Darrow Discussions

Darrow Discussions

By Alastair Stewart
Debate, discussions and musings on politics & culture with Alastair Stewart and guests.
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Review | El Tonel, Almerimar - Spain
One of, if not the best, restaurants in Almerimar, Spain to visit. 
09:38
July 28, 2019
Retrospective | Gotham
What a missed opportunity Gotham was, and how frustrating we only got to see the Dark Knight for a moments in its final scene. When are we going to get the Batman series we deserve? 
13:19
July 28, 2019
Review | The Dhabba, Glasgow
Fantastic North Indian cuisine in Glasgow. Worth visiting if you're through from Edinburgh and a little lost with what to choose for dinner!
04:56
July 27, 2019
Review | Apple Music or Spotify?
Can Apple Music come out on top? Can Apple continue to defend its circular economy and high prices? 
17:58
July 27, 2019
Retrospective | The Inbetweeners
Teenage nostalgia yes, but the film sequels are truly appalling.
06:26
July 27, 2019
Retrospective | Mr Holmes
The grand finale for Sherlock? Not quite.
11:09
July 27, 2019
Retrospective | Superman Returns
The film we didn't need at the time, but filled with the optimism we desperately deserve now. 
24:18
July 26, 2019
Retrospective | The Man Who Would Be King
A very serious contender for the best film ever made. 
11:04
July 26, 2019
Retrospective | Cruel Intentions
Does this classic pass the test of time? 
09:19
July 26, 2019
Retrospective | Brothers of War
A disappointing and deeply flawed film that could have, and should have had, the making of a masterpiece character study of the realities of war. 
08:03
July 26, 2019
Review | The Digital Inferno by Paul Levy
  ‘Digital Inferno’ is available to buy here.
07:40
July 26, 2019
Retrospect | The Ghost
Remember the paranoia of the 2000s with Blair and George W.Bush? The Ghost is a refreshing hark back to almost simpler days; brilliantly playful and highly enjoyable. Both a must-watch and a must-read. 
07:27
July 26, 2019
Review | Wings, Edinburgh
One of the best hidden treats in the city. 
04:02
July 26, 2019
Review | Why you should be reading Ian Gardiner's books
 A wonderful series of books from author and ex-military man Ian Gardiner published by Pen & Sword books.  The Yompers: With 45 Commando in the Falklands War The Flatpack Bombers: The Royal Navy and the ‘Zeppelin Menace’ In the Service of the Sultan: A First-Hand Account of the Dhofar Insurgency
07:12
July 26, 2019
Review | Dishoom, Edinburgh
Maybe just the best Indian food in Edinburgh. 
06:22
July 26, 2019
Restrospective: Devil’s Pass
One of the better horror movie's of the last 10 years; Devil's Pass is a good, nice play on the found-footage horror drama. 
05:03
July 26, 2019
Retrospective | The Grudge
Can you salvage Western adaptations of Japanese horror movies? Possibly, but you need to understand what made them terrifying in the first place. 
10:30
July 26, 2019
Restrospective | Predestination
Perhaps, maybe just, the best time-travel movie ever made? 
11:57
July 26, 2019
Review | Maison de Moggy, Edinburgh
If you love cats, you'll love here. A bit expensive to be sure, but a lovely way to spend an hour with family or friends. 
06:26
July 26, 2019
Retrospective | The Last Samurai
A spectacularly underated film from 2003.
07:55
July 26, 2019
Review | 'The Broken Journey: A Life of Scotland 1976-99' by Kenneth Roy
A wonderful book, well worth a read to understand contemporary Scotland to find out the real, social story of the country. 
10:43
July 26, 2019
Retrospective | Why we miss Peter Capaldi as The Doctor
Doctor Who really should have taken a well deserved break after Peter Capaldi's departure from the show. Why? Because he really showed us what the character was capable of. 
34:47
July 26, 2019
Better Call Saul - Time to call last orders after season 5?
I''m worried that Better Call Saul is in danger of harming Breaking Bad with going on past season 5. A finite story is what made Breaking Bad great and now would be a terrible time for its prequel and sequel show to break that tradition. 
14:42
July 26, 2019
(Guest spot) BBC Radio Scotland with John Beattie
Alastair Stewart defends Sir Winston Churchill against charges of war criminality and white supremacy on BBC Radio Scotland with John Beattie and guests Ross Greer MSP and Professor Lucy Robinson. 
17:15
July 25, 2019
Review | 'The Rivals' by Murdo Fraser
A fabulous must-read on a near forgetten era of Scottish history.
08:27
July 25, 2019
Review | Sikunder Burnes: Master of the Great Game by Craig Murray
 If you're a fan of Flashman and 'The Man Who Would Be King' - this is the book for you.  ‘Sikunder Burnes: Master of the Great Game’ available from Birlinn 
10:53
July 25, 2019
Why Marvel films are the sugar rush and DC movies are the meat on the bone
Alastair gives his theory as to why DC films are lagging behind their Marvel counterparts
17:19
July 25, 2019
Retrospective | The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Was the O.J Simpson trial the beginning of reality television as we know it? Alastair discusses. 
09:27
July 25, 2019
Retrospective | The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep struggles in a highly pointless film. Listen to find out why.
14:19
July 25, 2019
Why film marketing departments should have their budgets slashed
Aren’t you tired of knowing everything about a film before you see it? Worse still it looks great but turns out to be terrible.
10:25
July 25, 2019
Restrospective | Logan
I'm struggling for words other than masterpiece and genius.
19:56
July 25, 2019
Why it's time for The Grand Tour to end
Sadly it was never Top Gear, but even Clarkson's-era had run it's course. Isn't it time to wind up shop? 
12:13
July 25, 2019
Why it's time to kill James Bond
With Bond 25 on the way, it's time to kill the character. Just in this film. Let's give him a damn good send off because while Daniel Craig may be leaving we all know...Bond will return, anyway. 
12:50
July 25, 2019
Why Superman eating breakfast could save DC on TV
One of the problems DC faces is it's failing at the box office and the TV shows are avoiding their central heroes - Batman and Superman. Isn't it time to give the public what they want and launch brand new Batman and Superman TV shows to rival the success of Marvel? 
10:55
July 25, 2019
Review | Churchill: The Lost Interviews
Absolutely, underrated comedy gold. A must watch: Watch Churchill: The Lost Interviews here.   Website: Churchill: The Lost Interviews Presented by Toby DeWinter and Kaylosia Productions Starring Richard Beenham
16:15
July 25, 2019
The dangers and the warnings of Huxley, Bradbury and Burgess
Dystopian TV adaptations are on the rage these days but how are these systems held in place? What technology operates to make sure the people are kept compliant? 1984 and Big Brother has passed into the political lexicon, but also cliche. A Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451 and A Clockwork Orange offer a more explicit, more specific, explanation. 
20:35
July 25, 2019
Why Inception is the greatest film ever made
A mildly hyperbolic title, but Alastair makes the case for why Christopher Nolan's 2010 film Inception is not only his defining work, but why the film is one of the best films ever made. 
19:25
July 25, 2019
How Aristotle got Star Trek right
Why has Star Trek: Discovery failed to live up to expectations? Why have the reboot movies not had the same emotional resonance? The answer comes from a curious source, Aristotle's 'Rhetoric' and his 'modes of persuasion'.  Alastair discusses. 
17:45
July 25, 2019
Boris Johnson - PM - What are his options?
As Boris Johnson assumes the premiership, what options are available to him as he goes forward to bring the country back together?
14:57
July 23, 2019
Through the mirror, darkly: Reviewing The Handmaid’s Tale
Alastair & Zorica (ft. Alastair) discuss The Handmaid’s Tale. Is The Handmaid’s Tale good television? Does it work best as a keyhole look into the world of Gilead or are you desperate to understand how this world came about? Also Josh from The West Wing is in it.
19:06
July 22, 2019
Star Trek | Picard trailer discussion
Oh, goodness please make sure it’s not Discovery. Zorica Ilin and myself chat about our hopes and dreads for he new Picard series. Will it boldly go?
17:05
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Batman Forever
Is Batman Forever maybe, just maybe, the best of the 'original' Batman movies? 
11:31
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Star Trek: Discovery
What does the new Star Trek series offer? Can a prequel possibility serve as a realistic run-up to the time of Kirk's Enterprise? 
10:45
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Sherlock
Does the finale of Sherlock live up to its original potential? 
05:06
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | House of Cards
Where next for House of Cards? 
08:31
July 21, 2019
Interview | Cameron Mackay of the University of Strathclyde
Alastair chats with environmentalist Cameron Mackay about his conservation work and efforts to highlight the real-life effects of global climate change. 
22:16
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Goodbye to the 12th Doctor
What did Peter Capaldi bring to his role on Doctor Who? Should the show have concluded with his departure? 
03:25
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | The Husbands of River Song
This Christmas Doctor Who classic is not only poignant, but one of its finest episodes. Should the show have ended here, or at the very least taken an extended hiatus? 
12:02
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | American History X
A timeless look at race relations in the United States and a brutal take down of the white supremacist doctrine.  
11:41
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Independence Day
How well has this cult-alien classic aged? 
07:09
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Deadpool
No words. Just...perfect? 
10:49
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Spotlight
A harrowing but necessary film, subtle and powerful. A must watch with Michael Keaton. 
07:36
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Was this a dawn of justice, or of total failure? A disappointment, or a missed opportunity? 
1:11:06
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Star Wars - The Force Awakens
As the final film approaches, did the new trilogy offer the new hope fans craved? 
13:08
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Straight Outta Compton
A stunning film that not only surprised, but was a stunning history of a misunderstood genre. 
07:52
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Creed
Who else was surprised by this stunning movie that went so far beyond a mere homage? 
13:56
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | The Equalizer
A delightful, if violent, treat. Is Denzel Washington the new Liam Neeson - an unexpected action star? 
08:58
July 21, 2019
Restrospective | Training Day
A violent but stunning drama that rightly defined as the perfect Denzel Washington. 
09:14
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Blunt Talk
Patrick Stewart's comedy never quite lives up to its potential, and remains a disappointment for Captain Picard fans out there. 
09:38
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Churchill's Secret
Prime Minister Winston Churchill's severe stroke was hidden from the public in 1953. Does this production do that story of triumph from defeat justice?  
11:32
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | Star Trek: Generations
Alastair looks back on Star Trek: Generations and why it still stands the test of time as a grand finale for Captain Kirk. 
10:47
July 21, 2019
Retrospective | The Dark Knight
Looking back at the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight series, Alastair Stewart & Alan Graham discuss what made it great and what future Batman films can learn from it. 
53:24
July 21, 2019
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