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  • Review: Mandy is a hypnotic nightmare of blood, drugs and damnation

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 10th October 2018

    Another year, another London Film Festival, another annual peruse of the festival programme choosing films that sound fascinating in theory without really knowing what to expect in practice. Take Mandy, for example, which the programme describes as “a film so singular, perverse and beguiling, it’s almost impossible to define”. Ok... maybe try though? “Think of the most exquisitely nightmarish LSD trip imaginable, then multiply it by ten”. Hmm, I have no idea how to do that, but it sounds interesting. Ok fine, I’ll see it. “Don’t just see Mandy, experience it”. WHAT IS THIS IS IT EVEN A FILM.

  • 47 Meters Down

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 25th July 2017

    Mandy Moore is on holiday and she's going to do some shark cage diving, despite it being the most nakedly awful idea two skeevy Mexican guys you'd just met in a bar could propose. She is the sort of person who is persuaded by friends to go to Glastonbury, knowing she will spend every minute unable to enjoy it for worrying where her tent is and whether her phone is sufficiently charged, but goes along with the whole grim jamboree because not to would mark her out as "no fun". She is, in short, eminently sensible and exactly like me, except that she actually makes it out of the hotel in the morning, rather than sitting hungover in her pants eating room-service waffles and watching Friends on Mexican TV.

  • Wish I Was Here

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 17th September 2014

    I worry that I'm getting more intolerant as I age. I like Zach Braff a lot, I find him very funny, and I have no issue with his using Kickstarter to fund Wish I Was Here, as a lot of people seem to. But as per the standard Hollywood template, his film does promote the idea that you should always follow your dreams. Which is fine, except when the right thing to do is give up your dreams, get a job you hate and stay in it till you're 70 to support your family.

  • Saul from Homeland interchangeable with other bearded men

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 21st October 2013

    I think there's probably some big thing coming whereby Saul's the mole, or a secret North Korean agent or something, and that's why he's so conflicted. But this is wholly insignificant when compared with the discovery I've just made: that you can literally swap Saul around with any other bearded man and it makes no difference whatsoever.

  • Photoshop 101: Homeland poster vs Queen's The Miracle

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 22nd August 2013

    With little better to occupy my thoughts tonight, it struck me that the new Homeland poster looked a bit like the cover of Queen's seminal 1989 album The Miracle, and with just a little tweaking could be doctored to resemble it further. Why, my Photoshop skills will make short work of this, I thought. I thought.

  • I figured out what happens next in Homeland

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 17th October 2012

    It's the biggest cliffhanger since Sylvester Stallone physically hung from a cliff in the film Cliffhanger. But what happens next in Homeland? I've figured it out and present my findings to you here. [Warning: very spoilery if you haven't seen episode 2.2.]

  • Homeland to bring "is Claire Danes fit or not?" debate to UK

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 20th July 2011

    Because it's not an easy one to figure out, is it? From some angles she looks all right, but then her mouth's a bit weird ... yeah, I don't know. Let me go and watch a few episodes of My So-Called Life and I'll get back to you. What? She was how old when they shot that? Um ... right. Maybe I'll just leave it alone then.

  • Tangled

    Movie Review | Matt | 26th January 2011

    After 2009's The Princess and the Frog reminded us how wonderfully sublime traditional Disney animations are and, in the process, helped to apologise for the recent output of sacrilegious, straight-to-DVD sequels (something like Jungle Book II: The Killer Uprising or Bambi's Revenge), now the Mouse House is back with a new, energised take on its usual fairytale offering. Somewhere, deep in the bowels of a secret cryogenic chamber, Walt's disembodied head is smiling sweetly.

  • Licence To Wed

    Movie Review | Ali | 12th August 2007

    Fellas, I'm sorry - I got totally pussy-whipped. When you spend the summer watching robots kick the crap out of each other and Bruce Willis fighting jet planes, then you've got to pencil in a little time for the ladies. Romantic comedies are necessary evils for boys - you turn up at the girlfriend's request, zone out for an hour...

  • Because I Said So

    Movie Review | Lady V | 20th February 2007

    As open as you may be to all genres of film, you should never expect too much from a chick flick. Many are as sickly sweet as a pink wedding cake drizzled in honey and just as appealing. Step forward Because I Said So, the latest offering from director Michael Lehmann. Not necessarily a film you'd expect from the director of ...