Saturday, 28 November 2015

State of the Blog - shifting priorities

Hello, readers! A lot of my focus and energy is going into editing and writing for Frame Rated right now. To be honest, in an ideal world it's going to stay that way as FR grows and finds its own audience. I still have no intention of consigning DMD to the waste bin of cyber-history, don't worry, but you're going to have to be patient when it comes to new material.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.8 - 'International Assassin'

Wednesday's link to my review of THE LEFTOVERS at Frame Rated is here, and it's another top-quality episode. If you're not watching this HBO drama (perhaps because you were put off by the relentlessly dour first season?), do yourself a favour and power through to season 2. It's amazing. Anyone watching here? Leave a comment over at Frame Rated; I'd love to hear your thoughts and theories!
I don't think anybody expected The Leftovers to kill its protagonist, Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), last week—after he drank poison at the behest of a numinous old man who promptly blew his own brains out with a revolver. It was a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, and "International Assassin" follows it with this show’s most audacious episode; one fans will be analysing, interpreting, and theorising about for a long time. Continue reading...

Monday, 23 November 2015

TV Picks: 23-29 November 2015 • Blindspot • Capital • The Supervet • Suspects • Tomorrow's Food

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...

Sunday, 22 November 2015

DOCTOR WHO, 9.10 – 'Face the Raven'


Series 9's three-part finale begins with Sarah Dollard's "Face the Raven", which reminded me a great deal of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley with its depiction of so-called 'trap streets'—places hidden from ordinary sight, shielded from perception, populated by alien refugees. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) found themselves drawn into one, after responding to an emergency call by their mutual friend Rigsy (Joivan Wade) from last year's "Flatline". Rigsy's suffering from short-term amnesia and has found a tattoo of a three-digit number on the back of his neck (shades of Blindspot), which is bizarrely counting down to zero. Can The Doctor and Clara solve the mystery of Rigsy's missing time and find the reason for his body ink, before it's too late?

Saturday, 21 November 2015

HEROES REBORN, episode 10 - '11:53 to Odessa'

My weekly vidcap'd recap'd coverage of HEROES REBORN continues with episode 10, "11:53 to Odessa"...

Friday, 20 November 2015

Why is HD still being treated like a premium format?

Warning: geeky rant ahead, featuring techie lingo and acronyms, so proceed at own risk of confusion and boredom.

High definition (HD) broadcasts began in the UK back in 2006, almost 10 years ago. The next-generation Ultra HD/4K television sets are now in shops. Sony and Twentieth Century Fox have committed to supporting 4K Ultra-HD Blu-Ray from next year, despite everyone saying video-on-demand has killed physical media. Netflix and Amazon Prime are already streaming 4K content to subscribers (for free in the latter's case)...


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.7 - 'A Most Powerful Adversary'

As usual, Wednesday means a link to my weekly review of THE LEFTOVERS at Frame Rated, with a look at the incredible "A Most Powerful Adversary"...
"A lot of The Leftovers is about ordinary people seeking explanations for extraordinary events, and the push-and-pull over accepting outlandish theories that fly in the face of common sense. These concerns usually play out with the show's big picture issue of 2% of the world's population vanishing, and how such an irrational event has completely upended everyone's beliefs. "A Most Powerful Adversary" tackles the same kind of idea, but with a narrower focus on Kevin (Justin Theroux) seeing the deceased Patti Levin (Ann Dowd) and struggling to reconcile this fact: is she a delusion invented by his own diseased mind, or a real paranormal occurrence that suggests he's special or cursed?" Continue reading...

Monday, 16 November 2015

TV Picks: 16-22 November 2015 • Elementary • Into the Badlands • Jessica Jones • Toast of London

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...

Sunday, 15 November 2015

ASH vs. EVIL DEAD, 1.3 – 'Books from Beyond'


Three weeks into Ash vs. Evil Dead and there's definitely a pattern emerging: Ash (Bruce Campbell), Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana Delorenzo) travel to various places in an attempt to undo the Necronomicon's spell, and each half-hour crescendos with a big set-piece in that location involving the slaying of a monster.

DOCTOR WHO, 9.9 – 'Sleep No More'


I appreciate episodes of Doctor Who that do something different, even if the experimental nature isn't particularly unique in its genre. The 'found footage' idea isn't new and is rather overplayed right now in cinemas (thanks especially to the Paranormal Activity movies), and that didn't really help "Sleep No More". Of course, it's still intriguing to see what a show like Doctor Who could do with the format, but Mark Gatiss's script just felt half-baked. I wouldn't be surprised if it was intended to be another two-parter, but got reduced in scale and Gatiss had to lose a lot of material.