Marcella is an 8 part mystery series from Netflix starring Anna Friel as British police officer DS Marcella Backland. Overall it was excellent and I watched it with great interest, but there were many confusing aspects to the series. There are minor spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Marcella”
Unforgiven, the Unforgiven I’m talking about, is not a Western. It’s a 3 part drama from 2009 and the BBC starring Suranne Jones. I wandered into a conversation about it on Twitter with @gingesbecray and learned that not only does it star Suranne Jones – really all the recommendation a series needs – but it was written by Sally Wainwright. Continue reading “Review: Unforgiven”
Code 46 is a British film from 2003 starring Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton in a sci-fi love story set in the “near future.” It recently arrived on Amazon Video and the plot synopsis and trailer pulled me in. Continue reading “Review: Code 46”
[Recently I wrote that after such a long delay between season 3 and 4 of Last Tango in Halifax, I thought Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) might be ready to move on to a new relationship. The lesbian fan base I thought would respond to this idea did respond – they hated it! After several lengthy comments telling me why my idea that Kate (Nina Sosanya) could be replaced was wrongheaded, I asked one of the commenters to write a guest post explaining her position in detail. Meet guest writer Drea, who describes herself by saying, “I’m just an outspoken person who hates injustice in all of its forms and I refuse to be quiet about it.”
– Virginia] Continue reading “Guest Post: A Last Tango in Halifax Fan Speaks Out”
W1A is a British comedy from the BBC that makes fun of the BBC. I watched it because I knew Nina Sosanya was in it, and seeing her was worth it.
I don’t want to imply that the series isn’t worth watching, but I initially watched it because of her. After a couple of episodes, I was there for the duration.
The comedy has an excellent cast including Hugh Bonneville, Monica Dolan, Jessica Hynes, Sarah Parish, Hugh Skinner, Jason Watkins, Jonathan Bailey, and Ophelia Lovibond in addition to Nina Sosanya. David Tennant is the narrator, and often has the funniest and most inane lines.
The humor, and the irritation, come from the fact that only Hugh Bonneville, Nina Sosanya and Ophelia Lovibond ever have any sensible lines. The rest of the cast were given something to say and they simply say it over and over again for 8 episodes. One person says, “Yeah, no, yeah, cool,” over and over. One person says, “Brilliant,” over and over. Another says, “I’m not trying to be funny or anything, but . . . , ” over and over. Etc., etc., etc. And they say these lines all at the same time, one atop another.
Amid this cacophony of meaninglessness, the three sane members of the cast say the few intelligent things that ever get said. In spite of that, a story gets told and characters are revealed.
Like a Dilbert cartoon, W1A takes sharp aim and hits the target with every shot.I was amazed at the end that 1) a BBC comedy made such incompetent asses out of everyone at the BBC, and 2) a story emerged out of the frantic babble of W1A. Like a Dilbert cartoon, W1A takes sharp aim and hits the target with every shot.
Both seasons of W1A are currently available on Netflix.
The season 3 finale of Last Tango in Halifax takes place on Gillian (Nicola Walker) and Robbie’s (Dean Andrews) wedding day. The day is mainly a series of comic disasters overlaid with the faint aroma of horse shit.