M.C.P.T.S.D.U a.k.a. Jessica Jones

I'm not the biggest fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (M.C.U.),  a couple of the movies are really good but it's essentially a (admittedly well made) culturally imperialist content generator: racking up minutes and occupying multiplex screens.  But when you combine the films with the Netfix Originals offerings, Marvel have, maybe inadvertently, created a rather … Continue reading M.C.P.T.S.D.U a.k.a. Jessica Jones

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TV: Doctor Who – Season 8 (2014)

So where to begin?  Season 8 started really promisingly, I even felt inclined to review it, but then, with the exception of almost two episodes it just died on the way to a truly bad finale (The Brigadier? Really?).  Which is a real shame because Peter Capaldi is a great Doctor. So what's the problem? … Continue reading TV: Doctor Who – Season 8 (2014)

TV: Doctor Who – Robot of Sherwood (2014)

So, Doctor Who is back and we're already three episodes in.  I've always been a fan of the Doctor and the past few years have been a bit uneven to say the least.  Christopher Eccleston was something of a high point, David Tennant had some great episodes but was over-whelmed by the show's new found … Continue reading TV: Doctor Who – Robot of Sherwood (2014)

TV: How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014)

So after nine years no one grew up.  That's what I can't get over about the end of How I Met Your Mother.  No one grew up. Even as a fan of the show, I've found the final series to be a more of an obligation than a joy but once we met Tracey it … Continue reading TV: How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014)

TV: The Normal Heart (2014) / Film: Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

I didn't catch Dallas Buyers Club on it's cinema release.  I wanted to see it but one thing led to another and, you know, life, etc, etc but I didn't, well couldn't avoid the buzz and, of course, it's McConaughey.  As luck would have it, or not, I've received my rental copy the week following … Continue reading TV: The Normal Heart (2014) / Film: Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

TV: True Detective (2014 – )

There are two things about True Detective that should disincline me towards it.  The first is that I'm tired of watching police shows in which the starting point is a dead, mutilated, often raped woman.  This is isn't a feminist thing (although the point remains) but rather a variety thing, and there are just so … Continue reading TV: True Detective (2014 – )

TV: In the Flesh (2013 – )

Watching The Walking Dead these past couple of weeks has been a bit of a chore.  Don't get me wrong, I do like it but it seems like the programme guide info is a constant repetition of 'Rick and the group face new challenges', 'Rick and the group find safety but is everything as it … Continue reading TV: In the Flesh (2013 – )

TV: Threads (1984)

Like the BBC's earlier The War Game, Threads is scary in a way that commercial channels can only dream of.  It has a bureaucratic public information feel that other broadcasters would have replaced with emotional spectacle. Of course, Threads still has it's big moments, with a mushroom cloud over Sheffield and soldiers shooting looters in … Continue reading TV: Threads (1984)

TV: The Stone Tape (1972)

Originally aired as one of the BBC's Christmas ghost stories, The Stone Tape is a fascinating piece of work and classic Nigel Kneale. Kneale is probably best known as the creator of Quatermass and the classic BBC adaptation of Susan James’ The Woman in Black so it’s fitting that The Stone Tape, with it’s melding of … Continue reading TV: The Stone Tape (1972)