Sunday, 11 July 2010


The Mentalist
2x21 18-5-4
Why, in dramas, are people's email addresses always something like "beastslayer646"? I don't know anyone that has [generic gamer name]+[random numbers] for their address -- and I don't believe the kind of people who have them in dramas would settle for that either.
[Watch it (again) on Demand Five.]

Part 3 Carol's Story [final episode]
Despite ITV's promotion claiming this final part follows the murdered mother, the title gives away the truth: it's actually the tale of the grown-up girl, part one's Carrie with the adult version of her name. Hard to say if that's marketing trying to cover something perceived as a twist, or just trying to liven up an otherwise unexemplary flashback structure with the idea that the final episode followed the deceased victim.
Still, the plot itself manages a couple of final reveals that subvert where it seemed to be leading you, although the ultimate culprits aren't that surprising really -- it's the kind of end that pulls of moderately unexpected twists without making them properly shocking or raising the level of the series above "good". Ho hum.

1x02 Episode 2
I'm not particularly a fan of Christians, but these 'iChristian' types must be the worst by a country mile.
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

this week on 100 Films

3 new reviews were posted to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...

Guess Who (2005)
The plot isn’t a direct copy of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, preferring to take the gist of the concept and a few of the story beats and surround them with a bunch of Funny Situations. I won’t bother you with details; suffice to say, the film does manage the odd laugh or smile. The ending is suitably lovey-dovey, sentimental, and, I think many would add, hogwash.

Insomnia (1997)
Watching this Norwegian original after having seen Christopher Nolan’s American version, it feels like someone watched the remake then was asked to retell it: it hits most of the main plot beats and memorable sequences, but seems to gloss past the nuances and character.

Pale Rider (1985)
Pale Rider is, in many ways, a pretty stock Western. The plot is likely to be familiar even to those who haven’t seen a great deal of the genre: in rides a mysterious stranger, sees injustice, climactic shoot-out, mysterious stranger rides into the sunset/from whence he came/forever on. Eastwood offers only one significant addition to this concept. The mysterious stranger is, on the one hand, a preacher — “surely a man of God is opposed to violence?”, etc. And on the other, is he even human?

More next Sunday.

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