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Homeland – Season Two: There’s the smile and a wee bit of redemption, suspense and a whole lot of genius… TV, oh how I love thee…
★★★★★

The Sunday just gone marked the return of the second season of Homeland (in the UK), staged some six months after the last episode ended and from the onset, Homeland updates you and makes its mark, keeping you just as glued to the TV as the first season, except that this time, it’s even more enthralling and suspenseful. Being a week behind the US, I couldn’t resist the urge to catch the second episode and whilst there are some minor gripes with certain things (let’s just say the Skype call and the positioning of some people as examples), everything else feels spot on, from the revelations to all the sub-plots (the father-daughter relationship my particular favourite), the writing and of course, the acting. Clever, ambitious and above all else, entertaining, Homeland is quite possibly the best show currently on TV and for you to miss it would be a huge mistake!

Image from: Homeland, (2012), [ONLINE]. Available here

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Looper Review

Looper: A truly memorable sci-fi thriller from Rian Johnson
★★★★★

Looper has many plus points, from the stylistic opening scenes to the smart script and original storyline that concludes with a very satisfying end that will ultimately leave you thinking and talking about the whole film for some time afterwards. It’s initially paced at a speed that manages to hold your suspense whilst punching you in the face with action and superb acting, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt destined for a big and bright future (not to mention Johnson’s future too), but there are also some very slight negative points as the film progresses (I’m nitpicking), if you could call them negative as such. The pace shirks from its beginnings and becomes more, well, boggy and perhaps less entertaining as the earlier sequence of events, but no less enjoyable as the plot progressively develops in to something very interesting and so, take nothing away from Looper, it is a smart and largely well put together film full of great moments that provides something truly memorable – loved it.

Image from: Looper, (2012), [ONLINE]. Available here

Junkhearts – Must See Gritty Drama

Junkhearts: a Gritty Must See British Drama
★★★★★

Eddie Marsan excels in what is a gritty, brutal and often ugly portrayal of Frank, an alcoholic, traumatised and haunted by his past who takes in a young homeless girl, Lynette (Candese Reid), in what appears to be an attempt to overcome his loneliness and fears – to “reinvent his world”. The two manage to forge what is a touching relationship that is beautifully crafted by the superb Marsan and Reid, only for Lynette’s ominous boyfriend to turn things upside down. Tinge Krishnan’s film directorial debut creates a refreshing, gritty realism that is superbly shot and fantastically expressed, combining a great cast with a thoroughly enjoyable script that was full of sincerity, wit and optimism that made for a truly compelling and memorable film.

Extra comments give me an excuse to talk more about this film – it simply deserves more recognition: I caught this on TV, having never heard of it before and what a fantastic surprise. I didn’t anticipate much, but the honesty and heart proved refreshing and entertaining. A British film with some new talent (Reid) and some top rated talent (Marsan) makes it well worth a watch. A truly interesting drama that deserves the awards (Best Film, Best Leading Actor) it got – so if you can get hold of a copy, give it a watch.

Image from: Junkhearts, (2011), [ONLINE]. Available here