Review: Fargo 3.01 ‘The Law of Vacant Places’ and 3.02 ‘The Principle of Restricted Choice’

Fargo has returned for its third season, and this time the "true story" takes us back to the relatively modern day of 2010. The first two episodes suggest that after the comparative grandeur of the second season's tale of a criminal empire's total annihilation, Noah Hawley is returning to the tried and tested Fargo formula: normal… Continue reading Review: Fargo 3.01 ‘The Law of Vacant Places’ and 3.02 ‘The Principle of Restricted Choice’

Review: National Theatre’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

This was the National Theatre's 50 year anniversary production of Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It was directed by David Leveaux and starred Daniel Radcliffe as Rosencrantz, Joshua McGuire as Guildenstern, and David Haig as the Player. Again, I saw this in my local cinema, as a National Theatre Live production. I really… Continue reading Review: National Theatre’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Review: National Theatre’s Twelfth Night

This was the National Theatre's 2017 production of Twelfth Night, directed by Simon Godwin. (I'm assuming everyone knows it, so I'm not going to bother warning for spoilers.) So I didn't actually go and see this in the theatre, because some of us don't live in London. Instead I went to see it broadcast live in my… Continue reading Review: National Theatre’s Twelfth Night

Review: The Discovery

The Discovery starts out with an interesting premise, and somehow turns it around so that the end is the most cliche ridden flatlining imaginable. From director Charlie McDowell comes the latest made-for-Netflix movie, a romantic science fiction starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara and Robert Redford. In the near future, thanks to Dr. Thomas Harbor (Redford), there is… Continue reading Review: The Discovery

Review: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is, for me, flawless. Understated; intelligently, intricately plotted; driven by incredibly human characters - it is quietly, unselfconsciously brilliant. This is the first film of The Vengeance Trilogy, three narratively unconnected films from South Korean director Park Chan-wook that all deal with themes of vengeance (unsurprisingly), violence and salvation. In Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, we initially follow… Continue reading Review: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)