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Archive for 2002

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.

By Jim Smith on 05 November 2002 Comments Off

The first family of American Network TV finally make it to UK terrestrial television.

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By Jim Smith on 05 November 2002 Comments Off

After a barnstorming season opener ‘Buffy’ refuses to settle down into simplicity or predictability during these four episodes.

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By Jim Smith on 05 November 2002 Comments Off

The summer is over, the telly is back – and so is the Slayer with a real doozy of an opener for a series now in its (gulp) seventh glorious year.

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By Eddie Robson on 03 November 2002 Comments Off

I’m not sure what I can add to the substantial praise already lavished on this film over the years, just encourage those who haven’t seen it to do so at once. Well, maybe not at once: maybe you’ll want to save it for December.

By Eddie Robson on 01 November 2002 Comments Off

The main purpose of this review is to let people know that Look Around You exists at all because it’s the sort of show that you could very easily fail to notice.

By Eddie Robson on 26 October 2002 Comments Off

Panic Room is in many ways the opposite of director David Fincher’s previous effort, Fight Club…

By Mark Clapham on 23 October 2002 Comments Off

In the space of a fortnight we’ve seen two signature writers return to the franchises that made their names: Simon Furman on Transformers: The War Within, and Larry Hama on GI Joe: Frontline. The results are strikingly different…

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By Stephen Lavington on 20 October 2002 Comments Off

As a committed Bond fan I’ve been treating this film with a fair amount of trepidation; a Vin Diesel secret agent vehicle rumored to have been based on material collected for a long dormant rival Bond movie?

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By Mags L Halliday on 18 October 2002 Comments Off

Somewhere, there’s a checklist of what all period TV drama must contain. Tipping the Velvet checks all the boxes and then some…

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By Mark Clapham on 16 October 2002 Comments Off

There’s a cliche about blockbusters, that they’re essentially adolescent, kids’ stuff. In the case of xXx, it’d be hard to argue otherwise…

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By Stephen Lavington on 16 October 2002 Comments Off

At the London Science Museum they’ve somehow they have put together a show that appeals to die-hard fans (like, er, me) without alienating more well-balanced individuals or families.

By Mark Clapham on 13 October 2002 Comments Off

Sorbo and co are back, with former Twin Peaks writer Bob Engels on board as the new creative force behind the show…

By Eddie Robson on 07 October 2002 Comments Off

Er… is this book supposed to be making sense yet? I sincerely hope not, because if it is then I’m being slow on the uptake.

By Mark Clapham on 07 October 2002 Comments Off

I’d rather Jack…

By Eddie Robson on 06 October 2002 Comments Off

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 Mark Clapham on 03 October 2002 Comments Off

Don’t get me wrong, Roswell is a good show, but it’s not hard to see why it’s been cancelled at last…

By Mark Clapham on 30 September 2002 Comments Off

The Truth Is Here. Sort Of…

By Eddie Robson on 28 September 2002 Comments Off

Call me a heretic, but as Beatles films go I actually prefer Help! to A Hard Day’s Night.

By Stephen Lavington on 22 September 2002 Comments Off

The first thing that most will notice about this film is its gorgeous photography. The skilled lighting and filming of the shots renders the most mundane image somehow beautiful…

By Eddie Robson on 21 September 2002 Comments Off

Have you seen this yet? You haven’t? Well, grab a copy and watch it smartish, before somebody gives away the ending.

By Mark Clapham on 21 September 2002 Comments Off

Writer Bruce Jones’ approach to the Hulk goes even further into the horror genre…

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By Mark Clapham on 19 September 2002 Comments Off

The last standalone episode of The X-Files takes us into the tragic world of a man obsessed with a TV show – talk about biting the hand that feeds you…

By Mark Clapham on 19 September 2002 Comments Off

In Part One of our exclusive interview we discussed Paper Museum. In this second half, we asked them a little bit about how they got into the comics industry…

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By Mark Clapham on 19 September 2002 Comments Off

Two more characters get a degree of closure in this episode, but in very different ways…

By Mark Clapham on 19 September 2002 Comments Off

‘Paper Museum sprang from the idea that we didn’t want to put out “just another superhero anthology”,’ says writer Jai Nitz…

By Eddie Robson on 17 September 2002 Comments Off

I’ve only recently become the sort of person who reads fashionable contemporary novels, and White Teeth is my first experience of watching the TV adaptation of a book I’ve actually read. This did beg the question, why was I watching it?

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By Eddie Robson on 15 September 2002 Comments Off

What’s the critical state of play with Quentin Tarantino at the moment? Is it OK to like him again yet, or is the consensus that his work has dated badly?

By Mark Clapham on 15 September 2002 Comments Off

Mark cringes in fear as one of the weaker moments from the final season of The X-Files returns to haunt him…

By Stephen Lavington on 15 September 2002 Comments Off

Spy films tend to follow the style of one of three writers – John le Carre, Tom Clancy or Ian Fleming.

By Stephen Lavington on 15 September 2002 Comments Off

Unlike many films Innerspace is very easy to pigeonhole. It’s a classic example of the mid 80’s – a miniaturization, action, romantic, buddy comedy.

By Eddie Robson on 14 September 2002 Comments Off

Is it just witless nostalgia that leads me to feel that, at some point in the past, the New TV Season that came each September was something to look forward to?

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By Eddie Robson on 12 September 2002 Comments Off

Jim Mahfood, the brains behind Stupid Comics, enjoys the rare status among comic artists of being known to a lot of people who don’t generally read comics…

By Mark Clapham on 12 September 2002 Comments Off

David Duchovny returns to direct an episode… but is that him in front of the camera as well?

By Mark Clapham on 12 September 2002 Comments Off

As The X-Files approaches its conclusion, it’s time to say goodbye to some friends…

By Andrew Plummer on 12 September 2002 Comments Off

Mike Grell’s run is now well underway and as a result we can see a little more of what he has got planned for the book.

By Andrew Plummer on 12 September 2002 Comments Off

Although Cap is undoubtedly one of Marvel’s flagship characters, he has been curiously under-served over the years.

By Jim Smith on 12 September 2002 Comments Off

Steve Dillon drawing Hellblazer. Aaaah, mine eyes fall on it like a much-missed old friend. This isn’t to say I don’t enjoy other interpretations, mind…

By Stephen Lavington on 08 September 2002 Comments Off

Christopher Nolan’s follow up to the awesome Memento can best understood via a comparison with the albums of Badly Drawn Boy; no really, it can.

By Mags L Halliday on 05 September 2002 Comments Off

It’s a bit of a shock to receive the second issue of volume 2 so promptly after issue 1 came out. For once, it’s not possible to claim it was “worth the wait”.

By Stephen Lavington on 05 September 2002 Comments Off

As a relative newcomer to the world of comics I often ponder what it is that led me to start shelling out good money week after week for picture books made for kids.

By Mark Clapham on 04 September 2002 Comments Off

They’re scary. They’re monsters. What more do you need to know?

By Mark Clapham on 01 September 2002 Comments Off

Last time we saw Alan Moore’s literary super team, stars were falling over England. It was a cliffhanger ending that we were left with for what seems like an age. Now, finally, we get the next chapter…

By Mark Clapham on 29 August 2002 Comments Off

This week, Burt Reynolds may very well be God. Tell us something we don’t know…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 28 August 2002 Comments Off

Transformers: Takara is the first in a series of DVD releases that will showcase episodes from the original Transformers cartoon that only aired in Japan, rarely before shown to Western audiences…

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By Jim Smith on 28 August 2002 Comments Off

With the possible exception of ‘Time Wars’, the epic ‘Target 2006′ is the holy grail of UK-originated Transformers strips, out of print for over fifteen years and every bit as good as your pre-teen self thought it was.

By Jim Smith on 27 August 2002 Comments Off

The Italian Job is the most visible and enduring cultural icon of England’s post-1966 World Cup triumphalism; a caper movie which brings together a height-of-his-powers Michael Caine and a magnificently dry Noel Coward…

By Mark Clapham on 26 August 2002 Comments Off

Ted Bundy was the last movie of this year’s FrightFest, and co-writer/director Matthew Bright, producer Hamish McAlpine and actress Alexa Jago were all on hand to talk about the movie…

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