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Review: Power UP, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

June 23, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Power UP, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

We’re now at the point where the video games age has accumulated a history that stretches back across generations.

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Review: Doctor Who – Worlds of Wonder, Liverpool World Museum

June 21, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Doctor Who – Worlds of Wonder, Liverpool World Museum

Back when Doctor Who was first heading to TV screens in 1963, there was a behind-the-scenes intention for it to provide improving, semi-educational content about science and history for young viewers.

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Film Review: The Batman

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Film Review: The Batman

In this latest iteration of the Batman story, which nods heavily to acclaimed comics stories such as The Long Halloween, Robert Pattinson plays Gotham City’s brooding billionaire orphan-cum-masked avenger, who has forged an alliance with veteran police office James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) in following the trail of a deranged serial killer known as The Riddler (Paul Dano) blah blah blah…

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Into the Unknown: Nigel Kneale at HOME

January 5, 2022 Comments Off on Into the Unknown: Nigel Kneale at HOME

It’s often remarked that we’re living in a golden age of television, one where the intermingling of the TV and film industries is widespread and fruitful.

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“I can finally say I’ve made some art mark on Manchester.” Jim Moir talks to Northern Soul

November 17, 2021 Comments Off on “I can finally say I’ve made some art mark on Manchester.” Jim Moir talks to Northern Soul

He may have had a long and successful comedy career as Vic Reeves, Britain’s self-styled top light entertainer and singer, but he signs his artwork with his real name.

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“It was very emotionally charged for me.” The The’s Matt Johnson talks about The Comeback Special

November 10, 2021 Comments Off on “It was very emotionally charged for me.” The The’s Matt Johnson talks about The Comeback Special

When The The’s singer/songwriter/prime mover Matt Johnson became the focus of a documentary, The Inertia Variations, back in 2017, it had an unexpected impact on him.

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Film Review: The Sparks Brothers

July 21, 2021 Comments Off on Film Review: The Sparks Brothers

We seem to be living at the tail end of a golden age for the music documentary.

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“People don’t want to hear me, they want to hear the filmmaker.” Jason Wood talks about The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema

June 10, 2021 Comments Off on “People don’t want to hear me, they want to hear the filmmaker.” Jason Wood talks about The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema

Back in the early 2000s, Mexican cinema was riding a wave with films such as Amores Perros and Y tu mamá también impressing audiences and critics alike.

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“It was an absolute buzz.” Graham Duff talks about collaborating with Mark E Smith on horror script The Otherwise

June 8, 2021 Comments Off on “It was an absolute buzz.” Graham Duff talks about collaborating with Mark E Smith on horror script The Otherwise

“Course it is, where do you think I get this golden glow from, Ready Brek?”.

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Book Review: Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall

April 1, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall

In the preface to this new Faber compendium of essays about The Fall, co-editors Tessa Norton and Bob Stanley declare that ‘this book is not about a rock band’. They say: ‘This is not even about Mark E Smith. The book is for Mark E Smith more than it is about him.”

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