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.
Archive for February, 2003
It is tempting to attribute the current, storming run of ‘Hellblazer’ to some dodgy deals with the devil.
There were many raised eyebrows and muffled concerns when Hollywood decided it was going to do a remake of Japanese horror film ‘Ringu’…
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.
I come to bury ‘Enterprise’, not to praise it.
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.
While I enjoyed the first season of ‘Smallville’ I felt that its origins as a purpose-built ‘Buffy’ replacement were somewhat to in evidence…
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.
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.
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.
We get not one first date but two in this week’s ‘Buffy’ episode.
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.
Back with a vengeance is one of the finest and maddest action soap operas of modern times.
‘Buffy’ continues its upwards quality curve with this episode, which both pushes the ongoing plot forwards and retains its own distinct identity.
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…
This is your typical big anniversary issue of a comic book…
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.
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…
‘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.’.
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.
‘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.
Hyperbole? No. Believe it.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
‘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…
At this rate we may need to rename the site ‘Brubaker Shelf’…
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.
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.
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?
‘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.
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.
Somehow Tolkein’s weakest novel has been transformed into one of the films of the year.
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.
The Bruce Wayne: Fugitive story arc seems to be moving into its climactic stages, with various threads coming to a head…
‘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…
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
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…
Whilst this title started promisingly, one can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed by ‘Team-Up’.
Looks like there’s some belt tightening going on at DC Comics, with the latest in an ongoing series of culls.
Things move up a gear in this, a Buffy episode which by its ending is every bit as grim as its title suggests.
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…
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.
It’s ‘Star Trek’ meets ‘Animal Hospital’ as Dr Phlox fight to save SpaceDog (aka Porthos) from a vile alien pathogen.
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…