All posts by Fergus Halliday

TV Review: Girls‘ sixth & final season bows out with unexpected grace

Though it started on what seemed like uneven ground, the final season of HBOs Girls manages to not only pull the series strengths together and end on a high note but also manage to do so while remaining as imperfect and messy as it’s ever been.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Going In Style (USA, 2017) Doesn’t Quite Land, Even If It Looks Good

In some ways, it feels like Zach Braff’s involvement with Going In Style is the most interesting thing about it. Braff, now almost a decade after his tenure on Scrubs, hasn’t exactly had a perfect hit rate on the big screen. It’s not that he’s not an untalented filmmaker, it’s just his previous movies have this pretentiousness and overwhelming naivete to them that really hinders them.... Continue Reading

Review: Netflix’s second season of LOVE rarely delivers a dull moment in its earnest adventure through modern romance

The first season of Judd Apatow‘s LOVE wasn’t the most hyped series of Netflix’s roster, but regardless it proved a refreshing take on what a romantic comedy series could be. For the most part, it leaned away from the tropes and kept the focus not on this idealised way we expect romance to be, but on how it more often-than-not manifests in our own world. In a world where romance-driven series often fall on cliche, LOVE felt not just a little different but different enough to find its groove.... Continue Reading

First Impressions: Girls still has a lot to learn in its sixth & final season

The fifth season of HBO’s Girls – in many ways – raised the bar for the popular but divisive series. Both as a writer and an actress, Lena Dunham cleverly and effectively built on all the aspects of the show that have worked in the past and dropped what didn’t. Efforts by everyone involved helped refine the show into a series of evocative 30-minute vignettes.... Continue Reading

Unpacking “Binge-Worthy Journalism” With Julie Snyder At BingeFest 2016

The true crime genre has experienced a really extraordinary revival following the arrival of the hugely-popular podcast Serial. However, two years later, the only question bigger than whether Adnan is guilty or not is whether or not Serial might actually eclipse the rest of podcasting as a medium when it comes to raw popularity.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (USA, 2016) first season is too mad to miss

Among the landscape of the dark and ever-grim golden age of TV, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency deserves to be called nothing short of a caper. Based on the books by Douglas Adams (which I regretfully have not read) and brought to life by showrunner Max Landis, the series is a riff on the classic trope of a brilliant British detective and a reluctant sidekick solving the unsolvable.... Continue Reading