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Succession: This Is Not for Tears (2019)
What a heartstopping season finale!
So glad there's going to be a season three, but the series could have ended there and it would have been perfect anyway. I was fully hoping for what happened but fully surprised that it actually did. GO KEN!
High Life (2018)
Nothing makes any sense
Which is why I like it. This is a really strange little epic. It FEELS like a Phillip K Dick novel done properly - nobody is really very likeable, the tech is arcane, and you have to just accept the gaping plot and science holes and suspend all disbelief and wonder at the world she has created. Magic.
Counterpart: In from the Cold (2019)
Apart from the all too brief episode showing the origins of the crossing, this series has gone gradually downhill to the point where it's just an overcomplicated and not very tense thriller, and after two dull as a puddle episodes in a row i've made the decision to top watching. Shame.
Whilst getting excited for this new season I ended rewatched season one AGAIN - Easily in the Top three of the greatest TV shows of all time - and one of the biggest reasons why season two suffered so much. It's interesting to see some of the creative decisions that have been made here, obviously some of th
Inside No. 9: Dead Line (2018)
A Brexit Metaphor?!
What a wild ride! Some true experimentalism on the BBC, harking back to shows like Sapphire And Steel and perhaps scaring an audience not pissing themselves laughing at the audacity of it all. If anyone was actually taken in by this glorious art (why would they be watching in the first place?) they were probably vulnerable older people - leave voters incapable of seeing the difference between transparent confection and "reality".
Did the BBC get any complaints?
This is the first time i have failed to suspend disbelief during this series - epic fail as it's central conceit is so silly in the first place, (not to mention the notion of a nightclub owner being encouraged to help solve crimes), but much more could have been made from that dinner party disaster, it just seemed rushed to it's conclusion and seemed unbelievable, which was a pity. The show runner should have asked Mike Leigh along, that kind of thing.
However the glorious punchline at the end of this episode made it an absolute pleasure to watch, as usual, just total comedy gold. I nearly did a little wee with joy!
SPOILER ALERT! Eh? How in hell would you spoil this film? It's doing fine on it's own. It would be like taking a pooh on a pooh. (not bear on bear action there, just trying to sideswipe the no swearing rule)
SO: Last weekend me and a few friends listened to:
23 times in a row, laughing our tits off, and wondering "why?"
My guess is this film is a low rent version of that record, and without it's wit or humour
Somebody somewhere had a love of science fiction, a lot of bad drugs, too much money, and decided to build this folly. Unlike Ringo the result wasn't pleasurable in any way (i'm being over dramatic for effect - the camera is occasionally lovely, that's why this review isn't merely a complaint about why IMDb doesn't offer a drop down 0 out of 10) but still the same question remains; "why?"
Did you see my last sentence? Did you see how it didn't quite work? Maybe it was because the brackets were too long, maybe it was irrelevant, maybe it was a smelling error, maybe it was just time travel or i've been a terrible father messing things up for no reason, maybe it was that I'M NOT A WRITER
That's this film. It doesn't work on any level at all. it's a bit like someone with too much money and drugs just went "i've got this bag of half-erst science fiction thriller memes, let's just place them artfully in this vase", but the vase was made of Ketamine so when they opened the bag the memes just went EVERYWHERE at random, and the money would have been better spent on a flower arranging course.
WHY? You can work the equipment, but as my friend Gregory always said "musicians should make music, plumbers should do plumbing" Whoever made this: Film- making is not your skill. Well done for trying, but maybe take that flower arranging course.
House of Last Things (2013)
Not sure how i came across this particular film, whether it was recommended by a friend or found on an IMDb list, but I would like to point out that i am NOT a friend or family member of the film maker, and just spent nearly two hours watching a great film, quite by chance.
Then i came here and read all these terrible reviews, probably from people that think that Die Hard is the pinnacle of intelligent film making. Calling it Lynchian would be unfair to the film maker - only David Lynch is allowed to be Lynchian, anyone else getting that description is usually a pile of crap! Having said that there were definite Lynch moments, although more often than not it reminded me very much of Luis Buñuel more than anyone.
The main thing i found interesting about this was the editing and the way it wafted in between characters / scenarios / continents with the help of a little light classical. These tricks have occasionally been done before, but like i said, not so much since the days of surrealism. They were certainly refreshing for a modern flick, and were effective and occasionally disturbing.
To all the people who talked this interesting film down - there is more than one way to tell a story, it doesn't always have to be literal, and i guess that you're perhaps too stupid to appreciate something more impressionistic? Good luck with the next intallment of Harry Potter.
And thanks to the film maker, can't wait for your next one, or the one after - am fairly sure you have at least one masterpiece in you, maybe more.
That was bobbins
very disappointed with this, in fact after about 5 episodes i gave up, but then finished watching the series merely because i felt i had to, otherwise i would have wasted 5 hours of my life! The plot line was complicated in a not fun way and also full of holes, the acting was generally poor, (especially John Simms terrible American accent, and everything he said with it), the direction was shabby, the tension was non-existent after you found out what was supposed to be happening, Jihn Simms characters "journey" was not very convincing, and it was basically just poor all around. Plenty of genuinely intelligent and original sci-fi and horror without having to resort to this cod-mysticism.
The Honourable Woman (2014)
Amazing Amazing Amazing
So far am loving this every bit as much as The Shadow Line, which I've watched in it's entirety 3 times. Incredible, incredible, INCREDIBLE script, fantastic direction, atmospheric as all hell, great soundtrack, wonderful and nuanced performances from everyone on screen, and multi layered and complex storytelling. The plonker that called this "timed propaganda" above is, to put it kindly, a bit simple. There is nothing here that could look like Israeli props, in fact the only Israeli that has appeared in this so far was a horrible tosspot that attempted to bring "thousands of years of history" into it, which actually from a certain perspective would be labeled as anti-Semitic writing, and the plot so far certainly doesn't particularly paint any of the characters as good or bad guys. I think mr. Blick is as brave as you like trying to do a take on such a complex issue, and doing it with the sensitivity and intelligence that it requires.
Can't wait for episode 3 already.