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September 13, 2016

Tangerine Dream does Stranger Things

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I love Netflix's Stranger Things, as loving a modern-day recreation of 80s movies and TV shows as you could ever hope to imagine. Even the title sequence is brilliantly 80s.

I love Tangerine Dream - after all they did write the themes for a whole bunch of great 80s movies, such as Legend and Risky Business, as well as one of the best ever TV themes, Street Hawk*.

So what could be better than Tangerine Dream - whose song 'Exit' actually features in Stranger Things - coming up with variations of Stranger Things' soundtrack, originally composed by a band called Survive (or S U R V I V E, if you prefer), who are big fans of Tangerine Dream? Nothing, that's what.

* It's available as 'Le Parc'

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September 13, 2016

News: Family Ties play; Kirstie Alley is a Scream Queen; still Still Open All Hours; + more

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September 12, 2016

What have you been watching? Including Atlanta, Narcos, The Last Ship and Mr Robot

Posted on September 12, 2016 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

It's "What have you been watching?", my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently that I haven't already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I've missed them.

The usual "TMINE recommends" page features links to reviews of all the shows I've ever recommended, and there's also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I've reviewed ever. 

I've been a bit slack over the past week. Work's been a bit crazy and season two of Narcos has been taking up a lot of my time. Never fear, though, as over the next few days, I should - fingers crossed - be reviewing a whole batch of new US shows, including Quarry, Better Things and Speechless. I might even pass a third-episode verdict on Four In The Morning, if I have the time.

After the jump, I'll be looking at the latest episodes of the regulars, Halt and Catch Fire, Mr Robot and You're The Worst, as well as the whole second season of Narcos and the season finale of The Last Ship. But before that, one show I had been planning to do a full review of last week but didn't get round to because it turned out not to be worth it was…

Atlanta (US: FX; UK: Fox UK - starts November)
Written by Donald Glover (Community, The Martian), Atlanta also stars Glover as the Princeton-drop out cousin of an Atlanta rapper (Brian Tyree Henry) who's just about to hit the big time. Glover has to use his big brain, as well as his connections, to get in on the deal as well as help Henry deal with the problems of the music biz, race, sex and more. 

I've seen various articles talking about how Glover has 'redefined comedy' with Atlanta and it's fair to say that he's redefined in that Atlanta is as much a drama as a comedy and there aren't many jokes. Of the jokes that Glover does give us, most of which he gives to himself and concern being the smartest guy in the room, with no one on his level to talk to ("Do you know where the word management comes from?" "Yes, it's from the Latin word manus, meaning hand" "Oh… Management really means…"). Otherwise, while it does offer an insider's view of life for the poorer members of society in Atlanta, it doesn't offer that much that's new - apparently, people will treat you differently if you're famous, for example. How insightful.

I wanted to like this, since Glover's great, and I had had high hopes for it, given Glover started out writing for 30 Rock, but my 100% dislike of all shows about the American music industry (eg Power, Empire, Vinyl, Nashville) continues to have a 100% strike rate thanks to Atlanta.

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