The Revenant: Review

When the Oscars nominations were announced at the end of last week while all the talk was about the relative exclusion of black actors and directors, the main ‘traditional’ story was the success for The Revenant.  With 12 nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Director and both male Acting awards, it’s clear that this was the Academy’s most all-round favourite film of the year. But for me, The Revenant was more about what it tried to do than what it actually showed to the viewer.  — Read more →

Narcos – Season 1: Review

It was gonna take something rather special to knock House of Cards off its’ perch as the top Netflix own show, but the debut season of Narcos definitely stakes a very strong claim to be the king of the castle with an explosive story that intrigues and delights in equal measure. Narcos tells the story of the godfather of drug kingpins, Pablo Escobar, and the efforts of the Colombian police, Government and the US DEA to catch him.  It follows a very Wire-esque feel of — Read more →

True Detective – Season 2: Review

Getting something right the second time around can be notoriously difficult.  When your first album, film or TV show is so good there’s an immense pressure to produce something that’s just as good but still something new so that you’re providing your fans with a different experience that’s in the same vein. True Detective might just be the quintessential example of a TV show that’s fallen victim of the second season syndrome. Following on from the gripping and phenomenally intense drama that Rust & Marty’s — Read more →

True Detective’s Silver Season

TV just doesn’t get much richer than what HBO are putting out at the moment, and the crème de la crème for me is True Detective.  It’s dark, it’s slow but it’s so, so good. Season 1 will go down as one of the all-time best seasons of TV there’s ever been.  Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson made the murder mystery genre all over again with their amazing performances as Rust Cohle and Marty Hart.  The entire season was steeped in drama, with the story — Read more →

They’ll Never Stop The Simpsons

For my generation, and perhaps even the one before, there is no show that became such a cultural monolith as The Simpsons.  Absolutely everyone knows about the show, almost everyone knows the characters from it and a good number of people know the ins-and-outs of the hundreds of episodes that have graced our screen. The thing with The Simpsons though, is that our image and our cultural appreciation of it comes almost solely from the first ten/twelve years of its’ long lifespan.  These were the — Read more →