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‘Are you threatening me?’ – ‘You’re fucking right I am.’

This is an example of the sumptuously awful dialogue that Billions (Showtime/Sky Atlantic) has offered up for the delight and derision of audiences everywhere. In this exchange the threatenee is a widow, the threatener is Lara Axelrod, wife of billionaire Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod, played by Malin Åkerman as a sort of trailer-trash Claire Underwood. And this being a programme about ‘alpha’ hedge-fund gangsters, there’s a lot of macho swearing – and in fairness, some of it is quite creative, but you can’t help thinking you’ve heard it all before. What you might not have heard before is a cascade of legal and financial jargon which, like a sci-fi film, usefully pads the script out to make up for the absence of plot. Continue Reading…

gore-vidalI know all those SEO experts tell bloggers to stay within their niche – which, let us not forget, means not only a specific market but also a comfortable position, i.e. not where a critic should be – but I’m going to go slightly off-message by mentioning a theatrical release: Life Itself (CNN Films – also available on some demand platforms) a documentary about American film critic Roger Ebert, based on his 2011 memoir of the same name. Continue Reading…