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Archive for June, 2002

By Jim Smith on 30 June 2002 Comments Off

There are two orthodoxies about From Dusk Till Dawn. One – that adhered to by film purists – is that it’s a shambolic bit of nonsense tossed off by Tarantino in his lunch hour and then given to an inferior mate to direct…

By Mark Clapham on 30 June 2002 Comments Off

I’m not a big fan of the original From Dusk Till Dawn, but I was impressed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s plan to foster directorial talent with these two low budget, straight to video sequels…

By Eddie Robson on 29 June 2002 Comments Off

I suspect that anybody who says they don’t like this show is merely sick of American television being so much better than Britain’s.

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By Eddie Robson on 29 June 2002 Comments Off

Can it really be six months since the last issue of Love and Rockets? Los Bros Hernandez do keep us waiting for the latest bulletin from the worlds of Maggie, Julio and the rest, but as you’d expect, it’s worth it.

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By Jim Smith on 29 June 2002 Comments Off

The 11th part of the shockingly expensive, Stan the Man plus Guest Artist ‘defection’ maxi-series, this is another goodie. For many comics readers imagining Stan Lee creating Sandman is preferable to putting up with Goths who’ve never read any other

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By Mark Clapham on 26 June 2002 Comments Off

Who would have thought that, almost a decade since Scully first walked into Mulder’s office looking the spit of Clarice Starling, The X-Files would still be mining Thomas Harris’ work for inspiration?

By Lance Parkin on 26 June 2002 Comments Off

The Hiketeia is an ancient Greek ritual where a supplicant places themselves under the protection of another person. They must be protected at all costs…

By Stephen Lavington on 25 June 2002 Comments Off

So. The big one. The end of season cliff-hanger. And very impressive it was too, primarily because of the way it tied together three disparate – and often barely hinted at – plot strands into a coherent whole and then threw in a dash of utter lunacy.

By Mark Clapham on 20 June 2002 Comments Off

Well, The X-Files may not have David Duchovny, but as the ninth (and final) season opens they do have a naked Lucy Lawless as a substitute…

By Mark Clapham on 20 June 2002 Comments Off

That’s decided, then. With its stunning season finale Alias has firmly established itself as the best new show of the 2001-2002 season…

By Stephen Lavington on 18 June 2002 Comments Off

Not to be confused with a similarly titled Harrison Ford/ Anne Heche pirate romp this week’s episode sees Archer and his crew toy with the genre of light comedy. It’s a not entirely unsuccessful effort that rattles along nicely.

By Eddie Robson on 17 June 2002 Comments Off

As I left the cinema, I found myself accosted by a reporter from a local radio station, wanting to know what I thought of Spider-Man. I’m not great at off-the-cuff comment…

By Lance Parkin on 15 June 2002 Comments Off

Computer graphics have revolutionised cinema, allowing a screen to look exactly like the director wants it to, with a fraction of the expense or logistical challenges that would have meant even ten years ago…

By Mark Clapham on 15 June 2002 Comments Off

Rules of vampire related drama no #347, enacted October 2000: after any pivotal and dramatic storyline in the series ‘Angel’ there
must, by law, be a requisite 2-3 nonsensical filler episodes…

By Mark Clapham on 13 June 2002 Comments Off

Now, here’s a cool film. Not cool in a geeky ‘look at the size of that spaceship!’ way. No, cool as in cool. Cool as in stylish, classy and impressive. Yeah, cool…

By Mark Clapham on 12 June 2002 Comments Off

Here’s a real shocker – an attempt to revive Spider-Man as a comics property that actually worked!

By Mark Clapham on 12 June 2002 Comments Off

The most Amazing thing about this Spider-Man is that, after years of development and numerous creative hands, the movie has emerged as such a coherent and controlled vision of the character…

By Andrew Plummer on 12 June 2002 Comments Off

The team of writer Frank Tieri and penciler Sean Chen have been on this title for some time now. Tieri’s run has been pretty solidly violent throughout and given us a few fun story arcs…

By Stephen Lavington on 12 June 2002 Comments Off

Utterly dispiriting. A recent rise in quality has acted only to create a false sense of security, before the vicious one-two punch of this episode.

By Jim Smith on 12 June 2002 Comments Off

The thirtieth issue of this new numbering of Marvel’s original Spidey series saw Babylon 5 creator J Michael Straczynski take over the scripting.

By Andrew Plummer on 12 June 2002 Comments Off

Fantastic Four #50 saw the slightly disappointing tenure of Carlos Pacheco and Jeph Loeb (where the book looked good, if nothing else) more or less come to an end, leaving the FF to coast for nearly

By Andrew Plummer on 12 June 2002 Comments Off

Picking up straight after Defenders #12, The Order is Kurt Busiek’s attempt to breath new life into the characters and franchise he (along with Erik Larsen) worked with on the former title…

By Jim Smith on 12 June 2002 Comments Off

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man is a first class summer movie which takes both the essence and the details of the Lee/Ditko creation and does interesting and entertaining things with them.

By Eddie Robson on 08 June 2002 Comments Off

Vertigo has hit a modest purple patch recently, or at least there have been more Vertigo titles that I’ve bothered to pick up.

By Mark Clapham on 08 June 2002 Comments Off

Imagine what Nick Hornby’s novels would be like if all that musing on the relationships between fathers and sons were spiced up with a little demon thrashing action…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 05 June 2002 Comments Off

Inspired by a couple of comedy spots Ben Stiller created for the VH1 fashion awards, Zoolander is a cross between Austin Powers and Dumb & Dumber, with a pinch of Charlie’s Angels thrown in for good measure…

By Stephen Lavington on 05 June 2002 Comments Off

A decent enough episode this, with two curiously disparate story strands. Perhaps an attempt to emulate the stronger continuity of Buffy or Roswell, and not just a case of lazy writing. Despite this another strong instalment of an increasingly

By Stephen Lavington on 05 June 2002 Comments Off

Few would disagree that the 80s were the golden era for an extinct breed, the non-ironic action film, and of the many muscle-bound, violent macho thrillers to be released in this decade, Predator was one of the best.

By Jim Smith on 05 June 2002 Comments Off

This 1991 movie from the pen of Rockne S O’Bannon stands no comparison with the superb TV series that it spawned, and can thus be entirely fairly called the Buffy the Vampire Slayer of its day.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 05 June 2002 Comments Off

We haven’t had a decent time travel film for ages, and this simple fact adds an air of freshness to The Time Machine. Who knows, with the likes of Terminator 3 on the horizon, this could even be the first in a new wave of temporally mobile ad