Second Coming w/spoilers

Starring: Nadine Marshall, Idris Elba, Kai Francis Lewis

3 1/2 out of 5 *****

Second Coming is the debut film from Debbie Tucker Green, whose career up to now has been largely as a playwright (her latest play, Hang, starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste is currently showing at the Royal Court Theatre). Tucker Green first came to my attention after she adapted one of her plays, Random for Channel 4 in 2011. It wasn't only Tucker Green's words that shone, but also the story's lead, Nadine Marshall. (more…)

Review: Blood

From London to Baltimore, rioting often occurs as a consequence of the public making their voices heard. However, the aftermath often focuses on the damage done to property, rather than the damage done to people.

Borne from the reductive and simplistic analysis of the riots in Britain in 2011[1], Emteaz Hussain's sophomore play, Blood (a co-production from Tamasha Theatre and Belgrade Theatre Coventry) is a riposte to such harmful discourse, by highlighting the nation's youth - who are often vilified (more so if you're a person of colour) - as fully-rounded people. (more…)

Avengers: Age of Ultron w/spoilers

2 1/2 out of 5 *****

We should have known from the first scene. Like Lethal Weapon 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron begins with a clear statement of intent. No expository build-up to getting the band back together, we go straight into the middle of an action sequence. The Avengers are in Eastern Europe, in pursuit of the reconstituted Hydra, who have possession of Loki's sceptre. The mission is to regain the sceptre, so that Thor can return it to Asgaard, and square the circle left after the events of Avengers Assemble. (more…)

Will Smith Passes The Torch

It was at college when I was first introduced to the concept of semiotics[1]. As a student, this largely consisted of analysing movie posters, and their attendant meanings.

This came to mind after seeing the teaser poster for the latest Will Smith movie, Focus. It was a shot of Smith, but of the back of his head. This is something of a rarity in Hollywood promotion. While there was no doubt of the identity of the poster's subject, I found it a very curious choice. A choice that my restless mind felt compelled to try and decode. (more…)

Selma w/spoilers

4 out of 5 *****

For those not familiar with the work of Ava DuVernay, one of the features of her movies is her ability to scrutinise the quotidian. She has always been superb at shining a spotlight on the little things, the intimate moments which so often go unnoticed, but in aggregate, are the ones that make a life. (more…)

Doctor Who: A New Writer’s Tale

With Doctor Who ending 2014 with the damp squib of its Christmas Special, we now begin to wind up the rumour mill for the 9th series of the show. As of yet, the lede is that Jenna Coleman remains as Peter Capaldi's travelling companion, but what I'm more interested in is who will the make up the writing staff that supports the showrunner, Steven Moffat. (more…)

Doctor Who: Observations From Series 8

This post will contain spoilers for Doctor Who series 8.

With Series 8 of Doctor Who now drawn to a close, and no return of Peter Capaldi's Time Lord until Christmas Day, now seems an opportune time to review the last three months of adventures with Gallifrey's most infamous citizen. (more…)

Doctor Who: Flatine and The Lonely Black Teen

This post will contain spoilers for the episode, Flatline. Some of the links also contain spoilers to earlier episodes of Doctor Who.

Last week's episode, Flatline maintains the strong standard of much of this series (after a pretty ropey start). While written by Jamie Mathieson, it had a discernible aroma of a Steven Moffat story, with the villains ("The Boneless") turning the most everyday areas of life into sites of peril. No longer could one stand near a wall, or even stand on a floor, without risking death. The Boneless come in the recent tradition of monsters such as the Vashta Nerada and of course, the Weeping Angels. (more…)

Doctor Who: The Caretaker’s Microaggressions

Despite the stereotype of the embittered, bellyaching genre-fiction fan, most of us aren't like "Comic Book Guy" from The Simpsons. Our favourite movies and television shows function as a necessary panacea when navigating the more boring aspects of life. (more…)

Doctor Who: Listen

CONTENT NOTE: This review will contain minor spoilers, and some of the embedded links are NSFW

It's been somewhat disconcerting to be one of those Doctor Who-naysayers over the past year. The middling quality of Matt Smith's final (half)-series appeared to continue into the early episodes of Peter Capaldi's tenure as The Doctor. I seem to be in the minority, but I've been disappointed by the show since its return last month. (more…)