News, Reviews & Features
  • Dixon: BBC defection down to "culture of cruelty"

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 23rd July 2012

    Football pundit Lee Dixon today fired a bitter parting shot at his former BBC colleagues, exposing a culture of beatings, spitting and devil-worship.

  • Euro 2012 stars sign up for Game of Thrones

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 27th June 2012

    With England now having crashed out of Euro 2012 like the mugs they are, there's no real point in turning the telly on any more. Fortunately, many of the tournament's stand-out performers have been talent-scouted by HBO for the next season of Game of Thrones. No, I know I can't follow that first sentence with that second one as if there's some sort of causality involved. Shut up, you wouldn't have even noticed if I hadn't pointed it out.

  • Your pull-out guide to the BBC snooker commentary team

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 26th April 2012

    The May bank holiday's just around the corner and that means only one thing: the snooker's on, and we're all glued to the baize. The BBC has made The Crucible into our theatre of dreams in its coverage over the years, but what of the men (and a woman, though they seem to have binned her now) who bring it to you? What's their bloody deal?

  • Goon

    Movie Review | Rob | 2nd January 2012

    Ice hockey sits pretty atop my 'If I was an American high-schooler, I'd definitely think about playing it' list. Unfortunately, Hollywood doesn't appear to share my enthusiasm for needless icy bloodlust. There have been plenty of American football, baseball and basketball movies, but when it comes to ice hockey, what do we have? Slap Shot? That's 35 years old. The Mighty Ducks? Pfft, Goon would smash its teeth in and down a beer in celebration.

  • The Wrestler

    Movie Review | Ali | 21st January 2009

    It's easy to laugh at Mickey Rourke. He's a has-been; a dog fancier; an actor reduced to the stakes of a bum. After a well-publicised career meltdown, an ill-advised return to boxing left him with, in the words of Charlie Brooker, "a face like wet cat food." He is, in short, a joke. Yes, it's easy to laugh at Mickey Rourke. But ...

  • Once In A Lifetime

    Movie Review | Ali | 30th September 2006

    It's no surprise why 'soccer' never really took off in the States; sitting through an hour and half of near-uninterrupted action is like Chinese water torture for a nation raised on sports peppered with time-outs, game-breaks and 'a short word from our sponsors.' They'd much rather get their kicks from their own brand of footba...

  • Nacho Libre

    Movie Review | Ali | 14th August 2006

    Here's an easy way to figure out whether you're going to enjoy Nacho Libre: does this picture make you laugh? If yes, then congratulations, you can stop reading here as I'll only be preaching to the converted. If there's no smile upon your face, then reading further isn't going to change your mind. By rights I could stop righ...

  • The Ringer

    Movie Review | Ali | 3rd April 2006

    It's Saturday night, you've got an hour or so to kill before you go out; what else are you going to do but crack open a few beers and watch the Disabled Commonwealth Games? I assumed that watching disabled competitors would humble my able ass - these guys have no use of their legs/arms/eyes [delete as applicable] and yet they s...

  • Goal!

    Movie Review | Ali | 1st March 2006

    As a Liverpool fan, I've had quite enough drama so far already this year, thank you. No matter how many lacklustre 0-0 performances I sit through, all I have to do is think back to That Night In Istanbul and it'll raise the hairs on the back of my neck. The football movie (or 'soccer', if you'd prefer to be wrong) genre isn't ...

  • Dodgeball

    Movie Review | Ali | 12th September 2004

    "I find it's best not to have a goal - aim low, and that way you're never disappointed." It happens to be gym owner Peter LaFleur's life philosophy, but it's also a maxim that serves Dodgeball fairly well - after all, a film that's essentially about throwing balls at people could hardly fail to deliver what it promises. Aiming low is exactly what Dodgeball does best - in fact, it aims for around crotch height, targeting the easiest gut laugh each and every time.