But what does that mean? Are you, like me, a Cloud-sceptic? Granted, I still play CD’s and DVD’s. An occasionally vinyl records. This ‘Cloud’ thing is far to ephemeral to be any use. Isn’t it? Continue reading
Guillermo Del Toro mounts a handsome horror that promises much in the early reels but even with layers of Gothic design, truly scary ghosts, snow and bloody violence, can’t reach the highs of The Orphanage or Pan’s Labyrinth. Continue reading
At two hours twenty it’s loud, violent, frequently silly and at least two set pieces too long. There’s back-story, psycho-babble, and a lot of pompous dialogue, but none of it can disguise the sheer pointlessness of the whole thing, fun, though it is. Continue reading
Do we need another TV cop show? When it’s as brilliant as the BBC’s River, with it’s London-based Scandi-noir feel and a stunning central performance from Stellan Skarsgaard as the grieving, ghost-whispering detective, the answer is definitely yes.
Quickly diagnosed with PTSD and hallucinations, ordinarily River would be sidelined on medical grounds, but with his extraordinary 80% clean-up rate, and in spite of grumpy Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Owen Teale), River’s boss Lesley Mannville keeps him on the case. We didn’t say this was realistic, just very very good TV. Continue reading
Proving my old adage that you haven’t made it on TV ’til you have your own cop show, this time it’s Ann-Marie Duff’s turn to play detective. Unfortunately this earnest attempt at a female-led cop show to rival the Danes goes off the rails inside three minutes.
Duff (Shameless, Suffragette) is retired constable Claire Church, now living in the Western Isles with her family. All is not as idyllic as it seems; in between Iron Woman race training, Church has flashbacks to a fifteen year old case and is on medication. Inconveniently two dead prostitutes are dug up and ex-colleague now DCI Johnny Hind (Johnny Harris – Black Death) drags Church back to Manchester to ‘assist’ on a cold case. Continue reading
It’s been over a month since Microsoft launched Windows 10 and if you missed the initial push – well done, where have you been? But, now you’re back on Earth, how do you get Windows 10 installed?
You have three choices: upgrade, buy a new computer, buy a retail copy. Microsoft has slimmed down the number of SKU’s (product versions), and in an attempt to force through the adoption of Windows 7, has already upgraded over a 100 million machines for free or at a discount. Continue reading
Another near-miss in the hunt for a Young Adult fantasy franchise, post-Twilight; this time it’s witches in South Carolina, closely adapted from the YA book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, in which star-crossed teenage lovers have to battle ancient curses and the in-laws from hell.
Beautiful Creatures is fortunate to have two, er, beautiful creatures in Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich to carry the leads. Which is just as well; their scenes together make for a delightfully tense and sparky rom-com; but step beyond and we’re into hocus-pocus, camp theatricality and hum-drum CGI. Continue reading
All the clichés of latterday pop-TV terror plots mix with old fashioned Le Carre legacy; the question is can it open up a claustrophobic TV drama into something more without a Bourne/Bond scale budget? Continue reading