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    Watching 'An Honourable Woman'. Stunning performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal but grim stuff. Plot does not quite work for me. I don't quite get Atika's motivation, for example.

    Stephen Rea seems to have reinvented himself as a world-weary schemer.

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    Happy! is now on Netflix, so worth a look.

    Also, the legend of Monkey really is irrepressible, with 'The New Legends of Monkey' also available on Netflix. No egg or mountain top though (yet) which was a little disappointing.

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    I can't quite bring myself to watch this Monkey reboot (is that what it's going for, or is it just another telling of Journey to the West?). If it doesn't have the music and the narration and the sound effects and hammy acting and the random gender swapping, it's just not the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginger Yellow View Post
    I can't quite bring myself to watch this Monkey reboot (is that what it's going for, or is it just another telling of Journey to the West?). If it doesn't have the music and the narration and the sound effects and hammy acting and the random gender swapping, it's just not the same.
    I think they've gone for parody reboot. It is missing the music from the original's opening title, but it is referenced in an early episode. There is hammy acting aplenty, and random gender swapping, and enough references to the original to keep it reasonably entertaining.

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    Went to see “Redoubtable” - Hazanavicious’ adaptation of Anne Wiazemsky’s memoir of her brief marriage to Jean-Luc Godard. French friends told me I’d both love and hate it (I did a PhD on Godard & 68).
    I really enjoyed it and expected the neglect of the politics so didn’t hate that, as they probably imagined.
    It’s a very clever homage/parody to the best of his 60s films; it’s very funny at his expense and it vindicates my PhD thesis completely- so what’s not to like?!
    Since there were only 8 people at its 1st evening screening, I think I’m in a very specific venn diagramme for this one.
    But if you like early Godard, do see it.

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    Hinterland is dark stuff. I thought it was going to be similar to Shetland but it is more like Wallander/Swedish noir or The Tunnel. Lead detectives with lots of demons are a common Netflix staple but this holds its own among them.

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    Hinterland is very goiod. It's also excellent in its Welsh language format - Y Gwyll. I use it to keep my language skills up

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    Is Shetland any good? I’ve tended to stay clear of Scandi noir and the Brit knock-offs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lang Spoon View Post
    Is Shetland any good? I’ve tended to stay clear of Scandi noir and the Brit knock-offs.
    I love Shetland. it's half police-procedural, half advert for the Shetlands.

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    Has anyone seen Atlanta? Season 2 finished in the US on Thursday and I think I'm almost at the point where I can call it a masterpiece. It's not a comedy anymore, if it ever was, but it never fails to shake your core.

    It's coming to BBC2 tomorrow.

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    Season 2, no. But I loved Season 1. The episode with Glover trying to get paid in the club was sublime.

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    Yes Atlanta is something special. I was going to flag up the s2 episode concerning the recluse in the mansion and the piano with the coloured keys. One of the eeriest half-hours I've seen in some time.

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    Shetland is a visual pleasure, makes me want to spend some time in the Scottish islands...

    Hinterland is superior stuff. The sound design is sublime, there was an excellent article about it in Another Escape or Ernest well worth reading. The use of the Welsh landscape is also a big plus.

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    Apparently Shetland is mostly filmed in Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, a matter of miles from the Glasgow indoor shot studios, as with Trainspotting, where almost all the interior and most of the exterior shots outside the likes of Princes St were filmed West Side. Think they looked for suitably bleak treeless vistas on the Clyde estuary, only a few establishing shots (eg Ferries or whatever or distance shots of the archipelago etc) were actually filmed in the Far North.

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    Was a Suzi Quattro lookalike really chief physician to the Sun King? Versailles really is a bit shite. Chevalier like a full size fabulous Tyrion.

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    Louis XIV ooks like a puffy James McAvoy.
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    Crossed with Tobey Maguire. And Rhys Meyers. A terrible disease.
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    No wigs on anyone, that’s a fox paw straight away no?. All that lovely hair would hae been lice ridden back in the late 17th cent. Shaven heids and a half ton of wig on bonce laddie or lassie surely. Or lead painted ladies. No one looking white like the the white of the last wsc reboot. All healthy skin heaving bosoms. Very raw on the violence/raunchy wench scale for summat on bbc1.
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    "Safe" is crap. Avoid.

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    Thanks. I did wonder.

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    I'm enjoying series 4 of Gotham, having just about worked out what happened during the series when it disappeared to Netflix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
    "Safe" is crap. Avoid.
    Indeed. Formulaic tosh with plenty of overacting & a score that tries to turn the drama up to 11 but instead ends up driving you mad. Gave up midway through episode 2.

    With the wife away a couple of days I thought I’d give the BBC’s 4-parter The City and The City a go. Having read and liked China Mieville’s book a few years back, I found this a let down too.

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    It would have been fine if they hadn't felt the need to to insert the wife character and motivation. So hamfisted.

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