More colored footage of old cities:
I'm on Season 7 of Mad Men now.
Summer has started here in Barcelona, though, and we're allowed to go to the beach and restaurants again, so I don't know if I'll be doing a lot of TV-watching in the next couple of months.
Bert has bought a Blu-ray set of all the Harry Potter movies, so we've been watching those.
And I found a source of Bloody Mallory DVDs and got myself a few spares (I REGRET NOTHING) so daytime I'm mostly wrecking my original copy some more (I don't care what anyone says, best movie ever!).
I'm sure I'll find something else to watch next week :)
Watched Season 4 of The Good Fight, the sequel to The Good Wife, starring Christine Baranski. Sadly cut short by COVID. I like it - it's very political. But you probably need to be pretty deep into US politics in order to enjoy it.
Snowpiercer on Netflix. Dystopian, with a strong Dieselpunk vibe. Sometimes right at the spot, sometimes just pathetic. Jennifer Connely is brilliant.
Just started watching it this week! On Episode 3 right now.
The original movie inspired me to write the Big Trains in the Snow genre trope article.
I watched a few episodes of snowpiercer, but I couldn't get into it.
Saw the season finale last night. It ends on a bit of a deus ex machina. Let's see if there will be a Season 2.
I think I will rewatch the Alienst tomorrow, I really do love that show.
My review of Snowpiercer is now on the blog!
The story gets off to a slow start. It’s not until the final episodes of Season 1 that we get to the inevitable revolution. If you’re watching this Snowpiercer for the plot, you may be disappointed. If you’re watching it as allegory, it’s more interesting.
Decided to give The Gentlemen a chance after hearing good things about it from friends. The trailer doesn't do the movie justice at all! It suggests it's some sort of mindless, violent crime flick. Guy Ritchie's movies can be a hit (Sherlock Holmes) or miss (King Arthur), so I figured this would be the latter - but it's actually enjoyable. It has a lot of humor and irony, and the violence isn't excessive.
Saw Greyhound with Tom Hanks. Better than I expected. It's about an American destroyer protecting a transatlantic convoy from U-Boats during World War II. It's fast-paced, though, and the visual effects are amazing. Hanks is reliably good. If you like World War II movies (and who here doesn't?), I can recommend it!
We finally saw Alpha, which had been on my watchlist forever. It's about the first dog. Pretty good and visually super impressive.
Now watching Fear City: New York vs the Mafia on Netflix. It's a three-part documentary about how the FBI defeated the Italian mafia in 1980s New York. Also good. Good historical background if you watched, or are planning to watch, The Deuce, which is a three-season drama series about the sex and porn industry in 1970s New York.
Colorized reel of the Wuppertal flying train from 1902:
Thanks to The Steampunk Explorer for the tip!
Narcos, just finished. Recommended. Narcos Mexico starting tonight.
Drugs related, I assume that everybody has already watched Breaking Bad. It's a must, I think :)
I never saw Breaking Bad, actually!
Finished the third and final season of The Deuce. Good, but very sad. It deals with the AIDS epidemic and the decline of the porn and sex industry around Times Square in the 1980s. It's bittersweet to say goodbye to characters to have been so well-developed over the course of three years.
Now finishing up Perry Mason. I'm on Episode 7. One more to go.
Currently working through Agent Carter which I'm enjoying a lot.
Agent Carter was on Netflix for a while and then I think it disappeared? Here in Spain anyway.
I'm watching The Bureau, a French series about the DGSE. So far, so good.
I watched Agent Carter on Disney Plus, which has a lot of MCU stuff I want to get around to eventually.
Finished Season 1 of Le/The Bureau, moving on to Season 2. (Four have been released so far.)
I like it, although the dialogue can seem a little off at times. Maybe that's just the way French people talk, though? To me, it sometimes reads (I'm reading the subtitles) a little over-the-top and self-important.
But I like the story!
Here's the Season 1 trailer:
Hollywood again because I realised I had completely forgotten to review it for Neverwas *facepalm*
Watched The Trial of the Chicago 7. Can recommend it. The story - a courtroom drama with progressive themes - lends itself well to Aaron Sorkin's style of writing and filmmaking. The cast is excellent. I always like Mark Rylance, and Frank Langella is great here as the evil judge.
I was shocked reading the real-world history after seeing the movie how much of it was accurate. Sorkin only deviates a little from historical events at the end. I'd spoil the plot if I tell you more, but if you have an interest in this period of American history (late 60s) and/or are into political movies, you should go see for yourself!
Watching the latest season of Fargo, which is good.
Also watching the latest of The Crown, which is less impressive. The series has made Thatcher into a bit of a caricature and I can't get interested in the Diana storyline. I feel the show peaked with Seasons 1 and 2, although Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter are excellent as Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, respectively.
Finished the fourth season of The Crown. My least favorite so far.
I'm particularly put off by its portray of Thatcher and her prime ministership. The show makes it look she went to war in the Falklands because she was upset over the disappearance of her son, Mark. In reality, the two events weren't connected at all. It largely skips over the actual Falklands War, even though Prince Andrew served in it, which could have provided a royal connection to make it relevant to The Crown.
Indeed, it skips over almost the entirety of Thatcher's political program. The last season depicted the failing policy of her predecessors, with miners' strikes and power cuts. Thatcher's victories in those areas are ignored, as it Britain's spectacular economic recovery in the 1980s. All we learn is Thatcher's supposed heartlessness, with two out of ten episodes -- "Fagan" and "48:1" -- devoted to it.
The first transforms Michael Fagan from crazy person who broke into Buckingham Palace into a victim of Thatcherism. The second suggests the queen ordered a press leak to let the nation know she was "dismayed" by Thatcher's policies, even though she never publicly commented on her prime ministers before.
Then in the last episode of the season, "War", Thatcher asks the queen to dissolve Parliament, so she can survive a party coup. This never happened, and it would have been outrageous for Thatcher to ask.
The show almost completely ignores the reason for Geoffrey Howe's break with Thatcher (Europe). It completely ignores Thatcher's motivation for resisting sanctions on white-ruled South Africa (the Cold War), making it appear she was motivated solely by her son having a business interest in the country.
The Cold War, and Thatcher's role in it; the 1984 Brighton hotel bombing; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the poll tax debacle... none of it is even mentioned.
Watching Deutschland 86, the sequel to Deutschland 83. This season is set in Africa.
As with Deutschland 83, half the fun of watching this is in the costumes and decors, which are expertly recreated.
Watched Bodyguard. Had resisted it so far, since the premise sounded a little far-fetched. It is incredible in one major way (I'd spoil the plot if I'd be more specific), but believable in many others, including Richard Madden's spectacular portrayal of a former soldier with PTSD.
Saw Wonder Woman 1984. I like the 1980s setting, and the Trumpian villain has potential, but overall I found it very disappointing. (Mild spoilers ahead.)
The motivations of the villains are simplistic; their actions predictable. Fight scenes go on for too long. There's a detour to the Middle East that is largely irrelevant to the plot. So is the opening act on Woman Woman's home island. The president of the United States isn't named, but if he's supposed to be Ronald Reagan his wish for more nukes makes no sense. Reagan was a nuclear pacifist who once proposed to Mikhail Gorbachev to get rid of all American and Soviet nuclear weapons. Wonder Woman attains not one, but two new powers, which stretch the audience's credulity.
I can only assume the 65 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes owes to good will left over from the previous movie, which was amazing.
If you're considering getting an HBO Max subscription just to watch this - don't.
Soul, on the other hand, is pretty great!
Lots of colorized footage here of newsreels and movies from 1910s-40s Europe.
Watched John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle (1950) last night. I have no idea how this got a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I loved Huston's The Maltese Falcon (1941). The Asphalt Jungle, by contrast, is slow-moving, monotonous and devoid of sympathetic characters. The two female characters are so stereotypically silly and hysterical, it's embarrassing.