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Monthly Archives: September 2009


I saw this show ITV2 last night, it’s called Trinity and it’s produced by Ash Atalla (of IT Crowd and The Office fame). It’s set a fictional Oxbridge style University, where everyone is either stupidly posh or really intelligent but don’t act it. It’s been dubbed as Skins meets Dallas, now from this episode I can see why it gets compared to Skins, there’s a lot of rude language, pointless sex and moronic characters.

That’s not to say it’s terrible, for the most part, the dialouge is fairly laughable and the characterisation poor, but there’s definitely something in it’s setting and plot that could lead it to develop. What of project Gallahad or the dead father haunting his daughter?

It also doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is nice. As mentioned the characterisation is pretty dire, Christian Cooke (that lad of Demons) is an incredibly posh womaniser, there’s Maddy, a girl with a blatentley fake welsh accent, Reggie Yates (Honestly. It’s weird seeing him actually act when you’re used to him as a presenter) and Charlotte, a Christian who forgets her values, it’s really down to Charles Dance (what a legend) and Claire Skinner as the responsible, but very secretive adults to add the intrigue and mystery here. There’s also an american and a scotsman, who are comic relief, but don’t really add anything other than getting stoned and being pissed on.

Like the last series of Skins, it’s made a poor start, but definitely something to keep an eye on.


(500) Days Of Summer mini-review.

Now, you may recall me raving about this film a few weeks ago, well I saw it yesterday and loved it.

(500) days Of Summer.

An indie “Rom-com” that stars Zooey Deschanel and Joesph Gordon Levitt. It’s about a man who falls in love with a girl called Summer at his office, what follows are 500 days (not in the correct order) of his relationship to a really cool indie soundtrack. There are geniuenly some hilarious moments in the film (The main character singing Heres Comes Your Man at Karaoke is destined to be a cult clip) and I loved every second of it. Superbly acted, fun and very beautiful.

It’s feels very similar to Juno and Little Miss Sunshine, so if you liked them, you’ll really enjoy this. Highly Recommended.

Lucky Number Slevin mini-review

Starring: Bruce Willis, Lucy Lui, Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley.

Lucky Number Slevin is both an odd film in theory and practicality. The film centres around Slevin, a man who goes to stay in his friends apartment, only to find his friend not there. Worse comes to worst as he is mistaken for his friend, who owes one gang leader (Morgan Freeman) a lot of money and a favour and his bitter rival gang leader (Ben Kingsley) a smaller debt. Not to mention he’s being stalked and manipulated by an assasin called Good Cat (Bruce Willis)

What follows is a rollercoaster of twists, turns and a fair few explosions and violent scenes. As the film carries on, events fall into place and it’s impossible to predict the outcome, but it’s done really in a really slick style, it could be mistaken for a Tarantino film.

The performances are brilliant here as well, Josh Hartnett (although at times you probably could mistake him for Ashton Kutcher) does a really good job for an incredibly difficult role. And Ben Kingsley does a fine American jewish accent and his speech towards the end is beautifully read.

This film is very good on all accounts, it’s one of those films that people tend to just dismiss from a first glance as “dumb action film” but it’s so deep and so rewarding at the end, it’s almost essential viewing.