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Friday, October 3, 2014 - 13:07 by Ferg

It's entirely likely that you didn't see this movie turn up on your radar.  I utterly missed this one - I didn't hear about it, didn't catach a glimpse of any of the media surrounding it, not even a whiff from the cracking cast that appears in it.  And then there's a thoroughly vicious selection of reviews culminating in an IMDB score of 6.3 out of 10 and a Metacritic score of 42%.  And you know what? I think I know why.

Ever watched one of those films where you see the popular group of like minded individuals do a bunch of stuff because they want to preserve some form of nostalgia or a traditional ritual that's bordering on the controversial?  And the way the film is told, you feel as though you want to side with them because you get this thoroughly poignant...

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:10 by Ferg

The season premier promised us that we were going to be on a bit of a rollercoaster this series, and the second episode has shown us the first hill to climb before the drop in to uncertain high veolcity hijinks, except that the hill is covered in private military contractors, crazy mathematical problems and a chase to acquire a prize that only the winner will truly appreciate.

We open in the dark, Finch carefully welding away when his phone alerts him to a text message.  Perplexed, Finch goes to his 'late night snack' only to find out that Reese has just pulled a number and has put him in to the same diner as the mark.  Finch, somewhat disgruntled at the fact that Reese has thrown him in to field work by duplicitous means (something of a hoist for his own petard), is...

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 00:31 by Bren

Well, Doctor Who has been skirting round the edges of the romance between Clara and Danny for a while now.  It was only a matter of a time, I guess, before the Doctor became nothing more than a secondary character in his own show; the writers even brought back the John Smith persona to help him disappear into the background.

The sci-fi element is rather perfunctory in this weeks story.  A single robot with enough firepower to destroy the planet has turned up somewhere, and the Doctor must go undercover at Coal Hill in order to set an elaborate trap that he well then lure said robot into.

The rest of the story revolves around the relationship between Clara and Danny; Danny’s introduction to the Doctor, and his subsequent efforts...

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 20:21 by Bren

The one where the Doctor goes all Ocean’s Eleven and leads a small team to rob the most secure bank in the universe. Only, with less laughs..

Those of us of a certain age will be familiar with a phenomenon in television storytelling known as the Star Trek:TNG effect (Not a legit phenomenon, but if you’ve ever watched an episode of TNG, you know where this is going..)

The TNG effect is this: Stories had good introductions, with the plot, or major hooks, being laid out in the brief intro before the opening titles.  Stories were developed, and more often than not had very strong second acts, occasionally overlapping into the third act.  This often meant that third act resolutions were frequently a little rushed.  

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:23 by Ferg

Previously on Person of Interest...  3 awesome years of captive storytelling, ruthless action and some damned fine suits.

But seriously, Year One introduced us to the core members of the show:
Harold Finch (Michael Emmerson... YAY!!!), a genius computer science programmer, whose previous injuries have left him with limited movement, and obfuscated resources that seemed at times to be without limit and access to 'The Machine' which provided him with the Social Security number of a person whose immediate future was either that of a criminal or a victim.
John Reese (Jim Caveizel... who IS Jesus), an ex-cia black-ops specialist whose field experience and personal detachment from events is second to none, hired by Finch to execute interventions covertly and provide...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 23:41 by David

If ever there was a series that needed to hit the ground running this is it.

After a much hyped and anticipated start, with the back-up of the Marvel movies to add an extra punch, much was anticipated.

And it all almost went completely wrong.

Only in the last few episodes of season 1 did things pick up. Traitors, secret organisations, super soldiers, double dealings, and betrayals. All the fun of the world of made-up espionage, with a few juicy cameos thrown in. This is what we want.

So with the team on the run, S.H.I.E.L.D a broken entity, where do we begin?

Well 1945 obviously. HYDRA Nazis are on the run, the Red Skull is reported...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 19:55 by David

The world of US TV is cutthroat. New shows break free from the production egg and take their first tentative baby steps into the light, furiously blinking and trying to see through the harsh glare.

The harsh glare being a well-armed mob holding up giant spotlights.

In this case the mob will also be referring to the "Big Book of other things that Forever will be compared to..."

Within the first few minutes we can tick off Sherlock,Highlander,Bones and Unbreakable...

There's logic in all of these but you can't help feeling that because it's a pilot it's standing in front of the mob with the spotlights shouting "Look at all the stuff I can do that you like...please don't...

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 17:12 by Bren

“Whats that in the mirror, or the corner of your eye?
Whats that footstep following, but never passing by?”
A little late, but here are my thoughts on Episode 4 “Listen”, the one where the Doctor and Clara go to the end of the Universe chasing a nursery rhyme.

After the folly of Robot of Sherwood, I was looking forward to an episode that promised to crank up the tension; and for the most part I was pleased with “Listen”.  I have a few issues with it, but they mostly lie in the how the episode was wrapped up, but we’ll get to those in a bit.  Lets start with some good bits.

The less is more approach with how much of the monster was shown worked really well.  It kept the audience guessing as to when the reveal would...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:11 by Ferg

This is not an action movie; it's a sci-fi.

That's the first and foremost statement that I feel compelled to drop the moment this article starts simply because the trailer, whilst showing lumps of sci-fi seems to be spoiling its audience for a rip-roaring Black Widow fest.  And in my humble opinion, that's a good thing: we need a rockin' female bad-ass on the screens that isn't just some hyped up bint - Scarlet's been bashing away at action scenes for a while now and until Avengers Assemble wasn't really getting taske with anything overtly complex in the whup-ass department, until that fiesty Joss Whedon introduction.

But that's not what Luc Besson had planned for this movie.  And, it's fair to say, that Besson is one of my favourite French directors, easily...

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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 19:28 by Bren

Merry Men, a Golden Arrow, and robots aplenty as the Doctor meets a hero of British folklore. There’s whimsy and swashbuckling galore in this interpretation of the classic tale, but sadly Mark Gatiss’ script doesn’t quite hit the bullseye.  

The story starts as the Doctor offers Clara the chance to go anywhere in time and space.  She says she wants to meet Robin Hood and, after a touch of derision, the Doctor takes them to Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, 1190(ish); if only to prove that such a man does not exist.  An arrow to the door of the TARDIS from the rogue in green himself does little to change the Doctors assumptions, and rather than accept that he was wrong and that heroes do exist, the Doctor...

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