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It’s new on Amazon Prime, and it will beat watching Christmas TV. BEING THE RICARDOS (linked) is based on the I Love Lucy TV series with Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardam as Desi Arnaz. It’s about the most dramatic week in her career when he was accused of being a Communist (September 1953). Great performances from all four playing Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, and Fred and Ethel Mertz from the TV show, but it’s mainly behind the scenes with flashbacks to their careers.

And in the end … GET BACK (PART 3) (LINKED) the best one of the three with the Rooftop Concert (virtually the whole) plus the police version of the tale.

The second article on Peter Jackson’s Get Back trilogy on The Beatles is now up. Lots more discussion and quotes on part two.

I’ve added a rant on MAIL v GUARDIAN, (LINKED) on the way in which people categorize views they dislike as those of either “Guardian readers” or “Daily Mail readers.” Have a look. I’m both.

We’ve done it! Sixty-seven episodes of Outlander (LINK TO REVIEW) over many months. We didn’t binge watch either. 1311 photos on IMDB online. This is a (reasonably) light-hearted overview of the first five series. So if you have sixty-seven hours to spare this is the one. If you haven’t seen it, it’s based on a woman who travels back in time from 1946 to 1743 Scotland. It will move on through France, England, the Caribbean to North Carolina in 1772. Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan (pictured) star over filming that stretched from 2014 to 2020 and there are two more series in the pipeline. On Netflix.

New review of THE POWER OF THE DOG (linked) which appears (free) on Netflix from yesterday. Directed and scripted by Jane “The Piano” Campion. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smith-McPhee. The film got glowing 5 star reviews. Oddly, it didn’t work for us on the first night, but was superb when we rewatched the next afternoon. Great climax, but do not go in expecting a classic western. In spite of great Montana landscapes, it’s not. Think instead a tinge of (American) Gothic.

A review, or rather random thoughts inspired by part one of Peter Jackson’s mammoth rethinking of The Beatles Let It Be sessions from 1969 as GET BACK (follow link to review). Even part one is two and a half hours, and rather a slog unless you’re a Beatles obsessive. Which I am. Now showing on Disney Plus.

THE LONDON CHUCK BERRY SESSIONS (Follow link) from 1972 just added to Reviled! It was the third album in The London Sessions series from Chess (following Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters). Side one was indeed new material recorded in London. Side two was live, and was only “In London” if you think the Locarno Ballroom, Coventry is “in London.” It was much reviled in spite of being his biggest selling album and containing his only million selling single … My Ding-A-Ling.

The Nigel Havers Theatre Company is on a long tour going well into 2022 with Noël Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES (Link to review). Such a classic play has been strangely absent from major productions the last few years, so this one is timely. It’s a play that CAN’T go wrong. We saw it at Chichester Festival Theatre. Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers play the leading roles. Directed by Christopher Luscombe.

A new film review, PASSING directed by Rebecca Hall (FOLLOW LINK). It’s filmed in black and white and in 1.33:1 format, and set in 1929. The original novel by Nella Larsen was published in that year, and is now considered an American classic. It stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga. The themes of racial and gender identity have made the book so highly-regarded in recent years. The main thing is that it’s now on Netflix, and free, having done the obligatory Sundance Festival premiere and then a month theatrical release to qualify for the various Awards.