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…
Archive for May, 2002
Buffy season finales are traditionally pyrotechnic affairs, with confrontations and explosions both emotional and literal providing a spectacular mix of entertainment and catharsis.
Eddie plunges for the first time into the world of Mike Allred’s The Atomics and gets lost.
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?’
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?
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
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…
Dog Soldiers can be summed up in eight words. “Predator meets The Blair Witch Project, with werewolves”…
This one-shot is pure madness, possibly the most deliriously barking exercises in gibberish you’ll read all year.
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…
‘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
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’.
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
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.
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.
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….
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
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.’
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.
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…
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.
I’m not what you would call a long-time Hulk fan, but the current run of the monthly book is truly remarkable work.
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?
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?
It is hard to imagine the same director making two more disparate vampire movies than Cronos and Blade II.
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.
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.
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…
Kicking off the 80s revival, Devil’s Due brings the GI-Joe anti-terrorist taskforce crashing into the 21st century with style…
Something strange is going on in the British film industry…
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.
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…
George Clooney makes smart films. That’s not one of those vague assertions reviewers often make, it’s a scientific, proveable fact…
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
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.
Mark reviews the new Trek and likes what he sees…
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.
For a show with such great potential, Enterprise seems singularly reluctant to take to the skies. Of course, this is no great surprise.
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.
This week, Angel takes the concept of anti-hero to exciting new heights.
Talk about being born under a dark star – poor little Connor really doesn’t stand a chance, does he?
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, [...]
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, [...]
Any film which begins with a shot of some random guard getting a spiky arrow in the face can’t be all that bad.
If the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger has been built on anything, it’s in never compromising.
Unsurprisingly, after the success of ‘The Mummy’ and ‘The Mummy Returns’, it seems that Universal are after another sequel…
‘Blade II’ is a very, very violent film. Take that as either a warning or a recommendation, but bear it in mind.
After seeing The Royal Tennenbaums you’ll want to read the great American novel on which it’s based. Tough. There isn’t one…
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
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…