Tom King

Tom has written 7 articles for Nouse

“Pillow Angel” or guinea pig?

The scientific briefing with Tom King

Surely the most hotly debated scientific issue of the past few weeks has been the case of Ashley X, the little girl who will, to all intents, never grow any older. Ashley is nine years old but suffers from a rare condition called staticencephalopathy, limiting the development of her mental and motor faculties to those of a three-month-old baby

Oh f*** – I just graduated

With exams over and student loans exhausted, soon-to-be graduates must now think about life after university. Tom King explores the…

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Director: Andrew Adamson
With: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes

Runtime: 140 mins

I have to admit I wasn’t really looking forward to this big-screen outing of one of my childhood favourites. Having been slightly mystified by the success of a certain hobbit, I was afraid that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe would turn out to just be LOTR-lite, an easy opportunity to foist another hundredweight of filthy orcs upon us. It’s nice when a film surpasses your expectations

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

It looks like the domestic scene so typical of modern relationship films. A couple who seem to have it all, looks, money and style, sitting across the dinner table from each other and quite deliberately not saying anything. However, there’s a twist… Most failing marriages aren’t accompanied by an oven full of hi-tech weaponry or a toolshed full of grenades

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

In 1971 a young hitch-hiker lying in a field in Innsbruck, hideously drunk, looking up at the stars, had an idea. This idea was to spawn a classic radio series, a slew of bestselling novels, a hit television series and now a big budget blockbuster. The hitchiker was Douglas Adams and the idea was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

‘Million Dollar Baby’

Sports movies. Love ‘em or hate’em, they’re a mainstay of cinema. The plucky underdog with the will to win. The grizzled and cynical old coach. The inevitable training montage backed by inspirational music. The eventual triumph over adversity. All standard ingredients but somehow when put together they just seem to get you right there. Therefore, when a sports movie comes along that surprises you it’s a special thing and when that movie is well written, lovingly shot and populated with talented performers it just adds to the joy

That Oscars business

Ah, The Oscars. That special time of year when, for just one night, the men and women of Hollywood cease their fussing and a-fighting, come down from the hills, and say to one another: “We like ourselves.” True, it’s an overblown, overlong celebration of the mediocre drivel the film industry callously pumps into the multiplexes; and, true, the teary ramblings of the winners should rightly cause any decent human being to hurl their guts out in front of the telly; but we still love it, don’t we?