Is The Amazing Spiderman that Amazing?

July 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

When you call a film The Amazing Spiderman then there has to be confidence in the script. Honestly, I think calling it ‘amazing’ could have been slightly dangerous with all the big superhero films out this year, and also the fact that this is the first movie with the wonderful Andrew Garfield.

So, is it amazing? In a word, yes. It’s funny, it’s action filled and it’s romantic. It also helps that it features two wonderful lead actors in the form of Andrew Garfield (swoons) and Emma Stone. The chemistry between the two is electric and I’m not surprised they are now a couple. I never really believed in the whole Toby Maguire/Kirsten Dunst romance, even with that famous kiss.

I’ve adored Andrew Garfield ever since I first saw him in Lions for Lambs, and he proved himself to be a phenomenal actor in the British dramas Boy A and Red Riding Hood. It’s always been clear that he’s a very gifted actor, and it’s great that he’s finally been given his moment to shine. He is without a doubt the most perfect Peter Parker. He is strong yet vulnerable, and cute yet geeky. You can imagine him living next door to you, and then kicking the anti-social kids’ ass when they bothered you in the street. Am I over-thinking this?

I love an actor that can cry at the drop of a hat, because very few actors can and it never feels genuine when it’s forced. Andrew sheds a little tear in the movie and it seems so authentic. Even his physicality screams angst and pain. That’s another great thing about the film, the fight scenes aren’t like normal fighting. They’re kind of … beautiful. They have so much grace and show the audience that this guy knows how to fight.

As stated earlier, I love an actor who can cry on cue, so you can imagine my delight when I heard that Sally Field would play Parker’s Aunt. There is something so magical about Sally Field when she’s on screen. I can’t explain it but she kind of just steals the show. If you’ve ever seen Steel Magnolias and that funeral scene then you’ll know what I’m talking about. The only criticism I would have is that she seemed very much like Nora Walker, who she played in Brothers and Sisters. I don’t know if this is something they were going for or what, but it would have been a bit nice to see her in a role that was a little bit different.

Emma Stone could make Hollyoaks look good. If you don’t know what Hollyoaks is then count your blessings. She’s a phenomenal actress and I’ve yet to see her in a bad film. Sometimes I think she should be in more comedies because she has superb comic timing, but she also does drama so well that I think she could be like a future Meryl Streep.

Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty and talk about the script. The movie was better than I expected, and I expected a lot. I didn’t expect it to be so funny, and I didn’t expect to fall in love with the characters as much as I did. However, it’s definitely filled with its fair share of heartbreak and I defy you not to reach for the tissues. Call me a wimp but I welled up twice. The dialogue is spot on and you can’t really see the twists and turns coming. While it’s no Avengers (but what is?), it is a compelling movie that will give you that little floaty feeling when you leave the cinema theatre.


The Five Year Engagement Review

June 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Anyone who has ever been in a long term relationship will undoubtedly relate to The Five Year Engagement. It’s sure to scare the life out couples across the world that what happens to Violet and Tom could happen to them to them, too.

The film shows the other side to the perfect relationship, and is the ideal movie for both women and men – as there’s enough comedy to weigh out all the romantic bits. However, in my opinion, Friends with Kids, which is released this Friday, looks like the type of film to overshadow it as it features some of the loveable stars from Bridesmaids – my favourite movie of last year after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.

Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) was unexpectedly brilliant as the leading lady and she has great onscreen chemistry with Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall). I’m pretty sure this is Blunt’s first starring role and she’ll most likely receive plenty more job offers following the movie’s huge success. One thing Segel does well is write fantastic characters, and Violet actually has a fully-formed personality that so many female protagonists lack. She’s witty, intelligent and endearing – even in her low moments you can’t help but like for and there wasn’t one moment throughout the film when I didn’t root for her. That doesn’t mean she’s not flawed, because she is – she’s also selfish and snobbish, but you still end up liking her.

You know that you’re going to love Jason Segel’s character even before the opening credits start to role. He’s just extremely loveable. One thing he does well is play nice guys well, and that’s exactly what Tom is. He’s a very nice guy. Sometimes he’s too nice. He’s a bit of an idiot and a little bit weak, but he’s devoted to Violet and you never question his love for her – even though you do question hers for him.

Tom’s best friend, Alex, and Violet’s sister, Audrey, also help bring the comedy during the really serious parts of the movie. Audrey is clearly too good for immature Alex but they work well together, and can both act as silly and obsessed as each other.

So, are there any flaws? Well, yes. The one problem that really stuck out in my mind is the sense of time. It’s called The Five Year Engagement but I never know what year they’re in. You get a bit of an idea because of where they are situated in their lives, but it’s never very clear. It’s also very long for a comedy and it probably didn’t need to be as drawn out as it was – but that’s not really a big deal.

My highlights were undoubtedly the Cookie Monster scene and the proposals, but I think I enjoyed ever moment from start to finish.

This surprisingly real and incredibly funny film deserves the critical acclaim it’s received from UK movie critics, and it is the perfect flick for those wanting to watch a feel good movie with their other half or group of friends. While it probably won’t be the film of the year, it’ll be up there with the best romantic comedies of 2012.

Seen the movie? Looking forward to it? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Future Movies Based on Books

June 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m a bookworm. I’m also a movie geek. So you can only imagine how much I love the amalgamation of the two things. I’m guessing that if you’re reading this blog then you do, too. So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.


One of the biggest dystopian books to hit the shelves, Divergent by Veronica Roth is intense, thought provoking and completely gripping. If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games then you’ll probably adore this book if you haven’t read it, and if you have read it then you’ll most likely be bursting to see the movie adaptation.

It is set in a world where a person gets to choose a faction to live in once they turn sixteen and possibly leave their whole family behind. The protagonist is called Tris, or Beatrice as she’s otherwise known, and she ultimately decides to leave the selfless faction behind for one that is completely different to the life she is used to. However, when unrest occurs between her old faction and new one, Tris has to decide whether to remain true to her new life or her old one.

Tris reminds me of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games except she’s a lot more likeable. For someone who doubts her abilities so much, she is incredibly strong and determined – which basically makes her the perfect protagonist. Her love interest, Four, is also even more likeable and leaves characters such as Edward Cullen and Peeta Mallark look like whiny little boys.

There is a danger that the producers could make the movie seem a bit silly or take out a lot of the violence to ensure it’s suitable for the younger readership. While this book is aimed at young adults, I’m pretty sure adults young and old across the world will be picking this book up once it’s released in cinema theatres.

My main concern is that the film won’t be as brave as the book, and that they’ll play down the big moments in order to get bums on seats. There’s a lot of death in the novels which make the trilogy so compelling. The Hunger Games movie cleverly skirted around some of the more violent scenes, but I think the level of action and death in Divergent would make avoiding it a very big challenge.

However, fans of the book will have to wait until 2015 for its big release, although the date could change depending on the production company, Lionsgate – the same producer as the Twilight Saga. The cast has yet to be confirmed and my mind is racing of who could possibly play Tris, Four, Christina and all the other loveable and dislikeable characters in this fantastic trilogy. The screenplay is being written by Evan Daugherty who also wrote Snow White and the Huntsman. If the movie is a success then undoubtedly the second book, ‘Insurgent’, and the third book, which is yet to be written, will also be produced.

Looking forward to the movie? Got an opinion on the book or who could play some of the characters? Leave a comment below.

Fifty Shades of Grey

I admit that I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James yet even though it is absolutely everywhere. I can’t log on to Facebook or Twitter without reading about how much someone loves it. However, I intend to buy it this weekend so don’t judge me too soon.

The book, which originally began as just a Twilight fan fiction piece, is now one of the bestselling books of 2012. Originally distributed in 2011, word of mouth has made this novel an international hit and its success has ultimately led to the movie development.

However, this novel is not for the faint hearted as it is apparently a modern day erotica. It’s made reading dirty books cool and casual, and I’m pretty sure women across the world won’t have trouble getting their boyfriends to watch the film with them.

Filming is scheduled to start in September; however, the cast has yet to be confirmed and the screenplay hasn’t even been written – they better get a rush on! However, Bret Easton Ellis, writer of the book and movie American Psycho, has already strongly expressed interest in penning the script and is in talks with the production company, Universal Studios. Angelina Jolie is also interested in directing the film

There is also a lot of speculation about who will play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Alexander Skarsgard, Ian Somerhalder, Ashley Benson and Ryan Gosling are all tipped to play Christian, and Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez and Scarlett Johansson have been touted to play Ana. Got any thoughts about who should play them? Let us know!

The film isn’t expected to be released until 2016, but with all the fuss surrounding the book and future film it could be sooner.

Catching Fire

It was announced today that the second instalment of The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, will be released on 22nd November 2013. While it’s frustrating that fans will have just over a year until the new movie, good things come to those who wait!

The movie, adapted from the novel by Suzanne Collins, will lead on from what happened after Katniss and Peeta escaped the arena. However, things aren’t so rosy now that they’re champions and President Snow is definitely out for revenge.

In my opinion, the first Hunger Games movie only really got interesting once she stepped into the arena – and I kind of felt the same way about the book. As only half of Catching Fire shows the arena, I worry that it may potentially frustrate the audience.

The same cast are expected to return as Katniss, Haymitch, Peeta, Gale and President Snow. New faces will also be signing on too – Phillip Seymour Hoffman has reportedly been approached to play the role of the new Head Gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee, and there is speculation that Robert Pattinson could play the handsome champion Finnick Odair from District 4.

Gary Ross will not return to direct the new movie, so the role falls to Francis Lawrence who has directed Water for Elephants, Constantine, I Am Legend, the TV show Touch and several music videos. Michael Arndt who wrote Toy Story 3 will also write the screenplay.

Life of Pi

The novel by Yann Martel was a massive success when it was released in 2001, and twelve years later the movie adaptation will be released in movie theatres. The movie date has been up in the air for a long time now since a change in director but it is now only just a few months away from arriving on our screens.

Expected to be released in the UK on 21st December 2012, the Life of Pi should be one of the biggest films of the winter season. The movie was scheduled for the 14th but was pushed back a week due to the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This move was most likely made to ensure that the film wasn’t overshadowed, and it would be a great shame if it doesn’t get the acknowledgement it deserves.

Toby Maguire will star as a zookeeper’s son called Pi and is the only person who has survived the sinking freighter. As a result, he ends up on a lifeboat with just a zebra, a Bengal tiger, an orang-utan and a hyena.

The movie will be directed by the magnificent Ang Lee who directed the truly beautiful Brokeback Mountain. The screenplay has been written by the talented David Magee who wrote Finding Neverland.

The Host

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 will be the last instalment of the saga, which means that Stephanie Meyer’s can finally relax and enjoy the fruit of her labours … or not. While her latest novel, The Host, hasn’t quite had the attention of those blood sucking vampires and grizzly werewolves, all that will probably change once the movie adaptation is released on the 29th March 2013.

The story is basically about a parasitic alien soul that enters Melanie Stryder’s body via an injection. Expected to continue with her race’s mission to conquer Earth, she ultimately forms a bond with ‘the host’ in an attempt to help other humans and calls herself Wanda. Sound good?

Both written and directed by Andrew Nichol, this movie will probably be a great way for ‘Twihards’ to move on from Meyer’s first saga. Irish actress, Saoirse Ronan, star of The Lovely Bones and Hanna, will play the protagonist and will star with other famous faces such as William Hurt, Frances Fisher and Diane Kruger.

How I Live Now

Published in 2004, How I Live Now by Meg Rossoff is about a fifteen year old girl called Elizabeth, otherwise known as Daisy. She moves away from her evil stepmother in Manhattan and is sent to live on a remote farm with her cousins in the English countryside. She quickly falls in love with her cousin, Edmond, but then her whole world is turned upside down.

The award-winning book has been adapted into a movie which is scheduled for release in 2012 – the actual date is yet to be confirmed. Just like The Host, the protagonist will also be played by Saoirse Ronan, but the rest of the cast is unconfirmed.

The novel is incredibly powerful yet funny, rude but honest and never fails to hook you in. If the book is anything to go by, we are in for one hell of a movie.

Movie Sequels and Prequels You Might Not Know About

June 10, 2012 § 2 Comments

So, you’ve probably heard about the sequels to Avatar, Iron Man and Star Trek, but there are some pretty big movie sequels that have slipped under the radar. Here at The Dark Passenger we are dedicated to providing the very best movie news and reviews, which is why we have gathered together a list of what we believe will be the very best sequels to hit the box office in the near and distant future.

Monsters, Inc. 2

The 2001 animation movie was such a big success that Walt Disney Studios have announced that they are currently creating Monsters Inc. 2 which will hit UK movie screens in summer 2013. Word on the street is that the movie will be a prequel and will show Mike and Sully in school together and how they once hated each other.

Ghostbusters 3

There’s not much information online about the new film, but there are rumours that it could possibly be released in 2013. However, there are also rumours that it is in ‘development hell.’ Either way, the prospect is exciting.

Despicable Me 2

It’s a shame that Despicable Me is so underrated in the UK, because it is a superb animation which was incredibly successful across the globe. The sequel is due to be released on the 13th July 2013, and will reportedly include the same voices including some new additions, including Al Pacino and Steve Coogan.
Die Hard 5

The sequel is reportedly going to be called ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ and is expected to be released next Valentine’s Day. Skip Woods, writer of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is penning the script and it will be directed by John Moore. Bruce Willis will return as John McClane along with many old and new characters.

I, Robot 2

Will Smith is the new king of sequels as he has signed up for a fair few this year. However, fans waiting for the sequel will have to wait for its release until 2015.

Kick Ass 2

The sequel will continue a few months on from the first Kick Ass movie and will focus on Hit-Girl and Kick Ass. The sequel has been planned for a long time now and it is expected that it will be the second part of a trilogy. Kick Ass 2 : Balls to the Wall is scheduled to go into production in September 2012 with Jeff Wadlow as Director.

Falling Down 2

The 1993 crime-drama movie was such a success that Warner Bros. are planning on releasing a second movie. However, this one will unfortunately not feature Michael Douglas.

Hancock 2

I told you Will Smith had signed up to many movie sequels this year. If you were a fan of the first movie then you’ll be delighted to hear that Hancock 2 will be released in 2014. It is unknown whether Charlize Theron or Jason Bateman will be returning.

I Am Legend

That’s right, another Will Smith sequel (even though it’s a prequel). 2013 is the expected release date and New York City will become the home for the creatures called the Infected which caused the plague.

Independence Day 2

Yes, that’s right, another Will Smith movie! Well, hopefully. It is unknown whether or not he will return – but let’s face it, it would be pretty crappy without him. The actor is reportedly asking for too much money to return – because it’s not like he doesn’t have any other films in the pipeline. There are also rumours that there will be a third instalment of the disaster movie. The film is expected to hit cinemas July 2013 and will once again be written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich.

Taken 2

Liam Neeson will return in the movie sequal as Bryan Mills, except this time he will be the victim of revenge by the Father of one of the kidnappers. His wife will be taken hostage during a holiday in Istanbul and it will be up to Bryan and his daughter to help save her. The film will be released in the UK on October 5th 2012.

Top Gun 2

This movie sequel has been in the works for a fair few years now, but it seems that it will be on our cinema screens in 2013. Tom Cruise has reportedly signed on for the second instalment. Jerry Bruckheimer will produce the movie, Peter Craig will write the screenplay and Tony Scott will be the Director.

Blade Runner Prequel

Blade Runner changed cinema when it was released in 1982, so any movie buff will be thoroughly excited of the prospect of prequel. To add to the excitement, Ridley Scott has also signed on again to write and direct the movie. Harrison Ford, however, will not be returning. Filming is expected to begin at the start of 2013, which means it will most likely be released in 2014.

Cloverfield 2

Drew Goddard will return to write the new sequel, and JJ Abrams is also reportedly involved with the movie’s development. It is unknown whether the film will be shot in real time again. Look out for it in 2014.

Kill Bill Vol. 3

Quentin Tarantino has announced that Kill Bill Vol. 3 will be released in 2014. He’s stated that the movie will probably take time to create – like most Tarantino movies do – but here at The Dark Passenger we are pretty sure it will be worth the wait.

Terminator 5

Now that he’s no longer Governor of California, Arnie is now free to do any movie he likes and it seems that Terminator 5 is his movie of choice. However, James Cameron won’t be attached to the film and director Justin Lin has fled the project, so it could take a little while for the movie to hit our screens.

Excited about these new films? Know a few more? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

A Season Review of Touch

June 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you’re a 24 fan, then you’ll have probably been a bit sceptical about Keifer Sutherland’s new role. I’ll admit that I was dubious about Touch before I watched it. It was vital that he chose the right role instead of throwing himself into a show just like 24. This move could ultimately define Keifer Sutherland as a versatile actor or prove him to be a one trick pony.

While Martin Bohm is no Jack Bauer, similarly, his actions impact the lives of others. His gifted son, Jake, can ultimately determine fate by analysing number patterns. However, the eleven year old is a mute and too young to prevent or force events, so it is up to his Dad to follow the numbers.

I think Keifer Sutherland made a wise choice when joining Touch, as the role allows him to play to his strengths. The most touching moments in 24 where the scenes which affected Jack’s family life, and Martin Bohm is very much the family man who would do anything for his son and is mourning the loss of his wife. He also gets to run across the city trying to stop an event from happening – just like Bauer. However, he’s a weaker version of the character we all know and love, and this allows him to be more vulnerable. It’s heartbreaking to watch how Martin longs to have some form of affection from his son, but he’s not even allowed to touch him without him freaking out. Sutherland plays Bohm with an intense desperation which pushes each story forward.

I also think it is important to applaud Jake Bohm, played by the magnificent David Mazouz. While his character only talks in the opening voice over, his facial expressions and body language really allow you to feel for him whilst showing how disturbed he is by his own gift.

If you haven’t seen the show then I recommend you start watching it with an open mind and a little patience. It’s a slow burn but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth sticking with – the best shows usually are. You have to admit that you probably wouldn’t have liked The Wire if you never stuck with it, and if you don’t like it then it’s because you didn’t stick with it.

Despite the comparison to The Wire, I wouldn’t say this show is up there with the very best US dramas, but it’s good all the same. It’s interesting, clever, gripping and insightful. The best moments in Touch are the ones that make you really think about the world and fate. However, there were moments in the season which seem a little cheesy, and some of the new actors in the one episode stories weren’t the best.

So, while this show is no 24, it is still a brilliant drama series that is definitely worth a watch. If you don’t go in expecting it to be all action and bravado then you’ll probably be impressed, but if you are looking for something that fills the gap of 24 then maybe this show isn’t the one for you.

I’ll definitely be tuning in for season two.

The Top 10 Summer Movies

May 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here in the UK we’re not used to all this hot weather, which is why we should make the most of it whenever possible. For this reason, I’ve compiled a list of what I believe are the top 10 summer movies to watch this hot season so we can truly embrace the sun even when we’re indoors. Also, I know we are still in Spring here in Britain, but hey, it feels like Summer, doesn’t it?

10. Dirty Dancing

The Kellerman resort looks hot and the staff are even hotter. This film is the perfect flick to slap on the DVD player once the sun has gone down, because it’s sure to raise your temperatures – and the soundtrack is pretty damn good, too.

09. Adventureland

Everyone loves a fairground in the summertime, so if you can’t head to one then why not watch a movie based around one. It involves a bit of love, comedy and drama that makes this theme park movie a perfect summer film.

08. Hairspray

Now, I’ve seen many blogs were people have said Grease is the perfect summer movie, and it can be a good film but if you’re like me and seen it a dozen times then you might want to watch a different musical. If so, Hairspray is the perfect choice; it has a great story, happy and dancy numbers and is filled with superb comedy moments.

07. Jurassic Park

This movie oozes summer for me as it was a massive blockbuster when I was just a little kid. It is also one of the first of its kind due to the (at one time) superb CGI. A classic choice that is sure to have you reaching for the popcorn as you sit on the edge of your seat.

06. Shirley Valentine

Downtrodden Shirley decides to throw in the tea towel on her marriage and head to Greece for an affair with a lothario. It’s full of stunning summer shots, a bit of nipple action and female empowerment.

05. 500 Days of Summer

This film is as bright and colourful as the title. The film isn’t actually referring to the season but the object of Tom’s affection, Summer Finn. However, this doesn’t mean it’s not the perfect film to watch on a warm evening with your loved one or a group of friends.

04. The Inbetweeners Movie

What’s better than seeing four desperate guys on the lookout for some female company on a summer holiday? It’s funny, it’s stupid and it also has great heart for a toiler-humour format. Expect some colourful debauchery.

03. Back to the Future

This film is like a fine wine, it just gets better with age. The style is now retro, the idea is inspired and the characters are incredible. I defy you to find a better sci-fi comedy to ever hit the screens, and that’s why it is the perfect choice for a lazy summer night in.

02. The Notebook

An utterly romantic story about the power of summer love. If you want to chill with your partner for a cosy night on the couch then I suggest you opt for The Notebook. It has some exceptional summery shots, a heartbreakingly tender storyline and some A Star totty.

01.    My Girl

What’s sweeter than the start of young love? Set in the summer of 1972, two eleven year olds fall in love. It’s cute, it’s romantic, it’s sad but it’s also uplifting in a strange sort of way.

The 20 Best Characters on TV

May 26, 2012 § 4 Comments

I love television. If you’re reading this then I’m guessing you do too. So, I’ve compiled a list of what I believe to be the very best characters in television. You will most likely agree with some and disagree with others – as is life. These are the characters I believe make the TV shows they star in worth watching, even though there are so many more I would have loved to add to this list.

20. Jack Bauer (24)

I feel sickened that I have to put Mr Bauer at number 20 but I’d say his personality isn’t as diverse as the following favourite characters. However, how could I not include a character that valued honesty and patriotism above everything else. Who saved thousands of people on countless occasions, spent a few years being tortured in China and still came out fighting. This is the man who rescued his family, stopped a nuclear bomb, recovered from a heroine addiction, stopped a fatal virus, uncovered a government conspiracy, stopped the release of biological weapons and ran away from the US government seeking revenge. If there was a list for the top 20 bad ass characters on the box then you can guarantee Jack Bauer would be number one.

Best moment: Jack Bauer showed how much of a true American hero he was when he had to reluctantly kill CTU Regional Director, Ryan Chapelle for the sake of his country.

19. Moss (The IT Crowd)

So, many people may claim that Moss shouldn’t be in the top 20 because he is a stereotype of what a geek is. However, it takes a true character to still be a stereotype whilst offering a completely different personality to anything that has ever been shown on TV before. He is funny, awkward, socially inept but also kind of cool.

Best moment: When Moss enters a Countdown competition and is challenged to play Street Countdown at the 8+ Club.

18. Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)

You will probably be either applauding or rejecting my decision to have Carrie in my top 20, but like it or not Sex and the City would be nothing without her. This show is one of the first TV shows with a strong leading lady and this show is god damn funny.

Best Moment: When she works as a model on a fashion shoot and falls on the catwalk in front of the audience. She recovered in the best fashion only Carrie Bradshaw could.

17. Tobias Beecher (OZ)

What I love about Beecher is the development of his character over the seven seasons. At first he starts out as this quite weak and naïve person who has been thrown into this crazy, violent world, but he rises up, goes a bit mad for a bit, and then becomes a harder version of the character that we fell in love with. Oz was a fantastic TV show, but Tobias gave it a heart and made me actually care about his freedom in comparison to most of his inmates.

Best moment: When he finally stands up to Schillinger in Season 1 and throws the chair through his cell.

16. Chandler Bing (Friends)

Ask anyone who the best character in Friends is and they will most likely say Chandler. While I love all of them individually, it is Chandler’s personality that stands out amongst the others. You couldn’t help but root for him even though at times he didn’t deserve it – remember how he cheated with Joey’s girlfriend Cathy?

Best moment: The episode where he tries to keep his relationship with Monica a secret and ends up kissing Phoebe and Rachel to cover it up.

15. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)

What would The Big Bang Theory be without Sheldon Cooper? He is everything we don’t want in a friend, yet we all want to be friends with him. He’s rude, he’s sarcastic (without trying) and he’s selfish – and yet we still love him.

Best moment: When he flees Pasadena after his apartment is burgled and attempts to start a new life in a new city, only to be robbed the minute he steps in the coach station.

14. Liz Lemon (30 Rock)

Unlucky in love Liz Lemon is the sensible one at The Girly Show, which is saying something. Her lack of style, self respect and her ability to always fall for the wrong man makes us love her all the more. She’s awkward, she’s silly but she’s strong – and we love her because there is a Liz Lemon deep down inside all of us.

Best moment: When Liz meets Oprah on a plane only to realise that it wasn’t the chat show host at all.

13. Roger Sterling (Mad Men)

The silver fox is the king of one-liners. When he’s not attempting to woo a new woman then he’s dumping one. His eye is always firmly on his next conquest or the next glass of scotch, but he’s honest and smooth and you can see exactly why all the woman fall at his feet.

Best moment: When Roger is sick in front of an office full of clients after climbing hundreds of stairs.

12. Christopher Maltisanti (The Sopranos)

He killed gangsters. Dealt drugs, beat his girlfriend and even got her killed – so why the hell do we all love Christopher so much? However, you can’t help but root for the aspiring writer and want him to be Tony’s go-to guy when things get a little tough down in New Jersey.

Best moment: When he shoots the pastry guy in the foot for not serving him quick enough.

11. David Brent (The Office)

Everyone works with someone like David Brent. You know the guy, he thinks he’s funny and craves attention. That is the reason why he is such a fantastic character as he is extremely realistic and a little too close to home.

Best moment: It’s hard to choose one but I love the moment when he jokes with Dawn that she’s fired and makes her cry (or when he sings Free Love Freeway).

10. Carrie Mathison (Homeland)

There is no character like Carrie on TV. Her obsessive nature cause by bipolar ultimately makes her the best in her field – but it also makes her the biggest liability. She’s almost like a female Jack Bauer, except smarter and with less brawn.

Best moment: When she begs Brody’s daughter to ring her Father to stop him committing a terrorist attack on the Vice President.

09. Maggie (Extras)

I love Maggie for everything she is – silly, dim and kind. Her friendship with Andy is heart warming and her naivety is endearing. Jensen really does hold her own against Gervais whose characters have a tendency to dominate the scene. She’s like a brainless Liz Lemon which makes her character even more likeable.

08. Don Draper (Mad Men)

What’s smooth, stylish and charming? Don Draper, that’s what. This confident, handsome and no-nonsense character makes the 1950s look cool, and makes alcoholics look sexy. While you can’t help but hate his philandering ways, his dedication to his children and his job makes him both likeable and attractive. Men want to be him and women want to be with him.

Best moment: When Don meets Roger and begs for a job.

07. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)

Tony Soprano kills mobsters. He takes money from the poor. He runs a strip club. He cheats on his wife. He likes ducks.
Tony Soprano doesn’t take bullshit. He swears a lot. He kills his family members. He can drive a girl to suicide. He gets a little bit dizzy.
Need I say more?

Best moment: When Tony kills Ralphi.

06. Dexter Morgan (Dexter)

This serial killer is one of the most complex characters on TV – even he doesn’t have a clue who is. The fantastic thing about Mr Morgan is that he constantly learns things about himself every season, and often discovers that he is more human than he gives himself credit for. Therefore, he takes us on a journey each episode.

Best moment: When Dexter headbutts Doakes.

05. George Costanza (Seinfeld)

There is no one in the world that is more unlucky than George Costanza. This pompous idiot doesn’t deserve half of the good looking girls he manages to bag, and he still always messes it up or doesn’t want them. While many people would argue that Kramer is the true comic genius of the show, I would fight until the death that George is the true comedy talent. In fact, they should have just renamed the show to George.

Best moment: I was in a pool!

04. Ari Gold (Entourage)

You won’t find snappier dialogue than Ari Gold’s. He loves good rant and isn’t afraid of saying what he feels – unless he needs to lie to a client to keep them onboard. The family man with a mouth as dirty as a swamp, you won’t find a more passionate and ruthless man on TV.

Best moment: When he gets Lloyd back together with his boyfriend Tom in Season 4.

03. Walter White (Breaking Bad)

There’s only so much a man can take until he decides to sell drugs with a former student – and that moment was when Mr White was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The once mild mannered goes all gangster to make sure he makes enough drug money to fund his medical treatment. Think Jack Bauer except on the wrong side of the law and a cool nickname.

Best moment: When he battles two gunned men unarmed in a parking lot and wins.

02. Omar (The Wire)

Omar is a gangster who dislikes any form of profanity and lives by a strict moral code. He’s a proud gay man who doesn’t care about the world knowing about his sexuality – and this can only be admired in such a violent and unpredictable gangland world. His intelligence ultimately makes him a force to be reckoned with. Like Batman, you don’t see him coming, but you know about it when he arrives.

Best moment: When he goes out to buy some cheerios in his bathrobe.

01.    Niles Crane (Frasier)

You’ve either just wholeheartedly agreed with my number one choice or feel like throwing your computer across the room. If it’s the latter then you clearly have never seen Fraiser, and if you have then you really don’t appreciate it. Niles Crane is the ultimate character because at every point in this long series he offered us something new whilst always remaining true to the original character in season one. He can be many things at one – a hopeless romantic, a pompous fool, a selfish idiot and incredibly intelligent. He is also one half of the best TV romances of all time, and one half of the best brotherly-love relationships ever.

Best moment: When he can’t see how Daphne has put weight on and keeps feeding her chocolate.

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