I’ve just finished watching all 13 episodes of the new ‘House of Cards’ on Netflix. It’s taken me 4 days. I’m surprised it took me that long. Thats my recommendation in short form but allow me to go into a bit more depth.
First just a bit of background. ‘House of Cards’ was first a book, then a BBC TV Series and now a Netflix original drama starring Kevin Spacey. I saw the original BBC TV show about 2 years ago and loved it, in a ‘how haven’t I heard of this before’ kind of way. It follows the almost Shakespearian anti-hero Francis Urquhart (Underwood in the remake) as he devises a plan to take revenge after the newly elected Prime Minister/President goes back on a promise to make him Secretary of State (citing his influence as Chief Whip being too important to lose with a tight majority) and he sets his sights much higher than the cabinet post he feels was rightfully his. Read more
Before I start I’m really keen I don’t spoil anything about Rises for anybody who hasn’t seen it (or even colour anyones expectations). So to summarise, i’d highly recommend seeing The Dark Knight Rises in the cinema, but i’d also suggest watching or rewatching both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight before you do.
If you have seen Rises read on for why it’s a much better final act than it is a film, and it’s a pretty damn good film.
What made ’24′ great was taking an idea so simple people couldn’t believe it hadn’t been thought of before, and doing it perfectly. The simpler a situation the show was depicting, the better it was, the purer it was.
Day One, A Federal agent is torn between his duty to protect a Senator, and his duty to protect his family. That’s all Day One was. Try as you might you won’t be able to come up with a similar one sentence description for Day Eight. Certainly there are parts which have been just a simple, the most simple an idea was Jack’s fight for justice during the last 7 hours. Which is why these last 7 hours where the best of these last 24. Why certain parts of these last two where so touching, emotional and even moving, whilst others where simply plot. Read more
…there always room in life for this. I saw the bourne ultimatum today, great film, brilliant, superb, best of the summer by far, while I was watching it I could almost imagine other action thriller producers make notes. Believe me, Bond 22 will bare the marks of Ultimatum, just like Casino Royale bore those of Supremacy. In some ways I feel like a moment in movie history has just played out in front of me, The Bourne trilogy I think has guaranteed it’s place in every made for TV film retrospective for the next 50 years. Don’t believe me, go see.
The title of this entry comes from the moby song which has played over the credits of every bourne film. I use it not just because it’s a good line, but because it helps me make a further point, too many of this summers blockbusters i’ve been able to shrug off and say, “ah, i’ll see it on dvd.”, the industry keeps bemoaning falling attendances at cinema, blaming downloading and pirate dvd’s. Produce more films like bourne, films up too that standard, and people will stand in line, maybe even come back a second time.
I came out of the cinema today, genuinely glad i’d gone to see Bourne on the big screen, and as cheesy as it sounds thinking, “i would stand in line for this.”