Five Feet Apart (2019)
Cole Sprouse of 'Riverdale' stars in this sick teen romantic drama. 2 sick teens form a romantic bond. An annoying manic pixie dream girl livestreams her hospital room. She has cystic fibrosis, something it takes a while to learn. Where are her family? They barely visit. She may never live independently again. She wears a face mask and looks like a protestor.
There are escapology attempts and no one to one caretakers. There is no fragile vulnerability or pathos. The MPDG is rude to a teen boy who has the same cruel and unforgiving illness. She's irritable and they are told to stay 6 feet apart. She's awaiting a transplant. He's not. Who's paying for their health care? He seems to have no visitors either. There is exposition and no sheer panic. There is guilting and shrieking annoying teens.
They're on a drug trial. The MPDG is such a bitch and won't hear reason. She has no empathy or compassion. She whines and is OCD. This causes grave misgivings and this is injurious to sense. This was pathetic. The MPDG whines more. People have to deal with the result – whatever that may be.
People face up to hard choices. There is trouble ahead and they need to talk about it. They're sick and people avoid reality. She gets a transplant. Which leads to chaotic catastrophic consequences. This was not endearing. What will become of him?
“What would I do without you?”
“There's no coming back from that.”
“Can you stop reminding me that I'm dying?”
“Dying my whole life.”
“Fluffy little hair.”
“Next life but an inch away.”
“Got sick, like I always do.”
“She didn't get it, but that doesn't mean she won't.”
The Death Of Stalin
It is 1953 and there is rancour, fear and adversarial exercises. This is not an era of responsibility just an era of existential terror and rage. There is displaced rage and fear when Stalin has a stroke and then dies. There is grim lunacy and ever more crazed reactions. No one is morally clear sighted. People are moral disasters and there is piss. People spew excoriating verbal abuse. There are real accents and a pitiless world. Stalin's daughter is an idiot. There is a succession crisis that gets farcical. Zhukov the war hero steals the show. There are no positive or reassuring acts. People get shot. Beria is an arse and makes enemies. Too many enemies. This was good. More Jason Isaaacs!
“I will take that as a compliment.”
“Do not defy me!”
“You're obstructing the story.”
“Nobody's going to get killed,”
“Nominate some scapegoats.”
“Soviet planes do not crash.”
“I'll have you killed!”
“I f**ked Germany. I think I can take a flesh lump in a f**king waistcoat.”
“All the best doctors are in the gulag or dead.”
“The delay has been logged.”
“I pray for your end.”
“Lying face down in a ditch full of vodka.”
“Run and plot at the same time.”
“In town with their guns.”
“You're the good guy now.”
“I should have you shot just for saying his name.”
Responsible Child (2019)
This BBC2 drama is a take on a true story of a 12 year old boy on trial for murdering his vile abusive stepfather. He and his older brother hacked the creep to death. This was PC and the mother is useless. She stayed with the stepdad even after he attacked her oldest son with an AXE! The neglected boy is bullied at school and there is a perceived lack of concern about obvious abuse and neglect by all. The stepdad thrives on the terror he causes in others. He's a bullying partner, the sort of man who routinely shouts at everyone, and treats his family worst of all. Ray wasn't seen as in need or at risk. Ray was the carer for his half-siblings and mother and used a grant to clothe his half-siblings. He is acquitted and his half siblings put in care. This was okay.
“Not damaged enough, outwardly.”