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The Fat Lady Is Singing And She’s A Soprano.

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The Sopranos

I’m not sure whether it’s my second or third time through but I’m now halfway into the sixth and final series and I really don’t want it to end.  I feel like I’m about to enter mourning with only half a dozen episodes left.

‘The Sopranos’ is magnificent drama.  In my opinion, it is, without doubt, the best of them all.  ‘The Wire’ was great, ‘Breaking Bad’ was good but nothing comes close to the tale of Tony Soprano and his family.  I’m not a fan of violence on film or TV but it’s all in context and appropriate.  The story of an Italian, organised crime family in New Jersey contains everything you would imagine but a whole lot more.  It is sensitive, intelligent, insightful, funny, frightening .  The acting is superb and the characters are marvellous.  Once you get to series three or four  they have been so well constructed and developed that the script becomes very subtle and the issues tackled transcend the storyline and become poetry, parables, allegories for our time and our lives.

James Gandolfini, who plays Tony Soprano, is a great actor, now sadly passed.  He could have done so much more but this iconic role is a masterpiece.  The rest of the cast is fantastic too, different lives portrayed in all their humanity, good mixed with bad, venality mixed with morality.  There is much to learn from enjoying this wonderful, masterful exposition of TV drama.

I give ‘The Sopranos’ my highest possible recommendation.  Don’t miss it.  It is extraordinary.

Written by Peter Reynolds

September 4, 2016 at 4:22 pm

A Shyster Lawyer To Defend A Scumbag Drug Dealer? Call Saul!

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Saul Goodman Channels Essex Used Car Dealer

Saul Goodman Channels Essex Used Car Dealer

When Chris Bovey, Europe’s biggest dealer in highly toxic synthetic cannabinoids, needs a lawyer, who does he turn to?

The sartorial style is almost an exact match.  It takes considerable skill to wear an expensive suit so it looks cheap.  An oversized shirt collar and a polyester tie is an excellent start.

better_call_saul-620x350Such are the dubious talents of Pinder Reaux, Essex-based solicitors more used to prosecuting internet trolls like Bovey than defending them. Now specialising in representing porn stars, knock down prices are offered for legal services with puff pieces on daytime television in true white stilletto style.

Rupinder

Pinder Reaux’s Senior Partner

In an astonishing display of unprofessional conduct and laughable self-congratulation, John ‘Saul’ Spyrou, a partner in Pinder Reaux, wrote about my action against Bovey on his firms’s website.

“… in certain cases, an uber-aggressive application can be made to strike the case out, often on procedural grounds.”

This blathering about his heroics in succeeding (for now) in his strike out application against a litigant in person says a lot about Spyrou.  The only person who can claim credit for enabling Bovey (so far) to evade the consequences of his abuse is his delightful and dazzlingly sharp counsel, Yuli Takatsuki.

John Spyrou

John Spyrou

‘Call Saul’ is the necessary interloper between a villain and the skill necessary to delay and procrastinate over the truth.  “Uber aggressive” is a phrase that reveals everything about its author and the veracity of the defence he pleads.