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Review: Spectre (2015)

In what looks like Daniel Craig’s swan-song, the Bond team reunite in an all-too familiar, albeit stylishly executed, rummage through the toy box. The lame plotting links the other three Craig outings, while our gritty blonde Bond-shell does what he does in exotic locations, with a variety of transport and weapons, two Bond girls and … Continue reading

Review: River (BBC TV)

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. From the outset, River is the Sixth Sense detective, with Skarsgaard’s (Thor, Pirates) John River speaking with … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog, Down by Law) returns as writer-director in this languid, mordant antidote to vampire movies. Tom Hiddlestone (Thor, Avengers, Warhorse) and Tilda Swinton (Narnia) are the undead husband and wife Adam and Eve. Largely ‘vegetarian’ for decades, a changing world threatens their peaceful life in the shadows, an existence unchanged for centuries, … Continue reading

Review: River (BBC TV)

Do we need another TV cop show? When it’s as brilliant as 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. From the outset, River is the Sixth Sense detective, with Skarsgaard’s (Thor, Pirates) John River speaking with the dead … Continue reading

Review: Suffragette (2015)

The script has forgiveable flaws; the performances are universally superb; the story is worth the telling in the twenty-first century. So why did director of photography Ed Grau have to spoil the whole thing by smearing vaseline on the lens and shooting during an Earthquake?

Review: From Darkness (BBC TV)

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, … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Beautiful Creatures (2013)

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 … Continue reading

Review: the Martian (2015)

In a welcome return to form by Ridley Scott, a decent script by Drew Goddard from Andy Weir’s book puts Prometheus and The Counsellor behind us. Left for dead on Mars, Matt Damon is Robinson Crusoe in Space; his Everyman charm leavens the tension with humour, and despite a melodramatic third act, continues a line … Continue reading

Review: CSI Cyber Season 1

Show runners Zuicker, Mendelson and Donahue give up on CSI-cities (they missed CSI Cricklewood) to give themselves free reign with the FBI’s glossed-over cyber-crimes team. Two lurid opening episodes fail to produce anything other than another glossy TV franchise behemoth assembled in expensive kit-form. Including yet another theme tune by The Who. The CSI Cyber … Continue reading

Review: Black Sails Season One

Beginning with a certain ship’s cook, John Silver, stealing a Spanish treasure galleon’s schedule from a certain Captain Flint, Black Sails plunges us into the broiling thieves’ den on New Providence Island (Nassau) in its pirate heyday. As Nassau’s time as a pirate haven is coming to an end and the British and Spanish navies … Continue reading

Review: Sia – 1000 forms of Fear

Sia Furler is the Aussie songstress so determined not to be famous you can barely find a photo of her. She ran an anti-fame manifesto in Billboard, doesn’t appear in her videos and performed live at the Grammy’s with her back to the audience. Having released five studio albums, a few live sets and a … Continue reading

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