Jett
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Review: Jett 1×1 (US: Cinemax)

In the US: Fridays, 10pm, Cinemax
In the UK: Not yet acquired

The writing genre known as ‘Elmore Leonard’ is very hard to emulate. Leonard was a blackly comedic but gritty crime writer, but if you get try to do Elmore Leonard and are too comedic, you end up doing ‘Quentin Tarantino’ and if you get too gritty, you end up doing… everyone else.

Small wonder then that even projects based on Leonard’s own work have failed to capture his style, by moving a gnat’s wing in either direction. Indeed, both Get Shorty and Get Shorty failed to embody the essence of Get Shorty.

Interestingly, though, Jett is possibly the closest we’ve seen to a true small screen Elmore Leonard production, despite not being based on any of Leonard’s work.

Carla Gugino in Jett
Carla Gugino in Jett

Jett sexy

Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Roadies, Wayward Pines, The Haunting of Hill House) plays Daisy “Jett” Kowalski, a world-class thief recently released from prison who has every intent on staying out of prison.

Unfortunately, former boss/pal Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution) has a big job that only she can do and he’s willing to pay her $500,000 to do it. All she’s got to do is go to Cuba with no back-up and switch for a duplicate a ring currently residing in a safe in Eastern European criminal Greg Bryk (Bitten)’s house.

Needless to say, not everything goes to plan. However, everyone has their own plan, including Esposito, Bryk and Gugino, and no one’s quite what they seem, so exactly whose plan does go to plan and whose doesn’t is debatable…

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What TV’s on at BAFTA in August? Including 4Stories: On the Edge series 2

Every Tuesday, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

BAFTA’s already looking ahead to the summer, so although there’s bound to be more events to add to June and July’s roster, we have our first August event already.

Preview screening – 4Stories: On the Edge series 2 + Q&A with key creatives

Wednesday, 14 August 2019
6:00pm
Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE

On the Edge, Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated anthology of short films is back for a second series. The films, which were shot in Wales, were developed though the 4Stories initiative, and written and directed by the most exciting new talent in the UK. They look at the lives of three diverse characters trying to find their place in the world.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with key creatives. 

Members: Email Hannah to reserve your place.
Non-members: tickets will be available to purchase via the Chapter box office (but not yet as far as I can see)

Adulting
Writer – Chinonyerem Odimba
Director – Ash Morris

Candice is a young vulnerable woman who desperately wants some independence and has moved into her own flat. Kems is a young man, down on his luck, sleeping on his mate Olly’s sofa to get away from his alcoholic dad. A chance meeting leads to an intimate friendship, but when Olly calls in a favour, Kems’ feels under pressure to take advantage of Candice. Have they all underestimated her?

Cast – (newcomer) India Eva Rae, Jack Rowan, Michael Socha 

For You
Writer – John Servante
Director – Stroma Cairns 

A romantic comedy about mental illness. Rev and girlfriend Alex are passionately in love but Rev suffers from anxiety and depression which he tries to control with therapy, medication and mindfulness. Things come to a head at Alex’s sister’s wedding weekend when Rev is confronted by her families prejudice. Will the pressure be too much to bear? Can Rev and Alex’s relationship survive? And will he ever be able to master a golf swing in front of his father in law? 

Cast – Rudi Dharmalingam, Catherine Steadman, Amanda Redman 

BBW 
Writer – Yolanda Mercy
Director – William Stefan Smith 

Remi, a vibrant plus-size British Nigerian woman is looking for love, and for a job, and generally just trying to navigate her impending adulthood. She lives in buzzing Brixton with her single mother, has a great group of friends, and has met a new guy down at the job centre who’s not only fit but seems genuine. But Remi has father issues and uses food to eat her emotions. Can she find a place for herself in this world? 

Cast – (newcomer) Juliet Okotie, Andi Osho, Jamael Westman 

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Boxset Monday: Marvel’s Jessica Jones (season 3) (Netflix)

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And so it ends. I’m not talking only about Marvel’s Jessica Jones, which burst onto the scene just a few years ago with such a deft deconstruction of the entire superhero genre and its male power fantasies.

No, this final season – for the show was cancelled before the third season was even released – is also the end of that bold collaboration between Marvel and Netflix intended to give us proper grown-up superheroes and quality Netflix programming that also linked up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The collective swan-songs of these ‘Defenders‘ have swerved between the sublime and the turgid. Blind catholic vigilante Daredevil went in a frequently perfect final season. Meanwhile, bulletproof defender of African-American society and culture Luke Cage disappeared in a fun-filled, politically relevant concluding season.

Unfortunately, despite a cracking ending, my former favourite – the rich, cultural-appropriating, martial arts human weapon Iron Fist – went out with a whimper in an almost entirely severely disappointing second season.

Now it’s the turn of the last ‘defender’ – super-strong, super-unmotivated private detective Jessica Jones. But will she deliver a knock-out punch like Daredevil or sulk in a corner like Iron Fist?

Spoilers and the like after the jump, but hopefully not too many.

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LA’s Finest renewed; + more

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  • Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Frances, Joseph Sikora et al to recur, Lisa Emery and Janet McTeer promoted to regulars on Netflix’s Ozark

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  • Fox Turkey green lights: stubborn houseshare/work colleagues drama Her Yerde Sen (You Are Everywhere), with Furkan Andıç and Aybüke Pusat

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  • Maria Sundbom, Bahareh Razekh Ahmadi, Klara Zimmergren et al to star in SVT (Sweden)’s remake of Finland’s Click Me as Dejta (Swiping)

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  • Abbey Lee replaces Elizabeth Debicki, Jamie Chung and Jordan Patrick Smith to recur on HBO’s Lovecraft Country
  • Jake McDorman, Joe Dempsie, Aaron Station et al to star in National Geographic’s The Right Stuff