Saturday, 21 January 2023

Have All Your Friends Disappeared From Your Twitter Timeline?


I've seen stacks of people complaining about this recently, and have found a sort-of solution.  It won't make them all come back again, but it's something I've found that works well for me now, and what I'll be using until the Twitterly algorithms sort themselves out (she says, optimistically).

I'm talking about Twitter Lists - I've never fully understood their usefulness before.  Now I do!  You can make a list of all your favourite profiles and use that as your timeline instead, if you wish.  Here's how:

(Please note: I only use a laptop, don't know how it all works on a phone.)

1. Go to the list on the left side of your page, and click 'More'.

2. You will then see this.  Click 'Lists'.

3. That takes you to this screen.  Click on the little rectangle with the two lines, top right (new list).

4. You will now see the screen below, where you can create your list.  Give it a name, a description if you wish, and make it private if that's what you want to do.  Click 'next' in the top right hand corner.

5. You are then given the option to add people to your list

6 do so by using the search facility - click 'add' for everyone you would like to be on this list.

7. Keep adding, and you will now have your list of people whose tweets you don't want to miss.  Obviously you won't be able to think of all those random people you see and exchange the odd emoji with on a regular basis, but they'll pop up here and there, and then you can add them to your list by clicking on the three little dots on the profile page (top right, under the header photo) and choosing the 'Add/remove from lists'. 


Here is mine.  If you don't make it private, others can follow it too.

The link to it is HERE

8.  You can now follow the initial procedure to go to your list every day - there you will see all your friends' tweets and nothing else :) 


9. Now ... once you start using your list, you may find that you don't want to see stacks of retweets, from people (like me) who retweet a lot.  Might be too many book promos, or just stuff you don't want to see, generally.  In order to see your friend's personal tweets but not their retweets, go to their profile page and head for those three little dots at the top.  

10.  Click on the three dots and you will see this - the first option is to turn off retweets.  Click!

Hope that's easy to follow and is a help!  Do pass on to anyone else you think might find it useful :) 

Saturday, 7 January 2023

Lately I've Been Watching

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.

If you would like to see more posts, please click here: Lately I've Been Watching.  If you get as far as the bottom, 'Older Posts' will take you to more.

Limited Series: A Spy Among Friends

5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(UK: ITVX, britbox.  Britbox in Aus, not available in US)

Big favourite of mine Damian Lewis produced and stars as government agent Nicholas Elliott, alongside Guy Pearce as Kim Philby. This 6 part series is proper good telly, made the way TV dramas used to be, with no sensational Hollywood-esque stuff and only a few fictional additions, all of which were quite inoffensive.  It dips back and forth in time between Elliott being debriefed after his visit to see his old friend Philby before he defected, and snapshots of the two men's lives since they met in the 1930s.

The sense of the era was perfectly captured, even down to little turns of phrase that have faded out of common use; Lewis as Elliott said a few things that made me think, oh, I remember my mother saying that when I was a child.

Something that made me feel very old - an elderly Adrian Edmondson as Sir Roger Hollis, a world away from Vivian in The Young Ones!

Loved it.  Excellent.


Limited Series: George and Tammy

5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(UK: Paramount +  US: fubo, Showtime, Directv)

I have no interest in Tammy Wynette generally, and had never heard of George Jones, the country singer who became her third husband, but I saw that he was played by the ever-fabulous Michael Shannon and I love biopics, so I was champing at the bit to see this.  Shannon is marvellous, as is Jessica Chastain as Wynette - the attraction when they met was instant, the sort of grand passion that has to be acted upon whatever the consequences; all those feelings just burst off the screen.  I think I was in love with Michael Shannon's George all the time I was watching it, too!

The way in which his alcoholism destroyed their marriage was heartbreaking, as was her growing dependence on her next husband: her manager George Richey (excellently and horribly played by Steve Zahn, though they could have found him wigs that didn't look like joke ones from a fancy dress shop), a grade A asshole who kept her dependent on prescription pain killers to increase her dependency on him.

Also stars another favourite of mine, Walton Goggins as Earl 'Peanutt' Montgomery. 

This was based on a book written by Georgette Jones, their one child, which I now want to read, of course!

....and here is the real life version 


Series: All Of Us Are Dead - Season 1

5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Korean, dubbed into English.  Having seen Train to Busan a short while ago, I reckon the Koreans have this fast-zombie thing totally nailed.  This was riveting, just like TOB.  A science teacher makes a testosterone-heavy serum that will, he thinks, make his craven son fight back when horribly bullied at school.  Yes, it goes wrong and gets out.  The show centres round a high school as the virus quickly spirals out of control, and leaks out into the rest of the city.

The zombies are like those in Black Summer rather than The Walking Dead - the victims turn as soon as they've been bitten, and the only escape is to run very fast, and hide.  It's great.  We watched in silence, totally gripped!


Series: Kaleidoscope

5 * ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Loved this!  It's a heist story, starring Giancarlo Esposito, Rufus Sewell and others.  But it's more than that.  The eight episodes each cover a different period of time, from 24 years before the heist, to six months afterwards.  The gimmick is that each one is give a colour (the violet episode, the orange episode, etc), and you can watch them in any order, because separately they all fit together as a whole, a sort of televisual jigsaw.  Each one is almost a complete story; we did not watch them in chronological order, but it absolutely worked.  Totally addictive stuff, highly recommend.


Film: Cinderella Man (2005)

5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(US: Roku, Starz.  UK: Disney+)

What an amazing story - if it was fiction you'd say it was too unbelievable, but it's not, it's about the life of boxer James Braddock (Russell Crowe) who rose to fame, was injured, fell from grace and, with his wife Mae (Renee Zellwegger) and three children, suffered dreadful hardship during the 1930s Depression. With the help of his former agent (Paul Giamatti), he fights back.

Without being schmaltzy, it's a story about being determined to write your own future, about not giving up, about doing the decent thing even when it's the harder choice, about the love and support of friends.  Never mind all those cheesy 'feel good' films - watch this, because it really happened.  


Limited Series: 1883

4.5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Paramount +)

One of the spin-off prequels to Yellowstone; completely absorbing, and you don't have to have watched the main series to enjoy this one.  It covers the period when the first John Dutton set off on a wagon train, one of the pioneers going west, with all the danger and adventure this entails.  Ends with him settling in Montana, after much death, grief and disappointment along the way.  


Film: Don't Look Up

4.5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐


An all star cast in this darkly comedic film about scientist Dr Mindy (Leonardo di Caprio) and his PHD student (Jennifer Lawrence) who discover a comet that will hit and destroy the earth in approximately six months.  The two take their findings to the president (Meryl Streep) who does not appear too bothered apart from turning it into a campaign winner for the mid-terms.  Mindy gets sucked into the whole media buzz about it when interviewed on a ghastly daytime chat show by predatory presenter Cate Blanchett.  Enter Mark Rylance as a narcissistic tech genius psycho type (I'll let you make whichever comparisons work for you!) with frighteningly white teeth.  He was excellent, but my favourite character was a young chap called Yule, a devoted Christian disillusioned with life who falls in love with Jennifer Lawrence, played by TimothΓ©e Chalamet.

It's a clever comment on the godawful state of the trash soundbite media/social media and the influence it has on all our lives, but it did also seem to be pushing other messages, too - the comet-sceptic resembled Trump supporters, with their red baseball caps!

The ending is great.  Really funny.  Good one!


Film: The Menu

4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Uk: Disney+.  US: HBO Max, Directv)

Crazy weird film in which a small group of cash rich but morally bankrupt, willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money to do the latest hip thing, congregate on the private island of the most esteemed chef in the world (Ralph Fiennes), to experience his culinary concept theatre.  Except there isn't much food, and the themes of each course become more and more ... odd.

Anna Taylor-Joy (in every third film one watches, these days), Janet McAteer (Helen the scary lawyer in Ozark) and a fair few others who will make you think 'damn it, what was he in?' make for a fine cast of diners.  Janet McAteer's character is particularly amusing - she's a ghastly pretentious food critic who has used her poisonous pen to bring down many a restaurant.

A good, extremely dark comedy horror romp!


Film: Amsterdam

4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Christian Bale, John David Washington and Margot Robbie star in this low key thriller with a whisper of the darkly comedic, set in New York in 1933, with flashbacks to an idyllic period the three of them spent in Amsterdam shortly after the First World War.  Back in 1933, they unite to uncover the murder of a retired US General and his daughter.  Also features Michael Shannon (who I think was born to play roles set in this period), Taylor Swift, Mike Myers, Anna Taylor-Joy (duh-uh), Rami Malek and Robert Di Niro.  And others you'll recognise.  

I loved the scenery; the backdrops to each scene in New York were particularly exquisite.  The characters were all completely convincing, the plot interesting, but it slightly missed for me.  Not as memorable as it should have been, but it's still a jolly good film.


Series: Alice in Borderland - Seasons 1 & 2

4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Japanese dubbed into English.  Arisu, a young man obsessed with video games is fed up with his family pushing him to get a job.  On a busy summer day, having fun and creating mischief, he and his friends hide in a public toilet from the police.  Then all the lights go out.  When they go outside again, everyone has disappeared.

In the vein of Squid Game, they and others who remain are forced into a series of games, in which to lose is to die......


Limited Series: Black Snow

4.5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Aus Stan original)  

Travis Fimmel stars as a detective from Brisbane who works on cold cases, and goes to Ashford in Northern Queensland to investigate the unsolved 1994 murder of 18-year-old Isabel Baker.

Rather than say more, I'll let Travis tell you about it (and yes, he's still alarmingly hot even when not being a Viking).

...and the trailer


Series: Shantaram - Season 1

4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Apple TV+)

Back in New Zealand, paramedic and former heroin addict Dale Conti (Charlie Hunnam) pleads guilty to a murder he didn't commit, and is sentenced to many years in jail.  He escapes and makes his way to India, where he assumes the new identity of Lin Ford, and finds a new life as a medic in the slum.  He is constantly battling against the feeling that he needs to atone for his sins.  Also, certain developments make him realise how fragile his freedom is; all it takes is one photograph.

I'm in favour of Charlie Hunnam, generally (because which living, breathing, heterosexual woman isn't?), but he irritated me a bit in this, and his NZ accent is more or less non-existent.  It's more like Northern Irish most of the time, with a few hints of Geordie thrown in (he's from Gateshead).  But I still really enjoyed this, and loved the insight into Indian culture, the sense of community amongst those who have so little ... 


Documentary: The Real Anthony Fauci

4.5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(watch via Robert Kennedy's site, Here)

We have Robert Kennedy Jnr to thank for this exposΓ©.  Shocking and somewhat depressing that we live in a world where these few self-serving sociopaths have control over the health and lives of everyone on the planet.

Saturday, 31 December 2022

My New Year's Resolutions

In 2023 I will....

  • Waste less of my life playing Spider Solitaire and use that time to do ... almost anything else.  Warning: do not start playing Wordle.  It is, as my friend Rose Edmunds said, the gateway drug.  I dipped my toe in the water last year, and found she was right - two months later I was on 10 games of Sudoku a day.  When I got to Super-Duper Grandmaster I tried to quit, but an even bigger challenge beckoned and before I knew it I was right back there, chasing that next level.  
Just Say No, I beg you.

  • Stop clicking on trending Twitter hashtags about the Markles and other pointless 'celebs'.  It's too easy to lose a whole hour of precious time browsing down the 'She's both stunning and brave, an inspiration who dared to speak out against The Firm' versus 'She's a Grade A narcissist making a career out of slagging off the Royal Family and if she is so glad to be free of them why does she keep yakking on about them and calling herself a Duchess' arguments.  Few activities are more pointless.
  • Remember to thank God on a daily basis for the invention of the Robovac.

  • Stop eating biscuits.
  • But ... on a date yet to be decided, buy a pack of 4 Morrisons' giant Belgian white chocolate and raspberry cookies and eat them all myself without feeling guilty.  I've been considering this for years, and have vowed that this is the year I will make it happen.  Got to reach for the stars, right?

  • Really be in The Walking Dead (I mean actually IN IT, that world, not the TV show), and be in Rick's group.  I know this can be achieved if I set my mind to it, because I've seen all those motivational pictures of sunsets on Twitter saying 'You can do anything you want.  Be anything you want.  Just Breathe', and stuff like that.

  • Stop telling people about the Great Reset/vaccine injuries/Klaus Schwab, etc etc, unless they ask me about it.

  • ...but, should they give me the slightest hint of an 'in', make sure they know all about the Great Reset, specifically CBDC, the social credit system, transhumanism, mandatory chips, the green energy con, the next pandemic, etc, so that they too understand that our days of joy, freedom and carefree happiness are numbered.  Lol.

  • Watch fewer documentaries about the Great Reset, etc, and more episodes of The Mighty Boosh and South Park.

  • Clean more stuff.  Generally.  Anything.  Just clean more stuff.
  • Ignore emails alerting me to Desigual's latest sale.  I do not need any more clothes.  I DO NOT NEED ANY MORE CLOTHES.  Same goes for lurking around rails in actual real clothes shops on the way to the supermarket.

  • Be more careful.  Remember to do a recce of the flat before putting Rasmus to work (Rasmus is the Robovac), so that he doesn't eat wires, rugs, etc.  Do not attempt to move furniture without first removing breakable items placed precariously thereon. 
  • Stop engaging in dumb-ass activities like kneeling under my desk and lifting it up with my back (because I wanted to put some coaster things under the legs to raise the back legs slightly).  I spent Christmas Eve in great pain; I am always hurting myself doing stuff like this.  You know when people say, 'I don't know my own strength'?  I'm the opposite.  I think I am much stronger physically than I am.  In fact I don't even think, I just do things.  Like the time I severely sprained/fractured some bones in my foot and assumed it was all better the very next day, shoving it into a high-heeled boot.  That was in 1999, and it never knitted together properly, becoming a lump that shouldn't be there.  This has given me gip ever since, and has now teamed up with arthritis. 

Either that night or one very close to it!!!

  • Get one of those time-turner things like they had in Harry Potter so that I can read all the books I want to read, maintain my Walking Dead obsession, go to all the places I want to go to, etc etc.  Without one, I haven't got enough time left.  Which brings me back to the beginning again....

  • Stop being judgmental.  People can be, do and say whatever they like, and if they want to be total douchebags, it's no business of mine.
  • Say the word 'verisimilitude' without sounding as though I'm jolly pleased with myself for having got it into a sentence.
  • Use the word 'verisimilitude' in a novel without sounding as though ditto.
  • Finish and publish three books of new series.  Book #1 is at final go-through stage, while Book #2 is 21K words into first draft.  So excuse me while I go and get on with it.  Though I'll just have a quick game of spider solitaire first.  It's not 2023 yet!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Lately I've Been Watching

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.

If you would like to see more posts, please click here: Lately I've Been Watching.  If you get as far as the bottom, 'Older Posts' will take you to more. 

Series: The Handmaid's Tale - Season 5

5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


I thought this was the best season for a while, with the close-ups on June's glowering face thankfully less frequent than in the last one, in particular.  The coming together of her and Serena was most interesting; they seemed almost fated to be forced to team up.  I find the Nick/June/Luke thing most compelling - I'm on team Luke, but feel so sorry for Nick, because June is clearly the woman he loves, not his wife, and always has been.

The Canadians have had enough of the refugees now - human nature never fails.  I thought it was clever how this was done, much more realistic than having Canada remain a paradise of welcome and benevolence.  A pertinent conversation was had when June was impressing on Luke the need to go, because she sensed that the time of safety there had run out.  She reminded him that they should have run before, back when the government of Gilead took her and Hannah prisoner, but they failed to see the danger until it was too late.  He said, 'Canada's not Gilead', and she said, 'America wasn't Gilead until it was.' 

Lots of flashbacks to earlier times in this season, which always works so well.  I was gripped all the way through - I thought it would be the last season, as I was thinking, what else can possibly happen?  But now I can see that there is so much story yet to be told.

Film: Boiling Point (2021)

5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(UK: Netflix, rent on Amazon.  US: Roku, Hoopla)

Highly recommend this one!  Stephen Graham stars as the part-owner and head chef in a busy restaurant, where he has to deal with a hot-headed, sometimes unreliable staff, customers who don't understand the concept of fine dining and ask if they can just have steak and chips, clashes with the bossy restaurant manager (not specified, but one gets the impression she's the daughter of one of Graham's partners).  Added to that, he is going through a divorce, and has a drink and cocaine problem.   

This film follows one night when everything that could go wrong, does - not least of all the appearance of his former partner, now a successful TV chef (Jason Flemyng), who brings along his restaurant critic girlfriend.  

What's so interesting about this is the way it is filmed - it appears to be one continuous shot, like a documentary camera team following them around.  It's very, very good, and I wanted more when it ended - there's enough material there for a limited series, for sure.  I would have given it 5* plus (that extra 6th star!) if it wasn't for the fact that some of the threads were frustratingly unresolved - this isn't a criticism, it's the nature of the art form - and because, although I think dialogue in both film and book should be realistic, it gets a bit much when the only adjective any of them appear to know is 'fucking'.  If you can get past this, though, it's terrific.


Series: The Crown - Final Season

3.5* ⭐⭐⭐


During the first episode I thought, this is so dire that I don't know if I can watch it, but then I got drawn in, and began to like it more.

Thoughts on the casting:

  • Jonathan Pryce and Imelda Staunton looked more like the Buckingham Palace janitor and housekeeper than the Queen and Prince Philip.  Fine actors in other circumstances, but not right for this.  
  • Elizabeth Debicki as Diana - Diana was tall, but not head and shoulders above everyone else in every room.  I didn't see Diana's femininity and glamour at all; I was not convinced.  Only her spoilt, attention-seeking side was portrayed, not the reasons why she was so loved.
  • The woman who played Princess Anne - I thought she was meant to be Princess Margaret, who she looks more like.  Since when did Princess Anne have dark brown hair - or, should I say, a bad dark brown wig that, on occasion, looked as though it hadn't been stuck on properly?  
  • Jonny Lee Miller is FAR too attractive and charismatic to be John Major, though I loved the way he played him.

More convincing were Princess Margaret, Camilla, and Dominic West as Prince Charles - I always like him and he's clearly researched his subject so well, but, again, he's WAY too attractive for the part.  

Mohammed Al Fayed is very good, as is Dodi.  And Prince William is spot on.

Then ending - not what I expected AT ALL.  Good scene earlier, when Diana looked back out of a car window and saw the paparazzi on motorbikes behind her, as if a premonition.  I realise why the story was stopped where it was, not least of all because of the controversy surrounding Diana's death, but a little bit of hope might have been nice; it was rather too flat.  Maybe a brief view of Prince William, happy and laughing ... and perhaps one of a young Kate Middleton.  Or go the other way, and show Prince Andrew and the Markles.  On second thoughts, maybe the subtlety of the ending was a better idea!

Film: Stalingrad (1993)

5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(UK: Rent/Buy: Apple, Google, YouTube.  Not available for streaming in US)

German film with English subtitles.  About the Battle of Stalingrad, which took place between August 1942 and February 1943, one of the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare, in which an estimated 2 million perished.  Watching it was like seeing scenes from hell.  All that death and suffering for...  Such a well-made film, realistic and all the better for not being Hollywoodised.  I remember my mother telling me, years ago, that it was a turning point of the war, because the Germans didn't understand about the effects of cold on the Eastern Front, or the resilience of the Russians.

Film: Come and See (1985)

4.5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(UK: Amazon  US: Criterion Channel)

Russian, with English subtitles.  The story of an adolescent boy, Flyora, in rural Belorussia (Byelorussia, Belarus), who joins the partisan militia. While he is away, the Nazis attack the village where he lives.  The film is slow-moving at first, most atmostpheric, and the horror of war builds gradually, as, in the final third, the Nazis destroy the village of Perekhody, performing acts of unspeakable brutality.  At the end, we are told that '628 Belorussian villages were destroyed, along with their inhabitants.'

This is not for the fainthearted.  It's extremely violent and shocking; again, as with Stalingrad, it was like looking into hell. 

Series: The White Lotus - Seasons 1 & 2

4.5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(UK: Apple, Sky, Now.  US: HBO Max, Directv)

Dark comedy drama - guests stay in a chain of luxury hotels.  The first season was set in the Hawaiian White Lotus, and starred Connie Britton (Nashville) and Steve Zahn (Treme and lots of other stuff), as well as the excellent Jennifer Coolidge (The Watcher) as a neurotic, rich, lonely woman.  I liked it, but there were a couple of bits I found totally gross - okay, so Zahn's character had a testicular cancer scare, but we didn't need a full-on view of his ball sack.  Later, someone takes a dump in someone else's suitcase, and we didn't need to see that, either.  This sort of realism doesn't make shows more edgy, it's just unnecessary.

Season 2 I like much more - it hasn't finished yet!  Set in the Sicilian White Lotus, Coolidge's Tanya McQuoid is back, with an unfaithful husband, a downtrodden assistant and a new friendship with a group of gay men.  Other guests include a party comprising two couples - one nouveau riche, the other woke intellectuals.  The female half of the latter is played by Aubrey Plaza (Emily The Criminal).  Very interesting dynamic between the four of them, with secrets being uncovered ... also present are F Murray Abraham, Michael Imperioli (Goodfellas, The Sopranos) and Adam DiMarco as a grandfather, father and son; son falls in love with a prostitute, unaware that her purpose for being at the White Lotus is to service his father.

It's good, fun, and it's worth watching just for the amazing, wish-I-was-there scenery.  

Limited Series: Pieces Of Her

3* ⭐⭐⭐


Eight part series based on a book by Karin Slaughter.  It's a thriller, in which Andy Oliver (Bella Heathcote), aged 30, has moved back home to live with mother Laura (Toni Colette), and has cause to suspect that there is much that she doesn't know about her family background, not least of all who her father is.  There are murders in the first episode, then late night home invasion, after which Andy recives instructions to pick up a case filled with cash from a storage unit.  

Chases, nifty escapes, dark secrets and conspiracies follow, and the appearances of David Wenham and Gil Birmingham who, like Ms Colette, are not usually in anything substandard.  But somehow this was far from gripping, mostly because the character of Andy was somewhat flat.  You need a really strong actor for a part like this, and Heathcote wasn't bad, but she didn't bring anything compelling or memorable to the table.

I started to like it more in Episode 4 when flashbacks of Laura's early life were included, which added interest.  It's a great story and could (should) have been terrific, but I expect I shall have forgotten what it was about in a month's time.

Documentary Series: Ancient Apocalypse

4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Graham Hancock has spent decades developing his controversial theory that there lived on earth a technologically advanced civilisation before the Ice Age.  In this series of half hour episodes, he travels to many different sites in Mexico, Colrado, Turkey, Java and others to show his discoveries.  Fairly convincing and, from a historical and climatological point of view, fascinating.

Series: The Peripheral
4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Yes, I liked it.  Even though I didn't quite get it, all the time.  Briefly, it's set about a decade from now, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  Flynn Fisher's brother Burton earns money by taking on the personas of people with money playing video games, in order to get them to the next level.  Then he is sent a headset that does something different - it transports brain particles so that the person wearing it is actually there, in the sim; when Flynn uses it she finds herself in London, 2090, and learns that, ten years from her own present day, catastrophic events will start to line up and come together to all but destroy humanity.  The 2090 world is what happens after.

I think that's about right, anyway!  It's good, even though at times it got a bit 'hang on, who's talking to who where?  How?  Is that bit real or virtual?'.  I thought the way that the tech of a decade from now was imagined was great - though I also noted that the past appeared to be a closed, uninteresting book.  Chloe Grace Moretz who plays Flynn is perfect, and really makes the show.

Film: Peninsula (2020)

3* ⭐⭐⭐

(US: AMC+, Directv.  UK: Studiocanal)

The semi-related sequel to the excellent Train to Busan.

This is how it came about:

Producer #1:  People in the West are loving Train to Busan; it's got almost cult status.  We should make another one!

Producer #2:  What, following the fortunes of Su-an and Seong-kyeong after the soldiers found them?  

Producer #1:  No, no, several years on, when Korea has become a zombie infested wasteland - but some people still live there.  I have been looking at popular American action thrillers and see that you need lots of gun action and car chases, but also you must balance it out with daring escapes, rescues and, of course, poignant human drama: a mother's reunion with her children.

Producer #2:  I don't know.  What people liked about Train was how simple it was.  That it was very much 'of Korea', not just another Hollywood action blockbuster.

Producer #1 (wave of hand):  No, no, you don't know what you're talking about.  And let's face it, we might as well cash in on the success of Train.  Get this one out as soon as we can!

I quite enjoyed it but it's nowhere near the class of Train to Busan.

Film: Battle Royale (2000)

4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Rent from Amazon, Google, YouTube, Sky in UK, or stream on Mubi, BFIPlayer and various others I haven't heard of.  US: hoopla, freevee, Redbox, Vudu - or rent: same as UK)

Japanese with English subtitles.  In a dystopian future Japan, society is in the doldrums and teenage schoolchildren have become rebellious and impossible to control.  The solution?  The 'school trip' to an uninhabited island where the Battle Royale game takes place.  42 students must take whatever measures necessary to stay standing, because there can only be one winner: the only one left alive.  If, at the end of the three days, there is more than one still breathing, they both die.  

Some understand the rules quickly and get straight in there, shooting to kill, while others hide.  A couple try to get the rest of them to rebel against the organisers and refuse to kill their friends, and three boys hole up in a derelict building and work out a way to bring down the control station.

Kind of like Squid Game, except that it's the contestants who are doing the killing.

Yes, it's pretty daft, but I enjoyed it!

Documentary: Died Suddenly

5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Only available to watch via the Twitter profile, HERE )

It's about the people who have died or been severely injured after having the Covid injections.  It's much worse that you may think, and everyone needs to watch this.  Just like the much-mocked Mike Yeadon (former VP of Pfizer, acclaimed virologist) said: in the next few years we will see a rise in heart problems and cancers.  

Of course, it's been banned from all other sites, and is being madly debunked all over the place, but then it would be, wouldn't it.

Also of course, there is no trailer on YouTube, but there is one on Rumble, HERE