Monday, 3 August 2015

TV Picks: 3-9 August 2015 • Casanova • The Great British Bake Off • Keep it in the Family • New Tricks • Sneaky Pete


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

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Frame Rated: GHOSTBUSTERS - I Ain't Afraid of No Girls


Over at Frame Rated last Friday, I wrote a feature about the negative and sexist reaction to Paul Feig's all-female GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, arguing it's a knee-jerk reaction to longterm fans not getting what they want.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

HANNIBAL, 3.9 – 'And the Woman Clothed With the Sun...'


★★★☆

Just to remind readers, this review is scheduled alongside the Thursday night broadcast in Canada. This episode airs tonight in the U.S, and Wednesday in the UK, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers...

Friday, 31 July 2015

FRAME RATED: w/e 31 July 2015


Below are the past seven day's posts from FRAME RATED, the new website I'm editing and writing for. I hope more of you have bookmarked the site now, remember to visit daily, and have kindly followed our Twitter so you don't miss any updates. Or subscribe to the RSS feed, of course.
Disasterpiece: WATERWORLD, by Dan Owen.
SOUTHPAW, by Jack Murray.
TRUE DETECTIVE, 2.6 - 'Church in Ruins', by Jack Murray.
HUMANS - series one, episode seven, by Alex Mullane.
HANNIBAL, 3.8 - 'The Great Red Dragon', by Andrew Bemis.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

ANGEL, 3.22 - 'Tomorrow' • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.21-22 - 'Two to Go' & 'Grave'

LILAH: Mind if I join you?
WESLEY: On many levels and with great intensity.
The big finale of Angel season 3, "TOMORROW", offered an enjoyable viewing experience, blessed by a fantastic cliffhanger that must have played like gangbusters back in 2002 (as there's subsequently been dozens of supernatural shows that've played with the idea of punishing a vampire with eternal incarceration rather than death). That Angel's (David Boreanaz) particular comeuppance came at the hand of his own son, Connor (Vincent Kartheiser), who found it easier to jump to conclusions about his adopted father's suspicious death, added a welcome dose of familial tragedy, too. You really felt for Angel when he was begging his brainwashed son to listen to his side of the story, as his coffin was being sealed and about to be tipped off the back of a boat into anonymous dark waters. It was a memorable and heartrending image to end on.

Monday, 27 July 2015

TV Picks: 27 July – 2 August 2015 • Flockstars • Hello Campers • Life in Squares • Parks and Recreation • Ripper Street • Tut • Would I Lie To You?


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

Sunday, 26 July 2015

I'm watching: EXTANT • HALT & CATCH FIRE • HANNIBAL • HUMANS • JS&MN • MR ROBOT • THE STRAIN • TRUE DETECTIVE • WAYWARD PINES

Familiar preamble by now: I'm still watching lots of television every week, but have less time and inclination to blog about it all. Therefore, occasionally I like to offer brief thoughts on some of the shows I've made a weekly appointment to watch. Maybe you'll enjoy reading? Onwards!


Extant – Season 2 (CBS/Amazon Prime)
Look, I wasn't a huge fan of season 1, but sometimes you watch silly things in the summer. It's a symptom of heat stress. Extant looks gorgeous in 1080p on Amazon and is frankly of the few reasons I can justify paying for their Prime service. But I'm probably going to give up soon, because this is clearly yet another U.S series that doesn't warrant going beyond a single season. This year has Molly (Halle Berry) becoming more crazy-eyed cop than problem-solving astronaut (who's suddenly a gifted marksman!), and I'm less interested in her reshaping because it's so clichéd. Ditching sensible Goran Visnjic for swaggering Jeffrey Dean Morgan was a good move, though. David Morrissey doing his American Accent© in a clichéd military tough-guy role, and the ridiculousness of scientists designing the government a robot warrior who resembles, um, a beautiful catwalk model... less so.
★☆☆☆☆

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Frame Rated: Disasterpiece - WATERWORLD


Over at Frame Rated yesterday: the aquatic post-apocalypse film WATERWORLD turns 20 this week, so I took a look back at this 1995 summer movie, starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper and Jeanne Tripplehorn.
Waterworld still evokes feelings of cinematic misfortune, two decades after the post-apocalyptic action film's summer release, but time’s been kind to this 1995 'flopbuster'. Indeed, despite its dismal reputation (earning itself nicknames like 'Fishtar' and 'Kevin’s Gate', alluding to fiascos Ishtar and Heaven’s Gate), there are much bigger financial and creative disasters. Continue reading...

HANNIBAL, 3.8 – 'The Great Red Dragon'


★★★☆

Just to remind readers, this review is scheduled alongside the Thursday night broadcast in Canada. This episode airs tonight in the U.S and Wednesday in the UK, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers...

Friday, 24 July 2015

FRAME RATED (17 - 24 Jul 15)


Below are the week's posts from FRAME RATED, the new entertainment site I'm editing and writing for. If you've noticed a downturn in content at DMD, part of that's down to my efforts being diverted that way. I hope many of you have bookmarked the site, visit daily, and have followed our Twitter for the latest updates. Or the RSS feed, of course.
ANT-MAN, by Simon Cocks.
Retrospective: CLUELESS (1995), by Josh Winning.
TRUE DETECTIVE, 2.5 - 'Other Lives', by Sarah Hughes.
HUMANS - series one, episode six, by Alex Mullane.
HANNIBAL, 3.7 - 'Digestivo', by Andrew Bemis.
INSIDE OUT, by Sarah Hughes.