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Archive for May, 2005

By Jim Smith on 31 May 2005 Comments Off

Imagine a performance of a song where everything is just enough off key to make it seem like someone’s nails being dragged down a blackboard.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 28 May 2005 Comments Off

The first two-part story in this series of Doctor Who was called ‘World War Three’, but for the second one we go back to World War Two, for a tale of terrifying children, dashing space captains and the intolerances of wartime society.

By Eddie Robson on 27 May 2005 Comments Off

I’m well aware that ‘The Simple Life’ is old news, being on its fourth series or whatever in the States, but the general consensus on this show seems to be that it’s vacuous fun…

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By Lance Parkin on 21 May 2005 Comments Off

It’s fast, it’s loud, it’s melodramatic, it’s gory, it’s a rollercoaster
ride, it’s packed with eye candy, kids will lap it up and if you don’t
realise those are all good things, you shouldn’t be going to the movies in
the first place.

By Eddie Robson on 20 May 2005 Comments Off

The term ‘reality TV’ doesn’t really mean anything any more…

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By Eddie Robson on 20 May 2005 Comments Off

What Armando Iannucci and Jesse Armstrong have done here is very simply asked themselves what ‘Yes, Minister’ would have been like had it been made today, and then made it…

By Mark Clapham on 19 May 2005 Comments Off

Sometimes, a new work comes along of such ruthlessly poor taste that the only possible response is one of awe.

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By Mark Clapham on 17 May 2005 Comments Off

This new series of ‘Doctor Who’ is both perfect kids’ entertainment and more grown-up than ‘Doctor Who’ has ever previously been…

By Mark Clapham on 10 May 2005 Comments Off

‘To Catch A Virgin Ghost’, showing at London’s Prince Charles Cinema as part of the UK Korean Film Festival 2005, doesn’t so much span the genres as roll over them in a tank.

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By Eddie Robson on 07 May 2005 Comments Off

This episode falls a little short visually. I imagine that the year 20,000 will be almost unrecognisable from now, so I expect 200,000 to seem as mad as tin pie…

By Jim Smith on 04 May 2005 Comments Off

The cancellation of ‘Enterprise’ will not be the end of ‘Star Trek’, but it is the end of the ‘modern Trek era’. In the first of a series Shiny Shelf looks at the evolution of the world’s biggest SF series.

By Lance Parkin on 03 May 2005 Comments Off

The problem with ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ movie isn’t that it’s not faithful, it’s worse – it’s that it’s not funny.

By Mark Clapham on 03 May 2005 Comments Off

While never likely to please the more militant fans of earlier versions, the film ‘Hitchhikers’ stays faithful to the spirit of its author, and registers as a (qualified) success…

By Eddie Robson on 01 May 2005 Comments Off

Until now I liked the new ‘Doctor Who’: I liked it very much. But I didn’t really love it. These forty-five minutes have changed all that…