Author: Alexander Sigsworth

  • Banana: Scotty — review

    Banana: Scotty — review

    As I said last week, Russell T. Davies’ best trait is his ability to push the audience to the limit of what’s tolerable. Last week’s Banana emotionally tested us, this week he ethically tested us by giving us a teenage girl in love with an older, married woman. And the way she deals with it is wrong. Totally wrong. And for just about all of it, you find yourself thinking “Why would you do that!?”. You know, of course, that were you in that situation, you’d do the opposite. You’d confess to nothing. You’d keep out of her way, you wouldn’t pester her. And you certainly wouldn’t follow her home, spy on her house and cold call. When her husband comes out to confront Scotty, you don’t blame him. But you do blame Scotty for being stupid enough to expose herself like that.

  • Ultimate Spider-Man: Guardians of the Galaxy – review

    Ultimate Spider-Man: Guardians of the Galaxy – review

    When I first experienced Ultimate Spider-Man with Venom Bomb, my most positive thoughts on it were the way it used Spider-Man as a protagonist to show the audience various aspects of the Marvel universe. If the Cinematic Universe has shown anything, it’s that, of those aspects, the best is the Guardians of the Galaxy. So it seemed logical to put them together at some point.

  • Wes Anderson and Anthony McCarten win Screenplay awards at 68th Film BAFTAs

    Wes Anderson and Anthony McCarten win Screenplay awards at 68th Film BAFTAs

    After weeks of hype and anticipation, the BAFTAs announced the winners of their two screenplay awards.

  • BAFTA Film Awards – 2015 Original Screenplay nominations

    BAFTA Film Awards – 2015 Original Screenplay nominations

    The BAFTA Film Awards airs tonight at 21:00 on BBC One HD, and will announce, among other things, the winners of the Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay awards.

  • Cucumber: Episode 2 — review

    Cucumber: Episode 2 — review

    Following last week’s launch episode, Davies develops the drama that is Henry Best’s life to a position that puts the audience in a moral dilemma: Best is punished based on allegations that are untrue. It’s a dilemma because he’s still a predator living amongst younger boys who openly admits to his boyfriend that he’s a whore. So, even though there’s that element involved, does he deserve to be punished for something else? Is it important what he’s being punished for, or does the fact that he’s being punished make it okay, even if it doesn’t actually stop the things he’s doing? No, he didn’t make racist, heterophobic remarks, but he’s still praying on younger men, who are of a legal age, but still feel threatened just by his presence.

  • Fantastic Four — review

    Fantastic Four — review

    I actually really liked Fantastic Four. In the run-up to the new Fant4stic, the general consensus seems to be that this version is mostly disliked. But that’s fine. Because unlike some idiots on the Internet, I know what subjectivity is.

  • Why I don’t read comic books

    Why I don’t read comic books

    Normally, I tend to focus on motion pictures with These Things, but a large trend in cinema currently is comic book adaptations. Upcoming this year are Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Fantastic Four, Kingsman: the Secret Service and The Peanuts Movie, all of which are adaptations of comic books. And they’re also the most successful, as well as generally being of the […]

  • Killed the Cat — review

    Killed the Cat — review

    With Killed the Cat, I can now tell you that Bertie Gilbert is potentially the lovechild of Woody Allen and Wes Anderson. And that isn’t a bad thing. In fact, you only need to follow Gilbert’s tumblr. to see how much he loves Anderson. And, like Allen, Killed the Cat attempts to answer some of life’s big questions with comedy.

  • Cosmic Divide — review

    Cosmic Divide — review

    As a screenwriter, I care about narrative. Because narrative is everything. On the first day of Film Studies, I learnt that narrative is the manipulation of time and space to tell a story. Which is where we get Bertie Gilbert’s Cosmic Divide, a motion picture I should have seen by now.

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Chocolate Milk — review

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Chocolate Milk — review

    When we were first introduced to Jake Peralta, we were told he hadn’t learnt how to grow up. In this episode, his case took him to a chocolate milk bar, where he unleashed his obsession with the chocolate-flavoured version, before comparing himself to a child, through-which he speaks to Terry. It’s as if it’s a manifestation of his true childlike mind. Of course, it’s the reason we like him, but this was more of an introspective episode, wrapped in a sitcom filled with cutaway gags. They obviously resemble Family Guy – they don’t contain the same kind of humour as Family Guy – but they still obviously resemble Family Guy. They begin and end before the gags do themselves, and that displace in time triggers laughter.