Mike Flanagan is an accomplished horror director (ABSENTIA, OCULUS, GERALD’S GAME). However, can his sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING  live up to the original?
From the creator of the FARGO TV show.
It is actor Stellan Skarsgård’s birthday. His top 5 films:
- BREAKING THE WAVES
- IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE
- THE AVENGERS
- THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
KILLING EVE [season two] ★★★★½
Addictive television. Villanelle is a character for the ages: Part Hannibal Lecter, part Meryl Streep. The lead duo are charisma personified. It could do with a bit more action. I want to see Villanelle go John Wick.
CHERNOBYL [miniseries] ★★★★½
A mesmerising dissection of the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster. The show is agonising on many levels. The way the series juggles detail, characterisation, and context, is a masterclass.
The last instalment was surprisingly decent, especially compared to the inadequate Expendable movies.
Six years on, could we finally have a space-set movie that looks as good as GRAVITY?
It is actor Bill Hader’s birthday. His top 5 films:
- INSIDE OUT
- MAGGIE’S PLAN
- THE SKELETON TWINS
- THEY CAME TOGETHER
THE BRINK [documentary] ★★★★☆
D: Alison Klayman (The 100 Years Show, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry).
A scathing, skin-crawling documentary on Steve Bannon. A depressing, gut-punch, giving insight into how he organises the far-right. A glimmer of hope comes at the end, with the arrival of the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into politics. A shame this was not released in the UK before the EU elections.
This website is written by Hemanth Kissoon.
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Brains and soul are key; but adrenaline junkies do not fret, there is also much love for an experience that delivers a sucker-punch to the guts via stunningly delivered thrills.
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