This week I’m going to concentrate on what’s new and noteworthy. It’s been a very busy week with two golf course celebratory openings (both Lambton and the Georgian Bay Club welcomed back their members with exhausting golf events), lots of time with friends including a rousing Trivial Pursuit night, a night at the movies, etc. Spring has finally sprung here, so in addition to being outdoors every possible moment, here are a few recommendations for your weekly viewing:
On the Big Screen
Finding Your Feet I attended this British comedy with a group of friends who almost all enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s aimed at the same audience of older viewers who enjoyed the Marigold Hotel films, Victoria & Abdul, Quartet, etc. This feel-good film is profoundly predictable. There are dance scenes that will make you squirm with discomfort (especially the one involving motorized wheelchairs), surprise disclosures of terminal illness, glossed over depictions of Alzheimers, etc. This film is so contrived that it’s difficult to give it praise for some of the things it does well. I loved the scenes of London that included Bif’s small flat and Charlie’s canal boat. The cast is superb and includes Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Tim Spall, and Joanna Lumley. There is little nuance here, but it is one of the few films today that is aimed squarely at an adult audience, so if you want a lame romantic comedy to attend when you are feeling out of touch with today’s super hero movies, here’s an alternative film to see.
The Greatest Showman is a musical with Hugh Jackman that was released to almost universal scorn from critics but was loved by many audiences. The songs are melodic, every single one done in an overblown showstopping way; the choreography is hiliariously contemporary for a story taking place in the early years of the century. The film is done at a fever dream pace which never slows down. My husband and I found it delightfully entertaining and I must admit, I could watch the aerial lovesong between Zac Effron and Zendaya again!
New on PBS
Little Women is one of my favourite books from childhood and this latest TV adaptation debuts tonight on Masterpiece Theatre. I am eagerly anticipating this British adaptation of the classic novel. Fingers crossed that this one holds up although the advance reviews favour the 1994 film adaptation directed by Gillian Anderson.
New on Netflix
Safe is a new 8-episode TV series original to Netflix. It stars Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as a widowed British surgeon whose daughter disappears from a gated community outside London. Once you get over the shock of Hall’s accent, the show is pretty watchable. Dark secrets will be uncovered….
The Chalet I just started watching this one yesterday and am already up to Episode 3 of 6 episodes. I have to admit I am loving this Gallic suspense series. A reunion of childhood friends at a remote chalet in the French Alps soon turns into a desperate struggle for survival as they get cut off from the rest of the world and a shocking dark secret from the past surfaces.
New on HBO
Vida is a 7-episode series. This show follows the life of two Mexican-American sisters, Emma and Lyn, from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Loving it!
Patrick Melrose is a 5-episode series from Showtime which is based on the novels of Edward St. Aubyn. The first episode “Bad News” debuted last night and is a graphic depiction of a 22-year-old dealing with heroine and cocaine addiction. Benedict Cumberbatch is the star and is compulsively watchable in his struggles.
Sweetbitter is a 6-episode series about a young woman who learns how crazy it is to work in a restaurant in NYC. Great cast features Ella Purnell as the achingly beautiful star, Tom Sturridge playing the mysterious Jake and Paul Sparks (House of Cards) as the imperious restaurant owner.
Mr Mercedes Brendan Gleeson stars as a retired police detective playing a cat and mouse game with the psychopathic killer who drove a Mercedes into a crowd.
Rellik continues to tell the story in refers of how a team of detectives try to hunt down a serial killer.
Hard Sun is a 6-episode series showing two detectives with opposing viewpoints who are forced to work together in a pre-apocalyptic criminal world. Tom Sturridge (Sweetbitter) stars.
The Detail is a 10-episode police procedural about three female homicide detectives who solve crimes while also dealing with their personal lives.
Gotham is now in its fourth season. It’s an original story showing Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon and all the Batman villains before they became the icons of the comic books. Dark, gothic and campy, this show is full of humour. Love it.
The 100 is now in its fifth season showing incredibly attractive young people trying to survive in space after an apocalypse. Great cast features Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Henry Ian Cusick, etc.
Riverdale is nearing the end of its second season. Its a darker, sexier, more violent Riverdale than was ever depicted in the Archie comics. Compulsively watchable!
Colbert, Noah, Bee, Jeffries, Maher, and Oliver are all my mainstays when I need to see the funny in today’s news. Shoutout to Seth Meyers whose “A Closer Look” segments can be found on You Tube.
CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes are two newsmagazine shows that always inspire and inform.
It’s a busy week for Royals Watchers. The big wedding is coming up next Saturday May 19! I will be having a pre-wedding send-off for the couple by holding a Royal Luncheon featuring fascinators and scones for my long-time friends. It’s been a return to routine with fitness, walking group, Mahjong and golf. Enjoy this very fine weather wherever you are. Special hugs for my friends dealing with major medical challenges. Happy Mother’s Day to all my family and friends who are being celebrated today. Put your feet up with a good book, movie or TV show after being feted by your family. Enjoy the accolades!