Watched Freaks (2018)

I think this falls into what might be a new sub-genre. The gritty realism super hero film. It’s less Deadpool (2016) Logan (2017) more Brightburn (2019). There are people with superpowers but they’re grounded in the real world. What happens to a father and young daughter with powers? How does he keep her safe? There are stellar performances from all, including the young lead Lexy Kolker. And there’s few laughs to be had. A charmer of a film, definitely worth seeing.

Finished watching S:2 Kingdom (2019– )

‪This picks up exactly where season one left off. The political intrigues continue, but it’s the pace of the action and quantity of gore that’s most impressive. Think Train to Busan (2016) but set in feudal Korea. Can’t wait for season three.‬

Finished watching S:1 Kingdom (2019– )

This South Korean period drama adds a new twist to the zombie genre. There’s a lot to like in a very bingable six episodes. It’s packed with action and gore soaked teeth. The characters are well draw, with a plot that has a decent amount of mystery. A usurped prince discovers his strength fighting for his inheritance.

Watched Light of My Life (2019)

There’s a deep sadness at the centre of this film. Something akin to grief. A father desperately tries to keep his adolescent daughter safe in a world without women. They all died in some mysterious plague. Strong performances from the young lead, and of course writer/director Casey Affleck. It has and old fashioned cinematic quality, that puts me a little in mind of Jeremiah Johnson (1972).

Watched Underwater (2020)

What happens when Alien (1979) and The Abyss (1989) have a child? Born in 2020 they call it Underwater. The daughter of two legends manages to twist and turn her parents upside down and inside out, taking the time to make a few family jokes. Our household was split over her ability to really scare. The claustrophobic me found the whole thing very unsettling. The other half was a little bored by her. But all things considered Underwater (2020) gets on well with her brother Life (2017). They’re your typical brother and sister, sat beside each other, squabbling over who gets more of the sofa.

Zuckerberg’s hoarding

A post from Mona Chalabi popped up on my Twitter timeline this morning.

As you can see it’s a beautifully cutting analysis of Mark Zuckerberg’s recent $25 million donation to help in the fight against coronavirus. She manages to show in the simplest way possible just how much Zuckerberg has sacrificed to the greater good. Twenty-five million dollars is few millilitres, a squirt from the vast glass of his $81 billion fortune.

In the old days, in the UK, a billion meant an million million, but since 1974 the UK Government has used the American definition of a billion when announcing figures. An American billion is just a thousand million, or a one followed by nine noughts; 1,000,000,000. Even using this lower scale, Zuckerberg’s $25 million donation accounts for only 0.03% of his current $81 billion fortune.

To give this some perspective. $81 billion is the equivalent to the gross domestic product to Cameroon. A country ranked 90th by the CIA in their World Factbook, that includes a listing of countries by GDP.

Basically Zuckerberg has more money at his disposal than bottom 53 countries of the World Factbook list combined. His personal fortune is the equivalent to the combined gross domestic product of Guam, Liberia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Djibouti, The Gambia, Guernsey, Central African Republic, Andorra, Belize, Curaçao, Guinea-Bissau, Seychelles, Aruba, Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Greenland, San Marino, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, ComorosSolomon Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Western Sahara, Dominica, Vanuatu, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Sao Tome and Principe, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tonga, Saint Martin, British Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Falkland Islands, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Marshall Islands, Anguilla, Nauru, Wallis and Futuna, Montserrat, Tuvalu, Saint Helena, Niue, and Tokelau.

Why’s that a problem? Twenty-five million dollars is a large sum of money. It’s a problem because the billions Zuckerberg has taken from the economy, and is now sitting on, might be the difference between people living or dying from COVID-19.

My reply to the text message from UK_Gov

I got a text message this morning from UK_Gov. Not sure how they got my number?!? That’s the subject for another time. But if they’re going to start texting me on my personal phone, I feel it’s my right to offer my two penneth.