News, Reviews & Features
  • David Bowie's not dead

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 11th January 2016

    David Bowie's not dead.

  • Top 10 TV shows of 2014

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson, Rob Young, Christopher Ratcliff, Iain Robertson, Ali Gray, Luke Whiston | 31st December 2014

    What's that? No, there never used to be 20 shows in our end-of-year lists. You're imagining things. OK, maybe that's partially true. Fine, it's entirely true. But trust me, this is a bold new way of doing the traditional yearly round-up, and in no sense a way for me to spend more time eating cake and less time writing over Christmas.

  • Dickie bows out: Rest in peace Richard Attenborough (1923-2014)

    Movie News | Ali Gray | 24th August 2014

    I was very sorry to hear about the sad passing of Lord Richard Attenborough this evening. Although I am fully aware his acting legacy extends back way beyond 1993, he'll always be Jurassic Park's creator John Hammond to me: my favourite character in my favourite movie ever. I wrote a little bit on what Attenborough brought to the role here, but I don't feel much like eulogising right now: I'm going to get busy knowing him better first. So long, Dickie, and thanks for all the dinosaurs.

  • The Trip to Italy

    TV Review | Ed Williamson | 10th May 2014

    Impersonations are the work of the unfunny, slightly creepy guy you don't want to get stuck next to at the works do, as anyone who has heard my Nelson Mandela will confirm. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan do them constantly throughout both seasons of The Trip not, I think, because that's what they revert to when improvising with each other, but because it suggests that they are slightly tedious company in real life, while simultaneously being funny to watch. Which seems to me pretty much the whole point.

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 2nd February 2014

    I'm at a loss tonight to describe the measure of Philip Seymour Hoffman's talents. At just 46 years old, you got the feeling he was barely even halfway done showing us what he could do. Just one glance at his CV shows you a range that's unparalleled in Hollywood: heroes, villains, love interests, sadsacks, wacky best friends, rock gods, slimy salesmen, butlers, writers and crooks. Regardless of the circumstances of his death, the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman is a true tragedy; that he died of something so common as a drug overdose doesn't feel fitting to the man, although it acts as a stark reminder that no one is above or beyond the clutches of addiction.

  • Why I won't sign the 'Bring Back Ripper Street' petition

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 22nd December 2013

    Try to avoid publicly soiling yourself with anticipation, but the LittleBigPicture Top 20 TV shows of 2013 list is being prepared even as you read this. And spoiler alert: it struck me when I read down the list after finalising it this week that there's a whole lot of American TV in there, and not all that much from the UK. But maybe the BBC's recent cancellation of Ripper Street, a shame though it is, is a step in the right direction towards redressing that balance.

  • Fans saddened by abrupt ending to James Gandolfini

    Movie News | Ali | 20th June 2013

    James Gandolfini (1961-2013)

  • Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

    Movie News | Ali | 4th April 2013

    Film critic Roger Ebert has died aged 70 after a long battle with cancer. Perhaps the most high-profile and revered critic in the film industry, Ebert was a regular columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and a TV critic for 31 years. Even though I never met him personally, I had nothing but the utmost respect for his opinion - an opinion that was, irritatingly, infuriatingly, almost always absolutely correct.

  • "Oh, my boys, my boys, we're at the end of an age."

    Movie News | Matt | 29th March 2013

    Richard Griffiths (1947-2013). Full details.

  • Quality of BBC drama "should be toned down", say licence fee-payers

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 17th January 2013

    BBC drama Ripper Street faces a backlash from licence fee-payers, who complain that its focus on being really quite good is gratuitous and inappropriate given its airtime.