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“Luther” [Pasted from linked Wikipedia reference above …]

Luther is a British psychological crime drama television series starring Idris Elba as the title character Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. A first series of six episodes was broadcast on BBC One from 4 May to 8 June 2010. The second series of four episodes was shown on BBC One in summer 2011. During the Edinburgh TV Festival, BBC One controller Danny Cohen announced there will be a third series. The third series began on 2 July, 2013.

The character of Luther is played by Idris Elba, who won the Golden Globe award for best actor in a miniseries at the 2011 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2012, a year after his nomination in 2011.

Plot:

John Luther is a Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) working for the Serious Crime Unit in season one, and the new Serious and Serial Crime Unit in season two. A dedicated police officer, Luther is obsessive, possessed, and sometimes dangerous in the violence of his fixations. But Luther has paid a heavy price for his dedication; he has never been able to prevent himself from being consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals. For Luther, the job always comes first. His dedication is a curse and a blessing, both for him and those close to him.

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“Luther” represents some of the best of UK drama, it is groundbreaking in storylines and takes crime thrillers to new levels. The central character is flawed and is the new way in acknowledging and humanising how law enforcement is portrayed on our TV screens.

Luther – the central character has personal life challenges that he has to juggle with all the drama of his job of chasing down serial killers hell bent on life destruction – it’s a mix that is thoroughly engaging and has you not wanting to wait for the next installment in the continuing story lines.

The best UK TV for a long time. The equal of if not better than “Walking the Dead” and “Wire in the Blood” …


Review Score: … Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: … 8.0/10 …

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EYE-BALL MovieZone – Favourites Review: TV Series – “Orphan Black”

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“Orphan Black” [Pasted from linked Wikipedia reference above …]

Orphan Black is a American-Canadian science fiction television series that stars Tatiana Maslany as several identical women who are revealed to be clones. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of her clone, Elizabeth Childs, after the latter commits suicide. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning and its impact on issues of personal identity.

The show premiered at WonderCon in Anaheim, California on March 29, 2013. The television premiere of the first 10-episode season was on March 30, 2013. On May 2, 2013 BBC America renewed Orphan Black for a 10-episode second season to air in 2014.

As an explanation of the series title, in Season 1 Episode 8 there is mention by Mrs S.(Siobhan) who says “children in the black” were “undocumented, outside of the system…subjects of medical experiments”.

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The lead actress in the show – Tatiana Maslany – won the ‘Best Actress’ in a Drama Series award at the recent US Critics Awards – she is tipped as a ‘dark-horse’ choice for the Emmy Best Actress award next month.

The show takes 2-3 episodes to understand the ‘sicence-fiction’ aspect but when it kicks in the whole show opens up. The lead actress plays seven different parts in the series and each of the roles requires completely different perspectives and history.

The 2nd season set for 2014 promises much and will be interesting to see where the shows goes once the end of season storyline is dealt with.


Review Score: … Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: … 7.0/10 …

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EYE-BALL MovieZone – Favourites Review: TV Series – “The Bridge” –

June 15, 2013 Comments off
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“The Bridge” [Pasted from linked Wikipedia reference above …]

The Bridge was a Canadian police drama commissioned by CTV and CBS starring Aaron Douglas. The name of the series is derived from the bridge which separates the wealthy Rosedale neighborhood of Toronto with one of its poorest, St. James Town.

The initial order is for 11 episodes, produced by Entertainment One. After CTV ordered the pilot to series in November 2008, CTV later shared the pilot with CBS.[1] This series premiered on CTV on March 5, 2010 and premiered on July 10, 2010 on CBS. It has been canceled in the US after three episodes due to low ratings. CTV announced on June 3, 2010 that the series will return for a second season during the 2010–2011 season.[4] However, on January 13, 2011, star Aaron Douglas tweeted that the series has been officially cancelled after only one season.

The Bridge is loosely based upon former Toronto police union head Craig Bromell, in the form of Aaron Douglas’s character, Frank Leo. After being unanimously elected head of the union, Leo sets out to clean up the corruption in the force while working in the best interests of the rank-and-file.

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“The Bridge” is a single season of high quality drama set in Toronto and first aired in 2010. It was scheduled to have a 2nd season and the final episode of season 1 set up the next season.

Why it was cancelled as explained above cannot be understood – it was too good a show.

This is the 2nd Canadian show that had a brilliant first season that took the audience into corrupt officialdom that was cancelled after initial plans for a 2nd season were agreed to.

There was also a similar US show cancelled this year after its first season that had a story line too close to home – that show was “Last Resort’ – a show about a nuclear sub commander taking control of nuclear weapons and using them against the corrupt US Government.

The other Canadian shows was:

“Intelligence” – reported below – linked here

Intelligence is a Vancouver-based television crime drama starring Ian Tracey and Klea Scott that aired on the CBC. With its pilot first airing on November 28, 2005, the series began regular broadcasting on October 10, 2006. CBC reaired the pilot on June 7, 2007 and began broadcasting reruns of season one on Fridays starting on June 8, 2007. A second season then aired from October 2007, concluding in December that same year. The series was produced by Haddock Entertainment, which also produced Da Vinci’s Inquest and Da Vinci’s City Hall.

On March 7, 2008, the CBC announced that Intelligence would be cancelled. There were various rumors surrounding the cancellation of the series. Kevin Baker from The National Post alleged: “There’s a theory afloat that CBC Television cancelled the unusually good drama Intelligence in fear of upsetting Canada’s New Government, which is thought to be slavering for an excuse to junk the nation’s public broadcaster and sell off the parts.”

The show centres on Jimmy Reardon (Tracey), one of Vancouver’s top organized crime bosses, and Mary Spalding (Scott), the director of the Vancouver Organized Crime Unit (OCU), who has offered Reardon immunity from prosecution in exchange for his role as a police informant. The show also stars Matt Frewer as Ted Altman, the scheming assistant director of the OCU who seeks to replace Spalding, and John Cassini as Ronnie Delmonico, Reardon’s business partner and confidant.

“The Bridge” is throughly believable and given where the last episode ends – it’s understandable why the 2nd season was cancelled if political interference was the reason.This show is an eye-opener to the naive and gives insight to how Police force ‘brass’ conduct business with politicians and the police officers.


Review Score: … Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: … 8.0/10 …

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EYE-BALL MovieZone – Favourites Review: TV Series – “The Big C” –

June 3, 2013 Comments off
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“The Big C” [Pasted from linked Wikipedia reference above …]

The Big C is a Showtime original television series created by Darlene Hunt which premiered on August 16, 2010. It drew the largest audience for a Showtime original series premiere in eight years. The second season premiered on June 27, 2011. The third season premiered on April 8, 2012. On July 31, 2012, The Big C was renewed for a fourth and final season, which premiered on Monday, April 29, 2013.

The show follows teacher Cathy Jamison – a reserved, suburban wife and mother – who is diagnosed with melanoma. The realisation of this forces her to really begin to live for the first time in her adult life. At first she chooses to keep her diagnosis from her family, behaving in ways they find puzzling and increasingly bizarre. She finds new freedom to express herself. As the show progresses, Cathy allows her family and some new friends to support her as she copes with her terminal diagnosis, and finds both humor and pathos in the many idiosyncratic relationships in her life.

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“The Big C” is a show that makes light of ‘cancer’ and shows how a quirky family deals with all the pitfalls along the way.

It’s sad, endearing, funny, modernly hilariously so in parts, and Laura Linney plays the part of her career as the cancer sufferer.  Oliver Platt likewise as the suffering husband.

The story has humanity in spades and as we all become touched by the loss of loved ones at early ages due to this disease – this show will help those left behind and those enduring what happens as sufferers try to cope with the aura of death.

It is not sad – at least not up until the middle of the third season – but entertaining time spent contemplation all the things in life you wanted to do but never did.

Oh – and the weird brother totally cracks the mould …


Review Score: … Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: … 7.0/10 …

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EYE-BALL MovieZone – Favourites Review: TV Series – ELEMENTARY –

February 11, 2013 Comments off
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Elementary

[Pasted from linked Wikipedia reference above …]

Elementary is an American TV crime drama series that premiered on CBS on September 27, 2012. It presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes set in the contemporary United States. It stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. Holmes is a former consultant to Scotland Yard, and also an addict. He travels to New York City to check into a rehabilitation center and stays on in Brooklyn with Watson, who becomes his sober companion.

On October 23, 2012 CBS picked up Elementary for a full season. On November 15, 2012 CBS ordered two additional episodes to its current season, bringing the total number of episodes to 24.

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EYE-BALL MovieZone Review:

‘Elementary’ is a surprise packet – if you liked Jonny Lee Miller in ‘Eli Stone’ and disappointed at that shows axing, then Miller’s back in another eccentric crime based drama that enthralls.

Lucy Liu plays his ‘companion’ – and I’ll leave the explanation to that little job description to you all to find out, and the plot thickens to their developing relationship and it works so well for the show.

Aidan Quinn adds quality as the New York Detective who worked with Sherlock at Scotland Yard.  His contribution as supporting cast gives the show a stability – it appears Quinn has had a face-lift or two – but he plays a strong sidekick – but it is ‘Watson’s’ character [Lui] that does the most to add spice to the show.

The ‘Sherlock Homes’ thing has been done so many times – but this is by far the best in recent times. I watched the 15 episodes aired back to back and as each episode ended, the eagerness to see the next episode left me without sleep … each episode is a story in itself, and the crime aspect is also good TV, but the character development that carries over into each new episode has just that right amount of traction that leaves you wanting more.

The ‘consultancy’ angle of Miller’s character is a take off from ‘Jane’s consultancy in ‘The Mentalist’ and softens the entertainment against the hard core cop shows.  

One of the better ‘new season’ shows and a decision is still pending on a Season 2 – there will be 24 episodes in this Season 1.


Review Score: … Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: … 7.0/10 …

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EYE-BALL MovieZone – Favourites Review: Oliver Stones:- “The Untold History of the United States”

January 5, 2013 Comments off
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Oliver Stone’s:The Untold History of the United States

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In 2009, it emerged that Stone was preparing a documentary miniseries for Showtime with the working title Oliver Stone’s Secret History of America. It would cover “the reasons behind the Cold War with the Soviet Union, U.S. President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, and changes in America’s global role since the fall of Communism.” In January 2010, it was revealed that he had been working on the project since 2008 with American University historian Peter J. Kuznick, who co-wrote the script with Stone, along with British screenwriter Matt Graham. Stone is the director and narrator of all 10 episodes, which intend to provide an unconventional account of some of the darkest parts of twentieth century history using little known documents and newly uncovered archival material.

The first three episodes of the series premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 6, 2012, which Indiewire described as “extremely compelling” and “daring”.

Stone described the project as “the most ambitious thing I’ve ever done. Certainly in documentary form, and perhaps in fiction, feature form.” Because of Stone’s feature film commitments, production took four years to complete. Stone confessed “It was supposed to take two years but it’s way over schedule”, The premiere was finally set for November 12, 2012. Stone spent $1 million of his own money on the budget, which had inflated from $3 million to $5 million.

The series premiered on Showtime in November 2012. Executive producers are Tara Tremaine and Rob Wilson. A book by the same name was also published.

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Oliver Stone has always been a brave producer of political motivated films and documentaries.

Movies like ‘Platoon’ won him best Picture at the 1886 Academy Awards … ‘JFK’, ‘Nixon’, and ’13 Days’ represent more political acclaimed drama, Wall Street 1 and 2 gave him creditability in understanding global financial markets … all this gives him imense creditablity and his latest project does not disappoint.

He has proven his understanding of history and this series will galvanise and challenge those with poor knowledge of modern history, and those who want to forget America’s role in recent atrocities so wanting to be forgotten.

This is a 10 part Documentary series and at the time of writing this review, 8 episodes have been aired on the American Showtime Network. It has not been shown in Australia – well not that I have been able to establish.

Much of the archival footage is familiar, however the narrative and new footage of the Allied Leaders – i.e. Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt – during the closing stages of WWII where the carve-up of conquered Nations was being played out as a chess game of brinkmanship astounds even now.

Much of this history was not taught in my history classes during the late 60’s early 70’s … and if you think current and modern-day atrocities in Syria and the like are harrowing – Stone’s presentation will give you new thoughts of what the British and American Leadership was capable of.   Stalin already has a place in genocidal history – can you imagine Americans and the British having their history being challenged by the thought that they themselves were War Criminals in and during WWII …

This is must view television if one sees clouds looming over the world once again as the GFC drains Nations and their ability to survive … the diplomacy exposed in this series  via footage and narration is done without fear of backlash … to draw a line with modern diplomacy our current Leaders would be seen as idiots …

Much can be learned from this brilliant series … it highlights flaws and mistakes made by Leaders once thought to be the best of their time … it demonstrates human frailty and its ability to place survival above fear of the unknown, fear of the future, fear that someone else will do to you what you fear most in doing to them.


Oliver Stones Bio:

Linked here:

William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone came into public attention in the mid 1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. He won further attention—and controversy—with the films JFK, Natural Born Killers, and Nixon. Many of Stone’s films focus on contemporary American political and cultural issues.

Stone has received three Academy Awards for his work on the films Midnight Express, Platoon, and Born on the Fourth of July. Stone was also presented with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 2007 Austin Film Festival. British newspaper The Guardian described Stone as “one of the few committed men of the left working in mainstream American cinema.” Stone’s films often combine different camera and film formats within a single scene (including VHS and 8 mm film) as evidenced in JFK, Natural Born Killers, and Nixon.

Review Score: Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: 9.0/10 …

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| Author: EYE-BALL MovieZone | Undated 9th Nov 2012 |
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Garrow’s Law:

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Garrow’s Law is a British period legal drama about the 19th-century lawyer William Garrow. The series debuted on 1 November 2009 on BBC One and BBC HD. A second series was announced on 7 July 2010 and was broadcast from 14 November 2010.

A third series consisting of four episodes was commissioned and was aired from 13 November 2011. Garrow’s Law was cancelled after three series in February 2012.
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EYE-BALL MovieZone Review:

I love quality Law drama that is both engaging and creative … by far ‘Boston Legal’ offered the best law drama ever with wit, humour, and orations about Political and Social issues that both engaged and had relevance.

Garrow’s Law is Boston Legal 200 years ago – William Garrow was a barrister in the early form of the profession and his court was the ‘Old Baily’. The three season, 12 episodes cover some of the land breaking laws of the time that have relevance today … there is a love triangle introduced that works and presents Garrow as a complex man for simple times ..

The idea of innocence before proven guilt was challenged by Garrow in real-life – read William Garrow’s bio here – you will thoroughly enjoy this series …

Highly recommend viewing

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: 7.5/10 …

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