You're the Worst

One of the freshmen comedies of the summer You're the Worst's dark but rooted humour has been a welcome change from the normally upbeat and unrealistic nature of sitcoms. Yes this comedy too was set in a world of extremes. Situations that generally wouldn't happen to normal people. However it was just that little bit darker in nature. This shouldn't be surprising seeing as it came from creator Stephen Falk who had a mentor in Jenji Kohan who is the creator of the popular but twisted shows Weeds and Orange is the New Black. The effect on his story telling is evident as the tension of holding back big moments is gone and replaced by real and raw situations. The show is based on 2 urbanites who end up together even though (as is a symptom of the age that ...

Living with spoilers

To those not in the know or rather who don't have a feed full of TV and movie related stuff, you might not have heard the great/terrible news that Netflix has created a site to torture those who hate spoilers with a passion and to make those who enjoy inflicting them cackle with glee at the power they now wield. The site is as you can guess called Living with Spoilers and looks like a way to educate people a little about them with 3 main sections: What kind of spoiler are you? Which Spoilers are in the public domain? Spoil yourself These are pretty self explanatory but I'll go through them. What kind of spoiler are you? This is a flow chart for people to identify what sort of spoiler they are. As part of the promotion for ...

So 20 years go way back when in 1994 - when I was a boy of no older than 5 - a show we all know and love ever so dearly that we people literally memorise the lines to it came out. I'm of course talking about Friends. It had a ten season run and became one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. Yet people forget there were other great shows that came out the same year that just don't (and probably won't ever) get the same recognition. Out of the literally dozens of shows that came out that year I've narrowed the list down to ones I actually watched as a boy of 5 so unsurprisingly there's a lot of cartoons. However these cartoons are so much better than what we get today and I have to ...

Tyrant

Just this weekend the latest show to crossover from the states premiered in the UK. I'm of course talking about Tyrant one of a minority of shows that are leading the vanguard for dramas that have a majority cast that are from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds. For as long as I have watched TV the only time I have really seen a majority black cast has been in a comedy. I'm talking about shows like Fresh Prince, My Wife and Kids, Everybody hates Chris, Family Matters, Sister Sister, The Steve Harvey Show, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Wayans Bros, Moesha and of course The Cosby show. That is up until a few years ago when shows like The Wire came out and then everyone started to question why there weren't more shows like this. Then everyone forgot ...

Chef

Chef is the creation of the multi-talented Jon Favreau that manages something in a film that I haven't seen in a while...magic. This might be down to the fact that I haven't watched a film in a while but nevertheless this film is truly something spectacular. More than anything else for me it represents a lesson in entrepreneurship. The film follows Favreau as Carl Casper, a talented and dynamic chef in LA who clashes with owner (Dustin Hoffman) over what should be served in the restaurant ultimately leading to a bad review from an influential food critic (Oliver Platt) as he backs down from the owner. This bad review acts as a catalyst for Carl and his journey to entrepreneurship begins as he tries to do his own thing first in his job (before quitting), finding his passion at ...

Houdini

I meant to do the second part of my focus on mini-series months ago but as always life got in the way. However the idea did not leave my mind so as before I will give myself an hour to tell you about a new mini-series that recently came out which many of you might not have heard of even though it features Adrien Brody as the man the two part mini-series is named after... Houdini The Houdini mini-series comes from the History channel is a dramatisation based on the life of Houdini the legendary magician/escape artist that mystified audiences and captured the collective conscience of the world. The mini-series is meant to be part biography and part dramatisation of the life that Harry Houdini (played by Adrien Brody) lived. The result however is more 60% drama and 40 ...