As President Trump’s approval rating drops to 30 this week after only 6 months in the White House we take a look at Presidents of the United States of America from Film and TV and wonder if they could do better?
Game of Thrones is less than a month from returning to our television screens for the penultimate season that promises not only the arrival of winter but war, rebellion, tyranny, fire and blood. The second trailer to be released confirms this but also gut-wrenching battles, nervous scenes and more of those famous gobsmacking moments that have won this programme award after award after award.
When this film came out, the Finnish tourist industry must have been in despair. For the picture it paints of this cold land to the north is hardly an inviting one. Telling the story of Khaled, a Syrian mechanic fleeing the civil war, The Other Side of Hope is a tragicomedy that, if nothing else, will make anyone who watches it deeply grateful that they don’t live in Finland.
This should not be a good film. In fact it should be a really terrible film for it has all the elements of a bad, bad, really bad movie yet there’s something about it so refreshing among the vast swathe of superhero films.
David Brent, Ricky Gervais’ famous character, was the heart of the BBC’s timeless classic ‘mockumentary’, The Office. For many Brits the character perfectly exemplified the worst of office behaviour and the egotistical bosses out there. So 15 years later why did Gervais revive such a character?
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is, first and foremost, great fun. It borrows a lot from elsewhere, it’s sometimes fantastically silly, but it offers fantastic action sequences, laughs and a well-paced plot. You’ll leave the cinema smiling, as long as you get over David Beckham’s ropey cameo.
A Prayer for Mad Sweeney is another very clever, well-written, fun episode, and a pleasant detour from the main story that still furthers the plot to some degree.
“Lemon Scented You” is a tough act to follow, but “A Murder of Gods” does so with potent drama and an abundance of sleight-of-hand in the narrative helped by the focus switching between Shadow’s journey with Mr. Wednesday and Laura, Mad Sweeney, and Salim (the man who was given a new life by a djinn in a previous episode).
So much praise for this episode. This is where the show deviates a great deal, story-wise, from the novel in ways that work in the show’s advantage.