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Archive for April, 2003

By Mark Clapham on 30 April 2003 Comments Off

Less a triumphant return to power as a decline and fall, the recent ‘Return of the King’ storyline, spinning out of the risible ‘Ultimate War’ mini-series, represents an exciting new low…

By Mark Clapham on 30 April 2003 Comments Off

Film franchises shouldn’t function like television series, everyone knows that…

By Jim Smith on 29 April 2003 Comments Off

‘Rush’ demonstrates, conveniently, all the strengths and weaknesses of the series as a whole and is thus a fine example of the series to pick in isolation.

By Jim Smith on 29 April 2003 Comments Off

While sister title ‘Uncanny X-Men’ has changed writers and haemorrhaged artists with alarming frequency in recent years ‘New’ has, despite its own artist-related troubles, pursued a steady course.

By Jim Smith on 29 April 2003 Comments Off

This review may be a little late but, hey, so was the release of the discs. This is the last of the four two-DVD boxes that compromise writer Richard Carpenter’s magic-heavy TV re-working of England’s second favourite mythic hero…

By Eddie Robson on 28 April 2003 Comments Off

Well, they’ve gone and done it. This month the price of an issue of ‘X-Statix’ has gone up from $2.25 to a whopping $2.99…

By Andrew Plummer on 27 April 2003 Comments Off

As this title has been in creative flux for the last nine issues, it seems futile to try and analyse any trends…

By Jim Smith on 27 April 2003 Comments Off

‘X-Men 2′ has an overall dramatic tone which, like that of its predecessor, is exactly right. Neither cripplingly earnest nor floridly tongue-in-cheek, the movie imbues its fantasy elements and SF conventions with utter conviction.

By Jim Smith on 27 April 2003 Comments Off

‘Welcome to Collinwood, the Beirut of Illinois’ (to give the film its full, on-screen title) has ‘instant cult classic written’ all over it and if there’s any justice at all it should make its writer/directors rich and famous virtually overnight.

By Mark Clapham on 26 April 2003 Comments Off

One day this British retro-chic nonsense is going to work for the US market. Following in the footsteps of the similarly themed ‘The Establishment’, and the recently defunct ‘Codename: Knockout’…

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By Jim Smith on 26 April 2003 Comments Off

Philip Bond! Philip flippin’ Bond! Check it out. There’s no doubt that when Mike Allred decides to take time off from this title the top-drawer talents really are queuing up to fill in for him, is there? Paul Pope, Darwyn Cooke, now this.

By Eddie Robson on 26 April 2003 Comments Off

I picked this up when Mark told me that Evan Dorkin was doing a run on it. I’m a big fan of Dorkin’s work – I’d buy a ‘Gambit’ mini-series if he was on scripting duties…

By Jim Smith on 26 April 2003 Comments Off

‘Double Take’ is a series I decided to give a few weeks grace to after its entirely under whelming opening instalment. I did this partially because I thought it might grow on me…

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By Eddie Robson on 24 April 2003 Comments Off

It’s an amazing achievement to take a crime story like this, which has no particular hook to it and could just as easily have formed the basis of a fairly routine episode of ‘Starsky & Hutch’, and make it into a great movie.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 24 April 2003 Comments Off

Five years after Spice World: The Movie, it’s pop band S Club’s turn to have a crack at the silver screen, with clone spectacular ‘Seeing Double’.

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By Jim Smith on 19 April 2003 Comments Off

An oddity this, a holiday weekend celebration come-myth-exploding exercise about ‘Queen’ a band who represent an unalloyed joy to millions and a guilty pleasure to as many again (and yes, Mr Robson, I am looking in your direction).

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By Jim Smith on 19 April 2003 Comments Off

Here at Shiny Shelf we all love Blur. In truth, we even contrive to affect a central dynamic unashamedly derived from that within said Britpop pioneers.

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By Iain Hepburn on 19 April 2003 Comments Off

Never let it be said that Rowan Atkinson – he of the permanent “rubber faced comedian” tag in the press – isn’t one to milk a concept for all its worth…

By Mark Clapham on 18 April 2003 Comments Off

The concept of ‘Word’ is so blissfully simple it’s remarkable no-one has thought of it before: to take great writers, and get them to write about things they love from all media…

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By Stephen Lavington on 15 April 2003 Comments Off

What had seemed like a powerful, camp heroin fix of Hollywood was actually a lame, staggering wrap of baking powder and strychnine. I’m sorry.

By Jim Smith on 15 April 2003 Comments Off

It is perhaps slightly out of character for this site to review a clearly serious-minded and in depth cinematic documentary.

By Jim Smith on 14 April 2003 Comments Off

‘Lies My Parents Told Me’ is one of those episodes of ‘Buffy’ where all the separate plot strands pull in the same thematic direction.

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By Eddie Robson on 13 April 2003 Comments Off

I visited a couple of comic shops whilst in Paris recently and it intrigued me that the staples of the American market – sci-fi and superheroes – were almost completely absent…

By Jim Smith on 09 April 2003 Comments Off

I love the Oscars, ridiculous, self-important and comically inept though they frequently are.

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By Mags L Halliday on 08 April 2003 Comments Off

You have to love a show whose action set-piece looks more like an episode of ‘Space 1999′, all dayglo orange jumpsuits, goggles, space rocket launches and a jet-board.

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By Stephen Lavington on 06 April 2003 Comments Off

The ‘real time’ picture has a chequered history. Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’ is known as his ‘one-take film’. Of course, in reality, several takes were carefully edited together using shots

By Eddie Robson on 05 April 2003 Comments Off

Buried in a random spot at the end of BBC2’s Saturday afternoon repeats of ‘Perry Mason’ and ‘Cagney and Lacey’, keeping track of this show will demand more diligence from viewers than ‘Daria’, or even ‘Seinfeld’.

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By Mark Clapham on 04 April 2003 Comments Off

It is with great pleasure that I announce a comic that I am, at age twenty-seven, too old for…

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By Jim Smith on 01 April 2003 Comments Off

The worst is yet to come, yes, but this box set sees the ‘Star Trek’ franchise embark on the first season of the first of the three series that blunted, damaged and perhaps actually destroyed its legacy as television…

By Mark Clapham on 01 April 2003 Comments Off

A vigilante story with a twist, in lovely black and white…

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By Abigail Twitch on 01 April 2003 Comments Off

Robbie Morrison becomes the first writer to leave no mark at all on the once mighty ‘The Authority’ this month.

By Jim Smith on 01 April 2003 Comments Off

I have – as some other Shiny Shelf correspondents are ever quick to point out – little to no grasp of the study of history. On trends, perspectives and the theories of my betters, I’m a veritable ignoramus.

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