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Archive for 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.”

By Jim Smith on 31 August 2003 Comments Off

Talk of ‘The West Wing’ as a series in decline is manifestly nonsense, at least on the evidence of 4.05 ‘Game On’. Equally, though, the reasons for the series being perceived as being in free fall are very easy to see.

By Mark Clapham on 31 August 2003 Comments Off

If the UK ‘Transformers: Armada’ comic is bringing children into the comics-reading fold, then comics like this should remind the rest of us how we became fans in the first place…

By Mark Clapham on 31 August 2003 Comments Off

The British comics industry is twitching at the moment. Is it alive, or are these just reflexes from dead limbs?

By Mark Clapham on 29 August 2003 Comments Off

The British Museum in London is 250 years old this year…

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By Mark Clapham on 21 August 2003 Comments Off

So, who’s better?

By Mags L Halliday on 21 August 2003 Comments Off

I’m not a fan of horror movies, especially not the ‘haunted house’ genre…

By Eddie Robson on 20 August 2003 Comments Off

A full two years after ‘Season 1′ of Alan Moore’s ‘Top 10′ came to a close, here’s the long-promised spin-off miniseries…

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By Mark Clapham on 20 August 2003 Comments Off

A quick chat with the writer of Image’s ‘Hawaiian Dick’

By Jim Smith on 20 August 2003 Comments Off

Produced for roughly one handful of peanuts, in Canada, by the Sci-Fi Channel a couple of years ago this was designed to act as a pilot for a television series.

By Eddie Robson on 15 August 2003 Comments Off

It takes something quite significant for me to turn over from ‘Scrubs’ – so, what’s so good about ‘Trevor’s World of Sport’?

By Mark Clapham on 15 August 2003 Comments Off

Just Imagine… Shakespeare creating the Marvel Universe.

By Eddie Robson on 13 August 2003 Comments Off

Some readers may be disappointed upon looking beyind the Miller-drawn cover and realising that the rest is by another artist, but there’s no real need to be…

By Mark Clapham on 13 August 2003 Comments Off

Sometimes you can’t resist a clich? (regular readers of this site may suggest that we can never resist a clich?), so here goes: they really don’t make television like this any more…

By Mark Clapham on 12 August 2003 Comments Off

It’s ironic that Greg Rucka should count Two-Face as one of his favourite Bat-villains, as the former ‘Detective Comics’ writer seems equally split between good and bad…

By Mark Clapham on 11 August 2003 Comments Off

In an alternative version of France, with its own fictional religion and customs, a masked killer strikes throughout a snowbound city. He is ‘The Marquis’…

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By Jim Smith on 11 August 2003 Comments Off

Supreme Power’ #1 is not quite the stellar first issue one might expect from the man who has recently been setting the comics world afire with the brilliance of his ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ run, but it’s an arresting and accomplished beginning for an ongoing

By Jim Smith on 11 August 2003 Comments Off

Flawlessly produced, funny and well acted, ‘Teachers’ is what all British Television should be like, but pretty much none of the rest of it is…

By Jim Smith on 11 August 2003 Comments Off

The last of the three UK premiere ‘Firefly’ episodes ‘Heart of Gold’ is another strong installment from a promising, involving series that deserved vastly better treatment at the hands of its parent Network than it got.

By J Clive Matthews on 11 August 2003 Comments Off

This year ‘Big Brother’ has been truly mind-numbing from the get-go…

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By Mark Clapham on 10 August 2003 Comments Off

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but…

By Jim Smith on 08 August 2003 Comments Off

Garth Ennis hasn’t ever been one of comics’ more unreliable writers when it comes to getting stuff out on deadline. Not for him the long delays between issues a la Kevin Smith, or the sudden appearance of fill-ins…

By Eddie Robson on 07 August 2003 Comments Off

It looks like DC has got sick of being accused of having dropped the ball these last couple of years…

By Jim Smith on 03 August 2003 Comments Off

You know, you’re probably thinking that’s it’s ridiculous that it’s taken us five days to review last week’s ‘Batman’, and you’re right.

By Jim Smith on 01 August 2003 Comments Off

Whether reports of a series lost in its own cleverness, and increasingly trapped by the incompatibility of its agenda and worldview with those of America at large these days, are true I have no idea right now.

By Mark Clapham on 29 July 2003 Comments Off

‘Time Wars’ concludes the time-spanning story arc that began with ‘Target:2006′, as the Autobots and Decepticons of two time zones have to defeat Galvatron in all-out battle…

By Jim Smith on 28 July 2003 Comments Off

While ‘Wildcats 3.0′ is not so much ’slow burn’ as ‘not having reached for the matches yet’, there’s no denying that it’s a right rivetting read, all the same.

By Mark Clapham on 27 July 2003 Comments Off

The second of these three world premiere episodes of ‘Firefly’ comes with the full weight of it’s creative team behind it, being co-written by Executive Producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear…