Watching Lately #9


1. Fargo
I only heard they were making a TV version of Fargo earlier this week so wasn't expecting it to be on for months yet, but was pleasantly surprised when I noticed it about to start on Sunday evening. It's been quite a few years since I last watched the movie Fargo so I can't remember exactly what happens, but so far the TV series seems pretty true to the spirit and feel of the original despite different characters and storylines. Martin Freeman plays Lester Nygaard, an unassuming, downtrodden insurance salseman who gets mixed up in the psychotic world of mysterious drifter Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton). I loved the first episode - very atmospheric and darkly funny with plenty of murder - and can't wait to see how the rest of the series develops. I was also happy to see guest appearances from Colin Hanks and Bob Odenkirk who have played supporting roles in two of my all-time favourites, Dexter and Breaking Bad respectively. All signs are boding well for Fargo so far!

2. Ex on the Beach
And now, on a completely different note, we have Ex on the Beach. I must admit I have a terrible weakness for MTV's reality shows and I've spent more than my fair share of time watching the likes of Geordie Shore and The Valleys. Ex on the Beach is the latest offering; I was sent previews of the first two episodes to give them a watch ahead of the series launch tonight (Tuesday 22nd April) at 10pm. I'm a little bit hooked already and can't wait to watch the rest of the series. So far, 8 singletons have arrived on a tropical island in the hopes of having the holiday of a lifetime and finding some romance along the way. But, of course, their exes start to turn up and things will inevitably turn dramatically sour. My fave character (?) so far is definitely Vicky (who you'll probably recognise from Geordie Shore), she is mental and I love her. To tie in with the launch, Best British Bloggers are running a competition to win a holiday worth £1,000 (all the details here) - all you need to do is tweet a photo of yourself pulling the face you would make when you see your ex, along with the hashtag #WhenISeeMyEx.

3. Transcendence
Despite being a big film fan, I don't really go to the cinema that often, but my friend and I were at a loss for something to do on Friday night so went along to see Transcendence. Dr Will Caster (Johnny Depp) devoted his life to researching Artificial Intelligence and is on the cusp of creating a super-computer which can think and feel on its own. His controversial experiments however, have made him the target of anti-AI protesters who manage to poison him. With only a couple of weeks left to live, Caster along with wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max (Paul Bettany) do everything they can to "upload" his conscience to the computer so he can live on even after he dies. Quickly he turns into an all-powerful machine and before long he's creating robot drones out of the local townsfolk and just generally causing havoc due to his superior knowledge and inability to be destroyed. I kind of lost interest towards the end, but the anti-AI group joins forces with Max (and, eventually, Evelyn) to destroy the monster they had created. I'm not particularly into sci-fi films, but even if you are I'm not sure I would recommend this one. It was okay, but not one I'd watch again.

What have you been watching lately?

Gillian x


  1. I can't make my mind up about going to see Transcendence... I work in a cinema, so I wouldn't have to pay, but we don't get many freebies either so I always feel like I've wasted my perks if the film's no good!

  2. I am still working my way through X Files, haha! Just one more season to go...

    Maria xxx

  3. I loved the first episode of Fargo but was disappointed they didn't have Frances McDormand's pregnant policewoman character! I thought it was one of the most interesting things about the original film so it's a shame they decided to change it. I also hope more central female characters will be brought in, as it's a bit of a boys club at the moment. Billy Bob Thornton is so creepy- I love it! x


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