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September 15, 2014

What have you been watching? Including Doctor Who, Really, Legends and You're The Worst

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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. And if you want to know when any of these shows are on in your area, there's Locate TV - they’ll even email you a weekly schedule.

Things are very slowly starting to hot up in terms of new programming this month, although as per usual, I’ve utterly ignored everything new on British TV, including Secrets and Chasing Shadows. Elsewhere, I've (p)reviewed the first episodes of:

On top of that, I gave another Amazon Pilot a quick whirl.

Really (Amazon Prime)
Ooh, a relationship comedy that tells you how it really is. Gosh, how exciting. I haven’t seen one of those since Married. Written, directed and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, the big difference here is that it’s set in Chicago, also stars Sarah Chalke and Selma Blair, and in common with virtually every other couples comedy, it also features Mr Ali Larter (aka Hayes MacArthur). Otherwise, about as funny as tooth extraction and as incisive as a cheap fortune cookie.

After the jump, the regulars: Legends, Doctor Who and You're The Worst.

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September 9, 2014

Doctor Who is a dick. Or a percentage of a dick, at least

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All the Doctors Who

A little while ago, I was having a discussion on Twitter* with @stu_n and @mpphilips about who should be cast as a female Doctor Who, should that ever be something under consideration. My suggestion of Mary Louise Parker did not go down well. This was on the general grounds that Mary Louise Parker 'is irritating'.

Everything is in the eye of the beholder, etc, but my counter to this point left my conversational partners stunned, I tell you. Stunned. Because I suggested that the Doctor is supposed to be irritating and casting Parker would at least be consistent on those grounds.

Are you stunned by this? Maybe you are. The Doctor is the hero of the piece, not even an anti-hero. He does good things. Surely he should be nice. Or not irritating, anyway.

However, I think it’s actually the case that Doctor Who is a dick, who does all kinds of dickish things but gets away with them because he’s the hero and occasionally has a companion who subverts his dickishness.

Now, he’s not all dick, clearly. In fact, I have a theory that each Doctor lies on a ‘dick-fey’ continuum, with the vast bulk of his personality from incarnation to incarnation being a mix of these two traits. And here’s a handy guide to exactly how much of a dick/fey he is with each incarnation, so you can see how right I am.

  1. Hartnell: Dick who becomes more fey
  2. Troughton: Fey with a hint of dick
  3. Pertwee: Dick
  4. T Baker: Huge dick
  5. Davison: Fey with a hint of dick
  6. C Baker: Colossal dick
  7. McCoy: Fey who becomes more dick
  8. McGann: Fey
  9. Hurt: Dick
  10. Eccleston: Huge dick
  11. Tennant: Dick
  12. Smith: Fey dick
  13. Capaldi: Ultra dick

You’ll note that Doctor number 8 – Paul McGann – is the only one who has no dickish qualities whatsoever and that’s probably because he had so little time on-screen that he never had the chance to display his innate dickishness**.

What do you think? Have I rocked your world? Am I massively off base? Is the Doctor actually all fluffy and lovely and extremely endearing?

* Obvious promotion of my Twitter account to suggest that fun and exciting conversations can be had if you follow me
** If you count audio and book adventures as well, then Doctor 8 is not only the longest running of all the Doctors but gets to show his innate dickishness on many, many occasions.

September 8, 2014

What have you been watching? Including Hand of God, Betas, Doctor Who, Legends and Lucy

Posted on September 8, 2014 | comments | 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. And if you want to know when any of these shows are on in your area, there's Locate TV - they’ll even email you a weekly schedule.

Thankfully, it's still all little quiet on the TV front at the moment, allowing me to combine blogging and work without killing myself. Perhaps too quiet though, because I've been forced to watch some of Amazon's TV pilots. I've already covered The Cosmopolitans elsewhere, but on top of that, I've watched two others:

Betas 
Take Silicon Valley. Remove the laughs, insight, dialogue and cast. Add a couple of female characters for ogling purposes. Voila. Now you have Betas. I'm not joking about this, BTW -- it's almost absolutely identical to Silicon Valley in concept, at least. It's just not good. Which is a charitable way of saying it's bad.

The Hand of God
A cross between Eli Stone and Boss, this sees corrupt judge Ron Perlman go a bit loopy, become convinced he's become the right hand of God in order to bring justice to his fair city and starts doing some very odd, usually nasty things indeed. Except perhaps he really has been sent by God, what with that speaking in tongues, the visions that turn out to be true and so on. 

Perlman's his usual reliable self (although not quite as good as Kelsey Grammer), Dana Delany is fab as his calculating wife, Andre Royo is a bit miscast as the city's mayor and Garret Dillahunt is downright scary (scarier even than when he was a Terminator) as Perlman's helper monkey. Unfortunately, despite its good qualities, it's about as enjoyable as Boss

I've also squeezed in a few movies.

About Time (2013)
Richard Curtis tries to do a heartwarming version of Four Weddings And A Funeral, with Domhnall Gleeson learning from dad Bill Nighy that he can travel back in time and fix moments in his past that have gone wrong - a talent he uses to try to woo Rachel McAdams. Largely a pale imitation of everything Curtis has done before, with all the same criticisms - minimal development of female characters, lack of diversity, everyone paralysingly rich and posh - plus a few others, it largely fails to shine until right at the end, which has some real tearjerking stuff. 

Lucy (2014)
In the first of my "Random Scarlett Johansson" double bill, this week, we start if with something that is in absolute terms quite weird, but compared to its companion movie, is only a little bit weird. Here we have Johansson is an ordinary woman who unwittingly ends up being forced into being a drugs mule, except when the drugs burst in her stomach, they actually turn her into a superhero who can use increasingly large percentages of her brain to change herself, others and even reality. Despite being billed as an action film and having Luc Besson directing, there's only minimal amounts of the movie devoted to fights and car chases, the majority instead being devoted to strange voiceovers, pictures of animals and more 'artiness' (or Luc Besson's attempt at artiness). You think you're going to get The Transporter; instead you get Altered States. Worth watching just to see Johansson hold her own and show she can now be relied on to be the star of a major movie that you might actually want to see. But if you're not into left field stuff, I'd probably give this one a miss. 

Under The Skin (2013)
An even weirder film from Scarlett Johansson in a somewhat loose adaptation of the novel of the same name. A mixture of the extremely naturalistic - Johansson actually drove a transit van around Glasgow with hidden cameras, interacting with members of the public - and the incredibly stylised, Under The Skin is a musing on a lot of things, including sexuality, what it means to be human and predation, with Johansson an alien who goes around picking up lone men to do something to them when she gets them back to her place, but who slowly starts to feel pity for the creatures she's hunting. Despite only minimal dialogue and plot, it's highly disturbing, with some superb cinematography and music design, and images will linger with you for a long time afterwards. With more than a few hints of The Man Who Fell To Earth, this is truly film as art rather than mere storytelling. It's not 100% successful by any means, but it is more than worth a watch. It's certainly a brave choice for Johansson, who mesmerises as the Bowie-esque alien.

After the jump, the regulars, including LegendsDoctor Who and You're The Worst.

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