Visual Parallels: Breaking Bad & Pulp Fiction
These are pretty great. Check out a few more here.
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.
The Archer/Bob’s Burgers crossover was pretty amazing.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012, Peter Strickland)
Here is 4 pictures of Toby Jones’ perturbed face…
I was very pleasantly surprised by Rubber being far more than it looked, and hopefully this new film from it’s director Quentin Dupieux will follow suit. Certainly an intriguing story and if nothing else Steve Little looks hilarious in the trailer anyway. This hits VOD on 1st February.
Alan Sepinwall has been one of the nation’s most famous television critics for several years, Sepinwall talked with The A.V. Club about six famous episodes of six of the shows featured in his new book The Revolution Was Televised.
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!
Upstream Color Teaser
Shane Carruth has finally got round to producing a follow-up to 2004’s much praised and utterly perplexing Primer. This teaser suggests that things will be no less confusing this time round either, as Upstream Color tells the story of “A man and woman drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives” - whatever that means I’m looking forward to it.
Joey Quinn: Police Detective.
The Pope Must Die (1991)
Watching this forgotten classic on TV. A remake is long overdue…
Reggie Watts is so great.
“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’.