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Alex Straker graduated with a degree in English and Film in 2010 and has been actively feeding his obsession with cinema ever since. As well as blogging regularly, he writes screenplays, novels and short stories. In 2012 he took part in the prestigious EastEnders: E20 Writer’s School and has also performed on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1, Episode 10, Arts

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1, Episode 10

If this week’s episode proves anything, it’s that Agents of Shield is a series that has made good progress in its attempt to tell ambitious genre stories.

By | Arts | Monday, 16 December 2013 at 12:15 am

The Walking Dead – ‘Too Far Gone’ – Season 4 Episode 8, Arts

The Walking Dead – ‘Too Far Gone’ – Season 4 Episode 8

This week’s mid-season finale is about the closest we’re ever going to get to a Walking Dead Christmas Special. Doesn’t that suggestion just fill your heart with joy?

By | Arts | Saturday, 7 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1 Episode 9, Arts

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1 Episode 9

Episode 9 continues Agents of Shield’s recent run of darker, more ambitious stories with a genre-hopping tale that delivers countless red herrings before it reaches its conclusion. This episode is unlikely to win the series many new fans, but for its returning audience it’s a playful but flawed hour of television that depicts one of the more memorable standalone missions.

By | Arts | Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 1:39 am

The Walking Dead – ‘Dead Weight – Season 4 Episode 7, Arts

The Walking Dead – ‘Dead Weight – Season 4 Episode 7

We’ve almost reached the halfway mark of The Walking Dead’s fourth season, and this week’s episode offers a somewhat bleak hint of what is to come.

By | Arts, Film | Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 1:19 am

The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 6, Arts

The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 6

This week’s story is essentially a well-disguised filler episode, offering a break from the intensity of the on-going prison drama to present us with a compelling character study of one of the series’ most fascinating villains.

By | Arts | Sunday, 24 November 2013 at 1:32 pm

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1, Episode 8, Arts

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1, Episode 8

Arriving hot on the heels of the release of Thor: The Dark World, this week’s episode presents another crossover with wider events in the Marvel universe.

By | Arts | Sunday, 24 November 2013 at 1:18 pm

Review: The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 5

There are several moments in this fifth episode of the season when the events being depicted on-screen are torturously tense. From the gruesome, tone-setting teaser through to the surprise conclusion, this episode stands up as one of the finest episodes of The Walking Dead so far

By | Notebook | Monday, 18 November 2013 at 6:47 pm

Review: Agents of Shield – Season 1 Episode 7

Friday’s seventh outing for the Agents of Shield team follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessors, with the main storyline lagging behind the development of its central characters, who continue to provide us with an endless package of humour, flawed espionage and touching heart-to-hearts.

By | | Monday, 18 November 2013 at 6:46 pm

Downton Abbey Review: Series 4, Episode 8

Downton’s darkest series to date concludes with broken hearts, spurned lovers and new mysteries. Business as usual, basically. In a finale as full of sumptuous costumes as it is melodrama, the various storylines that have dominated this series are brought to a close, setting up plenty of material for the show’s fifth series in 2014.

By | Arts | Monday, 11 November 2013 at 4:34 pm

The Walking Dead: Season 4 – Episode 3

In this week’s episode, the Grim Reaper takes a back seat to allow the conflicts between our band of not-so-merry survivors to take centre stage.

By | Arts | Friday, 8 November 2013 at 6:38 pm

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