Suits – The Best Moments

Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) and Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) are back as everybody’s favourite legal duo in the riveting fifth season of Suits, available on Blu-ray and DVD from 6th June, 2016, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK). This season sees more twists and turns than ever before, making it a must watch for all fans. To celebrate its release we look back at some of the show’s best ever moments… (Beware: Spoilers!)

Mike gets hired (Pilot – S1, Ep1)

One of the best scenes to date comes all the way back from the pilot. Following a drug deal gone bad Mike Ross accidently stumbles into a job interview with none other than New York’s finest legal closer, Harvey Specter.  Fed up with the typical Harvard Law School grad, Harvey decides to take a risk and hire Mike after witnessing his natural talent, determination, and impeccable memory. This scene marks the birth of one of television’s most beloved duos and sets the standard for all episodes to come.

Mike and Harvey get stoned (High Noon – S2, Ep10)

Following a string of emotionally tense episodes, Suits was in dire need of some comic relief. Mike, still suffering from the death of his grandma, is surprised when Harvey comes knocking at his door. Expecting a stern lecture, Mike instead finds himself with a new smoking buddy. Hilarity ensues as the two get high, eat pretzels, and battle the torment of ‘cotton mouth’.  This provides a rare look at Harvey when he is not working and firmly establishes the strength of the pair’s comradeship.

Harvey vs. Louis (Blood in the Water – S2, Ep12)

After coming to the conclusion that Louis (Rick Hoffman) is helping a competitor firm poach clients Harvey storms into his office, trashes his desk, and unleashes a tirade of verbal punches exclaiming exactly how he feels. Louis denies the accusations but is met with a degrading rebuff, marking what seemed to be the end of their partnership. The scene provides us with insight into just how intimidating and scary Harvey can be when he gets going, confirming for all the doubters that he is not someone you want to be on the wrong side of.

 

Rachel and Mike hook up (War – S2, Ep16)

The seemingly inevitable hook up between Rachel (Meghan Markle) and Mike finally happens in the closing episode of season two.  Rachel realises that Mike lied to her about her Harvard application and demands a reason why. Following an emotional speech about how he fears losing her, Mike confesses his deepest secret – he never actually went to law school. In typical Hollywood fashion their argument escalates into a full blown office romp that rivals the hottest and steamiest scenes on TV.

 

Louis has a heart attack (Heartburn – S3, Ep14)

Heartburn is an impossible episode to forget given it’s a completely unexpected run of events. At first we see a new and improved Louis, oozing calmness and swagger – credited to his successful love life. Everything’s coming up smelling of roses for Louis… until he collapses mid trial due to a heart attack. After awaking in hospital, Louis decides life is not to be wasted and takes his relationship to the next level by asking Sheila (Rachael Harris) to marry him.

Mike accepts a new job (No Way Out – S3, Ep16)

The lively season three finale keeps its characters and viewers in a constant state of paranoia as Harvey is targeted by a ruthless US attorney on bribery accusations. Mike is arrested and interrogated over the situation but fails to succumb to the pressure and spill the beans on Harvey, despite the looming threat of a background check. After Louis swoops in to save the day, Mike decides that he no longer wants to live as a fraud and accepts a new job – cue manly reserved goodbye between him and Harvey. Thankfully it isn’t the last time we see the two together!

Louis resigns (Gone – S4, Ep9)

It was a heartbreaking moment for all when Louis packed up his things and parted ways with the firm he adored so much. His decision to resign was not something planned but instead an impulsive attempt to hold onto his remaining dignity after realising he was going to be fired. No one enjoyed hearing the earnest letter Louis penned to mark his departure, but I think it’s safe to say we all knew this wouldn’t be the last we saw of Mr. Litt.

Louis becomes a named partner (Enough is Enough – S4, Ep11)

The transition from Pearson Specter to Pearson Specter Litt was one of mixed feelings. On one hand it was great seeing Louis return and move forward in the company given his unquestionable worth and determination. On the other hand, the way he blackmails Jessica (Gina Torres) into the decision shows the petty side of the character that not everyone is fond of. Regardless of how you look at it, this moment is central in the development of certain relationships and events to come.

Donna chooses Louis (Denial – S5, Ep1)

Season five tackles the shocking decision previously made by Donna to leave Harvey and work for Louis right off the bat. The audience gets to see just how much she means to Harvey as he struggles to come to terms with her departure. Whether you see it as betrayal or a necessary career move, it is warming to see Harvey break down over the loss of his trusted PA.

Mike and Harvey own up to their actions  (25th Hour – S5, Ep16)

Everything seems to be falling apart for the gang as the enthralling fifth season comes to an end. However, the highlight of the final episode comes right in the heart and centre of the chaos. Mike shares a touching word with Harvey where they both accept blame for what is happening and realise they would most likely do it all again.  This moment reduces the show back to its core – Mike and Harvey’s friendship. It is the perfect way to end a must see season!


SUITS SEASON 5 IS OUT ON BLU-RAY AND DVD NOW! 

Vinyl: Season 1 – DVD and Blu-Ray Review

Many have dubbed television the “golden age of art.” With many big names such as Matthew McConaughey and Benedict Cumberbatch using the format – rich in exploration and character develop – to hone their craft. As much as it pains a film-lover such as me to admit, at the moment, television is producing the truly great dramas, interesting thrillers, and have the episodic nature to explore in depth storylines.

Out of these series, this excellence, a show can be birthed that is wildly outrageous and marries the brash, visual sublime aesthetics of movies with the energetic borderless nature of television.

That show is Vinyl.

With a story by Rich Cohen, Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, and Terence Winter, Vinyl revolves around Richie Finestra is President of American Century Records. On the verge of making the biggest sale of his career, Richie has a flash of panic and inner revolt as he loses a grip on why he made a record business in the first place. Turning to drugs and gambling with profits, Richie sets upon a destructive path to find himself and save his company. Problem is, in his whirlwind of drugs, he accidentally kills someone and pushes his wife Devon away. Can Richie find himself on top again?

It is really hard to root for unlikeable characters such as Richie. Played by Bobby Cannavale, superbly shooting up the character with a concoction of vulnerability, ferociousness, and destruction, Richie is – to put it bluntly – a dick. He rushes through deals, snorts everything he can, and puts his wife through hell because he has a wanting to be on top that burns holes in his morals and soul. For every bad decision he makes, the more he tries to push us away, and the more we have to watch. Yet rushing around with Cannavale’s spirituous, quaking, unbinding and you can’t help but be enthralled by every move he makes.

Directed by the likes of Scorsese and Jon S. Baird, two accomplished directors in making anarchic characters affable and understandable, Richie and his crew become much-watch characters on a tapestry of musical tunes and big faces that appear. Supporting by Ray Romano, Juno Temple, and Olivia Wilde, the cast all spark a ferociousness that compelled and enthralled you.


With powerful musical history and a twisting plot that makes it harder to support Richie and yet impossible not to, Vinyl was a tantalising show brimming with promise as it heads to Season 2, hopefully. Though it feels flashy in certain episodes, especially when they trot out the superstars of the seventies era, Vinyl certain sticks to the era tuneage and epic aesthetics.

As the future of our characters are left spinning on the turntable of doubt, Vinyl could come back roaring and we’ll accept it; sweat pouring down our faces, heart-racing in our chests, and guitars ringing in our ears.


VINYL IS OUT ON DVD AND BLU-RAY NOW!

Vinyl – The London Rock Tour

We’ve all seen the open top London tour buses (or at least those of us who have been to or seen a photograph of London have), but the tour I went on last week had quite a different spin. In the mini bus with a handful of other writers, our tour guide took us on an alternative tour of London, but one no less true to its history: The London Rock Tour.

Why, you ask? Well all in celebration of the DVD release of Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese’s HBO series, Vinyl.

Though the series is set in New York, the tour guide tells us, the scene in London was much the same in the 60s and 70s. Musicians lived in the basements of the rich, drinking, jamming, and being, shall we say, recreational? That and everybody wanted to be friends with Eric Clapton. Let’s be fair, I still want to be friends with Eric Clapton.

Despite the crappy weather, we were whisked around Chelsea (the original music scene, apparently) and up King’s Road, whilst being shown all the secret haunts of the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles (many of which I have stored in my memory banks ready to show off when out and about in the City).

Immersing ourselves into Soho next, we saw the land of the new creatives, as well as stopping for a drink in the tiny basement of the Toucan, where Hendrix himself played way back when.

It’s easy to forget the rich rock history of places like London and New York when you’re surrounded by Starbucks and Wetherspoons, but it’s not hard to peel back a layer and enjoy the slightly hidden venues, clubs, apartments and studios where such huge artists rose to fame.

Rumour has it that if you bribe a certain shop owner on Denmark Street, he’ll show you the adjoining recording studio where many stars have left their mark in crude doodle form on the walls…

Fun fact, too – the piano Freddie Mercury played on Bohemian Rhapsody was the same piano Paul McCartney played on Let it Be. I wonder how much that Steinway would be worth today…(I don’t know that it was a Steinway for sure but…don’t you think?)

By the end of the tour it became pretty apparent that at one point or another, a Rolling Stone has lived in every house in London. One of which we saw up close and personal. It had a red door…rumour has it, they wanted to paint it…some other colour. I forget which.

Get gritty and real with the series, and then go find the haunts where the scenes really happened – rock will never be dead. It lives on in infamy in the old back rooms of London flats.


VINYL – SEASON 1 IS OUT ON DVD & BLU-RAY NOW! 

Fast 8 – Behind the Scenes Clip

This is certainly the year of the sequels. We’ve had a fuck-tonne (actual measurement) of sequels already and more to come. Our summer is going to be filled with the most ridiculous amount of cinematic carry-ons. Fast and Furious is a franchise that doesn’t need a new film, but it getting one anyway.

Following the death of Paul Walker, this being the first entry without his character entirely, Fast 8 could be an intrepid venture. This is also the eighth entry. The eighth. THE EIGHTH!

Can we just – please – be cool and not have another one?

Fast and Furious 8 has no plot yet but is eloquently named Fast 8. The crew are back including Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson but we’ve been added cast members including Charlize Theron and Kurt Russell.

In this latest video, you can see a lot of the cars rolling around  Iceland and all the people really excited about it. There’s also a gif of cars falling off roofs in Cleveland.

So what do you think? Are you excited?


FAST 8 IS OUT NEXT YEAR 

Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World – Brand New Trailer!

We are so hyped up on technology. We live in a world where you can connect to your friends on the other side of it, find out the latest amazing world, and keep up with the speed of this revolving Earth. Yes, technology has its detractors, but life has opened for the better.

Now the world of technology has been captured in documentary Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World.

Tackled by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, the film looks at the past, present, and future of the internet and how it evolves completely. Through talking with companies and working with NETSCOUT, Herzog interviews cyberspace pioneers and explores how we are adapting to this high-speed world.

As Herzog is helming this movie, the movie is going to be filled with beautiful, provocative images, and wonderful insights to the world of documentary.

What do you think?


LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD HITS FESTIVALS THIS YEAR!

Marauders – Brand New Trailer!

Hold on to your hearts, beloved Harry Potter fans, Marauders is not the film you wish it to be. Could we hope for an origin story about Harry Potter’s beloved Dad, godparent, pseudo-uncle, and ultimate betrayer at Hogwarts coming up with all sorts of hijinks.

Instead it’s a movie with Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, and Dave Bautista, in a romping crime thriller. Marauders revolves around an elite crew of bank robbers who are chased down by a suicidal FBI agent trying to find a deeper meaning behind the robberies.

Yes. Yes. It looks naff. The collection of actors surrounding it as well are definitely raking in whatever paycheque they can get. But still, there is something great about action thrillers that are just fun and mindless and somewhat pointless. What do you think?


MARAUDERS IS OUT LATER THIS YEAR