Television


Recommending the excellent Irish tv-drama “Normal People”. Fantastic acting from leads Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, nice storyline, nice settings and great cinematography. See it. #NormalPeople

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Max von Sydow, one of the finest actors from Sweden, has died at the age of 90. Von Sydow featured in more than 100 films and TV series. His most memorable film roles include Knight Antonius Block in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957). He also played Jesus Christ in “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist”, David Lynch’s “Dune”, Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters”, Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” and Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island”. He later appeared in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as Three-eyed Raven, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Throughout his long career he received two Academy Award nominations for his performances in “Pelle the Conqueror” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”.

Rest in peace Max and thank you for all fantastic movie/tv characters and films.

A Christmas Carol is a British fantasy miniseries based on the 1843 novella of the same name by Charles Dickens. The three-part series is written by Steven Knight with actor Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott among the executive producers.

The Hollywood Reporter described the miniseries as “designed to alienate the Dickens brand’s traditional core audience and probably won’t much engage the curiosity of more mature viewers.” Salon called it a “dispiriting adaptation” and called it “short on joy and very, very, very long on purgatorial slogging.” Collider gave it two stars and acknowledged that the miniseries “certainly brings something new to the tried-and-true story” but found the ending “misses out on the meaning of the story and the greater meaning of the Christmas season.” Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com also gave it two stars and described viewing it as “approximately three joyless hours of watching an adaptation try to justify its edginess.”

I have no issues with some sort of updated version of this great story from Charles Dickens, since I do love the original and I have seen most versions of it. However, the problem here is that this miniseries is just bleak and dark and misses out on the main point when Ebenezer Scrooge redeems and transforms into a person who treats everyone with kindness, generosity and compassion, thus embodying the spirit of Christmas. In this version everything is one long dragged out dark journey that spends way too little time with the essence of the tale in the end. And I personally think that Guy Pearce is not that right choice to play Ebenezer Scrooge, no matter how much I normally like him and his acting. But, I do need to say that I really like this miniseries cinematography, editing, effects and general vibe. But, it´s still a bit of a hit and miss.

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Lovely, lovely Erin Grey in “Buck Rogers – In The 25th Century”.

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I cannot wait to see season 3 of “Babylon Berlin”!!!

Today Monty Python celebrates its 50th birthday! On the 5th October 1969, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” first aired on BBC1 – going on to run for four series, spawning four original films, numerous live shows and several albums.

Reflecting on the legacy and approaching celebrations, the Pythons commented:

“Python has survived because we live in an increasingly Pythonesque world. Extreme silliness seems more relevant now than it ever was.”

😁

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So I have finally seen the first season of “Knightfall”. Initally I didn´t like the first look of it despite the fact that the storyline and setting is totally up my alley. But, I gave it a second chance. “Knightfall” is a historical fiction drama television series created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner for the History channel. The series recounts the success, fall, persecution, and suppression of the Knights Templar, as orchestrated by King Philip IV of France on October 13, 1307. The series focuses on the fictional Templar leader Landry du Lauzon, a brave warrior discouraged by the Templars’ failures in the Holy Land who is reinvigorated by news that the Holy Grail has resurfaced.

I think it´s a nice production, solid story and it has plenty of things to like. But, my biggest issue with this series is that the acting is way too wobbly during the whole first season. It´s just not top notch which I think is a shame. However, I will see the second season as well.

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