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Paris est à nous (2019)
A metaphor for trauma and grief - really interesting.
Haven't seen a film like this since the early 90s - hand held camera, loose narrative style; all show, no tell. I like films that provoke the viewer to actively engage with the storytelling. Really interesting, though not for everyone. As a metaphor for trauma, coping with trauma and grief and the senselessness of life and death, it is provocative and thought-provoking.
We are watching the work of an artist at the peak of her powers and will never see the likes of a performance or production like this for many years to come.
Le Bureau des Légendes (2015)
If you love Le Carré, this show is for you
ALERT: if you're a fan of the espionage genre, then check out The Bureau (aka Le Bureau des Legendes, the best tv show title in history) - it is MAGNIFIQUE. Le Carré -level mastery storycraft and characters. It's *quiet* in the way that many spy shows are not - which equals proper suspense. The Bureau leaves Homeland for dead and makes Spooks ( which I also loved) look over-produced and somewhat clumsy.
Dogs of Berlin (2018)
Last two episodes are outstanding
A solid build over the series; great performances. The last two episodes are fantastic. The shoot-out sequence in 'Overtime' rivals the 10 min shot in True Detective Season 1. Loved it.
Topical and well made
Ben Chaplin is fantastic as the soulless, black-eyed red-top editor. Reminds me of 'Party Animals' but for journosc
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Treds a fine line very well - a fantastic peoduction
I'm a fan of the original and I'm a fan of this sequel. It's so, so well done - visual and audio references to the original, a good story, visually amazing, and some excellent song and dance routines. Thoroughly entertaining and highly enjoyable.
Mapp & Lucia (2014)
Just the most hilarious comedy about two busybody social climbers. Costumes are to die for. Lightweight but perfectly executed. I wish there were more episodes.
Berlin Station (2016)
Gets better with each episode and each season
Great stories, well told; fabulous locations; acting improves as the seasons unfold. Started as a star vehicle for Richard Armitage but has a more ensemble feel in S2 and is all the better for it. Rhys Ifans is fantastic.
Paris etc (2017)
Unusual and revealing show; compelling characters
Love this show. The loosely connected characters are all different and the actresses are fantastic at highlighting their flaws and vulnerabilities. A really interesting cultural insight too; I want to keep watching. I like these women characters; I relate to them.