Back in January, I expressed my utter disappointment that Hollywood was remaking the South Korean Classic, Oldboy. There is no way Hollywood could do justice to this art- house oeuvre…unless they found an incredible director…one who might be a little heavy handed with his politics but still creates imaginative films that sit on the periphery of Hollywood mainstream…someone who is internationally well-liked so as not to offend any Oldboy purists…someone like Spike Lee? That’s right. Spike Lee directs this horrific tale about a man desperate to understand why he was inexplicably imprisoned for 15 years. The cast is pretty decent and the trailer is enough to make us understand that it’s different but the same.
Directed by: Spike Lee
Adapted by: Mark Protosevich whose credits at least include The Cell.
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Simone, James Ransone and Sharlto Copley.
Release date: November 27th, 2013 (USA)
The trailer is barely watchable. First time I’ve ever seen the red screen.
It’s going on my watchlist.
Here are two shows that I feel have been somewhat undervalued this summer – kind of like indie films in the wake of Hollywood blockbusters. They are gripping dramas that have kept me glued to my television long after bed time. This is what you should turn to next if you’ve exhausted the top ten.
1. RAY DONOVAN
My one complaint about this show is that Ray Donovan spends more time fixing his family than the Hollywood starlets that make up his bread and butter. This show is smart, crass, violent, endearing, melodramatic and highly performance driven. Jon Voigt will make your skin crawl and you’ll want to be Ray Donovan.
Rating: Perfect show for bingeing.
Airs: Showtime, Sundays at 10pm. Only three episodes left of season 1.
: Unrated. ?? : 75%
This 8-part murder mystery is one of the best shows I’ve seen in awhile (and the most Tweeted about show in Britain when it aired this summer). It is not only a highly suspenseful whodunnit but also a character-driven piece that is beautifully acted and emotionally resonant. While the story may not be original (given the number of crime dramas readily available at the moment), the deftly handled direction creates an intimacy between the audience and this small town trying to cope with the murder of an 11 year old boy. We watch in horror as friends and partners turn on each other, and with suspicion when the press gets involved. The show is wonderfully crafted with exquisite performances from the two leads who, as mismatched partners, offer something new to an old trope.
Rating: Keep in mind, I have yet to watch The KIlling or Top of the Lake, but this show will feel new and different. It will make you angry, make you laugh and break your heart.
: 8.2 : 91%