Oh yes, he’s back. I kinda gave up on TV reviews a little, mainly because I was unable to keep current with episodes as they aired, but The Walking Dead has always had an exception made in that field. Mostly this is because I am still an avid reader of the comic series and I regularly watch it every week with one of my friends who is not so aside from the show, I get a great joy out of watching her reactions to moments from the comic as they unfold and indeed getting caught out myself as the show “remixes” some key moments. It doesn’t hurt either that since Scott Gimple took over as showrunner on Season 4, the quality has been escalating consistently. That is, until, the last two or three episodes of Season 6. Or is it? It’s a really weird one being honest because in the 16 hours or so since I watched the finale my opinion on it has been bouncing back and forth and online I can mostly only see opinions coming in from fellow comic readers. So I’m deathly curious, show only watchers, what did you think of it? I make that statement now because I want to clarify, I may say some slightly mean things about the finale (as well as many SPOILERS too!) and I want it to be known that I’m mostly saying these things as someone who knows what’s coming next. Take that as you will but it is, in my opinion, an important factor to keep in mind. Let’s get started.
Spotlight is the film you don’t want to watch, but you know you need to. Much like our own home grown products like Song For A Raggy Boy and The Magdalene Laundries, this is a film that tackles a tough subject and tells a story that is difficult to hear. Personally, I was extremely keen to see the film and see how the issue is dealt with, whilst at the same time I was massively apprehensive about how I would feel come the closing credits. Suffice to say, I was right on the money and by the time the credits rolled I felt angry, betrayed, frightened and well and truly upset. This is exactly why you need to see this film. Continue reading Spotlight Review
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?
Full spoilers for Game Of Thrones and Hannibal below.
What a week in TV land it has been. Hannibal is back and brilliant as ever, but Game Of Thrones hit the now famous nine episode mark in its current season. Did it deliver? Was there a wedding? Is Stannis still the Mannis? Well…
If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later… or any of the Romero zombie films…do not watch Maggie. More specifically, if you like any of the listed titles for their zombie related goodness, this is not the film for you. Maggie is not a zombie film, and truthfully come the end of the film I couldn’t help but find it contrived that it had been written into the zombie sub genre at all. It is a drama, focused on the relationship between a young girl with a terminal illness, and how her father and stepmother react to these final precious days they have with her. And it’s good, but not great.
Continue reading Maggie Review
Full spoilers for Game Of Thrones below
Game Of Thrones S05E05 – Kill The Boy
Dragons! Winter! Theon! Ramsay! This week saw Game Of Thrones get a little closer to the territory this all started in. Damn it’s good to have Winterfell back, didn’t even know I’d missed it! That said its a little sad that a Tyrion and King’s Landing-lite episode is one of the best of the season so far but hey, characters have to move on and change. Continue reading The Goggle Box – Stone Mad
Full spoilers for Game Of Thrones and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt below
Game Of Thrones S05 E04 – “Sons Of The Harpy”
As someone who binged Seasons 1 – 3 of GoT I won’t profess to have the most patient mind when it comes to watching episodes week on week. I also have a bit of a mental block when it comes to the fantasy genre, this being my main exception due to the more grounded elements of the show thematically. All of that said, I have found Season 5 to date a little slow and bordering on boring. That is until “Sons Of The Harpy”. I hate to be that viewer who is only watching in anticipation of the next big wow factor moment but the finale of this week’s episode, along with some meaty moments preceding it, served for some great television and it now feels like Season 5 has kicked off in earnest. Continue reading The Goggle Box – Thrones Finds Its Footing
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
Full spoilers for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead follow.
Better Call Saul S01E09 – “Pimento“
I hate it when the internet is right. As mentioned last week, there is a hypothesis bouncing around that BCS can’t possibly have too much in the line of happy moments for Jimmy seeing as he has to be forced into becoming Saul Goodman come the end of the series, so the leather bound books and rich mahogany desk are not likely to be coming his way anytime soon. That his downfall would come at the hands of his brother Chuck though, woah. By last week it seemed Continue reading The Goggle Box – Saul’s Not Good, Man
Full spoilers below for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead
Better Call Saul S01E07 – “Bingo”
It can’t be said that BCS has stuttered with this week’s seventh episode but it is more than accurate to say that this was the quiet beginnings of the path to Saul. Jimmy was so close, ready to move out of the salon and into a swanky office of his own, which he was hoping wouldn’t hurt his chances with Kim too of course. This is likely the last time we will see Jimmy get this close to real, legit success and it was handled in a surprisingly tragic manner. With Jimmy’s quiet moment in the final scene of the episode we saw a similar “lowest ebb” from him as we did from Mike last week. With both characters reaching their lowest, may we get nothing but climbs from now on? Climbs that find them both settle comfortably in the middle tier of course. Continue reading The Goggle Box – Saul Slows Down As The Walking Dead Goes Gruesome