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Archive for 2003

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 24 December 2003 Comments Off

Gun-obsessed psychos the world over will be venturing out of their parents’ basements in their droves this week as the final part of the Matrix trilogy is unleashed on the world…

By Mark Clapham on 20 December 2003 Comments Off

Films in the series: 4.

Discs in this box set: 9.

Weeks late this review is: 2.

By Eddie Robson on 17 December 2003 Comments Off

Something of an odd decision to screen this one-off drama so soon after BBC1’s ‘Charles II: The Power and the Passion’, which covered a lot of the same historical period…

By Mags L Halliday on 17 December 2003 Comments Off

The quality of work put into this new series of ‘Poirot’ is undeniable. Technically it is faultless but there’s one main problem. Agatha Christie can’t plot her way out of a railway carriage…

By Eddie Robson on 15 December 2003 Comments Off

Congratulations to BBC2 for running the grand final of ‘The Big Read’ at nine o’clock on a Saturday night. Why was this a good thing? Simple – it means that ‘Harry Potter’ didn’t win…

By Mark Clapham on 09 December 2003 Comments Off

There’s no real doubt that this is the live-action hit of the summer…

By Eddie Robson on 08 December 2003 Comments Off

Clearly something of a coup for DC here, as it relaunches one of its best-loved characters with a writer/artist of Kyle Baker’s credentials…

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By Mark Clapham on 08 December 2003 Comments Off

This is a bad, bad film.

By Eddie Robson on 01 December 2003 Comments Off

A word of warning: do not read this comic on the bus. Or on the train, or in a caf?, or indeed anywhere that someone might see you…

By J Clive Matthews on 01 December 2003 Comments Off

Though amazingly not as mind-numbingly awful as one might have thought, Richard Curtis’ latest still has incredible levels of both corn and cheese. Then again, that’s the whole point.

By Stephen Lavington on 29 November 2003 Comments Off

It’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ for grown-ups…

By Eddie Robson on 28 November 2003 Comments Off

I have to say, I’m very sad to see the end of Cameron Stewart’s run on ‘Catwoman’…

By Eddie Robson on 28 November 2003 Comments Off

‘Top of the Pops’? That’s square, daddio. That was your granddad’s pop music show. These days the kids are watching ‘All New Top of the Pops’…

By Mark Clapham on 25 November 2003 Comments Off

On DVD, restrained in the box in the corner of the living room, ‘Full Throttle’ actually feels like a fairly succinct movie, rather than the last word in excess…

By Mark Clapham on 23 November 2003 Comments Off

Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’ comes to DVD with exactly the same strengths and weaknesses it had on its cinema release

By Eddie Robson on 21 November 2003 Comments Off

‘Human Target’ has become one of the easiest monthly books to pick up without knowing anything about it beforehand – it is dense, involving and brilliant…

By Lance Parkin on 20 November 2003 Comments Off

The gap between ‘Star Wars’ movies is being filled by the usual mixed bag of toys, books, games and comics. Perhaps the most ambitious, or at least the most novel, is the ‘Clone Wars’ animated series…

By Iain Hepburn on 18 November 2003 Comments Off

Being the archetypical cynical hack, it would be ridiculously easy to look upon ‘Love Actually’ as yet another churned-out piece of schmaltz from the Richard Curtis production line…

By Eddie Robson on 17 November 2003 Comments Off

It’s a mark of the extent to which times have changed that the BBC’s showpiece Sunday costume drama contains as much bedroom action as the average episode of ‘Sex and the City’…

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By Eddie Robson on 17 November 2003 Comments Off

The impressive thing about ‘The War Within’ is that writer Simon Furman isn’t just taking advantage of the ‘Transformers’ revival to trade on past glories…

By Stephen Lavington on 17 November 2003 Comments Off

PotC:tCotBP (for brevity) storms across the cinema screen with the bombast, arrogance and total lack of self awareness that one should expect from a film based on a theme park attraction.

By Eddie Robson on 17 November 2003 Comments Off

For decades now, new audiences have come to ‘Citizen Kane’ with one thought in mind: it can’t really be that good… can it?

By Mark Clapham on 15 November 2003 Comments Off

Seven years have passed since the last ‘Prime Suspect’, and Helen Mirren’s Jane Tennison is still as obstinate, clever and compassionate as before…

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By Eddie Robson on 14 November 2003 Comments Off

Next week Andrew Lincoln returns to ‘Teachers’. When he left the big question was: Can the show survive without him? Now the question is more: Where is he going to fit in?

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By Mark Clapham on 12 November 2003 Comments Off

Avatar have found a good thing in pulling together various fragments of writing from Alan Moore’s career and recycling them in comic book form…

By Eddie Robson on 12 November 2003 Comments Off

Criminally overlooked at the Oscars, ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’ sees the Coen brothers remain incredibly consistent in quality terms whilst retaining the capacity to surprise…

By Eddie Robson on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

Ordinarily we wouldn’t cover a repeat screening here, but I’ve been waiting for Channel 4 to give ‘The Armando Iannucci Shows’ another airing for more than two years…

By Mark Clapham on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

After Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s award winning ‘Hush’, DC have decided to maintain momentum on the main Batbook by bringing in the entire team behind the Eisner-winning Vertigo title ‘100 Bullets’…

By Mark Clapham on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ isn’t a blockbuster, it’s an adventure movie…

By Mark Clapham on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

‘The Matrix Reloaded’ remains just as impressive on the small screen…

By J Clive Matthews on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

Ignoring the fact that ‘Shallow Grave’ is already a superb modern retelling of ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’, the Beeb thought they’d have another crack.

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By Eddie Robson on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

I’ve decided to just throw myself in at the deep end with this new ongoing series…

By Mark Clapham on 10 November 2003 Comments Off

Alternate histories are the cheap stuff of fantasy, sci-fi and comic books…

By Eddie Robson on 10 November 2003 Comments Off

This could be the shape of things to come: the first issue of ‘Tom Strong’ to be written by someone other than Alan Moore…

By Mark Clapham on 10 November 2003 Comments Off

Michael Chabon’s comic book debut is here…

By Mark Clapham on 10 November 2003 Comments Off

When ‘Alias’ launched a couple of years ago, I wasn’t terribly impressed…

By Mags L Halliday on 10 November 2003 Comments Off

Come winter, come another Terry Pratchett novel to give distant family members an easy Midwinter present for that ‘awkward one’ (you know, the one that still reads comics and SF even though they’re over 15)…

By Jim Smith on 03 November 2003 Comments Off

Unluckily, he says, hitting cliche instantly, #13 shows, for the first time, ‘X-Statix’ dropping the ball.

By Mark Clapham on 28 October 2003 Comments Off

There’s something unimaginably stupid and self-contradictory about the concept of zombie robots…

By Eddie Robson on 25 October 2003 Comments Off

Prevailing critical opinion has declared that ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ is a minor Coen brothers film: I’d like to be able to disagree but, frankly, I’d only be doing so for the sake of it…

By Mark Clapham on 25 October 2003 Comments Off

They need a big box just to fit that title on…

By Eddie Robson on 23 October 2003 Comments Off

If this issue had featured Princess Diana, as it was intended to, it would have gone down as one of the greatest, most audacious comic books in Marvel’s history.

By Mags L Halliday on 18 October 2003 Comments Off

‘Bright Young Things’ is an assault on the current ’sleb’-crazed media via the 1930s.

By Mark Clapham on 14 October 2003 Comments Off

Old ‘Superboy’ comics are rubbish. The ‘Superboy’ TV series is rubbish. Prequels are usually rubbish. So why is ‘Smallville’ actually good?

By Eddie Robson on 11 October 2003 Comments Off

Whilst ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ looks set to provide the Coen brothers with their first resounding box-office success, ‘Miller’s Crossing’ has always been a cult movie and is likely to remain so…

By Mark Clapham on 10 October 2003 Comments Off

Let’s get Hammered…

By Mark Clapham on 09 October 2003 Comments Off

‘Kill Bill’ is a brilliant film. I hated it.

By Eddie Robson on 05 October 2003 Comments Off

Three episodes gone and this new comedy is starting to settle in…

By Eddie Robson on 05 October 2003 Comments Off

The co-creator of BBC2’s ‘Look Around You’, released on DVD this month, tells Shiny Shelf how he made water, calcium and maths funny…

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By Mark Clapham on 04 October 2003 Comments Off

Having lain waste to prose fiction, kidlit is moving into the comics arena. Even more so than the ‘Harry Potter’ or ‘His Dark Materials’ books, ‘Courtney Crumrin’ is more likely to be read by nostalgic adults than actual kids…