30 July 2007

An irritating truth

The Simpsons Movie, in ridiculing greens while defending the Everyman who’s under attack everywhere else, is the sharpest satire around.

18 July 2007

‘MY PAIN’, by the Duchess of Pork

Celebrity therapist Pamela Connolly turns psychoanalysis into light entertainment on Channel 4's Shrink Rap. This week: Fergie.

9 July 2007

The atrocity exhibition

Hostel Part II and other ‘torture porn’ flicks are not nearly as scary or nihilistic as the grindhouse movies of old.

6 July 2007

Wimbledon: sporting methadone

With no football on, footie fans have become the equivalent of tramps looking for discarded cigarette butts. Some are even turning to tennis.

9 May 2007

Skinheads: the forebears of New Britain?

This is England is a humane and hilarious portrait of a lazy Eighties summer, until it tries to turn skins into models of multiculturalism.

13 April 2007

The excruciating comedy of self-censorship

Mitchell and Webb return to mine the gap between inner doubt and public appearance in Peep Show.

23 February 2007

A film about sleep that makes you yawn

In exploring the weird world of the subconcious, Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep snoozes on plot and character.

15 February 2007

Delivering a guilty verdict against juries

In BBC2’s reality-TV legal trial, The Verdict, it is the celebrity jury that is really on trial, rather than the defendants.

11 January 2007

Apocalypto: Maya culpa

Mel Gibson's action-adventure depicting the fall of Mayan society is an anxious allegory about humanity today.

11 December 2006

A sporting tragedy

In a year of British sporting failure, the main theme of Sports Personality of the Year 2006 was bereavement.