Blightyvision: “Catherine Tate: Laughing at the Noughties”

Presented by Catherine Tate Directed by Richard Dean and Mark Jones People who are casual Britcom watchers don’t necessarily grasp the fact that UK comedy is an ever-evolving creature.  Much like American comedy (and possibly even more so), it changes with regards to political climate, societal divides, and — more often than not — itself.  And […]

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: “A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss”

Written and presented by Mark Gatiss Directed by John Das There are very few things more fun to see on television than a celeb geeking out about their personal fandoms, and the UK’s short-series documentaries give us plenty of opportunity to see that.  Mark Gatiss is one of the more recent participants in this style […]

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: “Japanorama”

Created by Hotsauce TV Hosted by Jonathan Ross I’ve rarely had to justify my Anglophilia to anyone, probably for good reason.  It’s hard to question the general output of the country that gave us Shakespeare, Stephen Fry, and Jaffa cakes.  It is, however, difficult for me to explain to my family my affection for Japan […]

Blightyvision: Holy Flying Circus

Directed by Owen Harris Written by Tony Roche Starring Darren Boyd, Charles Edwards, and Rufus Jones Imagine you grew up on Monty Python.  (If you’re reading these reviews, odds are you did.)  Now imagine someone has come to you telling you that there’s been a humorous documentary made about the group, with six modern actor/comedians […]

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: “Jeremy Clarkson Meets the Neighbours”

Written and presented by Jeremy Clarkson Directed by Dennis Jarvis “Top Gear” presenter Jeremy Clarkson travels to various countries in Europe to learn more about their history, culture, society, and pastimes.  The almost train-wreck-ish appeal of the concept is evident immediately if you know anything about the man — it’d be like asking Jamie Oliver […]

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: “How TV Ruined Your Life”

Written and presented by Charlie Brooker We’re in an era where television is telling us about how everything is messing us up: cell phones, video games, fatty foods, and basically anything I like at any given point in time.  This week I’ve gone and chosen one of these shows to have a good long look […]

Blightyvision: “Ian Hislop’s Age of the Do-Gooders”

I’ve been asking myself ever since I saw this show if it’s wise to review a flat-out documentary — by which I mean one not helmed by an instantly recognizable actor or “offset,” as it were, by comic interludes.  The number of people State-side who will know Ian Hislop by name is a small one […]

Posted on January 13, 2011 at 00:50 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: “Fry and Laurie Reunited”

Produced by Tiger Aspect Productions Also featuring Tony Slattery, Emma Thompson, Ben Miller, Jo Brand, and a bunch of others If you’re reading this column on any sort of a regular basis, you likely know enough about British comedy to know that Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie had an extensive career together before they went […]

Is Haunted Changi rattling our ghostly chain?

Are we simply seeing the heir to The Blair Witch Project or is what we’re watching real? That’s what we’ve had to ask ourselves with many of the first-person horror films. Some, like Cloverfield and REC: are obviously fake, while others, such as Paranormal Activity, do an excellent job of instilling that sense of doubt. […]

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 22:39 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink · One Comment
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Paramount and Brett Ratner hoping to catch Catfish

With echoes of last year’s Paranormal Activity, Paramount will be test-screening the controversial Sundance Documentary Catfish tonight before deciding whether to pick it up. According to Variety, the studio will be screening the film on their lot in a similar move to what (formerly associated) Dreamworks did last year with Activity, a way of gauging […]

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 14:53 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink · Comments Closed
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