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Hack Jobs

November 6, 2015 — Leave a comment
Image credit: Facebook/'Mr. Robot' Official Page

Image credit: Facebook/’Mr. Robot’ Official Page

Congratulations to television producers everywhere – it took them years, but they have finally found a new stock-hero to sit alongside doctors and the various branches of law enforcement. No, not the superhero – vigilantes, after all, being more or less cops with powers – but the hacker. Continue Reading…

...I'll write you a tragedy. (Image credit: HBO)

…I’ll write you a tragedy. (Image credit: HBO)

To remark that genius has become an overused and abused term has itself, of course, become a cliche. Small wonder when new – often self-proclaimed – geniuses pop up every day, most commonly from the industries of hip hop music and mass technology. These grasping technocrats may be geniuses, but it is a particularly debased form of genius that has only a talent for making money. The public, however, cannot be fooled: Continue Reading…

Extreme Bromance

June 26, 2015 — Leave a comment
Image Credit: NBC

Image Credit: NBC

The threat of domesticated AI is a trend in the near-future sci-fi genre at the moment: Extant (Amazon) had a creepy robo-kid, though, having failed to watch the whole series, I don’t know how dangerous he became; the Terminator franchise is – once again – ahem, back, as you may’ve seen in what must be the most desperate, tragic trailer of the decade; and now Channel 4 have their somewhat familiar take on us vs. robots, Humans. Continue Reading…

gore-vidalI know all those SEO experts tell bloggers to stay within their niche – which, let us not forget, means not only a specific market but also a comfortable position, i.e. not where a critic should be – but I’m going to go slightly off-message by mentioning a theatrical release: Life Itself (CNN Films – also available on some demand platforms) a documentary about American film critic Roger Ebert, based on his 2011 memoir of the same name. Continue Reading…

Forgive me, but when I first heard the premise – if we can call it that – of BBC One’s new Saturday-night filler Tumble, all I hoped was that Ashley Roberts might be found cavorting in leotard. Alas, she is not and no one’s doing anything as entertaining as cavorting in this utterly charmless programme. Continue Reading…

The 100 and Extant

July 27, 2014

The excitement, or at least the interest, of The 100 (E4) did indeed increase at an admirable rate over the second and third episodes. Luminous butterflies, deadly dust storms, some sort of panther on steroids – what more could one want? Alcohol and casual sex, you say? Well, you’re in luck there also; and how fortuitous that a bottle of whisky survived for all those many years. As for the (implied) sex, Octavia (played by the delightful, and delightfully named, Marie Avgeropoulos) is giving her brother Bellamy (Bobby Morley) more headaches than trying to run his own Lord of the Flies-esque dominion. Continue Reading…

No place for objectivity this, everyone concerned with Rebels of Oz: Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob (BBC Four), from the titular subjects to its presenter, Howard Jacobson, are among my most admired literary heroes and cultural influences; thus, for me, this two-part documentary was so enjoyable it was almost indecent. I am too young to remember the days when this honourable gang of four dominated television, as guests or presenters, and certainly too young to have contemporaneously read Clive James at his height as a television critic, so I am grateful to YouTube and second-hand bookshops for providing access to their unique Australian brilliance. Continue Reading…