilogy. The saga continues as El Mariachi makes his way across a rugged landscape on the blood trail of Barrillo (Willem Dafoe), a cartel kingpin with one last score to settle who is planning a coup d'etat against the president of Mexico. Enlisted by Sands (Johnny Depp), a corrupt CIA agent, El Mariachi demands retribution.
|No Trees in the Street (1959)|
Surrounded by new 1950s East End high-rise flats, a London detective thinks back to how different things were in the late 1930s. Then it was an area of overcrowded tenements teeming with impoverished unemployed people with little or no hope. He relates the story of attractive young Hetty who desperately tried to stop her younger brother descending into crime while her mother was endlessly urging her to take up with Wilkie, a smooth local racketeer, in the belief this would get the family out of poverty.
|Red Sparrow (2018)|
A DVD viewing and one I really liked. Jennifer Lawrence is pretty convincing as a ballerina turned agent. Plenty of twists and turns and lots of brutality on display. I might give the book from Jason Matthews a go. I did also enjoy seeing Charlotte Rampling and Jeremy Irons in action. Rampling is quite chilling.
Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
|The Greasy Strangler (2016)|
I taped this one a month or two back when I spotted it on mainstream TV. Started watching with the wife and one of my girls and fair to say they were less than impressed.Turned off el pronto and I finished it at a later date on my own. Filth and depravity sums it up. I liked bits of it and it was very, very funny in places. Hard to recommend and not one I'll be buying on DVD as a present for my mum. Maybe my mother-in-law - ha only joking. Ben Wheatley - who my son is a big fan of - has some involvement in this. None of the actors seemed that familiar.
Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night.
|A Star is Born (2018)|
A trip to the cinema with the wife for this one. I can't say I needed any tissues at the end but it was really good. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were both amazing. I would struggle (with the exception of Hangover) to name anything Bradley Cooper has ever done. I just thought he was famous for being Bradley Cooper and popping up once a year at Wimbledon to have his photo taken with Gerard Butler, but I guess I might be wrong. Haven't seen any of the earlier versions of this film and probably don't need to after enjoying this one. A great night out with my better half.
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers -- and falls in love with -- struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
|Happy Valley (2014) - BBC drama|
One I missed first time around, and always kicked myself over. Binge-watched series 1 with the wife over a couple of nights - six episodes in all and I'm glad I did. I would put it on a par with Line of Duty. Sarah Lancashire is pretty bloody amazing and not just a bit scary too. Highly recommended! I'm looking forward to enjoying the second series this month.
Happy Valley is a British crime drama television series filmed and set in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire in Northern England. The series, starring Sarah Lancashire and Siobhan Finneran, is written and created by Sally Wainwright, and directed by Wainwright, Euros Lyn, and Tim Fywell. The first series debuted on BBC One on 29 April 2014, and the second series debuted on 9 February 2016. In May 2015, Happy Valley won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series.
Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) is a strong-willed police sergeant in West Yorkshire, still coming to terms with the suicide of her teenage daughter, Becky, eight years earlier. Cawood is now divorced from her husband and living with her sister, Clare (Siobhan Finneran), a recovering alcoholic and heroin addict, who is helping her bring up Becky's young son, Ryan (Rhys Connah), the product of rape. Neither Catherine's ex-husband nor their adult son, Daniel, want anything to do with Ryan. Catherine hears that Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton), the man responsible for the brutal rape that impregnated Becky and drove her to suicide shortly after Ryan was born, is out of prison after serving eight years for drug charges. Catherine soon becomes obsessed with finding Royce, unaware that he is involved in the kidnapping of Ann Gallagher (Charlie Murphy), a plot instigated by Kevin Weatherill (Steve Pemberton) and orchestrated by Ashley Cowgill (Joe Armstrong). Things quickly take a dark turn as the abductors scramble to keep the kidnapping secret, although Catherine is on to them.
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