End of Season Review: Castle Season 5

Castle

With Procedural shows there comes a point where all the reasonable explanations are eliminated and the writers need to start thinking even more outside of the box. Often this has mixed results.

And so it is with season five of Castle. Continue reading

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End Of Season Review: New Girl Season Two

New Girl

When New girl was recommended to me I was highly sceptical of it. Despite being a fan of Zooey Deshanel I expected the show to be “The Look At How Kooky I Can Be Show” and to be essentially a vehicle for her. To an extent, it was. But it became far more of an ensemble piece with each of the characters developing in their own right and having their own character arcs. Continue reading

Comedy Improv

Looking to try something different so will be signing up to a weekly comedy improv group.

Starting next week it will run for eight weeks and teach, unsurprisingly, comedy improv.

I’ve never done anything like this before, though it is something that both interests and scares me.

I’ve tried my hand at stand-up before, but that was only for five minute slots and no-one is depending on you doing well.

Will report back in the future.

Something For The Weekend: Full Tilt Boogie

From Duck Till Dawn

Full Tilt Boogie is a documentary which focuses on the filming of the Quentin Tarantino penned and Robert Rodriguez directed film, From Dusk Till Dawn.

Comprising mostly of interviews with behind the camera staff you don’t normally get to see, as well as general footage of the making of the film, it offers an interesting and unique insight into the practicalities of making a film.

It is interesting to see in an industry famous for people clambering to be famous, some people just do it because it is a job.

It is also interesting for the footage of Tarantino interacting with everyone, which makes for slightly uncomfortable viewing. Depending on your angle, you can practically see the group of yes-men swelling around him. Whenever he tells a story, the reaction of the people seems almost forced, regardless of quality or taste.

This is a great documentary about the film industry and whilst it might not offer any practical advice for budding film-makers it does show the hectic schedule mixed with mind numbing tedium that makes a shooting schedule.

End Of Season Review: Parks And Recreation Season 5

Parks And Recreation

Originally conceived and styled as a spin-off from The Office, Parks and Recreation was eventually launched as a standalone show, though with more than a little of the same kind of comedy.

However, from the second season onwards it took on a life of its own and rapidly became one of the funniest shows on TV. Season five was no exception. Continue reading

End Of Season Review: Community Season 4

Community

So, after the firing of creator Dan Harmon and the mass exodus of creative talent that followed, not to mention the months and months of delays, Community finally aired in 2013, showing a grand total of 13 episodes.

The characters we all know and love are still there and so is Greendale, but everything is a bit different. It seems to have lost that spark that made it so special. Continue reading

End Of Show Review – The Office

The Office

A lot can change in nine years.

We’ve seen wars rage and the people of the Middle East stand against oppressive regimes. We’ve seen the election of the first black President of the USA and made gigantic leaps in our understanding of the universe.

We’ve also seen the characters of The Office develop and grow and now finally that has come to an end. Continue reading