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Black Mirror: 15 Million Merits

Channel 4 This comes from husband and wife Charlie Brooker and Kanak Huq, which one is the husband and which the wife I’m not sure. This reminded me a bit of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Not the 1935 book but the 1969 film with Jane Fonda. The first part of Black Mirror is the best, when the programme’s hi-tech credentials are established. Daniel Kaluuya and Jessica Brown Findlay are locked into a mirrored world that throws commercials at them...

El Classico

Real Madrid 1 Barcelona 3 El Classico. There are not many games that could make me leave the pub on a Saturday night. There are lots of Celtic games that could drive me to the pub. The problem, of course, is I’m already there. El Classico has 500 million viewers and 80 000 fans in the stadium. As the commentator kept telling us these are the two best footballing teams in the world and they have the best players in the world. Messi, of course, in...

Street Kings

Street Kings Film 4. Screenplay by James Elroy and I’m taking it is based on a book by James Elroy. Keanu Reaves is the maverick cop, among a like minded group, for whom the rules of policing are what others use to avoid getting the job done. The pace is non-stop. In the first scene Keanu gets badly beaten trying to sell a machine gun to some Asians. They steal his car and the merchandise, but leave him with his life. Keanu doesn’t let that...

Without You

Without You ITV is the first episode based on a Nicci French thriller What Do We Do When Someone Dies?’ I like the name Nicci French. It sounds like a bit of a thriller and if it were I’d cast Anna Friel as Nicci French as Ellie Manning whose husband is killed, but she still talks to him as if he was there and, guess what, we see him, or at least her vision of him. I hate that. Anna Friel is pig beautiful enough to carry many a series, but not...

Cypher (2002) Film4

Cypher (2002) was written by Brian King and an amalgam of Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, and the box office smash The Matrix. All you need to know, however, is it stars Lucy Liu. A general rule of thumb is if it stars Lucy Liu it’s a turkey. She was outacted by an animated baby in Ally McBeal. She was the ugliest angel that Charlie could have picked in a class that included the not overly pretty...

Mimic (1997) BBC 1

Mimic (1997) is one of those late night movies you expect to be completely rubbish, but is pretty good. I didn’t know the director was Gullermo del Torro which perhaps explains it. The story, as such, is a quite simple, giant insects eat people. The way it is done, however, is ingenious. The insects in the darkness of dusk look human. There’s plenty of scope for jokes here by turning the transformation around. But it does work. One of the early...

ABCtales Magazine Issue 24 Out Now

The latest issue of ABCtales Magazine is now available to buy or download from: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/ABCtalesMagazine Featuring Nick Garrard, Chris Birrane, N J Quantrill, Alex Rankin, Richard Aronowitz, Camden Reece, John F King, Deirdre Malone, Kate Hall, David Davidson, Peter Gavin-Rowney, Alex Cruden, Harry Bagnall, Florian, Kirsty Harris, Matt Evans, Nick Kirincic, iDrew, Peter Davidson, Alice Evermore, Sue Dinum, Catherine Rose...

Feast of Love FilmFour

Feast of Love (2007) FilmFour is the kind of film that you can watch while reading the paper and patting the dog. If you haven’t got a dog, get a dog. One of the nicer scenes is when Bradley (Greg Kinnear) goes to get back the dog that he bought for his wife Katherine’s birthday. He needs the dog, because his wife has left him for another woman and well, he just needs that dog. Uncle Bradley, however, can’t get the dog because everybody in the...

American Nomads BBC 4

American Nomads written and directed by Richard Grant. The narrator starts with property. He has a house in Tucson Arizona. Before he had a house he had the ground and the stars. He seeks out with a big butterfly net to capture his fellow contemporary nomads in America. First stop was the young homeless. They are always the most photogenic. And if they are travelling with a dog that just makes the most poignant scenes. Boy-girl-dog. The story is...

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