Marriage Story - For a professional couple with a young child and diverging interests, ending a marriage can be difficult - especially when lawyers get involved - but it doesn't have to be.
Comments: This "slice of life" drama started off a bit awkwardly but got stronger as it progressed. Good story and characters, slow-but-steady pacing and strong performances from the leads. (My respect for Adam Driver continues to grow.)
Knives Out - At first glance it appears that wealthy patriarch Harlan Thrombey committed suicide, but as the family's dirty secrets come to light during private detective Benoit Blanc's investigation, it becomes clear to all that something is afoot.
Comments: My wife thought it dragged and wasn't overly-impressed with it, but I very much enjoyed this quirky, slow-but-steady-paced murder-mystery.
ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas - A highly-enjoyable bio-pic - complete with great song and concert snippets - about a great "little ol' band". My only quibble is that the story ends with the "Eliminator" album.
Tron - While attempting to hack into Encom's highly-secure mainframe to find dirt on Ed Dillinger - the executive who stole his lucrative gaming ideas - software engineer Kevin Flynn is de-materialized by its powerful and tyrannical Master Control Program (MCP) and transported into the system to be used in a game and destroyed. But with the help of programs Tron - an independent security program designed to police the MCP - and Yori, Flynn sets out against all odds to neutralize the MCP, liberate the system and return to his world with the evidence against Dillinger.
Comments: Great movie as a kid, not so much 38 years later. The writing is atrocious. That said, the light cycles are still pretty cool, as is some of the (admittedly rudimentary) CGI.
Hunters (Prime Video.) Based on a true story about Jewish holocaust survivors hunting for WWII Nazis hiding in the US and FBI investigation of the fallout from the conflict between the two groups. Lots of suspense and some graphic violence. Fans of edgy police procedurals will likely enjoy it.
@eljay, the ZZ Top doc was great but after eliminator they produced some truly regrettable albums so I was kinda glad they didn't try to play up that era.
American Vandal on Netflix, the greatest mockumentary since This is Spinal Tap. It's a carbon copy of Making a Murderer but with a delinquent high schooler accused of vandalism, season one, and bio-terror incidents season 2.
This is laugh out loud funny and skewers the true crime documentary genre to a T.
It was educational as well, I now know what "Twitch", "catfishing", "babyfarting" and a "brownout" are.
Fantastic Planet (La Planète sauvage) - Having acquired Draag knowledge and desperate to evade their increasingly-brutal purges, a small group of Oms flee in rockets to Ygam's moon where they inadvertently discover a way to realize peace with the Draag.
Comments: This was a bizarre, simplistic, highly-imaginative (though sometimes unnecessarily over-imaginative) and even interesting animated sci-fi drama that proved to be both an easier watch than I expected (thanks, in some part, to the 71-minute run time) and not as bad as I feared.
The Capture: I'm a real fan of British crime/police series. This is one of the better ones on Prime, technologically uptodate, great acting, well written and really suspenseful.....a great premise. As usual its hard to figure out where the story's going. I don't want to give anything away!
After the Desperate Housewives marathon I am now watching Crownies, an Australian series from 2011. Series follows 5 young law graduates.
There was a spinoff from this series that starred Marta Dusseldorp as Janet King. Janet King went for 3 seasons.
I'm liking it a lot.
CBC has launched a new streaming service with both free and paid access. Free access includes:
Current episodes and past seasons, documentaries, kids and more
New episodes the same day they air on TV
CBC TV live 24/7 from all regions
Continue watching across multiple devices (requires...
And yet another streaming service. No indication if it will appear in Canada.
Apparently featuring a Battlestar Galactica reboot - which seems unnecessary so soon after the last version...
I was browsing through CTV Throwback and came across some new series they must have added recently. I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched. Along with Bewitched 1970s short-lived spin-off Tabitha - gosh I haven't seen that anywhere since it first aired.
Good to see some 1960s content starting to appear!
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