3 items from 2015
I’ve always been fascinated by Bobby Fischer due to his vanishing rather than anything he accomplished at a chessboard. I’ve never been good at the game, yet I respect its complexity. The greats literally memorize past matches and maneuvers, so in-tune with the playing field that they can play out loud with nothing more than words. Fischer was a great—the youngest Grandmaster in history and the first American-born World Champion. Like most geniuses, however, the strain of intellect, pressure, and success brought with it a hefty price. For Bobby it was the deterioration of his mental health. And as it’s told in Edward Zwick‘s Pawn Sacrifice, he may have known this from the beginning. If he were to rise to the top, the time was now.
My knowledge of the man was always miniscule: a footnote to a 1980s film I watched religiously called Searching for Bobby Fischer. »
- Jared Mobarak
19-2? Precinct 19, Car 2. It’s simple as that. A series title that upholds a long-standing tradition of cop shows throughout the years that use designators in their titles, from the likes of Car 54 Where Are You? to the more recent 10-8: Officers on Duty. 19-2 also continues the more modern tradition of the gritty cop drama, heavily influenced by the likes of cable TV dramas The Shield and The Wire – with the same hardened sensibilities, only this time with a Canadian twist…
Interestingly, 19-2 – as seen on this DVD – is not the original version of the show. This particular iteration of the cop drama is actually an Englich-language remake of the series, which was originally set in Montreal and filmed entirely in French. »
- Phil Wheat
To celebrate the upcoming release of 19-2 Complete Series One, available to own from 21 September 2015, we are giving 5 readers the chance to win a copy on DVD.
This powerful character study and gritty series revolves around the day-to-day life of two unwilling partners of the Montreal Police Department.
Police officers Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes – Arrow, Continuum) and Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso – Falling Skies, Godzilla) have been thrust into an unwilling partnership after the devastating shooting of Barron’s last partner. Nick carries the weight of that shooting with him everyday and isn’t planning on committing to the country boy who’s fresh to the city anytime soon.
Also starring Dan Petronijevic (American Pie Presents The Naked Mile), Benz Antoine (Rookie Blue), Mylene Dinh-Robic (Being Human), Conrad Pla (ReGenesis) and Laurence Leboeuf (Trauma), this gripping 10-part series shows life on the brutal and unforgiving streets of Montreal. With drug addicts, »
- Laura Holmes
3 items from 2015
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