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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Sunday 07 February 2010
I sometimes wonder if this column's title is entirely right; perhaps it should be called 'Invisible Ink' because, while neither Nevil Shute nor Eric Ambler is truly forgotten, their words have faded to a faintness only discerned by loyal fans. Reprints are available and second-hand copies lie in Oxfam shops, but both authors have been caught out by the passage of time.
Sunday 13 December 2009
It's astonishing to think that the thrillers of the 1980s are now deemed insufficiently bland and glossy for mainstream audiences, but it's true. In May we had Obsessed, a (12A)-rated copy of Fatal Attraction, and now we have a plastic, production-line remake of 1987's The Stepfather – with no blood, no swearing, no sex, and no violence – that wouldn't be at home in an episode of Poirot. I'm not even sure why it deserves a 15 certificate, except for all the gratuitous shots of Amber Heard in an itsy-bitsy bikini.
Thursday 15 October 2009
Stoke chairman Peter Coates insists they will do everything to keep Ryan Shawcross but has warned the defender not to get distracted by media speculation.
Friday 02 October 2009
Paul W S Anderson produced this stranded-spaceship thriller, so expect variations on his earlier Event Horizon, Resident Evil and Alien vs Predator.
Friday 02 October 2009
A follow-up to the hyperkinetic District 13, which also introduced cinemagoers to the breakneck speed and agility of parkour (aka free-running), this brings together the original's buffed stars, Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle, in a Parisian conspiracy thriller of frankly preposterous dimensions.
Friday 18 September 2009
A low-budget British "thriller" that is comfortably the worst film I can remember seeing: threadbare plot, clunking dialogue, brain-dead conspiracy theorising, and a gallery of embarrassing racial stereotypes. Avoid at all costs.
Wednesday 12 August 2009
Friday 19 June 2009
Friday 12 June 2009
Friday 29 May 2009
Pity New Orleans. No sooner have they cleared up after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina than a Renny Harlin action thriller blows into town and trashes the place all over again.
Tuesday 19 May 2009
From hypnotic Sister-in-Laws, to the dangers of seeing dead people, to mark Sky's Hitchcock week, we present ten of the best suspense films.
Tuesday 21 April 2009
Our readers discuss the political thriller, State of Play
Monday 22 December 2008
Friday 26 September 2008
The only puzzle of this toxically stupid Europhobe thriller is that its director (Pierre Morel) and producer (Luc Besson) are both French.
Friday 02 May 2008
"Please write nothing for the murder in the shower," Hitchcock told his composer. "That must be without music."
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