The latest in my series of mini TV and film reviews, with trailers and 'where to watch'. If you have trouble finding where any show/film is available in your country, this is a good site: Justwatch. Just put the name of the show into the search, and choose your country further down, from the drop-down menu. It shows where you can stream, buy or rent.
However... I've found it to be not absolutely up to date at all times. Sometimes I've had better results simply putting 'where can I watch ***' into the search engine, or going to the programme's own site, if it has one.
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Series: Coyote - Season 1
5* plus ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was just terrific. The always excellent Michael Chiklis stars as Ben Clemens, a Border Patrol officer who has reluctantly retired, but accidentally becomes involved with the Mexican mob. The scenery is breathtaking, the story is a cracker, and this is the best acting I've seen from Mr Chiklis (we are not worthy). It would have been so easy for him to play this as yet another fearless action man, like Jacks Bauer or Reacher, but when he finds himself in a dangerous situation, Ben Clemens actually looks like he's crapping himself and feels totally out of his depth. Like, how any real person would. Not that he hasn't got many tricks to pull out of the bag - this is the man who brought us Vic Mackie, after all.
Only six episodes, and whether or not there is going to be another season has not yet been confirmed. I remain hopeful. Watch it anyway, it's great.
(ps, guest appearance of Jose Pablo Cantillo - Martinez in TWD. I thought, I bet he's going to be in this, and he was!)
5* plus ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
True Life drama about entrepreneur, silver-tongued charlatan and general narcissist Adam Neumann, who started the company WeWork with his totally-out-to-lunch wife; together they expressed their desire to 'elevate the world's consciousness', without actually explaining, when asked, what this actually meant, aside from facilitating a relaxed office atmosphere. Wallowing in luxury and every extravagance imaginable, they paid their staff a pittance and frittered away billions from investors.
It's real edge of the seat stuff, and Jared Leto is excellent in the role of Neumann. Wife Rebekah is played by Anne Hathaway, who usually gets on my nerves, but she is perfection in this. Her conversation and ideas are made up of buzz-phrases and t-shirt slogans; she gives 'superficial' a whole new meaning, without a care for the lives she disrupts in the execution and inevitable failure of her barmy ideas.
It's really, really good.
Article in the New York Post about the Neumanns.
....and I also watched this:
Documentary: WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn
(Hulu, Virgin, or rent from Amazon or Apple)
Interesting to see the real people in action, but this lacked something. I felt it skirted the surface of the subject, probably because there was too much material for a documentary of this length; much of the subject matter was just touched upon. Hadn't got quite enough meat to it, somehow.
Series: 12 Monkeys - Seasons 1-4
(UK: Sky, Now. US: Hulu, or buy on Amazon or Apple)
Based on the film, this version is wildly more complicated - it's not one to watch while you're doing something else, as it dips in and out of many, many time periods as, in a post-apocalyptic 2043, Dr Katarina Jones (Barbara Sukowa) uses her time machine to send James Cole (Aaron Stanton) back to 2015 to stop a viral outbreak that wiped out most of the world's population. Only thing is, it turns out to be a lot more difficult than they'd thought, with the man who they think is responsible being only a minor player.
It's one of those epic shows that I missed when it had finished. Special mention to the ever-fabulous Kirk Acevedo as José Ramse, Cole's best friend - I found the relationship between the two of them a lot more moving than that of Cole and his love interest, a beautiful doctor who somehow managed to have amazing hair and delicately applied make-up even when the world was crashing down around them. Also the awesome Xander Berkeley (who played a character not unlike TWD Gregory), and Emily Hampshire as the eccentric Jennifer Goines. It's completely ridiculous in parts but so good that belief was 100% suspended throughout!