I’m currently in the editing-a-book-please-help-me-I-need-to-procrastinate-before-I-jump-out-of-a-window phase, and what better way to get through that without harming myself or others than to watch some groovy shit?
Netflix is soooooooooooooooo good at the minute. I’ve been watching the following, which have all been great:
Hannibal, Season One
I groaned when I heard this was being made. The first two books were superb, and MANHUNTER and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS are superb adaptations, but the (and I hate to use this word) franchise has been eating itself (pun intended) ever since. HANNIBAL has restored Lector to his former glories. I’m pretty sure somebody will pick up the fourth season.
As a sidenote, I wonder if the dwindling ratings in the US were due to the homo-erotic overtones in the relationship between Lector and Will Graham? People get frustrated when they can’t tag something, and the ‘will they/won’t they’ and ‘are they/aren’t they’ relationship was pretty ambiguous (in a good way, IMO). I found it fascinating that Hannibal was grooming Graham to be a killer, and the two were strangely fixated with each other.
Suffice to say, after season 1, I’m hooked.
Freaks and Geeks
Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s much-loved and deeply missed one-seasoner has been praised so much, I’ve actively stayed away from it until it appeared on Netflix recently.
I binge-watched the entire season in a week, and it is now one of my most cherished TV shows, but I’m glad it got cancelled.
Wait, come back…
I’m glad it got cancelled because that cast – a ridiculously incredible cast – wouldn’t have gone to create such wonderful TV and films, had we seen a five, six, seven season run of Freaks and Geeks.
Think about it: would Superbad have been made? Would Judd Apatow’s film career have even happened? That’s a lot of great work we’d have missed out on.
All the tropes, great dialogue and character work that have become Feig/Apatow’s bread-and-butter are here in all their glory, and – my favourite part of the show – there are no bad guys. Jocks aren’t automatically twats, the geeks sometimes get the win (and the girl), and the cool kids aren’t always as secure as they’d like to make us think they are. Y’know, like in real life.
There’s a scene where James Franco’s Daniel is having a crisis in confidence, and he comes across a geek who is sitting on the grass and reading. Instead of bullying him or being a dick (which is where lesser TV shows and films would go with it), Daniel compliments the geek for being secure in who he is. He’s envious of him. It’s a beautiful scene.
I’ll be honest (and slap myself on the wrist for being a naughty writer) and admit that I haven’t been reading much lately, mainly because I’ve not wanted to take my eye off the ball by reading something in a different genre whilst editing a novel. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
OK, I’m kinda cheating here, because technically I’m watching it, but my favourite thing to listen to is IFL TV‘s boxing interviews. Kugan Cassius and James Helder have built up one hell of a rapport with promoters, fighters, trainers and many other boxing insiders, and I’d be lost without it. Especially now Sky Sports have dropped their weekly Ringside programme.
Special mention should go to Eddie Hearn for being so open and honest about what goes on behind the scenes. He gets a lot of stick, but five years ago – probably less than that – you wouldn’t have dreamed of listening to a thirty-minute interview with a top boxing promoter, and even if you did, they’d be cagey as hell.
If you don’t like boxing, sorry for being the crap out of you. If you love boxing like I do, check out IFL TV if you don’t already.