Dan Struthers

Film

Review: Whiplash

The only real disappointment of Whiplash is that not enough people are going to see it. For a film that was shot in nineteen days, given a measly budget of $3 million and granted a fairly limited release, it is no surprise that Whiplash is one of the lowest grossing films ever to be nominated…

OldVenue, TV

Doctor Who, The Musketeers, and The Wrong Mans – 2014 in Review

Sherlock’s resurrection on New Year’s Day, the shocking death of several characters in Westeros, Martin Freeman’s despicable character in Fargo, Matthew McConaughey’s successful move from film to TV in True Detective: it’s certainly been a stellar year for TV in 2014. But amongst these gems there have been shows hyped up so much that they’ve…

Film, OldVenue

Review: The Theory of Everything

A biopic about the life of Stephen Hawking can only mean one thing. Oscar bait. It features a person with a life threatening disability, it’s based on a true story, and on top of that it’s about one of Britain’s most prestigious figures, thereby one would assume it was conceived to win as many awards…

Film, OldVenue

The Happy and the Sad of Christmas Movies

It’s time for the obligatory Christmas film list. Four writers share what makes them cry, for better or worse.   The A-Team (2010) I’m not going to argue that The A-Team, based on the 80s TV show, is a deep film. It’s not. The plot is crazy, adrenaline is on full flow and the finale…

OldVenue, TV

Mistress of Pain: Inside Doctor Who’s New Master

We finally got a female Time Lord, but not the one we anticipated. For those of you who have been living in a cave for the past few weeks, The Master is now The Mistress. The clues were there as usual, Steven Moffat teasing the audience similarly to the whole ‘Silence Will Fall’ arc which…

TV

Dan Struthers looks at the gay scene in Westeros

“Incest, beheading, attempted child murder, more incest…and that’s just the first episode!” Honest Trailers summarises why we are all obsessed with Game of Thrones. Equally, it’s for the above reasons that you would never watch an episode of George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy drama with your mum. From the intimate scenes between brother and…

TV

The best thing you’ve never seen

Picture a fiercely intelligent detective with a head full of black curly locks, who favours a long sombre coat, struggles to interact with other people and whose best friend is an avid blogger publishing their cases. Sherlock? I am of course talking about the fantastic series Jonathan Creek starring Alan Davies, or as you’ll probably…

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