RATCHED (2020): The Things I Liked…

Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix
Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix

Is Ratched, Ryan Murphy’s latest crime/drama/mystery starring Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock and Sharon Stone good? I wouldn’t say no. Is it also well-acted, features some great dialogue and is visually pleasing because of the colour-rich cinematography and costume design? Yes. So, with all that said, why did I find it to be a tad taxing to watch this eight-episode mini-series through to the very end?

It certainly didn’t help that the show annoyed me almost immediately. All thanks to the overly dramatic music which persisted throughout episode one.I really found no need for the music to be so loud and constant as it was. Luckily, I’m glad to report that the episodes that followed aren’t as overpowered by the musical score.

Ratched, the story of Mildred Ratched, a nurse at a mental institution who becomes jaded, bitter and monstrous to her patients opens quite well with some dark happenings. Besides Paulson’s performance and the great dialogue we get to enjoy as soon as we meet Ratched in episode one, I liked Finn Wittrock’s turn as the definitely disturbed Edmund Tolleson.

Ratched (2020), Sharon Stone, Netflix
Ratched (2020), Sharon Stone, Netflix

The whole cast performs very well but it’s Wittrock, Paulson and Sophie Okonedo’s performances that stood out most for me. The latter, particularly in the very last episode. Episodes two to eight contain some twists, turns and more truly monstrous happenings; some of which you may or may not see coming.

The main reason I’m not overly enthused by Ratched overall is because the series is the kind that features plenty of scheming, secrets and lies. The kind of scheming, secrets and lies that took me back to the likes of Desperate Housewives, a show I enjoyed mind you. Yet, with Ratched, even though the setting is different, I think I may have fully exhausted my enthusiasm for such stories. That is unless there’s something delightfully different and or the story doesn’t feel rushed which Ratched does, in parts.

In the end, The only reason I stuck with Ratched is to find out how it would all end. I think the story will be a lot more impressive if you haven’t seen much out there like it before. As for the ending, I didn’t love it because I wanted a far cleaner conclusion; one with some finality to it. Still, I say give Ratched a chance if you’re curious. There are certainly some highlights to enjoy, even though most of the characters, especially the Ratched are not so easily likeable.

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SUPERNOVA (2020): New Trailer From Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth, James Dreyfus…

Supernova (2020), Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci
Supernova (2020), Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci

From writer/director Harry Macqueen, new drama Supernova stars Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci as partners of 20 years, Sam and Tusker.

Since Tusker was diagnosed with early-onset dementia two years ago, their time together became the most important thing. And so they set off travelling across England in their visiting friends, family and places from their past.

I’m in to see if Supernova will be as revealing as Still Alice (2014), the most notable movie I’ve seen about early on-set dementia yet.

Lori Campbell, Ian Drysdale, Daneka Etchells, Julie Hannan, Pippa Haywood, Nina Marlin, Tina Louise Owens, John Alan Roberts and Sarah Woodward also star.

Supernova Release Dates: November 27th, 2020 (UK)…

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SOUND OF METAL (2019): New Trailer From Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Mathieu Amalric…

Sound of Metal (2019), Riz Ahmed, Prime Video
Sound of Metal (2019), Riz Ahmed, Prime Video

Directed/co-written by Darius Marder, Sound of Metal is new drama/music film starring Riz Ahmed and about a heavy-metal drummer’s journey through hearing loss.

Additional key cast includes Olivia Cooke and Mathieu Amalric.

I’m very excited by Ahmed’s performance in this one. What this trailer has shown takes me back to his brilliant work in Nightcrawler (2014), alongside Jake Gyllenhaal

The subject matter is also equally intriguing. Particularly since it seems that there a many films about people losing their sight, and Sound of Metal is the only one I’m aware of that focuses on hearing loss.

Lauren Ridloff, Jamie Ghazarian, Chris Perfetti, William Xifaras, Hillary Baack, Paul Raci, Bill Thorpe and Chelsea Lee also star.

Sound of Metal Release Dates: October 15th, 2020 (US)…

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LOVE AND MONSTERS (2020): New Trailer Starrying Dylan O’Brien, Michael Rooker, Jessica Henwick…

Love And Mosters (2020), Dylan O'brien
Love And Monsters (2020), Dylan O’brien

New adventure/comdey Love and Monsters has Dylan O’brien as a young man learning to survive a monster apocalypse with the help of an expert hunter.

Michael Rooker and Jessica Henwick are among the key cast, while Michael Matthews directs.

More than the apocalyptic storyline, I’m mostly in for the monster special effects.

Also, anyone else think of Tremors (1990) as this trailer played?

Ellen Hollman, Melanie Zanetti, Ariana Greenblatt, Larry Cedar, Damien Garvey, Tandi Wright, Amali Golden and Tasneem Roc also star.

Love and Monsters Release Dates: October 16th, 2020 (US)…

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ENOLA HOLMES (2020): The Things I Liked…

Enola Holmes (2020), Millie Bobby Brown, Netflix
Enola Holmes (2020), Millie Bobby Brown, Netflix

Enola Holmes, a drama/mystery about the teenage sister of famous detective Sherlock Holmes is not a terrible film.

Focused on Enola’s search for her newly missing mother (Helena Bonham Carter), which then leads to the teenager becoming a super-sleuth in her own right, Millie Bobby Brown is great in the lead role.

Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin as Enola’s big brothers Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes are also quite entertaining to watch; as are the moments of fun dialogue. Yet, overall, it’s really during the first two or three action sequences that I had the most fun.

Director Harry Bradbeer’s movie is quite engaging at first. It’s just that once the film’s first action sequence had taken place, I found myself disappointed because, not too long afterwards, my engagement started to drift, only to peak again during other physical scenes.

A young woman’s journey to choosing her path in life, regardless of pressures from many around her is what Enola Holmes is really about. I generally enjoy stories like these. Neverthless, even though there are moments in this movie that I’ll remember fondly, the story edit and pacing didn’t leave me as content with the finished product as anticipated.

Watch Enola Holmes if you’re curious. It is quite charming and Sam Claflin is great at playing unlikably cantankerous aristocrats. If you’ve seen him in The Riot Club (2014), you understand.

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THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT (2020): New Trailer From Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Bill Camp…

The Queen's Gambit (2020), Anya Taylor-Joy, Netflix
The Queen’s Gambit (2020), Anya Taylor-Joy, Netflix

Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, The Queen’s Gambit is a new Netflix mini-series about a female chess prodigy named Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy).

Also starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram and Harry Melling, the story starts with Beth as an eight year-old orphan who’s quiet, sullen, and seemingly unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess.

I’m mostly interested in Taylor-Joy’s performance. I’m also curious about Beth’s journey from an ‘unremarkable child’ to a chess superstar. Especially as I wonder what her life might have been like had she not discovered the game.

Chloe Pirrie, Annabeth Kelly, Marielle Heller, Janina Elkin, and Jacob Fortune-Lloyd also star.

The Queen’s Gambit Release Dates: October 23rd, 2020 (US & UK)…

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WANDAVISION (2020): New Trailer Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kat Dennings, Kathryn Hahn…

WandaVision (2020), Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Marvel Entertainment
WandaVision (2020), Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Marvel Entertainment

WandaVision is a new TV-Series spinoff from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kat Dennings and Kathryn Hahn, the story focuses on the characters Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff and The Vision.

Additional key cast includes Teyonah Parris, Randall Park and Shane Berengue.

I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in this trailer, but I definitely want to find out. Particularly since Scarlet Witch and The Vision are two Marvel characters I know very little about.

Now I’m wondering just how much of the series will be in black and white.

WandaVision Release Dates: November 20th, 2020 (US)…

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (2020): New Aaron Sorking Movie Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen…

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), Eddie Redmayne, Netflix
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), Eddie Redmayne, Netflix

Written/directed by Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a new historical thriller about 7 people on trial for various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alex Sharp and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are among the key cast.

I can’t deny how happy I was to see Redmayne’s face on screen again. He’s one of my favourites, along with Baron Cohen

It’s going to be emotional but I’m quite sure it’ll be worth it because of the fantastic cast and that magic that Sorkin does so well with words.

Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Ben Shenkman, J.C. MacKenzie, Frank Langella and Noah Robbins also star.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 Release Date: October 16th, 2020 (US)/ Netflix…

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