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Everything posted by Palatkik

  1. Irresistible [2020] A Jon Stewart political satire that has a couple of wealthy diametrically opposed campaign fund managers from the big city try and get a local up country mayor elected in one of the swing states that money politics tends to run rough shod over. This movie got some stick in the reviews from American audiences as condescending but it also comes across as an amusing look at the state of the nation albeit could have done with a better script.
  2. Bunch Of Kunst [2017] Been a bit difficult finding a download of this, so far only found a copy with hard coded German subs, but nevertheless an excellent unpretentious music documentary of the British punk duo Sleaford Mods from their pub backroom show startups to making it to Glastonbury 2015. A lot of fun.
  3. Days Of The Bagnold Summer [2020] Accomplished unassuming British bittersweet comedy with a couple of memorable leads and a quirky Belle & Sebastian soundtrack make for an entertaining tale of a single mum and her shy teenage son with a penchant for death metal just getting along.
  4. Normal People {2020 TV series 1] Based on the novel, this is a decent coming of age story of a young couple in Ireland completing their studies whilst getting laid, frequently. Frustrating to watch at times but two subtle good lead performances get you through the 12 episodes and leave you wanting to see more of them, either clothed or unclothed, preferably in something else in future.
  5. Driveways [2019] One of Dennehy's last movies where he gives one of his most subtle performances as a gruff Korean war vet living in retirement alone and befriends a young boy and his mother who come by next door to clear out her deceased sisters house for resale. A gem of a movie.
  6. Da 5 Bloods [2020] A modern day Vietnam adventure of four African American war vets returning to seek an Americans remains and a potential hidden treasure they left behind. Worth seeing for its modern day narrative as history marches on with battles still being fought, from director Spike Lee who pulls no punches whilst just about keeping a story together.
  7. The Festival [2018] From The Inbetweeners crowd, this is set at a three day UK summer music festival where the gross out gags keep flowing in a funny movie yet ultimately with nothing spectacularly original.
  8. The Vast Of Night [2020] A low budget but remarkably compelling, stylish and immersive sci-fi drama set during pre-space race 1950's in an small town in the US where strange radio signals are picked up by a telephone exchange worker and shared with the local radio DJ.
  9. Mike Wallace Is Here [2019] A fascinating insight into the life of the famous TV interviewer who's combative style help develop news journalism to what it has become to today. Many famous faces appear in archive clips and the personal troubles of this interviewer are laid bare making for an interesting biopic.
  10. Elizabeth Is Missing [2019 TV movie] Dramatized version of the book has Jackson at 83 giving one of her stronger performances as a person suffering dementia searching for a woman she knew who disappeared.
  11. Cold War [2018] Award winning Polish film set in a stark square frame black and white in post 2nd World War Poland and France explores the difficult romance between a musical director and a talented singer. Very well crafted piece of cinema.
  12. The Lunchbox [2013] A revisit to one of the best films starring Irffan Kahn who passed away earlier this year at 53, this is a wonderfully directed Indian drama about what happens when the Mumbai lunch box delivery service gets repeatedly sent to the wrong person and resultant friendship and dreams that develop between the younger frustrated cook and the retiring widower accountant, only to be consumed by the reality. Superb film making worth seeing.
  13. The End Of The F***ing World [2019 TV series Season 02] A second season in 8 parts of the black comedy follows further the exploits of a young couple being stalked by new woman whose boyfriend they previously killed. Not as fast paced as season#1.
  14. The Whistlers [2019] A crime drama with a subtle sense of dark humor, confident old-style storytelling and zesty performances make this one of the better films out of Europe as of late, when a Romanian police officer plays both sides of the law chasing a hidden stash of money.
  15. Blue Story [2019] A UK London gangster movie hums along just right despite some of the cliches with a good soundtrack, performances and poetic rapping dialogue. Plenty of senseless violence that had it pulled from screens initially in UK, but a worthy work along the lines of Boyz N The Hood.
  16. Brassic [2020 TV series season 2] Second installment about a group of hard up UK northerners who find dubious ways of making a living. Not quite up to the first season standard but still worth a laugh for its childish gross out humor woven into the slapstick story-line.
  17. Never Rarely Sometimes Always [2020] A British-US film that is drama making of an impressive kind, almost documentary in feel, the title is the answers available to a multiple choice interview at a New York clinic where a 17 year old teenager has to travel cross state with her cousin to get an abortion. One of best films of this genre.
  18. Greed [2020] Satirical comedy biopic of a fictional retail street billionaire (not too dissimilar the real life Philip Green) celebrating his success and 60th birthday in vulgar Greek splendor whilst his sweat shop suppliers and Syrian refugees look on. A fairly mediocre affair that promised more with the strong lead but ultimately the sum of the parts falls flat.
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