tv review – HBO’s True Detective, season 2

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: True Detective Season 2 is written by the writer of its first season, but other than that it has nothing to do with Season 1. True Detective‘s second season tells a new story with an entirely different cast of characters in a new setting. This needs…

film review – The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

2015 is a good year for spy movies: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation was a spectacular thrill ride that bested the previous entries in the¬†MI franchise, and November sees the release of the much-anticipated 24th James Bond film, titled Spectre. In between these two juggernauts Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has arrived, a Cold War…

tv review – NBC’s Hannibal, episode 3.13

Ahead of watching ‘The Wrath Of The Lamb’ many viewers were cautious: could and would this season finale wrap up the story in a satisfying manner and not leave its audience wanting more? It’s an understandable concern given Hannibal‘s cancellation: the last episode of this particular season turned out to be the note the entire…

film review – Sinister 2

The first Sinister, directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson, was released in 2012 and was a genuinely scary horror flick: the blend of nasty snuff films and the supernatural worked very well, and all of it was grounded by Ethan Hawke’s wonderfully earnest performance. The solid direction and eerie soundtrack also added a lot of…

tv review – NBC’s Hannibal, episode 3.12

‘The Number Of The Beast Is 666’, this season’s penultimate episode, was littered with both a lot of familiar elements and surprises. Once again Bryan Fuller and his team of writers have managed to twist a lot of elements from the novels and their own original material to subvert the expectations of viewers and put…

tv review – NBC’s Hannibal, episode 3.11

“I’ll dance at your wedding,” Hannibal said during the previous episode, to move the person on the other end of the telephone line to hand him Will Graham’s home address. During ‘…And The Beast From The Sea’ Will’s home address got forwarded one more time; to Francis Dolarhyde, a man you’d rather not have find…

tv review – NBC’s Hannibal, episode 3.10

Thank Thomas Harris for Hannibal Lecter’s memory palace; the way¬†Hannibal‘s creative team has incorporated this notion into the show has been absolutely inspired and flawless. Nowhere is this more apparent than in one of the early scenes from ‘…And The Woman Clothed In Sun’, during which notorious serial killer Francis Dolarhyde calls his hero Hannibal…