Trailer for Fox’s Red Band Society

After giving us a selection of trailers for its Fall 2014-15 season, Fox has slowly been leaking out trailers for the remaining shows. First up was The Last Man on Earth and now we have Red Band Society, the second attempt at an adaptation of Catalan series Polseres vermelles* that sees a group of teenagers living together as patients on a hospital’s paediatric ward. Stars include Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable and it’s narrated by a kid in a coma. Oh yes it is.


* The first was for ABC in 2011

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Weekly Wonder Woman

Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #31, Batman-Superman #11, Forever Evil #7 and Justice League #30

Wonder Woman 31

It’s another bumper week for Wonder Woman as not only do we have the latest in her standalone, eponymous title, Wonder Woman, which continues the war between the First Born and basically everyone else, we finally have the conclusion of the Forever Evil storyline where Wonder Woman and her lasso save the day through a link to one of the people you probably weren’t expecting, and we also have the latest instalment of the Doomsday saga in Batman-Superman #11, which doesn’t feature Superman at all, so Wonder Woman deputises for him. Really should have been Batman-Wonder Woman, in fact, particularly given how the Forever Evil storyline concludes…

And although this is Weekly Wonder Woman, I’m also going to have a look at Forever Evil: Argus #1-3, which I was extremely negligent in not covering when they came out, since they include flashbacks to some of the most important Wonder Woman moments since the nu52 started.

Spoilers ahoy, obviously.

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What have you been watching? Including Mr Sloane, Gang Related, 24, The Americans and Prisoners of War

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.

A couple of new things this week, although I’ve not got round to watching From There To Here, yet.

Mr Sloane (UK: Sky Atlantic)
This should be must-see TV: Nick Frost, Olivia Colman and Peter Serafinowicz in a comedy-drama set in the late 60s about a Frost’s meek and mild Mr Sloane, how he meets his wife (Colman) and why he ends up trying to kill himself. How could that not be brilliant? Very simply, the script, which is about as funny and compelling as lift muzak. It’s just sort of them, vaguely trying to be funny and establish character, but with lines and moments you’ll have seen a dozen times before in ‘comedies’ about meek and mild men struggling with life. Beyond the occasional impression by Serafinowicz and the general charisma of Frost and Colman, there’s just nothing new or interesting here at all.

Gang Related (US: Fox)
Crack LA police unit tries to deal with gangs of all ethnicities, using agents of all ethnicities. But despite the missing hyphen in the title, there’s a double meaning and it turns out that one of the police is actually a member of one of the gangs. This is largely a mess of cliches that occasionally dares to be different, but usually doesn’t. While it’s nice to have a diverse cast (Ramon Rodriguez, Sung Kang, RZA, Jay Hernandez, Inbar Levi, et al), with New Zealand’s Cliff Curtis bizarrely chosen to be the head of the Latino mob, the whole unit is naturally headed up by an old white guy, although thankfully it’s Terry O’Quinn (Lost), there’s some crappy soapiness (the hard-nosed IA cop is his daughter) to deal with and the pilot’s efforts to exploit the singing profile of RZA (one of the co-founders of the Wu Tang Clan) is only partially successful. There’s only one female cop (Levi) and she’s mainly there to be a potential love interest, add sexiness and do sexy things, rather than because she has any well-defined character of her own.

And I watched a couple of movies…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts one and two (2010/11)
I’d seen the first six Harry Potter movies, read all the books, but somehow it’s taken until now (and being given free copies when I bought a new Blu-Ray player) before I watched these two final ones. Directed by David Yates at the same leisurely pace as the previous two, the movies stay faithful to the books while losing an awful lot of background material. It comes tantalisingly close to some really excellent moments, drawing on everything from Threads to war movies to suggest a country riven by Voldemort and his wizards, making it – as with the books – the end point of a more progressively adult franchise. Largely where it works is down to the original material, rather than anything Yates does, and the ending is particularly effective and tear-inducing (at least to us older folks), thanks to its message that kids, your parents may be old but they probably had all sorts of adventures you don’t know about when they were young. But more a conclusion to the franchise, rather than an exceptional couple of films in their own rights.

After the jump, a round-up of the regulars, with reviews of 24, The Americans, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Prisoners of War, and Silicon Valley.

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A wedding video gift to beat all others

Imagine you were getting married and your husband played you this on your wedding day.

To be fair to prospective grooms everywhere, though, Joe Michalczuk works for Sky News and gets to meet (with his professional film crew) the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Evans, et al pretty much every day.