Category: Episode 1

Episode 1


Rosco and Mikey Review: Gomorrah

“Don’t watch this drunk”

Today Rosco and Mikey review Gomorrah, the 2008 Italian film directed by Matteo Garrone and based on the book by… someone. The film is set in Naples and layers the plots of five people involved in, or touched by, the activities of an organized crime syndicate within the Camorra.

Foreign language films are hard work. No one wants to spend their leisure time reading and this one in particular is not for the weak-minded. It’s a long movie. You will have to concentrate. Know that.

On the upside, Rosco and Mikey agree that Gomorrah is gritty, real and well-acted. It is slow to start but Rosco points out that this is because it’s based on real life, and real life is pretty boring. Whilst they disagree on whether the film explodes into action in the second half, it sure sounds like something happens there towards the end.

Rosco is developing a palette for foreign films, and this one is no exception.


Rosco and Mikey Review: Rampart

“If you just want some good Woody Harrelson entertainment”

In this episode Rosco and Mikey discuss the 2011 Oren Moverman film ‘Rampart’ starring Woody Harrelson. Whilst Rosco and Mikey disagree about basic elements of setting and plot, we gather that Rampart was set in the 90s during the “Rampart scandal”. Woody plays Dave Brown, an LAPD bad copper dude dealing with some unpleasantness at home and a series of poor professional decisions. The film features a sex scene, making it a worthwhile watch.

Rosco, like Dave Brown, is a worn down man, and Woody succeeds in taking him on a journey through the world of LA policing. Mikey, on the other hand, isn’t so sure.

Black Snake Moan

Rosco and Mikey Review: Black Snake Moan

“Soft core porn”

Here we have Rosco and Mikey discussing the 2006 film, Black Snake Moan, directed by Craig Brewer. We won’t bother describing the plot as Rosco has actually watched this film, and helpfully summarises the excrutiating minutia of every frame. Rosco and Mikey agree that this film is entertaining, but relatively unbelievable.

Come for Samuel L Jackson’s performance, stay for Christina Ricci’s nudity.