2 items from 2011
Since HBO taught us how TV should be made, the medium has divided into two. On one side there’s the total shit that’s still being trotted out by the networks; filled with hackneyed characters, formulaic plotlines, endless chase scenes and flashbacks that patronise the audience by spoon-feeding them reminders of why something is relevant to the plot. Then there’s the good stuff; original ideas, realistic scripts and dialogues, compelling storylines, great acting and best of all, a faith on the part of the program makers that the audience has a modicum of intelligence.
Well actually there’s a third category: The stuff that shows a bit of both – Lost, True Blood, even Dexter with its you-need-me-to-explain-everything-you-are-seeing voiceover – all manage to tick the right boxes some of the time, only to let us down the rest of the time.
But we’re focusing on the good stuff. The shows which, »
- A.W. Wilson
This study of a dysfunctional crime family on the verge of imploding is tense, violent and supremely watchable
A kingdom of wounded and dying animals – that is, animals of the most vicious, dangerous kind – is what director David Michôd portrays here, and this is maybe the nearest we're going to get to an Australian GoodFellas. It is a tense, violent and supremely watchable crime drama, set in the bluecollar-gangland of Melbourne and starring Guy Pearce and Ben Mendelsohn, reviving memories of Eric Bana in Chopper and Scott Roberts's Australian heist thriller The Hard Word.
Michôd begins his movie with the queasiest touch of gallows humour: we seem to be watching bored teen Joshua Cody, known as J, played by James Frecheville, emotionlessly watching TV on the couch next to his sleeping mom. Yet the succeeding scene shows that this is not exactly what is happening, and J is sent to live with his cousins, »
- Peter Bradshaw
2 items from 2011
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