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.
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.
Continue reading Engrenages: Avec La Participation De JIMMY
Ricky Young looks at Paul Schrader’s latest offering, and tries not to get skeeved out as he does so.
Continue reading Dog Eat Dog
Ricky Young looks at a wonderful slice of not-very-much, driven entirely by the charisma of its two leads.
Continue reading The In-Laws
As the triumphant fifth season of US sitcom Veep ends with the ‘sit-’ scattered to the political winds, Ricky Young traces how things got there, and the oddity that is its continued success.
Continue reading The Slick Of It
Ricky Young goes daaahn ter Margate.
Continue reading Hard Tide
So that was Season 9 of Doctor Who, then. Ricky Young punches a diamond wall in the face, and wonders if the shredded knuckles were worth it.
Continue reading The State Of This
James Bond is BACK!, to the sound of ringing box-office tills everywhere. Ricky Young ponders the latest from the franchise that refuses to hang up its Walther and do the decent thing.
Continue reading I Never Promised You A Stainless-Steel Delicatessen
In which Ricky Young brings the now-traditional MostlyFilm HOT TAKE to the Who series opener, and is just glad that hot takes are supposed to be short.
Continue reading Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice.
Ricky Young wades deep into the subgenre known only as Big Liam Films, and tries to avoid a damn good punching to the face as he does so.
Continue reading A Particular Set Of Kills
Mortdecai is released on DVD and Blu-Ray today. Ricky Young has watched it, so you sure as fuck don’t have to.
Continue reading Stiffed Upper Lip