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The legacy of ‘Akira’

Like many kids growing up in the ‘90s, my first exposure to Japanese animation was Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic 1988 movie, Akira.

Why is ‘Doctor Who’ so hard to write?

Is Doctor Who the hardest drama on television to write? From comments made by both of its showrunners since 2005, you’d be inclined to think so. But what is it about this programme that makes it so uniquely problematic?

Elisabeth Sladen: 1st February 1948 – 19th April 2011

I recently reviewed the Doctor Who DVD release of ‘Planet Of The Spiders’ for CultBox. I didn’t have a great deal to say about the story that was complimentary, but one of the few bright things that shone through the padding and the cosiness was the performance of Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah-Jane Smith. In only...

Gambling’s big numbers in film

Hollywood has long had an interest in bringing the glamour of gambling to the golden screen. This has ranged from the original and classic Ocean’s 11 (1960), starring Frank Sinatra and his rat pack, proving the way to win in Las Vegas was to rob the casinos and setting the bar high where all heist...