Happy Valley: Behind the Kidnapping

Hello everybody! For this week’s Netflix Binge we have the BBC mini-series Happy Valley.

HAPPY VALLEY

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CREATED BY: Sally Wainwright

NO. OF EPISODES: Six

STARRING: Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran, George Costigan, Joe Armstrong, James Norton, Adam Long, Charlie Murphy

GENRE: Crime drama

YEAR: 2014-

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

p01xrs9cCatherine is a no-nonsense police sergeant who heads up a team of officers in a rural Yorkshire valley. When a staged kidnapping spirals out of control turning into a brutal series of crimes, Catherine finds herself involved in something significantly bigger than her rank, but unknowingly close to home.

Oh look, yet another Netflix “original”. Sorry about all of these y’all, I just try to give each series that Netflix puts out a chance, since most of the time they know what they are doing. Most of the time. Luckily, this is one of those times. I was absolutely thrilled watching Happy Valley, even if it definitely took an episodes for me to really get into it. I was planning on singling out individual cast members for their performances like normal, but they all did well across the board. Way to go Happy Valley! If you are looking for an interesting BBC/Netflix collaboration that is slightly less gruesome than the likes of Luther or The Fall, you have found your series.

Happy-ValleyMy biggest peeve with Happy Valley is the length. Only six episodes! Are you kidding me!?!?!?! I completely understand that it is a mini-series but come on! So are Sherlock and Luther but you don’t see me complaining about their lengths do you? I do want to make a side note as well, as the amount of violence against these police officers is absolutely appalling. Hey England! Let your police officers carry some more lethal weapons to protect themselves!

*Steps down from Soapbox*

PROS:

  • Netflix original +++
  • Main cast performances.
  • Supporting cast performances.
  • Writing/interesting story.

CONS:

  • Length.
  • Brutality against police.

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

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Hot Fuzz: All of These Murders and…Cultists?

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club we have the second entry in the Cornetto trilogy, Hot Fuzz.

HOT FUZZ

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DIRECTED: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

GENRE: Action Comedy Parody

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, France

Its been quite a while since I watched the Cornetto trilogy. For the next two weeks we will be watching the first two entries of the trilogy, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. We will not be watching The World’s End, as we already have a review for that one. Anyway lets start.

hot-fuzzTop London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. He is paired with Danny Butterman, who endlessly questions him on the action lifestyle. Everything seems quiet for Angel, until two actors are found decapitated. It is called an accident, but Angel isn’t going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead. Angel and Danny clash with everyone, whilst trying to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the apparent “accidents”.

Time for our second entry in the Cornetto trilogy! Now the comedy duo of Pegg and Frost are police officers. While I initially thought that this was out of their wheel house, Pegg’s super cop to Frost’s bumbling idiotic role was perfect. Ihot-fuzz-073107 can’t leave out the actually interesting story, as I was actively trying to figure out who was murdering everyone. Also, I can’t forget the shootout towards the end if the film. God damn spectacular.

Initially, Hot Fuzz was the only Cornetto entry that I didn’t like. I mean at all. My gripes are still there, like the overuse of common tropes as well as uninteresting characters, but my second time through I took them with a grain of salt. Looking at the film from more of a satirical statement, I understand why it is funny. That’s why the score goes up in my book this time.

PROS:

  • Interesting story.
  • Main cast performance.
  • Shootout.

CONS:

  • Overuse of common tropes.
  • Uninteresting supporting characters.

SCORE: 6.0/10

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Shaun of the Dead: TimeSplitters and English Zombies

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club, we have the first entry of the Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead.

SHAUN OF THE DEAD

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DIRECTED: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Penelope Wilton, Bill Nighy

GENRE: Horror, Comedy

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, France

Its been quite a while since I watched the Cornetto trilogy. For the next two weeks we will be watching the first two entries of the trilogy, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. We will not be watching The World’s End, as we already have a review for that one. Anyway lets start.

shaun-of-the-dead-wide-2Shaun doesn’t have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse… But for him, it’s an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive… And get his ex back.

I attribute Shaun of the Dead to the beginning of my love for black comedies. They are fantastic and I could watch their demented humor all day. For being a British cast I primarily haven’t heard of (except Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) they all worked their archetypes well and performed to the best of their ability. As the beginning of the film Pegg and Frost pairing, these two bounced off of each other perfectly with limitless chemistry. Shaun of the Dead actually wasn’t half bad of shaunofthedeada zombie film either.

Initially, my biggest gripe was that there are many references from British culture that I didn’t understand, obviously since I don’t live in the U.K. This time around, I got most of them and picked up most of the Easter eggs as well hidden throughout the film. Did you catch them all? My only other gripe is I wish I cared more about the more useless supporting characters. All I see them as is stereotypical Banta fodder.

PROS:

  • Zombie genre.
  • Cast performances.
  • Chemistry.

CONS:

  • Too much British references.
  • Useless supporting characters.

SCORE: 7.0/10

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