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Lie to Me

The other week I finished work and chilled for a while in front of the TV. I flipped some channels, tried to decide if I could be bothered (the answer is usually no), but then came across Tim Roth.

I liked Roth in Reservoir Dogs, though he seemed to just have poor choice in rolls, for the most part. Still, I can get behind Roth, and I sit round and I watch this show that he's in called Lie To Me, which offers the premise of a doctor who has created a business around being able to tell if people are lying or not. Half based on intuition, half based on the little facial ticks and gestures people have, he stumbles around with a bunch of people prettier than him, and solves crimes. And why not? In America, anyone can solve a crime. In fact, in a curious way, you could argue that the promise of American TV is that, no matter who you are, you will have the chance to solve crimes and save innocent people. Of course, your chances seem to be marginally better for this line of work if you're British and someone cynical, unshaven, and unpleasant (though deep down you really care for people, and you mask this behind your cynicism).

The show isn't so bad, to be honest. I caught a second episode of it tonight and while it was a bit of a copy of House--which is probably a copy of something else--I liked Roth enough to hang for the whole thing. After a while though, I got thinking about how malleable the crime genre is--how there seem to be so many ways in which the whole case solving thing can fixed to a concept and a case, and how open it is. In many ways, I thought as I sat there, the crime genre is one that can go anywhere, and do anything. Then I realised that you could do the same with romance.

Then I decided that was enough of thinking about genre, because really, in the end, it's just some rules and expectations, and there's nothing saying you can't do whatever you want with it.

(crossposted)

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lucius_t
Nov. 11th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Well, if you take the efficiency of the police (worldwide) into account, anyone can solve a crime.

Judging Roth by his work in America isn't fair--His work overseas in films like the Hit, The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover, A World Apart, and in smaller filns like Little Odessa gives you a better picture...
underdogautopsy
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
I haven't seen so much Roth, admittedly, but I thought The Legend of 1900 was beyond brilliant. I don't care how many times I've seen that film, I cry at the conclusion.

But The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover is something to see, too.
lucius_t
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's a good un. I like his grittier stuff more, tho....
benpeek
Nov. 11th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
yeah, i've seen him in some other things--the cook, the thief his wife and lover, i actually think.
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