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Just finished watching The Take. An epic British gangster story told over four episodes. Really quite brilliant stuff. It's totally gripping, tense, emotional, entertaining and harrowing. It's also a show full of absolutely incredible performances, literally everybody in it is insanely good, but this is Tom Hardy's show, and jesus is he amazing in this.

He plays the main character who's a disgusting, vile, crazy human being coming out of prison and getting back into the organized crime/gangster world that he was put in there for. He's a loose cannon, and I can't think of anybody else that could have played that role. Whenever he's on screen he has this aura of insanity, you're constantly watching him expecting him to snap at any minute, his eyes are glazed and he looks totally unstable all the time. Incredible performance, and to me this is proof that Hardy is not only the best British actor of his generation, but one of the best of his generation in the entire world. The man is an acting machine.

The female characters are brilliantly written (it's based on the book, so whether or not that was the shows doing or not I don't know), the actresses are so good at playing the women trapped in this awful world. There's always a sense of danger and suspense. It's full of tense and unpredictable moments, and I can safely say this is the best 4 part show I've ever seen, and definitely one of the best mini-series ever. Everyone should watch this severely overlooked stunning piece of television.


Adore the series, another sterling Craig recommendation.

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Just finished up watching the outstanding Sky1 mini-series called 'The Take'. Fans of Tom Hardy in particular looking to see more of his forgotten/less talked about work will definitely want to sample this, as he's absolutely astonishing as Freddie Jackson. As a stand alone performance its impeccable when you factor in his unrivalled presence as well as his ability to convey a multitude of emotions ranging from paranoia, insanity, arrogance to full out violence, but when you consider just how he manages to differentiate the Freddie Jackson character from that of Bronson: both incredibly violent and pathetic excuses of human beings, its incredibly astounding.

Freddie is frankly a deplorable human being, he's ruthless/arrogant/violent/unhinged and always operating like a lunatic. He's young but has an incredibly high opinion of himself, especially after emerging from prison and forging a blossoming relationship with Ozzy, a feared and notorious East End mobster. He's finally convinced he and his cousin Jimmy have made the big time, but as Jimmy grows with his rise through the underworld and his new sense of power, Freddie's alcoholic and drug tendancies coupled with his unhinged and rash behaviour threatens to bring down their new empire before it can even begin. This is also not taking into account his relationship with Jackie, his long suffering wife with whom he has 3 children and who is constantly devoted to him despite acknowlodging him as a monster, her turbulent battle with alcoholism and paranoia as a result of Freddie's unscrupulous behaviour is terrificly explored and really paints the picture of the emotional strain she has to deal with because of her womanizing and deranged husband.

Enough good words however cannot be said about Hardy in this, he just captures the raw presence and arrogance combined with a flair of insanity and psychopathic tendancies as well as working well to come across as a complete souless and empty human being, his long running battle with Jackie's sister Maggie terrificly explores the depth of his crimes: with Jackie he mentally abuses her with his actions and cheating as well as physically abusing her when she cannot stand anymore, but with Maggie his actions and abuse are far more putrid and sickening to watch, he just comes across as an arrogant and psychotic bully who thinks he's the king of London and can act as he pleases, as Maggie says "he truly is a cancer to everyone he meets": the long running rivalry and breakdown in his relationship with Jimmy is also a superb side element and well built part of the story, with Jimmy no longer being the lackey but slowly evolving into a more savvy and shrewd operator who acts as the perfect balance to Freddie's risk taking and reckless character. This all boils to a head when Jimmy leaves for Amsterdam on business and Freddie spots an opportunity to not only reinforce his superiority to Jimmy, but to also further humiliate and emotionally cripple Maggie in the form of a brutal rape.

Its an extremely brutal show, Freddie's actions specifically to Jackie, his own father and most importantly Maggie will leave you speechless, but without doubt the most heartbreaking moment in the series comes at the hands of Freddie's son who suffers throughout the show in a turbulent and insustainable household, and who slowly comes to realise his father loves another child more than him, and in agonising fashion demonstrates Freddie's behaviour has squeezed its way into his son's and his subsequent actions are heart wrenching and shocking. Hardy's acting in the aftermatch of his son's actions is incredible, he leaves you with enough fear to think he could seriously harm his own child but slowly comes to terms with the blame he must share for how he has raised this troubled child, and as his world slowly begins to fall apart with the loss of possibly the only person in the show a monster like him can truly 'love' his psyche further deteriorates in an inspirational scene in the bedroom with Jackie that feels eerily similar to the ending of 'Crawl Space' in Breaking Bad where Walt finally becomes Heisenberg.

I can't say enough good things about the show, the cast including the supporting actors are all superb, the overview and insight into the underworld and more importantly the struggle of the families in leading this sort of lifestyle is engaging and wonderful, and the more I think about it the more it reminds me of a British style Sopranos, only condensed into 4 pulsating episodes. Well worth a watch to anyone seeking to explore more of Hardy's work, as well as those who enjoy a gritty and engaging drama tackling a multitude of social and personal issues set under London's underworld.
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@ Rush: I do hate Skyler more often than not, but McQueen & MrMister are correct. Walt and his development makes him incredibly difficult to maintain a relationship with and her hardships definitely become more sincere as the show progresses. There are still scenes where I find her to consider herself more honest and clean than she actually is, but by the point of Season 5's mid season finale I found myself far more sympathetic to her situation than I did before. Not a chance in hell she's worse than Walt though.

30 Rock finale rocked as Craig said. Some tremendous lines and some nicely sown up emotional scenes that didn't feel cliche and cheesy. Ending was also beautifully satisfying, as it tied in a great recurring joke in the show relating to Kenneth as well as a smart reference to the origin of how the show came about. Craig pointed out to me there's a subtle reference to this made early in the episode when Kenneth shares his list of words he doesn't associate with TV: "Immortal Characters".
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:43 PM   #4982 (permalink)
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I guess people are tired of vampires (thanks to Twilight) mostly so they automatically reject anything vamp-related. I'm not saying True Blood is an awesome show but I do like it and I will continue watching it. Fairy storyline is dumb though IMO and there's too many supernatural creatures in the show.
I know it has to be part of that. Or it personally doesn't garner appeal from some. It works for me and apparently you too. I'll continue to watch and enjoy. Fairies or not, it hooked me long ago back in season one.
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Just finished my first Ep of Game of Thrones. Amazing!
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Prison Break is very underated.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:09 AM   #4985 (permalink)
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Got redundant by how long it lasted. With the story basis being breaking out of a prison - and doing so to end season one - you weren't really left with much else to do other than fill the story with a bunch of other happenings that made it jumbled together.

It's not bad, per say. Only I was expecting it to be formatted kind of like a mini-series in a weird sort of way. Give fans a good dose and end it on a high note.
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Posted this in the movie thread lol @ me.


I like True Blood too. Obviously it's not close to stuff like Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, etc, but it doesn't really try to be. It knows it's full of shit and it revels in it.
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No, it's not.

I pretend there are only two seasons, tbh.
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Lost interest half way through series 1 of Prison Break (I believe when the first attempt failed iirc) never went back
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I watched second episode of The Following. It wasn't really good but looks like it could have some potential. Joe and Carrol(?) the short haired girl were the best parts overall. That scene where bacon is exploring the Cult House creeped me right the fuck out.
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You know what was a good HBK show? Bored to Death. Fuck them silly for cancelling that.
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