niallon – National Anthem

Yes I forgot to do a write up on ‘Zombie’ (and ‘The Funeral’ come to think of it) and yes we’re back to solo videos this week. I can be consistent in my inconsistency though, haven’t you heard? Continue reading niallon – National Anthem

The Goggle Box – Was True Detective “Saved” At The Death?

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Full spoilers for True Detective Season 2 below

Don’t ignore the quotation marks; I for one don’t think this season of True Detective needed saving. Sure, it was nowhere near the first as regards quality but that’s always going to be the case said first season turns out to be an absolute tour de force that threatens to shake up the very mold of anthology television. There’s another core issue with Season 2 – audiences were blown away by the performance of Matthew McConaughey in particular and his partnership with Woody Harrelson was just a privilege to watch. Creator Nic Pizzolatto had a huge hill to climb then and that he even had the balls to go for a follow up season was an achievement. Continue reading The Goggle Box – Was True Detective “Saved” At The Death?

Ant-Man Review

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I doubt we’ll ever find ourselves saying it’s been a bad year for Marvel Studios but with Avengers – Age Of Ultron coming in to less than stellar reviews (including from yours truly) and then Jurassic World absolutely dominating the box office and breaking all records, it’s safe to say that 2015 won’t be seen as a roaring success. Pity then that Ant-Man seems to have flown quite far below many radars. It’s not perfect but it certainly sits in the upper echelon of the studio’s output. Continue reading Ant-Man Review

Live In Concert – The Gaslight Anthem, Olympia Theatre, 2010

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Back in 09 a buddy pointed out a band to me in Rolling Stone. They were from New Jersey, they played in a punk rock fashion and one of their songs directly lifted/referenced Bruce Springsteen lyrics. ‘Nuff said, I was interested. What followed from there was me well and truly developing an obsession with Gaslight that has remained solid to today, and with them playing here in a few months what better time than now to look back at when I first saw them.

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Friday Full House 17/04/15

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What a week! Well no, not really. Irish Water, those guys again, sent bills to some, not to others, sent some more bills to those who already received them, billed some hundreds, billed others €1.42. Why? All so Ruth Kopparberg and co couldn’t go burning them or binning them or whatever waste of time their getting up to these days. Has the country got this boring that this is all we can make a fuss over? Hell no, that’s why we wrote about this instead:

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The Goggle Box – Saul, Is That You?

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Full spoilers for Better Call Saul Season 1 below

Better Call Saul S01E10 – Marco

It was never going to be a foot race to the finish line; Jimmy wasn’t going to magically throw on a purple suit and become Saul Goodman in the closing scenes of this closing episode. I’m not going to pretend I’m one of those people who was aware of this from the offset and so I can sympathise with some who found themselves underwhelmed by Marco. It’s maybe a little poetic that Breaking Bad was cut short by two episodes thanks to the writer’s strike and now Better Call Saul in its freshman season seems to have finished on a comma.

Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about the closing scene of this episode. Like I said, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould were never going to have the Saul transformation be complete by the end of the first series and then spend the next four or five years showing us the various hilarious cases Saul took on pre-Heisenberg yet that last moment between Jimmy and Mike seemed both perfect and wrong all at once. It let us know as viewers that this was indeed the definition of a pilot season, an origin story if you will, but a small part of it was “See? See? This, this is where he decided to become Saul!”. It just bordered on a level of bluntness that this writing stable has always kept away from.

Let’s do a quick about face here though because things are getting negative and they shouldn’t be. This was the best first season of television ever seen from any show. Sure it had the advantage of being spun off from a small screen phenomenon but there was anything but a guarantee that this would work. Since watching Marco I’ve been debating whether or not BCS is intrinsically and solidly a prequel show that couldn’t work in any other way. There’s obvious reasons why this series would fall flat if this were the first time we were being introduced to this universe and these characters but realistically, with few tweaks, this could be and is its own show. That is the measure by which it will now be judged as we await Season 2 and pray to not get a sophomore slump. As if that were even possible.

Better Call Saul Season 1 is now available on Netflix in its entirety.

Just some quick news for The Goggle Box, the list ahead for coverage looks something like this:

Daredevil will be available in full on Netflix April 10th.

Game Of Thrones Season 5 premieres Monday April 13th on Sky Atlantic.

Community Season 6 reviews will start next week with Episode 6 (because somebody didn’t realise it has been airing on Sony, my bad).

Also looking a little further down the line, The Walking Dead spin off Fear The Walking Dead will premiere this summer, as will Season 3 of the delectable Hannibal. Also keep an eye out for some full season reviews of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Marvel : Agents Of Shield, Peaky Blinders, Constantine, Supernatural and more as we play summer catch up.

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Flicks On Flix – Go

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Now this, this is well and truly an unfairly forgotten film. Not exactly a box office smash on release, Go is a fantastically well put together title from screenwriter John August and director Doug Liman. That’s right, remember him? Doug Liman who can’t decide if he wants to be the director of excellent action fare like Edge Of Tomorrow or The Bourne Identity or mindless drivel like Jumper or Mr & Mrs Smith. Before all of that though he exploded on the scene with Swingers and to me, peaked with this gem. Continue reading Flicks On Flix – Go