Sunday, 11 January 2015

Locke stock and two smoking series

It's amazing how misleading the synopsis on the back cover of a DVD can be.
Last night we sat down to watch 'Locke' starring Tom Hardy which is covered with comments such as "One of the most nail-biting thrillers of the year", and "Gripping". The basic premise of the movie sounded good so we figured we'd give it a go. Utter bollocks. So bad in fact that after half an hour of a bloke driving his car while making phone call after phone call (hands-free thankfully) we gave up on it completely.
The makers of this film had totally missed the point that above all a film should provide something in the way of entertainment and at the very least have something about it that makes you want to find out how it ends. Locke failed on both counts, leaving us frustrated and vaguely pissed off that we'd wasted our time with a film that was so far removed from what the cover promised that we had to double-check that it was the correct disc in the case.
I've criticised modern movies many times, and this has done nothing to sway my opinion that film makers are all out of ideas. More and more I find myself turning to old movies for inspiration; the days when a good film was all about the story and the acting, without the need for special effects and trying to shock the audience.
I've just bought a couple more Audrey Hepburns which I'm looking forward to watching having so enjoyed 'Breakfast at Tiffanys'. Working my way through a range of classic old movies has been a voyage of adventure with my eyes being opened to a previously untapped genre of entertainment in a similar way as when I discovered the joys of French cinema.
There have been a few real gems along the way such as 'White Heat', 'Rear Window', 'Some Like It Hot', 'Ice Cold In Alex', and 'To Kill A Mockingbird' to name just a few, and with such an enormous back catalogue I don't see me getting bored any time soon.

Audrey Hepburn - silver screen goddess.

As for the times when you really don't want to watch a movie but still want minimal-effort entertainment, our latest addiction has come in the form of 'Breaking Bad' which has found its way onto Netflix. Our previous binge-watching feast of choice was 'Game Of Thrones' which I wrote a piece about a while ago entitled 'Butchery and Brazilians' and we wondered when we'd find something to take its place.
'Breaking Bad' has been a relentless rollercoaster ride with a top rate story, excellent acting and plenty of "Holy shit, did I really just see that" moments that make it so good that one episode at a time just isn't enough.
We're now on the home stretch, a few episodes into the final season, waiting for what is clearly working up to a serious finale, no doubt followed by a gaping hole which will need to be filled with something very special to make up for coming to the end of this incredible programme.

 If you haven't seen Breaking Bad, do so immediately!