Category Archives: Television

The Young Pope

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Jim Eaton-Terry’s spirit is moved by Jude Law’s Pope Show

When I volunteered to review the Jude Law Pope Show it was, I admit, largely for comedy reasons.  I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a more preposterous elevator pitch for a show.  Jude Law, who will forever be the kid from Shopping, as the Pope?  The idea, coupled with on set photos of Law in his papal robes and, even better, his special Pope Hat TM , has been making me laugh for months. Continue reading #judelawpopeshow

Miss Fisher does Pulp Fiction

Fashion against crime

Is there a correlation between sartorial savvy and the ability to nab a wrong ‘un? TheTramp investigates. 

If there is one genre that television loves, it is that of the detective drama. From gritty police procedural dramas, through to whimsical amateur detectives in quaint but deadly villages, there always seems to be a show on some channel or another, new or repeat (sorry, classic), with murders that need solving and solved they invariably are, the pleasure generally being how they are solved and by whom.

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Psychomania

Britain’s finest ever zombie biker movie has come back from the dead, courtesy of the BFI and Scalarama. Spank The Monkey takes a ride with the Death Wheelers.

Psychomania BFI Blu-ray/DVD cover

If you had to identify the best-loved post on MostlyFilm – and I mean properly loved, rather than merely popular because it comes high on a Google search for ‘young boy handjob’ – then I suspect that Ricky Young’s four-part series If My Calculations Are Correct would be a prime candidate. It acknowledges that we don’t watch films in a vacuum: the circumstances of their viewing are as important as the films themselves. IMCAC isn’t just about a collection of science fiction classics – it’s about young Ricky encountering them every Tuesday teatime on BBC2, and having his mind opened to a whole genre of cinema. Continue reading Psychomania

Truth And Time Tells All

This weekend sees an anniversary edition of The Hills, ten years since it was first broadcast. Helen Archer on the first structured reality TV show.

The Hills

“Hi, I’m Lauren. I grew up in Laguna Beach — a small town with big drama. But now, it’s time for me to move on. I got an apartment with my good friend Heidi, I’m going to fashion school and I scored an interview for a killer internship with ‘Teen Vogue.’ This is my chance to make it happen – in the one city where they say dreams come true.”

– Lauren Conrad, The Hills

Human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.

– T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton, The Four Quartets


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