Beck: Vol. 2 (2016) (TV Series) 

The Scandinavians really do know how to make thrilling drama. With the likes of Trapped, The Killing, Borgen and many others, they have thrilled UK audiences. Beck is another jewel in that crown. 

Peter Haber plays the brilliant Martin Beck, a Swedish detective who hunts down all sorts of criminals. He is called back into action when a journalist is found beaten to death in his home. Various fingerprints are found which may allude to the killer’s identity, but the further Beck and his team dig, the more they realise that things may not be as straightforward as they seem. 

However that is only the first case in this series. This wonderful procedural weaves through different grisly cases, whilst simultaneously delving into each of the characters lives. It does a great job in really investing in the characters and making you care for them. The acting really is first class.

The stories are thoroughly gripping too. The writing is intelligent and there are various twists and turns keeping you on the edge of your seat. The supporting cast are fabulous, and you never get the feeling like any one character feels redundant in their role. 

If the Scandinavians can continue to produce awesome television such as this, then I think we will always have something decent to watch. Even more than once. BECK – THE SERIES VOLUME TWO is released on DVD on Monday 10th October by Nordic Noir & Beyond.

5/5

JM

Jon Polito 1950-2016

Very sad to announce that the wonderful character actor Jon Polito has died age 65. Jon was a favourite of the Coen Brother’s and starred in many of their movies such as ‘Miller’s Crossing’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’, and also recently had a small guest role on ‘Modern Family’. He also showed up as a supporting actor in many other movies through the years, with over 200 credits to his name. Jon is survived by his partner of 16 years, Darryl Armbruster.

JM  

The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill (2013)

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Dear oh dear. Where do I start? This was shockingly bad. It involves a group of ‘paranormal investigators’ who get together to do investigate a ruined church in Clophill. Everything about this is bad. It’s done documentary style, interspersed with talking head segments. The group get to Clophill and interview some locals before it all goes a bit ‘Blair Witch’. The acting…if you can call it that is amateurish at best. It’s like an episode of Most Haunted, a very bad episode of Most Haunted. The whole thing felt pointless from beginning to end.

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Special features on the DVD were commentary from director Kevin Gates, cast & crew commentary, deleted scenes and a trailer. Maybe worth a watch if this sort of thing does it for you, but set phasers to ‘distinctly underwhelmed’.

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The copy of Paranormal Diaries: Clophill was graciously provided by the kind folks over at www.facebook.com/SecondSightFilms. The film is available to buy on October 14th from all good retailers.

1/5

JM

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