Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘A Missing Link’ (3×04 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… Having established the base foundation of Season Three, Alias is free to begin assembling the building blocks in A Missing Link, the first episodeContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘A Missing Link’ (3×04 – Review)”

Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘The Two’ (3×01 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… You could make a strong argument that Alias peaked at the tail end of its second season, and from The Two onwards the journeyContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘The Two’ (3×01 – Review)”

THE WHOLE NINE YARDS: High concept, low returns (2000 in Film #7)

This year, 20 years on from the year 2000, I’m going to celebrate the first year of cinema in the 21st century by looking back at some of the films across the year at the turn of the millennium which took No #1 at the box office for their opening weekends. This week, I’m lookingContinue reading “THE WHOLE NINE YARDS: High concept, low returns (2000 in Film #7)”

TREADSTONE: Spy fun, but don’t say the B-word (Season 1 – Review)

Treadstone feels like a show that somebody made in 2008 and forgot about for over ten years. There is something a little strange about Tim Kring’s series set in the Jason Bourne universe. For one thing, it seems utterly determined to never mention the ‘B word’ at any point. Not Blackbriar, the second secret CIA projectContinue reading “TREADSTONE: Spy fun, but don’t say the B-word (Season 1 – Review)”

2019 Top 10: TV Shows

As we close out 2019, it’s time to put together a few Top 10 lists based on my key entertainment passions – film, TV and film scores. I’ve gone back and forth on decade lists but I suspect I’m just going to keep to 2019 releases on the blog, and maybe do something more withContinue reading “2019 Top 10: TV Shows”

From the Vault #10: GOODFELLAS (1990)

From 2012 onwards, before developing this blog, I wrote a multitude of reviews on the website Letterboxd. In this irregular series called From the Vault, I’m going to haul these earlier reviews out of mothballs and re-purpose them here. This one is from April 26th, 2014, revisited with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman having landed… DavidContinue reading “From the Vault #10: GOODFELLAS (1990)”

TV, Book, Movie & Podcast Roundup – May 2019

Welcome to June! Because there’s not enough useless information floating around on the internet, I thought I would update readers of this blog as to what I’ve watched/read over the previous month, each month, in the form of TV, movies and books. Some of this I will have reviewed on Cultural Conversation but others I’veContinue reading “TV, Book, Movie & Podcast Roundup – May 2019”

Death Wish: When did death become the journey?

The end of April saw two of the biggest pop-culture entertainment events of the decade in one weekend, and something strange has become apparent through the other side of them: we have become obsessed with death. SPOILERS follow for Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame, Breaking Bad & The Sopranos.

TV, Book and Movie Roundup – April 2019

Welcome to May! Because there’s not enough useless information floating around on the internet, I thought I would update readers of this blog as to what I’ve watched/read over the previous month, each month, in the form of TV, movies and books. Some of this I will have reviewed on Cultural Conversation but others I’veContinue reading “TV, Book and Movie Roundup – April 2019”

Fleabag and the Masterpiece criteria

The word masterpiece is too often thrown around with abandon in this hyperbolic day and age, but the term might well be apt for the BBC comedy drama Fleabag, which reached a much anticipated conclusion this week. Writer and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge had to be talked into developing a follow up to her nihilistic darkContinue reading “Fleabag and the Masterpiece criteria”