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The New Pope (2019– )
9/10
Wow!
21 April 2020
This has turned into something significantly intriguing; looking forward to next season.
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Ozark (2017– )
10/10
Phenomenal
5 April 2020
Utterly phenomenal! Brilliant writing, direction, acting..! All is connected yet each season is somehow better than the previous. Not for the faint; stressing.
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The Crown (2016– )
10/10
Absolutely Brilliant and Enlightening
13 February 2020
There are those rarities among television series where occasionally one truly stands out. This is one of them. Historically revealing, touching, insightful...

Yes, at times I found my way slipping away for a break when a chapter or two were not quite as engaging. But on a whole all the other chapters reveal more fascinating insights; such as the story of Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.

One cannot be unimpressed by this series storytelling, superb production values, brilliant writing, direction, sets, costumes and above all else, superb casting and acting...

An exceptionally talented cast and crew bring their absolute best A game to this fascinating and telling series.
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Uncut Gems (2019)
7/10
Controlled Chaos
7 February 2020
The hated the music score; detracted significantly from the films energy.
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Star Trek: Picard (2020– )
Here's hoping it gets better...
2 February 2020
For something so anticipated this sure disappointed.
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Joker (2019)
10/10
Brilliant! 10
27 December 2019
Given all the hype I wasn't sure I'd enjoy what turned out to be a brilliant piece of cinema. Every single aspect of this film worked phenomenally well; Superb characterization, script, casting, direction, cinematography, blocking, editing, scoring, music craft, sound, location, sets, costumes... Deals with mental illness on a level one can truly comprehend and the elements which compound Joker's perceptions and perceived reality.
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Ad Astra (2019)
6/10
Interesting yet Questionable
22 December 2019
This film is without question slow and methodical. There are aspects of this film which are seriously intriguing yet when coupled with other events within the film, becomes entirely unfathomable and disappointingly unrealistic (ie: pirates on the moon and how easily they seemingly sacrificed their own lives, akin to Mad Max and the Wild West, but on the moon where it was virtually impossible to survive. Given hostilities, how one so easily approached and accessed the Mars launcher. The unstrapping of crew members during the launch and the ensuing battle and obvious deaths which resulted... I feel these things actually robbed the essence of the story and its believability, IMO. Was it really necessary to cut corners in the plot to water down, simplify the story...? This could have been so much more.
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The Two Popes (2019)
7/10
Intriguing Insight But Disappoints in Cinematography
22 December 2019
While I enjoyed the films overall attempt at this fascinating story, I found myself distracted at times at just how utterly underwhelming the film's overall cinematography, coming off as a lower budgeted film; I felt there was , at times, a real loss at intimacy.
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The Mandalorian (2019– )
3/10
Juvenile Fodder
19 December 2019
Poorly written, directed. Low production values. Uninteresting, thin plot.
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6/10
Long Winded
6 December 2019
The film doesn't begin to become truly interesting until about 1 hour and 39 minutes in (1 hour remaining); which means more or less an hour and 40 of character development.

There are important elements in the character development, just a bit too long winded for me; I had to finish the film in 3 sittings.

It does have an interesting historical twist to well known historical characters...

But the setup IMO is long winded... If Tarantino had managed to whittle this down to say somewhere around 2 hours, I think it would have received far more acclaim and acceptance for this piece of work.

Hats off to everyone involved.
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Downton Abbey (2019)
9/10
An Enjoyable Continuation of the Series
4 December 2019
I've enjoyed this episode of Downton Abbey and hope there will be more to come...
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9/10
An overall review of MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE
22 November 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Although this SciFi-History thriller isn't perfect, perhaps particularly in its initial season, given time, it rises above itself; providing an excellent opportunity - allowing us to draw exceptional parallels into two possible outcomes of WWII and their distinctive ramifications.

I found redemption in its 4th season's exceptionally powerful portrayal of John Smith's seeming confrontation with his past, in both worlds; especially his responsible for the further perpetration of the Holocaust in America upon Jews (Danny, his ever faithful brother in arms), Blacks (the horrible, demeaning and illegal treatment the couple in the cafe were continually subjected to)... and all people of color... (The so-called euthanasia) of the disabled (and the distinct parallels of witnessing his own son escorted twice from his home)... His daughters... How he was locked in to a dual existence... Seemingly unable to give up one for the other...

The exemplary actions of the BCR, giving Black People a significant role in changing hearts and minds of all peoples, uniting, while fighting all enemies...

Japanese eventually succumbing to a truer, more rational definition of honor and loyalty... But at what cost...?

Season 4 is a grand culmination of all its integral parts rife with reminders of what could have been...

Be prepared to be emotionally moved and reflective, as there will be much to atone for...

But it is all so deeply rewarding, in the end...

This is a reminder of just how heinous humanity can be, but how one can always find reason to redeem oneself no matter what the odds...

I believe it is imperative you watch the entire series in order to fully appreciate its powerful and substantive conclusion...

We as a people should never, ever forget what Nazi's were and remain capable of... And just how petty and unforgivable racism is; there is absolutely no excuse for disrespecting one another, ever.
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The King (I) (2019)
9/10
A Political Maelstrom
3 November 2019
Deeply moving and enticing story depicting history and legends. I found it most entertaining, with an excellent cast.
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The Punisher (2017–2019)
9/10
First Season: 9 - Second Season: 6
8 September 2019
The first season should be seen; it's well crafted. Unfortunately something is amiss in season 2, be it writing and/or direction... The Punisher doesn't hold the same logic or panache, standing out as irregular - illogical, devoid of cautionary mannerisms we were accustomed to in season 1 - Continuity and the lack there of... Hence why viewers lost interest and the series abruptly canceled.
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The Boys (2019– )
10/10
S:1 E1-8 Surprisingly Captivating
5 September 2019
Well written, produced, directed, acted. I wasn't sure where this was going but I was very much surprised at what direction this series has taken. Let's hope the original team has the same unique perspective in S2.
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Pennyworth (2019– )
9/10
I'm Chuffed to Bits!!! What an Adventure!
22 August 2019
Fantastical, surreal, realism, political, satirical, witty, all the time relatable and by no means not too far fetched from reality (unlike Gotham and the earlier cynical Batman TV and films)...

Set in an alternate, post WWII GB era (perhaps 1950-60's) the show contains gratuitous violence, language, sex, alternative life styles - it embraces every facet of life which makes this series all the more enjoyable.

With a plot still unfolding, it appears Germany had won the war in Europe with England appearing free and independent thus far...

Reminiscent of a meld of Secret Agent Man, The Avengers, The Prisoner, Bond... Very, very British with some of the best British, Scot, Welsh, Londoner, Midlands... slang you'll ever hear!

With Pennyworth there's no real backstory, no connection to Batman (per say) other than his his developing interactions with Wayne which will eventually will bring him into the fold.

So the show thus far stands almost entirely on its own.

Inclosing, please don't take me wrong, this isn't a put down; I never was a real fan of comics nor the Batman franchises (just too cheeky for me) with the exception of 'The Dark Night' which I thought was utterly brilliant (the late Heath Ledger as The Joker absolutely made the film a clear standout). But this series is seemingly independent and unrelated from the comic world and has serious legs of which it appears it can carry itself upon.

I believe there's a very good chance you'll enjoy Pennyworth and hope you'll give it a try.

Please do enjoy!
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Another Life (2019– )
4/10
Big Brother in Space
1 August 2019
4 episodes into this mediocre Netflix production and I've simply had enough.
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Yankee (2019– )
4/10
Ridiculous English Dialogue; Horrible
24 July 2019
S1:E1 English dialogue is ridiculous, sophomoric, costume design horrific (police shoulder patch 'Arizona Police' while wearing US badge), direction amateurish, production values subpar... Dubbing...! Netflix should to be ashamed.

People in the US do not interact the same as those in Mexico. Cultural differences in law enforcement are not observed.

American bikers do not talk or behave as depicted...
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4/10
Abysmal Plot, Dialogue, Direction
9 July 2019
It's unfortunate but Besson's only film I have truly enjoyed was 5th Element. He was seemingly able to tie most of the elements of picture making together in 5th Element. But for some reason he has been unable to achieve the same since in his English film makings.

ESL One thing which stands out in his English speaking films is his lack of comprehension of basic language interaction skills between characters. I believe his principal language (French) and its grammatical syntax prevents him from making essential dialogue appear anything les than contrived. And the same could be said for an English (or any other language) speaker attempting to accomplish the sitter nuances of the French language. It's very difficult for an individual who's principal language isn't the language used in the film. If the director truly misses the nuances of English communication he or she will have difficulty hitting the mark.

The Kursk suffered from the same story telling fatigue. The dialogue just doesn't always click - missing the emotional aspect from script to actor to director to scene. It's lost somewhere in translation and becomes contrived.

Alita is more of the same. The voicing, tone, pitch, pacing of the entire cast is mindful of a dubbed movie; awkward and unconvincing.

Visually stellar, although familiar, Besson does paint the sets with very similar style which also becomes somewhat tiring in his sci-fi films.
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4/10
Juvenile Fodder
1 May 2019
Reviews of this film are pointless since they're derived from bots.
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Hunter Killer (2018)
3/10
Unrealistic Fodder
25 December 2018
Film lacks basic military decorum; improper terminology coupled with poor continuity and hideous direction. Questionable anyone involved in production has ever served. Russians AND Americans are both portrayed as Neanderthals, mindless fodder. A serious waste of time and money from every angle.
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