10 items from 2014
The brilliant Maxine Peake is wasted in the BBC's rather soulless drama about legal eagles' ups and downs
There can't be many professions with such intense highs and lows as a barrister has. Professional sports person maybe. Barista probably not; likewise television critic.
For Martha (Maxine Peake), it's a deep trough at the start of this first episode of series three of Silk (BBC1). The appeal of a client – an innocent client – is refused. Send him down! The poor man later kills himself.
To make things more miserable for Martha, her arch rival Clive (Rupert Penry-Jones) is the man of the moment; he has finally made QC and is having a big silk party (sounds sexier than it is). Martha consoles herself with the Clash and Joy Division. And with Clive, they appear to be a thing now, did we know that? Maybe love will tear them apart.
We did »
- Sam Wollaston
Secrets Of Your Credit Rating — Channel 4 Dispatches | Kidnapped: Betrayed By Britain? – Panorama | Silk | Horizon: How You Really Make Decisions | One Born Every Minute | Knife Crime ER: Reggie Yates' Extreme South Africa | My Mad Fat Diary
Secrets Of Your Credit Rating — Channel 4 Dispatches
8pm, Channel 4
There will be many who think of themselves as fundamentally reliable citizens who have found themselves thwarted when attempting to purchase anything via an obdurate computer that doubted their creditworthiness. This investigation goes undercover at Britain's biggest credit reference agency to find out how accurate its information is, and assesses your options in the event that a mistake is made. May induce seething. Andrew Mueller
Kidnapped: Betrayed By Britain? – Panorama
Reporter Jane Corbin investigates the curious case of Abbas Yazdi, a British businessman of Iranian origin who disappeared in Dubai in June 2013. Did the British government play a part in what happened? »
- Andrew Mueller, Bim Adewunmi, Rachel Aroesti, Mark Jones, Ali Catterall
Review Philip Tibbetts 18 Feb 2014 - 09:11
Philip checks out Big Finish's latest solid, enjoyable Eighth Doctor audio adventure, Dark Eyes 2...
Dark Eyes 2 is the latest instalment of the Eighth Doctor’s continuing Big Finish audio adventures, comprised of four stories: The Traitor, The White Room, Time’s Horizon and The Eyes of the Master. This time around the Doctor finds himself, and former acquaintances, caught up in the machinations of the Daleks and a resurrected Master.
As an ongoing series, Dark Eyes appears to be set in the foreboding twilight of the Eighth Doctor’s life, following on from the harrowing events of Lucie Miller. Dark Eyes is titled after new companion Molly O’Sullivan, the last of the companions named by the dying Doctor in Night of the Doctor.
The first Dark Eyes arc was released back in 2012 and whilst being popular it certainly had flaws. Foremost amongst these »
Phil Dunphy is still a real man – part monster and part role model
One of the main complaints voiced by so-called men's rights activists is that in popular culture husbands and fathers are routinely portrayed as moronic incompetents. They appear to detect some sort of organised malice in this, as if Homer Simpson were the product of a conspiracy hatched by our feminist overlords.
More sensible men's advocates, meanwhile, maintain that men are still straitjacketed by old expectations, and given no room to express vulnerability, doubt, or any emotion besides anger. Masculinity, it seems, just doesn't furnish the modern male with very many acceptable ways to be.
Into this vacuum strides Phil Dunphy of Modern Family (Sky1), now returning for its fifth season. Transparently needy, caring but selfish, both a maddeningly attentive father ("Sorry," he says, "was I being proud of you too loud?") and self-professed "cool dad" (in truth, »
- Tim Dowling
Wasted muscles, psychological damage … and patchy Wi-Fi. We're not going to be ready to hit the ground running when we travel to Mars
When we abandon this increasingly useless planet and head, as surely we must, to Mars, there will be a few problems on arrival. It's not just that there is, as yet, no baggage reclaim, but rather that, after a 15-month flight across space, prey to radiation from solar flares, having recycled again and again our own urine and solid matter, we won't be ready to hit the ground running. In fact, our muscles and bones will have wasted so much during that 56m km journey that we will have to be carried from our landing craft and nursed until we recover the strength to stand upright.
- Stuart Jeffries
Dci Banks (Stephen Tompkinson) is having a barbecue with his colleagues in his countryside idyll with lovely views over West Yorkshire. Meanwhile, in the mean city (Leeds), a young boy called Kyle is abducted from a depressing block of flats by a couple posing as social services. Banks is flanked by two women now: Annie (Andrea Lowe), back from maternity leave, and the uncompromising Helen (Caroline Catz). Not many laughs but for fans of unremittingly gloomy searches for lost children, this does the job. Concludes next week. Julia Raeside
Horizon: Swallowed by a Sink Hole
Florida is dotted with sink holes, the composition of the earth being such that it can open up »
- Julia Raeside, Rachel Aroesti, Bim Adewunmi, Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Gwilym Mumford, David Stubbs
Sundance just ended, and we are already preparing for the next big film festival, South By Southwest. Not too long ago, the festival announced a few of the films premiering this year, but now they’ve announced the main slate. The midnight selections and some inevitable late-breaking additions are still to be announced, but this should be more than enough to get you excited. Along with many World Premieres, and Sundance favorites like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, the line up also includes an anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and an extended Q&A screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel with Wes Anderson. SXSW 2014 runs March 7 through 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the line up after the jump.
Narrative Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,324 films submitted to SXSW 2014. Films screening in Narrative »
Today the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced a diverse features lineup for this year’s Festival, the 21st edition and running March 7 – 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The 2014 program expands on SXSW tradition of embracing a range of genres and span of budgets, featuring a wealth of vision from experienced and developing filmmakers alike.
For more information visit http://sxsw.com/film.
Listed in the announcement are 115 of the features that will screen over the course of nine days at SXSW 2014. The lineup below includes 68 films from first-time filmmakers, and consists of 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and 7 U.S. Premieres. These films were selected from a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,540 U.S. and 675 international feature-length films. With a record number of 6,482 submissions total, the overall increase was 14% over 2013. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 5, with the complete »
- Movie Geeks
After announcing earlier this month that Jon Favreau’s Chef and the Veronica Mars movie will be making their world debuts at SXSW this year, the festival has revealed its full line-up, including further very promising world premieres, alongside appearances from some of the year’s most high-profile films.
The Midnight programme will be announced early next month, along with the Shorts line-up, and the complete Conference slate a little later as well.
Led by Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, Nicholas Stoller’s anticipated R-rated comedy, Neighbors, will be making its world debut at the festival, notably marked out as a ‘work-in-progress’ ahead of its theatrical release in May.
David Gordon Green’s acclaimed Joe will make its Us premiere, having bowed at Venice and then Toronto last year. Early reviews have Nicolas Cage giving one of the finest performances of his career, with Tye Sheridan (Mud) excellent alongside him. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Not sure if there is a Short Term 12 equivalent in this year’s Narrative Feature Comp, but on paper SXSW programmers are serving up a mean (and the usual lean group of 8 out of a whopping 1,324 film entries) for the upcoming competitiuon of eight which includes notable entries (that we’ve been tracking for a good time now) such as Zachary Wigon’s The Heart Machine, John Magary’s The Mend, Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns and Lawrence Michael Levine’s Wild Canaries. Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated docs of the year, on the non-fiction side we find Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the other sections (notable world preems in We’ll Never Have Paris and Faults (see Mary Elizabeth Winstead above), some Sundance items with Texan connections and other nuggets.
Narrative Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight »
- Eric Lavallee
10 items from 2014
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