WWII submarine drama, told from a German perspective. I like submarine films, and I tend to think of them as the real-world equivalent of spaceship stories, with the close confines of the ship and the hostile environment without. And this one was excellent and absorbing and a fantastic if gritty look at life in a German WW2 submarine, and the Captain was marvellous, and it was good for a view of 'the enemy' as ordinary people generally (at the ending, I looked at Mr P and said, "Um, hurrah for the RAF?"). Also, if anyone should ever be in need of a visual for a Vor-military drinking party, I think the opening sequence is pretty much it.
Tinker Tailor Solder Spy
Very John LeCarré, very good, but I have to say probably not best watched when you're only half-awake from sleep deprivation and general mental fog, because I only followed about half the plot. Um, they were trying to find a traitor in the Circus, and they finally figured out who it was by a chain of events I do not entirely understand? It was very atmospheric, muted historical colours and good filming, and Smiley was simply excellent.
The recent film, which we went to see when we got a free night of babysitting on the strength of it having a screenplay by Tom Stoppard. I have a confession to make: I haven't read it (I did read War and Peace, mostly to show off, when I was about thirteen, and probably would have understood more if I'd known any Russian history at all). The film was fascinating, done very much as a play and in a non-realistic fashion, with characters opening a door in one scene and walking into another, a visible stage and audience, background characters suddenly disappearing to focus on the main characters, and so forth. I really enjoyed it, lovely visuals, lovely storytelling and all very cleverly done. I have no idea whether it did a good job representing the book, but I could believe it did. Karenin was particularly brilliant.
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
This was great fun, though the edition I had could have used a serious proofreader before they published it (*mutters darkly about Standards*). I liked the way Lesley is working into the story and developing a new role. It didn't do that much to advance the vague series plot of finding the
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Okay, wow. I'd seen this mentioned around the place and had it vaguely on my to-read list, and finally got around to it, and it was AMAZING. Two highly competent and intelligent young women and their friendship and a complex and well-told and sometimes heartbreaking story of spy and airplane adventures in WW2. Also, I swear there's a stealth Wimsey crossover in there. Definitely one to read and then go back and read again.
The first two episodes of S7. I liked them both, though I prefered the dinosaurs to the Daleks. Fairly light, fun, wacky adventures, not too much character melodrama (okay, there was a bit in the Dalek episode), Amy and Rory being awesome - this is how I like my Dr Who.
The Bletchley Circle
Only the first episode, so far. It was very good. Four women who used to be codebreakers at Bletchley Park find themselves at a loose end after the war and start tracking a serial killer. The murder seems a bit contrived right now, but who cares, it's interesting and it works and the characters are outstanding. Especially Lucy - I want to know so much more about her and her life.
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