Sometimes it can be empowering to know you have nothing left to lose – that, at least, is the theory behind the birth of “my nemesis and my deliverer”, as Michael Pennington describes his alter ego in Becoming Johnny Vegas (HarperCollins, £20). In a thoroughly entertaining memoir, Pennington is also acute in his psychological evisceration of his own drunken shambles of an act.
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Friday 11 March 2011
Friday 18 February 2011
Last Night's TV - The Bear Family and Me, BBC2; Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent, ITV1; The Lakes, ITV1
Tuesday 04 January 2011
Sunday 19 September 2010
Quirky doesn’t begin to describe this Korean tale of a woman who will do anything to save her mentally challenged son from spending life in jail for a murder she is convinced he didn’t commit.
Friday 06 August 2010
Half mad and quite bad, this is a film that doesn't know what it wants to be. It starts off as a fairly decent psychological thriller centred on a lunatic (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) with several personalities; then, suddenly, it shifts to a backwood full of old crones and other hackneyed horror tropes.
Friday 02 July 2010
A novelist in search of a syndrome, Clare Morrall seems irresistibly drawn to characters with cognitive disorders. Her Man Booker-short listed debut Astonishing Splashes of Colour featured a heroine who suffered from synaesthesia, while subsequent novels explored Asperger's and depression. In The Man Who Disappeared, her fourth novel, she examines a yet more idiosyncratic condition - a middle-aged woman seemingly entirely happy with her lot.
Friday 30 April 2010
It is not immediately clear if this Austrian film is a character study or a psychological thriller, for it has strong elements of both.
Friday 23 April 2010
A scarred stranger shows up on the doorstep of suburban couple Norma and Arthur Lewis and offers them a beguiling choice.
Sunday 11 April 2010
When Gerard Butler's wife and daughter are murdered, he vows revenge, not just on the killers, and not just on the prosecutor (Jamie Foxx) who plea-bargained on their behalf, but on the whole of Philadelphia's legal system.
Sunday 06 December 2009
Tuesday 01 December 2009
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