Any show that has Ben Barnes and bone in the same sentence is already onto a winner, particularly for those that saw him as bad boy Billy Russo in The Punisher. But before I get carried away let’s backtrack. Shadow & Bone (2021) is set in a fantasy world of magic and monsters and based… Continue reading Shadow & Bone season 1: magic, fantasy and a brooding Ben Barnes
From graphic novel to the big screen, Mark Millar has superhero pedigree: he wrote Kick-Ass, Wanted and Kingsman: The Secret Service. All of which became great movies. He also wrote graphic novel Civil War, which formed the blueprint for Captain America: Civil War (2016). In the superhero world, much of what he does turns to… Continue reading Jupiter’s Legacy: a family saga on what it means to be a hero
Let’s get this out the way early, I was a fan of the first season of Love, Death + Robots (2019). Although the way this animated anthology series treated women in some of its episodes was problematic. With Season 2 they course correct, in some ways, and largely just avoid episodes with sexual content and/or… Continue reading Love, Death + Robots: season 2 review
I don’t know what it is about stories that focus on investment banking, but I kind of dig them. Industry (2020) is an HBO-BBC co-production that focuses on a group of young, sexy graduates trying to forge their careers at a London investment bank called Pierpoint & Co.
Hands up, who’s into post-apocalyptic when it comes to movies and TV shows? I know I am. Idly browsing Netflix the other day I stumbled on a new ones, Tribes of Europa (2020). A German show, with a mix of German and English dialogue, it’s set in our world, in the near future of 2074 and after the collapse of society.
Netflix are sneaky scamps, forever banging out shows and with some hit and some miss it makes it hard to keep up and know what to watch. But when Sex Education popped up out of nowhere I immediately heard good things, so thought I’d give it a go. And I’m glad I did, it’s fantastic.… Continue reading Sex Education: can we have some more?
Sense 8 was a show that was cruelly cut down before its time. But, thanks to a fan campaign, came back to life for a finale recently, courtesy of Netflix. And, happily, the result was a delight. Generally, in film or TV, kowtowing to fans has rarely ever given us audiences good results but, for… Continue reading Sense8 finale: just what we needed
So mutants have moved to the small screen these days, with The Gifted, starring Stephen Moyer (of True Blood fame) – and it’s set in a world which runs on an alternate mutant timeline to the big screen films (although those are all over the place these days), and it’s one where the main X-Men… Continue reading The Gifted: season one review
Godless is one of the latest shows to be released by Netflix. A Western that got shopped around Hollywood as a feature film but didn’t get picked up, so writer-director Scott Frank (who penned Logan) ended up finding a home for it on the small screen, and the story went from two hours to a solid… Continue reading Godless: good, but could’ve been great
This show, about how the FBI came to profile and understand serial killers, has been on David Fincher’s radar for quite some time in various guises and, such is the way these days, has languished a bit in development hell until Netflix picked it up. Which is actually the perfect place for it. Now for… Continue reading Mindhunter: season one review