Internet Archive

The online treasure-trove of free film As the fight against illegal downloads goes on, it’s worth knowing that an increasing number of films, music and books have fallen legally into the public domain and are now free for everyone. You’re able to access these files via The Internet Archive (www.archive.org) and it’s fast becoming one…

Still working for Peanuts

Arguably the greatest piece of Christmas television is 45 years old this month. And it’s never been more relevant, even if the meaning has, once again, been lost. The first time they saw it, the powers-that-be hated A Charlie Brown Christmas. The 1965 television debut for the comic strip was to be a cautionary tale…

The Pacific Theatre

If you ask people who’ve fought in a war, they’ll often tell you that it’s not like it’s portrayed in the movies. For a start, the noise is different. Hollywood creates the noise people think war sounds like and gives them that audio experience, rather than what you really hear among the bodies and bullets.…

Corporate man’s laughter

Given the times we live in, you’d think there would be more corporate satires on television, but there just aren’t. Aside from Jack Donaghy’s capitalist musings in 30 Rock and the odd episode of The Office, big business is overlooked in sitcoms. That’s why Better Off Ted has become not just a fine comedy, but…

Lost Boys

As the biggest and most expensive television series of all time, Lost became a global television phenomenon, with a near-hysterical following and dense multilayered mysteries of plane crash survivors on an island. With gloriously whack-a-doodle storylines (amid accusations that they were just making it all up as they went along) and a huge cast, the…

Under fire in Afghanistan

Former British soap star Ross Kemp on his new role reporting from the front lines of Afghanistan. ESQUIRE: In Afghanistan you had a lot of access to the front line… ROSS KEMP: Yes, but that access only comes about through trust. There was an article in The Times saying, “How the hell does this soap…

Bad Behaviour

Chatshow host, Jimmy Kimmel, on the pros and cons of rudeness ESQUIRE: The way you do your interviews seems more unfiltered than a lot of the other chat show hosts. For example, if I ever called Mel Gibson “sugar t*ts” when interviewing him I’d be escorted from the building… JIMMY KIMMEL: It’s a lack of…