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In her directorial debut The Adopted Mélanie Laurent (Rivals, Inglorious Basterds) has chosen a story to which the term ‘bitter-sweet’ will no doubt be applied. The actor, who also wrote and stars in the French drama, clearly has a lot invested in the film. A shame, then, that it is a clichéd and vaguely unpleasant look behind a seemingly liberal Parisian group which soon shows off traditional conservative attitudes.

Lisa (Laurent) and Marine’s (Marie Denarnaud) life is turned upside down when Marine meets and falls in love with Alex (Denis Menochet), a charming stereotype who shows his true colours when drunk. The pair of sisters – Marine was adopted by Lisa’s mother Millie (Clémantine Célarié) – do everything together including bringing up Lisa’s young son Leo. When Alex shows up this all changes, much to the delight of Millie, who was worried what the neighbours might think about two young attractive women living together. In her own words, people might think her daughter was a ‘muff diver’. She encourages Marine to return to Alex after a drunken argument because he is a man – and to her any man, even one as boorishly macho as Alex (a restaurant critic who enjoys tucking into veal), is better than no man at all.

Depressing exchanges like this reveal the staid conventionality behind the initial eccentric appearing characters. Lisa plays turgid folk rock in bars and Marine works in a bookshop with her friend, a ditz who is afraid to be touched. Perhaps her life would be improved by a man as well?

All of these distasteful clichés make the film a rather difficult one to like. The narrative concentrates first on Marine and her meeting and relationship with Alex. It then appears to run out of steam and, in what feel like a slightly desperate device, Marine is hit by a motorbike in a near-fatal accident. The focus shifts first to Lisa and then to Alex, who in a rare scene of interest sees Marine appear as a vision in his car.

Overall, though the drama feels forced and there is no real sense of the life changing events that befall the characters. As the barely realised plot continues, ‘bitter sweet’ gives way to overt sentimentality, culminating in a blisteringly saccharine scene where a photograph of Marine talks soothingly. At this point the film should prove too much for most discerning viewers, but there is a sneaking suspicion that the film will do a reasonable trade with Francophiles who like their suspicions of Parisian life confirmed.

Released on Region 2 DVD April 2, 2012 | Review by Rob Monk



Dave Saint Show, The (UK Play 2000, John Thomson, Alexander Kirk)




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The Dave Saint Show was a comedy about a useless heavy metal DJ on a local radio station. As was usual with with shows on extra terrestrial channel UK Play music videos were interspersed throughout the show.

production details
UK / UK Play – Channel X / x30 minute episodes / Broadcast 2000

Writers: Alexander Kirk, Simon Messingham / Script Consultant: Stacy Herbert / Music: Steve Cripps, Dan Mendford / Costumes: Pookie Russell / Producer: Jim Reid / Director: Mark Mylod

JOHN THOMSON as Dave Saint

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Game of Thrones Season Six Opener reviews from around and about




Assorted reviews from the interweb of the season six opener for Game Of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is back, with a premiere full of shocks, bloody acts and creepy reveals – but no definite answer about the fate of Jon Snow.

Season six is the first time the TV series has moved ahead of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, so even dedicated readers have no idea what will happen. Reviewers say the first episode, The Red Woman, resolved some of the cliffhangers from the last series, but also has a few shocks in store, including one very creepy reveal involving a leading lady.

“The tension was incredible,” says Ed Power in the Daily Telegraph.

Season six opened with the camera swooping low over Castle Black and pausing on noble Jon Snow after his bloody run-in with the traitorous Night’s Watch.

“Alas, the Bastard of Winterfell (Kit Harington) was, for the time being at least, staying very dead indeed,” says Power. This was confirmed by “a haunting close-up of his waxy visage and the pool of scarlet arranged like a skewed halo”.

Short of spelling out: “He’s dead!” in huge flaming letters, the writers couldn’t have driven the point home harder, adds the critic, who asks whether this was “a sadistic riposte to fans” who have waited a year to see if their heart-throb will return or “a sleight-of-hand intended to make his eventual reappearance all the more dramatically satisfying”.

Christopher Hooton in The Independent writes: “The last season of Game of Thrones didn’t so much end on a cliff-hanger as a splat on the beach below. Jon Snow is unequivocally dead,” or so we’ve been repeatedly told over the past few months.

However, he adds, the sheer amount of screen time given to his body “suggested more than just a ‘funeral then we all move on with our lives’ narrative”.

With the “obligatory Jon Snow death check” out of the way, this episode was mostly about setting up the playing field for the rest of the season, continues the critic.

Indeed, it was “a sombre, sturdy opening”, says Matt Fowler on IGN. While “not a high watermark for the show”, the series’ opener resolved some cliff-hangers and included “a big creepy reveal regarding Melisandre right at the end”.

It also set up the pieces on the chessboard and managed to touch upon just about every character in the ensemble, says the journalist, a much easier task these days, “now that the herd is so thin”.

Yes, it was a “table-setting episode”, says Daniel Fienberg at the Hollywood Reporter, as premieres are supposed to be. The episode did what it needed, putting this mammoth locomotive back on the track.

Being Game of Thrones, however, there were a few shockers, including some gory violence and nudity that is “more shocking in its narrative ramifications than its gratuity or titillation”. And while the answer to Snow’s wellbeing comes quickly, says Fienberg, “it needn’t necessarily be permanent, because what things are?”

Source: The Week

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Columbo Series Three Region 1 DVD Review




Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment

Certificate: Not Rated | 11 Hours and 24 minutes
Available to buy

Extras: Yes

Peter Falk, Martin Sheen, Vincent Price, Deidre Hall, Jackie Cooper

The Columbo releases from Universal are now upto the third season and of course by now it is full steam ahead as Columbo really hits its stride, of course the basic premise of the show dictates that we know who the killer is right from the get go but by the third season the audience was lapping up the way the Superlative Peter Falk as Lt Columbo doggedly pursued

his villain who were always lulled into a false sense of security by Columbo’s grubby mac, battered old car and down at heel demeanour, all tactics designed to throw the suspect off guard before he lets them know that he knows they did it.

Spread over two double sided discs this nicely put together set features all 8 feature length season three episodes, Columbo’s cases include the mysterious death of a well known author, a country singer who is prime suspect in a murder case, he also finds time to uncover police corruption and political skullduggery. Columbo also always managed to attract a high level of guest and this series includes the legendary Johnny Cash in the episode Swan Song as well as the likes of

Jose Ferrier, Vincent Price, Martin Sheen, Dana Elcar and Robert Culp. A classy slice of 1970’s Tec TV Heaven, Columbo always entertains and should be on any Classic TV fans must have list.

There’s a great bonus episode from the series Mrs Columbo (which many have claimed isn’t a spin off from Columbo but having now seen an episode it clearly is) this is called Murder Is A Parlour Game (from 1979) and features Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo, journalist on a small local paper and married to a never seen Lt Columbo, she investigates when a suicide case appears to be murder, the excellent Donald Pleasance guest stars, this is great fun and is hopefully a precursor to the whole series getting a release.

Please note: This article predates the published date and is from the old HTML version of Memorable TV and is part of our From The Archives collection.

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