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Woody Allen’s back catalogue casts a long shadow across contemporary romantic comedy. His tropes and trademarks are as ingrained into the collective sense memory as mother’s perfume. At the first tremble of a clarinet, mutter about mortality or meander across a Manhattan neighbourhood, we inhale the nostalgia like Bisto kids. And arguably we’d never have met Harry and Sally, walked the Sidewalks of New York or dined alongside Friends with Money without his influence.
The Longest Week is peppered with Woody base notes. Over the course of seven days, Conrad (Jason Bateman) has been stripped of the safety net of his wealth and the cushion of his ego, moved in with his cynical best friend (Billy Crudup) and accidentally fallen in love with his girl (Olivia Wilde). His eventual dilemma – to be or not to be a better man – is as timeless as Annie Hall.
Now, to coincide with its DVD release, »
- Emily Breen
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Normal 0 false false false En-gb X-none X-none Some characters you know you are going to like right away.
The first time I stumbled across The X-Files and saw David Duchovny turn around in his swivel chair as Special Agent Fox Mulder, all handsome with deadpan wit and alien conspiracies, I wanted to know what was going to happen to him.I also garnered instant admiration for Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who was the petite, cute, blonde heroine instead of the damsel in distress or dead airhead number two.
And who would not want a brother like Jensen Ackles’ Dean Winchester? His depth of singular devotion is usually reserved for children or lovers.
Conversely, there are characters you do not love to hate but only hate, or at least do not care for one way or another at first. Thoughtful writing, talented actors »
Feature Aaron Birch 1 May 2014 - 06:33
Boss fights are almost always a game's highlight, but some are more challenging than others. Here's our top 25...
In the world of videogames bosses aren't the kind of authority figures that'll give you a last minute report to do, or delegate to you tasks they simply can't be bothered doing. No, these bosses would rather take that report, roll it up into a ball, set fire to it, and throw it at your face. The only delegation they're interested in is getting you to test the sharpness of their axe, or the effectiveness of a new spell.
The end level boss is almost as old as videogaming itself, and many genres have some form of superior foes awaiting you at the end of a level, area or mission. These bosses are often large, overpowered beasts that make the foes you've faced thus far seem tame in comparison, »
The "Veronica Mars" movie was released on Friday, in a limited number of theaters, via various digital and On Demand platforms, and through digital downloads that came as one of the Kickstarter rewards. (Though I understand there have been some glitches with that.) I already reviewed the film in advance, but there are certain things I didn't want to talk about until many of you had seen it. So spoilers coming up just as soon as I'm a Hooters barback... The best thing about the movie was how much it made me want to see another one — not just because I thought Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero and Kristen Bell did such a great job of making Veronica work as an adult character, but because the unusual circumstances of this movie's creation meant it had to be made in a very particular way. I respect the idea that Thomas wanted to »
- Alan Sepinwall
4 items from 2014
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