Just appeared on Netflix, never heard of it. It does however have Kevin Spacey in the lead role, anyone seen it yet?
this clearly doesn't answer your question, but it had to be said
It's definitely a case of diminishing returns over the three series, though even then it's worth sticking with just for Ian Richardson's terrific performance as Urquhart.
Political machinations and shizz.
It's had some good write-ups.
But I can't for the life of me remember what it was called.
The Politician That Couldn't Slow Down.
Worth checking out.
This is a bit of a game changer really.
netflix are really stepping out and taking it to the big boys, must be some nervous studio execs
Producing several shows and releasing them all at once, great article below
I noticed HOuse of Cards pop up on my thing and it's next on my watch list.
Unbelievably slick. Was amazed by how good it looked, then realised Fincher directed it, makes sense. Wrote by the guy who did Ides Of March as well if i have been informed correctly.
The breaking the fourth wall stuff can be terrible in the wrong hands but Spacey absolutely nails it in this. Every look he gives is spot on and he plays scary, manipulative, smarmy all so well. Its hard to think of anyone who would do it better. Also Kate Mara is ace.
Not sure i agree with the business model of releasing the whole thing at once. You would have thought its much easier to create sustained hype with weekly episodes and also the wait for a second season will be even longer. If this is the future business model for tv then i wouldnt be surprised if theres increased pressure to do more than one season a year.
it's very good so far
Really, really think it's excellent. Spacey's character's a genuinely brilliantly deceptive bastard, but the cast's pretty strong throughout, only really let down by Kate Mara. Robin Wright plays a great part as his utterly, utterly devious, morally bankrupt wife. Peter Russo's pretty fun as well.
Think this could be one of those that although it receives pretty favourable reviews, the general public only realises is brilliant about two episodes before the end of the fourth series when the Guardian does a retrospective on it.
find her character very irritating.
like all good tv.
You can't help but be impressed with the strength of the cast, it really is quality throughout like other noteable shows.
Two minor things are starting to annoy me, though..
- the Underwood/Zoe relationship just doesn't seem to add anything. It was working fine when they weren't involved personally. No real screen chemistry there.
- though Spacey's character's brilliantly devious, he's so far been a bit too bombproof, and whenever he's hit a bump in the road it's been done quite poorly, like the face-to-face debate where he had a brainfart, etc, etc.
in the following episodes.
are they doing another?
just started filming it
The end was slightly anti-climactic, but the build-up was great. We probably find Kate Mara annoying because she's intentionally made to be more humanised than the other characters. Looking forward to season 2, it'll be interesting to see where they can go with this. It's the kind of program I can see getting better, now that all the characters have been established with all these dark back-stories we can really get into the meat of it all.
So many episodes and so much running time leaves a nice amount of quality viewing with strong acting and engaging dialogue. Delighted there's a second series to come.
There are some incredible relationships in this. Russo/Underwood and Frank/Claire are two of the best ones but it just all intertwines excellently. I do agree, though, that the relationship of Zoe and Frank is too over-bearing and really could have been disposed of at an earlier junction, at least the 'romantic' aspect of it anyways.
Russo going back to him hometown and the exploration of the plight of his old schoolmates etc. reminded me a bit of the harsh reality that the dockworkers faced in the Wire.