Clickbait

NetFlix: 1 season, 8 episodes Rating: 4/5 The Brewer Family discover that Nick is missing. Then he appeared on a viral video, which contained a message saying that he will die should the video reach 5 million views. There are so many twists and turns in the plot that as each possible “baddie” is introduced,…

Maison de Crepes

My special young people (grandsons) have been staying with me this week, and tonight we dined out on crepes. When I mentioned to them that we were dining at this restaurant, they asked what crepes are. Pancakes by a different name, I replied. But they are breakfast food. I am pleased to relate that their…

No Time to Die

Rating: 3/5 James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a…

Pact of Silence

This is a 1 season / 6 episode BBC Drama that I watched on TVNZ OnDemand. Rating: 4.5/5 It’s about a group of women who inadvertently may have killed their employer. It would be hard to admit that said boss, Jack, didn’t deserve it. He is a drunk, cocaine-addicted young bully who sexually harasses the…

Ride the eagle

Rating: 2.5/5 Leif is a rock-pop percussionist on the anxious side of 40 who’s aligned — tenuously, as it turns out — with bandmates two decades younger than him. Out of the blue, he receives word that Honey, his long-estranged mother, has died of cancer, and bequeathed him her spacious Yosemite cabin. But there’s a…

Fisherman’s Wharf

It’s Barbara’s birthday weekend (her actual birthday was on Thursday) and so she’s had a succession of meals out as part of the celebration. Last night, there were 9 of us for dinner at this fish restaurant overlooking the harbour so very fitting really. Below is a selection of all the dishes chosen around the…

Vigil

Season: 1; Episodes: 6. Watched on TVNZ OnDemand Rating: 4/5 Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva of the Scottish Police Service is sent to HMS Vigil, a Vanguard class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, to investigate a death on board. The death took place shortly after the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler. Her investigations, and those of her colleagues ashore,…

Respect

Rating: 3/5 Respect is a movie about Aretha Franklin. It starts off with her as a young girl growing up in the control of a dominating Baptist minister – father, and moves on to the abusive control of a husband, to the liquid control of a bottle of booze, until eventually she finds her real…

Mare of Eastown

Neon: 1 season, 7 episodes. Rating: 4/5 In a suburb of Philadelphia, police detective Mare Sheehan investigates the recent murder of a teenage mother while trying to keep her own life from falling apart. Mare is a local hero, having been the star of a high-school basketball championship game 25 years ago. She has also been…

Limetown

Neon: Season 1: Episodes 10 Rating: 4/5 In early February 2004, 326 people simply vanished without a trace from a small Tennessee town. But as it became just another tragedy amongst countless other tragedies, virtually everyone not directly affected by the incident simply forgot about it.  Not Lia Haddock (played by Jessica Biel). Fifteen years…