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By anonimouse (Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 02:52:28 PM EST) Al (all tags)
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R.I.P.D
Hemlock Grove
Archer
The Almighty Johnsons


R.IP.D. (Rest In Peace Department)

I took the Minimice + 1 to see R.I.P.D. Cop gets shot, he's slightly corrupt, but on his way to Judgment, he gets intercepted and invited to join the Rest In Peace department, which rounds up dead souls which refise to make the journey to Heaven/Hell. It's an okay way of passing the time, but I get the impression Nick Nolte has been CGI'd to death, and his voice seems to convey he's sleepwalking through the part. This has understandably downbeat reviews, but if you need to kill a couple of hours of time you could do worse. Not worth making time for though. The Minimice did give it a thumbs up, so maybe its just not targeted at my advancing year group.


Hemlock Grove
I get the impression this wants to follow in the steps of Twin Peaks and "Who Killed Laura Palmer"1. Apparently critics have disliked it, but Netflix reckon they've established a core of viewers and have commissioned a second series. I will say it crawls along extremely slowly and with lots of red herrings, and the show seems obsessed with people puking up for various reasons. Anyway a werewolf is suspected of killing people, and there actually is a werewolf, but he's innocent, innocent I tell you....

1. I just noticed the Telegraph compared it to Twin Peaks too.

Archer
This for me, is the one reason to get Netflix. 3 seasons of cartoon comedy about the self-styled worlds greatest secret agent, the sooper sekret organisation run by his mother, and his relationships with his fellow agents most of whom he's either shot or shagged or both. Just when you think it can't get any better, in comes Burt Reynolds....

The Almighty Johnsons
Whisper it quietly I've been downloading this because the UK is several episodes behind. This is a story about a family and other people who are the incarnations of the Norse Gods (Odin, Braggi, Ullr, Hodr...). Unfortunately their powers are minimal for a number of reasons, including the fact that Odin has not found his opposite female Goddess, Frigg. Obviously done on a tight budget which shows in the production values (you could say its a bit like  Doctor Who before money was pumped in) but the amusing low level squabbling between the Gods and Goddesses, some of whom are actively trying to kill others makes this highly entertaining.

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