In Brit series on Thorpe scandal, you may not recognize Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant photo by Kurt Kulac [CC BY-SA]
Hugh Grant photo by Kurt Kulac [CC BY-SA]
My husband and I try to find programs we can enjoy together, and we often fail unless it’s college football. I usually end up reading or writing after we eat and spend time together each evening. Last week I was scrolling around on Amazon Prime and saw a series that looked interesting—A Very English Scandal.

I didn’t pay attention to who was in the BBC production. I remembered the sizzling reportage about the Jeremy Thorpe scandal from the 1970s when I was young and blessedly oblivious to most politics.

We began to stream the show, and after a few seconds, I said, “Wow! That’s Hugh Grant.” Continue reading “In Brit series on Thorpe scandal, you may not recognize Hugh Grant”

Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes

Image from @rickygervais on Twitter
Image from @rickygervais on Twitter

Awards shows for US royalty aren’t my thing, but media have gone wild over the Golden Globes hosted by Ricky Gervais last night. Most outlets are focusing on his insults to the tinselati who attended the gala.

Most are ignoring his comments about “woke” companies and their chummy relationship with China, a relationship that by necessity includes the communist party in that authoritarian country. Continue reading “Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes”

Jack Ryan, Season 2, satisfies and mystifies as some critics miss the Venezuela boat

Photo of Mt. Roraima in Venezuela from CIA World Fact Book.
Photo of Mt. Roraima, the world’s highest tabletop mountain, in Venezuela from CIA World Fact Book.
Promo poster from Amazon Prime
Promo poster of Jack Ryan from Amazon Prime

Tom Clancy’s ‘Jack Ryan’ is back on Amazon Prime for Season 2, and it’s not surprising to see some critics completely miss the boat. Venezuela is the location for this season, and the story is vintage screen version Clancy.

Secret mining ops for a valuable mineral. Corruption within a brutal government regime. Sophisticated technology that has to do with the South China Sea—this last aspect is a bit confusing, I admit. Overall, though, this is one series you want to watch from start to finish. Continue reading “Jack Ryan, Season 2, satisfies and mystifies as some critics miss the Venezuela boat”

For rising star Bryan McClure, most challenging role was in film not released yet

Mindhunter series Netflix promo screen
‘Mindhunter’ is in the top five on Netflix. (Netflix promo poster)

Ask an actor about his most challenging role, and most would select a box office topping film or popular TV or streaming series. Not Bryan McClure. For this actor, his most challenging role was in a film he said hasn’t “made it past the cutting room floor.” Considering some of the stars he’s acted alongside, that came as a surprise. He could’ve picked one for name drops. He didn’t. Continue reading “For rising star Bryan McClure, most challenging role was in film not released yet”

Oliver Cooper pulls off Son of Sam serial killer with exceptional performance

Oliver Cooper as David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam in Netflix's Mindhunter series.
Oliver Cooper depicted David Berkowitz, the serial killer known as Son of Sam, in the Netflix series ‘Mindhunter’.

I’m famous in personal circles for rarely watching TV, but the Netflix series Mindhunter managed to capture my attention. Maybe it was because I was a young adult when horrendous crimes like those of Charles Manson’s ‘family’ occurred. Other reasons include some fine performances by the actors, and I have to say Oliver Cooper, who played the role of David Berkowitz known as ‘Son of Sam’, gave an exceptional performance. Berkowitz was the guy I found creepiest of all during the time he was at large, grabbing headlines on a daily basis. Continue reading “Oliver Cooper pulls off Son of Sam serial killer with exceptional performance”