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Things I have seen of late and wish to blog about:

Jack Dee, live at the Victoria theatre in Halifax. Was hilarious, although on a couple of occasions he skirted a bit too close to the "I'm not racist but" line. He was wearing amazing purple loafers, though. And he made fantastic attempts at inserting local colour into his set along the lines of Mark Steel's In Town. If I had paid for the tickets I would have considered them good value for money. 8/10

Gambit was silly, but a lot of fun, with the usual caveats about Hollywood movies' stupid approaches to gender politics. It has lots of naked Alan Rickman in it, which, IMHO, is recommendation enough. 7/10

Sightseers is the most original film I have seen in a long long time. If you imagine a feminist take on Natural Born Killers written with the dry and wistful humour of Alan Bennett you're somewhere close to beginning to grasp the feel of this heartwarming romcom about serial killers. I don't want to go too deeply into any of it, because I want you all to go see it. There's a bit of gore, and there's some strong language and really, really inappropriate concepts... but the way they are handled I guarantee you will laugh at all of them. Line of the film was he's not a person, he's a Daily Mail reader, but literally every scene has at least one laugh out loud moment. It was an utter joy hearing peals of laughter in the cinema, and it was lovely hearing the other patrons enthusing about the film as they left. It's not a film that needs to be seen on a big screen by way of effects or big visual stuff, but it's a film that makes for a great shared experience. Go and see it. Please.
Also if, like me, you fall in love with the leading lady you might wish to see her other works, which include Horrible Histories and Garth Marenghi's DarkPlace. 10/10

Strictly Come Dancing has been a lot of fun this year, principally because of the adorable, modest, brilliant and talented Lisa Riley, who has absolutely bloomed and become an amazing dancer. She also SO clearly is having the time of her life and getting on like a house on fire with Robbie. I'm not going to give Strictly a mark though because it's the kind of thing you know whether you like it or not.

Elementary I love love love. I love Johnny Lee Miller's characterisation of Holmes (and have just about expunged his Frankenstein's Monster from my brain), and I love Lucy Liu's sharp yet caring Watson, who has EXACTLY the right balance of intelligence and compassion to be Watson as Watson should be - not the dullard Watson is so often portrayed as, and I REALLY love the way they interact with each other. This is not a brilliant Holmes leading a stupid Watson to enlightenment, it is two people learning different things from each other, exactly as it should be.
Part of the reason it's so good is because the Moffatt series has dibs on the original stories for TV adaptation the makers of Elementary have been forced to be creative, and they have come up with something genuinely great. Better than Sherlock? Hell yes. Sorry Gatiss. 9/10

American Horror Story: Asylum I am having very mixed feelings about. It took me a LONG time to get into series 1 - and I thought about giving up on it more than once - but once I did I really loved it. Jessica Lange is still awesome, and every episode passes Bechdel without a problem, partly due to the huge cast, but partly because there is actual proper gender balance... but there are some bits of it which seem to be going for titilation over plot (oh, I know, in a horror series, what a shock). I'm also not sure about having it setting just two time periods, and the vast majority of it in 1964, rather than jumping about through history, and slowly tying things together. However, I am willing to keep giving it a chance longer than I normally would because the first series did just go on getting better and better. 6/10

Grimm series 2 is still gender unbalanced and still has needlessly silly terminology, but other that is a lot of fun. I am DEEPLY in love with Monroe. The conceit is interesting, and it falls neatly into the slot for fantasy in my head. And a lot of the recurring characters are great too. I particularly love Nick's mum and Monroe's mad-as-a-bag-of-frogs biker ex-girlfriend Angelina. 8/10

Continuum on the other hand, I am starting to wonder if it was made to fit exactly into a slot in my head. It's like someone thought Hey! Jennie loves sci-fi and she loves detective shows and she loves kickass female lead characters: I wonder what'd happen if we put all those things together? The result is a show that's by no means perfect, but still really, really good. I particularly like that the police department's geek is a girl, and am enjoying very much the mystery-of-the-week format. It's still overly male, but it's a step in the right direction, and passes Bechdel most weeks. 8/10

The Almighty Johnsons series 2 is being rather enjoyable too. Ingrid, Ty and Olaf are still my favourites. It's fun to see my predictions coming true, but also being twisted in unexpected ways. The episode A Damn Fine Woman is one of the finest episodes of television I have seen in a long time, and the rest of the series has been a lot of fun too. 8/10

Date: Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Ah, I thought I recognised the actress on the Sightseers posters from somewhere. I'm glad she wasn't really buried somewhere in Eastern Europe...

Date: Monday, December 3rd, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
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How does Elementary handle the almost inevitable "will they/won't they" nonsense everyone was so worried about? Or does it do what everyone hopes and completely avoids it?

Date: Monday, December 3rd, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
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Good. As long as that lasts I'll be happy.

Date: Monday, December 3rd, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Does one have to have watched the first season of American Horror Story to watch the second? I thought they were sort of independent of each other (read that somewhere maybe?). I tried to watch the first but just couldn't get into it at all, but I'm mildly curious about this current season mostly due to Zachary Quinto and Joseph Fiennes being in it. Will I be totally baffled if I didn't watch the first?

Date: Monday, December 3rd, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Didn't know he'd been in the first series. Maybe I'll give it another try. I just end up with such a backlog of shows. Haven't started this season's Homeland or Dexter yet - waiting for Forbrydelsen III to finish - but then Borgen II will start up. Gah.

Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
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- I'm going to see Sightseers tomorrow. Will let you know what I think.

- Didn't manage to get into Elementary for some reason but will give it another go.

- I've only seen the pilot of AHS 2nd season and thought it was a bit too torture-porny. If that is less of an issue later, I'll get back in.

- Love Grimm as a fantasy series but the terminology is painful, they're just picking random (and very often wrong in context) words from a German dictionary when they could do so much better. There was one episode in which a "Reineke" turned up and I thought, 'Oooh, they got something right' but then the creature turned out to be a rat not a fox (Reineke is the German name for Reynard in fables). They obviously make a hash of pronunciation, too, but that's to be expected.

- I really liked Continuum, too. It took a while for it to actually go somewhere (and it was far too easy to pass off Kiera as a visiting cop) but then it was quite gripping.

Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] karohemd
I just don't see the point of torture porn. I don't mind gore when it's part of the story but if it's for the sheer sake of it, it aggravates me.
I much preferred the lingering evil of the first season. Hinting at cruesomeness is much more effective. For example, the orginal Danish version of Nightshift (not the remake With Ewan McGregor) was brilliant. You didn't exactly see what was going on but you KNEW it, which made it so much worse. The only somewhat graphic scene was when he escaped from his handcuffs.

Date: Friday, December 7th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] karohemd
Saw Sightseers today, it is indeed very good indeed.

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