Tag: Benedict Cumberbatch


Patrick Melrose and the trauma of the aristocracy

  Downton Abbey, The Crown, countless World War II dramas — British television loves to romanticise the aristocracy. The lives of the rich, upper elite have unquestionably been glamourised and idealised over and over again on our screens, perpetuating the social institutions that continue to plague English society across the globe.  Television, in my opinion,…


Sherlock: The prodigal show returns

Now I love Sherlock just as much as the next person, and I would consider myself a Sherlockian without any shame, but after that abominable Christmas special last year there is no doubt that the Sherlock team needed to make season four start on a stronger note. It certainly managed to do that. Whilst we…

OldVenue, TV

Conan Doyle meets Inception

Sherlock fans from around the world waited in anticipation for the special New Year’s Day episode ‘The Abominable Bride’. Sherlock’s first new adventure since 2014’s series three finale ‘His Last Vow.’ We were teased for months with images of meerschaum pipes, Inverness capes, and of course the iconic deerstalker, but much of the storyline was…

Film, OldVenue

Review – Black Mass

James “Whitey” Bulger is a fascinating figure, being one of the most notorious gangsters of all time, his alliance with the FBI makes for what could be a compelling investigation into such an unholy coupling. Unfortunately, Black Mass is a mess, feeling like a mixture of a number of gangster movies – in particular, Goodfellas…

OldVenue, TV

Sherlock’s Sexuality

Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective, is returning to our screens this winter when the long-awaited Sherlock Christmas special finally airs. When it does, questions about the true nature of Holmes and Watson’s relationship will once again be spiralling. Steven Moffat has famously gone on record stating that he doesn’t read Holmes as either gay or…

Film, OldVenue

Review: The Imitation Game

Director Morten Tyldum Writer Graham Moore Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode Runtime 114 mins Biography/Drama   Joining the ranks of The King’s Speech and The Iron Lady as the latest Oscar-baiting British biopic, The Imitation Game chronicles the life of cryptanalysis and computer forefather, Alan Turing. With a poignant performance from its lead,…

January 2022
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