The 2021 List: September

Such a strange month, September, looking back on it. Somehow I squeezed some television shows in, but for the most part it was hard work sticking with them. The BBC’s Vigil, for instance, wasted an interesting premise by just getting dafter and dafter, until I was ready to throw objects at the screen: I’m developing a genuine antipathy for BBC dramas lately and wondering what I’m paying a TV License for (if ever the BBC was forced to move to a subscription model, one has to wonder if that would be the end of it). The writing on Vigil was absolutely appalling, guilty of all the worst excess of the more recent Line of Duty series. In one episode the pretty protagonist had her head smashed into a metal bulkhead, cutting her forehead open, and then next minute after a trip to the medic not a bruise or a scratch or plaster. Maybe they were worried about continuity or impairing her pretty face. Ridiculous rubbish and best avoided.

Not that this month’s films were really very good either, but the fairly dismal bunch was enlivened by the wonderful Nobody (really must get around to posting my review of that), the bizarrely interesting Corruption, and the sublime The Green Knight. I’m not sure what lies ahead for October- the fourth Columbia Noir box from Indicator needs to be gotten through, and the 4K editions of Dune (1984) and The Thing (1982) have been patiently awaiting the perfect dark evening. Possibly just as well that I held back watching them as I have no pre-orders for discs due in October at all, so yeah, catching up with unwatched discs seems to be the order of the day for October if only to give me something to post about, unless Netflix and Amazon have a few surprises.

Oh, and there may actually be a trip to the cinema for the first time in fast approaching two years, for Villeneuve’s Dune. Maybe. After waiting so long for this much-delayed film I’ve actually found my anticipation waning. I suppose that’s a tricky thing regards marketing films, especially over the past year or two due to Covid, teasing images and trailers and maintaining the hype and interest without falling into some kind of fatigue: they could have shot another Bond movie in the time we’ve been waiting for this latest one. 

Television

103) Raised By Wolves Season One

105) Into the Night Season Two 

112) Sex Education Season Three

115) Vigil Season One

Film

101) The Racket (1951)

102) Django (1966)

Clear and Present Danger (1994)

104) Horizon Line (2020) 

106) Kate (2021)

107) The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)

109) Nobody (2021)

111) Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984)

Glory (1989)

110) Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

113) Corruption (1968)

114) The Green Knight (2021)

116) Walk A Crooked Mile (1948)

4 thoughts on “The 2021 List: September

  1. Tom

    Only a mere technical thing here, but what happened to your numbers in the list? Things get goofy around #110! Haha just a friendly observation. I assume this list stops at #114 on the year?

    Why do I notice such trivial things . . .

    1. Cripes, you’re right! Award yourself a No-Prize (did you ever read the sixties/seventies Marvel comics?) for coming to the rescue as unofficial proof-reader. I’ve gone in and fixed it now.

      I must have read that post twice before uploading it and I still totally missed it. Numeracy was never my shining talent. Just as well I have new specs arriving shortly- had my eyes tested last week, looks like not a week too soon…

  2. Matthew McKinnon

    You might have your faith in BBC shows restored by ‘The North Water’, currently on iPlayer. It’s an excellent adaptation of an outstanding novel (which I recommend in its own right, along with the author’s subsequent novel ‘The Abstainer’).

    But I completely agree with your general point. I think the BBC have good shows by accident, and it’s often best to bail after that first good season is done. The first series of ‘The Fall’ for example was excellent, but then became unwatchable over the course of the two utterly unnecessary follow-ups.

    Dune! I’m booking my tickets tonight!

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