Delocated

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Delocated, one of the best comedy series of recent years, came to an end last Sunday with a one off series finale. The closing episode ‘The Frrt Identity’ brought the show to an appropriately poignant finish, although I won’t say anything more than that as you can now view the episode on the adult swim site. Needless to say it managed to accentuate everything that was great about the show from day one as it weaves wonderfully nonsensical daftness into a satire of reality TV which manages to avoid being overbearing or condescending. The fact that it does both of these things with a lead character as potentially unlikable as they come only makes it twice as impressive. 

Bob’s Burgers (S3, E08)

The Archer/Bob’s Burgers crossover was pretty amazing.  The Archer/Bob’s Burgers crossover was pretty amazing.  The Archer/Bob’s Burgers crossover was pretty amazing.  The Archer/Bob’s Burgers crossover was pretty amazing.  The Archer/Bob’s Burgers crossover was pretty amazing.  The Archer/Bob’s Burgers crossover was pretty amazing. 

The Archer/Bob’s Burgers crossover was pretty amazing. 

Berberian Sound Studio (2012, Peter Strickland)
Here is 4 pictures of Toby Jones’ perturbed face… Berberian Sound Studio (2012, Peter Strickland)
Here is 4 pictures of Toby Jones’ perturbed face… Berberian Sound Studio (2012, Peter Strickland)
Here is 4 pictures of Toby Jones’ perturbed face… Berberian Sound Studio (2012, Peter Strickland)
Here is 4 pictures of Toby Jones’ perturbed face…

Berberian Sound Studio (2012, Peter Strickland)

Here is 4 pictures of Toby Jones’ perturbed face…

Films of 2012
These are my favourite films of the year gone by, listed in no particular order (click the image for details). It was a pretty great year overall, and there are a bunch more that I could have had in this list on another day. I should acknowledge that a couple of films are notable in their absence - but I have not yet managed to see The Master or Amour (and it is tearing me apart Lisa!). I found Moonrise Kingdom a little too sickly at points, despite it ‘looking’ great, and some of the big blockbusters Dark Knight, Looper and Prometheus were awesome but ultimately quite flawed as well. On to 2013! Films of 2012
These are my favourite films of the year gone by, listed in no particular order (click the image for details). It was a pretty great year overall, and there are a bunch more that I could have had in this list on another day. I should acknowledge that a couple of films are notable in their absence - but I have not yet managed to see The Master or Amour (and it is tearing me apart Lisa!). I found Moonrise Kingdom a little too sickly at points, despite it ‘looking’ great, and some of the big blockbusters Dark Knight, Looper and Prometheus were awesome but ultimately quite flawed as well. On to 2013! Films of 2012
These are my favourite films of the year gone by, listed in no particular order (click the image for details). It was a pretty great year overall, and there are a bunch more that I could have had in this list on another day. I should acknowledge that a couple of films are notable in their absence - but I have not yet managed to see The Master or Amour (and it is tearing me apart Lisa!). I found Moonrise Kingdom a little too sickly at points, despite it ‘looking’ great, and some of the big blockbusters Dark Knight, Looper and Prometheus were awesome but ultimately quite flawed as well. On to 2013! Films of 2012
These are my favourite films of the year gone by, listed in no particular order (click the image for details). It was a pretty great year overall, and there are a bunch more that I could have had in this list on another day. I should acknowledge that a couple of films are notable in their absence - but I have not yet managed to see The Master or Amour (and it is tearing me apart Lisa!). I found Moonrise Kingdom a little too sickly at points, despite it ‘looking’ great, and some of the big blockbusters Dark Knight, Looper and Prometheus were awesome but ultimately quite flawed as well. On to 2013! Films of 2012
These are my favourite films of the year gone by, listed in no particular order (click the image for details). It was a pretty great year overall, and there are a bunch more that I could have had in this list on another day. I should acknowledge that a couple of films are notable in their absence - but I have not yet managed to see The Master or Amour (and it is tearing me apart Lisa!). I found Moonrise Kingdom a little too sickly at points, despite it ‘looking’ great, and some of the big blockbusters Dark Knight, Looper and Prometheus were awesome but ultimately quite flawed as well. On to 2013! Films of 2012
These are my favourite films of the year gone by, listed in no particular order (click the image for details). It was a pretty great year overall, and there are a bunch more that I could have had in this list on another day. I should acknowledge that a couple of films are notable in their absence - but I have not yet managed to see The Master or Amour (and it is tearing me apart Lisa!). I found Moonrise Kingdom a little too sickly at points, despite it ‘looking’ great, and some of the big blockbusters Dark Knight, Looper and Prometheus were awesome but ultimately quite flawed as well. On to 2013! Films of 2012
These are my favourite films of the year gone by, listed in no particular order (click the image for details). It was a pretty great year overall, and there are a bunch more that I could have had in this list on another day. I should acknowledge that a couple of films are notable in their absence - but I have not yet managed to see The Master or Amour (and it is tearing me apart Lisa!). I found Moonrise Kingdom a little too sickly at points, despite it ‘looking’ great, and some of the big blockbusters Dark Knight, Looper and Prometheus were awesome but ultimately quite flawed as well. On to 2013! Films of 2012
These are my favourite films of the year gone by, listed in no particular order (click the image for details). It was a pretty great year overall, and there are a bunch more that I could have had in this list on another day. I should acknowledge that a couple of films are notable in their absence - but I have not yet managed to see The Master or Amour (and it is tearing me apart Lisa!). I found Moonrise Kingdom a little too sickly at points, despite it ‘looking’ great, and some of the big blockbusters Dark Knight, Looper and Prometheus were awesome but ultimately quite flawed as well. On to 2013! Films of 2012
These are my favourite films of the year gone by, listed in no particular order (click the image for details). It was a pretty great year overall, and there are a bunch more that I could have had in this list on another day. I should acknowledge that a couple of films are notable in their absence - but I have not yet managed to see The Master or Amour (and it is tearing me apart Lisa!). I found Moonrise Kingdom a little too sickly at points, despite it ‘looking’ great, and some of the big blockbusters Dark Knight, Looper and Prometheus were awesome but ultimately quite flawed as well. On to 2013! Films of 2012
These are my favourite films of the year gone by, listed in no particular order (click the image for details). It was a pretty great year overall, and there are a bunch more that I could have had in this list on another day. I should acknowledge that a couple of films are notable in their absence - but I have not yet managed to see The Master or Amour (and it is tearing me apart Lisa!). I found Moonrise Kingdom a little too sickly at points, despite it ‘looking’ great, and some of the big blockbusters Dark Knight, Looper and Prometheus were awesome but ultimately quite flawed as well. On to 2013!

Films of 2012

These are my favourite films of the year gone by, listed in no particular order (click the image for details). It was a pretty great year overall, and there are a bunch more that I could have had in this list on another day. I should acknowledge that a couple of films are notable in their absence - but I have not yet managed to see The Master or Amour (and it is tearing me apart Lisa!). I found Moonrise Kingdom a little too sickly at points, despite it ‘looking’ great, and some of the big blockbusters Dark Knight, Looper and Prometheus were awesome but ultimately quite flawed as well. On to 2013!

Joey Quinn: Police Detective.

Sound It Out

"Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days. SOUND IT OUT is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England. A cultural haven in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, Sound It Out documents a place that is thriving against the odds and the local community that keeps it alive. Directed by Jeanie Finlay who grew up three miles from the shop. A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, the North and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives.”

An edited down version of this is available on BBC iPlayer for another 5 days (I believe the full feature is on Netflix), and I can’t recommend it strongly enough. A wonderfully charming exploration of the record store environment and the importance that music holds for people. 

This season of Dexter has been really great so far. The last few seasons were woeful because there were never any stakes, it was always clear that Dexter would overcome his antagonist and eliminate anyone who found him out or divert suspicion without giving it a second thought. Now that Deb is implicated the show is properly tackling the kind of morality issues that it should have been doing for years now head on. She’s asking all the right questions, almost acting on behalf of the audience’s conscience, and it’s exciting to see Dex back in a position which just maybe he won’t be able to wriggle out of; especially with such a bad ass opponent as Isaak. It seems like suddenly everything from the past six seasons did have consequences which could come back to haunt him anytime, and really like the season could go in a ton of different directions. I just hope the writers don’t get too comfortable with dragging up the past where it’s not needed. Especially as the final episode of this run is reportedly titled 'Surprise Motherfucker'.

Tig Notaro: Live

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better example of the transcendent capabilities of stand-up comedy as an art form. This is as raw, heartbreaking and yet, inexplicably, still hilarious as it gets. Tig Notaro’s recent and now notorious Largo show in which she discusses her cancer diagnosis really is essential listening for comedy fans. Read this blurb about it here and then purchase it here for only $5. Not only will you get to hear something really special but a portion of that 5 bucks goes to cancer research as well.

Sound of My Voice (2011)

#Minor Spoilers#

To begin with this film really annoyed me. It felt like a major cop out of an ending, which failed to bring together the countless loose ends it had gathered to construct tension (brilliantly, I should add). None of the already ambiguous parts added up to a convincing enough version of events, no matter which way they were framed. The more I thought about this though the more it makes perfect sense considering the subject matter. If you haven’t heard people fawning over it already, the film follows a journalist and his girlfriend who infiltrate a cult, whose leader claims to be from the future, with the intention of making a documentary. 

The list of questions which are left unanswered by the film is astounding. I could offer largely unsubstantiated theories about what it all means, and before the films most likely aim struck me that’s what I did. However the lack of answers offered seems to mirror the level of uncertainty which faces those getting involved with a cult, and which faces Peter & Lorna; It’s a case of going along with things without any real logical explanation, Like anything new, it will be impossible for your mind to digest” she tells them, or to risk opting out of the undeniable intrigue. The audience are placed in a similar position as the characters, where we are compelled to see things out in a bid to make sense of it all. Once I started thinking about the film in this way, the more I think it’s actually pretty clever.

That is purely from an analytic point of view, the more casual viewer’s fury is unlikely to subside in consideration of oppositional cinema theories. This is possibly the best way to consider it though, because it fails to offer any answers or even to point towards more likely scenarios. It reads to me like a satire/critique of contemporary thriller using Hollywood’s (or perhaps more popular independent cinema culture’s) own methods to expose the superficiality of the overly complex and often muddled narratives, imploring the audience to ‘think for themselves’, which have become common place in recent years. As if that ought to be a novel new exercise for them. This reading gives the film a much more layered quality, and in my opinion makes it far more worthwhile. That’s my take on it anyway, you might argue I’m offering too much credit to the films failures or over analysing the purpose of its ambiguity, but the competence of the set up makes it hard to believe it just doesn’t make any sense.

bite-the-heads-off-the-rats:

Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay) 1999
bite-the-heads-off-the-rats:

Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay) 1999
bite-the-heads-off-the-rats:

Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay) 1999
bite-the-heads-off-the-rats:

Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay) 1999
bite-the-heads-off-the-rats:

Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay) 1999
bite-the-heads-off-the-rats:

Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay) 1999

Just done watching the latest episode of Louie. Much like the Ramon episode, it was intriguing but lacking any real laughs. This expression totally saved the day though.

Kill List (2011)

Trying to discuss Ben Wheatley’s latest Brit genre mash-up without spoilers is no easy task but it’s definitely worth attempting. Kill List begins as a fairly bleak kitchen sink drama set in the rural suburbia of South Yorkshire, where Jay and Shel’s marriage is cracking under the strain of financial woes and parenthood. Following an explosive dinner party argument we discover that Jay is a hitman who has been out of the game for 8 months following a, never actually explained, incident on a Kiev based job gone awry. His partner and best buddy Gal gives him the classic one last job proposal; three names then out. Who could resist?

As Jay and Gal set off on their ‘business trip’ the film finds its feet as a darkly humorous and sporadically violent hitman thriller with added parts hard-man bromance. Wheatley’s exploration of the bland minutia of the mission (waiting in hotel rooms, watching targets routines etc.) along with the earlier domesticity brings us close to the characters and spells out that rather than cold and calculating killers they’re two quite ordinary blokes. This grounding is vital for the final third of the movie, which provides one of the most surprising twists in recent movie history (and to say that isn’t even spoiling it really because it’s so minimally foreshadowed that you probably still won’t see it coming).

Detachment, Tony Kaye (2011)

Detachment (2011)

Director: Tony Kaye