Extraction (2020) Review

Netflix has a chequered past when it comes to their ‘original’ programming. For every standout like ‘Okja’, ‘Dolemite is my Name’, or ‘The Irishman’, there’s a bucket load of terrible films like ‘The Ridiculous 6’ or ‘The Outsider’ or ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’.

‘Extraction’ falls somewhere in the middle in terms of quality – but in terms of enjoyment it’s one of the best film’s Netflix currently has.

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We Just Watched… The Two Popes (2019)

Based on true events, The Two Popes follows the meeting of Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins) and the future Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce), two men with wildly different interpretations of the Catholic faith and very separate ideas of how the church should adapt to the ever-changing modern world.

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Uncut Gems (2020) Review

‘Uncut Gems’ is a deeply unpleasant experience that I wholeheartedly recommend. Starring Adam Sandler in a performance that definitely should have got him an Oscar nomination, the film moves at a million miles a minute and never lets up.

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The Witcher Episode 5 Review – ‘Bottled Appetites’

Based on “The Last Wish”, one of the best of the original short stories, this episode sees Geralt and Yennefer cross paths for the first time. And their relationship promises to be an interesting one. At the very least, this makes the timeline a lot simpler. Ciri’s plot moves forward too, as she is taken from Brokilon by a doppler impersonating her old friend Mousesack.

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The Witcher Episode 2 Review – ‘Four Marks’

The Witcher continues it’s hot streak in episode 2, with a slight detour away from Geralt to tell the story of Yennefer of Vengerberg – powerful sorceress and canon love interest (sorry Triss fans). Her backstory has always been a bit mysterious, but this episode gives us a good introduction to the troubled early years, as well as the world of magic. Though don’t expect any concrete explanations.

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The Witcher Episode 1 Review – ‘The End’s Beginning’

Since the show was announced, lots of people have been very nervous about it. About how the show would handle the dense world of the books, whether the more extreme elements would be toned down, about the casting of Henry Cavill, etc. But judging from the first episode alone, those fears were completely ridiculous.

The show is bloody, crazy, fantasy of the highest order.

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