Blast from the past – Back to the future

Dear faithful readers,

can you believe that 25 years (25!!!) years have passed since Back to the Future was released. Given I was just a kid back then but still shit… this makes me feel ancient.

But if you need a little blast from the past, here is the original theatrical trailer (seriously, how young does Michael J. Fox looks?) and one of my favorite scenes.

And now back in the present the cast reunited this Monday for the 25th anniversary and the clip below for the EW reunion special.

The Good Wife

Image: CBS.com


Dear faithful readers,

I haven’t watched a proper legal series since… hm… the Practice, I think. Of course there was Eli Stone and I enjoyed it immensely but even though there were lawyers and courts and whathaveyou there was also George Michael dancing on the tables and choirs in the board rooms. So it wasn’t your typical legal drama.

Anyhow it wasn’t that I was looking for legal drama to watch but I gave up on House, Flipping Out was over and Lie To Me started to grate for some reason (Tim Roth is getting too twitchy for my liking).


So I started watching the Good Wife. And my dear readers, it’s good. Good I tell you.


If you haven’t seen it before it’s written by Robert and Michelle King and Juliana Margulies is playing Alicia Florrick, wife of Peter Florrick who used to be Chicago State Attorney but got busted for corruption. And he used prostitutes on the side.
Alicia who is forced to take work as junior associate in a law firm after she has been a housewife for a number of years because now she has to provide for her family.


I do love Margulies’ portrayal of Alicia – calm, collected, cool even but you get glimpses of trouble brewing just beneath the surface. The writers have given Margulies plenty to work with but I am curious will the writers explore the change in character as her cases get more troublesomes and morally ambiguous.

Also regardless of the week’s storyline you always know, just know that there is something fairly sinister going on in the background. I’m telling you – totally loving it.


The rest of the cast is nothing to be sneered at either – Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart who is a senior partner at the firm, Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma the firm’s investigator, Matt Czuchry as Cary Argos (Alicia’s competitor for the permanent position), Chris Noth as Peter Florrick and Alan Cumming as Eli Gold, his campaign manager. It is a solid crew and they keep me tuning in week after week (after I caught on the first season of course).

Also totally heart Josh Charles who you might remember from Dead Poets Society. Don’t know if you ever watched In Treatment but he played the role of Jake, dude who came to couple’s theraphy with his wife (quite liked him in that actually).

If you haven’t seen The Good Wife so far try and give it a go, I will promise you won’t be disappointed.


A Quick Selection of Autumn British Shows

Dear faithful readers,

since we do love our Brit TV at Couchslobs I thought I’d give you a quick run down of some of the shows that have peaked my interest over the last 2 weeks. By all means if any of our British readers would love to chip in with their suggestions feel free to do so in the comments.


Whitechapel – if you been missing Rupert Penry – Jones ever since he got blown up on Spooks you might want to check out Whitechapel. First series was about copycat Jack the Ripper. I quite enjoyed it but I didn’t think there would be a second season. Now Whitechapel is back and again Detective Inspector Joseph (who also has a mild case of OCD) is on the hunt for another serial killer – this time it is a copycat of the infamous Kray Twins. I love all of this East London lore so I find it interesting but it’s a fast paced crime show so you might enjoy it even if you are not into that.



Spooks – Spooks is also back with its ninth season. There were some rumors circulating this will be the last season but BBC has denied that rumor (which I think makes sense since the series is still very popular even though they do not shy away from killing main characters at random).



Whites – Whites is a comedy show starring Alan Davies (who we all know and love on QI). He plays the character of brilliant chef Ronald White who works in a country hotel and is also a bit of a lazy bugger not really willing to work for the much coveted Michelin star.



Downton Abbey – this period drama written by Julian Fellowes has turned into a ratings hit for ITV and second season has already been commissioned. Set in the period just before World War I it stars Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern among others.



Single Father – if you’ve been missing David Tennant ever since he stopped being the Doctor you can see him in Single Father, new drama for BBC. After his wife dies in a car crash he is left caring for their four children and things get complicated when he starts having feelings for his late wife’s best friend.



Thorne – Thorne is the latest crime offering by Sky1 and is based on books written by Mark Billingham. It stars David Morrissey as Detective Inspector Tom Thorne also on a hunt for a serial killer.

Inspiration

Dear faithful readers,

if you follow any major news outlet it is obvious how eeasy it is to focus on the negatives. And while I like snark as much as the next person I’d love for us to shift the focus for today. So I would like to talk about inspiraton.

Obviously it is only to be expected that we all have our personal role models, people who are by no means famous and who inspire us on daily basis. But since it is also obvious this is an entertainment blog I would love to share some of the people in entertainment and media I find particulary inspiring. I’m sure I have left out tons of people and I’m sure I’ll remember loads more once I hit publish but let’s just consider this a preliminary list.

I’d love to hear who do you find inspiring so please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

The Yes Men – I saw The Yes Men Fix the World a while back and well what more can I say? These couple of pranksters are trying to change the world one prank at the time, one corporation at the time. If you haven’t seen their documentary I would urge you to download the movie (yes it’s legal!) and see for yourself.

Tina Frey – the woman was first female head writer on SNL. And created her own show. And won tons of awards. And she seems smart and humble.

Emma Thompson – the only woman who won an Oscar for both a screenplay and as best actress. And she does seem a bit batty. And I love me some batty to be honest.

J. K. Rowling – the wonderful woman that gave the world Harry Potter. If you haven’t seen her Harvard speech by now make sure that you do.

Stephen King – you have to admire any author who has such a huge output. 49 novels so far!

Lindelof and Cuse – the gentlemen who gave us Lost had to be included in the list.

Christopher Nolan – Memento, Dark Knight and Inception are all on my all time favorite list. Plus Inception is the most visually compelling thing I have seen this year (and makes me wonder what the hell goes on in that brain).

David Fincher – another all time favorite. His first movie I saw was Seven and it bummed me out for days (impressonable youth). But his genius, smart and cleverness can’t be denied.

Felicia Day – because I have to admire a lady who is not afraid to do her own thing. And if you haven’t seen The Guild, please do.

Meryl Steep – because as corny as that sounds she really does get better with age.