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Archive for February, 2003

By Jim Smith on 28 February 2003 Comments Off

It has taken Larry David’s HBO sitcom an age to reach Britain, and now they’re giving us double bills – talk about going from the ridiculous to the sublime.

By Stephen Lavington on 27 February 2003 Comments Off

It is tempting to attribute the current, storming run of ‘Hellblazer’ to some dodgy deals with the devil.

By Iain Hepburn on 22 February 2003 Comments Off

There were many raised eyebrows and muffled concerns when Hollywood decided it was going to do a remake of Japanese horror film ‘Ringu’…

By Mark Clapham on 22 February 2003 Comments Off

Here’s a miscellaneous item if ever there was one…

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By J Clive Matthews on 22 February 2003 Comments Off

I don’t believe I’ve ever read anything of Virginia Woolf’s, and know very little about her complicated personal life or her history of mental illness.

By Shiny Shelf on 21 February 2003 Comments Off

I come to bury ‘Enterprise’, not to praise it.

By Jim Smith on 21 February 2003 Comments Off

Writer/Director Steven Mark Johnson’s film version of Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ is, you will be pleased to hear, a more or less perfect bringing of Stan Lee’s own favourite of his many creations to the screen.

By Jim Smith on 20 February 2003 Comments Off

While I enjoyed the first season of ‘Smallville’ I felt that its origins as a purpose-built ‘Buffy’ replacement were somewhat to in evidence…

By J Clive Matthews on 19 February 2003 Comments Off

It’s become a rather boring clich? to moan about the stupidity of the Academy’s nominations every year when the Oscar contenders are announced, but this year they’ve just gone too far.

By Stephen Lavington on 19 February 2003 Comments Off

This film is best known for marking Michael Caine’s darkest hour and, as bee expert Brad Crane (“of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton.”) it’s pretty dark.

By Jim Smith on 19 February 2003 Comments Off

When Douglas Adams died he left ‘The Salmon of Doubt’, the novel on which he had been working for a decade, less than half finished.

By Jim Smith on 18 February 2003 Comments Off

We get not one first date but two in this week’s ‘Buffy’ episode.

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By Jim Smith on 17 February 2003 Comments Off

HULK SMASH! or rather, ‘Hulk be a bit cryptic, get followed round the mid-west by sinister people and then get some action’. Rivetting stuff, all the same, from author Bruce Jones.

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By Stephen Lavington on 17 February 2003 Comments Off

Back with a vengeance is one of the finest and maddest action soap operas of modern times.

By Jim Smith on 16 February 2003 Comments Off

‘Buffy’ continues its upwards quality curve with this episode, which both pushes the ongoing plot forwards and retains its own distinct identity.

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By Mark Clapham on 15 February 2003 Comments Off

Some things are forgotten as you get older. What it was like to love snow, not hate it. How a year could seem like such a long time…

By Mark Clapham on 15 February 2003 Comments Off

This is your typical big anniversary issue of a comic book…

By Jim Smith on 15 February 2003 Comments Off

I like the art, I like the characters, and I think the cliffhanger is exceptional. I’m not keen on the cover, but not for the first time in recent months I find myself troubled by the ethical and social implications of a superhero comic.

By Jim Smith on 11 February 2003 Comments Off

So Steven Baxter is not so much God made man as post modernity made flesh in the concluding part of Russell T Davies ‘The Second Coming’. Davies’ script explicitly rattles Nietzsche’s cage for us…

By Jim Smith on 11 February 2003 Comments Off

‘Hello, is that Aidensfield Royal Free Hospital? I’d like to order a side of bland to go with my bland, as I’m afraid our TV schedule isn’t quite bland enough right now. I can? Could you get a tenth rate actor to bike it round to me immediately? Ta.’.

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By Jim Smith on 11 February 2003 Comments Off

As noted in my review of season one, when ‘Red Dwarf’ was at its best it wasn’t the series the show’s producers wanted to make. This, perversely, means that this, the finest season is presumably the one they’re least happy with.

By Jim Smith on 11 February 2003 Comments Off

‘A Fish Called Wanda’ is an oddity among 1980s comedies. An Anglo-American co-production with an eclectic, impressive cast, it’s a peculiar mix of rom-com, gross-out antics and crime caper.

By Eddie Robson on 10 February 2003 Comments Off

Hyperbole? No. Believe it.

By Mark Clapham on 10 February 2003 Comments Off

Now here’s something different.

By Jim Smith on 10 February 2003 Comments Off

The title gives you a pretty good idea of what the concept behind Russell T Davies’ superbly realised ITV mini-series is, and it’s a production which combines magic realism, wit, out-and-out-camp and manic pacing in roughly equal measure.

By Eddie Robson on 09 February 2003 Comments Off

I would’ve given you my full assessment of the opening night of the BBC’s new channel, but I’ve only been able to watch the first couple of hours on account of the lacklustre manner in which digital television has been introduced in this country.

By Mark Clapham on 09 February 2003 Comments Off

The X-Files middle season is central for more reasons than its place in the show’s run. Shot after the filming of the X-Files movie, but broadcast before the movie was released, this feels like a transitional period for the show…

By Mark Clapham on 09 February 2003 Comments Off

Some things are worth travelling for. Take this first Smallville DVD release, for instance, which is only technically available in Canada. It’s well worth finding a friendly importer to get your hands on one…

By Mark Clapham on 09 February 2003 Comments Off

Even by the standards of David Lynch films, Lost Highway is weird. Persistently dreamlike to the point of semi-consciousness, the film drifts through a series of bizarre twists and hypnotic images…

By Mark Clapham on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

‘X-Men Unlimited’ is an anthology title showcasing the breadth of Marvel’s mutant universe, as well as the talents of a diverse set of creators…

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By Mark Clapham on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

At this rate we may need to rename the site ‘Brubaker Shelf’…

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By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

Much anticipated by many, this adaptation of the first of Leslie Thomas’ ‘Dangerous Davies’ novels marked the return of Peter Davison to the lead of a mainstream TV drama after far too long an absence.

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By J Clive Matthews on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

The confusion of the arts, politics and love are the blended trio of themes that dominate this wartime character study from French master filmmaker Fran?ois Truffaut.

By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

Only very good things have been said Stateside about ‘8 Mile’ and, hey, how’s a guy supposed to resist a movie where the hero has his own name?

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By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

‘The Lost Prince’ is Stephen Poliakoff’s two-part teleplay about Prince John, the youngest son of King George V who died in 1919 when he was not yet out of his teens.

By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

A festive treat for Boxing Day, the BBC’s atmospheric and satisfyingly pulpy adaptation of Conan Doyle’s most famous story saw a first rate cast having fun with an imaginative and amusing script.

By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

Somehow Tolkein’s weakest novel has been transformed into one of the films of the year.

By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

Travel back in time to when it was all still funny and fresh; it’s three million years in the future and a dead man, a rasta and a semi-sentient cat are squabbling with a balding computer.

By Mark Clapham on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

The Bruce Wayne: Fugitive story arc seems to be moving into its climactic stages, with various threads coming to a head…

By Eddie Robson on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

‘Grip’ is probably the most mainstream comics work yet of indie comics legend Gilbert Hernandez, of Los Bros Hernandez, as it’s come out under
DC’s Vertigo banner…

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By Eddie Robson on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

The revival of long-running titles just keeps going. Marvel’s revivial – they’ve
recently converted about half of their staple books from semi-unreadable
nonsense to essential purchases

By Eddie Robson on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

I must confess to being a newcomer to the world of Los Bros Hernandez, not have been much of a comics reader when the original Love and Rockets was still going…

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By Eddie Robson on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

Whilst this title started promisingly, one can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed by ‘Team-Up’.

By Mark Clapham on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

Looks like there’s some belt tightening going on at DC Comics, with the latest in an ongoing series of culls.

By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

Things move up a gear in this, a Buffy episode which by its ending is every bit as grim as its title suggests.

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By Stephen Lavington on 07 February 2003 Comments Off

Steven Spielberg is a funny old cove and no mistake. ‘AI’ and ‘Minority Report’ announce an embarkment on a comfortable sci-fi path, but then he pops up with this little number…

By Jim Smith on 07 February 2003 Comments Off

With these two episodes ‘Buffy’ begins to climb out of the hole it has been digging itself in recent weeks and deliver on the promise of the themes and ideas of what is almost certainly its final year.

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By Stephen Lavington on 07 February 2003 Comments Off

It’s ‘Star Trek’ meets ‘Animal Hospital’ as Dr Phlox fight to save SpaceDog (aka Porthos) from a vile alien pathogen.

By Jim Smith on 07 February 2003 Comments Off

At the moment trailers for next year’s DD picture are creeping out in UK cinemas and the fortieth issue of the revamped title is due any day now…

By Mark Clapham on 06 February 2003 Comments Off

Who said two heads are better than one?