Gone Girl trailer

Dear ladies and gents,

have you read Gillian Flynn?

Her books to me read like Gothic thrillers and yes, sometimes the blood and gore can be a bit too much. This is a lady that does not shy away from blood. And gore. And other stuff. Mind you, they are nowhere near as bad as Mo Hayder’s books so there’s that (now her stuff can be absolutely bloody gruesome). But they are good. Like keep-you-up-at-night-so-you-can-finish-the-blasted-thing good.

I know Gone Girl is/was all the rage, but if you haven’t read her other two books – Sharp Objects and Dark Places – I can recommend those. Heartily.

Obvs Hollywood jumped on the bandwagon. Charlie Theron is working on Dark Places (I would never in a million years pick her to play Libby, but there you go, I am obvs not a casting agent).

David Fincher is directing Gone Girl and it will premiere in October. The trailer for the movie has been released and dare I say it? It looks promising?

I would urge you however to read the book before you see the movie. Ah sure, you can watch the movie anyway, but still – what’s the fun in that? Plus – it’s rare that a book will keep you glued to your seat. Go on, you know you want to!

Mid-season shows

Dear ladies and gents,

it’s mid-season and a new crop of shows started. Do let me know ladies and gents have I missed something interesting? Do any of these series jibe with you? Somehow this season it seems the pickings are rather slim?

Crisis

I have to admit I kinda like Crisis. I do think the concept would be more suitable for a mini-series, but that’s just me. Crisis is about a group Washington DC students who get kidnapped. Their parents are some of the most influential/richest/insert appropriate people in the world. So the kidnappers use that to their advantage and manipulate the parents for all sorts of evil schemes. Did I give too much away? But anyhow I dig Crisis. It stars Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson, Lance Gross and Rachael Taylor.

Resurrection

A rip of the French series Les Revenants. They are saying it isn’t, but it totally is.

Turn

Turn is produced by AMC and it is based on the book written by Alexander Rose titled Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring. It is about a group of farmers in Setauket, New York during the American Revolutionary War who become the so-called Culper Ring. They turned spies against the British and changed the course of the war. The series stars Jamie Bell (of Billy Elliott fame).

Believe

Believe was created by Alfonso Cuarón and Markus Friedman (obvs Cuarón was the biggest draw for me). It is about a girl named Bo who has extraordinary powers and the government wants to use her as a weapon. Because obvs that is the only thing you can do with supernatural powers – use it as a weapon to murder people. Sheesh. Anyhow saw 2 episodes of Believe and then got distracted with the stuff I normally watch, so will have to revisit.

Fargo

Martin Freeman. That is all!

Interstellar trailer

Dear ladies and gents,

I saw Inception on what was the hottest day that summer. Or at least it felt like it. I hobbled home all pukey and sh*t and on a verge of a heat stroke. But you know what? It was worth because the movie was amazing. Even Leonardo diCaprio was hmmm what’s the word… palatable?

Now here ladies and gents we have the trailer for Interstellar.

Ambiguous or what? It can be about bloody anything (although to be honest them wheat fields gave me a nasty flashback to the Happening and them trees. And that was NOT a good movie).

But I will go and see it. Not because I’m ride or die Nolan fan. It is because I have every faith the movie won’t be sh*t. On the plus side – the release date is November 7th and thank heavens for that, don’t fancy another brush with a heat stroke.

On a side note – who would have thought we’d see the day Matthew bleeding McConaughey would be in a Nolan movie? And not taking his shirt off? Fair play to him and his agent.

Broad City

Image: Comedy Central

Dear ladies and gents,

it’s been difficult to find comedy shows that I truly love (obvs I have my tried and tested UK comedies, but sometimes you just want something new, you know?) Last year it was Parks and Recreation, then IT Crowd, but that is about it. It is not that all comedy shows are SO bad, it just that they lack that little bit of extra me thinks? And are too formulaic? Does that make sense? If I get a couple of giggles out of any given show, I consider that success.

Then an article about Broad City popped up in my reader. A couple of days later, it happened again. And again. So I was like okay, let’s see what that is about.

Broad City was created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer and it was originally produced as a web series. Then Amy Poehler got on board as the executive producer and the series got commissioned by Comedy Central.

Broad City is about two ladies – Illana and Abbi. They are in their 20s, they are best friends and they live in New York. They are kinda broke, they are kinda odd and they are well funny.

Like remember when you were in your twenties and you had a friend who just got you? Like really (REALLY!) got you? And you did silly things just because it seemed like a good idea at the time? Well sorta (hindsight and all that)? Yeah Abbi and Illana are kinda like that. And I love them for it. It took me about two episodes to get into it, but I found myself snorting with laughter episode after episode.

And to get it out of the way – even though the show is about ladies who are friends and who are living and dating and getting by in New York, Sex in the City it ain’t. And it’s all that much better for it. TRUST.

So yes, give Broad City a go, me thinks you will like it. On a side note – second season has already been commissioned.