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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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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