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Very similar to movies such as The Town and Departed, this was an entertaining Season 1. The final episode clearly left many arcs hanging for future episodes. Bacon hams it up as the shady FBI "not all bad" so he claims. While a bit of a thug Jackie the cop seems well read and has an appropriate anecdote or historical reference for any situation. A whole bunch of Law and Order and Oz series character actors have big and small roles, almost expecting to hear the signature L&O sting music as the figurative shoes drop. Well made cops and robbers drama.
The Widow: Nigel (2019)
Nice Series Closes Out
The big reveal was earlier so this one is tying up loose ends. Through it all KB gives a top notch believable character, back story and all. The Charles Dance Martin role is slightly odd, he ends up just saying "Georgia " a lot in an exasperated tone, thought he would do more action himself as a retired MI type. The Congo mining story as a plot has been touched on by Le Carre and others and works well as a mystery intrigue tale to tell. And the General's path was a good add on.
Her Alibi (1989)
Magnum moves on
Released just after the Magnum PI TV series this would have been one of Selleck's new post-TV career films. Plays off the built in expectations of Selleck but he's uses a lot of the same mannerisms, without the macho. Magnum's klutzy doppelgänger. The actress Porizkova is fine and an attractive presence. Some kind of plot involving Romanians and circus, all OK.
Not exactly Spinal Tap but certainly a tongue-in-cheek mix of old and new footage capturing a road tour from 1976 or so. Nice look at Dylan's place in the entertainment world at that time.
Stylized Tarantino-esque caper Series. Male gangsters engage in loopy observational dialogues, flashbacks, split screens and quirky violence. Carla Gugino as the title lead is a no-nonsense ex-con who needs to do the one last job. Havana setting looks better than I recall. Heist is improbable, substance is lacking, seems like a bit of a vanity project.
Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne (2019)
Great Ending, Great Series
So it ends, a great series, binge watched the first two or three seasons on DVD boxsets then subscribed to HBO just for this. Much better than similar series about Vikings and Romans. Not a GMartin fan and found the books unreadable after watching the teleplay version. After 73 episodes, yes it was all basic Hollywood scripting, the "faces" and the "heels". A few minor faces get killed off, Ned and Robb Stark in the early days to build up the story and tension. In the end the heels get their rewards, Joffrey, Ramsay, the Night King, Cersei and Dany in the "twist" at the end. A lot of folks seem to miss the overall plotting and thought this was something different. Even Jaime has to tell the viewer that actually he is a heel not a face. Very nice ending and wrap up. Hail the Starks!
Bosch: Creep Signed His Kill (2019)
Another solid season of Bosch
Based mainly on a newer Connelly book Two Kinds of Truth, this season was a great continuation of the overall Hollywood Station story arcs. Crate and Barrel, Lt. Billets, Chief Irvine, Maddie, J.Edgar all have their sub stories intersecting with Bosch. Series is more gritty and more visual gore than usual network fare. Now we have to wait another year after that binge.
A nice wrap
Using Ford's announced end of sedans as a thematic bridge the Grand Tour gave a nice history of the Cortina, Sierra and Mondeo models in the UK over the years. Interesting as a look into British car culture. Then the big reveal that this was the last season of the regular tent format, conversations, laptimes, silly races and short travelogues. From now on all "Specials", probably with a more international focus with little about the UK. The specials; Columbia, US and Mongolia were the best part of this season as the Home-based episodes were a little forced.
Pretty good but not perfect
The camera car and editing take away from the cinema verite aspect of a show like this but OK, time to appreciate a bit May and Hammond's mechanical skills and off-roading . Clarkson is a humourist, always better when not taking himself so seriously. Not just three TV presenters but they know their stuff. And props to whoever designed "John".
Good Show despite Itself
Another more generic low-budget episode but enjoyable and entertaining. Clarkson in the Lancias again a little too giddy, May with a very good Porsche tribute, and he his getting more and more "driving" chops. Hammond and Clarkson a silly airport thing and Conversation Street was even amusing, particularly the Argentina reference Hammond threw in.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019)
Great look at the midfield
Very little of Hamilton and Vettel, this series shines a light on the mid and back of pack teams, the personal battles to hold their seats and the teams fighting for Constructor points. Watching the TV feeds on Sunday you miss a lot of this. Lots of slow motion crashes, cursing and serious managers. Good series to get more into the racing, as focussing on the Mercedes team constant success at the front is too limiting.
Missing on 1 or 2 cylinders
They tried, and I usually like the travel specials showing the foreign locales , but this episode just fell flat for me, and to be honest couldn't make it through in one session. Even the cars, while nice GTs, just didn't resonate.
The Grand Tour: The Youth Vote (2019)
Solid, Not Great
May and Hammond did a nice comparison of the two 1980s supercars, very much like the BBC specials they did together when TG was on hiatus. The two alone have a more genteel amusing time than when the overbearing Clarkson is involved. The hot hatch competition was OK, a little lame in spots, still better than the pickup truck episode a few weeks ago.
Sweet n Low
A bit of a filler episode but enjoyable fluff. Hammond nice review of the new Aston, May down history lane with NASA astronaut cars. The blue Armstrong Stingray did look beauty. And Clarkson with one of his gag bits, he's coming off more relaxed and tongue in cheek this season getting back to old TG form.
Entertaining despite itself
Some of the old bits but put together well and more subtle sight gags than usual, some lol funny. Very meta as they poke fun at Hammond's St. Tropez gassed burglary incident, which at the time was reported as straight news. Also, educational to hear Clarkson pronounce it "dee-feh-cate-ing",
Triple Frontier (2019)
A little different, they get the cash fairly easily then things slowly go south, so left wondering all along who makes it and how. Silly movie director plot decisions aside was a good netflick.
The Grand Tour: Well Aged Scotch (2019)
Better than the Pickups One
A budget UK travel film, up to Scotland. Clarkson's Alfa was great , I had a similar driveshaft spider coupling let go in an Opel way back when. And the X1/9 was one of my wish list too way back, both would have been neat restoration projects.
Clarkson again with a weak review of the Bimmer, he used to have decent criticisms of every car.
Nice road scenery though.
Liked it, nice look at a part of China
Fairly good travelogue film, enjoyed seeing the part of China selected and the new modern roadways. Some of the gags were a little mouldy but all in all pretty good. The EP9 test was interesting as was Hammond's good natured take on his previous crashes.
The Grand Tour: An Itchy Urus (2019)
Better than last one...
Each presenter has a film and an extended Conversation Street with all three. Liked May with the Alpine, Clarkson with the Lambo SUV and Hammond did a nice tribute to Jim Clark, and he showed better driving in the old Lotus 25 compared to his attempts in a modern F1 on the , ahem, other show.
Kind of going through the motions
Not a lot special here, Clarkson does his "I have to win" schtick again to excess, and gushes way too over the top on th Jaguar very limited edition hot rod.
Dirty John (2018)
A modern story with a message to watch out for online dating. Bana kills the role of an immoral predator but Connie Brittain is a vapid and naive Debra. Script doesn't really know how to depict a successful woman business person, here she is a 50-something Valley Girl, she wears expensive clothes, chats about dating to her staff and otherwise looks befuddled. Forgiveness of sins in Christianity is subtly slammed, the grandmother's church beliefs are shown to have swayed Debra her way, much as John's father created the scam artist. The daughters are incredibly annoying whether by choice or accident, but in the end they come through.
Slipping Seaaon 3
The series has drifted into Canadian TV low cost land, fewer northern visuals, too many same office set pieces. Cardinal's investigation into his wifes's suicide should have been darker and, well more of a mystery. Mom and her acolytes was a confusing mess,oh hey let's give Tom Jackson some screen time....
Netflix' Bordertown is a curious parallel of sorts, does better with the Nordic Noir feel Cardinal did well with in Season 1.
Nice Scenery and Travel Clips
Haven'y seen much of Columbia so this is a good enough intro. The road trip was the usual fun and games worth some chuckles. They really should try to change it up a bit though, this is a bit like aging rock stars doing the casino circuit playing their old hits.
Oh a travelogue episode.
Part 1 of the lads going to Columbia. Much better than last season's sorry trip through Mozambique. All the usual gags with some more bawdy humour than years previous.
The Grand Tour: Motown Funk (2019)
A more relaxed episode going with some freshened up old gags and routines. Detroit never looked worse. Clarkson in the McLaren Senna was a little too gushy in praise in a quick review, nice to see it's great lap time on the test track. All in all a fun show.