Film / TV Reviews

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may realise that I prefer watching/listening/reading things that aren’t cozy, easy to explain or cute and cuddly. I really enjoy things that take me out of my comfort zone, things that make me think, that challenge me, that make me uncomfortable and take me to the darker reaches of life. If you hadn’t realised this before, you have been warned…

Taboo is the kind of period drama that I love best – it has dirt under its fingernails and it doesn’t try to change history. If you like dark historical drama with lots of weird magic and incest, as well as some hilarious characters and situations, this is for you. Tom Hardy is brilliant as the central character, James Delaney, who, as his servant puts it, is the hinge of the seesaw between the Crown and the East India Company. The casting and writing are perfect and I thoroughly recommend this series and can’t wait for the 2nd series to arrive!

I really enjoyed The Terror! It wasn’t particularly terrorising, but the whole feel of the series, was beautifully bleak and mysterious. I loved the hints at the paranormal being the reason for the disappearance of the crew of the 2 ships.

Strike is based on the novels by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) and I was really impressed with the depth of characters and the complexity of the plots. Strike is a wonderful guy and his outlook on the world is wry and amusing, despite the experiences he’s had.

Yesterday is an unusual film. I love ‘what ifs’ and this is speculative film at its best. What if you were involved in an accident, and, when you come round, discover that you are the only person who can remember The Beatles? This is the basis for a really intriguing film with an excellent ending.

I have to admit that I’ve always struggled to read Terry Pratchett’s novels. I know! It’s a terrible admission from someone who loves and writes fantasy. But it’s the truth. However, I really enjoyed the dramatisation of The Watch. The characters are so amusing and complex and the storylines are beautifully convoluted. I hope there’s a follow up series as I really didn’t want to say goodbye to The Watch!

I absolutely loved the two series of Missions. I don’t need resolutions for each episode, let alone a series. The reason I kept watching Missions was the feeling that I was there with the protagonists. Yes, Missions is complex and shifts between different timelines without telling you where you are. But I love that – having to work out when the action is taking place and then seeing how it all comes together, or doesn’t… Science fiction mystery at its best!

I have finally started watching The X Files. (I didn’t have a TV when I grew up and only started seriously watching TV after we moved into the house we renovated in 2009). And I have to say, I love the series! The storylines vary between deadly serious and farce and I enjoy them all. The characters of Mulder and Scully evolve naturally through the storylines and I will be sorry to leave them when I’ve finished all 11 series…

Have you seen any of these films/series? What did you think of them?

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14 Comments on “Film / TV Reviews”

  1. The X-Files was a big hit back in the 90s. Did not start watching until I heard that it was being compared to the original Twilight Zone – so I got curious and checked the show out. Yes, it was pretty good – but not in the same league as the Twilight Zone.

    • I haven’t seen any of the Twilight Zone – yet! I didn’t really start watching TV until 2002 when I got married and my soulmate had a TV – I grew up without a TV so I’m making up for it now!

      • I think you would love the Twilight Zone – be sure to see the old black and white episodes from the 50s and early 60s- the show was brought back in the 80s and recently as well – you could do without those.

        • 🙂 I love black and white and we’re going to look out for them – my soulmate grew up watching the Twilight Zone apparently – funny what you learn about a person even after 20 years of marriage! thank you for the recommendation!

  2. Geo. Raymond Says:

    I just started re-watching the X Files for the first time since its original run. The show holds up very well. Especially loved the Alex Trebek episode from season three (José Chung’s From Outer Space)

  3. Glad you’re enjoying the X Files, it was absolutely my favourite TV series growing up and is probably my second fave series of all time after Twin Peaks. Love the more farcical episodes, especially – ‘Jose Chung’s: From Outer Space’ and ‘Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose’ pure brilliance!

  4. merrildsmith Says:

    If you like The X-Files, you will also probably really like Fringe.

  5. memadtwo Says:

    I barely ever watch film and TV not at all..but my daughters insisted I see Yesterday, which I enjoyed as well. (K)

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