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Everything posted by Palatkik

  1. Sherwood [2022 TV Series] Two macabre and unexpected murders shatter an already fractured community leading to one of the largest manhunts in British history. An excellent police drama series, mostly fictionalized for dramatic effect, with some gritty performances combines the hostilities and hurt from the coal miners strikes with a skillfully managed whodunit murder story-line, set in the picturesque setting of Nottingham. Worth binge watching. A second series is planned.
  2. Brian And Charles [2022] After a particularly harsh winter Brian goes into a deep depression; completely isolated and with no one to talk to, Brian does what any sane person would do when faced with such a melancholic situation. He builds an AI robot out of an old washing machine. Hilarious oddball humor in this mockumentary style comedy set in the Welsh countryside.
  3. The Phantom Of The Open [2021] Biopic of Maurice Flitcroft, a dreamer and optimist, who managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship Qualifying in 1976 and subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process. A strong lead portrays mediocrity with occasional deft dry humor in a cliché driven production style feel good movie about a rather odd golfing event.
  4. After Yang [2021] In a near future, a family reckons with questions of love, connection, and loss after their 'techno-sapien' AI helper unexpectedly breaks down. A dreamlike science fiction about a family who relied on a robot called Yang so much they didn't notice the distance that has come between themselves until it was gone.
  5. Tigrar [2020] (Aka Tigers) Based on his autobiography, the true story of Swedish teenage football talent Martin Bengtsson's life-and-death journey through a modern-day football industry where everything, including mental health has a price tag. Entertainingly intense drama spoken mostly in English told in a convincing way, with very little of the game shown.
  6. Men [2022] In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, a young woman retreats alone to the English countryside, hoping to have found a place to heal. But someone appears to be stalking her. What begins as simmering dread becomes a fully-formed nightmare, inhabited by her darkest memories and fears in this visionary film of some of the finest performances. Worth seeing for those with a liking for the horror genre.
  7. Nitram [2021] Award winning drama covers events leading up to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre on Tasmania. Fine performances in a disquieting movie offers a timely reminder of the problems of mental health and the ease of access to guns. One of Australia's best movies of recent years.
  8. My Buddha Is Punk [2015] A Burmese group leader, obsessively pursues the dream of seeing the punk scene take off in Myanmar (in 2015!), while raising awareness about persistent violations of human rights. A symbiosis of Buddhism and punk that rejects religious and political dogma. An interesting German backed documentary with close up insight into Burmese life filmed before the recent turmoil that emphasizes the point albeit with little direction or conclusion. Recently available on some torrent sites.
  9. Benediction [2022] Recalls the 20th Century war poet Siegfried Sassoon's life-long quest for personal salvation through his experiences with family, World War 1, his writing, and destructive relationships, never realizing it can only come from within. A vivid and poetic old school period drama by one of Britain's distinctive directors.
  10. Happening [2021] An adaptation of Annie Ernaux's novel, looking back on her experience as a student with abortion when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s. Incredibly powerful French drama, stunning performances, highlighting the brutal reality of illegal abortions in France until the law changed. Worth seeing, one of the year's best films.
  11. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent [2022] In this action comedy, Nicolas Cage plays Nick Cage, channeling his iconic characters as he's caught between a super-fan with crime gang relatives and a CIA agent. A wild mix of eccentric Cage Rage self-indulgence, perhaps the movies only redeeming feature, in a b-grade story line.
  12. Navalny [2022] Made before the Ukraine invasion, this follows the likeable Putin adversary who survived an assassination attempt by poisoning in August 2020. During his months-long recovery in Germany he makes shocking discoveries with cameras rolling about the attempt on his life and decides to return home. Good documentary that a fictional thriller might find hard to beat, a central jaw dropping revelation, supposedly live on camera, and the inevitable conclusion to date from Moscow.
  13. The Hand Of God [2021] In 1980s Naples, a young teenager pursues his love for football and Maradona as a family tragedy strikes, shaping his uncertain but promising future as a filmmaker. Beguiling mixed Italian drama/dark comedy, based on the film makers own tragic experience makes for some compelling viewing. Worth seeing when the mood suits.
  14. Bergman Island [2021] A couple retreat to the Fårö island, that inspired Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman, to write screenplays for their upcoming films when the lines between reality and fiction start to blur. Good cinematography in a drama where not much ever happens.
  15. Pistol [2022 TV Limited Series] Based on the Steve Jones' memoir Lonely Boy about the birth of punk in Britain, this is an uneven but great fun watch for those with a penchant for the era. Some lively performance recreations with good soundtrack though the facts maybe muddled as Lydon had nothing to do with it. Worth seeing.
  16. Ricky Gervais: SuperNature [2022] TV Special of the comedian with his signature black humor doing stand up on stage at the London Palladium. Takes on the rules of comedy with amusing self-mockery of everyone easily offended. Comedy doesn't always travel, and this, whilst a good laugh, along the lines of his Golden Globes hosting but more vulgar, comes over as a little lazy and juvenile. Worth seeing when the mood suits.
  17. Ali & Ava [2021] Ali and Ava, both lonely for different reasons, meet and sparks fly. Over a lunar month a connection begins to grow, despite the legacy of their own past relationships. Award winning and endearing UK drama set in Yorkshire with two leads showing real chemistry in a story full of detail.
  18. Everything Everywhere All At Once [2022] An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led. One of the strangest most intense action packed movies of recent times, highly inventive and original with a full range of emotions.
  19. Operation Mincemeat [2022] During WW2, two intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops before the Allied invasion of Sicily. Old school style war drama recounts the famous war deception. Good performances, plenty of intrigue, usual WW2 CGI imagery we have become used to in a rather bland production.
  20. The Outlaws [2021 TV Series] Seven strangers from different walks of life, each of whom have broken the law are forced together to complete a community service sentence in Bristol, UK. A quirky six part dark comedy series, with an odd but likeable cast choice, paints such a broad brush with so much going on as to make it only mildly entertaining. More in series 2 to come.
  21. Stephen [2021 TV Limited Series] The true story of the ongoing struggle by Doreen and Neville Lawrence to achieve justice for their murdered son Stephen and how a detective, Clive Driscoll, put together a re-investigation that finally, more than 18 years after his death, secured the convictions of two of the gang who committed the murder before the Met finally closed the case in 2020. Decent award nominated three part ITV cop drama, covers the landmark re-investigation involving double jeopardy and institutional racism issues. Worth a look.
  22. Jungleland [2020] Two brothers try to escape their circumstances by traveling across the US for a no holds barred boxing match that becomes a fight for their lives. Gritty drama set around the seedy gangster world of underground fighting, rises above mediocrity with two convincing leads.
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