Quite a variety, some old favourites but tackled a couple that have been on my watchlist for a while This is what I've been watching over the past month.

Deconstructing Karen (2022)

Deconstructing Karen

Deconstructing Karen


Galvanized by the number of white women who voted for Donald Trump, two women of colour envision what unity looks in the United States. But instead of marching through the streets, they take a different approach. Race2Dinner was born, an afternoon of wining, dining and honest conversations about white supremacy and unconscious biases that white women live by. Navigating everyday privileges and cultural differences, the bold intervention changes minds and opens eyes for some, while others turn away because it is too hard. Everything is on the table to eat and unpack, but there is only one rule: no crying at the dinner table. (from TMDB)

Interesting concept, not sure it’s that well executed

Watching this, I was left with the feeling that most of the issues that could have been addressed were too hard to have in one conversation. I was also weirded out that this is a commercial enterprise for the women who founded it. Not that it shouldn’t be, I’m just saying that it sat oddly with me.

The women who gather for this dinner are from a variety of walks of life, but the main premise, to tackle the centring of whiteness in conversations around race, is something that you can’t hope to unpack over one dinner. I think if this had been a longer series and the work done over a longer period, perhaps would have ended in more favourable outcomes.


Director : Patty Ivins
Genre: Documentary

Unforgotten (2015)




London police detectives Cassie Stuart and Sunny Khan investigate historic cold cases involving missing persons, murder and long-hidden secrets. (from TMDB)

Sanjeev Bhaskar

Sanjeev Bhaskar as DS Sunil 'Sunny' Khan

Sinéad Keenan

Sinéad Keenan as DCI Jessica 'Jessie' James

Carolina Main

Carolina Main as DC Fran Lingley

Jordan Long

Jordan Long as DS Murray Boulting

Pippa Nixon

Pippa Nixon as DC Karen Willetts

Georgia Mackenzie

Georgia Mackenzie as Dr. Leanne Balcombe

My favourite kind of police drama

A serial police drama, well written and performed by the central characters. This final season was a bit of a tear-jerker. Well worth watching and a fitting finale to a great TV series.


Genres : Drama, Crime and Mystery

Wednesday (2022)




Wednesday Addams is sent to Nevermore Academy, a bizarre boarding school where she attempts to master her psychic powers, stop a monstrous killing spree of the town citizens, and solve the supernatural mystery that affected her family 25 years ago — all while navigating her new relationships. (from TMDB)

Jenna Ortega

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams / Goody Addams

Emma Myers

Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair

Joy Sunday

Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay

Percy Hynes White

Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe

Hunter Doohan

Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin

Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems

Love this foray into the weird and wonderful Addams Family

I do love an Addams family event, whether a movie or series. Those old enough to remember know that the original series was on TV for quite some time. Of all the recent offerings, I do think Wednesday is the most successful. Totally engaging, the story follows Wednesday, daughter of Gomez and Morticia as she starts student life at their Alma Marta, Nevermore Academy.

Wednesday, having been thrown out of all the normal schools she’d attended must come to grips with a school used to magical beings and a principal that’s not shocked by her gory antics.

A brilliant supporting cast makes this show a winner.


Executive Producers : Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Tim Burton, Kayla Alpert, Andrew Mittman, Kevin Miserocchi, Jonathan Glickman, Gail Berman and Steve Stark
Genres : Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery and Comedy

Bridgerton (2020)




Wealth, lust, and betrayal set in the backdrop of Regency era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family. (from TMDB)

Nicola Coughlan

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington

Luke Newton

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton

Claudia Jessie

Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton

Ruth Gemmell

Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton

Hannah Dodd

Hannah Dodd as Francesca Bridgerton

Adjoa Andoh

Adjoa Andoh as Lady Agatha Danbury

As The New season approaches, it’s sometimes good to revisit previous seasons

If you’ve missed the juggernaut that is Shonda Rimes Bridgerton, where have you been? As we’re about to embark on season three, I thought I’d revisit season two and catch up once more on the antics of the Bridgerton siblings as they navigate the ‘Season’ with the rest of the Ton.

In this season, it is the eldest son Anthony, and the next oldest daughter Eloise who are on the marriage mart. Anthony places himself there with the view of finding a suitable wife to be the next vicountess, Eloise of course being a girl, has her coming out and must engage the eye of some suitable Lord or Earl with which to marry. Being the rebel she is though, Eloise is less than enthused with the role she must play and laments with her best friend Penelope.

Plot twists arise as we find out that Penelope is holding her own secrets that she must guard with all her cunning.


Writer : Julia Quinn
Executive Producers : Shonda Rhimes and Chris Van Dusen
Genre: Drama

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


The Harry Potter films are a fantasy series based on the series of seven Harry Potter novels by British writer J. K. Rowling. (from TMDB)

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Emma Watson

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn

Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore

Tom Felton

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy

Yes I watched all eight movies this month, how else would you watch them?

Watching just one Harry Potter movie doesn’t make sense to me. Like The Godfather and Lord of the Rings, you have to just set aside time, once you’ve decided to watch one, you have to watch them all, over a series of days/nights one after the other.

Harry’s journey from novice to master wizard over the 7 years that he attended Hogwarts School of Magic is a great progression from innocent, inquisitive and eager young wizard, learning the ropes of his new world alongside best mates, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, through the troubled teenage mopey years and finally out to a maturing young adult who despite his own insecurities and fears must fight the purveyor of all things evil, Lord Voldemort.

What’s more, (spoiler alert) he must fight the final battle, against mounting obstacles and casualties. How much can Harry take?


Director : David Yates
Director of Photography: Bruno Delbonnel
Writers : Steve Kloves and J.K. Rowling
Executive Producer: Lionel Wigram
Genres : Adventure and Fantasy

Lady Bird (2017)

Lady Bird

Lady Bird


Lady Bird McPherson, a strong willed, deeply opinionated, artistic 17 year old comes of age in Sacramento. Her relationship with her mother and her upbringing are questioned and tested as she plans to head off to college. (from TMDB)

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird McPherson

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf as Marion McPherson

Tracy Letts

Tracy Letts as Larry McPherson

Lucas Hedges

Lucas Hedges as Danny O'Neill

Timothée Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet as Kyle Sheible

Beanie Feldstein

Beanie Feldstein as Julie Steffans

Not the usual coming-of-age story

Lady Bird is dying to get away from her life. Her relationship with her mother played by the brilliant Laurie Metcalf, is a difficult one, and she must navigate her way through friendships and school life as she makes her determined plans to get to university away from her boring town of Sacramento.

Does she make it, well watch and see, you could be pleasantly surprised at how different this movie is from the usual offerings in this genre.

I enjoyed it immensely


Director : Greta Gerwig
Director of Photography: Sam Levy
Writer : Greta Gerwig
Executive Producer: Lila Yacoub
Genres : Drama and Comedy

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (2023)

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story


The story of how the young Queen Charlotte’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton. (from TMDB)

India Ria Amarteifio

India Ria Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte

Corey Mylchreest

Corey Mylchreest as Young King George

Golda Rosheuvel

Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte

Arsema Thomas

Arsema Thomas as Young Agatha Danbury

Adjoa Andoh

Adjoa Andoh as Lady Agatha Danbury

Michelle Fairley

Michelle Fairley as Princess Augusta

The Love Story Behind Charlotte and George

This is a great prequel of sorts, telling the story of how Queen Charlotte and King George come together and navigate a rocky start to develop a long-lasting and loving relationship, eventually producing 15 children.

Of course, this is a fictional account of the Queen’s life, but played by India Ria (younger) and Golda Rosheuvel (elder), we get to know and understand the backstory to the Ton, and how people like Lady Danbury (played by Adjoa Andoh and Arsema Thomas) rose to their position of prominence in the Georgian Court.

It’s a great limited series that lays some foundations, thoroughly good to watch


Director of Photography: Jeffrey Jur
Executive Producers : Shonda Rhimes, Tom Verica and Betsy Beers
Genre: Drama

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