I haven’t done a watchlist for a good while – this one covers from mid-July to now. Sadly I haven’t been to the theatre all summer, nor the cinema, managing to miss Asteroid City, but I’ll stream that as soon as the rental price comes down. But I have watched loads on the small screen…
- Michael Clayton – (DVD) 2007 – George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack – brilliant!
- Tamara Drewe – (DVD) 2010 – All star British cast led by Gemma Arterton in the title role in the film adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel which was based on Far From the Madding Crowd. Roger Allam, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans, a splendid Tamsin Greig all do a great job. Really fun. I particularly loved the two naughty schoolgirls though.
- Brazil – (DVD) 1985 – I rewatched Terry Gilliam’s magnum opus from the 80s, and could see many more influences and things it has influenced this time. It’s glorious to look at but overwhelming! I loved it, but don’t need to see it again now.
- The Fountain – (DVD) 2006 – A time-shifting SF/Fantasy tale padded with mystical twaddle from Darren Aronofsky – but as it stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz I could bear it!
- White Noise -(Netflix) 2022 – Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver in the adaptation of Don Delillo’s 1985 novel. Mid-life crises, a toxic cloud, and a supermarket dance at the end. Loved it, I need to read the book now.
- The Lobster (2015) (Prime rental) Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz with an all-star supporting cast including Olivia Colman, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly and Ben Wishaw. So bizarre I watched it twice. This weird dystopia in which people have to couple up (unless you’re a rebel in the forest) is not one for watching before bedtime as it has a horrifically did he/didn’t he ending which gave me nightmares. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, who went on to direct The Favourite.
- Hijack – (Apple) – With Idris Elba on board as a passenger, you’d hope he’d rescue the plane from the hijackers, wouldn’t you. Superb, playing out in real time over the seven hour flight with a cliffhanger at the end of each episode.
- Nighty Night – (DVD) 2005 – Six half-hour-long episodes of darkest comedy from Julia Davis as the sex-starved fake widow after new neighbour Angus Deayton. With Rebecca Front, as Deayton’s disabled wife, Kevin Eldon as the not-dead-yet Terry, with Mark Gatiss and Ruth Jones amongst others in support. Very funny.
- Good Omens II – (Prime) – More fun with Tennant and Sheen as the devil and angel who are best friends, with added John Hamm.
- The Sixth Commandment – (BBC1) – based on a true crime, Timothy Spall, then Anne Reid play the elderly devout parishioners who are gullible, taken in by the smooth talking of a young trainee vicar Ben, played by Eanna Hardwicke, unwittingly/unwillingly abetted by his friend / in thrall, Martin played by Conor MacNeill, were both excellent.
- Wolf – (BBC1) Just nasty basically. Based on Mo Hayder’s novel, a dual storyline of a family being terrorised and tortured in their country mansion while DI Caffery is obsessed with avenging his brother, missing for many years. Don’t bother.
- The Woman in the Wall – (BBC1) – Ruth Wilson excels as insomniac/sleepwalker Lorna a victim of a Magdalene Laundry mother and baby home, desperate to find out what happened to her baby. Daryl McCormack and Simon Delaney star as Dublin detective and provincial local cop respectively. It gets creepier and creepier as Lorna and Colman (McCormack) get closer to the truth. Last episode tonight…
- The Following Events Are Based on a Pack of Lies – (BBC1) – a dark comedy (?) about a con man and his ex-wife. Watchable but bizarrely improbable plot.
- The Morning Show – (Apple) is back for series 3. Whoop! Whoop! With more added Jon Hamm, and Stephen Fry, alongside Jennifer Anniston, Reece Witherspoon and Billy Crudup.
- Strictly Come Dancing – (BBC1) – One week in, and I’m hooked. I was shocked at how good Nigel Harman was – his paso shaping! Amanda Abbington tried too hard, Bobby Brazier was so sweet, and Angela Rippon was just A-Maz-Ing! First to go? I predict Les Dennis, poor Nancy.