Law & Order UK (VOD Hidden Gem)October 21, 2010

Law & Order UK (VOD Hidden Gem)

BBC America


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Law & Order; UK (VOD Hidden Gem) - BBC America

After the ups and downs of loosing the matriarch of the "Law & Order" franchise, I was exhausted and tried my best to stick it out with "L&O: SVU" and "L&OW:CI" - I've even taken a gander or two at "LOLA" (that's "Law & Order: LA" for the amatuers or the purists who refuse to accept the West Coast into the fray) but things just aren't the same without Lt. Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkeson - the only cop to make it through the entire series) or Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and his legal eagles. The original "Law & Order" was a comfy sweater and when there was a marathon, I'd probably not leave the house even though there were some episodes I knew verbatim (don't judge).

"LOLA" is still developing but here's what's weird: nice weather and cop/DA biz. Love the cast yet something is missing. It's just not the same. I need some gray overcast concrete and brownstones! Enter "Law & Order: UK"! You probably just did a "?" like I did when I discovered this show (what's with the no publicity) on BBC American On Demand. Instantly I was intrigued. What other city aside from NYC has gray overcast concrete and brownstones? London of course!


Law & Order UK
Law & Order UK

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T. Tara Turk is a novelist/playwright/screenwriter, living in LA with her boyfriend and dog - all three successful TV addicts. You can find her at or follow her on Twitter @ttaraturk.

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THEY’RE OUT OF THE BUSINESS Looks For Biz On DemandApril 11, 2011


IFC Films

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: THEY’RE OUT OF THE BUSINESS (IFC Films).

By Chris Claro


Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, the early 90s, when the indie film sandbox was filled with boys named Quentin, Kevin, Spike, and of course, Eric. “Eric who?” you ask. Why, Eric Schaeffer, of course. The heir apparent to Woody Allen – in his own fevered imagination, anyway – Schaeffer’s niche was the New York-based comedy, in which the lovably neurotic, Upper West Side Jew, almost always portrayed by Schaeffer, contemplated life, love, and his own supposedly rakish charm.

In his maiden directorial effort, MY LIFE’S IN TURNAROUND, Schaeffer co-starred with Donal Lardner Ward as two Manhattan slackers who attempt to make a movie. In their early thirties when they made the film, Schaeffer and Ward tapped into the pre-millennial zeitgeist trying to bring their vision to the screen on a wing and an Amex card.
Flash forward to 2011; Schaeffer has made a career out of oh-so-talky films in which he plays a thinly-veiled version of himself – and he seems to keep writing, directing and starring so that he can make out with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Amanda de Cadenet. Ward has had a patchwork career of writing and directing with and without Schaeffer.
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Young Women on the Verge of Life

By Jean Tait


Being in your twenties can be difficult. You’re supposed to be all grown up, but you are still making childish mistakes. You’ve made your first, tentative steps into the real worlds of employment and relationships, but it certainly doesn’t feel safe or comfortable. This is the world of “Girls.” And it’s a pretty realistic world as opposed to the usual TV world in which women can afford Manolo Blahniks, even on a cop’s salary.


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Lena Dunham / GIRLS (HBO)

The extraordinarily talented Dunham has created a cast full of such richly realistic characters, full of contradictions and awkwardness. And finally: sex on screen that is embarrassing and real. No perfect moments of airbrushed loveliness and perfectly-timed climaxes, sans cellulite and that always extra elbow, just real people not knowing the right thing to say or the exact right place to put their hands, but yearning for connection. How refreshing is that?

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