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Archive for May, 2003

By Eddie Robson on 31 May 2003 Comments Off

Ever since 1989 I’ve been complaining that the BBC severely lacks any kind of sci-fi and fantasy programming. This being the case, I suppose I should be grateful for whatever I get, but I’m not…

By Mark Clapham on 29 May 2003 Comments Off

This new comic is so relentlessly masculine that I’ve had to hide the first issue from my weaker, more vulnerable colleagues, for the good of their health…

By J Clive Matthews on 25 May 2003 Comments Off

I’m used to sitting at home, hopping through cookery programmes and low-rent chatshows like ‘Loose Lips’ and ‘Des and Mel’ before desperation sends me the way of Bid Up TV…

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By Eddie Robson on 24 May 2003 Comments Off

It’s an odd experience to find popular opinion shifting around you whilst you yourself remain perfectly still…

By Jim Smith on 24 May 2003 Comments Off

There are people out there, mad and probably stupid, people, who believe that ‘Spider-Girl’ is an accessible, all-ages superhero title which will appeal to ‘the kids’.

By Mark Clapham on 24 May 2003 Comments Off

If anyone ever taught the Wachowski brothers, writer/directors of ‘The Matrix Reloaded’, the lesson that ‘less is more’, then they certainly weren’t listening…

By Mark Clapham on 24 May 2003 Comments Off

This isn’t a comic, it’s an opportunity.

By Stephen Lavington on 24 May 2003 Comments Off

This is not so much ‘Matrix 2′ as ‘Matrix 2a’, with 2b out at the end of the year and, as such, any final judgement will have to wait.

By Jim Smith on 24 May 2003 Comments Off

‘Otherworld’ would (assuming there’s no Lottery funded leek-farming and/or choral singing epic of which I’m unaware) certainly win any hypothetical award for ‘the most Welsh film ever’

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By Stephen Lavington on 24 May 2003 Comments Off

Is this a good film? By any objective criteria, not really.

By Iain Hepburn on 19 May 2003 Comments Off

‘Full Frontal’ marks Steven Soderbergh’s return to Miramax after more than a decade and continues his transformation from indie-kid with a budget to onanistic student filmmaker wannabe…

By Stephen Lavington on 19 May 2003 Comments Off

A young bag-snatcher is shot in East London and a political researcher falls under a train at Green Park. As the camera follows the researcher’s employer, upcoming MP Stephen Collins it swiftly becomes clear they were having an affair.

By Eddie Robson on 17 May 2003 Comments Off

This, my friends, is the reason that we’ve been starved of new ‘Blue Monday’ material for so long, why we’ve had to make do with occasional holiday one-shots…

By Iain Hepburn on 16 May 2003 Comments Off

The PR blurb for ‘The Truth About Charlie’ says it all…

By Jim Smith on 16 May 2003 Comments Off

The main problem with ‘Black Circle: Urban Knights’ is that, from a writing point of view, it has no merit at all. Zip. Nada. None whatsoever.

By Jim Smith on 16 May 2003 Comments Off

Rajesh Touchriver’s ‘In the Name of Buddha’ will doubtless be reacted to with some puzzlement by those westerners that see it.It will be, to those unfamiliar with the cinema of the Indian subcontinent, an entirely strange cinematic experience.

By Eddie Robson on 16 May 2003 Comments Off

Since it doesn’t look like anybody else is going to praise this I suppose I’d better, because it’s brilliant.

By Jim Smith on 16 May 2003 Comments Off

Please, somebody help me… please…

By Eddie Robson on 14 May 2003 Comments Off

Whilst I was delighted by the mere fact that Dreamwave was resurrecting ‘Transformers’, I found the first ‘Generation 1′ mini-series slightly lacking…

By Iain Hepburn on 13 May 2003 Comments Off

Occasionally it’s nice to have your preconceptions about a film challenged. Since the turn of the year, I’ve reviewed something like 40 films. Often you go into them knowing exactly what to expect…

By Mark Clapham on 13 May 2003 Comments Off

It says a lot that the worst season of ‘Buffy’ contains episodes most other shows would kill for, and contains one absolute, no-kidding, instant TV classic…

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By Mark Clapham on 11 May 2003 Comments Off

With ‘100%’, Paul Pope is taking the storytelling merits of Japanese comics and boldly working with them.

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By Mags L Halliday on 11 May 2003 Comments Off

I may have squealed when I found this in my bag of comics last week, it’s several months since I gave up asking when ‘Fray’ #7 would appear…

By Eddie Robson on 11 May 2003 Comments Off

It’s a mark of just how long a shadow ‘The Royle Family’ still casts over its co-writer Craig Cash that I haven’t seen a single review of his new show, ‘Early Doors’, that draws any comparison with ‘Cheers’.

By Eddie Robson on 08 May 2003 Comments Off

See that creature on the front of this issue? The one menacing Quatermain and Mina? Try and guess what that is. Just try it.

By Eddie Robson on 08 May 2003 Comments Off

At the risk of sounding greedy, does our regular dose of ‘X-Statix’ have to be postponed so that this can come out?

By Mark Clapham on 08 May 2003 Comments Off

As a pitch, this comic must sound a real bore – a young, professional couple plan a romantic getaway, but end up in separate cities. Hijinks ensue…

By Mark Clapham on 08 May 2003 Comments Off

This book has always been the lesser of the Spidey titles…

By Eddie Robson on 04 May 2003 Comments Off

If the last two issues are anything to go by, ‘Catwoman’ now comes with a recommendation from a major comics figure as standard: last month Brian Michael Bendis was quoted on the cover, this month Frank Miller…

By Mark Clapham on 04 May 2003 Comments Off

It’s a blessing that the British Film Institute’s excellent programme of ‘Archive Television’ releases has brought us this 1966 BBC version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’…

By Jim Smith on 03 May 2003 Comments Off

Reacted to with puzzlement by some of the more hardcore of hardcore ‘Buffy’ fans this mass-market edition of one of the series most marketable, and very best, episodes is an obvious, and very welcome, DVD release.

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