Review

TV Review: Another Life

I just finished watching the first season of Another Life on Netflix. As soon as the trailer showed Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck!), I was in. After a mysterious alien artifact lands on Earth and starts sending a signal to a deep space planet, a ship is sent to investigate the planet and possibly attempt first contact, while scientists on Earth try to engage with the artifact. Most of the show takes place on the ship with Katee Sackhoff as commander however the drama (and there is lots of drama) also unfolds on Earth where her husband is the chief scientist studying the artifact.

TV Review: Catch-22

This week Channel 4 finished airing the 6 week mini-series Catch-22, the TV adaptation of Joseph Heller's 1961 novel. The show was produced by George Clooney, who also directed some episodes and has a cameo role in the show. I haven't read the book, so I can't say how well the TV show compares, but I did find the show entertaining, shocking, emotional and satirically hilarious.

Review: Vice

This week I watched Vice, the true story dramatisation about Dick Cheney's rise to power from aid to Donald Rumsfeld during Nixon's White House to Vice President to George W. Bush. The film is directed by Adam McKay who directed The Big Short and has a similiar style of engaging narrative mixed with sometimes unorthodox delivery of information. My favourite of these is the restaurant scene where the main characters choose from the menu on offer which includes enemy combatant, enhanced interrogation, Guantanamo bay and extraordinary rendition.

TV Review: Good Omens

Following on from listening to the fantastic interview Tim Ferriss did with Neil Gaiman, I recently binge watched Good Omens on Amazon Prime and was not disappointed. The book is written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet, and the TV series is a co-production between Amazon and the BBC.

TV Review: The Best of Enemies

This week I watched the Netlix documentary Best of Enemies. During the 1968 American Presidential campaign, the tradition among the TV networks was wall to wall coverage of both democratic and republican national conventions, where the party presidential candidates are decided. The ABC network was far behind NBC and CBS in market share, popularity and financial resources. As a result, they downgraded their coverage to nightly summaries, but need something else to attract viewers.

TV Review: Knock Down The House

Netflix released its political documentary Knock Down The House this week. The film follows the campaigns of four non-career politicians that ran for congress in the U.S. 2018 midterm elections, endorsed to run by the Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress committees. The stories and journeys of all four campaigners are riveting and emotional, but perhaps the most famous of which is the story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who contested in the district of The Bronx & Queens in New York City.

Movie Review: Ralph Breaks The Internet

Ralph Breaks The Internet (aka Wreck It Ralph 2) is a fantastic animated film with the irony and metaphor levels of Family Guy while still being family friendly. Along with the well rounded plot and character interactions (extended from the first instalment), the film is full to the brim with internet references and memes, translated expertly into the universe paradigm of the Wreck It Ralph movie franchise. Add in an ample sprinkling of Disney multiple franchise character appearances and you have a very enjoyable watch.

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