With a great deal of TV dominating the new releases for the week, this is a very light week. The Pick of the Week is it. It's part recommend and part Buzzed About. You'll see what I mean.
Pick of the Week
Red Riding Trilogy
This BBC film series is a trilogy based on David Peace's novel. The trio went streaming last week on Netflix from IFC and I caught the first film and I'm eagerly awaiting the chance to catch the others. The story follows the murder investigation of murdered girls. When an investigator looks into the killings, he finds a cover-up that reaches every level of power. Julian Jarrold (BRIDESHEAD REVISITED) directed the first film and brings a bleak, ominous feel to the material. James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE) helmed the second and Anand Tucker (SHOPGIRL) the third. Of the first film, I was impressed with the screen presence of Andrew Garfield, the young actor selected to be the new Spider-Man. The rest of the cast is no less impressive — Sean Bean, Rebecca Hall, Eddie Marsan and David Morrissey. And that's just the first film. The following two include Paddy Considine, Mark Addy and Peter Mullan. This kind of corruption is a daunting thing to fight against; the corrupt have more resources. The first film only scratches the surface. On its own, it stands as a disturbing look at the extents those in power will go to hold on to it.