It’s a different country down there

Trueblood.
Vampires are out in the open with the invention of trueblood, which mean they no longer have to prey on humans for food. Sookie Stackhouse is a bisexual telepathic waitress working in a Southern diner. Bill Compton is the hunky, slightly dated vampire who comes to live in the town. Sam is Sookie’s hunky boss, and he can turn himself into a lovable dog. What’s a girl to do? Be shrill and huffy, that’s what, and make out with both of them. Meanwhile, her brother Jason, a screwed-up sex maniac and drug addict, finds himself suspected to be a serial killer until it’s revealed that the psycho is some minor character pretending to be cajun.
 
I’m not sure what the vampires are meant to represent. The gay com­mu­n­ity?
 
Coming from HBO, Trueblood is as adult content as you’d expect it to be. I’m not sure who the target audience is likely to be. Buffy-istas looking for their fix of vampire, but being well out of the original Buffy demographic? I didn’t find the series that appealing. It seemed to be a little clichéd – everyone’s a weirdo or a redneck with lots of secrets which they all know about; that sort of thing. Sookie was not an appealing character, being, as I said, shrill and huffy, and somewhat humourless. Probably the most fun character was the good Christian girl who Bill had to turn into a vampire and who came back as a ill-tempered, foul-mouthed Nosferatu.

Defiance.
Defiance is the story of the Bielski Brothers (sounds like a circus act) who hid out in the forests of Belorussia during World War II and gathered together a small community of Jewish refugees. They fought the Germans alongside Russian partisans with whom they had an uneasy alliance at best.
Not a bad film, but it dragged a bit and my attention wavered.
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