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Archive for November, 2003

By Stephen Lavington on 29 November 2003 Comments Off

It’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ for grown-ups…

By Eddie Robson on 28 November 2003 Comments Off

I have to say, I’m very sad to see the end of Cameron Stewart’s run on ‘Catwoman’…

By Eddie Robson on 28 November 2003 Comments Off

‘Top of the Pops’? That’s square, daddio. That was your granddad’s pop music show. These days the kids are watching ‘All New Top of the Pops’…

By Mark Clapham on 25 November 2003 Comments Off

On DVD, restrained in the box in the corner of the living room, ‘Full Throttle’ actually feels like a fairly succinct movie, rather than the last word in excess…

By Mark Clapham on 23 November 2003 Comments Off

Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’ comes to DVD with exactly the same strengths and weaknesses it had on its cinema release

By Eddie Robson on 21 November 2003 Comments Off

‘Human Target’ has become one of the easiest monthly books to pick up without knowing anything about it beforehand – it is dense, involving and brilliant…

By Lance Parkin on 20 November 2003 Comments Off

The gap between ‘Star Wars’ movies is being filled by the usual mixed bag of toys, books, games and comics. Perhaps the most ambitious, or at least the most novel, is the ‘Clone Wars’ animated series…

By Iain Hepburn on 18 November 2003 Comments Off

Being the archetypical cynical hack, it would be ridiculously easy to look upon ‘Love Actually’ as yet another churned-out piece of schmaltz from the Richard Curtis production line…

By Eddie Robson on 17 November 2003 Comments Off

It’s a mark of the extent to which times have changed that the BBC’s showpiece Sunday costume drama contains as much bedroom action as the average episode of ‘Sex and the City’…

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By Eddie Robson on 17 November 2003 Comments Off

The impressive thing about ‘The War Within’ is that writer Simon Furman isn’t just taking advantage of the ‘Transformers’ revival to trade on past glories…

By Stephen Lavington on 17 November 2003 Comments Off

PotC:tCotBP (for brevity) storms across the cinema screen with the bombast, arrogance and total lack of self awareness that one should expect from a film based on a theme park attraction.

By Eddie Robson on 17 November 2003 Comments Off

For decades now, new audiences have come to ‘Citizen Kane’ with one thought in mind: it can’t really be that good… can it?

By Mark Clapham on 15 November 2003 Comments Off

Seven years have passed since the last ‘Prime Suspect’, and Helen Mirren’s Jane Tennison is still as obstinate, clever and compassionate as before…

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By Eddie Robson on 14 November 2003 Comments Off

Next week Andrew Lincoln returns to ‘Teachers’. When he left the big question was: Can the show survive without him? Now the question is more: Where is he going to fit in?

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By Mark Clapham on 12 November 2003 Comments Off

Avatar have found a good thing in pulling together various fragments of writing from Alan Moore’s career and recycling them in comic book form…

By Eddie Robson on 12 November 2003 Comments Off

Criminally overlooked at the Oscars, ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’ sees the Coen brothers remain incredibly consistent in quality terms whilst retaining the capacity to surprise…

By Eddie Robson on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

Ordinarily we wouldn’t cover a repeat screening here, but I’ve been waiting for Channel 4 to give ‘The Armando Iannucci Shows’ another airing for more than two years…

By Mark Clapham on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

After Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s award winning ‘Hush’, DC have decided to maintain momentum on the main Batbook by bringing in the entire team behind the Eisner-winning Vertigo title ‘100 Bullets’…

By Mark Clapham on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ isn’t a blockbuster, it’s an adventure movie…

By Mark Clapham on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

‘The Matrix Reloaded’ remains just as impressive on the small screen…

By J Clive Matthews on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

Ignoring the fact that ‘Shallow Grave’ is already a superb modern retelling of ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’, the Beeb thought they’d have another crack.

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By Eddie Robson on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

I’ve decided to just throw myself in at the deep end with this new ongoing series…

By Mark Clapham on 10 November 2003 Comments Off

Alternate histories are the cheap stuff of fantasy, sci-fi and comic books…

By Eddie Robson on 10 November 2003 Comments Off

This could be the shape of things to come: the first issue of ‘Tom Strong’ to be written by someone other than Alan Moore…

By Mark Clapham on 10 November 2003 Comments Off

Michael Chabon’s comic book debut is here…

By Mark Clapham on 10 November 2003 Comments Off

When ‘Alias’ launched a couple of years ago, I wasn’t terribly impressed…

By Mags L Halliday on 10 November 2003 Comments Off

Come winter, come another Terry Pratchett novel to give distant family members an easy Midwinter present for that ‘awkward one’ (you know, the one that still reads comics and SF even though they’re over 15)…

By Jim Smith on 03 November 2003 Comments Off

Unluckily, he says, hitting cliche instantly, #13 shows, for the first time, ‘X-Statix’ dropping the ball.