Posts by: Andrew Blair

5 classic ‘Doctor Who’ monsters and villains who should return

The Zygons are making another comeback with a two-part adventure in the new season of Doctor Who, written by Peter Harness (‘Kill the Moon’). To celebrate their return, following their brief reappearance in 2013’s ‘The Day of the Doctor’, we decided to take a look at which other classic monsters and villains are overdue a...

‘Black Mirror’ Christmas special review: ‘White Christmas’

This Christmas special of Charlie Brooker’s techno-horror show manages to compact the show’s usual three-part run into one, feature-length, portmanteau episode. Rafe Spall’s Potter wakes up in a shelter in the middle of a featureless snowy tundra, and finds Jon Hamm’s relentlessly upbeat Matt making a Christmas meal for them. Anyone who has seen Prometheus...

Exclusive interview: Samuel Anderson chats about ‘Doctor Who’ finale

In a break from rehearsing his new play, State Red, Doctor Who star Samuel Anderson gave CultBox some of his time to answer our questions about the life and death of Danny Pink. CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR ‘DARK WATER’ IF YOU’VE NOT YET SEEN IT     So, with different writers and directors coming in for...

‘We’ll Never Have Paris’ movie review

Ideally, in a romantic comedy, you should want the leads to get together at the end of the film. There should be romance. There should be comedy. We’ll Never Has Paris is occasionally funny. It is also based on a true story. ‘Unfortunately’ the title card informs us, and that’s certainly true. Written by and...

‘Snowpiercer’ movie review

Bong Joon-ho’s first English language film, based on a French graphic novel, is reminiscent of Jean Pierre-Jeunet and Terry Gilliam (indeed, John Hurt’s character is called Gilliam), and much like a train builds up momentum as it goes, peaking with about ten minutes to go before coming to a halt. As the clunky exposition captions...

‘Palo Alto’ movie review

Gia Coppola’s debut film is ambient, almost indolent teen drama that features sparks of wit, but ultimately is too laidback for its own good, and fails to distinguish itself. Based on James Franco’s short stories, it’s also going to suffer from the stigma of Franco’s appearance in the film as ‘a handsome soccer coach’ (to...

‘The Musketeers’ Series 1 finale: ‘Musketeers Don’t Die Easily’ review

It’s okay everyone, it’s a bluff. A good bluff. And a relief, because it felt plausible for something that stupid to happen. The opening gambit of ‘Musketeers Don’t Die Easily’ – that Athos has drunkenly shot D’Artagnan for sleeping with a woman who turned out to be his presumed-dead ex-wife (that old chestnut) – is...

‘The Musketeers’ Episode 9: ‘Knight Takes Queen’ review

After last week’s trudge, this week’s Musketeers confidently gets into its stride with the plot thickening along the way. The King is flirting with Charlotte Mellendorf, while her father (reimagined here as a Hanoverian Bobby Ball) talks politics and useful marriage alliances with the Cardinal. Meanwhile the Queen is away bathing in the countryside in...

‘The Musketeers’ Episode 8: ‘The Challenge’ review

Oh dear. The Musketeers had been carving out an enjoyably undemanding, handsome if predictable storytelling niche for itself. Tonight’s episode was not redeemed simply by there being attractive people and well-shot sword fights in it. As the Musketeers escort a violent prisoner, the Cardinal’s Red Guards intercept them. This leads to a falling out between...

‘The Musketeers’ Episode 7: ‘A Rebellious Woman’ review

‘That doesn’t make sense, even for the Musketeers.’ Like your friendships, it’s best not to examine Musketeers‘ plots too closely. The fun to be had is more character based, or possibly historical if you’re intrigued by the period setting. This week, it was fairly obvious – even to your tired and inebriated reviewer – that...