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Fanny Hill (review)

Oh, stop your tittering. All you know is that Fanny Hill is that naughty bawdy 18th-century novel that got its author, John Cleland, into so much trouble so long ago, and has since become a byword for the evils of censorship and the necessity of freedom of expression. But if you’re looking for something pornographic in this BBC adaptation of the novel, forget it, mister.

Pride and Glory (review)

Well, this is refreshing. In a world where we’re all used to movie trailers that begin with ‘In a world where…’ and then go on to reveal the entire plot for us, it turns out that the trailer for Pride and Glory does not, in fact, do that, even though it looks like it does.

‘Life on Mars’: still sucking hard

[spoilers] A shot of modern Manhattan bereft of the World Trade Center, with “an island never cries” on the soundtrack? Are they kidding? This is the American Life on Mars’ idea of… what? Irony? Pathos? Look, I still get weepy when I happen across some logo for a dry cleaners or a deli or garbage-hauling … more…

Mobile (review)

This British miniseries is a wild, outrageous ride through the conspiracy theories of the moment, wrapped in a paranoid, blow-’em-up, all-stops-out thriller.

Trial & Retribution: Set 1 (review)

Turns out each of these ‘episodes’ is more like an epic-length film — we’re talking around 200 minutes apiece. And they’re so damn addictive that you can’t stop watching them. So there goes 13 hours of your life.