Slim pickings!

I am currently glued to BBC World News watching their recap of 2014 news stories including ISIS, Russia/Ukraine, etc.  Not my usual cup of tea, but indicative of the scarcity of entertainment available on TV at the moment. I have managed to catch up with a few TV shows and films as follows:

Black Mirror White Christmas aired on Christmas night on Superchannel in Canada.  The Black Mirror series from Britain is often described as Britain’s answer to the Twilight Zone.  This special starred Jon Hamm and Rafe Spall and was most unChristmassy in its bleak depiction of a future where technology allows people to be virtually imprisoned within gadgets.   At least I think this was the gist of the show.  Dark, very dark….

Our family watched The Interview on Christmas night.  This is the Seth Rogen/James Franco stoner comedy that apparently caused North Korea to hack Sony and declare grave consequences if not allowed to investigate the hacking.  This film which does have a few mildly amusing moments (Eminem announces he is gay; Seth Rogen complains of being grazed by wildly ricocheting bullets bouncing around the tank he is in) – all in all, the usual juvenile humour for which Seth Rogen is famous.  James Franco’s performance is insanely over the top making Seth Rogen’s more subdued performance seem Oscar worthy by comparison.  So appallingly lame!

Finally caught up with the film Locke featuring an intense performance by Tom Hardy as a Welshman driving through the night to reach a woman about to give birth to his baby, who implodes his marriage and career in the process.

Loved How I Live Now, a wonderful British film featuring Saoirse Ronan and George MacKay as two teens brought together in a world ravaged by a nuclear war.

George MacKay is also one of the stars of Pride.  An unbelievably generic British comedy also starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Domenic West and Andrew Scott that is based on the true story of gay activists in London who support the Welsh coalminers in the 1984 strike in the UK.  A feel good comedy that somehow feels like a fairy tale despite its roots in reality.

Also caught up with Blancanieves, a very Spanish retelling of the Snow White story with Flamenco and bullfighting in the background.

I think I am up to the end of episode 5 on both The Missing and The Fall.  Can’t decide which show is darker!

I am up to episode 4 of The Divide. An American crime series airing on Superchannel that details a fictional innocence project type investigation of the murder of a Black family.

For those who prefer their British crime series to be a little sunnier, PBS is currently airing Vera starring Brenda Blethyn as a strong female police inspector investigating murders in the north of England. Blethyn is outspoken and fearless, willing to tell everyone exactly what she thinks of them as she obsessively works to solve her cases.

That’s all for now. Nap time beckons!  Enjoy the holidays everyone.

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