A Wuaki Christmas
Best things on wuaki.tv this Christmas
You know those shows you’ve been meaning to watch but missed? You know, the big ones like Breaking Bad and Homeland? Or more niche ones like Fringe?
Well wuaki.tv has a great range of on-demand TV series and movies that might just be able to help. It’s the easiest and most comprehensive place to fill in those box-set gaps and must-see movie misses.
And as a special Christmas bonus, you can win movies and an Ultimate LG Gadget pack from wuaki.tv – see wuakichristmas.com for more information.
But to give you a flavour of its scope and quality, here are five of the best things we discovered on a three-minute trawl of the catalogue.
Family Guy: the Star Wars spoofs
Remember Space Balls? You don’t? Don’t worry – it’s one of those films you wish you could un-watch. It’s a Star Wars spoof done badly. If you want Star Wars spoofs done well, you need to see Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy doing Star Wars. Acutely observed, picking holes where they deserve to be picked, affectionately recreating other moments, these brilliant productions put the familiar Family Guy characters in the famous Star Wars roles. Chris is Luke, Brian a reluctant Chewbacca and Stewie is Darth Vader (naturally). Find it on wuaki.tv here
A comedy about the church. It’s all a bit Vicar of Dibley (and nothing wrong with that). But Rev is much more than Inner City Dibley. Tom Hollander plays the much-set-upon Reverend Adam Smallbone, an Anglican priest in the East London parish of St Saviour in the Marshes. He’s a well-meaning, self-doubting, calamitous character in a series that’s touching, thoughtful and very, very funny. Many of the best moves come from sidekicks such as Archdeacon Robert (Simon McBurney), lay reader Nigel (played by the ubiquitous Miles Jupp) and his high-flying wife Alex (Olivia Coleman) who’s battling to keep the faith on all fronts. Find it on wuaki.tv here
Ashes to Ashes
The follow up to the successful Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes weaves the tail of a modern day policeman (Keeley Hawes) who gets wounded in the line of duty and wakes up in 1981. As you do. But she’s still a policeman and her boss is now the less-than-reconstructed Gene Hunt – he’s got an Audi Quattro and he’s not afraid to use it. There’s a strange mystery behind the episodical police-drama narrative – a grand story arc involving creepy clowns and eery children. Philip Glenister leads with an imperious performance as Hunt who appears increasingly fragile and complex as the series progresses. By the time the “truth” is revealed, you’ll be crying into your leg warmers. Find it on wuaki.tv here
If this was broadcast on terrestrial television in the UK, it’d be as big as Friends, The Office and Fawlty Towers put together. It’s been slightly hidden away on other channels – which hasn’t stopped it getting a healthy fan base – just not the adoration it broadly deserves and actually receives in the US. One extended family in one US suburb, shot in documentary style… Doesn’t really sell it. The characters are gold and well-formed and the script is unsurpassed. Over four seasons, this is a comedy that just does not have a weak link – and has never had a weak episode. Phil Dunphy: “I always felt bad for people with emotionally distant fathers; it turns out I’m one of them. It’s a miracle I didn’t end up a stripper.” Find it on wuaki.tv here
If you’re going to watch one film the Christmas, watch Moon. This is film making at its very best – the tightest writing, a superb performance from Sam Rockwell and a story that lingers in your brain for weeks. Sam is the sole engineer working on a mining station on the Moon. The only thing he has for company is a computer called Gertie – voiced by Kevin Spacey. Everything slowly unravels both on the surface of the Moon, and inside Sam’s fragile world. This is a small, claustrophobic film – and Duncan Jones’ directorial debut (he’s David Bowie’s son). Find it on wuaki.tv here
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