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Armchair Viewing: Enter The Dragon (1973)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Thu, 17/12/2009 - 09:44

Han: "We are all ready to win, just as we are born knowing only life. It is defeat that you must learn to prepare for."
Williams: "Don’t waste my time with it. When it comes, I won’t even notice… I'll be too busy looking good
."

What's it about?
A kung fu ace is recruited by British intelligence to infiltrate a martial arts competition held on a remote island by the sinister Han, a sonofabitch Hong Kong crimelord who is responsible for drug running, prostitution and whole host of other evil activities. Cue lots of flying fists and feet.

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Iron Man 2 trailer appears online- Enter War Machine

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 17/12/2009 - 00:19

Midnight on Thursday December 17 saw the unprecedented online appearance of what will unquestionably be one of 2010's Biggest Films' sneaky peeks - the first trailer for Iron Man 2. There's not much more to say, except strap yourselves in and follow this link to Apple.com's exclusive embedded Quicktime trailer.

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Armchair Viewing: The Sixth Sense (1999)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Wed, 16/12/2009 - 15:33

"I see dead people."

What's it about?
A young boy called Cole (Haley Joel Osment) starts seeing the spirits of people who have died but don't know it. In disheartened psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), Cole finds someone who seems to understand.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 16/12/2009 - 09:58

Christmas has arrived early! Pop pickers and cult fans alike should hang up their stockings right now because the Time Lord himself has parked his Tardis in one of the funniest slots on the telly. Yes, actor David Tennant - about to bow out of a four-year run as the Doctor - is the guest host of Buzzcocks - the Doctor Who Special on BBC2 at 10pm. Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been on sparkling form this season, with Noel Fielding turning out to be a rather good replacement for Bill Bailey. And with Tennant on the brink of

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Golden Globes nominees unveiled – Up In The Air! Avatar! Basterds!

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 15/12/2009 - 16:46

It's Christmas time and that means one thing in the film world: awards season is just around the corner. The nominees for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards have just been unveiled, with Up In The Air garnering the most nominations with a total of six.

The George Clooney-fronted picture, which premiered at the recent London Film Festival and hits UK cinemas in January, is up for most of the majors – including Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Director, Best Screenplay and Clooney himself is up for Best Actor (Drama). With the Globes generally being accepted as a dry-run of the Oscars, could it finally be Clooney's year to scoop the Best Actor statue come February?

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 15/12/2009 - 10:23

Browsing today's programme line-up triggers a Groundhog Day moment - everything looks like it was shown yesterday, or last Wednesday. Some of the schedule is just plain bizarre - who on earth is going to watch sheepdog trialling a week before Christmas?

 It's all about the food tonight - if you haven't yet planned your feast for the big day, or even started the supermarket run, you'd best tune in now to Jamie's Family Christmas (C4, 8pm). Oliver has one of those smug faces you always want to slap, but boy can he cook! And he's passionate about eating well. This is a double helping with extra oomph as the boy wonder demonstrates a classic roast turkey dinner plus all the trimmings with ease. If you're aiming to cook a traditional menu, Jamie'll show you how to do it. Episode 2 looks at brunches and snacks, American style.

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Armchair Viewing: Hunger

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 15/12/2009 - 09:48

"There is no such thing as political murder, there is only criminal murder"

What's it about?
Bobby Sands and several other members of the IRA have been imprisoned in a high-security facility. In response to the British government, led by Margaret Thatcher, withdrawing Special Category Status for imprisoned paramilitaries, Sands and the other inmates choose to starve themselves in protest – what would become the 1981 Irish hunger strikes. Hunger follows the protesters, focussing specifically on Sands' life during the final days of the strike.

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Family Guy Strikes Back. Giggity!

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 15/12/2009 - 07:28

Yesterday I was one of the lucky few to pop in to 20th Century Fox's London HQ for a first look at the new Family Guy Star Wars spoof, Something Something Something Dark Side.

This time they're riffing on The Empire Strikes Back. It's more of an homage than a parody, as with the Emmy-nominated Blue Harvest in 2008, and basically retells the story of The Empire Strikes Back with a Family Guy twist. For me, it's actually a lot funnier than the first one (especially the opening credit crawl, with some lovely digs at Fox) and all the Family Guy regulars are back, with a few casting surprises – wait until you see who plays Boba Fett! And the good news is that this one won't be the last. Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane and the team are already working on the final special in the trilogy, which will be their take on Return of The Jedi – which will be titled We Have a Bad Feeling About This.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 14/12/2009 - 09:43

Much as it's gratifying to agree with other reviewers on the top programmes to watch, I see it as my civic duty to unearth the viewing gems tucked away in the more obscure corners of the schedules. There aren't many, granted, especially in mid-December when the terrestrials are offering little of note because they're keeping the best stuff for next week. But fear not, music aficionados, and set your recording kit now.

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Armchair Viewing: Time Bandits (1981)

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 14/12/2009 - 08:53

"God isn't interested in technology. He cares nothing for the microchip or the silicon revolution. Look how he spends his time, forty-three species of parrots! Nipples for men!"

What's it about?
A young boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) gets caught up in the adventures of a bunch of time-travelling midgets who have stolen God's map of the universe. They travel through time stealing treasure wherever they can, and getting up to all sorts of midget mischief.

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