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  • Review: Rocketman is a Bo Rhap glow-up... but then again, no

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 22nd May 2019

    Put Bohemian Rhapsody out of your head: this jukebox musical about a flamboyant rock singer directed by Dexter Fletcher is nothing like that jukebox musical about a flamboyant rock singer directed by Dexter Fletcher. In principle at least, Bo Rhap made sense as a tribute to the mercurial nature of the Queen frontman, a celebration of his musical genius and his tragic legacy. Rocketman, however, is quite different. For starters, Elton John (Tantrums & Tiaras, Kingsman 2, every other fucking episode of the The Graham Norton Show, apparently) is alive and well and executively producing his own vanity biopic. As a celebration of Elton's music, Rocketman delivers a satisfying and foot-stomping soundtrack of wall-to-wall bangers, but as an exploration of the man himself, it lacks any notable dramatic impetus outside of the generic rise, fall and rise template. It's less a movie, more a West End stage musical in search of a worthy hero.

  • Review: Bohemian Rhapsody isn't the real life, it's just fantasy

    Movie Review | Becky Suter | 25th October 2018

    Watching Bohemian Rhapsody is a bit like seeing Queen perform with Adam Lambert: yeah, the songs are all good, but at the back of your mind you know you're not getting the real deal. Bryan Singer/Dexter Fletcher's biopic is the sanitised retelling of Queen that leaves out all the good stuff in order to be family friendly. Where are the dwarves with trays of cocaine on their heads? The nights out with Kenny Everett and Princess Di in drag? Naked renditions of We Are The Champions? Can anybody find me something to love?

  • Dexter: series finale – 'Remember the Monsters?'

    TV Review | Ed Williamson | 4th October 2013

    According to the internet, every series finale is either the greatest thing in recorded history or the worst thing ever visited on the commenter's eyes, undoing all the good work that came before it. Consensus on Dexter's swansong seems to be the latter. But I'm here to tell you that finales aren't as important as all that, and that this one, while flawed, was better than everyone seems to think. And you should take note, because like everyone else's on the internet, my opinion matters gravely. (Spoilers follow.)

  • Sunshine On Leith

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 3rd October 2013

    You have to wonder whether the jukebox musical is the cultural artefact that spells the end for us as humans. Take a clutch of well-loved songs and have them belted out on stage around a story constructed artlessly to fit lyrics whose author barely thought them through beyond whether they rhymed or not. (An Oasis one, I remind you, is inevitable.) But then take one that features the songs of an act whose words have always told meaningful, funny and engaging stories in themselves, and maybe you've got something. Dexter Fletcher certainly has: as unlikely a pairing as he is with the project, he's hit upon some sort of alchemy with Sunshine On Leith.

  • The five worst things about Dexter

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 24th September 2013

    My relationship with Dexter is much like that of the protagonist with his girlfriend in the Smokey Robinson song "You've Really Got a Hold on Me". She mistreats him constantly, but he keeps coming back for more without really knowing why. I watch Dexter every week, cringing at various aspects of the writing, then look forward to the next episode. I'm an idiot.

  • Pepsi: the choice of a new generation of psychopaths

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 28th July 2013

    Great bit of product placement in tonight's Dexter. How much do you reckon it costs to have your product used by a violent psychopath on a popular TV show?

  • Dexter finale "just like Friday Night Lights", says Showtime boss

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 16th June 2013

    Showtime boss David Nevins has said of the upcoming Dexter series finale: "We had a similar thing on Friday Night Lights when I was a producer: we had an ending that we'd planned two years in advance, and I thought that show ended beautifully. Dexter should be on the same path." So he's going to move to Philadelphia and coach high-school football? Can't see that ending well.

  • Dexter: unexpected item in bagging area

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 6th May 2013

    His mum never told him it was dangerous to put his head in a plastic bag, obviously. In fairness she might've been a bit busy getting murdered with a chainsaw. He wants to watch out, though: could end up having a nasty accident like this.

  • Dexter production team automate their weekly meat raffle

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 30th March 2013

    Much easier than writing them all out and picking one from the spinning drum. Well done, Maria Laguerta: you win the brisket.

  • French trailer for Dexter season seven, because foreigners

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 21st February 2013

    Le Dexter! Il est un tueur en série! Mais vous l'aimez parce que son code moral est complexe! Septième saison commence le dimanche. (*Gallic shrug emoticon*)