January TV

February 7, 2016 at 22:10 (TV) ()

No time for words so here’s a list:

  • Inside Amy Schumer  (S2)
  • Parks and Recreation (S4)
  • The X Files (S1)
  • Tripped
  • American Dad (S10)
  • Family Guy (S10)
  • Gotham (S2)
  • The Comic Strip Presents: Red Top
  • Only Connect
  • The Kennedys
  • Agents Of Shield
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • QI (S13)
  • Beowulf
  • Stargazing Live

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John Grant

February 5, 2016 at 20:00 (Gigs, Music)

Leeds Town Hall

John Grant

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Music 2015

January 30, 2016 at 19:11 (Music) ()

I didn’t realise that my last.fm history was visible to everybody but here it is if you want more details about what I was listening to in 2015.

Looking at the albums I scrobbled throughout the year (apart from September and October when it wasn’t working), I’ve removed the podcasts and also quite a few anomalies which I know aren’t accurate.

Here’s my top 30:

  1. Disasterpeace — It Follows 220
  2. CHVRCHES — The Bones Of What You Believe (Special Edition) 215
  3. Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) — Mad Max: Fury Road – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 181
  4. Sonzeira — Brasil Bam Bam Bam (Gilles Peterson Presents Sonzeira) 178
  5. Disclosure — Settle 177
  6. John Grant & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra — John Grant and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live in Concert [Disc 2] 155
  7. John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra — John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live in Concert 147
  8. Slow Club — Complete Surrender 144
  9. Ash — Kablammo! 137
  10. Gregory Porter — Liquid Spirit [+video] 114
  11. Björk — Biophilia live 113
  12. Gwenno — Y Dydd Olaf 112
  13. Blur — The Magic Whip 110
  14. Tracey Thorn — Songs from ‘The Falling’ 106
  15. Caribou — Our Love 92
  16. La Roux — Trouble in Paradise 85
  17. Courtney Barnett — Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit 84
  18. The Magic Numbers — Alias 80
  19. Micachu — Under The Skin 80
  20. Welsh Rock For Refugees — Reach Out 70
  21. Paloma Faith — A Perfect Contradiction (Outsiders’ Edition) 62
  22. Father John Misty — I Love You, Honeybear [Explicit] 59
  23. Wildbirds & Peacedrums — Rivers pt.2: Iris 47
  24. Wildbirds & Peacedrums — Rivers pt.1: Retina 41
  25. Ash — Kablammo! (Deluxe Edition) 33
  26. La Roux — La Roux (Bonus Track Version) 30
  27. Hooton Tennis Club — Highest Point in Cliff Town 24
  28. Mario Galaxy Orchestra — Super Mario Galaxy Official Soundtrack [English] 22
  29. Angelo Badalamenti — Twin Peaks 22
  30. Gruff Rhys — Hotel Shampoo 16

 

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TV 2015

January 30, 2016 at 18:36 (TV) ()

Once again I was hoping to write more about my year of television but considering it’s February next week I’ve given up and just produced some lists. They are numbered so I can easily see how much (too much) I’ve been watching but are in alphabetical order. I had hoped to reorder at least “The Great” list but it could take forever because they were all so great. The fact that the best list is the longest speaks volumes as to how great I thought 2015 was for television. There’s also so much I haven’t seen yet and this is not even a complete list of everything I did watch. According to Trak.TV I logged 1044 hours over the year which is 43 days and about 12% of the year.

The Great

  1. 1864
  2. Agent Carter
  3. And Then There Were None
  4. Banana
  5. Banished
  6. Better Call Saul
  7. Cucumber
  8. Daredevil
  9. Doctor Who
  10. Fargo S2
  11. Homeland
  12. House Of Cards
  13. House Of Fools
  14. Humans
  15. Inside Amy Schumer S1&2
  16. Inside Number 9
  17. Jessica Jones
  18. Last Week Tonight
  19. Lip Sync Battle
  20. London Spy
  21. Luther
  22. Mad Men
  23. Modern Life Is Goodish
  24. My Mad Fat Diary
  25. Nurse Jackie (S4)
  26. Only Connect
  27. River
  28. Screenwipe
  29. Spiral S5
  30. Taskmaster
  31. The Affair
  32. The Bridge
  33. The Goldbergs (S1&2)
  34. The Good Wife
  35. The Jinx
  36. The Legacy
  37. Transparent
  38. Weekly Wipe
  39. Wentworth S2&3
  40. Wet Hot American Summer

The Good

  1. Agents Of SHIELD S2
  2. Catastrophe
  3. Detectorists S1
  4. Episodes
  5. Gotham
  6. Film 2015
  7. Indian Summer
  8. Jane The Virgin
  9. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  10. Orange Is The New Black
  11. Peep Show
  12. Pointless
  13. Shameless (US)
  14. Supergirl
  15. TFI Friday
  16. The Big Bang Theory
  17. The Casual Vacancy
  18. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  19. The Game
  20. The Leftovers
  21. Toast Of London
  22. Togetherness
  23. True Detective
  24. Twin Peaks (S1&2)
  25. Uncle
  26. Video Game Nation
  27. W1A
  28. Wayward Pines
  29. Wolf Hall

The Okay

  1. Broadchurch (S2)
  2. Cordon
  3. Count Arthur Strong
  4. Crackanory
  5. Family Guy
  6. Hunted
  7. I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse
  8. The Kennedys
  9. Last Panthers
  10. Murder In Successful
  11. New Girl
  12. Newzoids
  13. Peter Kay’s Car Share
  14. The Americans (S3)
  15. The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
  16. The Returned
  17. The Walking Dead
  18. The Wrong Men

Gave Up On

  1. Critical
  2. Dickensian
  3. Life In Squares (ep1&2)
  4. Marry Me

Disappointments

  1. Capital
  2. Downton Abbey
  3. Empire S1
  4. Fortitude
  5. Jekyll & Hyde
  6. Nashville
  7. No Offence
  8. Not Safe For Work
  9. Orphan Black
  10. Under The Dome

Didn’t Watch (Yet)

  1. Bloodline
  2. Bohorse Jackman (S1&2)
  3. Cradle To Grave
  4. Detectorists S2
  5. Doctor Foster
  6. Empire S2
  7. Frankie & Grace
  8. From Darkness
  9. Josh
  10. Making a Murderer
  11. Mr Robot
  12. The Muppets
  13. Narcos
  14. Odyssey
  15. Sense 8
  16. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  17. Unforgotten

 

 

 

 

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December TV

January 9, 2016 at 17:24 (TV) ()

I started writing these monthly posts so I could look back at the end of the year and see what I had been watching. It’s now that time of year where I should be doing an annual review but first I need to cover December. There are also some other “2015” shows I’d like to catch up with before I cover the whole year so that may be a few more weeks yet.

Finished

The Leftovers

Nice reinvention of the series, I don’t like it as much as other people but glad I decided to give it a go because I nearly skipped it.

Homeland

Back on solid ground again.

The Bridge

Probably the best series so far. How quickly we forgot about Martin and continued to be devastated by Sofia Helin’s performance nearly every week.

Luther

An odd choice to split this over two weeks, didn’t have any problems with the content but would have preferred to see it as a two hour movie.

Jessica Jones

Another Netflix hit.

The Walking Dead

Increasingly repetitive and boring the TV series rarely matches greatness of source material or Telltale games.

Nashville

Feels like this has ran out of steam now. Scarlett is the only character I care about and if season 4 doesn’t focus on her (and could also do with a half-season) I think I’ll struggle to justify watching more.

TFI Friday

Unsure how much this worked but it’s good to have it back. The Christmas Special with Alan Partridge hosting as well as Zig and Zag did feel like something special.

Capital

Acting for acting sake?

Also Finished

  • Toast Of London
  • And Then There Were None
  • Peep Show
  • Last Panthers – left it too long before watching a preview of episodes 1&2 at the cinema and the rest of the series.
  • Jekyll and Hyde – fine but not disappointed this has been cancelled.
  • Crackanory
  • Film 2015

Unfinished

  • London Spy
  • Supergirl
  • The Affair
  • The Returned
  • Dickensian

Not Started

  • River
  • Fargo S2
  • Making a Murderer
  • Cradle To Grave
  • Detectorists
  • Josh
  • The Kennedys

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November TV

December 6, 2015 at 13:52 (TV) ()

Not much TV in November because I was at the 29th Leeds International Film Festival for two weeks.

Finished

The Goldbergs (S2)

I really like this and hope E4 show the 3rd season soon. The beeped out swearwords are one of the funniest things in US sitcoms especially when they come out of someone other than Beverly’s mouth.

Last Week Tonight

Their brief recap of the year really highlights what such an important show this is. I wish the clips were more readily available (outside the US) for sharing.

Catastrophe

Perhaps not as great as the first series/season but still some really fine writing and performances.

Downton Abbey

Truly terrible television, I don’t know why the actors put up with it. I don’t even know why I stuck with it, if I knew it wasn’t ending I’d have given up. If this gets any awards it’s a severe injustice to television in general.

Doctor Who

I can see why people think this is the best Who has been but my favourite still remains the Pond era. This is good but no desire to immediately watch them again like I have felt in the past.

Started

The Affair

Smart move how this was expanded out for the second season but it’s still annoying that’s it’s bookended by what seems like a conventional drama device.

The Walking Dead

I want to like The Walking Dead more than I do. Every episode seems good but I always find myself getting bored before it ends.

Jekyll & Hyde

I thought this would be better but it’s only really at the Robin Hood/Merlin/Atlantis ‘meh’ levels.

Also

  • The Bridge (4 eps)
  • Toast Of London (2 eps)
  • Supergirl
  • The Leftovers
  • Homeland
  • The Big Bang Theory

(Still) Not started but want to

  • River
  • Fargo S2
  • London Spy

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October TV

November 5, 2015 at 13:03 (TV) ()

Finished

Wentworth

I took a day of work to try and watch Season 3 but the first episode was so intense I couldn’t carry on. The rest of the season perhaps wasn’t as great as earlier episodes but it still remains one of the greatest unwatched series out there. The final episodes ramped things up into a more than satisfying conclusion and plenty of scope for season 4.  I’m no scholar of the Bard but the whole thing feels so Shakesperian, I’d love to see a stage version.

Daredevil

Finally made it to the end and I don’t think it ever let up in terms of quality. With this and The Martian, Drew Goddard is definitely one to watch.

Orphan Black

I think I lost interest in this somewhere in season 2 but if this is the final season it made sense to see it through. I didn’t regret watching it but I’m also not bothered that there may be no.

Hunted

Enjoyable concept but quite distracting trying to work out how much of it obviously has to be manipulated for television.

Started

Doctor Who

Nothing amazing yet but all solid. As Clara get’s more and more to do I remember how much I wish she was the 12th Doctor.

TFI

I’ve only see the first episode and considering how annoying I find Chris Evans on Radio 2 (although I never switch over) I didn’t think this would work but it was pleasing to find it did.

Also

  • The Returned (2 eps)
  • Homeland (4 eps)
  • The Leftovers (2 eps)

Watching and enjoying

  • The Goldbergs
  • Only Connect
  • Last Week Tonight
  • Modern Life Is Goodish
  • Inside Amy Schumer (S2)

Watching but meh

  • The Americans

Stalled

  • Nashville
  • Jane The Virgin
  • New Girl
  • The Daily Show

Not started but want to

  • River
  • Fargo S2

Not started and probably won’t

  • Unforgotten
  • Empire S2
  • From Darkness

 

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Hooton Tennis Club

November 1, 2015 at 19:30 (Gigs)

Brudenell Social Club Games Room

Hooton Tennis Club

Hooton Tennis Club

 

with support from Lake Komo

 

Lake Komo

and the rather excellent Jasper House

Jasper House

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Widescreen Weekend 2015

November 1, 2015 at 12:55 (Festivals, Film) ()

 

I didn’t make it to much of the Widescreen Weekend this year but it was great to get another chance to see Interstellar, this time on 70mm (I still prefer the Imax version). Interstellar was followed by a talk Visual Effects for 70mm Filmmaking  by Paul Franklin, Creative Director for Double Negative.

I also attended the Keynote Speech by Douglas Trumbull on The State of Cinema. There was some really fascinating insight into the history and future of cinema and could’ve gone on for hours (in a good way) if the room didn’t have to be cleared to show 2001: A Space Odyssey. Foolishly I didn’t stay to see the film having just seen it recently at Leeds International Film Festival but I think it was a mistake to not taken the opportunity to see it in 70mm.

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Aaaaaaaah + Q&A with Steve Oram

October 24, 2015 at 11:00 (Misc)

Hyde Park Picture House

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