Andrew Blair

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The political messages in blockbuster movies

Andrew Blair Feature
Jul 20, 2016

From Forrest Gump and The Incredibles, through to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and The Muppets - exploring the politics of big films.

Gregory's Girl – 35 years on

Andrew Blair Feature
May 11, 2016

A salute to 1981's Gregory's Girl, starring John Gordon Sinclair and Claire Grogan...

Why blockbuster movies shouldn't forget the fun factor

Andrew Blair Feature
May 10, 2016

It's all too well going dark, but big movies shouldn't be afraid to make us smile a bit, too...

The 25 finest snacks to have with a movie

Andrew Blair Feature
May 6, 2016

Popcorn? Pah. If you're going to munch along to a movie, popcorn barely scrapes it into the top 25 snacks...

Christopher Nolan and his impact on comic book movies

Andrew Blair Feature
Apr 25, 2016

Comic book movies are getting darker and grittier in some quarters. That's down to Christopher Nolan, right? Well, not quite...

Doctor Who: Bill, Pearl Mackie and Peter Capaldi

Andrew Blair Feature
Apr 23, 2016

Mid-way through the F.A. Cup semi-final, a new Doctor Who companion was announced. A few thoughts...

Do audiences want original movies?

Andrew Blair Feature
Mar 23, 2016

There are lots of grumbles about a lack of original films - but are people secretly happy with sequels, reboots, remakes and franchises?

Trainspotting: 20 years on

Andrew Blair Feature
Mar 15, 2016

What made Trainspotting so special? We take a look back at Danny Boyle's classic, as it heads towards its 20th birthday...

Why are movie comedies getting so long?

Andrew Blair News
Feb 24, 2016

Is the movie comedy that pushes two hours and change really a modern problem? And why are so many comedies so long?

The DC movie universe's big advantage

Andrew Blair Feature
Feb 23, 2016

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has the advantage of following what Marvel has already done. Can DC make the most of it?

Torchwood: celebrating BBC Three originals

Andrew Blair Feature
Feb 15, 2016

As BBC Three goes online-only this week, we look back at some of its geek treasures. First, Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood...

Star Wars: why does the Empire keep building Death Stars?

Andrew Blair Feature
Feb 4, 2016

Is there actually a story reason why the Empire in Star Wars is obsessed with Death Stars? We take a look...

Remembering 90s Thunderbirds & Captain Scarlet toys

Andrew Blair Feature
Feb 2, 2016

The Gerry Anderson toys that arrived in the 1990s may have been a little bit shonky, but they provided hours of fun...

Doctor Who: breaking down a key scene

Andrew Blair Feature
Jan 20, 2016

The Yeti attack at Covent Garden in recently recovered Doctor Who episode, The Web Of Fear, is a masterwork. Here's why...

Doctor Who series 9 and horror

Andrew Blair Feature
Jan 7, 2016

With a bit of distance from Doctor Who series 9, a look back at its treatment of horror, death and gore...

22 geeky references in songs

Andrew Blair Feature
Jan 4, 2016

From H.P Lovecraft to Tolkien to H2G2, nods to geek culture have been infiltrating the lyrics of popular beat combos for decades...

Doctor Who: 50 noteworthy villains

Andrew Blair Feature
Dec 4, 2015

From crowd pleasers to evil scientists to historical baddies and more, we revisit 50 characters from Doctor Who's pantheon of villainy...

Less-known Christmas films: Beethoven's Christmas Adventure

Andrew Blair Feature
Dec 2, 2015

Beethoven's Christmas Adventure is the seventh film in the never-ending series. But is it a lost Christmas gem? Er...

What does BBC Store offer to Doctor Who fans?

Andrew Blair Feature
Nov 6, 2015

BBC Store has opened up decades of the Beeb's archives for digital purchase. What does that mean for Doctor Who fans?

Adapting His Dark Materials: where the BBC can succeed

Andrew Blair Feature
Nov 4, 2015

BBC One has ordered a TV series based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. Here's why TV should fare better than previous adaptations...

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