My favourite film and TV characters named Mike or Michael

Should you celebrate your name? I think so. Be proud, I say. After all, it’s your name. And thinking on my own name being one of the oldest in the world — it stands to reason that it would’ve turned up in quite a few movies and TV shows. So I decided to investigate. Here are a few favourites. Sean Astin as Mikey in The … Continue reading My favourite film and TV characters named Mike or Michael

The Leftovers: season two review

Where does one begin with The Leftovers? It’s safe to say it’s like no other show out there. For sure, it has shades of other shows, mostly drama. But there’s a lot in there, and a lot that’ll go over your head (it did mine). It’s also maddeningly infuriating too. As viewers and consumers and fans and critics we’re used to knowing everything these days. … Continue reading The Leftovers: season two review

Top 10 elevator scenes in movies

Is your screenplay complete without a good elevator scene? Probably not. As a director can you forgive yourself for not including one? No. So there’s the argument, an open-and-shut case. Any film worth its salt has an elevator scene, so here are a few I’ve picked out I rather like. What would make your list? Drive Oddly tender yet completely brutal, here Ryan Gosling’s character … Continue reading Top 10 elevator scenes in movies

The Theory of Everything: Redmayne and Jones dazzle and delight

And so there was a big bang and then… A brief history of Stephen Hawking came to pass. An as Englishman I sometimes forget that, as a global power, we punch massively above our weight. Particularly when it comes to producing bona fide geniuses. In recent months The Imitation Game hit the cinemas, charting the life of the brilliant Alan Turing, the man who cracked … Continue reading The Theory of Everything: Redmayne and Jones dazzle and delight

Birdman: Keaton’s sad sack soars and swoops

In the last fifteen or twenty years, which actor do you go to for deranged and unhinged? Nic Cage? Jack Nicholson maybe? Actors who were wild in their youth tend to mellow with age, or grow old disgracefully. In the case of Michael Keaton it’s been quite some time since he last danced with the devil in the pale moonlight, so it was high time … Continue reading Birdman: Keaton’s sad sack soars and swoops

Black Mirror: White Christmas review

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. I bet when Bing Crosby sang that his vision was about as far removed from Charlie Brooker’s one as you could get. There’s only been a few Black Mirror episodes over the years, each taking a look at a not-too-distant future and our uneasy relationship with technology, but they’ve all been quietly affecting. In a slightly disturbed way I’ve … Continue reading Black Mirror: White Christmas review

Gone Girl: A love letter to marriage

Phase 2 of Ben Affleck’s career just keeps impressing. It probably started with Gone Baby Gone in 2006, which he wrote and directed. Then The Town in 2010, in which he starred and directed. He followed this with Argo in 2012, again, he starred and directed. In the same year he managed to fit in critically acclaimed film, Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder. He’s been … Continue reading Gone Girl: A love letter to marriage