5 Never Mind was the first of Edward St Aubyn's five Patrick Melrose novels to be published. As it tells of the formative trauma in Patrick's life, this makes chronological sense, but you can also see why the producers of the TV adaptation decided to lead with Bad News. Aside from putting Benedict Cumberbatch front and centre, it was a more accessible entry point to the series, and diluted the grim opulence with plenty of comedy. The second episode prompted fewer laughs but it was no less compelling. At its heart was the act of unspeakable evil from which the story draws its power. We saw only glimpses of the adult Patrick, delirious with cold turkey, shivering in the back seat of a car or in bed at home. In the depths of his suffering he remembered a childhood holiday to the south of France, where his father David (Hugo Weaving) and mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason Leigh) played host at their house in Lacoste. Like every property in the series it was a gorgeous hell, … [Read more...] about Patrick Melrose, episode 2 review: there are few laughs in this dark episode but it’s still compelling
Cars 2 review
3 State of Decay 2 is at its best when things are going terribly wrong. The first death to hit my burgeoning community in this zombie-infested slice of the midwest was a moment of unpredictable chaos. The group had been asked by a duo of needy neighbours to recover medical supplies that had been pinched by a stronger, less scrupulous gang holed up in a farmhouse to the north. Fancying ourselves as the peacekeeping sherriffs in this neck of post-apocalyptia, we rolled up to the farmhouse and convinced the thieves to return the rucksack full of meds. Or so we thought. What appeared to be a done deal descended into chaos, as the thieves changed their minds as we exited the barn, opening fire as our backs were turned. Despite a frantic attempt at escape, an accompanying ally and one of the neighbours along for the ride were killed in the firefight. As the injured sole survivor, I now had to deal with the remaining gang members and the encroaching zombie horde drawn to the crack of … [Read more...] about State of Decay 2 review
David Leitch, 119 mins, starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams Deadpool 2 isn’t too bad for a film which, according to its own opening credits, is directed by “one of the guys who killed the dog in John Wick.” You can’t help but admire the distributors’ chutzpah either in releasing it now. Avengers: Infinity War is in cinemas at the moment; Solo: A Star Wars Story is out in a week or two. The sensible approach would surely have been to choose another date but the new Deadpool seems happy to be sandwiched between two of the year’s biggest blockbusters. Read more Critics are saying Deadpool 2 is even 'better than the first' The first reactions to Deadpool 2 are in Deadpool performs interpretive dance in Celine Dion's new music video Its profanity-filled, self-mocking humour is becoming just a bit wearisome, though. When the Avengers, X-Men et al have the same tongue in cheek quality … [Read more...] about Deadpool 2 review: The humour is becoming just a bit wearisome
5 Has a work of fiction ever benefitted so richly from mass paranoia as the TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale? When the series, based on the Margaret Atwood novel, went into production, America still assumed that, for better or worse, Hillary Clinton would be it’s 45th President. When it premiered last year, half of the nation was in the midst of a collective panic attack over the actual outcome of the 2016 election. If you weren’t cackling in triumph over the demise of the coastal elites, Atwood’s dystopian vision of an America where women are subjugated, enslaved and used to carry the babies of the barren religious zealots who overthrew and remade it in their fundamental image, was starting to seem horribly plausible. Chaos, corruption and mean-spiritedness turned out to be the actual hallmarks the of the current administration, but for many concerned citizens, the only possible reaction to the latest Washington outrage or barely coherent … [Read more...] about The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 review: Moss grows only more virtuosic as the rancid layers of this terrifying new society are revealed
THE NEW Top Gear is great.There.. I’ve said it. It’s dangerous, it’s funny.. What more do you want?It’s the humour that sets this apart from Chris Evans’ failed series.Matt Le Blanc’s heavy-lidded quips always hit home.His droll approach feels brilliantly uncensored - like when he calls fellow presenter Chris Harris an ‘A-hole’. It’s what we’re all thinking.Harris is in the job for a kicking.He’s the fall guy - the Zippo Marx. Yes, he knows his stuff - but boy do we take pleasure when he cocks up. It’s pantomime villain 101, but it works.When Harris brags, then fails to drift an Alfa Romeo Giulia through a car-shaped hole in a wall - smashing the windscreen instead - a nation cries YES.As Rory Reid laughs on from the umpire’s seat, we all laugh along. Harris looks genuinely shaken. But it’s still funny.Reid is the real star - and sadly, we haven’t seen enough of him.He’s got natural … [Read more...] about Top Gear episode 2 review – It’s funny and dangerous.. what more do you want?