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Archive for November 11th, 2007

The Street – David Thewlis is pretty godlike

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The Street

I only watched the beginning of this because David Thewlis was in it. It was so good though, I pressed record at the end and made by better half watch it straightaway. Jimmy McGovern’s series is back, I never watched the first, but this opening episode was explosive. David Thewlis was subtle and let you step into Joe’s shoes, as a no-hoper who finally gets a break when his identical brother Harry chokes on a sweet. The whole hour is driven by suspense, will Harry die? Will Joe be found out? How could you let your kids think you were dead? How could you cope with only 22 people coming to your funeral? Like the best short story you’ve ever read. I’ve not seen Bronagh Gallagher (Mary, Joe’s widow), in anything since The Committments but she’s spitting fury here, almost stealing the show from Thewlis, they should both be BAFTA bound.

Written by Victoria

November 11, 2007 at 2:46 am

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The good and the bad

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The Tudors
Why am I still watching this? Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer), does look like a young Vivienne Leigh, but the acting’s still more Scarlett than Blanche and the dialogue is getting worse.
Even the subtitles are funny when they’re supposed to be serious. “My God!”
I’m still liking Sam Neill and Maria Doyle Kennedy though and I’ve waited this long for a beheading, so I can’t say “no more!” just yet.

Californication
I’ve just realised, I’ve not wanted to see two characters work it out so badly, for years.
Who wouldn’t want Hank (Duchovny) on their arm though? The dialogue is a little too smart and funny to be natural, but Duchovny’s so charming, you wouldn’t notice and I’m just a sucker for smart dialogue no matter how unnatural, things are just better in a world where everyone is quickly funny and unreserved. Californication feels 1990s in a good, grunge way that’s somehow comforting – no terrorism here folks, just an old fashioned love story in LA.

Written by Victoria

November 11, 2007 at 2:45 am

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