Euro TV: The Fall Series 2

By gomez

The Fall made its much anticipated return to British TV screens last night. Although 18 months later, Series 2 picks up just 10 days after the events of Series 1. We find serial killer Paul Spector unable to stay away from Belfast and DSI Stella Gibson unable to leave.

As Series 1 progressed, the similarities between Spector and Gibson became more apparent as they were slowly drawn into the minds of one another. But the 18 month/10 day hiatus seems to have disrupted the connection between the two and so begins the slow-burn ultra noir drama that seems to fit perfectly with a British damp November evening.

I would strongly recommend this to fans of Gillian Anderson. I have nothing really to compare this with as I was never an X-filer, but she really is superb. And though he has much less screen time, as in the first series John Lynch as Gibson’s supervising officer plays his role almost flawlessly — an intriguing mix of authority, awkwardness, lust and cowardice.

I’m looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds.

Euro TV: Hinterland

The British appetite for Scandinavian noir obviously had TV producers looking around our fair isle to see where best to translate something like The Killing into a British setting. The answer was obvious: Wales, and not just Wales but deepest, windiest, craziest Wales. And so we have Hinterland or Y Gwyll if you prefer things in Welsh.

The first episode has all the necessary tropes: a grumpy detective transplanted from the city to remote Aberystwyth; a grisly murder; a creepy children’s home. Nothing remarkable really, but boy is it atmospheric, all Welsh bog and gloomy people. The truly remarkable thing is that the series was filmed twice, once in Welsh and once in English, the same actors delivering lines in both languages. The English language version ends up being bi-lingual anyway as befits this most Welsh corner of Wales.

Available on BBC and S4C in the UK and Netflix streaming in the US.

Spring Concerts: Augustana and Band of Skulls

Pretty much the only two reasons to be inside in the spring just happened in Salt Lake City the last couple of weeks. Augustana and Band of Skulls both showed up in town for much-needed reappearances. These are two of my favorite bands, as is readily apparent to anyone who has read much of my previous concert reviews, so I’ll spare you the repetition of why they are two of the greatest bands ever and just get straight to the facts: If you don’t go see these bands you are a moron. Continue reading

X-Men: Days Of Future Past Review

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So, I went to go see the new X-Men film the other day, and as is the expected course of events, I’m due to review it. But in the spirit of originality, I thought I’d make this review a little different. When I thought back to my tepid feelings towards this film upon entering, and my outright enthusiasm for it at exit, I realised that the old me was missing some vital appreciation of Wolverine and co.

I got hold of Ellen Page, who’s going by the name ‘Kitty Pryde’ of late. She agreed that by harnessing my regenerative genes, she could send me back in time to four weeks ago, thus allowing me to discuss the film with myself – to see how my pre and post opinions differ on the topic of Bryan Singer’s latest mutant mash-up. Savvy? Good. Here goes. [Cue Huey Lewis and The News]

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