Jan 31 2014

See what’s coming to blinkbox this February and WIN £100 blinkbox credit!

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**Note: this competition is now closed**
This week we’re looking ahead to February and the wonderful slate of films that will see their release. Packed with hilarious animated movies, propulsive action films and two contenders for the Best Picture Oscar, the shortest month of the year is also shaping up to be the best!

For our competition this week, we’re giving away £100 blinkbox credit – that’s more than enough to watch all of next month’s major new movies! To be in with a chance to win, just head to the bottom of the page and answer a question about our upcoming line-up of February releases!

Blue Jasmine (from Monday 3 February)

Woody Allen’s best film since the 80s features an imperious, award-winning performance from Cate Blanchett. She plays Jasmine, a New York socialite who loses her fortune and is forced to move in with her working class sister. Working with an usually tight script from Allen, she’s joined by a sparkling cast of actors including Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Alec Baldwin and Louis CK.

The Fifth Estate (from Monday 3 February)

Man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch physically transforms himself in The Fifth Estate, playing one of the most enigmatic public figures of recent history: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Machete Kills (from Monday 3 February)

The blade-wielding Mexican badass is back in Robert Rodriguez’s sequel. This time, he’s surrounded by a cast of hispanic all-stars including Sofia Vergara, Demián Bichir, Antonio Banderas and Charlie Sheen (billed under his birth name, Carlos Estevez).

Captain Phillips (from Monday 10 February)

Having made his name with the Bourne movies, director Paul Greengrass has taken his talents to this riveting true-life story about a cargo captain (Tom Hanks) who’s taken hostage by Somali pirates. Hanks’ performance is outstanding, as is that of newcomer (and Oscar nominee) Barkhad Abdi, who plays the nominal leader of the pirate gang.


Turbo (from Monday 10 February)

Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to this animated film about a snail who dreams of becoming a racer. When an accident gives him supernatural speed, Turbo finds himself in a position to win the Indy 500! The stellar voice cast includes Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L Jackson.

Bad Grandpa (from Monday 17 February)

Reprising his semi-popular character from Jackass, Johnny Knoxville stars in this hilarious motion picture experience that that’s part-road movie, part-prank show.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (from Monday 10 February)

In the first film, inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) created a machine that could summon food from the sky, making it snow ice cream and rain hamburgers. In this sequel, he discovers that his machine has inadvertently created a wonderful island populated by food/animal hybrids. Enter: shrimpanzees, cantelopes and, uh… kiwis.

Philomena (from Monday 24 February)

One of this year’s surprise hits: this moving comic-drama stars Dame Judi Dench as an elderly Irish woman in search of a son who was stolen from her almost 50 years earlier. Comedian Steve Coogan co-stars, co-produces and co-wrote this touching real-life story.

Thor: The Dark World (from Monday 24 February)

Chris Hemsworth returns as Marvel’s God of Thunder in a sequel that sees him doing battle against the dark elves of Svartalfheim. Brit actor Tom Hiddlestone once again steals to show as Thor’s wicked stepbrother Loki.

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Jan 30 2014

Trailer: Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ (Super-NSFW)

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**WARNING: This trailer is full of graphic language**

As you might expect from the writer and director of Ted, Seth MacFarlane’s latest film A Million Ways to Die in the West is not your conventional Western. It stars the Family Guy creator as an unusually modern-type person living in the Wild West, where death is lurking around every corner. And by that, we mean that his backwater town has a higher mortality rate than Midsomer.

Joining MacFarlane is a pretty sparkling cast that includes Charlize Theron, Sarah Silverman, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris and Liam Neeson, who plays a deadly Irish gunfighter. (We think he’s Irish, at least…)

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Fans of Ted and Family Guy will know what to expect from this movie but this time, it seems that the profanity will be hitting Goodfellas standards. We don’t expect it will recieve anything less than a 15 Certificate… and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

A Million Ways to Die in the West is in cinemas 6 June


Jan 30 2014

Nicolas Cage of the Week: First clip from religious epic ‘Left Behind’

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Perhaps as a part of his plan to give back a lot of money to Uncle Sam, Nicolas Cage is continuing his streak of appearing in just about any movie that will pay him.

This week, we’re seeing the first clip released by the upcoming film Left Behind. In it, he plays an airline pilot who must come to terms with his wife being abducted by Jesus. Well, sort of…

Based on a series of books popular amongst fundamentalist Christians, Left Behind is set in a world where the good and righteous people have been taken to heaven in The Rapture, leaving the rest of Earth’s population to deal with The End Times.

This isn’t the first time Left Behind has been adapted for film. In the early 2000s, former Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron starred in a series of direct-to-video movies of the same name. While those films are next-to-unknown to mainstream audiences, they found great financial success thanks to word-of-mouth and organised church screenings. Left Behind II: Tribulation Force even ousted Spider-Man as the #1 best-seller on Amazon!

Co-starring Chad Michael Murray from The OC (don’t call it that) and Back to the Future‘s Lea Thompson, Left Behind is directed by British stunt legend Vic Armstrong. Best known as Harrison Ford’s stunt double for Indiana Jones, Armstrong has since acted as second unit director and served as stunt co-ordinator on countless films.

Left Behind does not currently have a UK distributor


Jan 29 2014

“Let’s go to work”: 11 Essential Quentin Tarantino Scenes

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1. Breakfast Diner (Reservoir Dogs)
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Quentin Tarantino is in a unique position as a film-maker. Having announced last week that he was abandoning his Western project The Hateful Eight after his script was leaked by a talent agent, the entertainment press had a field day deconstructing his decision. While it’s been almost 20 years since Pulp Fiction changed the face of American cinema, Tarantino is as influential as he’s ever been. His last two films, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained were the most lucrative of his career and actors everywhere are falling over themselves for the chance to work for the maestro. Seeing as how we’re unlikely to see another Tarantino film in the next couple of years, we’re looking back at the 10 most essential scenes from his killer filmography.

From the release his debut feature, he’s always been recognised as one of America’s most vital cinematic voices. In fact, the very first scene of Reservoir Dogs opens up with Tarantino speaking as he lectures a group of men in a diner as to why Madonna’s Like a Virgin is all about penises. As his camera swoops around table, the conversation between these be-suited tough guys switches to tipping etiquette (Mr Pink is not a fan).


This seemingly trivial banter became the first of Tarantino’s trademarks, effortlessly establishing character in a way rarely seen on film. This style of dialogue has often been imitated by others, but rarely bettered.

2. “I shot Marvin in the face”  (Pulp Fiction)
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Pulp Fiction was only Tarantino’s second film, but it was the one that cemented his status as the coolest cat in Hollywood. It’s so positively full of memorable lines and characters that we had to limit ourselves to just picking three scenes. First of all is this unexpected shocker: after surviving a shootout on a routine pick-up, Jules and Vincent (Samuel L Jackson and John Travolta) get into a bit of a theological debate in the car. In the back seat, their informant is still pretty shaken up at having witnessed a bunch of murders. In fact, you could say that he was losing his head over it. [raises eyebrow and smirks]

3. Butch vs. Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction)
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The stars of the Look Who’s Talking movies unite on the screen for the first time in this brief scene. When boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) wins a match he was meant to throw, he incurs the wrath of Marcellus Wallace, a big-time mobster who had a lot of money riding on the fight. Against his better instincts, Butch heads back to his apartment to pick up his father’s watch, only to find something unexpected in the toilet.

4. How It Went Down (Jackie Brown)
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Considered by most to be Tarantino’s most mature film, Jackie Brown is also the only movie in his canon to be an adaptation of an existing story. Loosely based on Elmore Leonard’s crime novel Rum Punch, it sees Pam Grier’s titular air hostess running a scam that requires her to outsmart both the Feds and a pair of hardened criminals (Samuel L Jackson and Robert De Niro). In a virtuoso piece of scripting, Tarantino depicts the final hustle from multiple angles by replaying the con from the perspective of various characters.

5. Dinner at Candieland (Django Unchained)
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Nobody does table scenes quite like Tarantino.  In fact, more than one moment on this list takes place around a table. The main plot of Django Unchained culminates during a formal dinner at the home of cruel landowner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Bounty hunter Dr Schultz King (Christoph Waltz) and his partner Django (Jamie Foxx) are there with the ruse that they’re in the market for slave fighters; in actual fact, they’re trying to trick Candie into giving them Django’s slave Hildy. And they would have gotten away with it, were it not for Samuel L Jackson’s duplicitous house-slave: a sniveling buffoon in front of his master, Stephen is revealed to be a cunning mastermind once in the company of his fellow slaves.

It’s a testament to Tarantino’s writing that the only honest man in this scene is also the most detestable: as played by DiCaprio, Candie is a straightforward, honourable gentlemen who happens to operate under a false belief that white men are destined to rule over all other races. In essence, this scene is just 20 minutes of conversation, but it manages to be more thrilling and tense than any gunfight you could imagine.

6. Lend Me Your Ear  (Reservoir Dogs)

After a jewel heist goes wrong, the gang reconvene at an abandoned warehouse where they arrive at the conclusion that there’s a police mole within their group. Luckily, Mr Blonde (Michael Madsen) has brought a uniformed cop to the party: a poor family man who’s about to learn a thing or two about ‘advanced interrogation’.

Whenever Tarantino is accused of glorifying violence in his films (as he was in the Channel 4 interview), his critics usually zero-in on this particular scene as an example. When a group of teenagers in Liverpool tortured and killed another boy in 2009, reports suggested that they re-enacted this sequence at one point. Although it’s logically flawed to suggest that Reservoir Dogs drove these kids to commit murder, the incident does highlight how things that are cool in movies would often be horrifying if thought about in real life terms.

7. The Watch (Pulp Fiction)
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As the Vietnam veteran Captain Koons, Christopher Walken turns up at the house of a young Butch Coolidge. He’s brought a watch that belonged to Butch’s father, a GI who died a POW camp. Returning the watch to the young boy, Cap. Koons tells him of the great pains taken to keep it safe from their captors. It’s a scene that only lasts a few minutes, but Walken’s unique delivery has turned it into a classic.

8. The Jew Hunter (Inglourious Basterds)
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In his long-gestated WWII revenge fantasy, Tarantino created perhaps one his most intriguing characters in Col. Hans Landa of the SS (Christoph Waltz). A cultured man of many charms, he is multi-lingual and endlessly fascinated with American turns of phrase. In the opening scene of Inglourious Basterds, he casually interrogates a French dairy farmer and puts to work his skills as the notorious ‘Jew Hunter’.

Waltz went on to win an Academy Award for this performance, leading on to a new career in Hollywood and his latest role in Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

9. House of the Blue Leaves (Kill Bill: Vol. 1)
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In an explicit homage to the Shaw Brothers martial arts films and American exploitation cinema, Tarantino abandoned the intimate world of LA’s criminal fraternity that played home to his early movies. Kill Bill Vol 1 was in many ways QT doing a big action picture — full of meticulously choreographed fights scenes and utilising entire oceans of fake blood. Ask people what the most memorable scene in Kill Bill is and 8 out of 10 cats will tell you that it’s this one: The Bride’s big massacre at The House of the Blue Leaves.

10. Across 110th Street (Jackie Brown)
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As a writer and director, Tarantino is many things: a film historian capable of finding influence from decades of movies, a man with a golden ear for great soundtracks and a writer of cool and unique dialogue. But the one thing he has never been accused of is being sentimental in any way. Most of his protagonists tend to tough guys or in the case of Kill Bill, a ruthless woman who might as well be one of the boys. But in the character of Jackie Brown, he managed to find a different dimension to his writing by tapping into a middle-aged air hostess caught in the middle of a dangerous game played by powerful men.

In the film’s final movement, Jackie has beaten Ordell and the Feds and she’s escaped with all the money. At this point, all that’s left for her is to go and get her man (Robert Forster’s hangdog bail bondsman, Max Cherry). But after the briefest of kisses, she disappears into the sunset with Bobby Womack playing on the car stereo.

This shot directly riffs on the ending of 1967’s The Graduate, where Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross escape from her wedding and run on to the back of a bus only find their elation slowly erode into uncertainly. (In fact, Jackie Brown’s title sequence is also an homage to the Graduate’s first scene) In the last shot of Tarantino’s film, we focus on Pam Greer’s face as she starts to fight back the tears. For QT, it’s a rare emotional moment and the perfect ending to an incredible movie.

11. Parlour Games – Inglourious Basterds
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In perhaps the best standalone scene of the film, we see Michael Fassbender’s British spy Archie Hicox and German ‘Basterd’ Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger) attend a rendezvous with fellow spy Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger), a famous German film actress. What was intended as a simple meet-up in a French tavern turns into a right saga when the drinking hole turns out to be packed German soldiers. It’s an incredibly tense sequence that ranks as one of the best spy scenes of all time.

Ignoble Omissions

Four Rooms: Back when Robert Rodriguez and Tarantino were riding a high as kings of independent cinema, they devised this 4-part anthology film starring Tim Roth as an overwhelmed bell hop in a hotel full of weirdos. Tarantino’s segment is perhaps the strongest of the four segments but it suffers from a grating performance by the director himself. Also, the entire premise of the scene is an open rip-off/homage to an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, so it can’t really claim any points on originality.

Death Proof: The only comprehensively bad film in Tarantino’s canon. Some people disagree, but they are wrong: it is utter rubbish.

If you can’t get enough of QT, put in some quality time with our Quentin Tarantino Collection


Jan 28 2014

‘Robocop’ Clip: Murphy takes on Ed-209

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Fans of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 Robocop will be delighted to hear that the upcoming reboot will feature one of the original’s most beloved creations: the Ed-209.

Positioned as an earlier, clumsier law version of Robocop, this new Ed-209 still looks a lot like the one we love and remember. In this brand new clip, we see Joel Kinneman’s cyborg policeman take on a small squad of the overpowered, chicken legged monstrosities:

So, what do you think about this new Robocop reboot? Are you excited, concerned or merely ambivalent? Give us your opinion in the comments box below.

You have 20 seconds to comply.

Robocop is in cinemas and IMAX from February 7


Jan 28 2014

Trailer: Pierce Brosnan wants to kill himself in ‘A Long Way Down’

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Shot way back in 2012, the adaptation of Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down has seemingly been in the pipeline for quite a long time. With its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival just around the corner, we now can take a look at the newly-released trailer.

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, it tells the story of four strangers who find themselves atop a skyscraper on New Year’s Eve with the intention of killing themselves. Literally talking each other off the ledge, they make a pact to stay alive until Valentine’s Day. Forming an unlikely group of comrades, they vow to help each other stay alive… but for how long?

Ostensibly a comedy, the film deals with some pretty dark themes, not the least of which is suicide. In crafting what hopes to be a feel-good movie, French director Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker) will have to walk a pretty fine tightrope.

A Long Way Down will drop into cinemas 21 March


Jan 28 2014

Jaguar teases Super Bowl ad with Kingsley, Hiddlestone and Mark Strong

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The idea of the Super Bowl advert is such a immense phenomenon in the States that we can’t help but feel the ripples on this side of the pond. With the NFL’s biggest game of year primed to take place this weekend in New York, advertisers across America have spared no expense delivering shiny new commercials to play during the highest-rated broadcast of the year.  For their Super Bowl ad this year, Jaguar have called in some of the biggest names in British film-making to deliver what looks like an unmade Bond film.

Here is the official teaser for their ad:

Starring Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddlestone and Mark Strong, Jaguar’s ad will pitch the F-type coupe by playing up to the stereotype of British movie villains. After all, the baddies always get the best lines. Although you might not know it from this teaser, Les Miserables director Tom Hooper is calling the shots from behind the camera.

Last year’s Super Bowl had a viewership of 108 million people, which is almost half the adult population of the US. With a rare opportunity to play to such an enormous captive crowd, America’s biggest brands go all out, paying out as much as £2.4 million for the airtime alone! Many of the ads will have blockbuster appeal and big name stars while other might be comedic or even emotional. Major film studios will often debut 30-second trailers for their summer releases. Over the four-hour broadcast, every single advert spot will have never been seen before.

Large sections of the  viewership don’t even care about American Football. They tune in just to watch the ads! To you and me, that sounds like complete madness!

But then again… who’s the one that just posted a trailer for a TV ad?

Super Bowl adverts will not be broadcast in the UK, but expect them all to hit the web come Monday morning.


Jan 28 2014

blinkbox Recommends: Amazing Shows Available on Try TV on Us

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Try TV on Us returns to blinkbox after its successful first run last year. The basic concept is this: to help you find your new next favourite TV show, we’re giving you the opportunity to sample the first episode of 28 great television shows… with no risk whatsoever! The titles in our offer are better than ever, covering amazing comedies and dramas from Britain and America.

To help you get started, we’ve taken the liberty of recommending some great programmes, many of which rank among our favourite shows of all time!

Futurama
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Better known as Matt Groening’s other animated creation, Futurama originally ran from 1999 to 2003. The show centres on Fry, a pizza delivery guy from our time who gets accidentally frozen, only to be thawed out in the year 3000. Looking to make a complete fresh start, he takes a job at an intergalactic delivery service alongside a crazed professor, a sexy Cyclops pilot, an alcoholic robot and an inept crustacean doctor. Skewering sci-fi tropes and parodying everything from Star Trek to Wall Street, this became one of TV’s best shows by the start of its second year.

With the exception of The Simpsons’ strongest seasons (4 to 6, if you really must know), there has never been a funnier animated comedy on television. What sets it apart from things like Family Guy and the more recent Simpsons is the fact the writers have crafted great stories populated by characters they obviously love. Give us Zapp Brannigan and Morbo over Mr Burns and Kent Brockman any day of the week.

Spartacus
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At first glance, you might think that Spartacus: Blood and Sand looks like a 300 rip-off: the actors are all ripped to within an inch of their lives and they do battle in super-slow motion. You might also think that it’s packed full of gratuitous nudity and you’d be entirely correct: there’s more R-rated material in the first episode than an entire season of Game of Thrones. But if you think this makes it a bad show, you’re dead wrong.

Set at the time of the Roman Republic, Australian Andy Whitfield plays a Thracian warrior who’s enslaved and sold off to John Hannah, the owner of Rome’s finest stable of gladiators. Given the slave name Spartacus, he works his way up the ranks in the hopes of securing his freedom and the return of his wife. Shot in New Zealand with a mostly antipodean cast and crew, former Xena star Lucy Lawless plays a crucial role as the manipulative lady of the house.

Don’t be put off by the superficial stuff: in amongst the swinging breasts, severed limbs and gallons of blood is some of the best writing and acting we’ve ever seen on television.

Sherlock
Sherlock
Given only 9 episodes have ever been aired, it is remarkable how this BBC update of Sherlock Holmes has become such a worldwide phenomenon. Created by Stephen Moffatt and Mark Gatiss, two writers best known for their work on Doctor Who, it re-imagines Arthur Conon Doyle’s immortal detective as a misanthropic, modern-day forensic detective working alongside former Afghanistan vet Dr John Watson (Martin Freeman).

With its stunning visuals, humorous performances and easy charm, it’s no surprise that the show’s become such a giant global hit. If you’re one of the five dozen people in the UK who hasn’t seen Sherlock, watch the first episode on us!

Awake
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Cruelly cancelled before its time, this show starred Jason Isaacs as a police detective with a twist. Having lost his wife in a car wreck some time before the start of the show, he now lives as a single dad, balancing his home life with his job catching crooks. But whenever he falls asleep, he wakes up next to his wife in a world where his son was killed in the accident instead. It’s probably best we let the title sequence explain it to you:


As a week-to-week cop show, this plot device works in interesting ways, allowing Isaacs to pursue the same case in both worlds. On another level, it’s also one of the most heart-breaking depictions of grief we’ve seen on television: Isaacs’ character understands that one of these realities must be taking place inside his head, but as long as he’s still able to see both his son and wife, he doesn’t want to get better and move on with his life.

Thankfully, the makers of this show were allowed to wrap up the story before it was cancelled, which means you shouldn’t be worried about any unresolved plotlines and cliff hangers. With only 13 episodes in total, you should totally check out Awake if you’re concerned about committing too much time to a new show.

The Tudors
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Gosh: that Henry VIII was all fat and ugly, right? Wrong! As played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the pickiest of all British monarchs is now a sexy beast with a tidy beard! Over the course of 4 seasons, his reign is tested by a series of historically accurate-ish diplomatic incidents. At the same time, his faith and fidelity are also brought into question as he puts a series of wives to the sword (both literally and figuratively).

Replete with steamy historical romances and political back-stabbing, fans of historical fiction will lap this up like a salty lamprey broth (or some other period-appropriate soup).

Nashville
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Friday Night Lights’ Connie Britton stars as Rayna James, a country music legend whose star is on the wane. Having seen her fortune squandered by her husband, she’s being forced to support a Taylor Swift-style teen star (Hayden Panattiere from Heroes) on tour. The two superstar personalities butt heads on the road, fighting over the services of Rayna’s guitarist (Charles Esten, who you might remember from Whose Line is it Anyway?). Adding to Rayna’s troubles is her odious father (Powers Boothe), an influential millionaire who plans to install her husband as Mayor of Nashville.

As you might expect from a show about the Country Western capitol, the real star of the show is its killer soundtrack, produced by music legend T-Bone Burnett. Putting together dozens of original songs and coaxing great vocal performances from his stars, Burnett has achieved something very tricky by turning Britton and Panattiere into credible country stars.

Mr Selfridge
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Jeremy Piven stars in this handsomely-made period drama from writer Andrew Davies (BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’ Diary). He plays Harry Gordon Selfridge, a charismatic American retailer who in 1909 opened the world’s largest department store on London’s Oxford Street. There’s certainly a Downton Abbey vibe to the programme, not only because of the upstairs/downstairs dynamic between Selfridge and his employees but also its 1910s setting and appreciation for soap opera plotlines: ambition, unrequited love, political chicanery and illicit affairs figure pretty heavily in the first series. There’s even a Dowager Countess figure in the form of Lady Mae, a former chorus girl who becomes one of the store’s major financial backers.

Despite his portrayal as a Don Draper-style cad, Piven’s Mr Selfridge is ultimately a very likeable, decent man: a commodity that’s increasingly rare in the modern TV landscape. Sure, the stakes are somewhat low (spoiler alert: Selfridges doesn’t go under!) but that doesn’t stop this from being an immensely enjoyable show.

New Girl
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One of the breakout hits of recent years, New Girl was developed as a vehicle for movie star Zooey Deschanel. She plays Jess, a quirky school teacher who moves into a loft with three men after she breaks up with her boyfriend. While the show is nominally about Deschanel’s character, over the course of the first season her male flatmates developed into three of the best sitcom characters on TV. There’s burnout bartender Nick with his frugal ways and secret attraction to Jess; Schmidt, a ladies’ man with a persona shaped by his past as a fat kid; and Winston, whose seemingly sensible façade often disappears in the face of his numerous obsessions (of which werewolves, fruity cocktails and Nick’s dad are just a few).

Now in its third season, the show has continued to thrive thanks to some sharp writing and a cast of well-defined, interesting characters. Making a sitcom isn’t rocket science but it still surprises how few comedies get it as consistently right as New Girl.

Luther
Luther
It’s Morse for the 21st century! Idris Elba plays DCI John Luther, a troubled copper with a lot on his plate. He’s been under investigation for putting a suspect in a coma, his estranged wife has struck up a relationship with her colleague, and in the very first episode he investigates a double murder. Without spoiling the first episode for you, we can say he makes an unusual ally in the form of a genius killer: a sociopath that serves as the Hannibal Lector to his Jodie Foster.

Working with some seriously smart writing, Elba delivers a compelling performance that elevates this above your average police show: his character is the emotional, street-smart antithesis of Sherlock Holmes. Having just completed its third series, Luther continues to go from strength to strength.

Watch the first episodes of many more shows by going to our Try TV on Us page!


Jan 28 2014

First Picture: Jim Broadbent heads to the slammer in ‘Get Santa’

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The production of the upcoming holiday comedy Get Santa has just released its first image a week into it’s shooting schedule. It features Jim Broadment as Father Christmas, getting his mugshot taken. After voicing Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick in the Aardman animated film Arthur Christmas, Broadbent will now play him in the flesh.

The plot involves Santa Claus’ sled breaking down in London, which result in him getting banged-up by the Met (known for their institutional prejudice against fictional characters). This leaves it up to parolee Rafe Spall and his young son to save the day by breaking Father Christmas out of prison. It all sounds like solid holiday fare — and uncannily like the plot of Ernest Saves Christmas.

But if there’s one thing can’t be disputed, it’s that impressive line-up of talent involved in Get Santa: great character actors like Stephen Graham, Ewen Bremner and Jodie Whitaker pepper the cast list. Writer-director Christopher Smith has been on our radar for quite a while: his previous films have all been rather interesting horror projects. You might remember the slasher-on-an-office-camping-trip movie Severance with Danny Dyer or perhaps the mind-bending, time-looping Australian cruise ship horror Triangle.

With executive producer Ridley Scott on board, this could be the big break Smith has been waiting for.

Get Santa probably comes out sometime in November or December


Jan 28 2014

Trailer: Christoph Waltzes through Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem

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For the past twenty years, film fans have been desperate for Terry Gilliam to make another great film. That’s not to say his output in that time has been all bad: Twelve Monkeys is excellent and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas has its charms. But what we’re really desperate for is another movie like Brazil or Baron Munchausen; films that present an unfiltered look into Gilliam’s extraordinary visual imagination.

This is why we’re tentatively excited for his latest film The Zero Theorem, his Braziliest film since Brazil. From the look of the trailer, it’s set in a dimension one step over from his classic 1985 film, with an expansive and insidious government seeking to control people’s minds. We see images of a future that is both dilapidated and hyper-technological and are introduced to quirky British types played by Ben Whishaw, David Thewlis and Tilda Swinton. If anything, our concerns lies in the fact that The Zero Theorem looks like a Gilliam homage more than anything else.

Add to that some seriously weighty themes like the meaning of life and you could have a film in danger of collapsing under its own weight.

We’ve been disappointed by Gilliam’s films far too often, but with respect to the man who made some of Britain’s finest films, we’ll remain cautiously optimistic about this one.

The Zero Theorem is in cinemas 14 March