Post by Inspector Norse on May 3, 2019 21:26:51 GMT
What We Do in the Shadows, the series.
I saw the film recently and really liked it: a smart and funny vampire mockumentary, with heart and imagination spilling over. The TV series takes the same premise, moves it to New York, puts Matt Berry in it, and regresses to lame "saying banal things in a silly voice and pulling faces" comedy, rehashing gags or ideas from the film whenever it gets desperate.
Ultimately, the one real idea here - what would happen if you put vampires in mundane everyday situations - seems to have had all its juice wrung out of it in the film, and so scenes like the vampires being unable to do electronic signatures on an iPad, or trying to conquer the US by hypnotising councillors at a zoning ordinance meeting, can only have been mildly amusing in the writing room, and are not even that onscreen.
Aside from the fact they're all speaking English in a variety of accents, the first episode of this is rather brilliant. Equally horrifying and infuriating. It's also very cinematic with wonderful (if very sad and disturbing) images and sequences where the moments just linger, such as the radioactive ash falling like snow on the unsuspecting residents.
I might wait until the entire lot's out and binge on it one weekend because it deserves it.
Post by HEN HAWKADAY II on May 14, 2019 10:09:40 GMT
Hitler's Children, last night on BBC Four.
The whole programme (originally broadcast in 2012) was excellent, but the most interesting story featured the grandson of Rudolf Hoess (chief commandant at Auschwitz) going back to the place where the crimes were committed. At one point he stood in front of a group of Israeli teenagers to answer their questions. One girl stood up and started to tell him that his grandfather had exterminated her family - but she couldn't get the words out and broke down. It was terribly moving. A short while after a Holocaust survivor approached Hoess and wanted to shake his hand. They actually hugged each other after a moment of hesitation, and both had tears in their eyes. Really powerful stuff.
I'm not sure I could watch something like this too often - I was a blubbering wreck by the end - but the descendants were at least invariably honest about their experiences. And of course there are many others who weren't in the programme - fuck knows what kind of a life they had.
Post by HEN HAWKADAY II on May 15, 2019 19:36:38 GMT
Last night's Chernobyl was even better than the first. Everything is so brilliantly recreated, it's so evocative, so bleak. I guess they gained access to some old Soviet buildings - there's no way they could manage those scenes with CGI. The performances are uniformly excellent too.
After Fleabag, I'd say it's the best TV I've seen this year.
Did anyone watch that new Shane Meadows drama on C4 just now?
Or is it just GoT and Line of Duty for you people?
I never watch anything in real time if it's broadcast on a channel with commercials, but I did record it and will try to find time to watch it eventually, along with that new Russell T Davies series on iPlayer.
I do watch line of duty, and gardeners world and BBC football, but there's plenty more I watch – although as usual the widening of choice with all those channels leads to a lessening of interest