BBC Guernsey Film Reviews (August 2015)

Here's me on BBC Guernsey with Oliver Guillou reviewing August 2015 releases and looking forward to September. Films being reviewed; Fantastic Four (2015), Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), The Man from Uncle (2015), Hard to Be a God (2013), Southpaw (2015), Trainwreck (2015), Pixels (2015), Videodrome (1983)... and I'm still banging on about about Mad Max: … Continue reading BBC Guernsey Film Reviews (August 2015)

BBC Guernsey Film Reviews (July 2015)

Okay, so a couple of months ago I was invited to take part in a monthly film review segment on BBC Radio Guernsey with Saturday morning presenter Oliver Guillou, the idea was to review that month's films and preview the next month's.  I was supposed to be on for about 20ish minutes and we filled … Continue reading BBC Guernsey Film Reviews (July 2015)

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)

Film: The Missing Picture (2013)

Like a lot of people my age, I first became aware of the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian genocide through the BBC's children's TV show Blue Peter (1958 - ).  In 1988 the annual appeal was The Great Blue Peter Bring and Buy Sale for Kampuchea (in 1979 they had done a similar appeal to bring … Continue reading Film: The Missing Picture (2013)

TV: Son of Man (1969)

Well, it's Easter, Good Friday to be precise, and coincidentally I've found myself reading Jose Saramago's really quiet brilliant novel The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, which, as these things do, has bought to mind several films along related lines but the one that I always think of is Dennis Potter's Son of Man. Originally … Continue reading TV: Son of Man (1969)

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)

Film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Fittingly, even for a story as densely plotted as this, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a film about looking.  Director Tomas Alfredson puts this front and center with Smiley's visit to the optician for new frames and the way that the viewer is invited, just like Connie Sachs, to interrogate the frame (the beginning of … Continue reading Film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)