Star – Steve Bucsemi
Genre – Crime
Run Time – 12 x 50 minutes
Certificate – 18R
Country – USA
Awards – Wins & Nominations
Amazon – £.00 (£.0 Blue Ray)
I have to admit it folks I think I have been had by Boardwalk Empire. It’s the same stuff every series and kind of dumb in its own right. Gangster with big hat shoots gangster with smaller hat and new gangster arrives on the scene with an even bigger hate and wants to shoot the other hats. It’s like they reboot the plot at the start of each new season but with the hats passed around like musical hats, I suppose. When it’s written and created by Terrance Winter, he of the brilliant Sopranos, and Martin Scorcese and Mark Wahlberg also onboard, as are many other top writers with various episodes, it hinted at great things. When HBO blew $18 million just on the pilot you knew they were serious. But the trio have really just created a lavish version of the rather cliché gangsters with those big hats, cigars and Tommy Guns we all love from the 1920s and 30s to simply try and draw in a bigger audience than The Sopranos, a kind of period ‘dumbed down’ version of. It doesn’t mean its particular naff or anything and I am enjoying it and perhaps taking things for granted some but it just hasn’t moved into the great television show bracket the way Breaking Bad, The Sopranos and The Wire did. It needed to, considering the cast and creators.
===The main cast this season===
Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Valentin Narcisse
Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden/George Mueller
Shea Whigham as Elias "Eli" Thompson
Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein
Stephen Graham as Al Capone
Brian Geraghty as Agent Warren Knox/James "Jim" Tolliver
Eric Ladin as J. Edgar Hoover
Margot Bingham as Daughter Maitland
Ben Rosenfield as Willie Thompson
Erik LaRay Harvey as Dunn Purnsley
Christina Jackson as Maybelle White
Eric Ladin as J. Edgar Hoover
Brady and Connor Noon as Tommy Darmody
Greg Antonacci as Johnny Torrio (4 episodes)
Vincent Piazza as Charlie Luciano
Michael Kenneth Williams as Albert "Chalky" White
Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler
Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Thompson
Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle
Patricia Arquette as Sally Wheet (7 episodes)
Jack Huston as Richard Harrow
Gretchen Mol as Gillian Darmody
Joe Masseria as James Ciccone
Season Four begins as Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (Steve Buscemi) brushes himself down after seeing off carnation wearing New York mobster Gyp Rossetti and cutting deals with fellow mobsters Joe Masseria (James Ciccone) and Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) to retain the peace. But the old routine of running bootleg to Atlantic City is soon shaken up with the arrival of the rather erudite black Harlem gangster Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright), who has eyes on taking over the black side of town, run by Albert ‘Chalky’ White (Michael Kenneth Williams), who is distracted by beautiful jazz singer Daughter Maitland (Margot Bingham), why Narcisse dangled her there in the first place.
Retired ATF agent Nelson Van Alden\George Mueller (Michael Shannon) is going over to the dark side to pay his way in the world by getting a job with Irish mobster Micky Doyle (Paul Sparks), who angers AL Capone (Stephen Graham) up in Chicago by trying to move heroin on the booze runs, Capone getting Mueller to snitch on the Irishman.
Nucky’s brother Elias "Eli" Thompson (Shea Whigham) appears to be back in his box after his family betrayal and son Willie (Ben Rosenfield) the one showing the most potential to further the Thompson family business as Nucky ponders retirment.
Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol) is suffering a heroine addiction and trying to find a man who will give her a life she is accustomed to whilst Nucky is intrigued by a lady he meets in Florida, sassy shotgun wheeling Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette), looking to expand her bootleg operation in Atlantic City’s direction. But ambitious ATF Agent Warren Knox/James "Jim" Tolliver (Brian Geraghty) is on all of the mobster’s backs on the East Coast and looking to link them all to indict on conspiracy laws to impress the new head of the soon to be FBI, J. Edgar Hoover (Eric Ladin). And with a rat in the Thompson camp it may well happen as the various mobsters are soon at each others throats.
Twelve episodes in two weeks and job done! But if you really dig a boxset and gripped by the drama then you take two days to see it. Its good fun but way to predictable and although everyone acts their socks off and the sets look amazing it still feels samey. There is no doubt Buscemi has delivered one of televisions great characters and brotherly rivalry but a lot of the other important characters feel two dimensional. One of the best ones from the first three series, Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Thompson, is all but written out of this season and the series clearly losing its powerful female influence, the women just eye candy and naked prostitutes by the end of series 4.
Jeffrey Wright is excellent as the absurd Harlem character as he goes up against the complete opposite in Chalky White, the uneducated thug keeping it real for his people, and enough added racial tension there to push the series in a new direction. Stephen Graham continues to terrify us every episode with his psychotic Al Capone. That moral dimension is still missing from nearly all of Boardwalk Empire's characters, who murder and maim at will, if somewhat discriminately. It’s almost as if that its biggest attraction. But without Buscemi’s empty moral vessel of genius this would be an ensemble piece without a beating heart. He is brilliant, a man who can’t enjoy his power as he spends all his time trying to keep it as the numbskulls around him muck things up.
Of course I will watch series five and the big finale and perhaps I am taking it all for granted as it is so consistently good but I still feel it lacks that dark humor of The Wire and grubbiness of The Sopranos, what mobsters are really like. It’s a beautiful period painting, that there is no doubt, and as hard as Peaky Blinders tried to copy it there can be only one. I am already looking forward to season five as it really is time to end, the way Breaking Bad was one series too many. Its brave decision to call it a day as this type of show could go on and on with its repetitive narrative.
Rottentomatos.com – 95% critic’s approval
Metacriitc.com – 77% critic’s approval
Winnipeg Press –‘Momentum concerns aside, Boardwalk Empire remains a beautifully crafted period drama whose multi-layered plotlines give each member of its large cast lots of opportunities to shine’
TV Fanatic –‘ All in all it was a good season. Good, not great, but I'll definitely be back for Season 5’.
Time Magazine –‘Season 4 was even more sprawling, and arguably more disjointed, and yet it was richer overall’.
Quick Flix –‘ his might be Boardwalk Empire at its peak, but its peak remains much lower than other shows of its ilk. It's an 'A' season from a 'B+' show’.
We Got This Covered –‘ Boardwalk Empire can be frustrating in just how long it takes to get anywhere, and while this episode was not exactly fast-paced, it did provide some memorable moments’.
Sky Movies Premier has been around for a while now but used to be known under a different name. The channel also has a +1 version so that if you have missed the start of the movies you have another chance to watch it an hour later.
-----Why would you want it-----
If you love seeing the very latest movies first, the this is the channel for you. You will be able to see five first-run films every week, that's 20 premieres each month, one year before they are shown on any other channel, this does exclude any pay per views on sky of course. For 14 hours a day there are movies to suit all tastes and suitable for all ages, with the new titles launching each Saturday and running for 1 week. There are different times during the week that the movies will play, this allows more variety on when you can watch them, and means that more people will benefit from the films that are being shown.
-----How do you receive it-----
This channel is only available the customers that have the movies pack or the full sky world pack.
-----When can you watch-----
Daily - midday -2AM channel number 301
+1 daily - 1PM - 3AM channel number 302
I like watching Sky Movies as there are always a good variety of movies to watch, which are suitable for all different age ranges and tastes. I also like the fact that the movies show for a week at a time and they are on at different times within that week so that everyone, no matter what there schedule, have a chance to watch them. This in my opinion is one of the best movie channels that sky offer.
The Sky Movies channels were reshuffled back in April 2007. They used to have about 10 movie channels and they all had a mixture of movies on the channel, but then Sky decided to change the format and Sky Movies Premier was launched.
Sky Movies Premier is on Sky channel 301, Cable channel 401 and Sky HD channel 313. There is also a +1 hour of this channel on Sky channel 302.
So what is on the channel and is it any good? The newest films from Sky goes onto this and the same films run all week from Saturday-Friday. In my opinion it is a bit long to have the same films on every day and repeated an hour later, but then again I have an HD box and Sky+ box, so I can record this at the first showing , but I guess ont everyone has a recordable box or hard drive.
I'm not sure if it is depending on how long the films are, but for example this week the channel runs from 10am-1.30am. So what is on this week?
12pm-2pm Bailey's Billions
2pm-4pm The Children of Huang Shi
10pm-11.45pm The Counterfeiters
11.45pm-1.30am Wrong Turn 2
Usually between films there is about 20 minutes of adverts telling you films that are coming up and so on, and to be cynical if there was a few less adverts then there could always be another film squeezed in. There is no adverts during the films, which is always good, as no interruptions. If you have a Sky+ or HD box and have Sky Anytime on it, then you often get the odd Premier film appearing on Sky Anytime on Thursdays, so you get it ahead of the Saturday night premier showing.
Unfortunatly to get the Premier and +1 channel with a Sky subscription you must have all the movies channels. It you only take half movies, you won't get these 2 channels. To get the channels you must at least have a 1 mix package from Sky, which costs £17, so to add the whole movies on will push your bill to £35 a month, which is a huge jump. Although you get more than these 2 channels for this amount, it is a lot more to pay out.
I admit I don't watch too many movies just now, as there is not many I want to watch, but I normally watch maybe 3 films a month and they are usually from this channel.
Good films, but quite a lot more to pay and it may not be to everyone's taste. Most people should find a film for them though!
SKY MOVIES PREMIERE is a movie channel on the Sky Digital satellite system in the UK. It is the channel which shows the latest movies - many of the other Sky Movies channels show older movies. It is well worth watching if you like seeing recent movies.
Movies coming up this month include ROCKY BALBOA (the 6th and latest in the ROCKY series, starring Sylvester Stallone), HOLLYWOODLAND (the movie about the life and strange death of George Reeves, the Hollywood actor who played Superman in the 1950s TV show THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN), and NIGHT AT THE MUSEM (the comedy starring ben Stiller). I've seen all of these films at the cinema, thanks to my Cineworld Unlimited card, but I also love watching movies at home and so I am looking forward to seeing all of these on Sky Movies Premiere.
Sky Movies Premiere is supplemented by Sky Movies Premiere +1 which is a timeshifted channel, showing the same films but starting 1 hour later. The channels are part of the 'Movies Mix' - Sky's channel packages and prices are not simple to understand, but personally I get the 'Variety Mix' (which would cost £16 per month) plus the 'Movies Mix' and I pay a total of £34 per month. Other combinations cost other prices.
I thoroughly recommend Sky Movies Premiere if you like seeing recent movies in your living room.
If you have Sky Sports then you probably have the movie channels as well, it's only a few quid for the whole package and those few pounds are good value. Sky Premier is the 'premier' channel in the Sky Digital package for movies. This is where you'll find all the big hitters first. Digital customers have a choice of 5 Premier channels so they have some good choice of what to watch. Each Saturday there is a premier of a hollywood movie. Recent weeks have seen the debut of such films as Ali and The Last Castle, recent months have also seen the likes of Hannibal, Heartbreakers and Bandits. Now the thing is if you're into films then you're likely to have seen the really big ones on their original release. Sky Premier is good for seeing those films that you've not really fancied seeing on the big screen, they have big stars in them but you just feel like watching them in the comfort of your own home. Recently Premier has switched to widescreen for a lot of presentations, this is after a lot of customer feedback from customers so if you have a widescreen TV then you'll get the full benefit of how the films should be seen. During the week they'll be premiers of smaller hollywood films as well giving all genres and audiences the chance to watch what they want. As there are five channels you'll find that every film will shown at regular intervals for a couple of months. yes this could be seen as repeats but you can only watch one thing at a time on Sky so this gives you a good opportunity to not miss what you want to see. Between films Premier will also have movie news, charts and interviews with stars. My only gripe is that during the day Premier is pretty dull, there's not a lot of interesting films on and most of the time they may be films you've not heard of. The majority of them are also aimed at the kids. This is fine but some more mature films of a decent quality would be nice. However most of
the time it's an incredibly melodramatic movie that's very dull and would probably not even go straight to video. But this is a small quibble on a channel that delivers some god value for money. If you're prepared to wait 18 months from a theatrical release then this certainly saves on any cinema prices or rental fees. Some people may think it's expensive but a few quid a month against the £3 you normally get charged to hire out a video is really no contest.
Currently the only Widescreen content availalbe through the movie channels is the Sky Movies Widescreen - 1 part time channel. Personally I think this is poor and recently decided to cancel my movie channels until they put more Widescreen output on. BUT Reports have been appearing in various publications that at the end of October Sky1 will start broadcasting in Widescreen and shortly after Sky Movies widescreen will be removed completely and widescreen movies will then be broadcast on all the movie channels. If this is the case then it's about time in my opinion. The movie channels are very good anyway but having a widescreen TV I want to see the movies in the format/aspect ratio they were filmed in and the way the director/producer intended it to be seen... not after it has had the sides chopped of or worse. Although many other comments often say that the movie channels repeat too much but I feel this is a bad thing (to a point). It means for me that I can choose the day/time most convenient for me although with some films they do go a bit too far. There may be some readers who read this that don't want films to be in widescreen as you currently have a standard 4:3 TV. I would recommend if you are a real film enthusiast to consider looking inot a Widescreen set (especially as they are now sensibly priced) as this genuinly is the way the films are shot. All film camera shoot on 16:9 or even wider (cinemascope - I forget the aspect ration of this), often this is because it suits the film. Also easier to watch as your eyes naturally see in a rectangle shape. When watching in 4:3 even though sky may be broadcasting it in 4:3 the sides are being chopped off before transmission so you are losing some of the picture. After now having a widescreen set for about 3 years I would never go back. The intention for broadcasters is to switch completely to Widescreen over the next 5 years.
Terrestrial television ... do you actually remember it? It was a minor craze in its day, when it attracted crowds of literally hundreds with its stunted little offering. Apparently, so the wizened old men of the North still mutter into their broth of a Winter's evening, there were four 'proper' channels plus a mysterious fifth channel that always seemed to be set in a snowstorm or heavy mist and was designed for particularly discerning and rare tastes. It came in as a development for the curious, and was only seen by a few hardy souls who could bear the ignominy of being amongst the sacred few who had the pleasure of something known mysteriously as 'GOOD RECEPTION'. I don't know any of this from my own personal experience, however, but am relying on the guttural mouthings of Mrs D, WHO KNOWS ABOUT SUCH THINGS from her underprivileged and backwards childhood. Well, I'm glad to say that for the dave27 clan, such things are a thing of a dim and distant past when petrol cost two quid for something called colloquially 'a gallon'. These past four hundred years, we have revelled in the teachings of the Evil Son of Saran, the fiend known as Roo-Pett Merrdok, and have taken on his Holy Grail, Sky Television, a legendary treasure indeed. Okay, enough of the dave27 introductory b****cks. Let's get down to the matter at hand. Sky Premier does exactly what it says on the tin, it is Sky TV's Premier film channel and features an absolutely unrivalled selection of top class films, and is the most wonderful way of spending a Saturday night, although it's pretty damn fine the rest of the week as well. When you get Sky, however, the standard £29.99 a month package (soon to go up to £34.99, so be warned) is never enough for some and every Saturday night I get the interminable whine of the dave27-ettes: "We want a Sky Box Office," to which the standard reply is "I don't t
hink so, young man," on "No chance, Fatty," depending on whether Leeds have lost or not. Homespun philosophy time - If I'm paying that much a month for the Sky package anyway, I don't see why I should pay any more to see a film which is soon going to migrate across to Sky Premier. I didn't get where I am today without being a seasoned tight git, you know. It may only be three quid, right, but look after the pennies and you've got about as much as you get via Spedia Net for a full month, is what I always say. I know it's boring when you're supposed to be talking about the football, but a catchphrase is a catchphrase after all and must be used at every opportunity if it is to catch on. Anyway, the fare on Sky Premier is of such a high quality and is so relatively up to date that I really don't see the benefit of getting two or three weeks ahead of the trend. This Saturday, just for example, you get My Favo(u)rite Martian (starring Christopher Lloyd and Jeff Daniels) at 5.40, The Talented Mr Ripley (a supposedly vivid and murderous classic starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law) at 8 and Brad Pitt in the critically acclaimed (but disliked by Mrs D) Fight Club at 10.20. Now, you'd be quite a mean little individual to see that as anything but an exceptionally good evening's viewing, especially when the alternative is the Saturday Night Lottery programme with Philip Scofield. The Sky Box Office alternatives include Gone In Sixty Seconds and X-Men, which are extremely good films, but give it another month or two and they'll be on Sky Premier anyway and I can wait. In recent weeks, the Sky Premier on Saturday has included Sleepy Hollow, American Beauty and Angela's Ashes, all of which have been the subject of my reviews on this very site. If you want any more details about the quality of the sort of offering you get on Sky Premier, then check out my very big and w
onderful reviews of those excellent films, I can imagine it's going to continue to provide excellent material for future ops as well. In many ways, a night down the pub is more attractive than a night with Sky Premier, but it's more expensive, will make you ill and leave you wondering exactly how you got that burn on your hand. Sky Premier will not get you drunk or see you copped off, but is certainly a fine alternative to such hedonistic chaos. You also get the admirable Claire Grogan providing wonderful previews in the hour preceding the Saturday night eight o'clock showcase offering, so I'm starting to reconsider what I said about hedonism. Get in a crate of Special Brew and you could well get all your worldly desires satisfied by a little piece of Sky Premier magic.
What a great channel this is. To descibe it only really takes 3 words: Pure Movie Channel. And thats it. The premier channels, there are 5 in all, show pure movies, all day long. And NOTHING ELSE. Ok, so they have adverts, but noone watches them, because all the adverts are inbetween films when noone is actually watching it. That is the thing I love about the premier channels (and moviemax for that matter), they do not show adverts during the film. Absolutely brilliant. Although I do not understand why they bother with this advertisement, as noone will watch the channel during times when the movies are not on. So, what are the movies like? Well, admittably it is not really possible to have 24 hour good movies over 5 channels, so some movies really are quite "b". Saying that though, there is always a good movie on in the evening, on at least one of the channels. As the name suggests, these channels show alot of premiers, and many of them are quite new. There main premier is on every Saturday night, and every premier since I have had these channels has been good. To give you an idea of the "newness" of the films, they are showing Star Wars episode 1 this Saturday (April 7th 2001), and last week they showed American Pie. So quite new then, and two very good films. Of course because there are so few adverts on Premier, this means that the channels are subcribtion, and this means shelling out money. So is it worth paying £8 (my deal) for it? Well, yes. I say, on average I watch about 3 films a week, all of which are well known and ones I really wanted to see, but missed. Ok, £2.66 for a film (averaged) is quite expensive, but you can always watch more films if you like. The great thing about Premier is that if there is absolutely nothing on any other channels, then there will be on Premier. It really impresses your friends, as the films on it will n
ot be on terrestrial TV for at least another two years. Definately worth it, especially if you do not have to pay for it! If you have Sky, then you ought to have Premier, it is worth the subcription.
Sky have brought absolutely great movies to there audiences in the last few years and this has been spearheaded by there specialist film channel Sky Premier. Sky Premier can now be seen both on digital Sky packages and also analogue sky packages and each week you are supplied with at least one great film that you are likely to have never seen. Sky’s offer which they advertise regularly is that they supply great movies on Thursdays and Saturdays and they always do. Some of the great films they brought to our screens in recent times include The Matrix, Austin Powers II, Enemy Of The State, Breakdown, Sphere, Blade, Armageddon, Snake Eyes, Scream movies, I know What you did last summer and many others. We have had Sky for about 4 years now and we have had digital movies for about a year or two. As well as the main Premier channel, it is now supported by the new Sky Premier Wide screen which allows you to watch the movies in a wide screen format by adjusting your T.V settings. Sky’s choice of movies is very good so you know you will always get great movies that are generally, very popular. The channel is very consistent in this too and if you do miss a movie, you can easily catch up as the movie is nearly always shown again on more than one occasion. Viewings of the filmS are usually at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm and midnight for most of the top movies with the 8pm movies on Thursday and Saturday being the specialist movies. The movies are shown all day, every day for all of the year. This is a great advantage to those of you who enjoy films but do not have Sky. If you are unsure about Sky, the movies package alone is strong enough and would easily save you money on them video rentals. So sit back and enjoy the great movies you can see on Sky Premier. All in all, a great channel with many advantages over other channels and great movies and top names.
I HAVE ONLY HAD SKY PREMIER FOR ABOUT A WEEK ANND ALREADY THERE'S BEEN ABOUT TEN FILMS ON THAT I WANTED TO SEE. IT IS A REALLY GOOD CHANNEL, THERE IS ALWAYS SOEMTHING TO WATCH. WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR IT WITH NTL YOU GET SOME OTHER FILM CHANNELS WITH OT SO YOU ARE NEVER SHORT OF VIEWING. IF YOU MISS THE FILM YOU WANT TO WATCH THEN CHANCES ARE IT'LL BE REPEATED LATER IN THE DAY OR LATER IN THE WEEK. IF YOU ARE ALWAYS FINDING YOURSLEF SHORT OF SOEMTHING TO WATCH THEN YOU REALLLY SHOULD SIGN UP FOR SKY PREMIER.
Sky Premier is the best channel for movies available at the moment. It has all the big, successful films and has major premiers every Saturday Night. Sky Premier shows repeats quite often and the films are always top quality, if they aren't they will go on Sky Moviemax. Not that I'm putting Moviemax down, it has some great films too, particularly the comedy BASEketball. But Premier is the place to go for the first showings of all the big films, all the ones that have appeared on Sky Box Office. The only difference is, on Sky Premier they're free(except for subscription fee)! Top film channel, I give it 5 out of 5.
Sky premier, I honestly feel they call it that because it shows the premier of their movies before they repeat each one 20-30 times on the other Premiere and Moviemax channels. However having said that it is the better of the moviemax and premier channels, plenty of choice which for the price sky charge should be better than it is. What we need is some competition to sky which I can't see happening, we have different providers in cable and sky etc but they all use sky for it's programmes so the choice isn't there neither is the competition needed to improve the frequency of new films and shows.
Sky Premier shows the latest films to be realeased on Sky first. They are called "Premiers". They are repeated many many times throughout the month but it is a good channel. They usually come out on Sky about 3 months after they come out on video. The channel is quite pricey, as is Moviemax. You will pay about £20 extra a month for the movie and sport package. The whole package of all the other channels is £13 on SKYDigital. If you can't pay £32, then don't bother with the movies or sport, just get all the other channels.
I love watching films and with all these new movies channels on Sky digital I watch a lot of films on Sky Premier. The best thing is that with 3 other Premier channels you get 4 to choose from. There are no commercials spoiling the films and once the Premier has shown the Premier of a film it quickly spreads to the other Premier channels. I found the picture quality most times is very good but on some occasions the picture and sound quality has been pretty poor. If you pay for it you are entitled to complain try it I did and got 2 free box office films for my trouble. A very good service which I would recommend to anyone who has the Sky Digital Package.