First Impressions

First Impressions: Netflix series Safe unveils hard truths behind a quaint, gated community

April 23, 2018

Set to hit Netflix soon is Safe – a drama television series set in a gated community where people are not as they seem. The series stars Michael C. Hall of Dexter fame as a father of two daughters, widowed after the passing of his wife from cancer. His character, Tom, juggles his profession as a paediatric surgeon with his newly single-father status. After a secret party sends his eldest daughter missing, he embarks on his own frantic investigation of the people in his community to find her.... Continue Reading

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SXSW First Impressions: Hereditary (USA, 2018) is as close to evil as a horror movie has ever been

March 15, 2018

When light finally filled the theatre at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema I could see that the older man sitting next to me was visibly shaken. In fact, I could see many people who looked like they were in desperate need of a good, long hug and maybe a bathtub full of bright yellow rubber ducks with a Disney marathon playing in the background. I shared that feeling, whatever it was; the shared sinking sense of dread mixed with awe – powerful and strong responses to a powerful and tough-as-nails film. That’s the astounding debut from Ari Aster, Hereditary: a narrative feature he has both written and directed with such an ironically beautiful sense of pain, presenting one of the darkest horror-drama films I have ever seen. ... Continue Reading

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Let’s stream some 80’s nostalgia: Our first impressions of Netflix’s Stranger Things

July 22, 2016

As I delved deeper and deeper into the mysterious series Stranger Things, I started to worry it was going to lose a lot of its charm as the mystery wore off. Let me tell you, it does not.... Continue Reading

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Narcos: Our Impressions Of Netflix’s New Crime Drama

August 30, 2015

At first glance, a lot of the shows that Netflix picks up seem to be positioned to check boxes on their roster. “People like Game of Thrones, maybe they’ll go for Marco Polo?”, ”Superheroes are big on TV right now, how about Daredevil?” and so on. Following in that mould, Narcos seems like it’s supposed to fill the gritty-crime-drama-shaped gap in Netflix’s lineup.... Continue Reading

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TV First Impressions: UnReal (USA, 2015)

July 13, 2015

A clever takedown of reality TV and how superficial both on-screen and off-screen they can, UnReal is the latest catch from subscription service Stan and it has been receiving rave reviews from left, right, and centre. The excellent Constance Zimmer plays Quinn King, the boss of a The Bachelor-esque show behind-the-scenes, relying heavily on her masterful producer Rachel (Shiri Appleby) to essentially manipulate contestants to make for good TV.... Continue Reading

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