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Banshee (season 1)

this action drama show is good for mindless entertainment but it's really too bad because if the writing were a bit better it would be actually good. 
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the year of our way by Steph Swainston

on the positive side the world building, adult themes (how often do fantasy epics treat with drug addiction?), and characters are great; on the negative side there were too many inscrutable names of people and things, and the writing could be better in places - but this is the author's first, so I'm looking forward to seeing her improve in the sequel. 

concrete cowboy (2021)

Idris Elba and the other actors are amazing, the setting is wonderful, the story drags on a bit and gets a little corny/predictable at times, but overall a touching real life look at an underappreciated slice of North Philly. 

the painter and the thief (2020)

I found this northern European documentary story about art and friendship to be interesting, mostly engaging, and fairly fun - but I could never forget, throughout the whole thing, that there was a totally unacknowledged person in the room, recording every interaction we saw. 

wedding crashers (2005)

obviously not much needs be restated about this dorky, vulgar, often hilarious movie, but there's something different and compelling about the way Wilson and Vaughn use such very emotionally mature language throughout the story (due to being divorce mediators, of course) despite being so dudely in every other way.