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There's a body in a barrel in this week's lean, precise episode of Ripper Street. Here's Becky's review...
This review contains spoilers.
3.5 Heavy Boots
Reid lies on the brink in Susan’s home after the near-fatal shooting at the end of last week’s episode. Whitechapel reacts the only way it knows how; with violence and death, quickly spiraling out of control. In the care of Susan, Reid is shot through the abdomen and the head, which puts his recovery in the realms of a small miracle. In the cold light of day, Drake has been hiding away with Rose rather than facing the Whitechapel streets without his friend whilst Jackson naturally gets stinking drunk. However, it’s not long before a body in a barrel and a more bullish than usual Inspector Abberline gets them back on the case.
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The latest Ripper Street is a remarkable piece of drama with a heart-stopping climactic scene. Here's Becky's review...
This review contains spoilers.
3.4 Your Father. My Friend.
First of all, apologies for missing my review for last week’s episode, Ashes And Diamonds. Unfortunately, a combination of technical issues and personal circumstances meant that I couldn’t get my thoughts into writing. In brief, it was an episode in which the central mystery was weak, but the character work around it was strong, particularly that of Bennett Drake, stepping into the absence of Reid and doing so very well. It also shows that Jerome Flynn is more than capable of carrying the show.
The excellent character work from that episode carries over into Your Father, My Friend, as Rose’s sighting of Alice/Matilda running away from her captors prompts Drake to seek out his inspector and return him to Whitechapel. »
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'Ashes and Diamonds' - the third offering from the period thriller's third series - will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime Instant Video customers from this Friday (November 21).
Drake is soon asked to take over the helm of H Division, but is far from keen to preside over his friend's desk.
Meanwhile, the mysterious death of a clairvoyant takes a reluctant Drake, Jackson and PC Grace into a world of devious charlatans capitalising on the grief of a sorrowful community.
Further questions arise when Drake and Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) meet one of the clairvoyant's grief-stricken clients, who unlocks the heart of a deceptive scheme.
Ripper Street: Cancellation, campaigns and »
Heading into a three-day holiday weekend, it's fairly quiet in terms of blockbuster releases (it won't be a surprise if Guardians Of The Galaxy continues to top the box-office chart despite recent newcomers), but Austin has plenty of specialty screenings to catch your attention.
Austin Film Society is screening Roger Corman's bizarre postapocalyptic 1971 film Gas-s-s-s screening tonight and again on Sunday afternoon in 35mm at the Marchesa. On Wednesday night, Afs will also be offering a preview screening of No No: A Dockumentary (Caitlin's review) with director Jeffrey Radice, producer Mike Blizzard and editor Sam Wainwright Douglas in attendance. The film, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year, tells the story of how Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter while on LSD in the 1970s. It's expected to open at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar next weekend and will also be available on VOD. We also get a new Essential Cinema series, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
The Criterion Collection has just released a new filmmaker top ten and this time it's Martin Scorsese getting the honors and he has quite a lot to say about each. The list includes obvious titles such as The Red Shoes, 8 1/2, The Leopard, Ashes and Diamonds and others as they were all on his list of Top 12 Films of All-Time from back in 2012. Nevertheless, it remains fascinating to read his words and reasoning. For example, I find it interesting to see him placing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan at #1. So often Rome Open City is the most talked about of Rossellini's fabulous War Trilogy (read my review) and so infrequently you hear about Paisan or Germany Year Zero, the latter of which is an absolute stunner. I've never sen Jean Renoir's The River or Francesco Rosi's Salvatore Giuliano, but the rest I've viewed. I'm not a huge fan of The Leopard, »
- Brad Brevet
At one time, Marc Webb was the guy who directed some music videos and the charming rom-com "(500) Days Of Summer." And the next thing he knew, he was caught in the web of "The Amazing Spider-Man," directing two films of the franchise so far, and recently confirmed for the third. But it looks like he's getting an exit strategy together. Fox has snapped up the rights to the upcoming book "Cold Comfort (aka How To Catch A Russian Spy)" co-written by journalist Ellis Henican, with the material being developed for Webb to direct. The comedy, which is said to have a lead role perfect for a Jonah Hill type, tells the story of a self-taught spy who works with the FBI to track down a Russian agent in the United States. Sounds cool bro, but with Webb tied up through 2016 with Spidey, this is a long way off. [Deadline] Polish filmmaking »
- Kevin Jagernauth
6 items from 2014
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