Channel 4 – 9pm – Sunday 2nd July 2017
Teleplay by: Wendy Straker Hauser
Series created by: Bruce Miller – Based on the novel by: Margaret Atwood
Directed by: Floria Sigismondi
THE QUIET HALF
I was well aware I had dragged my heels with my (now completed) weekly Doctor Who series ten reviews (you can read all of them HERE), but I honestly thought I was just one or two episodes shy of keeping up with Channel 4’s terrestrial UK broadcast of Hulu’s ten-part adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. Turns out I actually fell FOUR episodes off-pace, so the catch-up begins NOW!
BBC One – Saturday 28th January 2017 – 9.15pm
Created by: Tom Hardy, Edward “Chips” Hardy, Steven Knight
Written by: Steven Knight and Emily Ballou
Directed by: Kristoffer Nyholm
THE JOINT IN THE SEE-SAW
“Delaney is turning London into his own private bear pit!”
Just when I didn’t think Taboo could bring any more grit and gore to primetime Saturday night television, the BBC’s decency-touting new mini-series descended to shocking new lows (or highs, depending on your tolerance for the controversial) in its fourth week: there’s rapey jail cell harassment from figures of authority, throat slittings, prostitutes give blow jobs, doctor’s lick cow shit, brothers use voodoo to have intercourse with their half-sisters from afar… and in an eye-poppingly visceral visual, intestines spill from a eviscerated stomach after a long-winded slug-fest turns bloody.
… Keep Scuttling!
18 – 102mins – 1995
PEARLS BEFORE SWINE
Perhaps now best known for the gruesome 1999 torture porn paragon Audition or 2001’s iconic crime thriller Ichi the Killer, before his Western exposure and box office success, Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike was highly prolific in Japan’s straight-to-video “V-cinema” market. 1995’s Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô (to give it its homegrown title) marked a major stepping stone in the outlandish director’s career: his first release for a major studio and his first release to receive a theatrical run.
… Keep Scuttling!