Do I always concur with their choices? No! Of course not! And I know for a fact that they don't always agree with mine either. To be fair, I have already seen around 150 films this year and only 40 of them rated 3 Chili Peppers or higher and landed on my blog, so it could be said that a lot of what I see, I don't actually like that much.
Is that because I am a tough critic? I don't really think that I am, I just think that there are a lot of really lousy movies and TV programs out there to wade through to get to the really good stuff. Aren't ya lucky that you've got me to do all the dirty work for you?
Obviously, you can click on any genre list on Spicywatch.com to get a look at my latest movie recommendations, but TV is a different story. I don't have a TV tab, so I do feel that it is my duty to keep you all updated on the good stuff that I have been watching on the small screen from time to time.
My top picks for 2017 small screen (so far) are:
Big Little Lies (Foxtel)
Twin Peaks (Stan)
Feud: Bette and Joan (Foxtel)
The Strange Calls (Stan)
Getting On (Netflix)
The Night Manager (SBS)
Angie Tribeca (Stan)
Workaholics (Foxtel and Stan)
Better Call Saul (Stan)
No activity (Stan)
Girls - Final Season (Foxtel)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix and Foxtel)
Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
Please note: many of these programs are not in their first season, but many can be viewed from their first season on most platforms if you do need a catch up.
Hard to believe that I can fit so many TV shows in when I watch as many movies as I do, but hey, where there's a will, there's a way! And mostly that will is a lot of late nights.
Release Date: 2004
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 101 mins
An English language, Spanish psychological thriller, directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. This was the film that proved Christian Bale's unbelievable commitment to his roles, when he shed an incredible 28 kilograms, living on an apple, a coffee and water for four months prior to filming to portray his character Trevor Reznik with more conviction.
Trevor Reznik is a machinist and an insomniac. His lack of sleep and routine has made him painfully emaciated and less than attentive on the job. His revolted co-workers turn against him after he is involved in an accident that leaves a his co-worker armless. Trevor believes that it was co-worker 'Ivan' that caused his distraction and the accident, but no-one has ever heard of Ivan, and there are no records of his existence; and so begins a series of strange and unsettling events in the life of Trevor.
This is quite a challenging watch, the general tone and colour saturation of the film render it bleak and grimy, making everything feel menacing. The events that unfold for Trevor are far from joyful, as he tries to make sense of his addled thoughts and the things that are occurring around him. It also becomes increasingly difficult for the viewer to assess reality from fantasy as they join him, on his terrible downward spiral.
FINAL SAY: I just want to sleep.
4 Chili Peppers