Disclaimer: It should be noted that as part for the course regarding the rules of this feature (to watch at least 1 half season of a tv show, or a full feature film) I will be speaking specifically about the first season. While I had only initially intended on watching the first 6 or so episodes, I did manage to chew through the whole 13-episode arc with relative ease. Potential spoilers ensue, but I’ll keep them light.
Until last week I had never seen a single episode of HBO’s Six Feet Under. For one reason or another, the nine-time Emmy award-winning show has evaded me for reasons I can’t quite comprehend, and it’s not like it would have been difficult to get my hands on either. Perhaps there are still some adolescent genes kicking around in my system which react badly to people constantly telling me to do something — “Oh, you still haven’t seen Six Feet Under? You’ve got to see that. You must watch it. It’s totally your kind of thing. You’ll love it!” SCREW YOU, YOU DON’T KNOW ME!
Alas, they were right. I should have seen Six Feet Under before now. It is totally my kind of thing. And I love it.
Release Date: June 13, 2012 Certification: 12A Director: Adam Shankman Starring: Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand
Rock of Ages could do with a big fat disclaimer before each screening explaining that the 2005 musical was around long before Glee (and to a lesser extent, The Sopranos finale) ruined any good intentions Journey had with Don’t Stop Believin’. As both an unapologetic fan of musicals and Journey, I almost feel compelled to defend Rock of Ages from such associations from the word go.
Release Date: June 15, 2012 Certification: 15 Director: David Cronenberg Starring: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche
David Cronenberg’s latest is a curious offering. Based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name; a sort of contemporary Ulysses set in New York, Cosmopolis baffles as much as it intrigues. Also, judging by the mass exodus from my cinema screening, those expecting the usual Robert Pattinson fair will be in for a huge shock.
I managed to avoid anything discussing Simon Pegg’s new film, A Fantastic Fear of Everything and entered the cinema with only the memory of the poster and a basic notion of the plot: Jack (Simon Pegg) is a children’s fiction author who, after doing research for a book on Victorian serial killers, becomes paranoid about being murdered.
The narrative manages to be the weakest element of the film if only because it gets too jumbled up in what it wants to be. There is a good story in it, in fact there are a few of them, but together they make an average film. This jumbled mess seems to become a theme since its repeated in almost every element of the film.
The Angels’ Share is a Scottish film by director Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty set in Glasgow following a ragtag group of young offenders who meet through community payback. The protagonist, Robbie (Paul Brannigan) is in need of a change in lifestyle away from the thug background of Glasgow’s eastend to a quiet, respectable life with his young family. Just as Robbie is seen to struggle between his past and desired future, the film is a mix of brutality and comedy, a balance that is sometimes jarring but mostly works well to create a sense of realism.
The main cast is mostly unknown young actors, some of whom were young offenders in real life. In this respect, the film manages to act on its message of second chances through its casting and it appears to have worked well. The unknown faces allows the audience to more easily believe in the actors performance, and the more cringe-worthy dialogue and acting is likely intentional for the development of the different characters. However, there are moments in the film where the inexperience shows as a line might be delivered awkwardly or a little wooden but not more so than some of Hollywood’s finest.