Watched January 14, 2021 - PBS NewsHour full episode from PBS NewsHour
Thursday on the NewsHour, more arrests as investigations and calls for justice pick up after the Capitol riot that led to President Trump's second impeachment, Michigan's former governor is charged with criminally mishandling the deadly Flint water crisis, and a growing number of businesses distance themselves from the president and the Republican Party following last week's violent insurrection.
Watched "Game of Thrones" Winter Is Coming from HBO Max
Directed by Timothy Van Patten. With Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley. Eddard Stark is torn between his family and an old friend when asked to serve at the side of King Robert Baratheon; Viserys plans to wed his sister to a nomadic warlord in exchange for an army.
I think I stopped watching this a few years back when I got rid of HBO, but thought I’d revisit it to see where the series ultimately went.
Watched "The West Wing" 365 Days from Netflix
Directed by Andrew Bernstein. With Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina. Leo returns to the White House to help bolster the administration, which is suffering from the loss of Josh, Donna, Will, and the Vice President to the next election campaign. Leo's first day back follows President Bartlet's last State of the Union address, and unlike in previous years there appears to be little momentum on bold, large-scale initiatives. Amidst numerous distractions that dilute ...
Watched "The West Wing" Opposition Research from Netflix
Directed by Christopher Misiano. With Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina. Josh and Santos visit New Hampshire to launch the presidential campaign. Josh has experience running national campaigns and has a clear idea about what candidates should and shouldn't do to get elected, but Santos's approach differs dramatically: he believes in talking about big ideas rather than saying whatever he needs to do in order to win votes. This difference in opinion combined with ...
Watched Die Hard (1988) from HBO Max
Directed by John McTiernan. With Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson. An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Rating: ★★★★½

Annual Christmas-time rewatching. Dozed off for 20 minutes in the middle because it was so late.

Watched Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) from HBO Max
Directed by Patty Jenkins. With Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal. Rewind to the 1980s as Wonder Woman's next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.

Rating: ★★★  

Had to suspend a lot of disbelief. Entertaining watch, but nothing truly spectacular. This was released yesterday directly to streaming day-and-date with the theatrical release due to the pandemic.

Watched "The West Wing" Constituency of One from Netflix
Directed by Laura Innes. With Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina, Janel Moloney. While Will gets an enticing offer from the new Vice President, Josh finds himself responsible for a crucial mistake that could sorely embarrass the Administration. He isn't the only one on the wrong side of the tracks as Amy finds out first hand why she shouldn't handle the First Family.
I’ve been watching West Wing a lot this month as background noise, but actually sat through this episode and paid attention. Sort of sad that it’s leaving Netflix on the 24th, but I’m hoping it will return to the air immediately on HBO Max, which I’m already subscribed up in anticipation.
Watched "Breaking Bad" Dead Freight from Netflix
Directed by George Mastras. With Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris. Walter White's domestic life continues to deteriorate; at the same time, his growing business venture aims to steal a train car chock full of methylamine.
I’ve been away from this series for quite a while. Nice to get back to it after a long break.
Watched "Hinterland" Return to Pontarfynach from Netflix
Directed by Ed Thomas. With Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Alex Harries, Hannah Daniel. A woman's suicide is thought to be related to another death. The independent investigator makes an admission to Mared which gives her a lead regarding the case she is investigating with Tom. More than one person stands in their way.
Interesting to hear the many pronunciations of Pontarfynach in this episode.

Many episodes of the series were almost painfully slow and could easily have been 60 minutes instead of 90 if the pace and the brooding were taken out. This final episode was a good cap for something that had been brewing since the end of the first season.

Watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) from Amazon Prime
Directed by David Yates. With Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp. The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Rating: ★★★★

Purchased a copy tonight on Amazon Prime. Dozed off somewhere in the middle. Definitely a darker ending than it’s predecessor.

Watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) from Amazon Prime
Directed by David Yates. With Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler. The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Rating: ★★★★½

Purchased digital streaming license on Amazon Prime. Surely we’ll watch this a few more times. This was Evie’s first time seeing it.

Watched "Hinterland" Both Barrels from Netflix
Directed by Gareth Bryn. With Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Alex Harries, Hannah Daniel. An estranged husband kidnaps his son. Mathias and Rhys make a dark discovery at his parents home. Mathias risks his own life by searching alone. A former Superintendent puts pressure on the independent investigator to close another case.
Watching this late at night, it took about four tries to make it through to the end. One of the most brutal episodes of the series, and one of the few featuring a gun.