Saturday, March 10, 2012

EastEnders this week: Beating the Big C

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Good news: Tanya and Max
Good news: Tanya and Max
BBC
Never mind the physical and psychological damage Tanya has suffered while fighting cervical cancer, because the impact on her family has been massive.
Daughter Lauren has turned into a promiscuous alcoholic and left home, while husband Max has almost been tempted into having an affair with Foxy Roxy Mitchell.
But at last there’s some good news when hospital tests show that Tanya’s now in remission. Her answer is to celebrate by taking an axe to the sofa she’s spent so much time on recently.
Let’s hope evil brother-in-law Derek Branning isn’t sitting on it. On second thoughts…
Ben strikes again
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Coronation Street this week: Barlow takes the rap

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Visiting time: Carla is shocked that Peter has has confessed to killing Frank
Visiting time: Carla is shocked that Peter has has confessed to killing Frank
ITV
Following the brutal murder of rapist Frank Foster, Cruella Carla Connor now has the dead bodies of four fellas to her credit. So what is it that brings out the protective instinct in all of her men?
After she ran over and almost killed Stella while drunk at the wheel, Frank was only too willing to take the blame. Now partner Peter Barlow The Boozer is ready to go one step further and confess to murder, but only because he thinks Carla dunnit.
Well, in the befuddled mind of an alcoholic like him, the evidence is stacking up against her. The murder weapon is a whisky bottle with her prints all over it, and the contract signing over the
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Kahaani review

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Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee
Directed by Sujoy Ghosh
Rating: **1/2
“Computers are like a cycle for the mind,” is something the late Steve Jobs once said. His analogy works just as well for suspense thrillers. Some love them for the uneasiness of being unsure of what will happen next, others enjoy putting the pieces together before the climax. And if they can’t, they love it even more. ‘Kahaani’, with a few loose ends, manages to score with an ‘unpredictable end’ but the tension on the screen doesn’t translate into an anxious audience. Not throughout the film at least.

A pregnant woman seeks her absconding husband. She has flown down from London for the very first time to our colonial junkyard- Kolkata, precisely to do that. Now just this as a starting point could be used to terrorize the audience. A strange city full of people speaking an incomprehensible language can be portrayed cinematically through sweeping shots of crowds, flashbacks and noises of the city to create an unwelcome vibe. Or perhaps do the entire scene with no sound but all the drama? The director picks neither. Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan)- the woman in question seems oddly indifferent and only offers a distant look to convey her discomfort as she casually plops into a cab like any other tourist and orders to go straight to the police station. Neat and realistic, if not as dramatic.
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