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.
And relax. It's here. The Fall 2015-16 season is here. And I've got covered.
Elsewhere, I've reviewed all of this week's new programmes in glorious detail:
- Blindspot (US: NBC; UK: Sky Living)
- Minority Report (US: Fox)
- Limitless (US: CBS)
- Life In Pieces (US: CBS)
- The Muppets (US: ABC; UK: Sky1)
- Scream Queens (US: ABC; UK: Sky1)
- Rosewood (US: Fox)
- The Player (US: NBC)
- Heroes Reborn (US: NBC)
Wow. Ain't that a lot? I'm actually impressed with myself there. I'm about to be even more impressed: after the jump, I'll be reviewing all this week's regulars, too: 800 Words, The Bastard Executioner, Continuum, Doctor Who, Y Gwyll and You're The Worst.
But before I even get to those, I even found the time to watch a movie. It's like I just fed 5,000 people with some cod in breadcrumbs, isn't it?
Blackhat (2015) (iTunes)
Although to be honest, I wish I hadn't. I love Michael Mann. Chris Hemsworth is great in Thor. But Michael Mann directing a movie about hacking in which Chris Hemsworth is the main hacker? Oh dear.
Still, that's not the most oh dear thing about Blackhat - that would be the fact it's basically a Chinese co-production in which Hemsworth and Mann are almost hitchhikers, tagging along for the ride. The plot is that the two Chinese leads (Leehom Wang, Wei Tang) who work for the benevolent Chinese police come over to the US after one of their power stations blows up to find out what they can from the man who engineered the malware that caused it: Wang's former college roommate Hemsworth. He then has to track down criminals who may be almost anywhere in the world, with any target and any aim.
Mann does his best to both understand computer crime and make it interesting, but he's no Sam Esmail and this is no Mr Robot. Without sufficient purchase on the material, Mann just goes through the motions. There's a perfunctory romance between Tang and Hemsworth for no good reason. The merry band just fly from SE Asian country to country on sightseeing tours, turning up in the middle of beautiful looking locations for no genuinely good reason. And the story eventually sort of ends, not like Heat but like that episode of The Wire in which Omar gets attacked in prison. You barely know the film's finished.
It looks beautiful, of course, given Mann's presence. But it's soporific, mildly propagandist, doesn't know its material and almost never manages to excite.