What are you doing with that thing?

April 4, 2008 at 1:41 am 5 comments

I have a friend who reads my blog and thinks I have crap taste in music and television.

Probably because of my theory in life  England=Good.

I can’t deny that I feel this way.  I have too many favorite singers, writers and television programs to prove this fact.  Are they all good? That is subjective.   I think they are good and that is all that matters.  I try as hard as I can to stand by my conviction.

Until, that is, last night.

I rented a series I had never seen before, a mystery, from the U.K.  called “Murder City.”   Boy was I excited.  A new series with new characters and new mysteries and wonderful English  accents and it would open up a new world of crime to this avid little user.

But there was a problem with this little number.  It wasn’t the acting.  That was not great, but good enough.  It wasn’t the story line (that was a little weak but it did tie everything up by the end.)   I think it was the direction.  Either the direction or the fact that the person filming had no idea what they were doing.

Part of it was filmed like an experimental college film.  You would suddenly get close-ups of the characters eyes for no reason whatsoever.    Then the characters would walk through the woods and you would be treated to some lovely shots of characters standing with the sun dappling them in a hazy glow.  Nothing to do with the plot, I think the director just thought the shot looked cool.  But what really bothered me was what they did in the close up shots.  You would be watching a character talking, and instead of panning slowly closer in a seamless way, the camera lurched forward suddenly for an even closer shot.  The first time I thought it honestly was a mistake.  No one would choose to do this, right?  Then it happened again.  And again.  After the fifth time I sensed a trend, and not a good one.   What was the director thinking?

Tonight I am going to watch episode two to see if they cleaned up the act any or if this is going to be the way the camera moves for the whole series.  And I will watch anyway because it still is better than Friends, or Seinfeld,  or whatever crap they are showing on TV now. 


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chris Liits [Sidney Hound]  |  April 4, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Oooh, er! Not only is your taste in music questionable, but your taste in TV is WORSE!!!. I had my doubts when you mentioned Rosemary & Thyme [utter contrived drivel], but Murder City…… A good rule of thumb when selecting Brit crime worth watching is avoid anything where the leading actor is called Amanda. Here then, is the non-definitive list of series that you should avoid.
    1. New Tricks with Amanda Burton, 2. Amanda Redmond in Silent Witness. Another to be avoided is Waking the Dead with Sue Johnston & Trevor Eve.
    Really, the Prime Suspect series with Dame Helen Mirren is so, so good. Also, the Inspector Frost series [but that runs to about 12 series] are realy good, as are the books Frost at Christmas, Winter Frost, Hard Frost etc, etc all by R D Wingfield. The character in the books is written slightly different to the way the character is acted in the TV Series but the both are very good in their own different ways.
    Any and all of the Inspector Morse series [seemingly beloved of Americans] is tripe of the first order. It’s all filmed in and around Oxford and thus Oxford is swarming with your kinsmen shouting “Elmer, Elmer, lookie here!” and such like. Sadly the whole load of films were shot within an area of about four hundred square yards and this seems to come as a bit of a disappointment to the Yanks. Also, the novels as written by Colin Dexter are a bit thin at the best of times so how the films were padded out to two hours is a fukin’ mystery in itself! [It was done by John Thaw, the lead actor, wandering around looking enigmatic and rubbing his chin a lot]. Each story could be distilled down to a good half-hour gap filler as opposed to a lifetime long pot-boiler.
    Do you have a multi-region DVD player?

  • 2. Doug  |  April 5, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    There are no absolutes. You can certainly enjoy English media in general, but that doesn’t mean you must love everything that comes out of England.

  • 3. Chris Liits [Sidney Hound]  |  April 5, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Sorry, I didn’t mean it to sound nasty.

  • 4. urspo  |  April 6, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Shakespeare, Dickens, the BBC and Kate Bush
    what is there not to love about the UK?

  • 5. Coco  |  April 9, 2008 at 2:09 am

    don’t worry what people think…
    enjoy your tv shows! : )

    hugs & blessings


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