Engrenages: Avec La Participation De JIMMY

With a 12 new episodes of Spiral being filmed in Paris at the moment,  Europe’s Best Website reminds you that it was there at the beginning with Ricky Young’s 2013 billet doux to Paris’ finest

Reasons why the French remake of Star Wars failed #1. The trash compactor scene.

Reasons why the French remake of Star Wars failed #1. The trash compactor scene.

BBC Four Scando-drama just doesn’t do it for me.

A shocking notion to many – what, you don’t like to spend your Saturday nights watching thick blocks of oft-rudimentary police procedural drenched in existential gloom as if that’s interesting in and of itself? Well, no. Put it this way, if noted idiot Emma Kennedy can write a cash-in book about something, then I want no part of it.

The overseas drama that kicked off the trend for exotic coppers doing exotic police-work is back for a fourth series this Saturday, however, and I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s dirty, it’s brutal, it’s sexy and it’s French. The BBC calls it Spiral, but everyone else, including Europe’s Best Website, calls it Engrenages. So let’s pull up a chair, sit on that chair, realise that chair is in the interrogation room of a dingy Parisian police station, and let’s get punched repeatedly in the face by an angry foreign policeman.

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The Stooges Gimme Danger

Gimme Danger

Paul Duane reviews Gimme Danger, eventually.

What sounds to you like a big load of trashy old noise is in fact the brilliant music of a genius; myself.  (Iggy Pop on a Canadian TV talk show in 1977)

Many years ago, the glorious Detroit-based zine Motorbooty  ran a special History Of The Stooges issue which seamlessly intertwined complete fiction presented as fact (a Stooges Wax Museum housed in a stately home that was formerly the home of the White Panther Party, and featuring such exhibits as the actual peanut butter jar from the Cincinnati Pop Festival incident) with factual-seeming articles which, God only knows, may have been completely made up, such as an oral history of the house in which the band lived during their most glorious, pre-heroin period, a place commonly known as Stooge Manor or The Fun House. Continue reading Gimme Danger