TV Review: Follow The Money

BBC Four is the place to be for Scandinavian drama at the minute. Following on from the success of The Bridge, River, and Trapped (which I reviewed last month), this month sees the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the latest Nordic Noir & Beyond TV series, Follow The Money.

After concluding on BBC4 on 16th April, the first series of this Danish crime drama will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.

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TV Review: Trapped

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Arrow Films is pleased to announce the release of the complete first season of the thrilling Icelandic crime drama, Trapped. The series concluded on BBC Four on 12th March, and follows previous Nordic Noir hit drama series, The Bridge.

Originally titled Ófærð, and created by the directed of last year’s theatrical true-story epic, Everest, Baltasar Kormákur, Trapped is Iceland’s most expensive TV series.

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6 Of The Best: Literary Adaptations

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If you’re a fan of literary adaptations then no doubt you’ll currently have your head stuck in a copy of Joyce Maynard’s emotional coming-of-age novel Labor Day, Nick Hornby’s heart-warming suicide drama A Long Way Down, or maybe even Veronica Roth’s debut dystopian Divergent. What we’re looking forward to most, however, is Richard Ayoade’s upcoming adaptation of Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s dark comedy novella, The Double.

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DVD Review: I’m So Excited

Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, I’m So Excited is a Spanish ensemble comedy set aboard an aeroplane heading to Mexico City. When a technical failure endangers the lives of those on board and it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.

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6 of the Best: Wes Anderson Films

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Currently filming his latest comedy-drama The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is set to star an ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and Saoirse Ronan, Wes Anderson has been producing quirky dramas for almost twenty years now. Director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials, Anderson’s work is mostly known for his family struggles, flawed characters, British rock soundtracks, and colourful cinematography. Not only do his films compare in visual style, though, they also often include regular collaborators Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman. Here’s some of his best:

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DVD Review: 10 Years

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Directed by writer Jamie Linden and serving as his directorial debut, 10 Years follows a group of friends who come together for their 10-year high school reunion. Jake (Channing Tatum) is preparing to propose to his girlfriend Jess (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), his ex-highschool flame Mary (Rosario Dawson) has already married, husband and wife Cully (Chris Patt) and Sam (Ari Graynor) are stressed from their family routine, Marty (Justin Long) and AJ (Max Minghella) are trying to impress the hottest girl in class (Lynn Collins), and rock star Reeves (Oscar Isaacs) is hoping to finally talk to his high school crush Elise (Kate Mara). As tensions run high and the night progresses, the group are made to contemplate what their own lives have become as well as what they might have been.

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DVD Review: Hotel Transylvania

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From Sony Pictures Animation and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, Hotel Transylvania tells the story of Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), the owner of the monster hotel, who invites some of the world’s most famous monsters – including Frankenstein (Kevin James), Frankenstein’s wife Eunice (Fran Drescher), werewolf Wayne (Steve Buscemi), Wayne’s wife Wanda (Molly Shannon), ghost Griffin (David Spade), and Murray the mummy (Cee Lo Green) – to stay for the 118th birthday of his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). When a human, Jonathan (Andy Samberg), finds his way to the hotel, however, Dracula isn’t in for the easy weekend he was expecting, as Mavis starts to realise that she’s old enough to experience the real world with the possibility of romance.

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