As bloggers will argue night and day about what is the best program ever to be aired on television, it’s likely that The Simpsons will be missed out in favour of your Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad though that shouldn’t be the case. While animation tends to get the cold shoulder when it comes to serious recognition, there aren’t many programs like Matt Groening’s yellow cult classic hit.
Lawyer:Robert, if released, would you pose any threat to one Bart Simpson? Sideshow Bob:Bart Simpson? The spirited little scamp who twice foiled my evil schemes and sent me to this dank, urine-soaked hellhole?” Jail Representative: Uh, we object to the term “urine-soaked hellhole”, when you could have said “pee-pee soaked heckhole.” – CAPE FEARE (S5,E2)
Homer: Guys are always patting my bald head for luck, pinching my belly to hear my girlish laugh. Marge: Hmm, that doesn’t sound like they like you at all. Homer: You know, I think you’re right. First thing tomorrow morning, I’m gonna punch Lenny in the back of the head! – Last Exit To Springfield (S4,E7)
Announcer: Attention, Marge Simpson, your son has been arrested. Woman: I’d be terribly embarrassed if I were that boy’s mother. Announcer: Attention, Marge Simpson, we have also arrested your older, balder, fatter son. – Itchy & Scratchy Land (S6, E4)
Mr Burns: Now I have no one to leave my enormous fortune to. No one. Smithers: Ahem — Burns: You, Smithers? Oh no, my dear friend. I’ve planned a far greater reward for you. When I pass on, you shall be buried alive with me. Smithers: Oh…goody.
– Burn’s Heir (S5,E18)
– Treehouse of Horror III (S4,E5)
Lisa: Don’t you people see anything wrong what Malibu Stacy says? Celeste: There’s something wrong with what my Stacy says. Malibu Stacy: [in a low voice] My spidey sense is tingling — anybody call for a web-slinger?–Lisa vs Malibu Stacy (S5,E3)
Lionel Hutz: Now don’t you worry, Mrs. Simpson, I– Uh-oh. We’ve drawn Judge Snyder. Marge: Is that bad? Lionel Hutz: Well, he’s had it in for me ever since I kinda ran over his dog. Marge: You did? Lionel Hutz: Well, replace the word “kinda” with the word “repeatedly”, and the word “dog” with “son.” – Marge In Chains (S4,E21)
Hans: You’re certainly doing your job today, Mr. Sun. Oh rats.
– Bart of Darkness (S6,E1)
Mr Burns: If it’s a crime to love one’s country, then I’m guilty. And if it’s a crime to steal a trillion dollars from our government, and hand it over to communist Cuba, then I’m guilty of that too. And if it’s a crime to bribe a jury, then so help me, I’ll soon be guilty of that. – The Trouble With Trillions (S9,E22)
Marge: Why don’t you take this potato? It’s pretty big. Bart: Mom, you’re always trying to give me potatoes. What is it with you? Marge: I just think they’re neat. –Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song (S5,E19)
– Secrets of a Successful Marriage (S5,E22)
Marge: How’s your father’s project coming along? Bart: I think he’s almost done. Yeah, he’s done. – Mom And Pop Art (S10,E19)
Mr. Burns: Men, there’s a little crippled boy sitting in a hospital who wants you to win this game. I know because I crippled him myself to inspire you. Milhouse: (to his mom and dad) I hope they win, or Mr. Burns said he’s coming back. – Homer Loves Flanders (S5,E17)
Barney:Man, you’d never get me into a ring. Boxing causes brain damage. – The Homer They Fall (S8,E3)
Moe:Them immiggants. They want all the benefits of living in Springfield, but they ain’t even bothered to learn themself the language. – Much Apu About Nothing (S7,E23)
As bloggers will argue night and day about what is the best programme ever to be aired on television, it’s likely that The Simpsons will be missed out in favour of your Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad though that shouldn’t be the case. While animation tends to get the cold shoulder when it comes to serious recognition, there aren’t many programmes like Matt Groening’s yellow cult classic hit. Back in July, I touched on all the times the show left us a little bit teary eyed though it’s the moments that left us clutching at our sides, bursting with laughter that we all tend to remember most fondly when thinking about one of the longest running sitcom on television. So without further ado, here are some of my picks for the funniest episodes and moments from The Simpsons that you just can’t stop quoting even decades after they were first aired…
Marge Vs The Monorail
An obvious choice to start things off with but when it’s constantly regarded as the best episode of the show, how could I not include Marge Vs The Monorail? Not only does it feature one of the best one off characters The Simpsons has ever provided in the form of a fast talking salesman called Lyle Lanley but it’s also full of some of the show’s funniest moments, including an amazing song that you’ll find nearly impossible to get out of your head.
Homer At The Bat
Much like the saddest episodes revolving around the titular family’s father, so to do the funniest episodes seem to occur when Homer is at the forefront of them and Homer At The Bat is no different. Mr Burns recruits a host of baseball stars to appear on the Nuclear Power Plant softball team after he makes a $1 million bet with the Shelbyville team and what follows is a hilarious mess that ends with an unconscious Homer being paraded as a hero and a serious case of gigantism.
22 Short Films About Springfield
Arguably my favourite episode of the show laughs-wise, it’s no surprise that 22 Short Films About Springfield is a loose parody of Tarantino’s critically acclaimed Pulp Fiction. Following a bunch of intertwined stories that happen around town, the episode produced some of the most iconic scenes from the show, including the above aurora borealis/steamed hams sequence that is common fodder for Simpsons memes. Fun fact: this episode inspired Simpsons creator Matt Groening to come up with a concept of a possible spin-off series called Tales from Springfield though so far the only follow up we’ve had to it was the Futurama episode Three Hundred Big Boys.
Homer: And Lisa. My little princess… And who could forget dear Ratboy! Bart: Ratboy!? I resent that. Marge: Bart I told you before, stop gnawing on the dry wall.
Last Exit to Springfield
DENTAL PLAN. LISA NEEDS BRACES. DENTAL PLAN. LISA NEEDS BRACES. Last Exit To Springfield is one of the first episodes of The Simpsons I can remember frequently watching as a child, eventually getting to the stage where I bought Season 4 on DVD solely to stick it on. Simply starting off as an episode revolving around Homer becoming the leader of the power plant union, Last Exit to Springfield does what every perfect Simpsons episode does by bringing the laughs as well as the heart though the former is definitely delivered in bucket-loads.
Let’s put Season 2’s flaws out there in the open: it’s not as good as its first. To be fair, it was going to be a challenge for Esmail to somehow top it after viewers became enthralled with Elliot (Malek) and his f.society colleagues’ quest and subsequent success to wipe all consumer debt. Season 1 managed to lay out some pretty solid social commentary, even if some monologues came across as an angry teen’s first Reddit post, along with some amazing character development especially in regards of Elliot who is one of the few TV characters who feels like an accurate portrayal of mental health.
Season 2 in comparison feels fairly untidy in comparison. Some of this feels intentional in places, notably in the earlier half as most attention is focused on the damage psyche of our protagonist which resulted in eps2.1_k3rnel-pan1c.ksd and eps2.4_m4ster-s1ave.ae, two of the best episodes Mr Robot has ever delivered. The latter episode started off as a twisted sitcom version of prior events that left many, myself included, in awe at how, despite several anti-climatic twists, this show still manages to hit it out of the park when it has focus. Conveniently, the lowest points seem to arise whenever there’s a total lack of said focus and with this season not only being 12 episodes long but Esmail being in charge of directing duties, some plot points seemed to happen for no other reason than to make up running time (who can forget the frankly fruitless chess match between Elliot and alter Mr Robot) and far too much time was focused on Elliot’s struggle. Not that it wasn’t interesting, and Malek shows why he deserves that Emmy with a near flawless performance every time he appears on screen, but with nearly half the season spent detailing his inner turmoil, all building up to a prison twist that fan theories had predicted two episodes in, it was hard not to feel just a little bit sour with how things were going.
Once the latter half of the season began and the gears started turning however, Mr Robot started to reach the heights of its previous season. Tension is what this show excels in and Season 2 delivered this in bucket loads, most notably eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12 which was totally absent of Elliot yet ran better that most of what had came before. Darlene (Carly Chaikin) totally owned the episode as she became the new leader of hacktivist group f.society, attempting and arguably failing to fill in the shoes of her brother. As the episode progressed, it was hard not to have sweaty palms as her new approach to some make or break situations left you sitting on the edge of your seat. Hats off not only to Chaikin but Portia Doubleday, Grace Gummer and Stephanie Corneliussen for their roles as Angela Moss, Dominique DiPierro and Joanna Wellick respectively. As a Guardian opinion piece summed up perfectly As a Guardian opinion piece summed up perfectly , the attention paid on this female ensemble was a breathe of fresh air in a show that already features a fuck ton of diversity. Grace Gummer’s DiPierro was a welcome change of perspective in her role as a FBI agent tracking down those who committed the world’s biggest hack, something the characters in this show love to mention whenever the opportunity arises.
With all the talk and speculation of Stage 2 between Mr Robot and Whiterose, mystery was at the core of the latter half of this season and as we finally had it revealed to us by the M.I.A turned dead turned not actually dead Tyrell Welleck (Martin Wallström), it was hard not to be a mixture of excited and scared as to what the next season holds for us. A large chunk of questions have been answered but as Eliot lays bleeding out on the floor and we witness the flickering presence of Mr Robot, the show ended on one hell of a cliffhanger. The show may not have shook free of its Fight Club influences, especially when you notice the glaring similarities between Stage 2 and Project Mayhem’s explosives, but it finally feels like Mr Robot is coming into its own.
With enough loose ends being left for Season 3 to tie up, as well as that post credits scene with the bad ass character Leon played by Joey Bada$$, the wait till 2017 seems to be even more daunting than previously anticipated. It’s hard not to feel a little frustrated as we still have no idea what happened those 72 hours after the hack but having been made aware of what Tyrell has been planning, the power struggle between Mr Robot and Elliot reaching critical levels as well as the FBI being well aware of what they’re all up to, the excitement is unbearable.
Things were and still are messy but in the twisted world of Mr Robot, it shouldn’t be any other way.
Netflix and Marvel hit it out of the park with another sublime superhero-full season
It seems fitting that a TV show focussed on “The Man Without Fear” was approached by many with nothing but pure dread. To many, Daredevil was a character whose potential was ruined by the Ben Affleck fronted 2003 film, tainting its reputation and making any future adaptation seem highly unlikely. However, Marvel’s collaboration with Netflix last year proved all doubters wrong, providing an astounding, solid first season featuring tremendous performances from the likes of Charlie Cox as the titular lawyer by day, hero by night Daredevil.
Not only did we have a strong lead but the supporting cast was one of the best many had seen in quite some time, leaving those who fell into the painfully addicting habit of binge-watching with one question: how can they top this? Whatever voodoo magic or praying Marvel did has paid off as Daredevil Season 2 is bigger, ballsier and, dare I say it, better.
It wouldn’t be a sufficient review without addressing the new characters, of which we have two: The Punisher and Elektra. The former, played by The Walking Dead’s Jon Berthnal, has been done many times before but it has never felt as well done as it has here. The clashing morals between him and Daredevil make for some very intense scenes in the earlier episodes where we get high octane action as well as an endearing and heart touching backstory that helps to flesh out the character.
Elektra also gets some redemption after her terrible portrayal in the aforementioned Daredevil flick, being played this time around by Elodie Yung who, to me anyway, is the quintessential actor for this role. While we have some very strong female heroes in the MCU, Elektra’s strength, independence and wit is very welcome and helps the character to stand out in what could have been an overcrowded mess of a show.
Thankfully that isn’t the case though as the flow of Season 2, for the most part anyway, is superb, only occasionally getting a bit clunky due to the transition from Punisher to Elektra. The story this time around feels much more grand and allows for characters like Foggy Nelson and Karen Page to flourish. That’s why I’ve always preferred Daredevil to Jessica Jones as the former has a support cast that is as complex, detailed and talented as its titular star whereas the latter seemed to chug along whenever the focus wasn’t on Jones herself.
The great thing about Season 2 of Daredevil is that, given past MCU efforts, it could have easily done the same setup as Season 1 and whilst I would have been satisfied with that, I’m glad that the showrunners decided against it. Not having a big baddie like with Kingpin until the last few episodes meant that we got drawn in even more to what was happening with each character, making the big reveal hold more significance due to the potential collateral. Not only that but everything I loved about the first season was improved with the action being as brutal and raw as ever, truly deserving that 18 rating.
Unlike last time we met with Matt Murdock and co., plans for the future look a lot clearer with The Defenders soon going to become a reality rather than a dream. With two great shows under Marvel’s belt and another two left to go, it’s clear that now more than ever the MCU shines brightest on the small screen: make sure you don’t get left behind.
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Breaking Bad meets politics meets Shakespeare in Netflix’s greatest, grittiest show.
“There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong. Or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things. Moments like this require someone who will act. To do the unpleasant thing. The necessary thing” says protagonist Frank Underwood before proceeding to break an injured dog’s neck. “There, no more pain.” And with that, House of Cards begins as it aims and succeeds to be for the entirety of its first season: a delightfully dark masterpiece.
Politics is an absolute minefield of a topic and creating a show that revolves around it can be a hard sell to many, least of all those from outside the US who may be oblivious to how it all works with words like senate and delegates being foreign to them. Thankfully, for the most part anyway, this is all window dressing for a dark and narcissistic tale where the aforementioned Underwood is our hero.
Or so it seems. Underwood manifests unprecedented charisma while also possessing the traits of some of literature’s most twisted beings, more specifically Shakespearean ones as he sets outs to get revenge on none other than the President with an intricate and well thought out plan which is reminiscent that of Iago.
A complex and chilling character, Underwood, played superbly by Kevin Spacey, will immediately remind anyone smart enough to watch Breaking Bad of that show’s anti-hero Walter White. Whereas we started off with Walter White as a nice natured, family man and slowly witnessed his transformation, House Of Cards lets us know from the get go that Underwood is a man out for himself, unwilling to stop for anyone and anything that prevents him from getting what he wants.
This makes the show, just like its characters, a conflicted one. The viewer will go from praising Underwood for his drive and dedication to being repulsed by his actions and his lack of empathy, usually all within the space of a few minutes. Being a Netflix show, House of Cards benefits from this as it’s immensely difficult to predict what Underwood may do next, meaning that watching”one more episode” will undoubtedly lead to you devouring the season within a day.
A show is only as strong as its characters though and thankfully House Of Cards provides more than just one interesting one. Just like Frank himself, his wife Claire is someone that yearns for power, a true Lady Macbeth figure who isn’t totally reliant on her husband for storylines. The chemistry between Claire, played by Robin Wright, and Spacey’s Underwood is magnificent and a true joy to behold, showing both respect and resentment towards one another in an almost serial killer-esque fashion.
Not only that but we’re introduced to even more characters at battle with themselves. There’s perky new journalist Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) who walks the line between, as IGN expertly put it, becoming a shark, or simply learning to navigate the waters infested with them. U.S congressman Peter Russo also has his own battles though unlike Mara’s character, his demons lie at the bottom of a bottle, something he must deal with on his road to redemption. All of this means that there are hardly any filler scenes as each moment in an episode is as essential as the next.
As the show came out three years ago, there’s very little new insight I can give when reviewing House Of Cards but I couldn’t tear myself away from the screen whenever it was on. Full of tragedy, multiplex ties, fourth wall breaks and great cinematography (what else do you expect when David Fincher produces the show), House of Cards stands amongst some of my favourite shows with its sublime execution.
Any show that can do that is worth more than just a mention.
In news that’ll shock no one, life is complicated and as much as we all want it to be simple and stress free, events arise that put us through emotional turmoil and change us in both positive and negative ways. AMC’s Breaking Bad captured this to an extent though not many of us can say we’ve been diagnosed with cancer which led us to become a meth kingpin. That’s where True Detective comes in.
True Detective is a HBO crime drama series, something that the network is pretty much the king of after success with The Wire and The Sopranos which are arguably two of the best shows ever made. The show’s engineered as an anthology meaning that each season has its own separate story which has helped shows like American Horror Story to tell a complete story and bring new concepts to keep it fresh. Season 1 of True Detective follows Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) , a pair of Louisiana homicide detectives who are investigating the murder of a young prostitute that spans over a 17 year period which leads to the show flipping between 1995 and 2012.
It’s been reiterated by a lot that have watched this show but it has to be said that the show focuses on more than just the crime at hand, dealing with the personal lives of both detectives that takes up a large chunk of time while the murder gradually becomes of more importance as the show goes on which gives it a good momentum. At no point did I feel bored or like I was losing interest, it was a continuous of urge of finding out what was going to happen next in the case or how the characters were going to handle their situation.
First things first, it would be impossible and near enough a crime to not mention the wonderful performances by McConaughey and Harrelson. At first glance Rust Cohle is a perfectionist, analysing every detail of a crime in a ledger that leads to him being called the taxman by his fellow detectives. However as the show progresses, you realise the layers of complexity to this character. McConaughey was originally chosen to play the role of Martin Hart but thankfully he managed to put up a great argument which lead to him playing Cohle and thank god that happened. Cohle is a lone man, an introvert of sort who has a troubled past that is slowly revealed to the viewers which I won’t spoil for obvious reasons but once you find out, you’ll not be surprised why he acts the way he does.
His realistic attitude results in a strained friendship with Harrelson’s character, a family man who just wants his family to be happy and, while not completely happy with his life, is content with the repetitiveness of it. This chemistry between the two characters never dies down and is vaguely reminiscent of the one seen between Breaking Bad’s Walter White and Jesse Pinkman and both shows greatest moments come from the scenes where both characters are on screen, usually at one anothers throats.
The difficulties we face in life, like I said in the intro, define and change who we are and it’s something that bares some truth in True Detective. Themes of adultery, murder and death are just a few that are touched upon and unlike other shows that might just point out “this is bad”, the themes play out over the 8 episodes of the show and always feel omnipresent, never in your face but there nonetheless. These themes work well because of the cast of characters presented to us like the aforementioned Rust and Martin but there’s other characters that regardless of how much screen time they have still make an impact on you. Whether or not you’ve experienced anything that is touched upon, the show handles them in such a way that you understand both sides and can come to your own conclusion.
It may come as a relief to some that True Detective not all talking about feelings or searching for clues. It’s not an action heavy show but whenever anything like that happened, you savoured every second such as the ending to episode 4. Without spoiling anything, Rust has to return a favour to a biker gang to find out more info concerning their case. What we get is a 10+ minute track shot, putting Rust and everyone involved in total danger, even if you have no clue what the hell is going you’ll feel the non stop suspense from the start to the very end. Every action scene is handled and directed perfectly, feeling more like a film than a TV show.
And that’s what I took away from True Detective. It’s the first TV show I’ve watched that felt like a film, that looked like one and had the same impact to me. There wasn’t a cliffhanger or any loose ends, instead it was a complete story full of some of the best performances on television along with the top notch writing expected from a HBO drama. With Season Two currently airing, there’s no doubt that this show has the potential to be one of the greatest ever made.
For a lack of a better term, Peep Show is generation defying. While most would point out something like Friends or even Game of Thrones would usually be the first guess, the unlikely successful sitcom introduced us to Mark (David Mitchell) and Jeremy (Robert Webb), the most loveable pricks on television. Nowadays it’s hard to go anywhere without hearing a quote or trying to match the same laid back attitude as Super Hans which makes it all the more difficult to not only face that the show’s final season is about to air but that we have to cut its greatest moments to just 5 entries.
Jezed up the interview – Season 1, Episode 2
Where better to start off than an episode straight out the first season, an important one not only for the introduction of the hated Jeff Heaney but also the hilarious scene where Mark tries to get Jeremy a job at his work.
What follows is an absolute train wreck of an interview where Jeremy’s trademark ego comes out to play, trying to sell a pyramid scheme to his hopeful employer and calling out Mark for “pissing on my bonfire” and “fancying elves and pixies.” So if you’re ever in the same situation, just know you can’t screw up nearly as much as Jeremy. I hope.
Best quotes #1 – “I like you, and if you can’t handle it, you can just..you know…fuck off.”
Too close for comfort – Season 5, Episode 2
If you’ve ever watched The Inbetweeners, another successful Channel 4 sitcom, then you’ll know how cringy protagonist Will and his antics are, especially anything sexual. Before Will though there was Mark, a slightly older yet just as awkward guy whose pursuits with women bring the show some of its most hilarious moments, the most notable probably being this office foreplay moment that includes a…chat about cheese? As Mark leaves the cupboard with post it notes and a stain on his trousers, viewers also leave with something gross etched into their minds.
Best quotes #2 – “Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see. If she fucks him, I’ll kill myself.”
Gotta hans it to him – Season 3, Episode 2
The aforementioned Super Hand is arguably the show’s best character, providing some of the best laughs with Matt King putting on such a brilliant performance in his audition he managed to beat Russell Brand for the role! This moment showcased this perfectly, teaming up with Jeremy to try and get Mark sectioned to get the rights for a pub. “There’s a pigeon in Catalonia that’s in control of his legs” is all he has to say to make chaos ensue, showcasing the amazing chemistry between all the characters.
Best quotes #3 –
“Jez, can you tell me, yeah, as a mate, someone that knows me really well, is the bottom half of me on fire?”
Bark bigger than his bite – Season 4 Episode 5
I remember watching this episode when it aired, back in the days before Netflix was your number one stop for binge watching. The thing about this entry though is it’s pretty much the whole episode since it’s so eventful yet hilarious. From running over and killing the pet of a girl Jeremy is trying to hit on to trying to burn said evidence to then EATING said pet in front of said girl, the episode is so ridiculous in its premise yet I can’t stop laughing when Jeremy just tries to play it off as “undercooked, disgusting turkey”.
Best quotes #4 – “This is like watching a porno. Except I can’t see anything, I haven’t got a hard-on and I want to cry.”
Did nazi it coming – Season 1, Episode 4
Making friends is difficult. All your worries before college or uni weren’t about surviving on £2 ready meals for a month, it was “will I have any friends”. Mark struggles just as much as anyone. Hell, the bloody episode is titled Mark Makes A Friend. While Daryl seems all lovely at first, just a minute into discussion he turns out to be, well, a nazi. “Oh bollocks. Of course, I can’t just make a nice, normal friend, that would be too simple” Mark says before his new pal shouts “Heil Hitler”. Could be worse I suppose…
Best quotes #5 – “Jeff’s doing a joke, Jeff’s doing a joke, everybody quiet ’cause Jeff’s doing a joke!”
When I attempted, and failed, to make my series Blink (Clyro) And You’ll Miss It into a monthly thing, I kinda fucked it up. Despite being one of my most popular posts, there was something about it that just didn’t sit with me right, like the potential it had just wasn’t being used. Now after a few months of procrastination careful thinking, I’ve brought it back! *insert one person clapping*
Not only will BCAYMI (see, it just rolls off the tongue) cover music but it’ll also feature film, TV and gaming content that means you’ll constantly be in the loop. Think of it as a smaller, less indie NME except my head isn’t lodged up Arctic Monkey’s arse and people don’t write bitchy tweets about me. Well, as far as I know.
Featured Artist Of The Month
To quote the world renown author Me, Glasgow trio Codist’s sound is like “if you put Biffy Clyro’s gritty, stripped back tone from Blackened Sky in a blender with Weezer during their blue album era”, not a small compliment for someone with half of one of those band’s name in their website name. With Chris Curry now joining the band to raise the number of members to 4, it’s exciting to see how the band will shape their sound of their upcoming album in addition to their upcoming gig at Glasgow’s The Hug And Pint this December. Codist 2.0, here we go.
If their Sophomore album You’re Gonna Miss It All was about being in denial about your problems then Philadelphia based band Modern Baseball’s new track is about admitting these issues and trying to move on from them. Full of sombre, personal lyrics, Brendan Lukens’ trademark nasally vocal style has never sounded so good.
2. Weezer – Do You Wanna Get High
Returning from the critical acclaim of their 2014 release Everything Will Be Alright In The End with a sound more reminiscent of their Pinkerton days, Weezer bring the crunchy guitars and ridiculously good lyrics the band built their name on.
3. Aphex Twin – avril altdelay
With Avril 14th being one of British electronic musician Richard D James’ most famous tracks, it was only a matter of time until he revamped his iconic song which has only made it even more pleasant. It won’t be long until Kanye begs for the chance to sample this again.
4. Chance The Rapper – Angels
Since the release of his second mixtape Acid Rap, Chicago born rapper Chance The Rapper has collaborated with the likes of James Blake and Donald Glover. Now he’s got fans in a frenzy as he teases his third mixtape and Angels hasn’t dampened their spirits, full of references to Kanye West and gospel hooks, this track is not only a homage to Chicago but a testament to the potential Chance has.
5. Guy Garvey – Angela’s Eyes
Owning one of the finest voices music has ever witnessed, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey has released his first solo album to showcase his remarkable vocals and new found sound. While not unfamiliar, there’s enough changes to justify a release and Angela’s Eyes is an excellent example of this.
Album of the Month
Grimes – Art Angels
November is a huge month for female artists with the great return of pop powerhouse Adele returning with her third album 25 and the likes of Drake collaborator Tinashe and *shudder* Ellie Goulding, girl power is very much in the air. November is also huge in terms of the return of an electronic wizard: Grimes.
Her unusual yet pleasing style of vocals and synths are ones that just shouldn’t work yet every time they just seem to get better and better. Thankfully the same can be said about tracks off her upcoming follow up to 2012’s Visions as EDM influenced Realiti and the catchy Flesh without Blood are comforting proof that even with the lack of substance abuse on this release, the canadian artist can still deliver.
(P.S bonus points for that amazing japanese inspired artwork, which perfectly captures the atypical nature of Grimes.)
Bring Me The Horizon @ Edinburgh Corn Exchange – 25th November | Sold Out
Frank Turner @ Barrowlands – Friday 13th November | Sold Out
Justin Bieber – Purpose (13th November)
Adele – 25 (20th November)
Rustie – EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE (OUT NOW)
Bob Dylan – The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Volume 12 (November 6th)
Film + TV
Film of the Month
The Good Dinosaur Released: 27th November
Yes, I’ll look like a big waine for choosing this over Spectre but bare with me. Since Spectre was released last month and has been praised to no end (which it totally deserves) , I thought I’d go for a film that’s actually released this month and what better than Pixar’s next film. The Good Dinosaur is about an alternate timeline where the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs narrowly missed, meaning that the giant creatures still exist. What follows is the tale of Arlo as he suffers a major loss (not hard to guess what happens, it’s Pixar after all) and tries to find his way back home.
This film has a chance to fail as it seems like it’ll be cliched and it’s directed by someone who’s only ever been behind the camera one times: for a Pixar short. However, it also has the opportunity to surprise everyone and become what the incredibles was to superhero films. In addition to this, the film has already been praised for its photorealistic visuals, meaning regardless if the film’s a flop, it’ll be a beautiful one. Who knows what will happen but regardless if it’s bad or fantastic, I’ll be there to see it.
TV Show of The Month
Starts: 11th November
What else was it going to be? Ranking alongside The Inbetweeners for being one of the most quotable British comedies of all time, Peep Show has kept us waiting in anticipation for 3 years for what is now the show’s last season. To avoid giving anything away to those who have avoided all previews and interviews, the ninth season will consist of “Mark trying to sell a loan to a gullible idiot while Jeremy is living in a bath”. The premise alone sounds hilarious and it’ll be worth it alone to see Mark, Jeremy and Super Hans for the last time before they fade away into Channel 4 fame. With this and Catastrophe, Channel 4 can rightfully call itself the home of Comedy.
Will it be worth the wait? No idea. Will it be quoted relentlessly by hundreds of users on Twitter? You bet yer arse.
Game of the Month
Released: 10th November
In a month full of blockbuster game releases, Bethesda have their work cut out for them. Not only are they up against two juggernaut FPS going by the names Star Wars Battlefront & Call of Duty but there’s also the return of both Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Are they worried? Of course not.
Regardless if this game flops like a fish out of water, millions of gamers will still pick up Fallout 4 because, well, it’s Fallout. It’s an immersive post apocalyptic wasteland, full of radiation inflicted monsters and other humans just as desperate as yourself for supplies, safety and, most importantly, power. Its predecessor, unsurprisingly called Fallout 3, is one of my favourite games of all time and the sound of returning to the franchise with better graphics, more customisation and even greater gameplay, is too good to pass up. If you pick up one game this month, make it this.
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Life Is Strange review – Sunday 8th November
Bloc Party gig review – Tuesday 10th November
Frank Turner – Saturday 14th November
First week with Fallout 4 (sort of review) – Tuesday 17th November
Slaves gig review – Friday 20th November
Bring Me The Horizon gig review – Thursday 26th November
+ even more tbc!!!!
It’s no surprise that I’m a fan of AMC’s Breaking Bad. No show has ever had me craving for the next episode more than it did and its extraordinary story writing and character development is still unparalleled to this day . Not even Game Of Thrones, a series that I’ve started recently, has been able to knock Breaking Bad off the pedestal I’ve gave it and when I saw that Netflix were giving life to a new TV show based on Marvel’s Daredevil, my hopes weren’t high.
I was so wrong.
Instead of rambling on and on about why I love the show so much, I’ll bullet-point the 5 main reasons why the show is so great and why it’s the best thing you’ll see all year.
1.Charlie Cox’s performance
Confession: I had no idea who Charlie Cox was before watching Daredevil. A quick Google search came up with a career that includes such hits as Stardust and….There Be Dragons? Regardless of this, fuck me was I surprised. Every Marvel fan still feels a bit of betrayal for the 2003 Daredevil film but Cox’s portrayal of blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night Matt Murdock was more than enough to make up for it. Murdock’s life is nothing but tragedy after tragedy and it was a relief to see an actor to show this side of the character without just being mopey and miserable for the whole show.
2. A supporting cast just as strong as its protagonist.
A fault that many AAA shows suffer from, I’m looking at you Dexter, is under utilising their supporting characters or making said characters dull and boring. Daredevil managed to defy this though with ease. Ask anyone who’s watched the show who their favourite character was and you’ll get a different answer. Maybe it’ll be faithful friend and lawyer Foggy Nelson, wonderfully played by Elden Henson, whose smart quips and humour perfectly contrast to Matt’s seriousness. Their friendship is one of the best things about this show and, to avoid spoilers, it comes under some extreme stress as the show goes on. If you ask me though, my favourite character had to be Kingpin. After being portrayed as an all brawns, no brain giant in the 2003 film, Vincent D’Onofrio played the character the way he should be: as smart as he is strong. His back story makes for one of the best episodes of the season and makes you as scared of him as it does make you feel sorry.
There’s no doubt that if you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen one of Marvel’s blockbuster films such as The Avengers. Their films have the trademark humour with dips and dabs of seriousness put in but Daredevil? Nuh uh. After a few episodes one thing that will be blatantly clear is how brutal this show is. Bones breaking, blood everywhere, a decapitated Russian, there’s no doubt that Daredevil’s tone is a lot different but it benefits from it. It’s not all doom and gloom though as there is moments of humour but for the most part it’s on the edge of your seat tension that will have you binging this show.
5. A complete story
The amount of TV shows that have tried to tell grand scale stories only to get cancelled after one or two seasons are in abundance, one of my personal favourite losses being Freaks and Geeks. These abrupt cancellations result in unfinished stories that annoy fans to no end. With Daredevil it’s as if the creators took these shows into consideration when deciding what they should show in the first season. As a big comic book fan and Daredevil being one of my favourite characters, I was anxious about what they would do but I’m 100% satisfied. Developing Kingpin’s grand scheme while also focusing on Matt becoming Hell’s Kitchen saviour was done perfectly as it would be an easy mistake to just leave either story in the background. With so much left to work with (there was sly references to Bullseye and Elektra that were blink and you’ll miss it), the future looks bright for Daredevil.
So what did you think of Daredevil? Love it? Hate it? Let me know and if you haven’t given it a watch then do so now, you won’t regret it.