Sunday, September 26, 2021

The first two episodes of Apple's new series "Foundation" are great (plus some adult thrillers from the 80's I watched recently)

"Foundation" is great, a pleasure to look at. All the great scifi tropes, but executed expertly. (I've never read Asimov's books, but the TV series apparently departs from them pretty radically.) The first episode of Apple's accompanying podcast for the series is good, too.

"No Way Out" (1987) featuring Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, and Sean Young: A spy thriller that's mostly about how handsome Costner was. Homophobic and slow, but with a delightful ending.

"Angel Heart" (1987) featuring Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet, and Robert De Niro: Solid creepy noir (and largely about how handsome Rourke was), but disgustingly racist. Is it too late to make sequels with De Niro reprising his role?

"Body Heat" (1981) featuring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, and Ted Danson: Terrific. Completely holds up. 98% at Rotten Tomatoes.

I'm also enjoying Netflix's "Drive to Survive" series about Formula 1, and "Caprica" on NBC's app. And "Wellington Paranormal," the spinoff of "What We Do in the Shadows," deserves a lot more love.