Fresh (2022): Stan and Edgar-Jones add star power to a middling horror

Sebastian Stan is a sexy bastard. Can we all agree on that? OK, good. Now that’s out the way let’s get down to the matter at hand, which is: what is it that sexy bastards do? Well, they be sexy bad boys, for one. Much in the way that pirates will double cross you whenever they can, sexy bastards will only ever be sexy, and … Continue reading Fresh (2022): Stan and Edgar-Jones add star power to a middling horror

Copshop (2021): a breakout performance from Alexis Louder

Imagine if Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) had a sense of humour. I feel like maybe that was writer-director Joe Carnahan’s pitch to the studio. Or maybe he just said… imagine a deranged Toby Huss with a machine gun and a set of balloons, shooting up a police precinct. For those not in the know, Toby is best known from the superb TV show, Halt … Continue reading Copshop (2021): a breakout performance from Alexis Louder

The Guest: introducing the English Ryan Gosling

The latest Downton Abbey export to head to Hollywood is Dan Stevens. I don’t watch the show, but I hear his character is a nice guy who’s good at seducing the ladies. Now actors often like to break the mould when it comes to roles – to avoid being typecast and all that. So if people think you’re a nice guy, what do you do? … Continue reading The Guest: introducing the English Ryan Gosling

The Following season two: Bacon and Purefoy back with a slice and a stab

So… it seems The Following is back. A bit of a surprise hit when it aired last year so no big shock that it’s got another season. If you missed it first time round, the show largely focuses on two characters: wounded (physically and emotionally), brooding former FBI guy Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and the charismatic and learned lecturer-turned-serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). The … Continue reading The Following season two: Bacon and Purefoy back with a slice and a stab

Utopia: Conspiracy thriller packs a punch

As I’d heard good things about Channel 4’s new mini-series, I settled down to watch with trepidation and was rather impressed. The plot focuses around an online forum group for fans of a cult graphic novel The Utopia Experiments: a novel that allegedly predicts future events. They are brought together after one of them discovers a sequel to the novel. Something thought to not exist. … Continue reading Utopia: Conspiracy thriller packs a punch

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Argo, Affleck and a hard-hitting Hollywood tale

I saw Argo the other night and thought it was great. Really tense throughout, with a few lighter moments to keep from getting too heavy. I said as much to friends and got told rather firmly that the film was historically inaccurate and missed the point. When I queried this I was told it didn’t fully explore the political situation behind the stand-off between Iran … Continue reading Argo, Affleck and a hard-hitting Hollywood tale

Secret State – proper thriller or nothing new?

Talk about a mixed reaction to the first episode of Channel 4’s four-part political conspiracy thriller Secret State. Some critics think it’s pretty good, others have torn it apart. Me? I sit somewhere in the middle, probably more on the positive side. Despite the plot being a little predictable at times, it’s well shot and Gabriel Byrne (Deputy Prime Minister) is a compelling lead, with … Continue reading Secret State – proper thriller or nothing new?

The Hour series 2: First episode review

I assume, if you’re reading this, you were a fan of the original series. If not, allow me to bring you up to speed. Released in 2011 The Hour was a drama miniseries set in a BBC newsroom studios in the 1950s, starring Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Romola Garai. The premise began with ambitious, young producer Bel (Garai) being tasked by her boss to … Continue reading The Hour series 2: First episode review