Luke Cage- Netflix Season 1

Why you should watch…

LUKE CAGE is a beautiful amalgam of African-American history, culture and hopes. His story is set against the back drop of Harlem where a battle for its soul rages between those who would make it a paradise for crime and those who want to elevate it into socio-economic prestige. 

Watching this play out is enthralling even if it isn’t perfect, it’s modern blacksploitation elements work with a good cast helped magnanimously by a soundtrack that proves soundtracks can be characters in their own right. The lyrical content is so fitting at times and others so poetic it’s practically theatre.

A story about a bullet proof black man in America would always be a little bit on the nose but it’s importance and timing given the racial tension at the moment cannot be overstated. It’s one bit ode, part bit elegy, several bits theatre and every bit action. It also has an earned romantic through line that accentuates the plot. Several interesting strong female characters to choose from, and a well developed villain make this outing better than good.

All in all this is a historic outing that has raises the bar for future outings.


Keeping Up With The Jones 

An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors – especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are covert operatives.

This film is less about spies than you actually quite imagine. The themes gently look at honesty, communication and care within relationships. Mr Jones reveals that all isn’t well in paradise and it’s an eye opening pause in the movie which reminds that in the information age, anything can be presented as anything and we must not take a surface presentation as indepth truth and use that to measure against our own lives when there is plenty to adore and admire in our own lives.

The Jones are the impossibly over accomplished 👫 couple with a seemingly perfect relationship. They have engrossing hobbies  to be jealous of and even their clothes fit better on their unnecessarily gorgeous persons.

However all that glitters isn’t gold and The Gaffney’ soon begin to realise that there is more to the Joneses that meets the surface and not all of it good. Karren Gaffney leads the charge,  snooping, to great comic effect.

Jeff Gaffney, the HR employee at MBI, connects with Mr Jones and begins to discover  more once Mrs Gaffney does more investigation which leads to them breaking into the Joneses house.

The hilarity is plenty in the film with lots of fun to be had. Enjoying this for what it is, is how to enjoy the movie. Perhaps the cast could have been put in more situations to draw more humour considering the strength if the cast but that’s ultimately down to the script- There’s only so much improv and adlibing you can do.