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Foundation: Preparing to Live (2021)
First episode great, second episode boooooorriiiiinggg
Forget whether they stayed within the book plot or not (they didn't) but they wasted half this episode on blah blah blah nothing interesting to see here. If I wanted to see a dull romance I could have watched Hallmark instead.
This is the same issue that killed Jupiter's Legacy, slowing down the plot from the original source, changing things unnecessarily, adding dull and pointless secondary plots and generally ssttrreeeeeettccchhhiiinnngg it all down to dullness*. It's not like there isn't enough source material in the Foundation series for many years of TV.
Didn't anybody learn from GOT and Loki? Keep that plot moving people!.
* Also done to the original Marvel series of Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil. They were mainly dull.
Professor T (2021)
Ben Miller is wonderfully bonkers and plays it just right. Highly entertaining. Recommended.
How did this script make into a film?
I don't comprehend how this laughable plot got given any money.
There are so many good science fiction ideas - this is not one.
50 percent blame to the director and fifty percent blame to anyone who greenlighted this project.
It looks fine, but what a waste.
Marcella: Episode #3.1 (2020)
No longer interested at all, this should be a different series not Marcella.
The Stand (2020)
Multiple time sequences are great, obviously too much for simpler folk
I haven't read the book so I have nothing to compare it to, but the story telling in flashbacks/flashforwards makes this far more interesting than a straight forward redo of a book.
Enjoying it immensely so far (two episodes).
Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020)
This is amusing stuff. You don't need to be a ST geek to enjoy it, but it will help with getting the most out of it.
Gawd, Star Trek fans are humourless based on reviews here!.
Never forget that Star Trek/Wars/BSG/Farscape etc. are second tier sci-fi and not on a level with written sci-fi (and I exclude novelisations of the above) or adventurous and clever film/tv like Arrival, Raised by Wolves, Dark, Legion, Westworld, Annihilation (read the books) etc etc.
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Doesn't stand the test of time.
There a a few funny bits, but re-watching this (Covid boredon) didn't make me laugh more than twice, cringe far more often and fast forward a lot especially the Kung Fu spoof.
Very silly, but what a Soundtrack!
Plus it's fun spotting the cast members when they were so young!
Not bad - but Will Ferrell is too old
Quite funny, Will is too old for Rachel McAdam. Great to see Graham Norton in a movie.
A charming movie, very funny with a real heart to it. Olympia Dukakis is just brilliant as the foul-mouthed 'best friend' (granddaughter is not too bright!).
H Is for Happiness (2019)
A wonderful kid's movie that parents should enjoy too. The two main child actors were perfect. A great story with laughter and sadness, but mainly laughter.
The Control (2018)
Just don't. Dribble badly acted and edited. No, nope, nyet, nein, non.
Gone Girl (2014)
Didn't care for the book and the film is no better
Same problems as the book, the first half goes on too long, and every character is unlikeable.
Surrealism and Comedy
Well this is one barking mad episode! How they managed to convince Kate Bush to act in it I'll never know, but she does well enough.
Time Apart (2020)
Gentle Aussie romance with touches of comedy & science fiction
A movie in the same part of the shopping aisle as About Time but with less comedy and not so famous actors, but still well done for it's limitations and I presume a small budget.
The lead actress is good and there is no bad acting or badly written script and all the other departments do their part well.
Not a movie for the young or those with ADHD, but good for everyone else.
Vagrant Queen (2020)
Fine if you're a tween/teenager with no sense of what's gone before.
Aaagh my eyes! Too purple, too cliche a plot, too boring a villain, too been done before but better.
Go read the original Comic Book instead it's way more fun.
A shame really the main story had potential, there's humour, interesting actors, etc but what you see is far less than what you could have got. Go watch "From The Loop" instead.
Tales from the Loop (2020)
Wonderfully paced science fiction series
This is a great series of good science fiction ideas given the space to develop and breathe.
The interconnectedness of the stories is a bonus, but you wouldn't need to have seen all the previous ones most of the time.
I watched the first of these the same day as the first of Vagrant Queen - and they really are at the opposite ends of the Sci-Fi. If you like The Loop you probably won't go much on VQ, I didn't!
Bring on Season Two
Please don't take a year to make more of this show. Good acting by the leads too, especially the main character.
The Outsider (2020)
Very well acted, particularly Cynthia Erivo (I will definitely be watching the 3rd series of Genius with her starring as Aretha Franklin). You don't know where the plot is going (especially from what you may assume at the beginning) and that's the kind of thing I love.
Laverne Cox is great
It's not perfect (and no it's not the original) but it's good enough and Laverne Cox is wonderful. It could be a little weirder, but has some nice touches such as introducing the audience par-tic-i..........pation from the cinemas into it and of course Tim Curry back as the Narrator.
Jessica Biel is a great actress
After watching her in The Sinner and now Limetown I am impressed by her abilities. She is the linchpin for this series, and good it is too. An interesting puzzle and good supporting cast, very binge-able if that's what does it for you.
Forest 404 (2019)
Wonderful Radio Series
This is a Radio series not a TV series as stated above.
Downloadable from the BBC - all episodes, plus the soundtracks and the accompanying essays about the topic raised each week.
Here comes the future.
As the father of a transgender woman I'm glad to see this getting a dramatisation, especially with someone as good as Anna Friel. All you need to do is love your child, the rest will follow.
Best Poem Ever!
Possibly the greatest episode ever, not only do we get John Cooper Clarke but Joe Wilkinson's Poem takes it to a whole new level. If you can make all the other professional comedians in the show laugh until they cry - you're doing something right!
What a waste...
You get Stephen Mangan, Heather Graham and John Gielgud to be in a show and you waste their time and ours with this?
Cringey, our family agreed to change to something else after 15 minutes!