Each Wednesday (at least every few months at this point) either my wife and/or I share what we are watching (either together or separately) in terms of movies and TV each week in a feature called “What We’re Watching Wednesday.”
This week, I watched The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 1 on Hoopla through the Free Library of Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I’ll have to stop there until next month as the library only allows borrowing four items per month with Hoopla. Luckily, though the first season was four episodes so I was able to watch all of the first season, with my wife joining in on some and enjoying them as well.
The show begins with Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) coming to the small town of Brokenwood in New Zealand to investigate a murder, and I was immediately hooked when he popped in a cassette of country music to the tape deck in his vintage but not-much-to-look-at car. The music for me sets the tone of the show and is brilliantly used, but beyond that, the characters not least of all including Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) and Jarded Morehu, Shepherd’s Maori neighbor (Pana Hema Taylor) are…well…fun to hang out with for about an hour and a half each episode. For me, I was looking for a break from Midsomer Murders, which after watching 10 seasons of, I’m growing weary. This was, and is, the perfect antidote.
So how about you? Watching any good TV or movies this past week? Share in the comments.
Each Wednesday either my wife and/or I share what we are watching (either together or separately) in terms of movies and TV each week in a feature called “What We’re Watching Wednesday.” This week, she and I watched Cobra Kai, Season 2 on YouTube Premium in a short binge-watch Monday and yesterday.
With all of the reboots, remakes, and continuations of series that should have ended long ago (looking at you, Terminator series) out there, it is nice when a series like The Karate Kid returns, with a fresh look at the two main competitors: Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. It is also good to see the main two actors, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, return to their original roles, but what makes the show exceptional is that everything isn’t as black and white as it was in the original movie. Daniel is not the flawless hero; Johnny, not the completely bad guy. Even John Kreese, the original leader of Cobra Kai, might not be as horrible as he seems…or is he?
If you already have YouTube Premium, it’s worth watching to see what happens with the trio as they age, not always graceful but with at least two of them with honor, and Daniel and Johnny’s children and students, who are thrown in the middle of this battle between two dojos. Plus it’s a quick, mostly fun binge-watch. If you don’t have YouTube Premium, don’t get it just for this show, as good as it is. Wait for it to come out on DVD in a few years, which it inevitably will. It’ll be worth it then too.
Each Wednesday either my wife and/or I share what we are watching (either together or separately) in terms of movies and TV each week in a feature called “What We’re Watching Wednesday.” Last week and this week, we are sharing our favorite short season shows (those shows with three or less seasons): me, last week; Kim, this week.
Spaced (1999-2001) dir. Edgar Wright
Tim (Simon Pegg) and Daisy (Jessica Hynes) meet by chance in a cafe and bond over their respective unsuccessful searches for an affordable flat. They find one advertised for a “professional couple” and decide to pose as that perfect couple to grab the apartment. The lie has its inevitable complications.
If you are a fan of Edgar Wright ‘s films like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, or World’s End, Spaced will feel like an old friend, with the smash cuts and flashbacks he is known for, and many of the actors that appear in all of those films…Nick Frost, Mark Heap, and Peter Serafinowicz. It is a strange and funny series with a satisfying conclusion. The show can be found on both Hulu and Prime Video. The video is NSFW.
Gavin and Stacey (2007-2010) Written by James Corden and Ruth Jones
Gavin and Stacey “meet” on the phone through their jobs and strike up a friendship/romance online. They agree to meet for a weekend in London and each arrives with a friend in tow. There are immediate fireworks, complications, and some of my favorite characters ever to appear in a series.
If, like me, you find James Corden a bit much, reserve judgement because he is perfect as Gavin’s childhood friend Smithy. Ruth Jones is Stacey’s best friend Nessa, and her deadpan delivery of some of the best lines in the series is reason alone to watch it. The show is available on Prime Video.
So how about you? Any favorite short season shows for you? Watching any good TV this past week? Movies you’d recommend?Next week, I (Kim) will be sharing my thoughts on the final season of Game of Thrones (spoiler alert!).
Each Wednesday either my wife and/or I share what we are watching (either together or separately) in terms of movies and TV each week in a feature called “What We’re Watching Wednesday.” This week and next week, we are sharing our favorite short season shows (those shows with three or less seasons): me, this week; Kim next week.
The first one up for me is one that I’ve mentioned previously here: David & Olivia? Naked in Scotland. We saw a trailer for this and thought we definitely needed to watch this, so we did. We weren’t disappointed in the show itself, but unfortunately it’s only three episodes long. We almost wonder if the two creators, who also star in the show, aren’t hoping to sell the show to a larger network at some point. We sure hope someone picks it up, because it was, and is, really good. Edited one day later: Oops, the show just dropped a second season today on Amazon Prime Video. Edited one minute later (well, sort of, after looking at some reviews of the show online…not the show but on Amazon): There are two episodes missing of the second season. Looking up on IMDb, I see that’s true (averting eyes from seeing what the episodes are about…very, very carefully). Unfortunately, I still couldn’t find a trailer for this New Zealand show, but if you have Amazon Prime, definitely give the first season a try and we’ll hope Amazon Prime Video gets the last two episodes of the second season. Edited half an hour later: I did find this video that included clips of the show from the company, New Zealand Son Films, that produced the show.