Monthly Archives: December 2011

Brat Attack! 2: The Christmassing

I guess it was inevitable that they’d make a sequel to the first Eloise movie, since both the stories are taken from a pre-existing series of children’s books… and fair play to them for filming it shortly after the original, so … Continue reading

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Quasi-PunkWatch: DJ Astrid

The sub-par rom-com shenanigans depicted in A Cinderella Story (2004) supposedly take place during a drought in Southern California… and apparently the film-makers were so worried about the audience forgetting this highly symbolic plot point, they included a ‘Campus DJ’ … Continue reading

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The Eyes Have It…

I hadn’t really intended to watch another Hilary Duff movie this month (if ever), but ITV were showing A Cinderella Story (2004) last Sunday, and like a sugar-addled moth to a spluttering flame, I set my recorder. For those who … Continue reading

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Scrooge-ical!

Back in the day, I was asked to write a stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol for a local youth theatre group, and reading the original Charles Dickens novella for the first time, I was struck by how moving and … Continue reading

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Brat Attack!

In a bid to find a kid’s movie that didn’t totally stink, I found myself watching Eloise at the Plaza (2003) on telly yesterday… and I have to admit that the darn thing actually set me sniffling several times! For … Continue reading

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BritComAw 2011

The British Comedy Awards took place last night, and I feel obligated to write a post about it, even though I had very little personal investment in most of the nominees. Last year I was whining about Getting On being … Continue reading

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Barked

I was a big fan of the late-night sketch show Barking when it first aired on Ch4 back in 1998, so I was very happy to see it finally appear on DVD last month… but I feel sorry for any newcomers who get conned … Continue reading

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MehGuire

[Contains spaghetti sauce-stained SPOILERS!] Obviously you expect mainstream shows aimed at kids and tweens to be pretty “juvenile”, because their target audience isn’t particularly sophisticated… but I don’t think that should be used as an excuse for technically poor writing. … Continue reading

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Watched

I hadn’t actually seen Watching since it aired back in the late 80s/early 90s, but making my way through the first series on DVD, I was struck by how relevant it is to my own current interests and writing. For … Continue reading

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Quasi-GothWatch: Jade West

Still on a “tween sitcom” kick, I made the mistake of checking out an episode of Victorious on TV yesterday morning. For those who don’t know, this unit-shiftin’ Nickelodeon show stars Victoria Justice as an aspiring singer named ‘Tori Vega’, … Continue reading

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