24/04/2014

Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms

Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms

For five weeks the audience watching Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms have borne witness to the disintegration of a motorcycle club that it's ego-maniacal leader was too pig-headed to realise he was the reason for it's splintering. As the Comancheros, led by Jock Ross (Matt Nable), headed west and left behind a disenfranchised, rag-tag group of men Anthony "Snoddy" Spencer (Callan Mulvey) had no choice but to step up and take the leadership of this new group and it was obvious they would form their own club - becoming the Bandidos. The tension never abated, particularly between Snoddy & Jock with the former feeling abandoned by his one-time … [Read more...]

A man cannot serve two masters (#Homeland S01)

Homeland

As former CIA operations officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) fades into an anaesthesia-induced sleep before undertaking shock therapy to help address her bi-polar disorder, she connected the dots. She realised that Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) had been playing everyone for a fool - that he had indeed been turned and was working for Al-Qaeda, and the realisation that Brody knew the son of Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) that had been killed by the US-authorised strike on a school in Iraq while he was a prisoner of war was the connection. She stirred from her sleep to speak the thoughts so someone would remind her... she only knew … [Read more...]

#Revenge is a dish best served by @Channel7au

Revenge

"When everything you love has been stolen from you, sometimes all you have left is revenge..." Channel 7 are on a gold mine with the new series from the US's ABC network Revenge, which debuted in Australia last night to massive ratings (2,067,000 viewers across the five city metro markets). It's high drama and lucious setting in the exclusive upstate New York precint of the Hamptons had hit written all over it and first night out it was easy to see why. Inspired by the Alexandre Dumas novel "The Count Of Monte Cristo", Revenge is a tale of vengeance, deception and redemption that has translated far too easily into a modern context. The … [Read more...]

Bye Bye Razorhurst (#Underbelly)

Underbelly Razor - Tilly & Kate showdown

The fourth series in the franchise, Underbelly Razor had a lot going for it - a strong Australian story of criminals in 1920's Sydney, a great book to base the scripts on, lots of great acting talent signed up, & none of the characters still breathing to proffer legal challenges. With promises of "the biggest story yet", it started strongly and introduced us to Kate Leigh & Tilly Devine who owned crime in Darlinghurst just as the Harbour Bridge was four pylons and naught more. It was a rare story, having two very strong female characters as leads and it was obvious that Danielle Cormack (Kate) and Chelsie Preston Crayford (Tilly) had a lot … [Read more...]

Not as angelic as you think (#CharliesAngels)

Charlie's Angels

It's slick, fast-paced, and contains more wood than a porn film. That said the new reboot of Charlie's Angels isn't all bad... it just mostly is. Containing all the elements of the original series, the three ladies Kate, Eve & Abby work hard for the invisible Charlie at his dectective agency solving crimes and looking glamorous - emphasis on the latter. It's not meant to be rocket surgery and there's a lot to overcome in the first episode to help shift the plot along despite the very poor script. One of many examples: "You don't look like cops." "We're not. We're Angels." Umm... sure... One of the Angels is killed in a car … [Read more...]

twentysomething

twentysomething

If I lived my twenties like the characters in twentysoemthing lived theirs, it's very likely I'd not be alive today to talk about it. While I appreciate that I'm far from the target demographic for this show, very little of it resonated as real to me. Do all Gen Y people really drink that much and avoid so much responsibility in their life? Isn't that what your teenage years are for? To the same end, if it's meant to be a comedy that pokes fun at a twenty-something lifestyle then jokes are missing the mark. The show follows friends Jess (Jess Harris) and Josh (Josh Schmidt) as they search for a real job in the midst of their … [Read more...]

They Might Be Paper Giants

Paper Giants

Australia's power couple - circa 1972 In 1972, Sir Frank Packer rolled the dice and gave Ita Buttrose a chance to launch a women's magazine - eventually to be called Cleo - that would help change and guide the sexual revolution in Australia. Paper Giants launched onto our television screens in all it's plaid and big-collared glory to show us some of that journey... and it was brilliant. Asher Keddie's Ita Buttrose was perfect: accent, lisp and all. She portrayed a strong woman who, despite her personal struggles and tragedy, went on to deliver an incredible body of work for Australian Consolidated Press in the 1970's help build the Packer … [Read more...]

What Losers?

Winners and Losers title card

After the spectacular success of the premiere episode of Winners and Losers all eyes are going to be on Channel 7 to see how the second and third eps perform - and not just in the ratings. What's the buzz? What do "normal" people think? Has it resonated with the target demographic? The two episodes last night ran amazingly short - for a show that was scheduled to finish at 10:30pm, to finish at 10:12pm and throw on a random episode of Cougar Town smells funny. A conspiracy theory is forming. What commercial network wouldn't slide enough ads into two episodes of its latest and greatest to ensure income, etc. Certainly a LOT of eyes will … [Read more...]

Underbelly Files: Tell them Lucifer was here

Underbelly Files - Tell Them Lucifer Was Here

Underbelly is back in 2011, however before we get the latest series (Razor) we're getting our appetites sated by a series of 3 telemovies - tonight, the first: Tell them Lucifer was here. What a first turn. A spectacular turn by Brett Climo as Detective Paul Sheridan, in charge of Task Force Lorimer investigating the 1998 murders of Victoria Police officers Senior Constable Rod Miller (Paul O'Brien) and Sergeant Gary Silk (Daniel Whyte). There are some great supporting performances from Jane Allsop, Ditch Davey and Todd Lasance (and a surprise appearance by Don Hany), but this is clearly Sheridan's story and Climo's show. The demons … [Read more...]

Rake-tacular

Rake - Lisa McCune & Richard Roxburgh

There's a moment in S01E05 where three of Cleaver Greene's past conquests (his ex-wife & now therapist; his mates's wife in the midst of marital discourse; & his former prostitute who's now engaged to the lawyer chasing him for his unpaid taxes) are all asleep in his bed in his nasty little Kings Cross flat and all he can do is sit and stare and what sort of mess he's gotten his life in. It's a simple shot, but marvellously telling in the life of Richard Roxburgh's Greene. I've had to play catch up with Rake, because I missed the first ep. I was cynical - you know, he's not a good lawyer because he's a bad boy (he likes gambling, sex & … [Read more...]