Stephen Fry

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  • 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 Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

    Movie Review | Neil Alcock | 11th December 2013

    First things first: there are no songs, no washing up scenes and no fucking eagles in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, which immediately makes it a better film than its predecessor. The eyeball-molesting increased frame rate of An Unexpected Journey has also been, if not dropped, then less loudly trumpeted for this film, which is another blessed relief. You'd almost be fooled into thinking that Peter Jackson has been listening to his critics, were it not for the fact that Desolation is still an obscenely long, slightly dull, inferior version of a Lord Of The Rings film.

  • A bit of gratuitous swearing

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 1st July 2012

    Thanks to Netflix, I've been getting reacquainted with A Bit of Fry and Laurie. I would've been about ten when I first saw this episode. Lax parenting.

  • When I went to watch QI

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 30th May 2012

    Join me as I go behind the scenes on BBC panel show QI. Or more accurately in front of the scenes. I was just in the audience, so that's ... in front of the ... wait, what are 'the scenes' again? Give me a minute.

  • DVD weekly: phantom releases, animes, circuses and Danes

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 7th February 2012

    "It's OK," I said with confidence. "I've got DVD weekly - just leave it with me." I had mistaken this week for the release date of an actual DVD I'd been sent to review. Turns out that's next week. So as it is, I've gone for quantity, having reconciled myself to a lack of quality: no fewer than SIX DVDs are featured here, each as cursorily as the last.

  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

    Movie Review | Matt | 13th December 2011

    Once again, Guy Ritchie delves into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's lesser-known casebook of Sherlock Holmes – the one filed under 'improbably explosive' (subfolder: homoeroticism) – and pulls together a sequel that, by the law of the blockbuster, is destined to be a lazy rehash of the first film. However, not so in this case; Ritchie has upped the ante on every level, building on the same style and plot devices as Holmes' last outing but raising the stakes in the process and delivering an adventure that's just as fun as the first time round.

  • Alice In Wonderland 3D

    Movie Review | Ali | 28th February 2010

    Stop me if you've heard this one before. A literary adaptation by Tim Burton, set in a twisted, multi-coloured alternate universe, starring Johnny Depp as a borderline weirdo and Helena Bonham Carter as a loud-mouthed, pasty-faced kook. Sound familiar?

  • V For Vendetta

    Movie Review | Ali | 24th March 2006

    "What we need right now is a clear message to the people of this country. This message must be read in every newspaper, heard on every radio, seen on every television. I want this country to realise that we stand on the edge of oblivion. I want everyone to remember why they need us!" The words here are being spoken, nay, bark...