Mark Harrison

Mark is a writer from Middlesbrough, who once drunkenly tried (and failed) to pitch a film about his hometown to a director from Pixar. Fortunately, he also has several other projects on the boil, including feature film scripts, and writing and performing comedy sketches with Cheap Craic. His writing for Den Of Geek is largely either about Doctor Who, or the question "What does Hollywood think it's playing at?" Mark also reviews new cinema releases and TV shows at The Mad Prophet.

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Recent articles by Mark Harrison

Why is Hollywood building so many cinematic universes?

Mark Harrison Feature Oct 13, 2014

From Marvel to Star Wars and Universal's monsters, Hollywood's become obsessed with universe building. Mark takes a closer look...

Is The Simpsons relying too heavily on gimmicks?

Mark Harrison Feature Oct 2, 2014

The Simpsons' media gimmicks, crossovers and auteur couch gags have become a bigger story than the show itself over the last few years...

What We Did On Our Holiday review

Mark Harrison Review Sep 26, 2014

If you're expecting Outnumbered The Movie from What We Did On Our Holiday, then think again, says Mark...

Coraline and the value of scary family films

Mark Harrison Feature Sep 10, 2014

As Laika prepares to release The Boxtrolls, we look back at its earlier stop-motion masterpiece, the horror-tinged Coraline...

The Guest review

Mark Harrison Review Sep 5, 2014

From the director of You're Next, and starring Downton Abbey alumnus Dan Stevens, The Guest is really rather special...

15 hidden gems from the last 15 years of The Simpsons

Mark Harrison Feature Sep 5, 2014

Mark counts down 15 great episodes of The Simpsons from its often-overlooked past 15 years...

Will more TV episodes be shown as event cinema?

Mark Harrison Feature Aug 22, 2014

With the Doctor Who series 8 opener coming to cinemas tomorrow night, Mark asks whether more TV could be screened as cinematic events...

The actors who played multiple roles in Doctor Who

Mark Harrison Feature Aug 14, 2014

Peter Capaldi is far from the only Doctor Who actor to appear in multiple roles. Mark talks us through the many others to have done so...

10 films to beat the 2014 blockbuster fatigue

Mark Harrison Feature Aug 8, 2014

Fed up of blockbusters? Mark has some suggestions if you're after something a little quieter this August...

Are CG characters now the main attraction in blockbusters?

The many guises of Andy Serkis!
Mark Harrison Feature Jul 22, 2014

Mark wonders whether we're now at the point where CG characters matter more than human ones to Hollywood...

Do superhero movies always have to start with origins?

Mark Harrison Feature Jul 10, 2014

We know how superhero stories start: normal person gets powers, gets reluctant, becomes heroic. But why does it have to be like that?

Spoiler proofing and script leaks in TV and movies

Mark Harrison Feature Jul 9, 2014

If the script for something you're dying to see leaks online, it's tempting to read it... but you're better off waiting, as Mark explains

Can the television showrunner model work in film?

Mark Harrison Feature Jul 8, 2014

007, Star Wars, Marvel, DC and Spider-Man all seem to work on a movie franchise-runner model. But is that the way forward for film?

Once-proposed movie reboots which probably won’t happen

Mark Harrison Odd List Jul 1, 2014

The reboot cycle might seem endless and unstoppable, but these six, at least, won't be coming to a cinema near you any time soon

Chef! review

Mark Harrison Review Jun 27, 2014

Jon Favreau directs and stars in a more personal, palate cleansing film with Chef. Here's our review.

Looking back at Clone High

Mark Harrison Feature Jun 25, 2014

Mark looks back at Phil Lord and Chris Miller's ahead-of-its-time animated MTV series, Clone High...

Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks review

Mark Harrison Review Jun 25, 2014

Mark checks out a new mashup of Doctor Who with Shakespeare...

How To Train Your Dragon 2 review

Mark Harrison Review Jun 16, 2014

DreamWorks Animation comes up with a sequel to cherish, as How To Train Your Dragon 2 firmly hits the mark. Here's our review.

Looking back at the Matrix sequels

Mark Harrison Feature May 30, 2014

Mark looks back at the much-reviled Matrix sequels and asks: what went wrong?

The art of guest voicing in The Simpsons

Mark Harrison Feature May 22, 2014

Mark looks back over 25 years of The Simpsons' guest voices, from the sublime to the er, less sublime...

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