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Toronto Film Review: Andrew Garfield in ‘Breathe’

Toronto Film Review: Andrew Garfield in ‘Breathe’
Practically a household name if not a household face, Andy Serkis may have done more than anyone in contemporary film to revise and expand perceptions of what constitutes screen acting. Whether as slippery no-man’s-creature Gollum or mighty chimpanzee warlord Caesar, his detailed, digitally abetted characterizations have effectively divorced the ideas of performance and physical presence, making the stage-trained thespian an unlikely flag-bearer for cinema’s more synthetic possibilities.

That future-minded reputation is scarcely in evidence, however, in “Breathe,” Serkis’ surprisingly fusty directorial debut. A soft square slab of British heritage filmmaking, bathed in buttery light nearly as golden as the awards it’s targeting, this earnestly romantic biopic of odds-beating polio patient Robin Cavendish and his unwavering wife, Diana, keeps its eyes moist and its upper lip stiff to the last — but its sweeping inspirational gestures rarely reach all the way to the heart.

Primarily a showcase for stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, “Breathe
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Where are the female leads in UK geek TV?

Feature Andrew Blair 8 Oct 2013 - 06:57

Andrew asks why UK genre TV is lagging behind the times in terms of putting female characters centre stage...

When it was announced that Matt Smith was leaving Doctor Who, the issue of the Doctor's gender and, to a lesser extent, skin colour were debated. We now have Peter Capaldi to look forward to in the role, and although the presence of another white male has caused some annoyance, the sheer brilliance of Capaldi's casting has been a cause for excitement.

So, the Doctor won't be female for now, but what of other shows? There aren't, and arguably never have been, any comparable lead roles for women on British genre shows, and it's not really been tried.

Yes, there's a companion in Doctor Who and they're great parts, but if you look at attempts to replicate Who's success in a family viewing slot, not
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BBC passes on Paul Cornell's 'Pulse'

The BBC has passed up the opportunity to commission Paul Cornell's Pulse as a television series, Bleeding Cool reports. Based on a screenplay by the DC Comics scribe, the hospital sci-fi horror failed to impress the network with its pilot episode. "The decision about which series to commission was not determined solely by audience numbers. BBC Three looks hard at Appreciation Index responses, how good they thought a (more)
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Review: 'Pulse' refreshing the parts other medical procedurals cannot!

Synopsis: A year after her mother's death, Hannah resumes her training at one of the country's top teaching hospitals. She is soon terrified by strange visions and the threatening behavior of her ex-boyfriend and star surgeon Nick and wonders if she has come back too soon. Thursday night saw the first of three back door pilots broadcast on BBC Three, and if this is what we can expect to see in future weeks when it comes to quality drama, the standard is extremely high. "Pulse," which is written by Paul Cornell, is a hospital procedural with a difference. In fact the pilot perhaps has more in common with the classic suspense horror movie "Coma" and the
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Dan Snow's Little Ships and Pulse | TV Review

In five years there may be no Dunkirk veterans left. They made this doc worthwhile

Seventy years on, Dunkirk is still one of the miracles of the 20th century. Over the course of a few days in May 1940, more than 330,000 members of the British Expeditionary Force were evacuated from the beaches and harbour by a ragbag of civilian and naval ships from under the noses of a German army that had Blitzkrieged its way through France and Belgium. It shouldn't have been possible. The British High Command expected to rescue about 10% of that number. Had they been right, the war would have been over and European history rewritten.

Finding a new way into retelling a story that has been told so many times before is not easy, and Dan Snow's Little Ships (BBC2) started out better than most. Here were the pleasure boats – Papillon, Hilfranor and Queen Boadicea II
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The Culture Show | The Book Show at Hay | The Simpsons | Pulse | Little Ships | You Have Been Watching | Watch This

The Culture Show | The Book Show at Hay | The Simpsons | Pulse | Little Ships | You Have Been Watching

The Culture Show

7pm, BBC2

Andrew Graham-Dixon previews Rude Britannia, Tate Britain's new exhibition looking at the tradition of British satirical cartoons. Mark Kermode meets Kidulthood star Noel Clarke to discuss his latest film 4.3.2.1. Tom Dyckhoff explores the impact of good design on people's health, checking into Norman Foster's new Circle Hospital in Bath and the new children's wing of St Thomas' in London. And Miranda Sawyer joins an all-male book group in Bolton to find out what they think of this year's shortlist for the all-female Orange prize for fiction. Rv

The Book Show At Hay

7pm, Sky Arts 1

The nightly Book Show Hay catch-up continues. Mariella has the usual mix of guests, though they tend to be heavyweights from the bestseller lists, including Alexander McCall Smith and Louis de Bernières,
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