Monday, 23 July 2018

What I've Been Watching #4

what to watch, what's worth watching, netflix recommendations

This series of posts contains spoilers!

June and July have been the months of absolutely zero attention-span capibilities. Again, I find myself gravitating towards my trusty let's plays as my source of on-screen entertainment, and, again, my Netflix and Now TV accounts sit gathering dust. Not only have I yet to continue watching Safe which I mentioned in the previous post of this series, but I've started several other programmes this month without finishing them, too.

THE STAIRCASE

I'm about 4 episodes into this and was actually introduced to it by my mum. I didn't know what it was or that it was new to Netflix, but I saw it when I went on and she mentioned she'd been watching it and was really enjoying it. She's now finished the series and hasn't spoiled it for me, but I'm, as I said, not that far into it. I do enjoy the show, but it's quite slow-paced for my liking which is why I'm struggling a bit to pay attention. That said, I plan on finishing it as I'm really intrigued to see what the outcome is and what everybody's thoughts are at the end of the series. 

Overall Rating: 3/5 (so far)

PRIME SUSPECT

Helen Mirren can do no wrong, as far as I'm concerned. I loved every second of Prime Suspect and binge-watched it in days. I was actually extremely sad about the ending, as I felt that they built Jane Tennison to be such an interesting character, but in the last few seasons - and the last one especially - she ended up becoming just another alcoholic detective married to the job which I thought was a bit of a cop-out. I understand why it takes a toll on police officers, but it would be nice if a programme could, for once, show an older investigator reaching out for help instead of, well, succumbing to the booze. I suppose I felt it was predictable. Nonetheless I loved the series and I wouldn't give it a poorer rating just for the ending - it wasn't the worst I'd ever seen, I just felt the writers could have done better.

Overall rating: 5/5

RILINGTON PLACE

Another favourite actor of mine, Tim Roth plays an absolute creep in this series. It's only about 3 episodes long if I remember rightly and is set in the 1940's, and based on real-life events. Tim Roth plays a creepy, abusive character who is extremely manipulative and a serial-killer. It's extremely grim and disturbing, and an excellent watch. Hats off to Tim Roth for his amazing performance.

Overall rating: 5/5

FORENSIC FILES

I'm still in the midst of watching this one as it's a rather long series, with each 'collection' (i.e. season), being about 40 episodes - I'm still on season one! The episodes are only about 20 minutes and while its narration and opening credits are perfectly cheesy - as it began in the 90's and is American -, it's an incredibly interesting watch if you're a bit of a true-crime obsessive like myself. The show essentially revolves around crimes that were solved by forensic science, some of them even decades later, and it really gives you hope that although so many cases go unsolved, there's always a chance that they will be, especially with modern-day methods.

Overall rating: 5/5

THE SINNER

I've only just started this series as it's been on my Watch List for quite some time, but I'm already just a bit like 'what the fuck' at watching it. Although I've heard nothing but good things about it, in just the first episode I feel confused about what I'm watching. It's too early for me to say one way or another, or give it a rating, but hopefully I'll manage to find my footing with this one and watch it to the end.

Overall rating: N/A

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