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Armchair Viewing: Mars Attacks! (1996)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sun, 13/12/2009 - 11:26

"Die, you alien shithead!"

What's it about?
Tim Burton directed, star-studded spoof of 1950’s post-nuclear Alien Invasion sci-fi, and inspired (somewhat obtusely) by a set of bubblegum cards, Mars Attacks! does exactly what it says on the tin. Big-brained, mischievous little green men from the Red Planet inexplicably invade Earth and its up to our greatest armed forces and intellects to save the day.

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Armchair Viewing: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Posted by Neil Davey | Fri, 11/12/2009 - 10:12

"Let me tell you a little story about a man named Sh! Sh! even before you start. That was a pre-emptive 'Sh!' Now, I have a whole bag of 'Sh!' with your name on it..."

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After defeating Dr. Evil in the 60s, International Man of Mystery Austin Powers is frozen in case his arch-nemesis ever returns. Thirty years later, Evil is back and holding the world to ransom, so Powers is defrosted. Both though are finding modern life a little difficult. What do you mean there's no free love? 

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Armchair Viewing: William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Thu, 10/12/2009 - 12:17

"But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two households, both alike in dignity. In Fair Verona where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny. Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 10/12/2009 - 09:30

It's well-known we poor Brits are enslaved to our jobs. The long hours culture we have is the worst in Western Europe and most people come home shattered, with the sole intention of flopping on the sofa with a glass of wine and the chance to unwind a bit with the family. And then there are the work junkies, the ones who just can't switch off like normal mortals. Channel 4's Kidnapped by the Kids (9pm) tells the story of Lester Adams, a workaholic for whom putting in an 80-hour week he'd consider to be lightweight. The trouble is, his two children never see him because Lester often sleeps at his workplace so they take drastic action. What follows is an emotional overhaul for Lester when his kids "kidnap" him from work, hide his laptop and force him to spend a week in a remote country location with him in the hope he'll learn how to be just "Dad". Be prepared to shed some tears along with Lester. This charming documentary is, however, a bleak reminder of how damaging our work culture is to our personal lives.

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Armchair Viewing: There's Something About Mary (1998)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Wed, 09/12/2009 - 09:23

Hitchhiker: "Step into my office."
Ted: "Why?"
Hitchhiker: 'Cause you're fuckin' fired!
"

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Ted (Ben Stiller) had a disastrous date with Mary (Cameron Diaz) at high school. Many years later he gets the chance to make amends. With comedic results.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 09/12/2009 - 09:21

David Attenborough has probably attained National Treasure status, after more than 50 years on our screens. He's introduced us to every aspect of life on our planet and we've hung on to his every word. But one thing was always missing. The biggest, most widespread life form on Earth. Us. Worry no more for Attenborough finally takes up the challenge in Horizon (BBC2, 9pm). Subtitled How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth?, he investigates the explosion in population - from 2.5 billion in 1950 to today's staggering 7 billion.

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Armchair Viewing: Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Tue, 08/12/2009 - 11:22

Ofelia: "My name is Ofelia. Who are you?"
Pan: "Me? I've had so many names. Old names that only the wind and the trees can pronounce. I am the mountain, the forest and the earth. I am... I am a faun. Your most humble servant, Your Highness.
"

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young girl escapes from the fascist world of 1940s Spain into a strange but intriguing fantasy world.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 08/12/2009 - 09:04

Fans of Russell Brand are in for a treat tonight at 10pm on Channel 4, when he delivers a surprisingly candid interview to fellow stand-up Frank Skinner. Russell Brand: Skinned follows the bearded womaniser on his latest tour, a show built entirely on the Sachs phone call incident that led to him resigning swiftly from the BBC a year ago. But it's when he opens up to Skinner about his drug addictions that you see a vulnerable side he rarely shows.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 07/12/2009 - 09:27

As Christmas rapidly approaches, today's tips have a very seasonal flavour. When you were a child you almost certainly had a game as a present and if you've now got kids of your own it's odds on you'll be buying games for them for Christmas. Games Britannia (BBC4, 9pm) is a historical exploration of the nation's love of games, with a delve into the kind of play our ancestors in the Middle Ages and Victorian times liked to indulge in. This is wonderful stuff, from why the Church used strategy games to instil religious doctrine to how the Cold War influenced market choice in the post-war period. This is the first of a three-part trip into the past and also the future.

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Armchair Viewing: Saw (2004)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Mon, 07/12/2009 - 08:58

"I want to play a game."

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two men wake-up in a grimy, disused bathroom, next to a corpse, chained to the walls with only a pair of cassette players available to explain their circumstances. The hacksaws also in reach aren’t there for cutting through the chains. And so begin Jigsaw’s games…

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