The Fall: Chasing the Spector

Hello everyone! For this week’s tv series show we have the Netflix/BBC collaboration The Fall.

THE FALL

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DIRECTED/CREATED BY: Allan Cubitt, Jakob Verbruggen

STARRING: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi

NO. OF EPISODES: 11

GENRE: Crime Drama, Thriller

YEAR: 2013-

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

the_fallMetropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson, a senior investigating officer tasked with the reviewing of investigations, is seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in order to assess the progress of a murder investigation that has remained active for longer than 28 days. When it becomes apparent a serial killer is on the loose, local detectives must work with Stella to find and capture Paul Spector, who is attacking young professional women in the city of Belfast.

Surprise! We have yet another Netflix original (or exclusive, not exactly sure anymore) for you! Another one of BBC’s fantastic crime short series made viewable to us via the great Netflix gods, The Fall is entertaining yet difficult to watch. The main cast performances, particularly Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, are incredibly on point and easily personify each of their respective characters. Their cat and mouse chase is obviously the main focus of the series and it is incredibly enjoyable to watch while hoping Specter gets away.

The-FallI do have to warn you now, the series is incredibly slow moving. Lengthily spread over 11 episodes and two mini series (more like seasons), it could have easily been cut down to one series spanning six episodes. It took me an incredibly long time to watch it, easily growing bored after a mere two episodes. While the series as a whole is one of the better BBC dramas I have seen on Netflix, it lacks due to poor pacing.

PROS:

  • Main cast performances.
  • British drama.
  • Cat and Mouse game.

CONS:

  • Length
  • Pacing

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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50 Shades of Grey: A Strong Lack of BDSM

Hello everybody! For today’s New Movie Show we have the highly anticipated porn but not porn 50 Shades of Grey.

50 SHADES OF GREY

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DIRECTED: Sam Taylor-Johnson

STARRING: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Andrew Airlie, Dylan Neal, Marcia Gay Harden

GENRE: Erotic, Romance, Drama

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

When Anastasia Steele, a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man. The innocent and naive Ana starts to realize she wants him. Despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana’s beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but on his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey – despite the embellishments of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, and his loving family, Grey is consumed by the need to control everything.

50-shadesI have to begin this review by stating I was actually really excited for the 50 Shades of Grey film, not for the obvious reasons of course. I really wasn’t planning on sitting down and watching a nice hardcore BDSM fest in the theater. 50 Shades had its moments, as the general subject matter as well as what the absorbed from the source material wasn’t horrible. Both Taylor-Johnson and the writer Marcel come from very promising projects, so lets just say I was incredibly disappointed by the time the film was over. I almost walked out.

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Beyond that, 50 Shades of Grey is the worst movie I have seen since 2015 started (and it will probably stay that way for the entire year), I hated it even more than Mortdecai, whose review will be up soon. The casting choices were terrible, as none of the main cast could fully encompass their characters. This made for just awkward scenes of people casually flirting and light BDSM. I bet the film was difficult to shoot, so I understand why the awkwardness existed. It was just way too much of it. The lack of chemistry between both main stars was horrendous, which just added to the overall failure of a film that could have been at least somewhat decent.

If you want to read another interesting view from the viewpoint of a dominatrix, you can read it below:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/14/a-dominatrix-reviews-50-shades-of-grey.html

PROS:

  • Amount taken from source material.
  • Promising director and writer attached.

CONS:

  • No chemistry.
  • Poor casting choices.
  • Set and character design.
  • Definitely a toned down version of the book.

SCORE: 3.5 / 10

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