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Dear ladies and gents,

why hasn’t anyone told me about Chosen*? Eh?

Have you heard of it?

It’s a web series. I know. I know. And it streams on – wait for it – Crackle.

Now before you accuse me of being a silly cow who is asking you to watch some rubbish web series that doesn’t even stream on Netflix or Hulu, do hear me out.

Obviously I had to get over my snobbish tendencies, because hm… Crackle. But see Chosen, yeah? It’s surprisingly good.

Truth be told, it’s better than many (MANY!) of the shows that aired and then promptly got cancelled as mid-season replacements.

Created by Ben Ketai and Ryan Lewis, Chosen follows the story of Ian Mitchell (played by Milo Ventimiglia. Also known as that dude from Heroes. Or Gilmore Girls). So Ian is a lawyer and one day he finds a mysterious box on his doorstep. When he opens it (because OF COURSE he has to open the box! It has his name on it after all), he finds a gun and a photo of a person he needs to “expire” with a limited number of hours to get this done. So it turns out that killing a stranger is a part of a game. And he has to play. Or else.

ANYWAY. Matters do get a bit more complicated. Obvs.

But I’m telling you, Chosen is good. Plus each episode is about 20 minutes and the whole season is 6 episodes in total, so it’s more like watching a feature length movie?

Chosen has aired three seasons so far, while fourth season has been commissioned.

Do give it a go. I mean, it’s not like there is anything to watch at the moment.

* Sorry, can’t be ar*ed to spell it like they want it to be spelled. Because well…

Trailer for Chosen below

U2 busking in NYC Subway with Jimmy Fallon

Dear ladies and gents,

have you seen the video of U2 busking in the New York subway?

I’ve embedded the video for you below.

So.

Have you noticed anything? Anything that all?

Like the fact almost every single person on that platform is watching Ufreaking2 sing live through their mobile phone?

Iseriouslycannoteven.

U2 are one of the biggest bands on the planet. We can argue and disagree on many things. That they might be past it, their new stuff is not as great as their old stuff, Bono might have some w*nker-ish tendencies, whatever. But they are one of the biggest bands on the planet. Still.

I have a Facebook account. And a Twitter account. And I get the impulse to plaster a picture with Bono all over your social media, because that one “friend” you can’t stand might see it.* Bishes please! I’m not above it, is all I’m saying.

But take one picture and then put away your damn phone. Enjoy Ufreaking2 perform for you for free. Like Bono is RIGHT THERE mere meters away from you. Look at with your own eyes. And not through a freaking phone.

Jesus Christ!

So.

I have concluded two things.

a) I’m obviously old cos stuff like this annoys me.
b) We have collectively turned into a bunch of a**holes.

*On a side note – we all might do well to remember not to match our insides with everybody else’s outsides.

Bloodline

Lord.

I thought I was so on point with my TV knowledge.

Alas, I’m not.

First I heard of Bloodline was a couple of days ago (I thought it might have premiered while I was in UK, but no).

So anyway I’m three episodes in and I don’t know what to make of it. It’s slow. Really slow. BUT a) the cast is really good (Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Kyle Chandler*, Ben Mendelsohn who is freaking brilliant, I mean – you get the jist).
And b) the bleeding thing is kinda like a Dan Brown novel. Not the subject matter. Obvs. Or the writing obvs. The writing is stellar when compared to Dan Brown.

It’s more… hm… each episode is an hour long. And it’s kinda slow. And then I get to this point and think that’s it, I’m quitting this sh*t…

And then what happens? A FREAKING GIANT CLIFFHANGER. RIGHT AT THE END.

Yes, I know. It’s a TV show, there are supposed to be cliffhangers. It’s just a bit frustrating is all.

Also re the cliffhangers? If you check the trailer below, there is usually a voice over by the aforementioned Kyle Chandler or rather his character at the end of each episode. Who keeps talking about the members of the family and how they are good people. Dude sorry to break it to you BUT good people do not cram what I presume are dead people in the trunks of their cars. Or you know, light people on fire and somesuch. (facepalm)

Anyway tl; dr.

For the love of everything that is holy – can someone tell me does Bloodline get a bit dunno, faster? Is it worth the time commitment?

*On a side note – I know Kyle Chandler was in Friday Night Lights. But does anyone remember the Homefront? That was a freaking awesome show.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – a Review

If you’ve heard about “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, you pretty much know what to expect from this film even if you haven’t seen it… and you probably did, judging by its box office. The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise is spectacular, funny and occasionally dramatic – thanks to the screenplay by Joss Whedon. It’s says a lot about MCU films that, after seven years, we have come to expect a certain level of entertainment from them.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” re-unites us with a group of now-familiar heroes – from genius billionaire Tony “Iron Man” Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to Norse god Thor (Chris Hemsworth). As if half a dozen superheroes wasn’t enough, the film introduces new characters such as telepathic/telekinetic Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and superfast Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Over them looms a new threat – artificial intelligence called Ultron (wonderfully voiced by James Spader). Built by Tony Stark to protect humanity, Ultron instead decides to follow time-honored tradition of AIs everywhere and go on a murderous rampage with an army of robots.

So much for plot. The thing is, I’ve already seen better MCU outing this year and it didn’t even play in cinemas. First season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” premiered on Netflix this April. Its gritty, small-scale story follows young lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) who, in the guise of vigilante Daredevil, fights street crime all the while wrestling with his own conscience. “Daredevil” had some of the most engaging characters I’ve seen in Marvel Cinematic Universe and featured by far its best villain – Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio).

This brought home something I’ve noticed while watching “Age of Ultron” as well some of the last year’s MCU films like “Captain America: Winter’s Soldier”. In all of them I was far more interested in small human moments of characterization then in the CGI bombast. For all the epic fights and large scale urban destruction in “Age of Ultron”, I wouldn’t mind seeing a film made entirely out of scenes like the one where guests at the party jokingly (and unsuccessfully) try to lift Thor’s hammer. It’s a bit unfair to expect that a superhero blockbuster delivers something it wasn’t really made for. But look at it this way: ten years ago I knew next to nothing about most of these characters. Marvel did such a fantastic job of introducing them that now I wouldn’t mind watching a story about their everyday lives.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is entertaining enough but after seven years the formula is beginning to feel a bit stale. How many times can we watch CGI-Earth almost getting incinerated or invaded before we get bored? To paraphrase Syndrome from “Incredibles” – And what a warm and funny superhero story that was! – once everything is amazing, then nothing is. I expect that over time this saturation with spectacle will begin to eat into ticket sales of superhero films. But, for better or worse, by that time this decade will probably be known as “Age of MCU”.