TIN STAR (seasons 1& 2)

TIN STAR (Seasons 1 & 2)

Directed by: 10 different asshats (maybe that’s part of the problem)

Written By: another 6 fools that probably never talked to one another about what they were doing

Staring: Tim Roth, Genevieve O’Reilly, Abigail Lawrie

Viewed: on Prime

Transfer Quality: Great Transfer

Tin Star

I had very high hopes going into this series based on the involvement of Director Chris Baugh (Bad Day For The Cut which I reviewed here).   

The first season was semi interesting to me, but the end was this cliff hanger that basically pulled me into season 2 (which was a total abortion).  Season 2 was just unwatchable and downright awful.  The story was just ludicrous and so far fetched that there was zero believability in anything about it.  The acting is pretty okay, the sets and scenery are nice, but the story is just so far out of reach that I wanted to just stop watching every episode in season 2.  But you know that feeling you get after you’ve invested so much time that you need to see it through? That was me, thinking it would suddenly make sense and get better or something.  Well, seeing it through has gotten me feeling very bitter about both seasons, and pretty much every Amazon original series that I can think of.  I don’t recall even one that I’ve liked.  They all seem sucky, or maybe just watchable.  

At any rate the story is that of a ex UK undercover cop (played by Tim Roth) who has relocated to an isolated part of Canada.  He becomes the sheriff, he becomes a criminal, and a killer with a family who somehow starts to understand him and his fucked up logic and use of violence.  It’s almost as though the writing occurred as they were filming this series.  Like they were getting drunk in the cold and writing it on the fly or something.  Believe me I will not be pulled into season 3 in 2020.  There is nothing more they could do to this show then perhaps kill everyone off and start from the beginning.  This show makes Cinemax’s Banshee seem like a realistic, award winning series.  Listen up when I say not to waste your time with this crap.  The hours I lost on this I’ll never get back, and it bums me out to even think about.  Tim Roth should go back to playing Skinheads.  (NW)



Director: Chris Baugh

Starring: Nigel O’Neill, Susan Lynch, Józef Pawlowski

Streaming on Netflix- Great Transfer!

bad day for cut

This is a sick revenge film about a middle aged Irish farmer who’s mother is murdered on the farm where they both live together. Mother’s head is bashed in by her own clock.  Within the next couple days some Polish stooges are sent to murder our star, Donal the farmer, by trying to make his death look like a suicide. It gets botched up by these stooges and the farmer comes out swinging.  

The rest of the film is him stumbling into a sex trafficking ring with some cool vindictive torture that the scumbags involved deserve 100%. Donal loves his double barreled shotgun, but a hot iron, a pot of beans, also do the trick.  Much of the film is the farmer finding out a ton of shit that he had no idea about in this simple life he led.  Him trying to find out why his mother was murdered is what keeps him fighting on.  I loved this dark thriller.  The main character “the farmer” is a super simple, strong and likable. 

The director is also involved in a Prime series called Tin Star.  I’ll be watching that next.  Unfortunately most of his other works are shorts.  (NW)


Nate Wilson: NW  Devon Cahill: DC  Matt Average: MA