Disclaimer: I’m writing this review without having read any of David Foster Wallace’s work. I own two copies of Infinite Jest because it’s the sort of book (or I’m the sort of person…) that people give me as a present. But I’ve always been worried [...]
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I am a Steve Carell fan. In fact, I’m a massive Steve Carell fan. I think he’s one of the best comic actors working today, and I also think that if you can do the subtle timing and ticks of comedy, you can do anything. [...]
Sometimes films arrive at a festival on the back of such admiration and acclaim that seeing them (and reviewing them) seems almost unnecessary. That’s the case this year with films like Birdman and Whiplash. Now, I haven’t seen the former, so reviewing it would be presumptuous, but I did [...]
Onstage at the Odeon West End, Jon Stewart introduced his freshman feature, Rosewater, amidst a sea of self-deprecating remarks. Stewart repeatedly played down his experience and suggested that the shoot had been some sort of maverick free-for-all. Obviously, this was a load of smoke – Stewart [...]
Gillian Flynn is an airport novelist, right? We see her novels in the WH Smith’s in Terminal 5, and we know where these books lie, alongside the Peter James and Clive Pattersons of this world. Her 2012 novel Gone Girl is a pacey thriller about [...]
A second Inbetweeners movie was green-lit the moment the first film broke the record for a British comedy. It makes financial success, and there are clearly legions of fans for these four awkward in-betweens. Of course, as they get older, they get less ‘in-between’, and now we [...]