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Archive for May, 2002

By Mark Clapham on 31 May 2002 Comments Off

Praise be – the sacred Angel story arc has returned to us from on-high to save us from any more stupid filler episodes! OK, so the episode is one long chase sequence, but at least we’re moving now…

By Jim Smith on 30 May 2002 Comments Off

Buffy season finales are traditionally pyrotechnic affairs, with confrontations and explosions both emotional and literal providing a spectacular mix of entertainment and catharsis.

By Eddie Robson on 29 May 2002 Comments Off

Eddie plunges for the first time into the world of Mike Allred’s The Atomics and gets lost.

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By Eddie Robson on 29 May 2002 Comments Off

It’s become a regular occurrence that, at the end of each week’s episode of 24, the trailer for next week’s comes up and I think ‘OH MY GOD! What the HELL is going to happen next week to lead to THAT?’

By Eddie Robson on 29 May 2002 Comments Off

Do you ever have those weeks in the comic shop when there isn’t much you want to buy, so you buy something almost entirely arbitrarily?

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By Stephen Lavington on 27 May 2002 Comments Off

This week Enterprise takes the rather dubious refuge frequently favoured by American TV shows, the Latin title. However, pretentious naming aside, Lone Voice actually turns out to be rather good – and indeed contributes to the impression that t

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 26 May 2002 Comments Off

Set against a backdrop of the Communist witch-hunts at the dawn of the 1950s, The Majestic is a film about the power of movies, about politics, and about a country and a man struggling to remember who they are…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 25 May 2002 Comments Off

Dog Soldiers can be summed up in eight words. “Predator meets The Blair Witch Project, with werewolves”…

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By Mark Clapham on 23 May 2002 Comments Off

This one-shot is pure madness, possibly the most deliriously barking exercises in gibberish you’ll read all year.

By Mark Clapham on 23 May 2002 Comments Off

Viewers should note that at the end of this episode something pivotal happens – I won’t reveal what, but I say this as an indicator that, yes, there is a reason to sit through a load of old nonsense about thirsty ghost insects…

By Jim Smith on 23 May 2002 Comments Off

‘Buffy’ moved up a gear this week, with a few surprises wrapped up in what could (in lesser hands) have been an utterly predictable episode, what’s more after six seasons, they’ve finally found a look for Willow that does something for me. Nice

By Jim Smith on 23 May 2002 Comments Off

I don’t usually like reiterating TS Eliot’s beautiful clich? concerning bangs and whimpers, but it is particularly relevant to this, the final issue of ‘The Authority’.

By Eddie Robson on 22 May 2002 Comments Off

I didn’t catch the first episode of Caroline Aherne’s new project last week – a comedy-drama about an Australian couple struggling to adapt to retirement – because I was watching Teachers. After watching episode two, it’s not a decision that I

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By Jim Smith on 22 May 2002 Comments Off

The thing about ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ is that it is ‘just good enough’. Please note the ‘just’, as it’s rather important.

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By Jim Smith on 21 May 2002 Comments Off

The fourth season of ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ was something of a new start for the series. Gone were two of the series initial main characters, gone too was the setting of Sunnydale High.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 21 May 2002 Comments Off

Attack of the Clones has a constant sense of pace, of events rushing ahead faster than the characters realise, of things getting closer and closer to the terifying conclusion we all know is coming….

By Stephen Lavington on 20 May 2002 Comments Off

Shock! A rare sight in these troubled times, an unequivocally good episode of Enterprise. One not just decent in its own right, but which also takes the neglected, and still thoroughly baffling, ‘temporal cold war’ story arc into account

By Eddie Robson on 20 May 2002 Comments Off

Does anybody else still think of Keanu Reeves as Ted Theodore Logan? I know I do. I’ve had to review his last couple of movies, The Gift and The Watcher, and I just thought, ‘Oh look, it’s Ted and he’s a murderer.’

By Mark Clapham on 20 May 2002 Comments Off

Who would have thought it – a commercial release for one of the most controversial comedy series of the 90’s, including last year’s even more controversial special for good measure.

By Eddie Robson on 19 May 2002 Comments Off

Or …And Your Mother Too as it translates. I must admit that I was a bit sceptical about this initially, because it seemed to me that it might be just another teen coming-of-age flick…

By Jim Smith on 19 May 2002 Comments Off

Villains is a Buffy episode I have issues with. Not big issues. Not life-changing, life-threatening, arguing-about-the-important-things-in-life issues. Story issues.

By Jim Smith on 19 May 2002 Comments Off

I’m not what you would call a long-time Hulk fan, but the current run of the monthly book is truly remarkable work.

By Eddie Robson on 19 May 2002 Comments Off

The new Star Wars is excellent, but it’s also long, dark and schizophrenic… If the prequel trilogy had been made and released first, would Star Wars be as popular as it is today? Did Lucas plan it this way?

By Mark Clapham on 17 May 2002 Comments Off

Cassandra Nova has already stolen Charles Xavier’s body and laid waste to the Shi’ar Empire, and now she’s heading for Earth to destroy all mutantkind. Can the X Men save the day against such implacable odds?

By Stephen Lavington on 17 May 2002 Comments Off

It is hard to imagine the same director making two more disparate vampire movies than Cronos and Blade II.

By Eddie Robson on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

As soon as the present run of Black Books ended, Channel 4 seemed to feel that it was very important to have another book-related home-grown sitcom to replace it, and writer/director Annie Griffin’s The Book Group fits the bill.

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By Mark Clapham on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Uncomfortably stuck between attempts at US style slickness and the banal reality of most BBC drama production, this new espionage thriller becomes slightly laughable as a result, a hybrid that’s comical due to its internal contradictions.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

It’s been a decade since Generation Two, and the last mass-market Transformers comic. Now Dreamwave, a company that noticed a gap in the market where others mocked, launches possibly the most eagerly anticipated comic of the year…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Kicking off the 80s revival, Devil’s Due brings the GI-Joe anti-terrorist taskforce crashing into the 21st century with style…

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By Jon de Burgh Miller on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Something strange is going on in the British film industry…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

When George Monroe (Kevin Kline) discovers he has cancer, he decides to spend some time with his troubled teenage son (Hayden Christensen) over the course of a summer, while he builds himself a house.

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By Jon de Burgh Miller on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Excellent, we haven’t had a good Canonball Run movie in years. Actually, have we ever had a good Canonball Run movie? With the release of Rat Race, we have now…

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By Jon de Burgh Miller on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

George Clooney makes smart films. That’s not one of those vague assertions reviewers often make, it’s a scientific, proveable fact…

By Dave Whittam on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Out on a 2-Disc DVD, Russell T Davies’ ‘Bob and Rose’ is a warm, intelligent comedy drama. After a promising start, the series loses its way somewhat in the middle episodes before rallying again for

By Mark Clapham on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

When MI6 agent Tara Chace assassinates an ex-Red Army General working with the Russian mafia, it leads not only to a missile attack on MI6 headquarters but a bounty being placed on Chace’s head.

By Mark Clapham on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Mark reviews the new Trek and likes what he sees…

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Only time and repeated viewing will tell us whether Attack of the Clones is a better film that its predecessors. The one thing which is certain is that it’s significantly stranger.

By Stephen Lavington on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

For a show with such great potential, Enterprise seems singularly reluctant to take to the skies. Of course, this is no great surprise.

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

It’s difficult to discuss – let alone review in a public forum – this episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This is because some of that which occurs in it invokes issues far beyond those you would or should normally engage with in a TV review.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

This week, Angel takes the concept of anti-hero to exciting new heights.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Talk about being born under a dark star – poor little Connor really doesn’t stand a chance, does he?

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

A Saturday lunch time in February finds your correspondent, girlfriend in tow, rushing into central London to catch a rare treat – a cinema screening of seminal 80s spook-com ‘Ghost Busters’. Part of the Prince Charles Cinema’s ‘Retro Kid’ season of classic kids flicks from that decade, the price of a ticket included free coffee, [...]

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

There is no such thing as a Vampire Slayer. There are no such things as Vampires. Sunnydale isn’t a real place. Like Dawn, Spike, Willow and Xander it only exists in the mind of Buffy Summers, a girl in a mental institution whose parents want her to get better.
It’s an intriguing premise for an episode, [...]

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Any film which begins with a shot of some random guard getting a spiky arrow in the face can’t be all that bad.

By Lance Parkin on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

If the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger has been built on anything, it’s in never compromising.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Unsurprisingly, after the success of ‘The Mummy’ and ‘The Mummy Returns’, it seems that Universal are after another sequel…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

‘Blade II’ is a very, very violent film. Take that as either a warning or a recommendation, but bear it in mind.

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

After seeing The Royal Tennenbaums you’ll want to read the great American novel on which it’s based. Tough. There isn’t one…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

After years of knocking down, Hollywood seems to be building again. After aliens destroyed Washington (Independence Day), a volcano trashed LA (Volcano) and a tidal wave drowned New York (Deep Impact

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By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Running in parallel with the beginning of Chris Carter’s darkest creation, ‘Millennium’, the fourth season of ‘The X-Files’ displays some of the relentless bleakness of its new sister show…