Not going to dwell too long, but this BBC TV film (or play) from 1984 looks like rubbish (probably shot on video), like one of the Doctor Who's of the same period, and is for the first few minutes, seemingly impenetrable with strong northern accents and a deeply eighties decor. STAY WITH IT - quite quickly you will see the characters as real. You won't necessarily love them or be engaged with their problems, but it doesn't matter. Once they're real, you'll see where things are going.
Anyway, the film is a relentlessly convincing depressionfest as only we can pull off here in the UK, and manages to capture the two most important kinds of horror - shock and lingering terror. Shock,… Read more
"Jonathan Creek" follows in a number of great traditions - the lineage of Sherlock Holmes is obviously there with the relationship between Jonathan and Madeline (and later on, others) paralleling Holmes and Watson, the cheerful and gentle-toned murder mystery in the tradition of Agatha Christie, and the comic-crime sub-genre, monopolised by the Americans with books in series like Gregory McDonald's "Fletch" and Joe Lansdale's Hap and Leonard books. There's also occasional moments, where Jonathan and Maddie (her with bright red hair) break into a dark house and if the music's right, we get a whiff of The X-Files too, though with an emphasis on debunking rather than legitimising supernatural… Read more
Before I heard The Massacre, I thought women were just another gender. But now I understand they're a commodity to be feared, traded, degraded and used. I particularly liked the apologetic "society forces me to do this" whining, which neatly paraphrases slave traders of the old world who made similar justifications for the subjugation of a group of people. In this, 50 Cent neatly comes full circle and holds a mirror up to society and says - are those who work hard, get an education and do the best for themselves any better than me using violence and drugs to control people. Brilliantly, the answer is...well I don't remember, but it probably involved the "n word". :)