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Archive for September, 2003

By J Clive Matthews on 30 September 2003 Comments Off

Mr Rodriguez, you are no Steven Soderbergh. Let some other people help you out next time. Whatever you were trying to achieve here, you failed.

By Stephen Lavington on 30 September 2003 Comments Off

As Johnny Depp might ask, are you a Mexican or a Mexican’t?

By Mags L Halliday on 27 September 2003 Comments Off

‘Dead Like Me’ is a comedy/drama revolving around death. There are many flaws with it but it has one thing really on its side: it’s funny.

By Eddie Robson on 27 September 2003 Comments Off

I’m sure that it used to be the case that films simply ‘left the door open’ for sequels…

By Jim Smith on 27 September 2003 Comments Off

‘Best Of’ DVDs for what remains, justly, the most popular iteration of the multi-tentacled ‘Star Trek’ television series have always been a pretty smart idea.

By Jim Smith on 24 September 2003 Comments Off

‘The Salon’ is awesomely, sickeningly without merit and everybody involved should be deeply ashamed of having been part of the making of a vacuous, charmless, witless, badly put together and utterly objectionable programme.

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By Mark Clapham on 21 September 2003 Comments Off

Fernando Meirelles’ ‘Cidade de Deus’ (‘City of God’) chronicles a decade of gang violence in the titular Brazilian slum, a sprawling shanty town outside Rio.

By Mark Clapham on 21 September 2003 Comments Off

The seventh season of ‘The X-Files’ is rubbish. While there are a few good episodes, especially towards the end of the season, this is definitely the show’s worst season, and almost all of the most infamously bad episodes are here.

By Stephen Lavington on 21 September 2003 Comments Off

It has become almost an annual tradition to lambast the quality of Hollywood’s summer output. Key to this is the guaranteed use of the phrase ‘Summer of Sequels’, with all the associated critique of laziness, complacency….

By Eddie Robson on 18 September 2003 Comments Off

This is what I hoped Epic comics would be like – esoteric, atypical Marvel product with decent talent behind it…

By Iain Hepburn on 18 September 2003 Comments Off

Hollywood’s track record on remakes has been patchy at best, but recently the amount of barrel scraping that’s been going on have underlined the absolute paucity of original ideas kicking around California.

By Jim Smith on 17 September 2003 Comments Off

The peril of Cap in this modern world is that he invites moral absolutism. Stuck on that unfortunate line between self-pride and Nationalism as he is, he inspires both love and hatred and perhaps divides critics and readers more than any other character.

By Jim Smith on 17 September 2003 Comments Off

It is rare that a master of their craft gets a chance to deliver an entirely appropriate farewell to their art.

By Jim Smith on 10 September 2003 Comments Off

I love weeks like this, when there are two comics you want to read first. Two comics that in almost any other week, in almost any other situation you’d read before doing anything else…

By Mark Clapham on 10 September 2003 Comments Off

Over a third of the way into his story, writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso check in on six of their characters in these short stories…

By Jim Smith on 10 September 2003 Comments Off

A noble failure, with many fine qualities, ‘Citizen Verdict’ gives Roy Schneider and Armand Assante their best roles in years, and establishes director Martinez as someone to keep an eye on.

By Mark Clapham on 09 September 2003 Comments Off

Vincenzo Natali, director of the rather clever ‘Cube’, has made an even more clever film in ‘Cypher’…

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By Jim Smith on 09 September 2003 Comments Off

Reaching as it does the dizzying heights of ‘almost readable’ and ‘bearably mediocre’ this is by far and away the best issue of Ben Raab’s disgracefully merit free run on ‘Green Lantern’.

By J Clive Matthews on 08 September 2003 Comments Off

The director of eleven mostly excellent movies and star of another seventy is presenting a retrospective of his films at the NFT in London.

By Mark Clapham on 06 September 2003 Comments Off

Harry Kraft’s American odyssey comes to an end in a surprising but characteristically witty way…

By Mark Clapham on 06 September 2003 Comments Off

‘Spirited Away’ is a beguiling mixture of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Japanese folklore and anime tradition…

By Eddie Robson on 05 September 2003 Comments Off

Dear Mr Blaine: I HAVE ABSOULTELY NO INTEREST IN YOUR STUPID STARVATION IN A PERSPEX BOX STUNT…

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By Mark Clapham on 02 September 2003 Comments Off

“Welcome to Hell.”