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  1. Night in Paradise - 8.5/10 Korean film on Netflix In an act of vengeance the lieutenant of a crime gang agrees to kill his leader's rival during a war between gangs. Having done the deed he is told to hide out on Jeju Island, a tourist destination, before arrangements are made for him to disappear into Russia to escape reprisal. Broken and damaged by events, he meets a woman with a spiky personality who has her own demons. Entertaining, brutal in parts but I think the quieter moments with just the man and the woman talking together were my favourite parts of the film.
  2. You are considerably more generous to this film than I am. I wouldn't give it more than a 3/10 and most of that is for the VFX guys making the CGI ape a better actor than 90% of the cast.
  3. Skyline - 5.5/10 & Beyond Skyline - 5/10 Skyline was one of a spate of semi-cheap alien invasion movies that came out in the wake of Cloverfield. This one is about a group of people who wake up after a party to find huge spaceships have appeared and are abducting everyone with a hypnotic blue light and anyone who escapes that light is getting grabbed by flying drones. The actors are mostly unknowns and the script is bad but the effects manage to drag the film up to 'so bad it's good' territory. Beyond Skyline is a belated sequel with a slightly higher budget that got spent on hiring a few recognisable faces like Frank Grillo. It starts off in the same city and invasion as the first movie but for no other reason than that they needed an excuse to cast half the cast of The Raid they are suddenly in Laos and the unstoppable aliens of the first movie are now vulnerable to bullets, knives and getting kicked by martial arts experts. There's another one of these movies but it's set in space and we're invading them and I think I need to be drunk before I attempt to watch it.
  4. As Ghozer said, it's highly likely this person was working as a contractor and is moving on to their next contract which just happens to offer them a better reward. The days of councils having in-house workers that do this kind of work pretty much ended 2 or 3 decades ago. I have a friend who is part of a small trades company that puts in bids with various local authories in Yorkshire and Derbyshire for contracted tenders around such trade work and their pay depends on the size of the contract agreed by the owners of the company rather than any salary that SCC or whoever would decide upon.
  5. The Irregulars - Two eps in and it's ok so far but I can't help but feel that it's got something of a split personality; one moment it's almost like watching a Doctor Who episode and the next it's like watching Ripper Street or The Alienist. It's like the writers couldn't quite decide what audience they were aiming for.
  6. Deadly Pursuit (1988) - 6/10 Kidnapper-murderer flees with some stolen diamonds and tries to escape into Canada via some wilderness mountain paths whilst being pursued by Sidney Poitier's FBI agent and Tom Berenger, his local guide. I remember watching this as a kid and liking it so much I made my parents rent it from the video shop again. Now older and wiser (definitely the first one anyway) I can see it for the mostly average action thriller it really is. Good cast through.
  7. Unfortunately this made me cringe more than laugh. For me the four old guys in the barbers shop was the best bit.
  8. Sentinelle - 5/10 A French soldier, traumatised, addicted to painkillers and increasingly unstable after her experiences in Syria, is redeployed into back to her home town of Nice to work as part of the anti-terrorism patrol Sentinel programme. After her sister is hurt she decides to hunt down the person responsible. A reasonably decent but nothing special revenge action thriller that is seriously let down by how little sense the ending made. I would not be at all surprised to learn it'd been tacked on later by someone other than the director or script writer.
  9. Lockdown boredom leads us down some strange paths... 😉
  10. Absentia (season 2 and 3) I watched the first season of Absentia when it first came out, thought it was ok but nothing special and didn't feel any interest in watching the subsequent seasons. That is, until lockdown boredom took hold of me... Boy did this series take an unexpected left turn. It went from a story about an amnesiac FBI agent who has to try to find out who held her captive for 6 years whilst she's also being hunted by the FBI as the prime suspect in several murders to a globe-hopping conspiracy action thriller that gets increasingly silly and Bond-like. That said, I enjoyed it. Some good action scenes and it filled a few empty hours adequately.
  11. It's not really a binge viewing since it was a weekly release but I've just finished watching Season 5 of The Expanse (don't worry, not spoilers) and I must say this show really deserves to be better known than it is. Proper science fiction, not like some of that godawful nonsense that's been spewed out in recent years (looking in your direction Star Trek: Discovery and Picard...) Great characters, really well made and the attention they pay to the actual physics of space travel doesn't get in the way of the story, it's integral to it and enhances it. And they keep that story really close to the novels in a way I can really appreciate after seeing what Netflix did to my beloved Altered Carbon... Anyway... if you haven't seen it all 5 seasons are on Amazon Prime and are worth the time.
  12. The Dig - 7.5/10 Based on the novel by John Preston and starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James, the story of the discovery and excavation of the Sutton Hoo hoard in the summer months before the start of World War II. A quiet, gentle but surprisingly emotional story with the cast doing a great job of bring the anxieties, losses and joys of their characters to life.
  13. Staged series 2. Brilliant comedy series where Michael Sheen and David Tennant (plus their real-life partners) play hyper-exaggerated versions of themselves speaking to each other over Zoom during the pandemic when they're all unable to work on a fictional theatre play. 2nd series goes meta as they reveal that the 1st series was actually a TV series and now there are plans for it to be remade for American TV but the US producers don't want either Michael or David and are instead going to reshoot it with famous actors... Very short episodes so didn't take long to blast through the whole series but it was great. There was one particular line from Phoebe Waller-Bridge that made me laugh so loud I think I might have woken my neighbours up.
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