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Archive for November, 2002

By Mark Clapham on 30 November 2002 Comments Off

No, Willow does not attempt to raise the career of Louise Wener from the dead in this episode. Some things are beyond even her power.

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By Jim Smith on 25 November 2002 Comments Off

Big things are afoot in Sunnydale, someone’s playing a sick and complex game and it’s not going to end nicely. Remember, from beneath you it devours.

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By Jim Smith on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

Watched today ‘Robin of Sherwood’ strikes you as too good to be an ongoing British television drama series. It has production values, fine acting and a sense of style.

By Mark Clapham on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

Some may complain about these being fairly extra-less, ‘vanilla’ releases, but frankly I’m grateful they’re coming out at all…

By Mark Clapham on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

This comic couldn’t be more of a period piece if the characters dressed in doublet and hose and called each other ‘nuncle’…

By Mark Clapham on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

Those of you who have read my self aggrandising biography in the ‘Who We Are’ section of this site will know that I’m writing a book on the TV series Smallville, and as such I buy Smallville-set comics like this for research…

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By Mark Clapham on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

To quote the great Egon Spengler, the very final episode of Ally McBeal is short, but pointless. Old clips, old jokes, old friends, old hat. You’ll cry, but mainly for the careers of those involved…

By Mark Clapham on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

The UK Cartoon Network have been showing this excellent new series across the last few weekends and, as their Australian counterparts did earlier this year, have broadcast this pivotal two-parter before it has even been shown in the States…

By Mark Clapham on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

Last week in the US the TV schedules for the 2002-03 season were announced. Aside from the usual renewals and cancellations were the green-lighting of some prominent genre projects, including two shows with impressive production pedigrees…

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By Mark Clapham on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

The first half of season four ended with the tear-jerking ‘Hats off for Larry’, wherein Robert Downey Jr’s Larry Paul goes to live with his son in Detroit, but promised to return for our Ms McBeal…

By Mark Clapham on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

With its fourth season, David E Kelley attempted to pull his series out of the quagmire of cast problems and chaotic storylines…

By Mark Clapham on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

Meet
Katie. She’s being divorced by the husband she loves because she slept with
his best friend. Think Bridget Jones, think Ally McBeal, think Carrie from Sex
and the City. Think Chicklit…

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By Stephen Lavington on 20 November 2002 Comments Off

Without a doubt the strangest Bond film since Feldman’s ‘Casino Royale’, ‘Die Another Day’ veers from madness to madness…

By Mark Clapham on 19 November 2002 Comments Off

‘Green Lantern’ has a long history of being a socially conscious comic…

By Eddie Robson on 19 November 2002 Comments Off

The writer behind Teenagers from Mars gives Shiny Shelf a few moments of his valuable time…

By Jim Smith on 19 November 2002 Comments Off

Few comics are actually important. This one is. Buy it, you’ll learn something.

By J Clive Matthews on 19 November 2002 Comments Off

Putting an extra half hour onto what was already a pretty lengthy picture is a brave move, especially when bringing this version out just a few months after the cinematic cut was released on DVD. Does anyone really need the four-disc version too?

By J Clive Matthews on 19 November 2002 Comments Off

Well, it’s not as dull as the last one, but this is a franchise which has already begun to look untenable, and not just because JK Rowling can’t be bothered to write any more books now that she can afford to buy Scotland.

By Jim Smith on 17 November 2002 Comments Off

As someone who has never really liked Glenn Fabry’s vein-bulging, skin-popping cover painting style it’s something of a surprise to me to discover that his pencilling on this book is really rather fine

By Jim Smith on 16 November 2002 Comments Off

It’s first love – well, first infatuation – for Dawnie this week as a charismatic Jock catches her eye. But what’s his secret, eh? Yeah, like we don’t know before the opening credits.

By Stephen Lavington on 15 November 2002 Comments Off

Charismatic director Shekar Kapur described ‘The Four Feathers’ as a form of “coming of age” drama at the film’s premiere …

By Stephen Lavington on 13 November 2002 Comments Off

At this film’s London Film Festival premiere, director Phillip Noyce denied rumours of problems with its North American distribution. It appears that these press reports originated in protests at test screenings conducted in New York…

By Mark Clapham on 12 November 2002 Comments Off

An under resourced, inner city police station: some of the cops are corrupt, others are more honest. On paper there’s very little difference between ‘The Shield’ and ‘The Bill’…

By Eddie Robson on 11 November 2002 Comments Off

Now that Steve Coogan has finally accepted that no TV project will ever work as well for him we get a second series of I’m Alan Partridge, almost five years on from the first…

By Eddie Robson on 10 November 2002 Comments Off

What I was expecting from Monster’s Ball was a worthy drama about very American issues, but I was pleasantly surprised…

By Mark Clapham on 09 November 2002 Comments Off

Now here’s a bargain – a comic for a quid. Not bad, huh?

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By Eddie Robson on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

I’m sure that any Bond geeks have assumed that I’ve put these two together because the 1999 film derives its title from the 1969 one. However, that’s not the case at all.

By Lance Parkin on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

‘Goldfinger’ is the best Bond film. It’s not quite as outrageous as the book, but it still has far more than its fair share of moments of brilliance. Heroin flavoured bananas, anyone?

By Jim Smith on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

‘Twin Peaks’ remains one of the greatest achievements of US Network television. In its time nothing could touch it for sheer quality, and despite the leap in the standard of Network drama over the decade between ‘Peaks’ and now, there’s still very, very little that even comes close. Not in terms of consistency, not in [...]

By Jim Smith on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

Everyone is going to be reviewing this and I’m sure everyone will be saying the same kind of things.

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By Jon de Burgh Miller on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

The fourth season of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ picks up where the previous season left off, with Commander Riker doing his duty and attempting to destroy a Borg cube with the assimilated Captain Picard on board…

By Eddie Robson on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

Anybody who felt cheated by last month’s issue of ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’, featuring as it did almost nothing of the five Gentlemen themselves, will be more than satisfied by this issue.

By Jim Smith on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

Despite the final instalment properly belonging to the very early 1990s, the Back to The Future trilogy remains perhaps the definitive 1980s franchise.

By Eddie Robson on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

This is something that should have come out on DVD aaaages ago. The Young Ones easily ranks alongside British TV’s best ever sitcoms, with the added benefit that it stands up to more re-watching than most.

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

Another month, another batch of episodes of Kevin Sorbo’s space opera. We’re in the middle of the first season now, and the show is really hitting its stride…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

Season one of Star Trek: The Next Generation was little more than a po-faced humourless clone of the original 1960s series. Season two was a little more adventurous but it was with season three that modern Star Trek finally began properly…

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

Good to see some shows retain a bit of creative vigour in their old age. In its fifth season South Park is still capable of finding new ways to offend people…

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By Jim Smith on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

The second season of ‘Robin of Sherwood’ sees the programme hit its peak. This is a superbly put together box set containing several hours of terrific television.

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

There’s nothing particularly spectacular on this second volume of Kevin Sorbo’s space opera, but it’s still as strong a dose of this kind of thing as you’re likely to find.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

There’s a bomb on a bus, and if it slows down it blows! What a fantastic high-concept for a movie. One of several films that tried to fill the void left by James Bond ‘Speed’ is…

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

With the release of these last episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess on DVD it’s worth having a look at how Lucy Lawless’ famous amazon ended her travels…

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

So, you’re the BBC and you’ve got the technology to create convincing
CGI dinos thanks to Walking With Dinosaurs. Oh, what to do with such
wonders…

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

OK, this BBC Films/Film Four thing is getting beyond a joke. While US television
gets more and more cinematic, the BBC and Channel Four are taking anything
with the slightest hint of a budget and passing it off as a movie…

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

There’s more to comic book film adaptations than a CGI Tobey Maguire kicking Willem Dafoe in the face, y’know…

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

What if Buck Rogers had been a pole dancer? OK, that’s not the kind of question most people trouble themselves with, but it’s clearly what the creators of this odd little series had in mind.

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

‘Basic Instinct’ is pure sleaze. It’s bad. It’s wrong. It’s great.

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

Coming so soon after the first releases of ‘Enterprise’, this initial volume of ‘Andromeda’ raises an important question – do we really need two
‘Trek-to-basics’ space opera shows?

By Mark Clapham on 07 November 2002 Comments Off

A mature Bond film? You may well ask what the point would be. James Bond is, after all, a superhero of sorts, and therefore a fantasy figure straight from the depths of the male adolescent psyche…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 05 November 2002 Comments Off

The creative partnership of director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland is renewed with ‘28 Days Later…’

By Jim Smith on 05 November 2002 Comments Off

What kind of absolute curmudgeon do you have to be to not enjoy ‘The Scorpion King’? The kind of absolute curmudgeon who thinks Bjork deserved her Best Actress at Cannes for ‘Dancer In The Dark’ no doubt.