UNREAL SEASON 2
2016 | MA15+ | Drama
A behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program.
2016 | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Reviewed by Jennifer
When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back. Continue reading
JESSICA JONES SEASON 1
2015 | M | Action, Crime, Drama
This Netflix original chronicles the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. When a tragedy puts an the end to her short-lived career as a superhero, Jessica settles in New York City and opens her own detective agency, called Alias Investigations, which seems to be called into cases involving people who have special abilities. Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, Jessica wants to do good, but her primary interest isn’t in saving the world, it’s saving her apartment and getting through each day. Based on a graphic novel intended for adults, this is not a superhero story for the kids. Continue reading
Reviewed by Jennifer
Yes. Especially later in the season, the cliffhanger at the end of each episode made me want to watch the next one as soon as possible.
I always love finding movies and TV shows with an international perspective, and that’s what got me interested in Dig, especially since much of it takes place in Jerusalem, and my family has an Israeli connection. I also often enjoy shows with a supernatural or paranormal element, so that ticks another box.
Moving between Israel and the US, Dig tells the story of a grand conspiracy, drawing inspiration from Holy Land archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish mysticism. The story is told through the experiences of a diverse group of characters: FBI agents deployed in Jerusalem, an Israeli cop, a naïve young Orthodox Jewish man, an American woman involved in a secretive Christian sect. I suspect Dig could be considered fairly offensive to a strictly orthodox Jew or a practitioner of Kabballah. But since I’m neither, I found it an intriguing spin on the old TV trope of the detective who uncovers a big secret that goes way over his head.
You like intrigue and mystery, with an esoteric/conspiracy bent. I think fans of The X-Files, NCIS and some of the other more quirky criminal investigation shows would like Dig.
That clearly I retained more from my primary school Hebrew classes than I thought – I was able to pick up a pretty good range of words in the Jerusalem scenes.
Review by Naomi
Yes and no.
Catching Milat is a mini-series following the police task force who investigated and ultimately apprehended Australian serial killer, Ivan Milat, for the murders of seven backpackers found murdered in Belanglo State Forest. No spoilers there, it’s one of the most famous series of murders in Australian history and I well remember the huge television news coverage during the investigation in the early-mid 90s. Malcolm Kennard played a truly menacing Milat, depicted as a man of few words but menacingly so. The story unfolds at different timelines, revealing incidents out of chronological order, but in order of their discovery by police. This thriller does have a heaping helping of suspense, I honestly wondered if he was going to get away with it, even though I know the true story.
In the second half of the mini-series, the focus is on Detective Paul Gordon in the task force who continuously disregards orders from his superiors on how to carry out the investigation, jeopardising the case a few times – this was a tiring story arch. He was arrogant and had no apparent reason to take the case so personally. Perhaps the reason this didn’t ring true is because it wasn’t, it is factually incorrect. This detective was not as involved in the real life investigation as the mini-series portrays but poetic licence is always a possibility in true crime adaptations. For the most part it was well shot, but the overused slow motion used during the arrest scene and other scenes right at the end lacked substance – there wasn’t enough going on to justify such a long sequence. Yes it was the resolve of the investigation, but it was hardly climactic.
…you like true crime.
No hitch hiking for me!
Reviewed by Paul
Derek is a mellow comedy/drama with a good balance of laughs and tear jerking moments. It serves as a commentary of what is important in life and shines a spotlight on the roles which are carried out by the hidden heroes who society seldom acknowledges.
This series is quite different to other Ricky Gervais written shows. However it will appeal to his fans and others who like heart warming stories with laughs thrown in.
Of the role of kindness in society and the unfortunate way in which some of the most necessary positions in society are under valued.
Reviewed by Nick
Victorian London complete with vampires, monsters, and deals with the devil. With new twists on familiar characters it makes the setting accessible for those new to the genre as well as those who are old hands. There are innumerable incarnations of vampires, demons, and mad scientists set within a reasonably faithful depiction of 19th century London.
Of Pride and prejudice and zombies.
You are a fan of traditional horror stories and unconventional period pieces. Penny Dreadful were originally cheap stories produced for the increasingly literate British working classes of the time. You can find many example through Project Guttenberg.
I have been meaning to get into Vikings because I’d heard it was a great show. The first couple of episodes were a bit disappointing, but by the third I was hooked. It follows the exploits of Ragnar Lodbrok, a viking who dares to lead raiders to the west against the wishes of the leader of his clan, Earl Haraldson. I loved getting to know the characters, particularly the women who actually had some depth fleshed out – which is uncommon in these kinds of stories. It was also interesting to learn, bit by bit, about the priest as he learns about the foreign gods of the vikings, all the while trying to hold to his own faith.
…you like action and political intrigue! The costumes are great, the scenery had me pining for the Fjords, and the actor who plays the main character, Ragnar Lodbrok is Aussie Travis Fimmel. The Vikings seem largely ignored in recent movies and pop culture, so it’s nice to see this immersive story.
…that shieldmaidens were cool. It also prompted me to look up how much of the series is historically correct – my inner history nerd.
A solid 4.