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Film and TV Recommendations From August 2023


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Reading science fiction, fantasy and mystery books aren’t the only way that I learn about stories and inspire my writing. Films and television programmes play a major part in my fiction writing too. That’s why I love to offer up recommendations to readers and watchers so I can share movies and TV programmes that I love and seriously passionate about. Therefore, I hope you enjoy these various mystery, fantasy, science fiction and occasionally romance films and TV recommendations. The recommendations in this post are the ones I made in August 2023.


Indiana Jones and The Dial Of Destiny

Whilst I have no doubt this recommendation would be extremely controversial in my family, I really wanted to recommend "Indiana Jones and The Dial Of Destiny" this week. I really liked this brilliant action-adventure movie. Personally, by the time this film recommendation comes out it would have been about 3 weeks since me and my parents went to see it. My mum didn't like it and I could sort of understand where she was coming from because the CGI and my dad wasn't too fussed. However, I really, really liked it because we all agreed the writing was brilliant. I really liked it because for a final movie in the series, this was a great piece of timing. Since not only was the story/ film really good. But there were a lot of throwbacks to the first one so there were a lot of "wrapbacks" in a way and that is always good in endings. For example, a lot of the characters and plot references harped back to the first film. Also, the film follows the adventures of Doctor Jones as he travels round the world to stop a Nazi getting his hands on the Dial of Destiny that would allow him to change the outcome of World War Two. Or so he thinks. From the brilliant Harrison Ford himself to Phoebe Waller-Bridge to a whole host of other great actors and actresses, there is a lot great acting here that helps to bring the film to life. I do sort of understand the CGI criticism, but I was so lost in the story because it was so good. I didn't actually notice the CGI that much. Overall, if you want a really fun, interesting and gripping action-adventure film to watch at the cinemas or in the future when it comes out on streaming services (or DVDs if you're into those relics. Joking.) then definitely check out Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.


Sarah Millican Comedy

Now I certainly think that every so often we seriously need to talk comedy on these Friday TV and Film recommendations, and because of the great advances in modern technology all these comedy shows are now available on TV and streaming services after a while. So my aim this month is to schedule all my comedy recommendations because I’m been enjoying a lot of them lately and I have never thought to share them. I’m sorry I know that is terribly selfish of me. Anyway, if there is one single woman that I love when it comes to comedy. It has to be Sarah Millican because she is sensational, funny and it is so hard not to laugh with her. She might come from the North of England with a great accent but that doesn’t mean she can’t make people round the entire world laugh with her stories, her experiences and her jokes. And I think everyone can learn a lot from her, despite how to laugh so hard that their face hurts a lot. She’s a divorced woman who loves cats and she shows everyone that life does continues after a divorce and woman really can be powerful after a breakup. They can go on and do great things. Me and my Mum went to see her show Bobby Dazzler last year and we both loved it and we’ve seen all her comedies on TV. Now I only see to go and book her latest show because it should be down south next autumn so I need to book that. Anyway, if you want a great comic to watch that will certainly have you laughing and smiling. Then definitely check out Sarah Millican.


Mae Martin Sap

Continuing with my little “Summer of Comedy” on these TV and film recommendations, there is one person I seriously have to recommend, because I am really going through a phase at the moment when I’m really into this person’s comedy. Therefore, this week I have to recommend “Mae Martin Sap” available on Netflix. Now there are a few different reasons why I like them. Mainly because they are really funny, they have a lot of great stories about their experiences as a teenager with alcohol, drugs and a wide range of dating disasters. They are just perfectly funny. Also, I really like them because they’re non-binary and openly on the trans spectrum so that always gives them a lot of material. And Mae is really good at making it funny and there are a good few sections of Sap that seriously make you laugh and you learn something too along the way. It is just a lot of good fun that makes you laugh and smile a lot. And the great thing about Netflix is there are a lot of their other comedies on there, including their 30-minute programme on Comedies of the World. Mae is brilliant in that and it certainly led to an embarrassing family moment because my poor dad so walked in at the wrong moment so he was a bit confused by one of the jokes. Overall, if you want a great person to make you laugh, make you smile and brighten up your day then certainly check out “Mae Martin Sap” because it is so worth it. And definitely watch until the end because the beginning part might look weird but it is sensationally funny at the end of Sap. When they come back to doing UK tours I am so going to see them alive.


Simon Amstell Set Free

Finishing up this “Summer of Comedy” section of these TV and film recommendations, for our final comedy act I have to recommend “Simon Amstell set free” available on Netflix. It’s honest, funny and there are some brilliant one-liners including a personal favourite that I don’t care to repeat because it isn’t funny unless you understand the rest of the programme and my own personal experiences. I really liked “Simon Amstell set free” because before this show I had never come across this comedian before. But I was scrolling through Netflix looking at the Gay section just in case there was something new (and I did found during June so it wasn’t hard to find him) and then I thought he sounded interested so I gave it ago. And I seriously do not regret watching it. I was laughing a lot, smiling even more and it was just a very honest view of the world done through a lot of funny jokes. I would certainly recommend it to anyone because you will enjoy it, definitely learn a lot about another side of life and you will have a great hour of your life. However, I would also recommend to it anyone who hasn’t best the most supportive circle around them if they’re gay. I really found it hopeful, inspiring and it did hint that I could overcome my struggles with my past and have a great relationship and move forward with my life. Since me and the comedian had a lot of things in common when it came to the less. I just didn’t go down the drug route but again though, that’s what I like about comedians. Really good comedians can make the darker side of life really funny and interesting. The show gave me a lot of hope and I really did feel good afterwards. Another mark of a great comedy show and it was just nice to laugh about some things that have happened to other people and me at the same time. So if you’re straight, gay or anything in-between then definitely make sure you check out “Simon Amstell set free” on Netflix. You will love it, laugh a lot and you will have a brilliant hour of pure joy.


I hope you enjoyed these movie and film recommendations and if you want to see some of my own fantasy, science fiction, mystery and romance books. Then please click the hyperlink on the genre you want to explore. You won’t regret exploring these great books.

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