Stephen Graham

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  • Review: Hellboy (2019) is... nope, already forgotten it

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 15th April 2019

    In this social media driven age of bite-sized criticism and speedy reactions, opinions often get reduced to simplistic extremes. Fleabag is perfect. Bohemian Rhapsody is the worst. Paul Rudd is life. Liz Lemon is everything. Aquaman is honking bonkersness. Avengers: Age Of Ultron is the best film of the MCU. So it’s surprising when a film like Hellboy (2019) comes along and defies such snappy judgement. And it’s not because the film isn’t bad –it is, it's awful - but because it is neither entertainingly good nor entertainingly bad. It just plays out to dull, listless effect, utterly devoid of a single scintillating superlative that can be attributed to it. It’s a near-unremarkable, mostly forgettable, practically ineffectual film in almost every way. After first coming to the big screen 15 years ago to keep the theological peace, Hellboy has ended up confined to cinematic purgatory.

  • Period detail on new Boardwalk Empire not what it was

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 3rd August 2014

    They've got the clothes out of storage again but the cost of rebuilding the sets was a bit toppy so they just shot it in the car park.

    (via Domenick Lombardozzi's Instagram.)

  • Too soon: the end of Empire

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 13th January 2014

    This year's fifth season of Boardwalk Empire will be its last. Most good shows these days have the knack of stopping just at the right time, but for me, this one could have run and run.

  • You can't be half a gangster (acceptable fraction unspecified)

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 13th August 2012

    Well then, what is a permissible fraction of gangsterdom, Boardwalk bloody Empire? Three-quarters of a gangster? Wouldn't I look stupid wearing a fedora with a quarter of it cut out? If I show up at a backroom card game with only three-quarters of the usual stake, what's going to happen? I'll be laughed out of the place, that's what. Think it through.

  • If he looks enough like a woman it's not gay, right?

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 14th January 2012

    Like, you've spent a load of money on drinks and taxis and stuff, and once you actually figure out he's a dude it's pretty late anyway, and if he looks and sounds enough like a woman it's OK, right? That's the code, isn't it guys? I'm asking for a friend.

  • This is England '88 looks like wonderful misery-fest again

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 3rd December 2011

    Remember This is England '86? Well it turns out that, two years on, this was still England. Despite the widespread calls at the time to change the country's name to 'Diego Maradona Must Die'.

  • Boardwalk Empire promo vids now legal tender in Greece

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 28th September 2011

    In the absence of an economy strong enough to keep it in shoulder-hair trimmers and baklava, the National Bank of Greece has asked HBO to lend it some of its billions of teaser clips, character videos and behind-the-scenes trailers for Boardwalk Empire's second season to use as its currency. "We were happy to help," an HBO executive explained. "It's got to the stage where even hobos won't take them off us anyway."

  • A guide to Boardwalk Empire's various synonyms for 'vagina'

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 21st June 2011

    Because in the twenties they knew how to swear. The bunch of cunnies.

  • Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    Movie Review | Matt | 16th May 2011

    Franchises don't usually recover well from a post-trilogy hiatus when coming back for a fourth instalment (I'm looking at you, Indy - and you McClane), but Pirates Of The Caribbean has the added obstacle that each previously released film got progressively worse anyway, ending on a bloated CGI mess of a finale. So has the studio learned its lesson and made a worthy reboot? Of course not – it's utter 'yarrr'se.

  • Season Of The Witch

    Movie Review | James | 10th January 2011

    On paper, at least, Season Of The Witch sounds like a delightful medieval romp; Nic Cage and Ron Perlman as world-weary Crusaders, escorting a suspected sorceress across plague-stricken Blighty? Why, throw in some Eric Clapton and a dash of Joe Pesci and it's practically Lethal Weapon 2. Sadly, such early promise is quickly scuppered by the sick, unnerving realisation that the film is little more than a plodding exercise in inanity for which you paid 7 to see Cage look like a homeless Chad Kroeger.