Shame (2011) Film Review


Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a businessman living a lonely life – apart from the prostitutes. And the masturbation and porn. Then his sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan) turns up and he needs to change his behaviour somewhat. But she is also flawed. Life is tough for these siblings.

It’s slow and the characters are all really annoying and terrible, but I actually quite enjoyed it. While some parts were quite beautiful, much of it was pretty creepy, and not a lot was resolved. Yet, I still enjoyed it, although I’m not sure enjoyed is quite the right word.


Sleepy Hollow – TV Review


It’s taken me a few episodes to decide if I like this show at all. It certainly has its good and bad points, but overall, I’m being won over. Initially, I wondered if it was ever going to get away from being a less-good version of Elementary; a handsome British man (photographic memory, exceptional detective skills) paired up with a woman with far less experience but who quickly starts using her skills to help solve the issue. Luckily, it has monsters.

The story is that Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) wakes after 200 years and is stranded in present-day Sleepy Hollow. One of his last memories was of beheading a soldier who became the headless horseman – and who has appeared at the same time as Ichabod did. He pairs up with Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) a young African-American policeman who discovers that her newly beheaded mentor, Sheriff Corbin (Clancy Brown) was investigating a wide range of supernatural phenomena in the area. Each episode there is a new threat, a new creature, and by using a passage from the bible (I’m not sure that it is a real passage) that says there will be seven years of torment, the show has been set for a full, seven-year run. If it goes well.

The monsters are fabulous – quite beautiful and gothic and very scary, reminiscent of Pan’s Labyrinth. This is pretty much all that saves it for me. The plot lines are not bad, but every single episode seems to be going along the usual formula of something evil happens, Lt Mills asks her boss for a head start, he reluctantly agrees, things get much worse, and then Lt Mills and Ichabod stop the evil. At least with the cool creatures it may hold my interest.