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  • LFF 2014: Foxcatcher

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 20th October 2014

    There is a subtle moment in the first few minutes of Foxcatcher - a moment between moments, really - that I just couldn't shake. Gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) sits down alone at his table in an apartment that seems almost comically small for a man of his size. He has prepared himself some ramen noodles, presumably for his evening meal. Sitting in silence, framed against blank, beige walls, Schultz raises the spoonful to his lips but pauses for several seconds, staring intently at the noodles before putting them in his mouth. There is so much unsaid in that arresting pause; even this basic act of nourishment seems to be a struggle. It's a moment indicative of Foxcatcher as a whole; a glacial, passive drama where true emotions seethe beneath a surface of calm - until they can be contained no more.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 12th October 2014

    So I finally got old. Morning: doctor's appointment for dry skin. Afternoon: phone calls with estate agents and surveyors and mortgage advisors. Evening: still-aching limbs from a football match played 48 hours previously. I startle awake to find myself sat in a Paramount screening room ready to watch the latest iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a phenomenon I was probably too old to enjoy guilt-free the first time round a quarter of a century ago. "Let's see those hands in the air!" says a company spokesperson, urging attendees to don the giant green foam hands provided for a photo opportunity. I am secretly glad I didn't pick any up on the way in. Because I am old as fuck.

  • Blog hits low point with Walking Dead season five image

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 29th September 2014

    Sorry, but all I see is Rick doing a poo in the woods. I wish I was better than this. Please don't go. I can change.

  • Gotham: season one, episode 1

    TV Review | Ed Williamson | 25th September 2014

    Since the dawn of time, man has struggled with the eternal question. Should Batman be camper than a chicken, or dark and embittered, brooding in the shadows and all miffed, like? Well, here's FOX's solution: how about a bit of both? (Spoiler-free.)

  • Walking Dead season five pic: Daryl gets moustache beaten loose

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 21st July 2014

    The bastards at Terminus have beaten him so bad, his moustache has slipped off his upper lip and into his mouth. Animals.

  • Channing Tatum turns up for X-Men practice in homemade costume

    Movie News | Ali Gray | 17th May 2014

    Channing Tatum arrived early on the Fox set for his Gambit movie wearing a crude homemade X-Men costume which he hoped would impress producers. Or maybe it's just a still from Foxcatcher, whatevs.

  • Gracepoint to be loads better than Broadchurch because America

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 13th May 2014



    It will too, won't it? Even though this pilot looks to be literally identical to the ITV version save for the fact that Nick Nolte's wearing a hat to play the creepy old guy who runs the newsagent and everyone reckons is a paedo, the plan is apparently to take it in a different direction from here. And inevitably it'll be great and no one will be able to remember why they ever watched ITV in the first place. Could you remake Midsomer Murders next please, guys?

  • Eight assumptions I'm making about 24: Live Another Day

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 24th April 2014

    I never quite managed to get along with 24. After three episodes of the first season I was just about done. Then I tried them again about a week ago. Same result: booooooring. It doesn't half move slow for something with a built-in device for urgency. So with 24: Live Another Day coming up on Sky 1 I have no choice but to base this article on a series of ill-informed assumptions. Or, you know, just write nothing at all.

  • The Following picks up right where it left off

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 29th January 2014

    I held off for a couple of weeks, but now I'm watching season two of The Following and am delighted to report that it is still written by the same people.



    BODY SCANNING ISN'T A REAL THING, GUYS.

  • Proof you can't fry an Egg on a car bonnet

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 16th December 2013

    Otherwise his feet would be burning. Ignore the fact that it's the car boot and not the bonnet, and take a moment to consider how many levels this joke works on. I counted six.