Glen Morgan’s dark and violent conspiracy thriller sets itself up as inheritor to the X-Files; but if that doesn’t put you off, then shades of The Da Vinci Code and Labyrinth just might.
Wearing its heart on it’s sleeve, Intruders blows its well-executed mystery set-up in the first episode to reveal its dark underbelly to the audience; reincarnation. Played like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. That’s it.
So all that John Sim, Mira Sorvino and the rest of the cast can do is plod through some familiar territory – Vancouver; standing in for Seattle and Portland, again. Continue reading
Christopher Nolan’s apocalyptic space epic isn’t really about space; it’s about family. Yes, it challenges Gravity as a technical triumph; but it’s too long and has a thumping great sci-fi time paradox at its core.
And while McConoughey, Chastain and Caine have never been better, you come to realise Nolan has only gone and remade 2001: A Space Odessey, complete with monoliths, worm holes and a black hole that makes less sense than Disney’s. Continue reading
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A worthwhile post care of the British Banking Association at bba.org.uk.
Keeping your money safe is your bank’s number one priority. That’s why they’ve set up secure procedures to protect you from fraudsters. But these criminals are often sophisticated and their techniques are constantly changing. One such ploy is to pretend they work for the police or your bank.
Dangerous though this is, there are tell-tale requests a fraudster may make that your bank NEVER will. Knowing what these are can ensure you don’t fall victim to such as an attack.
Eight things your bank will never ask you to do…
Dakota Fanning (Twilight) takes the lead as Ruskin’s teenage bride, her perfect mellifluous English accent nailed, but her lines recited in a composed monotone and the flawless face unmarred by any real expression.
Greg Wise (Johnny English, Walking on Sunshine) , David Suchet (Poirot, Executive Decision) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter) are a fine and creepy trio as the ascetic mummy’s boy with a little girl fixation and his chilly obsessed parents, ruling their world of candlelit Victorian murk.
Thompson herself is the liveliest note, her ‘concerned head girl’ chatty style suiting the role of supportive confidante Lady Eastlake. Continue reading
DC Comics gets serious in its rivalry with Marvel Studios in this impressively dark and threatening origins show; Batman the Early Years eschews the teen soapy Smallville to import Chris Nolan’s Batman movies and repeat the dark aesthetic of Arrow. Don’t forget your flashlight and moral compass.
Beginning with the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Gotham‘s opener is less about the strange introspective child who will grow up to be Batman and all about rookie detective Jim Gordon (the excellent Benjamin McKenzie – The OC, Southland).
In a city so corrupt it makes Sin City look like Teletubbies, you can already spot many of Batman’s proto-villains; stalker Catwoman, a child Poison Ivy, the Joker as a failing stand-up, the nerdy Riddler in the forensics lab; best of all is a superbly grotesque physical performance from Robin Taylor (Another Earth) as the Penguin. Continue reading
Not all leaders are managers, and not all managers are able to lead. Leadership ability doesn’t necessarily arrive with a training course, and it’s nothing to do with age. It’s about personal credibility and charisma; that certain something that gives you the ability to inspire and encourage others to want to follow and achieve.
Three key traits for the successful leader: Continue reading
Welshman of the moment Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Immortals) cuts a dash as the anguished and clearly misunderstood Vlad (the Impaler) Dracul, historical Transylvanian prince of legendary cruelty. Clearly a revisionist text, this sets up the politically dubious clash of Westernised, peace-loving Christian Transylvanians versus the tyrannical Muslim Turks. Hmm. Continue reading