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Reading Time: 5 minutes I do not generally watch films about dance. That’s not to say that I dislike them – after all, I was brought up on movies such as Singin’ In the Rain – but the genre has never been at the top of my list. Chasing your dreams has been done multiple times in a variety of ways, so I was interested to see if the new Netflix movie Dancing Queens had anything new to add.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Well, the first thing that has to be said is that this show takes no time to throw you headfirst into the fray! From the get-go, the shocks and stakes hit you and hit you hard.
Reading Time: 7 minutes The crew he raises are an interesting bunch and it is at this point I am going to switch to look at characters and their portrayal in this film. Obviously, in “real life” this crew were going to have to spend a considerable amount of time together on a balsa wood raft in the middle of an ocean (if that is they didn’t die from drowning or being eaten by sharks beforehand!)
Reading Time: 7 minutes The casting for this show is perfect! Not only great actors but when there’s a family resemblance required… there it is. (It’s Dark level casting for anyone familiar with that show).
Reading Time: 5 minutes The Idealist is based on a true story and knowing this is the case colours everything whilst watching. Want to feel almost as irate and frustrated as the investigative journalist must have got during his dogged legwork to find the truth and justice? Watch this movie! I felt all these things and at points got very angry indeed.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Would this story be as dark and disturbing as the first? Would we find out more about Louise? Would this be, as with the first series, a “how do we catch them” not a “whodunnit”? Would we again get the backstory of the perpetrator/s to flesh out their motivations? How much like or dissimilar to the first series would this one be?
Reading Time: 6 minutes I confess that aside from co-productions such as Narcos: Mexico and El Candidato this is the first Mexican TV show that I have ever watched. As a keen fan of these co-productions and other Spanish language TV such as El Marginal (Argentinian), Money Heist (Spanish), Locked Up, Unauthorised Living and The Great Heist I was keen to see what Mexico would bring. I expected high octane, some melodrama, aspects of a telenovela (that’s a polarising thing), plot twists (as in “What the hell just happened?) and strong characters. Did Who Killed Sara? disappoint me or surprise me in this respect?
Reading Time: 7 minutes You may be familiar with movies such as Big with Tom Hanks where a youngster suddenly becomes an adult, well Parents is the reverse of that, at least in part. Parents is a strange film, and I don’t say that negatively, but I can imagine how it might confuse those who watch without realising what will happen partway through. Unlike Big, this film treats the viewer as an intelligent adult and does not spoon-feed the story or events. Parents is far more thought-provoking and obscure and has elements of an arthouse movie.
Reading Time: 8 minutes All those young men have families, and like It’s a Sin, those families are united in their absolute denial that their boys were gay or that they will admit their deaths were through anything other than cancer. AIDS was shunned. In essence, the story is the same but this drama is not a blueprint for the Channel 4 production, it is about Rasmus and Benjamin and how they fell in love. It is about Seppo and his partner Lars-Åke, the budding young actor Bengt, diagnosed on the very cusp of fame, and especially the gloriously delightful, flamboyant, witty, outrageous and promiscuous ‘mother-hen’ Paul, who gathers them together as one big family.
Reading Time: 7 minutes A Hijacking left me on the brink of tears at times, in fact, to be perfectly honest it made me cry partly from the release of tension but also… well… things happen… Can I recommend this movie? If you only want an action movie about a hijacking with, I don’t know, helicopters and an abseiling Tom Cruise (other action hero types can be substituted) and not a hyper-realistic, documentary in style, slow-burning and intense film then this will probably not be the movie for you. However, if you enjoy slow-burn, realistic, intense drama then this will be a must-watch for your list.
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