Something unusual happened on American television last week: a drama finished its first season with all the loose ends tied up. There were no cliffhangers. No teasing hints at stories to come. The show in question was Hostages, which started on Channel 4 last night, and it is adding to the stirrings of a television revolution.
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Thursday 28 November 2013
Sunday 29 September 2013
The thriller’s second series was a mess. Now, as it returns, Hugh Montgomery suggests a rescue plan
Friday 27 September 2013
With Daniel Blumberg off to pastures new, the slimmed-down Yuck's sound seems svelte of style, having lost most of its rougher edges and lo-fi feistiness. What's left builds on their Teenage Fanclub-style guitars'n'harmonies approach, but takes it in a less intriguing direction. Effectively, the reverberating soft-focus sheets of chiming guitar and slow-burning, methodical arpeggios of tracks like "Out Of Time", "Somewhere" and "Memorial Fields" resuscitate the long-forgotten corpse of shoegazing, albeit with better melodies for the most part.
Friday 27 September 2013
Though already condemned by Van himself, there's much to appreciate about this 4-CD expanded edition of one of the greatest albums ever recorded. It's fascinating to follow the development of a track such as "Caravan" across half a dozen takes; and the previously unreleased "I Shall Sing" is a delight, like discovering a delicious new centre in your favourite box of chocolates. But what should be particularly gratifying for the singer is that throughout, he's clearly made the best choices for each and every song.
Sunday 22 September 2013
Hannibal Lecter – psychiatrist, psychopath, purveyor of ghastly canapés – is an ambiguous presence in Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon (1981) and its sequels. Rarely the outright villain, he tends to play the role of a genteel monster with whom the reader is, scandalously, invited to sympathise.
Friday 13 September 2013
This album of covers was inspired by Mark Lanegan's childhood recollections of his parents' social evenings, when the tones of such as Andy Williams, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra would wrap warmly around proceedings. His own sepia baritone summons some of that warmth on versions of “Solitaire”, “Autumn Leaves” and “You Only Live Twice”. Elsewhere, the crepuscular tone spreads into more recent material such as The Twilight Singers' “Deepest Shade” and a beautiful version of Nick Cave's “Brompton Oratory”.
Sunday 08 September 2013
What would you do if long-deceased members of your family – daughters, wives, sons – turned up on your doorstep, apparently alive and well, asking what happened to them? Over eight episodes this measured, gripping French drama portrays a mountain community confronting just that question.
Tuesday 27 August 2013
George Zimmerman, the man cleared last month of second-degree murder and manslaughter over the killing of the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, will ask the state of Florida to pay up to $300,000 (£193,000) of his legal expenses, his lawyer said today.
Friday 05 July 2013
Taylor Hackford DVD/Blu-ray (118mins)
Friday 31 May 2013
Brian De Palma Blu-ray (108mins)
Tuesday 14 May 2013
BBC Radio Stoke presenter Paula White was taken off-air after slurring and appearing to be drunk.
Saturday 11 May 2013
Tom Hooper's quasi-operatic mega-musical is loaded with major historical events, weighty themes, tragic deaths and symbolic rebirths, so it's no wonder that the film version of Les Mis gets so exhausting, especially in the static, unspectacular second half.
Friday 03 May 2013
Joe Ahearne DVD/ Blu-ray (300mins)
A Tory Councillor, a West Sussex village and some inner city kids - if only all racism was this simple
Monday 22 April 2013
The bigoted rural snob is Britain's equivalent of the US Southern redneck, a stereotype which allows us to safely locate racism as 'elsewhere' and move on
Saturday 20 April 2013
Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier; sex and murder; swanky Parisian boardrooms and bedrooms. Sounds enticing, doesn't it?
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
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