TV: Doctor Who – Series One

Written by Russell T Davies, Mark Gatiss, Robert Sherman, Paul Cornell and Steven Moffat, starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper

Something about a box that’s bigger on the inside. Weird kind-of pepper-pot monsters that can’t go up stairs. A man who can change his face. Doctor Who was, to all intents and purposes, dead, and it lived on only through select ideas that had permeated themselves into British pop culture. Quite what possessed the BBC to bring it back, we’ll never know, but I think all parties are glad they did, especially considering that doddery old ’60s show now makes up 10% of the BBC’s worldwide profits. Continue reading

Film: Sunshine on Leith

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, written by Stephen Greenhorn, starring George MacKay, Jason Flemyng, Peter Mullan and Jane Horricks

There’s a certain inevitability about a lot of Sunshine on Leith. A musical set to the songs of two-piece Scottish emotion baskets The Proclaimers is gloriously limited. The film’s plot points aren’t predictable per say, but anyone with an inkling of the band’s back catalogue knows that we’re bound to see one character propose to another, whilst another moves to America (And vows to send correspondence home) and one is called Jean. In fact, the only way you can tell the film is beginning to wind towards a close is by the fact that suddenly all the characters are finding themselves in situations that require them to walk an awfully long way. Continue reading

Film: The Call

2013, Directed by Brad Anderson, written by Richard D’Ovidio, starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin

Third Act Syndrome. I’m starting to wonder wonder whether there’s been some kind of contagious outbreak in old Tinseltown that’s in desperate need of medical attention, such is the number of current Hollywood screenwriters managing to undo all the good work of the first hour with a dodgy final thirty. The Call suffers from one of the most viscous cases of Third Act Syndrome documented thus far, introducing a twist that trivialises the film and beggars belief. Continue reading

Film: Source Code

2011, Directed by Duncan Jones, written by Ben Ripley, starring Jake Gyllenhaal

If you know nothing about Source Code, you shall enjoy it all the more. As such, this may be the blandest, least explanative review anybody shall ever read of any film. While it’s perfectly possible to have a great time watching it having read the blurb on the back of the DVD box, for the best experience, know nothing, and keep it that way until the film begins to twist and starts to turn. Know nothing until you know it all. Continue reading