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Showing posts from August, 2021

Late August Views and Reviews

  I’m headed west tomorrow (Saskatoon and Calgary) until mid-September so am sending this now.   On TV, recently the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel showed some classic films by the Japanese master Yasujirô Ozu including Tokyo Twilight (1957) and the greatest Tokyo Story (1953).    TCM is a great channel to have for catching up on older movies. To add to the growing list of documentaries examining the Covid-19 pandemic, HBO has aired In the Same Breath (A) by director Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation) , a Sundance premiere that went on to win an audience award at the South By Southwest Festival.     This is an incisive look at how Chinese authorities dealt with the Wuhan outbreak, the propaganda effort of the Chinese Communist party and also American government failures. [For more comment see: .]             The “Crave” TV channel has presented the haunting historical drama The World To Com

Ides of August View and Reviews

  The streaming cornucopia continues, spurred by pandemic restrictions keeping many at home.   Netflix alone spends a staggering US$17 billion annually on content, and according to a report in The Economist now earns more than half its revenues outside North America. Amazon, Apple, and Disney have also gone global with rival services.   Almost every day Netflix keeps adding numerous docuseries worth checking out.   There’s even one on World War II events in colour. Over on Apple TV+ there’s a second season of the delightful comedy series Ted Lasso (A) as well as a new series Mr. Corman (B+) created and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a grade-school teacher looking for connection. On Amazon Prime Video is The Pursuit of Love (A) set in Britain between the world wars, a three-episode adaptation of the eponymous 1945 novel by Nancy Mitford.   Also on Amazon is an excellent documentary Val (A), directed by Ting Poo and Leo Scott.   It’s a fascinating profile of the sometimes troubled