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  1.  Forbrydelsen

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    This Danish gem follows each day in the investigation of the death of Nanna Birk Larsen. Each episode conveys a day in the investigation, and the precision of storytelling and suspense is masterful - the tension of a high-adrenalin series like 24 with the script and detail of The Wire.
    Like a lot of crime imports from the Scandanavia region, this feels original and unique, much like the Wallander and Dragon Tattoo stories that have stood out in the genre for the last few years.
    The two detective leads played with aplomb by Sofie Grabol and Soren Malling are excellent, and completely devoid of the buddy-buddy relationships so frequently seen in cop dramas from the U.S. The surrounding cast are great and it's one of those series that has you guessing until the end - with a fantastic final episode and a great finale revealing the killer.
    Definitely worth buying, and made all the more satisfying without being interrupted by adverts or having to wait a week between each episode. A thoroughly enjoyable viewing. (Will be worth seeing this instead of the US remake which has just started on Channel4).

  2.  Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce

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    The latest series in the Mad Men franchise is absolute perfection. Following on from where the last left off, we see Don, Roger, Bert, Lane, Peter and the gang embark upon their own agency, winning and losing accounts as we witness the times-a-changing in sixties America. Don's family life is as complicated as ever, Peggy is still wrestling for some respect and recognition and Joan is dealing with home and work issues. As always, the script is as tight as a banjo string, the plotlines are well-rounded, the detail insanely intricate, and the entire premise is so expertly executed that it's easy to imagine Mad Men as one of those series that survives the test of time; remembered as outstanding television in ten or twenty years. An easy five star decision and not to disappoint anyone - be it fans or newcomers to the series (but you must start from Series 1 to follow the character and story arcs).
    Matthew Weiner (the creator) has been signed for three more series which is absolute music to my ears.

  3.  What happened to the cockney walk?

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    Although a little pre-emptive to review something six months before it's release date, I thought I'd share some thoughts as I recently saw Micky at Hammersmith Apollo for his "Out Out" Tour, and last year at Ealing comedy festival. He's a great everyman comedian, relating to all walks of life his humour is discerningly British, and more specificall, cockney or Essex. His jokes include 'out out (as opposed to popping out)', 'chicken children (chavs who loiter by takeaway chicken places)', riding the tube, the cockney walk, dating in the eighties and The Apprentice. These jokes will no doubt feature on this DVD, and although a big fan of the popular comedians circulating now (think of those who occupy mock the week and live at Hammersmith), Micky Flanagan eclipses the lot (except Reginald D Hunter). He's not to be missed and genuinely side-splitting. Micky will be the next big thing.

  4.  Robin The Hood

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    Ridley Scott's re-imagining of the Robin Hood franchise balances the gritty elements of the story with all-round action entertainment. The film focuses on the historical elements of the tale - an archer returns from the Crusades to England and undertakes the task of returning the sword of a fallen comrade to its rightful owner.
    Crowe is a somewhat brooding incarnation of the character and his accent teeters on ridiculous at times but he's still the best serious Robin Hood to date; and although some of the fun from older versions of the story is replaced with a more serious tone, it's still an enjoyable experience - and the villains are an assorted bunch - with King John being a true pantomime bad-guy and eclipsing the not-so-vile Sheriff of Nottingham. Crowe and Scott have once again achieved a great film together.

  5.  A Very Bad Lieutenant Indeed!

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    Werner Herzog, perhaps better known for his brilliant documentaries and off-the-wall movies has produced a film that manages to rock the cop genre completely off its hinges. "Herzog, directing a cop movie?" I hear you cry; and not just any old cop movie, but a very good one.
    Cage plays the titular Lieutenant with enough sazzle and panache as to warrant an Oscar nod, and be the odds-on favourite to boot. His drug-addled descent into chaos is simply awesome, and the fact that this druggy existence was born from a moment of compassion resulting in a back injury makes it all the more genius - exactly the kind of thing you'd expect from Herzog.
    Cage's performance aside, the film manages to throw in some bizarrely obscure moments, including a soul breakdancing into the afterlife and a strangely intimate close-up of an iguana and bearded dragon, just chilling during a stake-out. Also, who else but Herzog would decide to throw in some camerawork from the view of a roadside alligator, watching the baffling humans as they stand over his dead friend in the middle of a Louisianan highway?
    This film not only toys with the viewer's expectations, but instead enhances them, making you wish more films had this director's courage to throw some much-needed curve balls into an established genre. The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans might not only be Herzog's best film to date, but also Cage's, delivering the performance of his career.

  6.  A Masterpiece

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    Once again French crime (cinema) proves that it can get in the ring with the best of them, producing another stunning epic rivalling Mesrine (2008/9), The Beat My Heart Skipped, 36 and La Haine.
    Tahar Rahim sizzles as Malik, the 'prophet' of the title (due to his prophetic dreams of what may come) - an illiterate French Arab who goes to prison for an uspecified crime. It doesn't take long for him to fall in with Luciani and his Corsican mafiosa who dominate every aspect of prison life, and as he becomes ostracised by the fellow Muslim inmates Malik learns to develop his skills to survive in this dog-eat-dog environment. However, as Malik continues to win favour with those he helps and greases the right palms, he becomes something more than the twentysomething hired hand and as he grows intellectually so does his sense of menace.

    Audiard has directed a stunning piece of cinema and delivers his most visceral scene yet, showing the fresh-faced Malik learning the first of his prison tricks - carrying a razor in his mouth, which is executed with unnerving brilliance. Definitely a film to watch and possibly the finest prison drama, if not crime drama, to come out of France for decades.

  7.  Rushmore

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    Anderson's first commercial success (after his debut Bottle Rocket) is an endearing indie feature about a talented young man, Max Fischer, who seems to excel in all his extra-curricular activities to the demise of his academic grades. Subsequently, Max's life goes awry when his headteacher (played brilliantly by Brian Cox) threatens him with expulsion in the middle of Max's courting efforts to impress a young teacher.
    As a regular feature in Anderson's films, the young protagonist is constantly seeking approval from a older man (Bill Muarry as Herman Blume), who happens to be the father of a pair of obnoxious twins at his school, and their best buddy friendship is truly heart-warming and in turns hilarious.
    The colourful character arcs, quippish dialogue, unrequited love, quirky outfits and offbeat direction make this quintessential Wes Anderson, and Rushmore falls just shy of The Darjeeling Limited as his best work. A true gem.

  8.  Best of Anderson

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    The Darjeeling Limited is Wes Anderson at his best. An auteur director known for his kooky characters and tight script, this showcases the best of his talents as we follow three estranged brothers on a quest for enlightenment across India.
    The landscapes are beautiful and play out as Anderson's love letter to India - a tribute to Satyajit Ray, one of the great Indian directors and a true inspiration for Anderson himself.
    The three leads, played by Anderson regulars Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson, and with Adrien Brody to complete the ensemble, are pitch-perfect and the banter between the brothers is so familiarly accurate (especially the allegiances formed when arguments breakout) that anyone with brothers will experience deja vu.
    Thoroughly recommended and the best of Anderson's work to date, The Darjeeling Limited is simply great, and to quote the caption on the case, "I love this movie!"

  9.  The Folly of Youth

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    Brick is a contemporary take on the hard-boiled noir of Dashiell Hammett set in an American high school. The anti-hero of the piece, Brendan, is an outcast who goes on a mission to discover what happened to ex-girlfriend Emily after she is found dead in the entrance to an old drainage tunnel. What begins is a classic detective piece as Brendan calls on fellow outsider, the "in-the-know" Brain, as the two begin to piece the puzzle together.
    The most striking aspect of this great film is the vernacular used by the characters. Johnson has created this noir high school world by mish-mashing plenty of Hammett narrative and adding some of his own bits: in essence a noir dialect with hints of teen slang. The result is a fantastic script, which shows that a film does not need the large budget or big Hollywood names to be a great success. Thoroughly recommend watching this, and if you like the genre (films noir) then try the likes Chinatown, Double Indemnity, Memento and Brighton rock.

  10.  Scott Pilgrim so totally rocks...like....

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    If there was a time-capsule to capture the hip pop culture of the "noughties", it would be this series of little gems by Brian O'Malley. There isn't any other graphic novel out there (that I know of) which can compare with this crazy and zany collection - it's totally original.
    Scott Pilgrim is a slacker; he plays bass in a band that 'sucks' called Sex Bob-Omb, he doesn't work (or even aspire to) and he's got oodles of girls complicating his life at every turn, and normally handles it in a barmy geek fashion. However, when he meets hip & sexy roller-delivery girl Ramona Flowers in a subspace dream, his 'precious little life' gets a shake-up as he becomes determined they are destined for each other...and so begins the challenge to fight her seven evil exes!
    A great series and the first instalment is like...um...so totally rad, so you should definitely purchase it....or like don't....whatever....