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- Bored of the Rings
- 24 September 2023
According to the BBC's Lora Jones—or, more likely, Amazon Studios' PR/flimflam department—The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power has proven a huge hit for Amazon Prime. Would this be the same The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power that lost 63% of its US viewership and 55% of its overseas viewership over the course of its first season run?(more…)
- Amber's number 1 fan*
- 22 September 2023
After wandering the cinematic wilderness, as a Hollywood outcast following her loss in Johnny Depp's defamation lawsuit, Amber Heard is set to return to someone's screen in upcoming indie film In The Fire. It's being released simultaneously in theatres, on digital, and on demand; which, in the post-pandemic theatrical landscape, is not a sign of high confidence in its box office performance.(more…)
- Planet smurf
- 19 September 2023
Did you see Avatar when it came to your local picture playhouse? I feel like the exception proving the rule that the whole of the western world saw it. But when they returned, they could only talk of the astonishing CGI and 3D wizardry. (snooze)(more…)
- A Casual(ty) slip-up
- 12 September 2023
The broadcast of a repeated episode of BBC TV hospital drama Casualty caused controversy when a naughty word was subtitled before the watershed. I hasten to add, this was not broadcast by the BBC, but by UKTV. I have no idea how, or even if, the two companies are related.(more…)
- Fringe cut
- 25 August 2023
It was only thanks to this week's BBC News quiz of the week that I learned of this year's Dave Award for funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe. And it's been awarded to a comedienne for the first time since 2008. I won't repeat Lorna Rose Treen's winning joke here, because it's about as funny as last year's winner, and pretty much anything from Tim Vine's entire repetoire. This is not meant as a ringing endorsement.(more…)
- Unimaginative reimagination
- 15 August 2023
As Disney's reimagining of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, now just Snow White, comes under criticism for tokenised race-swapping of the titular heroine; re-characterisation of the dwarves; rewriting the story for(more…)
modern audiences; and Rachel Zegler running her mouth in interviews, the BBC's very own entertainment and arts reporter, Emma Saunders asks:
Has the fairy tale already gone sour?
- The Timberlake syndrome
- 3 August 2023
A hagiography of Angus Cloud is illustrated among the BBC's features' picks with an image previously used to illustrate BBC Culture's deep-dive into cinematic buttocks. I guess all average-looking, cropped-haired, white actors look alike. (shrug)(more…)
- Better call G'iah
- 1 August 2023
Secret Invasion, Disney Marvel Studios' straight-to-streaming D+ alien invasion-cum-espionage thriller, has come and gone. It debuted to the second lowest opening audience for an MCU miniseries, and ended as the least appreciated. That's some feat. There are winners and losers in all walks of life, the entertainment industry being no exception; but even losers can come a close last. This one wasn't even trying.(more…)
- Around the world in 80 minutes*
- 28 July 2023
Nicholas Barber presents us with ten of the best films to watch this August. He has, however, used the same approach as those pseudo bibliophiles Rebecca Laurence and Lindsay Baker when compiling their must-read lists, and turned to snippets he's found elsewhere on t'intertubes. This isn't his first waltz around the ballroom y'know.(more…)
- The four black wimmin of the wokecalypse
- 23 July 2023
June was a bad time to be a high-level DEI executive in Hollywoke, and a good time to have hope for the future of entertainment—even if it's a fool's hope. Over a ten-day period, a number of high-profile checkboxes have taken, or been handed, an opportunity to explore new phases in their careers.(more…)
- Woke's 7
- 18 July 2023
ho-ho-heigh-ho! Leaked photos from the set of Snow Woke and the Seven Diverse Magical Beings of Generally Conformative Stature, show the actors' stand-ins gaily* larking about in an English meadow. They're very funny; the photos, that is, not the stand-ins, whom I'm sure are serious artistes who're dedicated to their craft, trouping in the best traditions of Thespis, dahling. (muses) (clown)(more…)
- Strike two!
- 14 July 2023
Hollyweird's luvvies are restless. Again. And this time it's not #MeToo, or climate change, or any of that shit. This is a far more noble cause. This is about money dahling!(more…)
- 7 July 2023
While film buffs Barber and James score points over the bookworms, Laurence and Baker, for actually having seen at least some of the films that they're recommending, they lose a few for the laziness with which they recycle their article. No new image to lure the reader in. Hell's teeth, they can't even be bothered to update the date from 14th May! The only betrayal of change is a slight revision to the title, just to reflect the additions.(more…)
- 7 July 2023
2023 has been a year of some major box office bombs, and we're only at the halfway mark. In his assessment of what might be going wrong for the current slate of tentpole releases alongside Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Nicholas Barber mentions such notable disasters as The Flash; Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken; Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania; Fast X; and Elemental. He omits Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Little Mermaid though.(more…)
- Football TV
- 6 July 2023
A fluff-piece about the captain of the Indian national football team, Sunil Chhetri, is only notable for introducing those of us blissfully unaware that FIFA has a channel to the fact that FIFA has a channel.(more…)
- The lesser of three evils
- 3 July 2023
As the coroner's court comes into session to examine the catastrophic theatrical opening of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, there comes news of another box office death in the shape of Universal/Dreamworks' Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken. The only thing I'd heard of this film was that one of its characters—one of the mermaid antagonists as it turns out—is a satire on Disney's 1989 Ariel, which is wryly amusing in light of the recent(more…)
blackwashedlive action reimagining's disappointing performance in theatres.*
- Dumb and dumber
- 2 July 2023
An evangelical Christian graphic designer has had her right not to design websites for same-sex couples upheld by the US Supreme Court. So far, so what?(question) (whatever)(more…)
- Barbie girl
- 12 June 2023
With the impending release of Margot Robbie's latest cinematic dud, Barbie, comes the revelation that Amy Schumer was originally cast in the titular role. She eventually exited the project, because the script didn't feel(more…)
feminist and coolenough.
- What the 'L'?
- 5 June 2023
A run-down of today's UK newspaper headlines included this journalistic gold from the Daily Mirror:(more…)
Here Viggo: Norway's 'Mr Bean' in shock BGT win.
- 29 May 2023
With the release of Disney's live-action reimagining of The Little Mermaid comes some none-too flattering reviews, at least outside the shill media. One of the many could've-done-better aspects is Awkwafina's portrayal of Scuttle; and her truly excruciating rap number, The Scuttlebutt.(more…)
- The voice, the hair, the legs
- 25 May 2023
Tina Turner has passed away. She was only 83, which is no age really.(more…)
- Let there be light!
- 16 May 2023
With people complaining that trailers for Disney's upcoming(more…)
reimaginingof The Little Mermaid were too dark and dingy to see properly—although it's only one of a plethora of criticisms—Nicholas Barber explains why some current blockbusters are so poorly-lit.
- 15 May 2023
At the turn of the century, South Wales Police were using groundbreaking DNA genealogy to identify a serial murderer/rapist who'd terrorised the Swansea area in the early '70s. Gilbert John's retelling is a gripping read.(more…)
- How much excitement is there for Eurovision?
- 13 May 2023
Anyone visiting the BBC's home page over the last couple of weeks would be under the impression that the corporation wasn't just broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest—at least I assume it is—but someone at Beeb Towers actually had shares in the bloody thing. Magazine articles; profiles on each of the nonentities in competition; a run-down of the contest's machinations; and overviews of contests past. Even its own section on the home page itself.(more…)
- 7 May 2023
From the shadows of the Hollywood writers' strike, Chelsea Bailey asks whether AI could be funnier than Stephen Colbert. Which, from the little of Colbert that I've been able to stomach, doesn't seem like much of a challenge.(more…)
- Streaming malcontent
- 6 May 2023
If, like me, you read the BBC's home page teaser and thought this was a review of films so bad they were pulled from theatres, then, like me, you'd be wrong. And probably, also like me, disappointed. For its actually about nothing less mundane than made-for-streaming content, the success of which is determined by different performance metrics to traditional theatrical releases, and which uses different narrative structure to meet them.(more…)
- Grauniads of the galaxy
- 29 April 2023
I've boycotted all of Disney's output and services since the company's complicity in genocide and(more…)
re-educationcame to light with the release of Mulan in 2020. I thought it would be difficult, having watched most of the releases during the MCU's first three phases, culminating in Avengers: Endgame, but on the contrary, Kevin Feige and Disney Marvel Studios have made it laughably easy.
- 16 April 2023
Those redoubtable bookworms Rebecca Laurence and Lindsay Baker seem to have been given a dose of some sort of pest control agent. Instead, BBC Culture treats us to film buffs Nicholas Barber and Caryn James extolling the virtues of twelve films released so far this year. Hedging their bets over their literary rivals, Barber and James only claim their choices to be(more…)
of the best, not the best.
- (Princess) Peachy
- 14 April 2023
The Super Mario Bros. Movie has been hotly-anticipated by grown adults all over social media. I have no idea why; Nintendo's Italian plumbers have never appealed to me. And what I saw of Mario Kart looked totally gay in comparison to Crash Team Racing; which is why we ended up with a PS4, rather than whatever gaming console it is that Nintendo sells. (shrug)(more…)
- Government-funded anti-government media
- 10 April 2023
A couple of days ago, Twitter designated NPR as(more…)
state-affiliated media, although it has since backtracked slightly, amending its label to
government funded media. At the time, I wondered how long it would take for the BBC to be assigned a new label.
- Lost magic
- 2 April 2023
I was saddened to read of the passing of Japanese musician and actor Ryuichi Sakamoto. With YMO, he pioneered electronic music that sounded warmer, more human, and less industrial than Kraftwerk.(more…)
- Don't cry for me, Argentina
- 23 March 2023
What's that I hear? The distant clucking of chickens coming home to roost?(more…)
- 14 March 2023
Disney Marvel Studios are sad. Sad that their latest entry into the MCU's pantheon, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, bombed harder than the raid on Dresden, 13–15 February 1945.(more…)
- A Jimmy riddle
- 13 March 2023
Well, cynical me was wrong about the winner of the Oscar for best picture, as Everything Everywhere All at Once not only took that title, but almost swept the board in everything it was nominated for. And, as I'd hoped, Brendan Fraser won the lead actor award. All good stuff. (thumbup)(more…)
- Bloody Marvelsous!
- 10 March 2023
The release date for Disney Marvel Studios' The Marvels has been pushed back. Again. How many times is that?* But at least we now have a poster to whet the appetite.(more…)
- 2 March 2023
Writing for BBC Culture (Film division, Horror department), Nicholas Barber posits that King Kong is the mondo besto monster film evahsies.(more…)
- 25 February 2023
I enjoyed Tom Cruise's two outings as Jack Reacher, in Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. But they weren't to everyone's taste. In particular, fans of Lee Child's novels railed against Cruise's stature; Reacher's 8' tall with hands the size of dinner plates…or something like that. Clearly they don't understand that actors pretend to be what they're not, it's known as(more…)
acting, and Cruise was pretending to be 2'6" taller.
- 23 February 2023
I tried to watch Shazam! some time ago. It was pretty gay: an origins story trying too hard to be too comedic for a B-list DC superhero whom I'd never heard of, and I gave up. Now, the sequel, Shazam! Fury Of The Gods is pending release. I am not pumped. And it appears that I may not be alone.(more…)
- Angry Birds
- 19 February 2023
I'd forgotten about Angry Birds. Yeah, I used to play the game, back in the day. Who didn't? But I haven't touched it for years. Who has?(more…)
- Fatty Owls
- 8 February 2023
John Cleese has announced that, in a fit of uncreativity, he's reviving Fawlty Towers after more than forty years. I'm not sure how I feel about it to be honest.(more…)
- Satan sells
- 7 February 2023
Someone claiming to be Madonna introduced Sam Smith and Kim Petras at the Grammy Awards' ceremony—if(more…)
ceremonyisn't too grand a term—when the pair won the Best Pop Duo or Group Performance award for Unholy. The song's not terrible; but, all the same, 2022 must've been a pretty lean year. Anyhow, that's not the point…or is it?
- Disappointing my wife in bed
- 5 February 2023
I bet that got your attention!(more…)
- The school of soft knocks
- 28 January 2023
Twelve-years-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong was nominated in the worst actress category at this year's Razzies for her role in Firestarter. Unfortunately, mirthless dinkies likened the nomination of a child to(more…)
bullying. Even more unfortunately, the awards' organisers decided to bend over and grab their ankles.
- Sore loser
- 25 January 2023
Chinonye Chukwu, who wrote and directed Till, which garnered no nominations for this year's Oscars, showed magnanimity in rejection…by accusing Hollywoke of(more…)
upholding whiteness and perpetuating an unabashed misogyny towards Black women. This is despite AMPAS doubling its female and ethnic minority members in 2020, as well as mandating arbitrary diversity criteria for nominations in the best picture category.
- Popularity contest
- 25 January 2023
In what might be seen as a desperate attempt to garner public interest, and viewing figures, this year's Oscars nominations for best picture include some that were actually popular with cinema-going audiences.(more…)
- Blonde ambition
- 23 January 2023
Last year's biopic of Marilyn Monroe, Blonde, tops the 43rd Razzies nominations list with eight entries, including worst picture and director. At least Ana de Armas, who plays The Blonde Bombshell herself, isn't up for inglorious recognition.(more…)
- Dua Lipsync
- 13 January 2023
Dua Lipa has revealed that she's forgotten the lyrics to her songs(more…)
more than onceduring live performance. And it's quite understandable really, given the depth and complexity of the songwriting involved.
- Film 2023
- 6 January 2023
At least Nicholas Barber and Caryn James allowed us to see the new year in before unleashing 20 of the best films to watch in 2023 upon us. Unlike that excitable wee bookworm, Emma Saunders.(more…)
- A tale of two dames
- 4 January 2023
I received The Good Liar, starring Dames Helen Mirren and Ian(more…)
WinkiesMcKellen, as a gift for Christmas. In it, McKellen plays a man who likes the ladies; and that's acting folks! It's what thespians do, dontchaknow?* (muses)
- A study in pink. LOTS of pink!
- 16 December 2022
My favourite DCEU actress, Margot Robbie, has three new films scheduled for release, two of which are anticipated for next year, one of which is entitled Barbie. Categorising it under adventure, comedy, and fantasy, IMDb summarises the storyline succinctly…to put it mildly.(more…)
- Changing of the guard: a new hope
- 15 December 2022
As James Gunn and Peter Safran put together a roadmap for the DCEU, rumours of major changes are circulating in the mainstream and social media. As someone who appreciated Zac Snyder's darker and grittier approach to the genre—especially in comparison to the tired old MCU jokefest—it all sounds a little ominous.(more…)
- A promise of things to come
- 14 December 2022
While pimping Babylon—an upcoming story of Hollywood's licentious past—on behalf of BBC Culture, Christina Newland teases(more…)
the truth about the scandals of the silent film era. Except I'm not sure whether she actually reveals the true truth, or just that as portrayed in the film, because she may not have written it yet. And, even if she has, we'll have to wait until the end of next week for it to go live. Again.
- What happened to the spirit of punk?
- 9 December 2022
After the dinky butthurts criticised their choice of name, British punk band Slaves bent down, grabbed their ankles, and changed it to Soft Play. Very punk. Not.(more…)
- The sweet smell of farts
- 8 December 2022
Actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Viola Davis got together for a spot of good old mutual fawning—as luvvies are wont to do—hosted by Variety. For her part, Lawrence explained that she doesn't enjoy press interviews, saying:(more…)
I’m always very self-conscious of my intellect because I didn’t finish school. I dropped out of middle school.But she'd already made that perfectly clear, earlier in the conversation.
- Old hag
- 4 November 2022
For those of you unaware of the existence of the(more…)
hagsploitationfilm genre, it's apparently a thing. Inspired by 1962's What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?—itself inspired by Sunset Boulevard, twelve years earlier—a plethora of films was released during the '60s and '70s starring ageing actresses at a point in their careers where work was harder to come by.
- Only joking
- 3 November 2022
Copyright infringement and(more…)
stealingideas, it's a murky subject, innit? That's probably why the BBC set two of its deadbeat reporters to the task of investigating a little comedic brouhaha between James Corden and Ricky Gervais.
- Today's technology, yesteryear
- 3 November 2022
The UK's Official Chart Company has identified the top-streamed hits from 1952 to 2022. Obviously, Gene Kelly's Singin' In The Rain wasn't the most streamed song during 1952, because the technology wasn't available then. Sales were strictly old skool back in those days—vinyl was for everyone, not just hipsters.(more…)
- 1 November 2022
How many people would be excited for an Indiana Jones film, without Indie? We may well find out, if Phoebe Waller-Bridge gets her way, but would you be excited? How about Mission Impossible, without Ethan Hunt; Iron Man, without Iron Man; or Black Panther, without Black Panther?(more…)
- Doing a Todd
- 31 October 2022
Overanalysing song lyrics, à la Todd in the Shadows, that is.(more…)
- What's a rom?
- 4 October 2022
Bros is a romcom that mixes up a dying genre with a same-sex relationship. Judging by the excruciating trailer though, it appears to be light on the(more…)
com. So I guess that makes it a
- Rings of Pooper
- 25 September 2022
Amazon Prime's high-budget/low-rent take on Tolkien's Lord of the Rings mythos, The Rings of Power, has had a bumpy ride getting to the screen. But it's even bumpier now it's on screen; or at least those that tune in to the streaming service.(more…)
- Fringe benefits
- 22 August 2022
It's been three full years since we last laughed—or groaned, in the case of Tim Vine's efforts—at the joke voted by members of the public as the funniest to have been presented at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. But now the Dave Award has returned, and the winner is…not Tim Vine. TFFT!(more…)
- 19 August 2022
The Edinburgh Fringe has for decades been a bastion of cutting-edge, often raw comedy. This is where comedians go to try out their wildest, newest material, and where grown-ups go to be shocked as well as entertained. Snowflakes should look elsewhere.(more…)
- 3 August 2022
Batgirl, Warner Bros' upcoming small-screen outing for Commissioner Gordon's race-swapped daughter, Barbara, is no longer upcoming. Instead, it's been shitcanned, despite itself being in the can already.(more…)
- I died laughing. Not.
- 29 July 2022
Samantha Bee is a comedienne, apparently. She has a late night comedy show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, that's watched by tens of people. Or, rather, she had a show, since it's been cancelled due to lack of interest.(more…)
- All aboard the gravy train
- 12 July 2022
Gary Lineker's salary may have stagnated since last year, but he's still the top(more…)
earnerreceiver among the BBC's crack team of TV and radio presenters, being given £1,350,000.* The top ten includes just three women, after Lauren Laverne dropped out when her wedge fell to a measly £380,000. Shitbag, it's hardly worth getting out of bed for that…if only I had a violin.
- Buzz cut
- 20 June 2022
Disney's drive to mine its past creative heights, in place of anything truly original, continues unbounded. This time, it's the turn of Pixar's Toy Story franchise to(more…)
give it upfor the House of Mouse. Lightyear is the origins story behind the toy voiced by Tim Allen. And it's the film that Andy watched in the early '90s, that made him covet his very own Buzz Lightyear toy.
- All I want for Christmas is your royalties
- 5 June 2022
Mariah Carey first released All I Want for Christmas is You in 1994. Now, 28 years later, Andy Stone of Vince Vance and the Valiants fame,* is suing her for copyright infringement, claiming that she used the title of his song, written five years earlier, without permission. But he's a reasonable guy, and he's only asking for at least $20 million to soothe his creative sensitivities.(more…)
- A grave matter
- 5 May 2022
The National Trust, which manages Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, has commissioned a survey to decide whether a grave paying tribute to Dobby, the house elf who died in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, should be moved from the beach where his death was filmed.(more…)
- 30 April 2022
Disney continues to strip mine its IP to generate content for, and interest in, its streaming channel, Disney+. Following on from its previous Star Wars offshoots, The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, comes Obi-Wan Kenobi.(more…)
- Batwahmxn: done fookin' scissorin'
- 30 April 2022
Batwoman, one of the series set within The CW's Arrowverse, has been cancelled after three seasons. I only ever caught clips of it, usually when it was being roasted for its sheer bloody awfulness.(more…)
- 17 April 2022
I've swung this-way-and-that over Morbius, since it was announced.(more…)
- Everyone, not everyone
- 10 April 2022
There is, apparently,(more…)
something for everyone on BBC iPlayer. As long as you live in the UK, that is. That's reasonable enough, since rights issues—or revenue streams—are involved.
- Where there's a Will, there's no way
- 8 April 2022
Following his physical and verbal outburst at Oscars 2022, Will Smith resigned from the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy has now imposed a ten-year ban on his attendance at future ceremonies.(more…)
- Good boys
- 3 April 2022
Bad Boys was, and still is, a fine action film. Bad Boys II was about 30 minutes too long. Bad Boys for Life was a thing. Does the world really need a fourth entry in the franchise? (no)(more…)
- Shockingly unshocking
- 29 March 2022
Oh poop! Despite the powerhouse trio of hosts, Oscars 2022 continues the downward trend in viewership. Preliminary figures indicate 15.4M viewers, compared to 23.6M in 2020. This is still up from last year's 10.4M though, so the Academy and ABC must be feeling encouraged.(more…)
- Wild Wild Will
- 28 March 2022
Oscars 2022 organisers were hoping for something to liven up the ceremony, and Will Smith delivered when he went onstage and landed one on Chris Rock. Smith then followed up with a couple of F-bombs, shouted from where he was sitting in the audience. That might've been over-and-above the organisers' expectations though, because it wasn't broadcast. (whistling)(more…)
- Loretta (LOL)
- 24 March 2022
It appears that fools with a sense-of-humour-bypass simply cannot distinguish comedy from reality, and seem to have taken this to heart. (shrug)(more…)
- Oscars 2022: who needs viewers?
- 21 March 2022
While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences struggles to make the Oscars ceremony relevant to the viewing public, some question whether it's achievable, or even desirable. In a rare moment of awareness, Seth Rogen—the very definition of out-of-touch Hollywoke—doesn't believe that it matters.(more…)
- 'My truth'
- 15 March 2022
Another popular song, another grifter out for a slice of the action. This time, it's Sami Chokri trying to dip his hand into Ed Sheeran's royalties for Shape of You.(more…)
- Please, Oscar to stop!
- 15 February 2022
This year's Oscars will be the first since 2018 to have a host; or, in this case, a powerhouse trio of comediennes: Regina Hall; Amy Schumer; and Wanda Sykes. Three women, two of whom are black, and one of whom triples-down by playing the LGBTQIABC+FLAPFLAPFLAP card to boot. At least that'll satisfy the Academy's(more…)
DivErSitY AnD InCLuSiOn™ requirements. But, fuck me, anyone who can stomach Schumer for any length of time richly deserves their trinket. (thumbdown)
- Razzie dazzle 'em
- 8 February 2022
Nominations for the 2022 Golden Raspberries have been announced. With the winners to be revealed on 26th March, the day before the Oscars, the Razzies are a counterbalance to the annual AMPAS back-slapping snoozefest. But this year's awards are slightly different.(more…)
- Halo, is it me you're looking for?
- 1 February 2022
A live-action TV series of the Halo game franchise is coming to the Paramount+ streaming service. The trailers are…grandiose and bombastic.(more…)
- If you build it...
- 31 January 2022
BBC Bitesize is supposedly a learning portal. Which makes it even more egregious when the droid gets it wrong. Even equivocally.(more…)
- Best Bond? Not as bad as before!
- 27 January 2022
Will Jordan, AKA The Critical Drinker, tips his hat into the ring with Who Was The Best James Bond? Answer: close, but no cigar.(more…)
- Short story
- 25 January 2022
Peter Dinklage is outraged over Disney's live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Not for the brown-washing of the main titular character, but for the portrayal of the other seven.(more…)
- Trailer trial
- 23 January 2022
Two fans of Ana de Armas are suing Universal Pictures. They contend that they were duped into renting the film Yesterday, believing that she would feature in it. But, although she appeared in the trailer, her role was removed from the film's final release.(more…)
- 21 January 2022
Counting down his choice of The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2021, Todd in the Shadows muses on the banality of Justin Bieber's Peaches, ft. Daniel Caesar and Giveon.(more…)
- LOTR: CW-style
- 19 January 2022
Years ago, I watched Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy on DVD. Not being much of a fan of either Tolkien or anything over 90 minutes, I found it pretty hard work. It was fine in the end, although I've no real pressing desire to repeat the experience. But I may, someday.(more…)
- White men need not apply
- 18 January 2022
A think-piece on Substack, Hollywood's New Rules by Peter Kiefer and Peter Savodnik, exposes a new pattern of discrimination, in a land in which it's been rife for decades. This is yet another tit-for-tat, boot's-on-the-other-foot situation, in which people are awarded work not strictly on merit, but simply for not being heterosexual white men.(more…)
- 17 January 2022
It's been a long time coming. But the winds of change are finally set to blow throughout the People's Republic of Portland Place.(more…)
- Standing in the shadows
- 16 January 2022
Todd in the Shadows is a popular music critic. A critic of popular music, that is; although his YouTube channel is approaching half a million subscribers, so I guess he's popular…ish. His chart retrospectives are based on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end lists, but most of the entries are familiar even to me, having grown up in England.(more…)
- 13 January 2022
Reading of the death of Ronnie Spector, I was expecting her ex-husband's criminal conviction to be dragged up. Not that it needed to be included in her obituary; after all, it had nothing to do with her. The couple had divorced three decades prior to Lana Clarkson's murder.(more…)
- Bombing under the radar
- 10 January 2022
The 355 has bombed at the US box office. The usual suspects claim that it's because this all women-led spy caper is part of an unimaginative progressive movement that audiences are tiring of. There may be something to that argument, but are they merely trying to fit things to their own cultural narrative?(more…)
- Film noir (et blanc)
- 4 January 2022
The First of the Few, AKA Spitfire, is a 1942 propaganda docudrama starring Leslie Howard and David Niven, recounting R.J. Mitchell's development of the Supermarine Spitfire. It's a little too jolly hockey sticks and derring-do to not be cringeworthy today.(more…)
- Janice Long: done suckin'
- 28 December 2021
Trail-blazing radio and televisual DJ, Janice Long, has just squeezed on to the those-we-lost-in-2021 list. She was the first woman in the UK to have her own show on Radio 1, and the first to host Top of the Pops, paving the way for all those who followed in her footsteps.(more…)
- The Hustle: one word review
- 26 December 2021
- Sally Ann Howes: no longer banging
- 22 December 2021
On the death of Sally Ann Howes, star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, her son, an artist named Andrew Hart Adler, announced her loss on his Instagram account.(more…)
- Sky vs Sony: which hates me most?
- 22 December 2021
…or, rather, which is most indifferent to me?(more…)
- 'Tis the season to...recycle old fluff pieces
- 18 December 2021
How could anyone consider Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and not Klaus, in a current shortlist of Chrimbletide animations? (confused)(more…)
- RT: all is not what it seems
- 17 December 2021
There seems to be some confusion, at least among commentators on social media, as to what the Rotten Tomatoes audience score means. Take, for instance, YellowFlash discussing the 99% score for Spider-Man: No Way Home.(more…)
- I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
- 16 December 2021
UK theatres are warning that cancellations to pantomime shows, in the wake of Chongvirus Omicron, threaten their finances. No shit, who'd've thunk it? (thinking)(more…)
- 15 December 2021
Disney is to remake Zorro. Again. This time as a TV series. Again. Verily, there's a torrent of creativity gushing forth from the House of Mouse. (rolleyes)(more…)
- 'X' for Latina
- 13 December 2021
For some inexplicable reason, there's a remake of West Side Story, for anyone who considers the 1961 classic to be somehow inadequate. I wasn't aware that this was something that the world had been clamouring for. Neither were cinema audiences, it seems, who stayed away in droves when it debuted last weekend: Steven Spielberg's effort hasn't performed sensationally at the box office.(more…)
- Girl boss?
- 13 December 2021
My daughters went to see House of Gucci today.(more…)
- Sue-TS, you sir!
- 11 December 2021
Just to show that you can't keep a good copyright troll down, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler appealed against an earlier ruling that Taylor Swift had not plagiarised their work in the lyrics to Shake It Off, and that ruling has been overturned. The same judge who earlier dismissed the case, on the basis that the contentious phrases were too banal to be copyrightable, now states that there are(more…)
significant similarities in word usage and sequence/structure.
- Sound advice
- 9 December 2021
This is doing the rounds at the moment:(more…)
- Santa (st)Inc.
- 8 December 2021
There's been a fair amount of online anger over Santa Inc., in which a couple of preachy, woke-activist Jews—Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman—make snide jabs at a holiday figure and tradition that's irrelevant to their religion, and which isn't important to them or their families. Replete with the lazy profanity-as-humour that's so beloved of their fans throughout both households.(more…)
- 6 December 2021
I watched Klaus last night with my eldest daughter. We both loved it.(more…)
- I'm a nonentity...get me some publicity!
- 25 November 2021
British TV host and journalist, Richard Madeley, fell ill on the set of reality TV programme, I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! It certainly did get him out of there, his hospitalisation meant that he'd broken the set's COVID bubble, and it was therefore a one-way trip.(more…)
- Bog off!
- 16 November 2021
In an interview with Mark Savage for the BBC, Sir Rod Stewart admits that he tired of performing Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?(more…)
- 'Boiz will be 'boiz
- 9 November 2021
This is what I meant by review-bombing and, more particularly, review-boosting. I'm not sure how, or if, Rotten Tomatoes takes artificial voting into account, but IMDb makes it so obvious that it seems pointless.(more…)
- Shock news: 'stunning and brave' isn't money
- 8 November 2021
My earlier cynicism may yet be rooted in reality.(more…)
- Eternally rotten
- 3 November 2021
With just two days to go before its theatrical release, Eternals is now Marvel Studio's most critically derided film to date. It's the first to be certified rotten on Rotten Tomatoes, beating the previous worst performer—Thor: The Dark World has a rating of 66%—by a considerable margin. Even some reviews that rated it fresh were hardly fulsome in their praise.(more…)
- Bond theme songs
- 3 November 2021
Over the past couple of weeks, I haven't been able to get You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever out of my head. They seem to be stuck on repeat play. And that's not such a bad thing, I quite like them.(more…)
- Close, but no cigar
- 30 October 2021
Years ago, around sixteen to be precise, I mused on the unlikelihood that there was an actor named Connery Bonds.(more…)
- Guardians of the future
- 28 October 2021
At IMDb, they love themselves a little future-gazing. Here we are, in current year 2021, and they're asking what was—past tense—the title of 2023's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in Hindi. I'll submit my answer to the question in two years' time.(more…)
- Saving lives: one fat, brown, gay kiss at a time
- 27 October 2021
According to hyperbolic tosspots at the premiere of Eternals, the representation of fat, non-white, and gay superheroes is affirming and will save lives.(more…)
- Eternally yours
- 26 October 2021
Despite the hype, Marvel Studio's Eternals has received generally mixed-to-underwhelming reviews from the usually compliant(more…)
Disney shillscritics in the mainstream media. The Eternals aren't A-list characters, and the film isn't hotly anticipated.
- A rose is a Rose is a liar
- 21 October 2021
Only half a year ago, Ruby Rose said that she would be willing to return to Batwoman, as Kate Kane, if the opportunity arose. It didn't.(more…)
- The Closer
- 20 October 2021
Today's the day for which Netflix employees, supported by bargain-basement(more…)
celebritieswho I've never heard of, had threatened a walkout in protest against Dave Chappelle's special, The Closer. I had intended to watch it earlier, but postponed it until today to mark this non-event.
- Funny, not funny
- 16 October 2021
Outrage has erupted over Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix special, The Closer, as he took aim at the alphabet soupers—particularly the(more…)
T—and the preferred pronoun poseurs. Verily, the dudgeon, it was high; and the salt, it flowed freely and in abundance. You cannot make fun of the trans, it seems.
- "Time just gets away from us"
- 12 October 2021
Every so often, you come across something that reminds you of the passing of time and old friends…and of your own mortality. Like this comment on the ending of the Coen brothers' True Grit.(more…)
- 12 October 2021
After several postponements, No Time To Die has finally made it to cinemas, two years later than planned. Early reviews suggest that it's both better, and worse, than some had feared. On the plus side, it's not the hatchet job to the character that early marketing had suggested. Whether this is because the marketing was misguided, or whether the excesses had been walked back by the producers in the intervening period, is anyone's guess. I really don't care.(more…)
- 6 October 2021
In other non-news, Jerry Seinfeld has apologised for(more…)
a certain uncomfortable subtle sexual aspectin Dreamworks' Bee Movie. This just goes to show how out-of-touch and tone-deaf he is.
- Melting ice
- 6 October 2021
Disney has come under fire for promoting the upcoming Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild on Disney+, only six months after closing Blue Sky Studios, its subsidiary that created Ice Age and its four sequels. Disney took control of the studio when it acquired 21st Century Fox in 2019. To put this into context, the last instalment to the declining franchise was released half a decade ago, and its better days are even longer gone.(more…)
- 5 October 2021
Zoë Kravitz will play the role of Catwoman in Warner Bros' upcoming The Batman, against Robert Pattinson as the titular character. Asked whether she'd seen all the other Batman films, Kravitz had this to say:(more…)
- Lost in translation
- 5 October 2021
Squid Game is predicted to become Netflix's most watched original series. Filmed and set in South Korea, it's dubbed/subtitled into English. But, all is not what it may seem.(more…)
- Persona grating
- 29 September 2021
Just another of those(more…)
sticking it here for my amusementposts.
- The type of R. Kelly (part 2)*
- 28 September 2021
The jury's returned, and R. Kelly's goin' down!(more…)
- Representation, arse
- 20 September 2021
Apropos of nothing in particular, just getting this down, really.(more…)
- Funniest line ever...for today
- 6 September 2021
Okay, so it was first aired in 2015, but I only came across this clip today. So it counts. Just placing it here for my own amusement, really.(more…)
- 1 September 2021
Does one become prudish as one gets older? Or is the world becoming more permissive? If twenty-year-old me had seen this ad for Channel 4's Naked Attraction on a London bus, would I have thought it cool or crass?(more…)
- WW84 (sad)
- 29 August 2021
Oh dear, what happened here?(more…)
- Wise words
- 27 August 2021
Back in 1973, British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise gave a forthright interview, which has recently come to light. In it, they offered their thoughts on the(more…)
university comedyof their BBC stablemates, Monty Python.
- Dial 'M' for monotonous
- 26 August 2021
YouTube's random algorithm has thrown up the promotional video for M's Pop Music at me, several times in the last couple of weeks. I really didn't like that song back in 1979, and the forty-odd intervening years have done nothing to improve my opinion of it.(more…)
- 19 August 2021
As R&B singer R. Kelly goes on trial in New York, accused of racketeering, sexual abuse, and bribery, this sketch is released from the courtroom.(more…)
- Sean Lock: no laughing matter
- 18 August 2021
On the tragically early death of Sean Lock, I'm reminded of one of my favourite jokes ever.(more…)
- Hairy spice
- 17 August 2021
Crunchyroll announced its expansion from anime distributer to original content creator, with High Guardian Spice, in 2018. Three years later, and the product is almost ready to rollout to an expectant world. Or the part of it that's into anime, anyway.(more…)
- Damned if you do...
- 16 August 2021
Following the same day release of Black Widow to theatres and streaming, Disney will release Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings exclusively to theatres for a 45-day period. CEO Bob Chapek cited this as an(more…)
interesting experiment, which riled the film's lead, Simu Lui.
- 15 August 2021
I watched Law & Order on UK terrestrial TV, back in the day. It was a reasonable enough way to pass the time, given that would've passed anyway. The police procedural half of the show was entertaining, but although the prosecution half wrapped the story up, I was never that interested in lawyers talking legal bollocks. Lawyers aren't likeable heroes. Even if they're on the side of good, they're at best a necessary evil.(more…)
- Schedule of good fortune
- 12 August 2021
The rats are deserting the sinking ship.(more…)
- Birds Of Prey four word review
- 12 August 2021
Please. Make. Her. Stop.(more…)
- Karaoke should be illegal
- 11 August 2021
China is to ban karaoke songs with illegal content, including songs which(more…)
incite ethnic hatred and ethnic discrimination.
- League of extraordinary godbotherers
- 11 August 2021
Disney's Muppet Babies has managed to piss off the Catholics. Yay!(more…)
- Butch Carter and the superfans kids
- 10 August 2021
It seems that, these days, no successful franchise can escape being bled to death, through a combination of creative despondency and corporate desperation. In that vein, Marvel has announced its What If…? series. And it hasn't gone down too well among the MCU stans.(more…)
- Iron Giant is bestester
- 6 August 2021
Internet dweebs have mocked the BBC, after a tweet by BBC Sport from the Tokyo Olympics confused a Gundam statue with a Transformer.(more…)
- Bonus points
- 30 July 2021
Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for breach of contract, because Black Widow was released on streaming at the same time as at theatres. She claims that the subsequent box office bombing resulted in a loss of additional earnings of $50m. This is over and above the $20m that she's already received.(more…)
- 26 July 2021
In my own, admittedly shallow, opinion, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was a lame, cheaply-animated '80s cartoon for kids. It was primarily made as a tie-in to shift Mattel's plastic crap. I didn't watch it, since I was no longer a child at the time, and both the cartoon and the plastic crap were too cringe-inducing to be cool. Shitbag, they were too cringe-inducing to even acknowledge their existence.(more…)
- Beginning of the end
- 25 July 2021
The end credits to one of the greatest films of all time, 1994's The Shawshank Redemption, start with(more…)
IN MEMORY OF ALLEN GREENE. Strangely enough, this inspired a question on Quora as to whether Allen Greene was a real person. WTF? Why would the film be dedicated to anyone otherwise? (confused)
- Disney: lower your expectations
- 20 July 2021
In only its second week of release, Black Widow has been toppled from the top spot at the US box office when ticket sales dropped by 67%. Naturally, the National Association of Theatre Owners attributed this(more…)
stunning second weekend collapseto the film being made available immediately on streaming.
- 19 July 2021
As a kid, I used to watch Sidney Toler's Charlie Chan films on TV. I rather enjoyed those '40s B&W potboilers.(more…)
- Iron Fist
- 18 July 2021
I recently happened across Marvel's Iron Fist on Netflix. I'd never heard of the character before, but I can only assume that the comic book version must've been way less irritating. Otherwise, he'd never have got his own show. Right?(more…)
- Game for a laugh
- 13 July 2021
A sealed copy of Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for a record $1.5m. This is the price range previously occupied only by significant works of art, which can be hung on a wall and admired for the artist's skill. In this case, however, the high price is commanded for(more…)
physical memorabilia, in the same way as rare trading cards.
- Transition to win
- 24 June 2021
While sportswomen argue against the integration of transgender women in women's sports, Norm Hiccup shows that a motorcyclist who identifies as a cyclist can successfully transition and compete fairly. No steroids here, ladies.(more…)
- Snow what?
- 24 June 2021
In what could be seen as just another race-bait move, Disney has cast Latina actress Rachel Zegler as Snow White in their upcoming live action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Casting for characters of restricted height has yet to be announced, but it's unlikely that Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Ian McShane et al. will be invited to reprise their roles from Snow White and the Huntsman, since that would be taking work from genuinely diminutive actors.(more…)
- Whining widow
- 20 June 2021
Scarlett Johansson has criticised the hyper-sexualisation of Black Widow in her debut film, Iron Man 2. I don't recall whether she criticised it, or the paycheque, at the time. I guess she's just(more…)
railing against ageing-out of those rolesmaturing as an actress. (thinking)
- Carry On Cleo
- 12 June 2021
Writing for Smithsonian Magazine, following the premiere of Anne Boleyn, Meilan Solly harks back to the past when arguing that the controversy over Jodie Turner-Smith's casting is(more…)
unnecessary and harmful. In so doing, she trots out one of those tired old falsehoods:
- Moaning Muslim
- 11 June 2021
British actor Riz Ahmed wants an end to(more…)
toxicMuslim characters…on screen.
- Inside The CW script writing room
- 10 June 2021
Following the leaking of the Powerpuff Girls script, comes this call and response:(more…)
- Hello, Dolly!
- 9 June 2021
Beth Roars asks What Happened to Miley Cyrus' Voice?(more…)
- Black queen
- 5 June 2021
It appears that not everyone may be enthusiastic for historical revisionism. Channel 5's Anne Boleyn, a(more…)
reimaginingof historical events leading to the execution of England's first black queen, has not been an undisputed ratings success.
- Misheard lyrics
- 2 June 2021
I have absolutely no idea how this happened, or why I'm forced to suffer so, but earlier today I was thinking about England Dan and John Ford Coley's I'd Really Love To See You Tonight. I didn't like it back in the '70s when it was released, and my opinion hasn't mellowed much over the intervening years; even as age and fatherhood have turned me into a sentimental old fart.(more…)
- You can die, but you can't hide
- 2 June 2021
Writing for BBC Culture about the Tea Chest Tapes, a collection of lost music tapes belonging to the late British producer Joe Meek, Arwa Haider reflects on Meek's life and work.(more…)
- Panderin' in Mandarin
- 1 June 2021
John Cena has apologised to China for referring to Taiwan as a country, while promoting the latest in the Fast and the Furious franchise, F9: The Fast Saga, which led to the film tanking at the Chinese box office. He even grabbed his ankles, and issued his apology in Mandarin Chinese. What a guy. (puke)(more…)
- Powerpuffs fail the day
- 26 May 2021
Test screenings of Powerpuff, The CW's live-action reimagining of The Powerpuff Girls, have not been successful. In fact, the pilot was received so poorly that it's been withdrawn, and is to be completely rewritten.(more…)
- Low five
- 26 May 2021
The Predator franchise has taken, for me at least, a similar trajectory to that of Terminator's. The first instalment was excellent; the second was good enough, but not a patch on its predecessor; and thereafter I lost interest. At least Arnie bailed after Predator though, rather than returning like a sad sack to demean his original appearance.(more…)
- Bad noose
- 22 May 2021
Construction on an Amazon warehouse in Windsor, Connecticut, has been shut down after seven nooses were found on the site in the last month.(more…)
- Food for fight
- 11 May 2021
Another thing that they probably have in common is a desire for anything in common but having appeared together in Foodfight!(more…)
- No Globes
- 11 May 2021
NBC has announced that it will not broadcast the Golden Globes 2022, although it's not as if many people will mourn its absence. I'm quite certain that the decision is solely related to NBC's concerns over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's lack of ethical standards, diversity, and representation, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the plummeting viewer ratings. Oh no, not at all. (rolleyes)(more…)
- The luvvies are getting restless
- 10 May 2021
Hollywood's luvvies are all a'dither over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association not being diverse enough. There are no black people among its 87 voting members, and the voting members have been accused of a myriad of questionable practices. For its part, the HFPA has outlined a number of changes to make itself more inclusive, but this has not placated the righteously indignant elite.(more…)
- 3 May 2021
Those of us who scoffed at Elliot Page's commitment to joining the patriarchy, are laughing on the other side of our faces now. He's only gone and had a titectomy! Although, in true Page style, it's accompanied by a public announcement, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. I'm assuming that Apple TV+ counts as(more…)
- Josstice League
- 29 April 2021
Oh dear, this is unfortunate!(more…)
- Well, that was expected!
- 27 April 2021
With the preliminary viewing figures available, it appears that Oscars 2021 was not a ratings success, pulling in an audience of 9.85 million viewers, the lowest in the show's history. The previous lowest was last year's, which still managed to draw 23.6 million.(more…)
- Well, that was unexpected!
- 26 April 2021
The 93rd Academy Awards have passed almost unnoticed, with a damp squib in place of a ceremony. Breaking with tradition, the final award of the evening was for best actor; the most anticipated, that for best picture, already having been given to Nomadland.(more…)
- Crocktain America
- 25 April 2021
As Disney's production output increases to fulfil its streaming needs, its subsidiary divisions are collaborating more and more to satisfy the programming demand. They're achieving this, in part, by introducing already-established characters to other franchises.(more…)
- True Bluey
- 21 April 2021
Bluey is an ABC animated TV series for preschool children, chronicling the adventures of a Blue Heeler puppy with her family and friends. It's endearing and wholesome, or so I'm led to believe; I've never watched it myself. Nevertheless, writing for ABC Everyday, Beverley Wang wonders whether the show could be more representative.(more…)
- Unfortunate choice of words
- 21 April 2021
Streaming services have benefitted from the pandemic over the past year. As the Chongvirus has forced people to stay at home, they've turned to alternative domestic forms of entertainment.(more…)
- Product displacement
- 19 April 2021
Product placement is a reality of advertising in today's entertainment industry. It's become so everyday, that much of it passes us by, at least consciously. Occasionally, something comes along that's so unsubtle as to be almost aggressive; but, by and large, product placement goes unnoticed. That's probably when it's most effective, when it's subliminal; but I'm no marketing psychologist.(more…)
- Byron bane
- 19 April 2021
The residents of Byron Bay—a picturesque Australian coastal town, renowned for its beaches and relaxed lifestyle, and popular with the Hollywood glitterati—are calling for a boycott of a proposed Netflix reality show. They're concerned that Byron Baes, centred on influencers doing what they do best—whatever that is—against the backdrop of New South Wales' coastline will trivialise the reality of life in the the town.(more…)
- Bucking the trend
- 18 April 2021
After all of the brou-ha-ha over privileged Hollywood actors taking roles from minorities—by, erm…acting—and calls for them to get back in their lane, there comes a refreshing change in the shape of Chad. In this new TV comedy series, Nasim Pedrad plays the titular character, a fourteen-year-old Persian boy dealing with family relationships and cultural identity, as he tries to navigate highschool.(more…)
- Sorry for nothing
- 14 April 2021
Hank Azaria, the voice of Apu on The Simpsons has apologised for voicing the character, and his role in(more…)
structural racism. It's about time, Hank, you bastard!
- 8 April 2021
That irrepressible bonehead, Jeremy Hambly at TheQuartering, unfavourably compares the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife with the original Ghostbusters (1984). He notes that the ghosts aren't scary, unlike those in the original, which he describes as a(more…)
- Null points*
- 2 April 2021
The Dutch government has given permission for 3,500 fans to attend the Eurovision Song Contest in person this year. I'm surprised that there are that many. Obviously lockdown has had a greater detrimental effect on the Dutch psyche than I'd imagined.(more…)
- Zoom zoom zoom (or not)
- 19 March 2021
Following the disastrous ratings failings of the Golden Globes and the Emmys, nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards have been told that attendance via Zoom is not an option. Instead, social distancing measures will be in place. Well, that really worked for the Grammys, didn't it? (rolleyes)(more…)
- Justice is served!
- 17 March 2021
Zac Snyder's version of Justice League is finally upon us, with most critics agreeing that it's an improvement on the 2017 original, at least according to those reviews cited by the BBC. The original was infamously(more…)
fucked up, sorry,
reimaginedby Joss Whedon, when he took over the production after Snyder's departure following a family tragedy. I have watched that version, described by one anonymous Warner Bros executive as a piece of shit. It was…okay, but let down by a muddled plot and an anticlimactic antagonist.
- 8 March 2021
Apparently, the future of content creation lies in deepfake, the use of artificial intelligence to generate lifelike(more…)
talking headsthat, for all intents and purposes, cannot be distinguished from the real thing. In the case of at least one software system, the process is as simple as typing in the words for a selected avatar to speak. The whole concept is an ethical and cultural minefield, if not just plain creepy; and, as Donald Trump supposedly said of Jeffrey Epstein, I'm not a fan.
- The speed of film
- 4 March 2021
How fast is a film? I'm sure that's a question you've never thought of before. And neither had I until today, when I read, courtesy of the BBC, that Demon Slayer, an anime:(more…)
- Off with her head!
- 26 February 2021
In the wake of Jodie Turner-Smith being cast to play Anne Boleyn, in what can only be a less-than-historically-faithful revisionist wokefest, Anthony Brian Logan asks Should A Black Actress Play The Queen of England? Given that Will Smith was criticised for not being black enough, I have a sneaking suspicion that the woke agenda, and pretenders staying in their lanes, might only apply one way.(more…)
- Let sleeping Cranes lie
- 25 February 2021
Oh dear. The lack of creativity in TV production is further accentuated when Frasier returns after an almost twenty-year hiatus. Kelsey Grammar confirmed the revival, saying(more…)
I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr Frasier Crane.
- Powerpuffs (used to) save the day!
- 22 February 2021
Live-action adaptations of beloved animated franchises. Ugh!(more…)
- How low can you go?
- 28 January 2021
Attaway General is a hospital drama starring TikTok(more…)
broadcaston YouTube. It is not very good.
- Best Bond? Shome mishtake shurely!
- 25 January 2021
Calvin Dyson ranks his favourite actors to have played James Bond in Ranking James Bond Actors | Personal Favourites. His personal favourite? None other than…Roger Moore! (SMH)(more…)
- Do stats lie if they aren't meaningful?
- 19 January 2021
I have no particular axe to grind over The CW's Batwoman series. I saw the first season of Arrow, and that was lacklustre enough that it dissipated any enthusiasm for the Arrowverse in general. Arrow season one was, in my opinion, a reasonable story spread too thinly across too many episodes. Characterised by weak writing, boring side plots, and mediocre-to-terrible acting, it didn't enthuse me to watch the remaining seasons.(more…)
- 14 January 2021
This YouTube clip from the BBC's QI panel show is entitled What Begins With A, Has Six Cs and No Bs?(more…)
- Marion Ramsey: finally graduated
- 9 January 2021
Actress Marion Ramsey has died, aged 73. In its summary of her career, the BBC not only notes that she appeared in six of the Police Academy films, as if that was something to extol, but actually headlines the article with it.(more…)
- 4 January 2021
I can't recall what I was searching for, but I was amused by this still from Supergirl (1984) that cropped up anyway.(more…)
- Goodbye MCU
- 28 December 2020
Iron Man and his MCU friends have been entertaining us since he first came to the screen in 2008—just don't mention either of Hulk's solo outings. For better or worse, some of those films have helped define the summer blockbuster. But, while Disney Marvel plans many more instalments of the franchise, I don't think I'll be following along.(more…)
- Taking one for the team
- 22 December 2020
My youngest daughter is a true PotterHead. She's read all of the books and watched all of the films. Several times. On rotation. My psychotic sister gave her Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit for Christmas last year, presumably because she hates us. (thinking)(more…)
- Streaming up the lampost
- 8 December 2020
AT&T, which owns Warner Media, has a bit of a cash flow problem. It has $164 billion of debt, which I think is funny because such a number shouldn't be allowed to exist. As a consequence, and in a desperate attempt to recoup massive film budgets during a period when audiences cannot or will not visit the cinema, Warner Bros' entire 2021 release slate will be dumped straight to its streaming service, HBO Max.(more…)
- Who cares?
- 3 December 2020
Many years ago, when I was a mere lad, I used to watch a children's TV scifi show, starring Jon Pertwee and then, later, Tom Baker. Unfortunately, it started going downhill after Baker's departure; or perhaps I'd just outgrown it. The last time that I saw Doctor Who, albeit in passing, Sylvester McCoy was butchering the titular character. It was so bad that I couldn't watch it, and the show was put out of its misery shortly thereafter.(more…)
- Time To Die
- 26 November 2020
There's some dismay on social media over the retirement of James Bond, in favour of a black woman, in the upcoming No Time To Die. And it's not just old white men that are offended by the retconning of a decades-old, beloved franchise character for the sake of progressivism and virtue signalling.(more…)
- The moral minority?
- 19 November 2020
The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's Fairytale of New York is a Christmas classic, beloved since its release in 1987. This year, however, BBC Radio 1 will only play an edited version(more…)
because its audience may be offended by some of the lyrics. Shit…bag! (snowflake)
- The Sequalizer
- 2 November 2020
I binge-watched The Equalizer and The Equalizer 2 over the weekend. Denzel Washington was compelling, as always, and both films could definitely be considered quite good. But both also suffered from those(more…)
WTFmoments that suggest that the writers just couldn't be arsed to finish the job properly.
- "Bond, James Bond"
- 31 October 2020
RIP Sir Sean Connery, the quintessential James Bond. And legend of the silver screen.(more…)
- Scooby don't
- 11 October 2020
Wahey! Velma's gay.(more…)
- Hollywood SKWAREZ
- 5 October 2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the film industry is facing a perfect storm of commentary as the US presidential election hoves into view.(more…)
- Roger Moore's eyebrow
- 5 October 2020
Misleading post title? Why, of course! But this does have a connection with eyebrows.(more…)
- Bond, Jane Bond
- 21 September 2020
A little brouhaha over a woke 007 rumbled on the 'net a while ago, as Daniel Craig is expected to pass the baton to a black woman.(more…)
- Totally missing the point
- 16 September 2020
Cuties—Mignonnes—a French film concerning a prepubescent twerking dance troupe, written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, has arrived on Netflix to what can best be described as an utter shitstorm of protest. Although successful at the Sundance film festival, it has been accused of exploitation, sexualising girls, and gratification for paedophiles. Inevitably, there have been calls to(more…)
cancelNetflix. So far, so drear.
- Disney Minus
- 6 September 2020
Reviews of Disney's live action remake of Mulan have been generally mixed to favourable. I like the story, and I was looking forward to this release. But…hnnng, I can't.(more…)
- Today I learned...
- 13 August 2020
…not to trust anything you see on the silver screen. Again.(more…)
- The complexity of superheroism
- 30 July 2020
Way back in the mists of time, we considered the philosophy and psychology of superheroes and superheroism.(more…)
- 26 July 2020
Dame Olivia de Havilland,(more…)
one of the last survivors of Hollywood's Golden Age, has died, aged 104.*
- Oh well
- 25 July 2020
Peter Green, legendary blues guitarist and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, has gone to the Great Jam Session. He had the good fortune to leave the band before they became an AOR travesty; although the circumstances were, sadly, anything but fortunate.(more…)
- Lady A at war with Lady A
- 11 July 2020
Following the death of George Floyd, and(more…)
amid a reappraisal of racially insensitive practices, country trio Lady Antebellum changed their name to Lady A. Which is unfortunate, since Anita White has performed under that same name for two decades. Now Lady A(ntebellum) are suing Lady A(nita).
- 26 November 2019
The First Men in the Moon (1919) is the first film to be based on H.G. Wells' 1901 novel of the same name. It is also, reputedly, the first full-length film to be based on a popular science fiction novel.(more…)
- Fringe syndrome
- 19 August 2019
The results are in, and Tim Vine hasn't won the Dave award for best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe. In fact, he didn't make the top ten shortlist. Was he even there?(more…)
- Leaving Neverland
- 10 March 2019
In the wake of Leaving Neverland, a documentary describing, in depth, Michael Jackson's alleged paedophilia, the BBC's Cherry Wilson asks whether the late performer's legacy is now ruined. Personally, I think that happened while he was still alive. Off The Wall and Thriller are undisputedly classics that defined an era. Bad wasn't so much bad as(more…)
meh!, and it was the last of his work that I bought. Everything after that was a downward spiral.
- Keeping mum
- 8 March 2019
The hand-wringing over(more…)
whitewashingin Hollywood has taken a slightly more surreal turn when Will Smith is accused of not being black enough to play Richard Williams in a biopic.
- Let's hear it for Colonel Marvel!
- 8 March 2019
In preparation for the upcoming kinematographic release of Captain Marvel, the BBC offers a handy-dandy, need-to-know guide of Marvel Studio's latest screen superhero(ine) for the casual viewer.(more…)
- Reimagining history
- 24 February 2019
The BBC asked two experts to comment on whether The Favourite, a dramatisation of the later life of Queen Anne, is fact or fiction. On the subject of Sandy Powell's costume design, Matthew Storey observed that:(more…)
- The wit and wisdom of IMDb reviews
- 18 February 2019
Watching one of Georg Rockall-Schmidt's vlogs, What Makes A Movie So Bad It's Good?, I was introduced to Harold P. Warren's 1966 horror Manos: The Hands of Fate. Rockall-Schmidt describes it as(more…)
often cited as the worst film ever made. A rating of 1.9/10 from 33,238 IMDb users certainly supports this contention.
- Gateway to the STARs
- 5 February 2019
IMDb lists the cast of this year's upcoming Hellboy, sorted according to its(more…)
- Who ya gonna call? Cardi, Cardi
She sounds like a 'tardi, 'tardi
- 23 April 2018
Rap and hip-hop music, you either love it or hate it. Or you're indifferent to it. I guess that covers all the bases.(more…)
- Thor Ragnarok
- 5 April 2018
Thor battles to prevent Asgaard being destroyed by his long-lost sister, whom Odin cast into oblivion. Some reviewers railed against the humour, but I didn't think it was overdone.(more…)
- Mary, Mary, on the contrary
- 13 March 2018
According to a new film, Mary Magdalene was not a fallen women redeemed by Christ; that was all made up by Pope Gregory I in 591. Instead, she has now been given a completely new, and likely just as fictitious, back story.(more…)
- Playrz play'n, h8rz h8'n
- 15 February 2018
Taylor Swift has won her judgement in a copyright case over the lyrics to Shake It Off. Sean Hall and Nathan Butler argued that(more…)
players gonna playand
haters gonna hateborrowed from their own Playas Gon' Play. But Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald deemed the phrases too banal to be copyrightable.
- Baby Driver: don't believe the hype, but grab it while you can
- 21 November 2017
Don't believe the hype: I saw the trailers. I bought the hype. The car chase sequences are, indeed, brilliant. But can a film be more than car chases?(more…)
- The person who I feel most sorry for
- 9 October 2017
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of multiple sexual assaults. It's a bit of a mess, really, isn't it?(more…)
- 5 June 2017
Having made and lost several fortunes, singer Kenny Rogers has this advice to entrepreneurs:(more…)
pay your taxes, put 20% away, and then have some fun.And you can't say fairer than that!
- Worst song ever?
- 12 May 2017
Rob Tannenbaum, writing for GQ, has declared Starship's We Built This City to be the worst song of all time. I'm not sure what objective criteria he used to arrive at this conclusion, but hey ho.(more…)
- No skool like the old skool
- 27 March 2017
Parent and journalist Laura June complains that leaving her three-year old daughter with the iPad and unsupervised internet access results in the toddler watching inappropriate content, including frightening derivatives of her favourite cartoon characters. Incensed that these parodies/knock-offs/call-them-what-you-will could offend or frighten her daughter, June does the only logical thing,(more…)
take away the iPad and parent her daughter properlycomplain to YouTube, and whinge to the world in general.
- Hair today, gone tomorrow
- 10 January 2017
According to Francis Whately's documentary, Bowie: The Last Five Years, Bowie was once asked what he wanted be remembered for.(more…)
- 24 December 2015
Basically, one five-minute joke stretched beyond breaking point. The loveable little yellow guys from Despicable Me and its sequel battle a wafer-thin plot that's more of a challenge than the supervillainess. Cringeworthy pokes at British stereotypes, of the type that the makers wouldn't dare do to Blacks or Jews, just add to the sheer bloody awfulness.(more…)
- Changing fashions
- 30 November 2015
The Man In The High Castle adapts Philip K. Dick's alternative history novel to the small screen. It imagines a USA following the victory of the Axis powers during the 1939–1945 war; a USA split between German and Japanese rule.(more…)
- Hawking to appear at Glastonbury
- 13 May 2015
Prof. Stephen Hawking is to appear at this year's Glastonbury festival, as the result of a booking error. They thought they were getting Hawkwind.
- Alvin Stardust: done rockin'
- 23 October 2014
Those of a(more…)
certain agemay remember Bernard Jewry's alter ego, Alvin Stardust—the one that he took on after abandoning Shane Fenton, that is. I'm unsure if this is a good thing or not. He never really appealed to me, being part of the early '70s UK glam rock scene that is such a shit stain on my memory. But, otherwise, he wasn't particularly offensive as such.
- 23 February 2014
I thought (or seemed to remember I thought) Whoops Apocalypse was hilarious, as I first watched it when aired in 1982. In recent years I found myself looking for it to become available on DVD. In the absence of the TV series, I bought the film version when it came to DVD a few years ago. But I couldn't finish it, it was so bad. It tags along, unloved and unwanted, on this release too.(more…)
- Rose-tinted (beer) glasses
- 18 February 2014
I recalled Hot Metal as being a hilarious parody of muck-raking gutter journalism in the UK. At least my recollection wasn't wholly misplaced. But, now it's been released to DVD, it's not as funny as I remembered, which may be related to it having been aired after I would've returned from the pub. I've either grown up, or sobered up, since then.(more…)
- We know what you're watching!
- 17 February 2014
When Kayla Finley of South Carolina went to the police to file a complaint, she didn't expect to be arrested and jailed herself. But that's exactly what happened, when police applied an old arrest warrant, for failing to return a video of Monster-in-Law that she had rented nine years ago.(more…)
- Party out of water
- 8 August 2013
A dead shark has been found on the New York metro. It's not the sort of thing that usually expected, even in the Big Apple. Apparently, its provenance is a mystery.(more…)
- Django Unchained: five word review
- 11 July 2013
A fine Blazing Saddles parody.
- 9 March 2013
I finally got around to watching Wanted. It's a reasonably good film, fun and exciting with a novel turn. But it's badly let down by a terrible last line from the antagonist, as he realises that he's been set up for assassination:(more…)
- Reg Presley, done rockin'
- 5 February 2013
Reg Presley, who stepped out of his older brother Elvis' shadow—even going as far as to change his first name from Priscilla—to establish that other great superstar group, The Troggs, has passed on to a better place. Preferably one where everything about crop circles and UFO will become clear.(more…)
- Dave Brubeck: 'im took five
- 6 December 2012
Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist extraordinaire, has turned in his last composition. Cut down in the flower of his youth at only 91.(more…)
- Ur So Gay
- 10 November 2012
gaymithering reminded me of this. And it made me smile:
- Good caption
- 9 November 2012
In an otherwise boring article about Conservative MP Nadine Dorries' unscheduled sojourn to the Australian jungle, this caption struck me as pretty sage advice.(more…)
- Civil war in The Civil Wars.
- 7 November 2012
Grammy award-winning US pop-country duo The Civil Wars are currently on tour in the UK. Except that they're not any longer, because they've cancelled the remainder of the tour due to(more…)
- Now then, now then! Jimmy Savile done pervin'...allegedly*
- 9 October 2012
It appears that the late(more…)
SaintJimmy Savile had a predilection for
ladies of a certain age. And in his case, the age may have been lower than that of consent.
- Law Abiding Citizen: ten word review
- 24 September 2012
Butler, good; Foxx, poor; plot, reasonable; ending, terrible; beer, excellent.(more…)
- Avengers Assemble: nine word review
- 23 September 2012
Fun but gay, or gay but fun? You decide.(more…)
- Mancunians are very naughty people
- 17 September 2012
It appears that Manchester is the UK capital of illegal downloading. And the UK as a whole is second in the world after the United States of Amerika.(more…)
- Science fiction becomes science FACT!
- 14 September 2012
Well, not sci-fi per se, but stretching credulity to breaking point nonetheless.(more…)
- Max Bygraves: 'im gonegrave
- 1 September 2012
Max Bygraves, alleged entertainer beloved by my grandparents' generation, has checked in his Equity card.(more…)
- What's in a number?
- 31 August 2012
On the death of Jerry Nelson, the man behind Sesame Street's Count von Count, it appears that the Count's favourite number is 34,969. Apparently this is(more…)
a square root thing, which was assumed to mean that 187—the square root of 34,969—is significant; as opposed to 1,222,830,961, of which 34,969 is the square root, and for which I've always had a soft spot…it's the amount of money that I'd like to have in my bank account.
- A funny thing happened on the way to the Fringe...
- 21 August 2012
…Or perhaps not.(more…)
- Scott McKenzie: 'im done lovin'
- 20 August 2012
Scott McKenzie, singer of San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) and nothing else of note,* is now pushing up the daisies. Grab a dandelion and celebrate the first Summer of Love.(more…)
- Tony Scott: that's a wrap
- 20 August 2012
Tony Scott, director and brother of Ridley, jumped off a bridge and was later found dead.(more…)
- Marvin Hamlisch: no longer the way he was
- 7 August 2012
So, farewell, Marvin Hamlisch Famous for The Sting And A Chorus Line Once you were composing But now you're decomposing
- Colin plays Arnie
- 6 August 2012
Yes, you read that correctly, picture-peepers. Colin Farrell plays Arnold Schwarzengger in Total Recall. Not the character played by Arnie, but the genuine Arnie-article himself!(more…)
- Twitter: is this the end of the road?
- 2 August 2012
The BBC reports that Helen Skelton has closed her Twitter account, because she cannot cope with negative comments. How many will follow her and abandon the sinking ship?(more…)
- Kidney damage
- 27 June 2012
Nora Ephron, writer of such smash hit drama-documentries as When Harry Met Sally…, Sleepless In Seattle, and You've Got Mail—did anyone actually watch that all the way through?—has turned in her quill and last parchment.(more…)
- Do as we say, not as we do!
- 12 March 2012
There is a programme on Henan Legal Channel—one of the Chinese state-run TV channels—entitled Interviews Before Execution, in which Ding Yu interviews prisoners before they're executed. Contrary to being exploitative, the programme makers claim to find cases that will serve as a warning to others. Indeed, the programme calls for human nature to awaken and(more…)
perceive the value of life.
- Andrea True: less, less, less
- 28 December 2011
Andrea True, disco diva and one-time porn actress, has gone to the great boogie in the sky.(more…)
- The Adjustment Bureau: ten word review
- 26 December 2011
Fairly decent, confusing, fun. Matt Damon, good. Emily Blunt, woof.
- On golden Ponds
- 16 December 2011
The interwebz are a-buzz* with the news that the lady with the ginger pubes* is to be written out of Doctor Who. Along with some geezer whose pube status has, as far as I'm aware, not been the subject of conjecture. Let the weeping and wailing begin.(more…)
- Billie Jo: 'er speared
- 15 December 2011
So, country singer Billie Jo Spears has gone to that great caterwaul in the sky—me not a fan of country music. So far, so boring. But then there's this comment on the BBC's news article:(more…)
- Essex girls in club fight shocker!
- 24 October 2011
I understand that in the UK you have a televisual entertainment programme entitled The Only Way Is Essex. I'm not sure that I want to know any more about this than I do already…chav TV, say no more!(more…)
- Bobby Robby: combed over
- 15 August 2011
Robert Robinson, the king of the comb-over, has found the ultumate cure for baldness.(more…)
- 15 August 2011
Apparently, and I say(more…)
apparentlybecause I didn't know of this until just now, there is planned a film of The Lone Ranger. This doesn't bemuse me as such, not even that they've got Johnny Depp to play Tonto when there are a raft of perfectly capable
Indiannative American actors that could play the part.
- This makes me sad
- 9 August 2011
1 was great, 2 was good, 3 was wearing it a little thin…but Ice Age 4? Still, it'll be in 3D, so at least that's something original.(more…)
- Bubba Smith: 'im gorn
- 4 August 2011
You know, the tall black one from the Police Academy travesty? He was found dead, aged 66, in doesn't-appear-to-be-suspicious circumstances.(more…)
- You can take the actor out of TV...
- 8 July 2011
…but you can't take TV out of the actor.(more…)
- 24 June 2011
U2 will headline Glastonbury this year, despite the presence of Coldplay. It's uncertain as to whether Bono and his boys will play any numbers from their new megahit, Spiderman: Turn Off The Critics, though.(more…)
- Clarence Clemons: done tootlin'
- 20 June 2011
Bruce Springsteen's tootler is no more. Although I personally found Springsteen's music to be often unremarkable, or remarkably mawkish, Clemons' tootling redeemed at least some of it.
- Is this funny?
- 14 June 2011
In an otherwise unremarkable report on complaints dealt with by the British Board of Film Classification in 2010, it appears that UK cinema goers have asked the BBFC to(more…)
indicate whether films advertised as comedies were actually funny. I think that this would be a welcome addition to the services that they provide.
- Michael Gough, 'im gorn (sad)
- 18 March 2011
Michael Gough, best known as Alfred to Michael Keaton's Batman, has handed in his Equity card.(more…)
- Is this addiction?
- 23 February 2011
A Chinese guy reportedly died after a three-day online gaming session, during which he neither ate nor slept. In the month before his death, he spent almost £1000 on gaming. This was all done at an internet café, rather than his own home, so it makes you question their hygiene standards. After all, he must have positively reeked.(more…)
- 20 January 2011
Not having a TV that plays anything other than DVDs—i.e. we don't have broadcast televisual(more…)
entertainmentas you know it—I know nothing of these Inbetweeners chappies. I do know of Comic Relief though. It's the sort of thing that makes me happy not to have broadcast televisual
entertainment. But I digress.
- Almost enough to justify an iPad?
- 9 January 2011
I just love it that somebody thought of a really useful bluetooth gadget!(more…)
- The wisdom of IMDb reviews
- 28 December 2010
Idly reading of those that passed on in 2010, I learned of Simon MacCorkindale's death in October. For some bizarre reason, they included Manimal in his career triumphs. Christ only knows why, I bet the poor sod would've preferred to forget it.(more…)
- Teena Marie: done groovin'
- 27 December 2010
Who? Teena Marie, that's who! White R&B singer on the Motown label, who was noted for not having many hits in the UK, just squeezed onto the
those we lost in 2010compilations.
- Buster Bloodvessel: 'im not gorn (I think)
- 10 November 2010
Through mindless surfing, I can't remember how it started, I came across this archive, the subtitle of which made me laugh:(more…)
- Danno: 'im booked!
- 29 October 2010
James MacArthur, best known as the recipient of Steve's final instructions to(more…)
book 'emat the end of Hawaii Five-O, has gone to the great booking office himself.
- Tom Bosley, 'im gone to The Angels
- 20 October 2010
Tom Bosley, apparently better remembered by the BBC for Happy Days and The Father Dowling Mysteries, but jealously remembered by some of us, from our adolescence, for his proximity to Farrah Fawcett-Majors' breasts in Charlie's Angels, has gone to ogle that chest again.(more…)
- Tony Curtis: wigged out
- 30 September 2010
The star of Spartacus, Houdini, Some Like It Hot, and Monte Carlo or Bust! has hung up his toupée. He was the people's father of Jamie Lee Curtis. Or something.(more…)
- George Michael: 'im goin' down
- 15 September 2010
George Michael has been sentenced to eight weeks for driving under the influence of cannabis. Or, rather, crashing his car under the influence of cannabis.(more…)
- 23 August 2010
So we all know that humour is a personal matter, highlighted by the award to Tim Vine for the funniest joke of this year's Edinburgh Fringe. His winning effort?(more…)
I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again.
- The importance of the letter 's'
- 26 July 2010
In an otherwise dull Hollywood legal story, the name of lawyer Michael Plonsker struck me as a matter of if-not-good-it-could-have-been-worse luck.(more…)
- Who the fuck is Justin Bieber?
- 5 July 2010
…and what has he done to provoke such a reaction? I mean:(more…)
There are now almost half a million votes to send Bieber to the secretive communist nation [North Korea].
- If you're dead, you'd better stay dead!
- 28 June 2010
Shortly after Mexican narcocorridos singer Sergio Vega confirmed that reports of his murder were premature, person or persons unknown corrected the oversight. Guy should've kept his mouth shut.(more…)
- Stuart Cable, 'im gorn
- 7 June 2010
Stuart who? Drummer with Stereophonics and doin' lots of other stuff, that's who, is dead at 40 of
no suspicious circumstances. Is that a euphemism for drugs?
- LOTSW: it goin', finally
- 2 June 2010
Last of the Summer Wine is being put out to pasture after 37 years, most of that in a spiral of decline. Perhaps it got better over recent years but, from what I remember of the last episodes that I watched, it really was begging to be put out of its misery.(more…)
- Quite amusing
- 23 May 2010
So anyone who has a life won't know what this is about but, short version: Apple tech loses new prototype iPhone in a bar; guy picks it up and sells it to Gizmodo; Gizmodo does a tech review and posts it to t'interwebz; Apple gets pissed and sends in crack squad of attorneys.(more…)
- RJD: 'im rock'n'rolled over
- 19 May 2010
My two favourite Black Sabbath albums are Heaven & Hell and Mob Rules, so I was saddened to read of the death of Ronnie James Dio from stomach cancer. He was only 67, which is no age really.(more…)
- 8 April 2010
Being touted as possibly the worst film ever, Birdemic: Shock and Terror is the story of bad actors and bad dialogue livened up with bald eagles. This, from an IMDb reviewer, may say more about him than anything, but it made me laugh nonetheless:(more…)
- Charlie, 'im gorn to the angels
- 2 April 2010
John Forsythe, the disembodied voice that told some bints-with-attitude what to do with their spare time away from the coiffure, has gone to a better place. Or Alexis Carrington's boudoir, the old dog.
- The colour grey
- 15 January 2010
Euronews would be vastly improved if it was fronted by Antoine de Caunes and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Because, as it is, it is boring.(more…)
- Boy George wants a Big Brother
- 21 December 2009
London Probation have blocked 48 year-old(more…)
BoyGeorge O'Dowd's appeal to appear on the last series of Celebrity Big Brother, as he's still under licence from imprisonment and wears an electronic tag.
- Time Bomb
- 8 July 2005
I was ill off work. So ill that I stayed in bed until about 3pm, and still felt like shit.(more…)
- Cringeworthy scenes in films
- 9 May 2005
I don't know why, but last night I got to thinking about scenes in otherwise (half‑)decent films which really make you cringe. I'm not talking about films which are totally cringeworthy, just those that are otherwise okay.(more…)
- The family that saves together, stays together
- 23 March 2005
I assume that most of you who wanted to see The Incredibles saw it at the cinema, or picture playhouse, or whatever you hip dudes'n'dudettes call the kinematograph parlour these days. Anyhow, I had the DVD on preorder and it arrived yesterday, so we watched it last night.(more…)
- Cat fight! Cat fight! Cat fight!
- 15 December 2004
Sir Elton John commented that George Michael was:(more…)
- Hugh Grant's 'retirement'
- 12 November 2004
Hugh Grant apparently threw a strop at the opening of his latest film, Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, saying that it would be his last as he hated the whole industry now…I paraphrase somewhat.(more…)
- Man On Fire (2004)
- 8 October 2004
We watched this last night. A run-of-the-mill Latino kidnapping affair. Better than Proof Of Life, but then what isn't?(more…)
- The Matrix Revolutions
- 13 April 2004
I finally got around to watching this. The DVD's been laying around for the last couple of weeks.(more…)
- Bad Boys II
- 23 March 2004
We just got around to watching BB2. Oh dear.(more…)
- Punching the air
- 1 January 2004
Herself was watching Air Force One on TV last night. Shit, I'd forgotton how bad that film was. But the scenes at the end where all the(more…)
backroom boysshow how happy they are, by jumping around and punching the air, was indeed most risible.
- Buying stuff online while drunk
- 6 December 2003
A couple of weeks ago I bought The Siege from Play.com, while I was rat-arsed.(more…)
- The Matrix Reloaded
- 24 October 2003
I finally got around to watching this last night.(more…)