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My Favourite TV Series

Having listed my top 10 xbox 360 games, I thought it would be worth doing the same with my favourite TV series.  2012 has been an incredible year for television. In fact, up until this year, this list would have consisted of just 2 titles. Likewise, if I was to limit my list to just those produced domestically (UK) then the first line after this paragraph would be “Thanks for reading.” I haven’t ordered the list, partly because I didn’t want to set myself that challenge, though mostly because I’d rather this was more of a recommendations list rather than a  ‘Top 6’. That said, these are my top six TV series of all TV series thus far. Unlike feature films, tv shows can offer an extended narrative which gives writers the chance to fully develop characters, include both a large story arc and smaller contained stories, and provide something that a viewer can become immersed in and committed to. Here are the TV series that, in my opinion, more than justify the invention of the television alone…
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3-Score Reviews: Casino Royale (2006)

Daniel Craig portrays a distinctly unique Bond. He remains true to the mainstays of Fleming’s creation, though gives the spy a more gritty edge. The story does require a little concentration but there is no shortage of the action sequences we’ve come to expect. There is a slight rollback to the usual gadgetry, but this doesn’t detract from the experience.

**

DM

3-Score Reviews: Repo Men

A story of irony and perspective. Jude Law plays a ‘Repo Man’ who finds himself in the shoes of someone he’d typically be assigned to repossess. The first person narration works well to aid the tracking of Law’s disposition. The concept is quite a sinister one, and Law’s initial point of view’s aptly cold. There is an abundance of blood.

**

DM

3-Score Reviews: Yes Man

Quite a good film. Jim Carrey is up to his usual antics with appropriate restraint when necessary. The film’s main idea, a man who says yes to everything, is suitably explored. It has the typical Carrey formula- comedy infused with a serious edge. The film carries a poignant message: if you say yes to everything, Zooey Deschanel may kiss you!

**

DM

3-Score Reviews: Band Of Brothers

An incredibly moving retelling of World War II through the eyes of Easy Company. The journey from training to the invasion of Germany is very well paced and complimented by a haunting soundtrack. Damien Lewis’ performance is flawless, as is most of the cast’s. The series helps you to understand that you can never truly appreciate what they went though.

***

DM

3-Score Reviews: Tron-Legacy

A fun outing into the world Disney had made famous. Some references are lost on me having not watched the previous, plus there’s a lack of the extension of computer metaphors at which point the world feels more like a setting than an actual plot device. Although the story is good enough to keep you occupied. Clue’s face is jarring.

**

DM

3-Score Reviews: Moneyball

Your typical inspirational baseball film about the underdog, except instead of being about a particular player or the team itself, it is about the think box behind the team. This is an accessible mix between sports and statistics, neither of which you need to be clued up on to enjoy the true essence of the film. I recommend a watch.

**

DM

3-Score Reviews: The King’s Speech

This film boasts great actors who bring great performances. The story itself isn’t particularly interesting though, and no amount of great acting can really fix this. The film does however have a good character development and is notably inspirational. Yet the slow pacing and uninteresting twists drag it down. But it’s a good watch. The title spoils the ending though.

**

DM

3-Score Reviews: The Grey

The film manages to build an anticipation and anxiety to begin with, but the film soon becomes very predictable. However, its predictability is well executed. If you know what the film is about, you can imagine how it plays out. Suspension of expectation, however, makes this quite enjoyable. Don’t watch the trailer; it includes the final scene of the film.

**

DM

3-Score Reviews: Thor

Unmistakably a fantasy adventure film. I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The mythical Asgard and its lore never feels tacky and the story of Thor is very absorbing. Earth and Natalie Portman’s character provides essential empathy to counter the fantastical portrayal of the Norse Gods. However, the key antagonist seems to come out of nowhere.

***

DM

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