Friday, March 20, 2020

It helps to pass the time



As we settle in to an unfamiliar time of working from home, minimal social contact and isolation of some kind, thank goodness for Netflix, Amazon, Apple etc etc.

On Amazon, take a look at:
-        Perennial favourites Bosch and Goliath.  Gritty, urban, down ‘n dirty.  Five series (so far) of Bosch, and three of Goliath.
-        The complicated, complex, engaging Counterpart with Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons playing two parts – or is it one?  Compelling stuff.
-        The Hunters.  Al Pacino in rip-roaring form leading a bunch of unlikely characters of Nazi Hunters in a vice-ridden, tawdry Son of Sam fearing New York City – inspired by true events.
-        If you liked Gomorrah and Suburra, you’ll enjoy Zero, Zero, Zero – Italian gangsters moving drugs from Mexico across The Atlantic.

On Netflix:
-        Series Three of Babylon Berlin is out now – decadent, brilliantly shot.
-        Hinterland – Three series, 12 episodes all 90 minutes, full, complete whodunnits in the Welsh Valleys – Shetland Welsh-style.
-        Trapped – dark Scandinavian suspense in Iceland.

And on Apple:
-        Fremantle’s New Pope with John Malkovich and Jude Law is irresistible.

I also enjoyed a couple of movies:
-        A lighthearted cop story with an excellent Mark Wahlberg – Spenser Confidential.
-        The Two Popes – Anthony Hopkins in excelsis.

KR