When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined. [more inside]
During the UK coal miner's strike in 1984, a group of gays and lesbians in London decide to raise funds to support the miners, in a show of solidarity against the tactics of Margaret Thatcher's government. When the national union won't accept their donations, they contact a small village in Wales directly, where an initially hesitant reception gradually opens hearts and minds all around. A warm hearted comedy, chock full of great British actors including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, and Andrew Scott. [more inside]
True Detective: The Locked Room Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
Rust and Marty put off handing the case over to the fly-in boys for as long as possible, following scant leads to remote locations and coming away with a description of the monster at the end of their story as well as a name. A tall man, with facial scars. "Reggie Ledoux." The world needs bad men. We keep the other bad men from the door. - Rust | You just look them in the eyes and the whole story's right there. - Cohle [more inside]
A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. [more inside]
Forever: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A medical examiner who's seen it all gets caught up in a train crash investigation. [more inside]
Scorpion: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A team of geniuses help out the government. [more inside]
The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered for his comedy on The Goon Show (radio), as Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther movies, comedy records, and much more. [more inside]
True Detective: Seeing Things Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
The interview continues, Rust and Marty illustrate just how boring and frustrating chasing gossamer leads can be, and we continue to examine their slow drive investigation of Dorie Lang's murder and interpersonal relationships. — Days of nothing. That's what it's like to work cases. Days of... lost dogs. — It goes on like that.... you know the job. Lookin' for narrative. Interrogate witnesses. Partial evidence. Establish a timeline. Build a story. Day after day. [more inside]
The Wire: Port in a Storm Rewatch Season 2, Ep 12
After a setback, the Detail scrambles to make the most of a bad situation. For once, interdepartmental communication (or lack thereof) helps the case instead of hindering it. For once, good policing is rewarded with rock solid evidence and suspects in custody. For once, all the police seem to get what they want—closed cases, busted unions, scrambling crime lords. But for all that finally went right for the Detail, the world continues to turn, criminals adapt, and the scope of what they're fighting to bring to justice just keeps scaling up.
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. [more inside]
Red Band Society: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Teenagers in a hospital get to know each other. [more inside]
The Honourable Woman: The Empty Chair Season 1, Ep 1
This BBC/Sundance production by Hugo Blick, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan, Stephen Rea, and Lubna Azabal, is a critically-lauded eight episode series that's certain to appear prominently in next year's Emmy nominations. Reminiscent of le Carré, this is a story of duplicity, of familial and personal tragedy, and is set within the context of the Palestinian occupation and the diplomacy, politics, and espionage of the British, Israelis, and Americans. "It is a wonder we trust anyone at all." [more inside]
I'd like to do a FanFare post on HBO's Temple Grandin - would people be interested in discussing this? [more inside]
Houdini: Part 1 & 2 Season 1, Ep 1
Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. [more inside]
True Detective: The Long Bright Dark Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
Meet LA State Police Criminal Investigation Division Detectives Martin Eric 'Marty' Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Spencer 'Rust' Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), both retired from the force, as they each sit down with State CID detectives in 2012 to go over an old homicide case of theirs from 1995 that has mysteriously resurfaced. As Nic Pizzolatto's story seeps slowly out of director Cary Joji Fukunaga's vision of their recollections, dank and withered and burned out hollow, the tale of occult, ritual, (iconic, planned) murder emerges from the jungle of coastal Louisiana like so much aluminum-tinged smoke and ash. People out here, it's like they don’t even know the outside world exists. [more inside]
The Wire: Bad Dreams Rewatch Season 2, Ep 11
As much as they'd like to continue investigating the sprawling criminal activities of the (still largely unknown) Greek, The Detail's hand is forced and with the help of the FBI they break down all the doors they know, gathering evidence and suspects. Valchek finally gets to participate in a very special perp walk. Sobotka eventually visits Ziggy, after a stop at the union hall and a quick trip downtown. Lieutenant Daniels and Omar Little dash off to deliver very personal messages to Landsman and Mouzone, respectively. [more inside]
The Wire: Storm Warnings Rewatch Season 2, Ep 10
Ziggy continues to wreak havoc but this time his unchecked impulsiveness takes him over the line and into a lot of trouble. Trouble that spreads and pools and spatters on everyone. – Valchek is pissed and brings in the Feds to assist the Detail. The Feds assist the Detail, and Valchek is pissed. – Just as Stringer's off-brand plan goes into effect, Brother Mouzone arrives to enforce the status quo and so Bodie and crew begin to understand the nature of the new arrangements. [more inside]
The Wire: Stray Rounds Rewatch Season 2, Ep 9
Bodie's plan to increase sales backfires tragically. So String's gotta make some tough decisions, change tactics, take account for the inevitable crackdown. With Sobotka and The Greek spooked and ready to turn tail the Detail has to adapt as well. Their investigation feels on target despite a minor tantrum from Valcheck, and when the prostitution investigation goes international inside Freamon's assessment of McNulty's bad accent is spot on. [more inside]
The Wire: Duck and Cover Rewatch Season 2, Ep 8
Jimmy McNulty, Captain Chesapeake, has stopped bailing and started drinking again and so finds himself sinking quickly to the bottom. He's desperate to get on the detail where they've got every swinging dick setting up The Wire on Sobotka and The Greek, so Daniels puts what little flex he has on Rawls. Turns out McNulty's just the john they were looking for. [more inside]
The Wire: Backwash Rewatch Season 2, Ep 7
Through the turmoil of low-end product and family troubles, the Barksdale Organization moves on though in different directions. East-side Joe makes Stringer a Proposition that's hard to refuse, but Avon is adamant. Lester and Bunk put Daniels in a tough spot, setting up their surveillance at the off-site office and pleading to join up their murder investigations with the case against Sobotka. Together with Greggs, Russell, and Prez they delve deeper into the smuggling process, getting a handle on how the operation works. The detail also continues to investigate the prostitution racket and make connections between the drugs and the docks. [more inside]
The Wire: All Prologue Season 2, Ep 6
Perhaps there's no better description for Omar Little than "a rare pleasure," though anyone on the wrong end of his double-barrel sawed-off court testimony might disagree. Having wrapped up the last Bird of business from before, McNulty drops the search for Jane Doe's real name, retires to the boat, and makes another go of his marriage. "I'm done fucking myself up," he declares, and downs a beer. [more inside]
The Wire: Undertow Rewatch Season 2, Ep 5
Detail work starts in earnest on Sobotka, and Freamon looks to make a connection between Valchek's 'too much money' accusation and his own 14 murder investigations. Dockworkers who worked on that ship get summoned to testify in front of a grand jury. Ziggy continues to spend his easy money recklessly, and Nick is forced to help him deal with the consequences. Omar Little finally comes in to testify against Bird. [more inside]
The Wire: Hard Cases Rewatch Season 2, Ep 4
The full extent of Avon's hot shots plan is realized as the authorities look to shave years in exchange for easy answers. D'Angelo hears his cousin's music but refuses to dance. Burrell puts the hard sell on Daniels and keeps him around with the promise of a promotion, a permanent Detail AND the good police he needs to run it. McNulty continues to try to put a name on his 'floater,' and enlists Bubs in the search for Omar. [more inside]
The Wire: Hot Shots Season 2, Ep 3
D'Angelo's discovered heroin in the clink, and Avon sets a plan into motion that he hopes will discourage his cousin's habit as well as push back some against Proposition Joe's expanding territory. Zero progress is the report Prez gives his father-in-law Valchek when asked about how the new detail's case against Sobotka is coming along, and to boot the Southeastern's surveillance van goes on an unauthorized global tour courtesy of IBS chapters around the world. [more inside]
The Wire: Collateral Damage Rewatch Season 2, Ep 2
The shipping container full of dead women is shrugged off as accidental and everyone still breathing scrambles to cover their own ass and minimize the, well, collateral damage. Everyone except McNulty of course, who pokes his nose into Beadie's "investigation" and sniffs out 13—make that 14 murders. Daniels puts in notice and looks to pursue a career in lawyering. [more inside]
The Wire: Ebb Tide Rewatch Season 2, Ep 1
Having made their move on Avon Barksdale, The Baltimore Police Department's Drug Detail is decommissioned and its members have been scattered: McNulty's riding a boat in the bay, Daniels is hunkered down in Evidence, Greggs is on desk duty (still can't type!), Herc & Sergeant Carver are back on the beat though in separate divisions, and poor Prez is back in the Southeastern under his father-in-law's thumb. Freamon's with Bunk now, real police in Homicide. [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: 1984 Season 1, Ep 10
Joe looks toward the future
Slings and Arrows: Oliver's Dream First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
A show opens; a show doesn't open; the past is revisited; the future is changed. [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: Up Helly Aa Season 1, Ep 9
Complications menace the PC at Comdex.
The Wire: Cleaning Up First Watch Season 1, Ep 12
Tactics shift on both sides after the raid. Pay-boxes and pagers are out, different wires go in. Baltimore PD continues to provide excellent health care for its C.I.s. Barksdale's crew is short on soldiers, which puts pawns in more important positions and sends back-row players out into battle. [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: The 214s Season 1, Ep 8
The team plans their trip to ComDex.
The Wire: The Hunt First Watch Season 1, Ep 11
With Greggs still in the hospital, everyone Downtown is on the hunt for anything or anyone who might lead them to the shooters and Savino. Barksdale and Stringer move their pieces around the board when they find out they got police. Burrell demands results and orders The Detail to play all its cards against Barksdale. [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: Giant Season 1, Ep 7
Joe receives a visitor from his past.
The Wire: The Cost First Watch Season 1, Ep 10
With Wallace in custody, McNulty and Daniels try to figure out what to do with him in the months before he testifies. Sydnor and Carver track down one of Barksdale's stash houses, and Prez shows off his 'gift for the paper trail.' [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: Landfall Season 1, Ep 6
A hurricane spurs personal revelations.
In the Flesh: Episode 3 Season 2, Ep 3
Kieren kisses Simon, Gary kisses Jem. Jem also comes clean about what she did in the woods. And we meet PDS-suffering Freddie and and his former (?) wife, Hayley.
Justified: Riverbrook Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
Raylan hunts an escaped prisoner who is determined to reunite with his ex-wife...and his stashed fortune. [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: Adventure Season 1, Ep 5
Cameron bristles under a new manager.
Justified: Pilot Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
Meet Raylan Givens, a US Deputy Marshall whose gunslinging ways get him reassigned to the last place he wants to go - home to Harlan County, Kentucky. [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: Close to the Metal Season 1, Ep 4
This fanfare post would have been up earlier if "someone" wouldn't have left their floppies too close to their speakers. Or did they?
The Wire: The Wire First Watch Season 1, Ep 6
Brandon is found. Wallace is unsettled. The detail gets a wiretap running. Daniels clashes with Rawls.
The Wire: The Pager First Watch Season 1, Ep 5
Stringer warns D'Angelo that there may be a snitch in his camp. The detail gets its affidavit approved for a cloned pager but are puzzled at the results. Prez begins to redeem himself in the eyes of his colleagues by taking a fresh approach to the pager information. Wallace spots Brandon, one of Omar's crew, in an arcade and passes the information on to the Barksdale enforcers.
Halt and Catch Fire: High Plains Hardware Season 1, Ep 3
Joe tries to bring in funding, Gordon tries to fit hardware in a tiny space and Cameron finds the only punks in Texas.
The Wire: Old Cases First Watch Season 1, Ep 4
Bodie avoids Herc and Carver. Avon discusses the loss of the pit's stash and puts the word on the street about Omar. McNulty and Moreland investigate an old murder that may be related to D'Angelo. [more inside]
Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.
The Wire: The Buys First Watch Season 1, Ep 3
The early-morning 'field interviews' by Herc, Carver and Prez have consequences. On the other side of the law, D'Angelo teaches Wallace and Bodie how to play the game. [more inside]
The Wire: The Detail First Watch Season 1, Ep 2
McNulty feels the heat. Greggs is given the lay of the land regarding Avon Barksdale's key players. Herc, Carver and Prez find big-time trouble at the towers. [more inside]
The Wire: The Target First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
In the pilot, Baltimore homicide detective Jimmy McNulty gets into hot water and winds up assigned to a detail of narcotics outcasts charged with investigating drug lord Avon Barksdale and his powerful operation in Franklin Terrace. Meanwhile, Avon's nephew D'Angelo is fresh off beating a murder rap. [more inside]