Richard Bellis

Pink Floyd: The Wall (40th anniversary retrospective)

Pink Floyd: The Wall (40th anniversary retrospective)

The Wall is the 11th studio album by the English Prog-rock band Pink Floyd.  The album, recorded in 1979, is a rock opera telling the story of a boy called Pink.  As of 2018 it has sold 24 million copies and is Pink Floyd’s second-best selling album (the first being 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon). […]

 Richard Bellis

Review: Alien (40th anniversary)

Review: Alien (40th anniversary)

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Alien, the original film in the sci-fi horror series, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Tom Skerritt. I had never seen Alien before so I was going in to the cinema with little idea of what to expect: obviously I knew some plot […]

 Richard Bellis

Review: War Horse at the Sunderland Empire

Review: War Horse at the Sunderland Empire

The National Theatre’s production of War Horse returned to Sunderland as part of its UK tour. The play is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Michael Morpurgo. The story follows Albert, a young farm boy and his horse, Joey, through the Great War from 1914-1918. Starting in in 1912 with an auction, […]

 Richard Bellis

Preview: Rocket Man trailer

Preview: Rocket Man trailer

As Bohemian Rhapsody, detailing the story of the rock band Queen and its charismatic frontman, Freddie Mercury, comes to the end of its high box office-grossing run with a clutch of awards, music fans only have a short while to wait before another British megastar gets a turn on the big screen. This time it’s […]

 Richard Bellis

Preview: Godzilla is back in King of the Monsters!

Preview: Godzilla is back in King of the Monsters!

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set to be the biggest royal rumble on the cinema screen this year! It is the third Godzilla film to be made by a Hollywood studio, the first being the awful 1998 version starring Matthew Broderick; the second being the 2014 reboot starring Bryan Cranston, to which King of […]

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A look back at Bruno Ganz and the internet meme he became

A look back at Bruno Ganz and the internet meme he became

Bruno Ganz, was a Swiss actor known for his role as Adolf Hitler in the German film Der Untergang, (or in English, ‘Downfall’) has passed away at the age of 77. The film is often rated as one of the best ever made and tells the story of the last few days of Hitler’s Third […]

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Aha! Alan Partridge returns with his new trailer for This Time with Alan Partridge

Aha! Alan Partridge returns with his new trailer for This Time with Alan Partridge

The trailer for the new Alan Partridge series is here, and he is taking on the One Show in his own parody. The character of Alan Partridge has been around for a long time, yes, it is hard to believe that Alan Partridge is just a made-up character created by Steve Coogan to parody ‘little […]

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Review: The Lego Movie 2

Review: The Lego Movie 2

After seeing the first Lego film back in 2014 and being surprised at how good it was, we were worried that the second part would not live up to its predecessor, but we were wrong. The Lego Movie 2 is just as fun as the original, continuing the story from where we left off with […]

 Richard Bellis

Five ways to improve Dr Who for series 12

Five ways to improve Dr Who for series 12

The eleventh series of Dr Who was well received by critics but not so much by fans: it’s current audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is 21% – the lowest in the series history. It’s not just the most recent series though: many fans have said the show has been going downhill for a while, with […]

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5 films to look forward to in February 2019

5 films to look forward to in February 2019

1) The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part After the success of the original Lego Movie and the Batman spin off, Lego has decided to treat us to a sequel. With many of the characters returning, the film promises to resolve the cliffhanger of the Duplo invasion and take us on a new adventure across […]