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June 28, 2021 | by Susan Granger

Sweet tooth

If you are looking for a Netflix series to stream, I highly recommend “Sweet Tooth”. As you can guess from the improbable title, it’s an unusual post-apocalyptic tale, which pulls you to the heart.

As the narrator (James Brolin) explains, in the decade after the “Grand Crumble,” when much of humanity succumbed to the deadly H5G9 virus, human mothers began to give birth to babies. half animals.

In Episode 1, Pubba (Will Forte) goes off into the wild with adorable baby Gus, who has the hairy, hairy ears of a deer and budding antlers. Settling into a cabin, Pubba teaches Gus how to survive in their idyllic complex, warning him to never venture beyond the fence that separates them from the perils of the outside world.

The years go by and Gus (Christian Convery) remains alone. Then he meets Tommy Jepperd (Nonso Anozie), a formidable ex-footballer / nomad whom he calls “Big Man”. Initially reluctant to befriend Gus, Big Man can’t help but feel protective of the kind-hearted, naively curious, and always optimistic boy.

Desperate to find his mother, Gus is determined to travel to a dark place in Colorado where she was last seen. But along the way, he and the often exasperated Big Man must escape the menacing vigilantes of the ‘last man’ who hunt the hybrid children, blaming them for the pandemic.

Subplots abound. There’s the orphan cult leader Bear (Stefania LaVie Owen), as well as recluse Aimee (Dania Ramiriez), who lives in an abandoned zoo. Plus Dr Singh (Adeel Akhtar), working on a cure for the virus, and Despotic General Abbott (Neil Sandilands) of the Last Men militia.

Shot in New Zealand, combining sci-fi and fantasy, it is adapted by director Jim Mickle from Jeff Lemire’s DC / Vertigo comics, ending with a gripping cliffhanger involving Gus’ origin.

As for his prophetic timing, Lemire notes, “I wrote the book over a decade ago, so obviously this has nothing to do with what’s going on with COVID-19. “

On the Granger gauge from 1 to 10, “Sweet Tooth” is an intriguing 8. All eight episodes are streaming on Netflix, and a second season seems inevitable.

Earth

Drawing on the experience of directing several episodes of “House of Cards” in which she also starred, Robin Wright drops all vestiges of glamor to direct and star in the wild saga “Land”.

After a devastating and unfathomable loss, Edee Holzer (Wright) wants to leave Chicago and civilization far behind. Buying an old cabin in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming adjoining the Shoshone National Forest, she gets rid of her cell phone, returns her rental car, and tries to make a living off the dirt: “I’m here in this place because I don’t want to. not be with people. “

But she grew up in a city, and all she knows is what she read in the books. As she stocked the pantry for the long winter, she gravely misjudged her survival skills. Soon Edee is literally frozen and hungry.

Luckily, a hunter, Miguel Borras (Demian Bichir) walks by and returns with a nurse, Alawa (Sarah Dawn Pledge), who brings Edee to life. Then, showing both respect and compassion, Miguel patiently treats Edee.

When Edee asks him why he’s helping him, Miguel replies, “You were on my way.

The seasons change, as Miguel shows Edee how to garden, fish, trap and kill deer. They speak very little to each other, but their friendship grows slowly as they learn to respect and understand each other.

But Miguel no longer visits him, and Edee’s curiosity overcomes his reluctance to leave his lonely retreat in the mountains.

Written by Jesse Chatham and Erin Digman, it’s confidently directed by Robin Wright, who works closely with cinematographer Bobby Bukowski to establish a resonant and meditative tale of kindness and human connection.

Wright notes: “We are all aware of so many tragedies in our world… and, for a long time, I have felt a painful awareness of those who stayed overnight. What happened to them? How did they find their way? It’s the story of a woman’s journey to find herself lost after the life she knew changed in seconds.

On the Granger Gauge, “Land” is an austere, survivalist 7 chronicle of spiritual renewal, available on Prime Video, Vudu and Fandango Now.

Peter Rabbit 2

In 2018, when Sony released the first live-action / digital animation “hip” hybrid adventure, I was less than enchanted by mischievous Peter (voiced by James Corden). Nonetheless, on a budget of $ 50 million, he brought in $ 351.13 million worldwide. Hence this sequel: “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway”.

Things in the English countryside have changed now that the late Farmer McGregor’s nephew, Thomas (Domhnall Gleason) has married the benevolent Bea (Rose Byrne). She turned The Rabbits Adventures into a story that catches the eye of arrogant London publisher Nigel Basil-Jones (David Oyelowo), who envisions a edgy 23-book series, starring 109 different characters.

While that means more on Flopsy (voiced by Margot Robbie), Mopsy (voiced by Elizabeth Debicki) and Cottontail (Aimee Horne), hapless Peter is billed as a “bad bunny”.

But Bea has serious reservations. “My book is very personal to me and I don’t want it to be compromised,” she says. “I would shoot in my grave if it ever got fit for a sassy hip-hop festival – only for commercial purposes, probably by an American. “

Meanwhile, a disillusioned Peter decides to head to the big city, where he gets involved in a Dickensian gang of street crooks, led by Fagin-like Barnabas (Lennie James), who plans to steal fruit. in a farmers market… until he realizes who he really is and what kind of bunny he wants to be.

Inspired by Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s book series, it’s scripted by Patrick Burleigh and director Will Gluck and better than its mean-spirited predecessor – but not by much – feasting audiences with generic slapstick and spin-off one-liners. .

What is most commendable is the captivating animation of Animal Logic and its stunning visual effects which are perfectly integrated into the live action sequences. Founded in 1991, Animal Logic is based at Fox Studios in Sydney, Rideback Ranch in Los Angeles, and Yaletown in Vancouver.

On the Granger Gauge, “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” tumbles with a sarcastic 6 as the family fare.

Susan granger is a Hollywood product. His natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at MGM and Columbia Pictures. His adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced films at MGM

As a child, Susan appeared in films with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O’Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studied journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with the highest honors in journalism.

During her adult life, Susan was on radio and television as a presenter and film and theater critic, broadcasting her reviews and articles worldwide, most notably as a video librarian. She has appeared in American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies. In 2017, his book 150 timeless films was published by Hannacroix Creek Books.

Its website is www.susangranger.com. Follow her on Twitter @susangranger.