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Everything posted by Palatkik

  1. Planet Of The Humans [2020] Michael Moore directed documentary, although not in it, this is a warning about the green revolution hypocrisy, which had the potential to illuminate during the 50th anniversary of Earth Day but ultimately numbs with the loose mix of stories and the dullest narrator voice (Jeff Gibbs) in the history of narrating.
  2. Quiz [2020 TV mini series] Three part drama retelling the Millionaire quiz show scandal involving a retired military officer who won the top prize and was convicted in a court of law for cheating. Mundane drama that's only lifted by the clever impersonation of Chris Tarrant.
  3. After Life [2020 TV series 2] This is story telling as good as it gets on TV shows, the second series of this comedy drama about bereavement hits a whole range of emotions is six succinct episodes. One of Gervais' best works.
  4. The Nest [2020 TV series] A five part UK TV series set in Scotland where a rich Glaswegian couple try and have a surrogate baby with a questionable teenager. There's enough plot twists in this to maintain the story interest to the end.
  5. Calm With Horses [2020] One of the better films out this year, a retired boxer in Ireland has trouble mixing his loyalties between a ruthless drug gang and his girlfriend and young son with special needs. The story is a little predictable but the performances and screenplay are both stunning and savage.
  6. Code 404 [2020 TV series] British comedy in 6 episodes with straight actor Stephen Graham and his buddy cop who has been rebuilt as a cyborg. One of the funniest series I've seen lately.
  7. Breeders [2020 TV series] New 10 part TV series out of UK with some very dry and black humor about the trials of raising two young kids. Extremely addictive with each episode running about 25 minutes.
  8. Luce [2019] Taut US high school drama based on a stage play of an Eritrean immigrant child and his adoptive parents coming to terms with race and expectations in the land of the free. Not as cliched as it could have turned, makes it an interesting watch.
  9. Sea Fever [2020] An alien sea monster flick from Ireland with a viral infection theme, floats an excellent cast performance but the limited budget special effects are noticeable, overall very enjoyable.
  10. The Stranger [2020 limited TV series] Average British TV thriller limited series of a guy looking for his wife whose disappeared, keeps the interest with new twists each episode, ultimately nothing that hasn't been done before.
  11. Military Wives [2020] Billed as from the director of The Full Monty, this is not quite as memorable a comedy drama based on a true story of an British army bases wive's singing club that falls into the too formulaic and sentimental category but will appeal to it mass target audience.
  12. Misbehavior [2020] Flashback factual drama to 1970 when Bob Hope hosted Miss World in London watched by over a 100 million viewers and was infiltrated by a woman's group protesting the objectification of women, makes for an entertaining piece on how times have changed.
  13. Wendy [2020] From the same director as the excellent Beasts Of The Southern Wild, this re-imagination of Peter Pan acted by kids but for an adult audience is set on some remote island. It gets plaudits for visual and character portrayal but the story is all over the place.
  14. The Kindergarten Teacher [2018] Remake of a 2014 Israeli film, the acting makes this slightly creepy story a winner when a teacher goes beyond acceptable limits to develop a five year old poet prodigy.
  15. Animals [2019] Irish drama of two young women growing up best friends, living a hedonistic drink and drug fueled life with one wanting out of it a become a writer with a normal life. Nothing exceptional but worth a look.
  16. Dragged Across Concrete [2019] Strangely compelling bent copper movie despite its overly long length, follows the decent into blood and gore of two cops suspended from service who look for a retirement nest egg from a bank robbery that they try to hijack.
  17. Ordinary Love [2019] I might normally skip a movie with a title like this but this is quality Irish drama about an elderly married couple coming to terms with the wife's cancer, shows humor and emotions without the schmaltzy melodramatics more commonly dredged up from other movie studios.
  18. Save Me Too [2020 TV series] Excellent 2nd Sky TV series to the original Save Me from 2018 about a father searching for his daughter lost to a child trafficking gang. The ending is more convincing than the first series and still leaves scope for more to come or maybe not?
  19. Away [2019] Animated movie of a young man escaping a dark spirit on a motorbike. The unique minimalist style of this independent film maker is immediately entrancing and leaves you wanting more. Suitable for all the family.
  20. The Whalebone Box [2020] A bizarrely wonderful British mix of images and sound about the magic of a whalebone box, in one of the most avant garde movies of the year that doesn't disappoint. Worth seeing.
  21. Colette [2018] Good period drama biopic with good performances celebrates the bisexual French writer and mime artist Colette who began as a ghost writer for her manipulative and loser husband. Previously the story was told in the 1991 movie Becoming Colette, but this newer take provides a more sophisticated result.
  22. Fantastic Fungi [2019] American made documentary film takes us on a visually impressive, uplifting and thought provoking ride into the wonderfully useful world of mycelium and its fruit the mushroom.
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