Counting down the 17 best TV shows of 2017… No. 17: Babylon Berlin

Set in 1920s Weimar-era Germany, Babylon Berlin is a sin-filled police drama following police inspector Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch), who is involuntarily transferred from Cologne to Berlin to solve a difficult criminal case – a porno ring run by the Berlin Mafia.  Based on the historically accurate book series by bestselling German author, Volker Kutscher, Babylon Berlin is a complex and thrilling tale of corruption, set against a backdrop of political unrest as Germany’s democracy unravels at the seams. 

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MONTH OF SPOOKS DAY 5: Hearing voices can be murder.

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is a man.  A man with who is slightly unhinged.  A man who hears disembodied voices – The Voices.  When he accidentally kills the woman of his dreams, Fiona (Gemma Arterton), he must decide whether he is going to listen to his sardonic talking cat, Mr. Whiskers, and become a serial killer, or to his loving, supportive dog, Bosco, and be a “good boy”.  

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MONTH OF SPOOKS DAY 4: There is nothing to be afraid of…

When Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his partner Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are invited to his ex-wife’s house for a dinner party, all appears to be a relaxed affair with old friends and good wine.  But as ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and her new partner David (Michiel Huisman) begin acting increasingly shady, Will grows increasingly suspicious of their intentions.

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MONTH OF SPOOKS DAY 3: She loved men… to death.

“That’s what kills all the men in my movie – having to experience their own feelings.”  Writer, director, producer, set designer, costumer, Jane-of-all-trades, Anna Biller has her finger on the feminist pulse with The Love Witch, a fantasy romance horror comedy (FanRoHoCo?) about witchcraft in the modern era, set in a technicolor dream world of 60’s style and grace.  Femme fatale Elaine (Samantha Robinson) is the titular love witch who, after racking up a body count in the search for love, sets her lustful sights on the police officer investigating the strange deaths around her.

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MONTH OF SPOOKS DAY 2: Sometimes dead is better.

Adapted from Stephen King’s 9th novel of the same name, Pet Sematary is the haunting and thrilling tale of the Creed family’s misfortunes when they move to Maine.  Louis Creed (Dave Midkiff), his wife Rachel (Denise Crosby), and their two children, Ellie (Blaze Berdahl) and Gage (Miko Hughes), are a perfectly happy, unremarkable feamily.  They even have a pet cat, Winston “Church” Churchill.  They couldn’t be more ‘run-of-the-mill’.  That is until a tragedy befalls them, and Louis finds himself answering the question, ‘just because death can be cheated, reversed, should it be?’

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MONTH OF SPOOKS DAY 1: What are you hungry for?

Julia Ducournau’s debut film, Raw, is a deliciously affecting coming-of-age horror drama about a young woman who develops a taste for human meat. Over the course of a week, during veterinary school hazing, staunch vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) finds herself in the midst of an identity crisis; her head saying ‘no’ to food that once lived, but her heart and gut crying out for a feast of flesh.

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Winter Is Coming – Game of Thrones (Season 1-6)

Before I begin, if you haven’t heard of Game of Thrones, have you been living in a dungeon under the Red Keep?  Whether your exposure is the TV series, the fantasy novel series, “A Song of Ice and Fire”, on which it is based, or a good ol’ Ned Stark ‘Winter is Coming’ meme, there is no denying Game of Thrones has become a force to be reckoned with in popular culture.  Chronicling the fight for the ‘Iron Throne’, and therefore control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, Game of Thrones follows nine noble families (and many not-so-noble) as they play, well, the game of thrones.  Here I present to you a part-review, part-summary of the story so far.

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