What did you watch last month (w/e September 2)?

Time for newly retitled (for one week only) "What did you watch last month?", my chance to tell you what I’ve been watching and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case we’ve missed them.

My recommendations for maximum viewing pleasure this week: Burn Notice, Royal Pains, and Suits, although I get the feeling that we’ve hit the summer season finale of Burn Notice, at least.

Suits has been brilliant, the thing I look forward to most each week, so if you’re not watching it in the US you should be and if you’re in the UK, tune in when it comes to Alibi later in the year.

Royal Pains – has been drifting a lot. It’s become so summer TV, you can barely tell it’s got a pulse at times. The bad spoken German – which changes each week for some reason – is getting on my nerves and Evan is a complete tit. Toying with not watching it any more.

Burn Notice, incidentally, despite its much improved formula is now so ridiculous, my patience is being worn very thin. Anything involving Gabrielle Anwar, in particular, irks me, because for a former IRA terrorist, she seems to know an awful lot about being a spy. Also toying with not watching it any more, except my adrenalin addiction probably won’t let me.


I’ve given up on Wilfred, because it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and a bit too dark and manly (misogynistic) for me, although it’s still good.

True Blood has also been crossed off the viewing list, on the general grounds it’s rubbish. 

I’ve got Cinemax’s Chemistry cued up in the pile to watch, but it looks suspiciously like porn rather than an actual drama, so I’m putting it off at the moment. I’ve also got Page Eight to watch from a while back – any good?

And in this week’s list of movies:

  • Super 8: Much better when it was called ET. Or The Thing. Reeked of Steven Spielberg.
  • Blade: Trinity: Dreadful, but Ryan Reynolds shows promise and the fight scenes were good whenever Wesley Snipes was in them, merely acceptable at all other times. 

But what have you been watching?

"What did you watch last week?" is your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV and films that they might be missing or should avoid – and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I’ve watched this week. Since we live in the fabulous world of Internet catch-up services like the iPlayer and Hulu, why not tell your fellow readers what you’ve seen so they can see the good stuff they might have missed? And keep an eye on The Stage‘s TV Today Square Eyes feature as well for British TV highlights or you’ll be missing out on the good stuff

  • Mark Carroll

    Shame about “Wilfred”, I’ll probably still give it a try though.
    We’ve mostly been sucked into the season 1 repeat of “The Killing” (the Danish one). We’ve been watching “Torchwood” too which, while better, may simply seem tolerable in constrast to how it started.
    I watched “Nosferatu” last night. It wasn’t really all that scary at all. It’s nice to get another classic out of the way but once was enough. The version we had, the accompanying music was a bit awful.
    We’re still watching the “Community” season 2 repeat; season 3’s imminent.
    I watched some “Harvey Birdman”. It’s entertaining enough to pass the time, but not really fantastic as animated comedy goes.
    My wife likes “Victorian Pharmacy” but, while an apparently interesting premise, it hardly grips me.
    I watched and (given the budget) rather liked “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life”.
    I’m still working through “Foyle’s War”, which remains consistently a reasonable way to while away the time.

  • SK

    Last night I watched the first episode of The Field of Blood — it was pretty good.
    Have been giggling my way through the fourth series of 30 Rock as the DVD rental company sends them to me.
    Saw Doctor Faustus at the Globe on Saturday night. Very impressed. Turns out that Arthur Darvill is capable of putting on quite a good sneer if called for, and Paul Hilton was excellent. And, you know, Marlowe’s blank verse.
    First four episodes of Wilfred. Quite funny, quite dark.
    Torchwood. It’s awful. But watching it is part of my disease, the spores planted in my bones by Terrance Dicks in the children’s room at the back of a Carnegie library.
    Watched Page Eight: found it good but strangely uninvolving. Possibly unfairly, because it reminded me of the rather terrible The Girl in the Café (‘Bill Nighy meets younger woman’).

  • No one should have to be reminded of The Girl in the Café

  • Mark Carroll

    I’d forgotten it completely until these comments!