Imperium

Occasionally paging through film descriptions on a streaming service one will pop up which you’d never have pictured yourself as being interested in or even having heard about, but seems like it’d make an interesting watch – and this was the case with this Daniel Radcliffe film about an FBI …

The Red Sea Diving Resort

The key phrase of the films I watched in 2019 seems to be “based on a true story”.  In this case, a Mossad operation to evacuate Ethiopian Jews from Sudan by setting up a cover operation of a holiday resort.  The whole thing had a very “Argo” feel about it …

Fighting with My Family

I remember THIS one! You’ve got to love any story about WWE wrestling whose promotional spiel includes the sentence “Based on a true story”.  And it’s got Nick Frost & Lena Headey playing a husband & wife.  AND The Rock is in it.  AND it’s written/directed by Stephen Merchant.  AND …

Colette

This one was quite good – we were mainly attracted to it due to the presence of Dominic West, who’s always first & foremost going to be Jimmy McNulty for us, and therefore hearing him speak in any accent other than Baltimore is a non-sequitur (even though that’s not his …

Life Itself

Good lord, I really have to write these little summaries as I go rather than retrospectively, cos I’ve no memory of this film either.  Maybe it’s a comment on watching too much stuff?  I vaguely recall seeing Banderas and Patinkin in a film, but other than that the writeup rings …

The Upside

A fairly “by numbers” piece in which a misanthropic wheelchair-bound millionaire contrarily hires a parolee-jobseeker who’s walked into the wrong room, and through their time together each learns a lot about themselves, etc. Decent performances from Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and a waspy Nicole Kidman – but it’s a plumbing …

Brexit: The Uncivil War

Dramatisation of one aspect of the Brexit “Leave” campaign, focussing on a tonsured Bandersnatch Phantybatch as charming person Dominic Cummings – it didn’t get great reviews in the press, but then we’ve had enough of experts, apparently. Whilst it was never going to capture “the truth” of it, I think …

Compliance

In 2019 this tale of peoples’ willingness to go along with instructions from authority figures seems near-impossible to swallow against the context of social-engineering-awareness which we live day to day in financial services careers. And yet it’s a dramatisation of a true story. Not an enjoyable film, and often it …

The Imitation Game

Engaging if sometimes historically questionable biographic drama about the life of Alan Turing and his time working at Bletchley Park cracking the ENIGMA code as used by the Germans in WW2. 👍👍

United 93

Biographical drama recreating one of the flights from the September 11 terrorist attack, notable in that it used little-known actors and not Tom Hanks.  Oddly compelling given that you already knew the outcome, and equally hard to fathom the fragmentation of information flow between emergency services in such a scenario… …