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Archive for January, 2004

By Mark Clapham on 30 January 2004 Comments Off

At last, horror novelist Garth Marenghi’s infamous ‘banned’ TV series, ‘Darkplace’, can be revealed to the world. Can you face the horror?

By Stephen Lavington on 30 January 2004 Comments Off

It’s good to find an original comedy concept, and it looks like this is such a rare discovery as Rob Brydon provides comic voice-over to a series of C-grade TV series (‘Bonanza’, ‘Duchess of Duke Street’, ‘Mr and Mrs’)…

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ER

By Jim Smith on 30 January 2004 Comments Off

Someone, somewhere has forgotten that a series as fraught and fast as ER needs positive (not sympathetic, simply positive) lead characters and frankly, it’s getting me down.

By Eddie Robson on 29 January 2004 Comments Off

‘The Director’s Commentary’ is one of those simple/genius ideas that you wish you’d thought of first…

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By Jim Smith on 27 January 2004 Comments Off

Entertaining though this doubtlessly is, one can’t help but feel dubious about laughing along with the likes of Clark however engagingly John Hurt plays him…

By Eddie Robson on 24 January 2004 Comments Off

‘Mad About Alice’ is rubbish. I feel so tiresomely predictable writing that, but then ‘Mad About Alice’ is tiresomely predictable as well…

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By Jim Smith on 23 January 2004 Comments Off

While it may go without saying that Peter Jackson gives good blockbuster here, the viewer could be forgiven for expressing weariness at this late stage in ‘The Lord of The Rings’ worship game.
While the highs of this third installment are higher than those of the previous two, the lows are also resolutely lower. Some come [...]

By Mark Clapham on 15 January 2004 Comments Off

‘Nip/Tuck’ comes with the reputation of recent pull-no-punches US dramas to live up to. Unfortunately, it doesn’t cut deep enough…

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By Eddie Robson on 14 January 2004 Comments Off

It’s bleak. It’s slow. It’s depressing. It’s hardly surprising: it’s Thomas Hardy…

By Mark Clapham on 11 January 2004 Comments Off

This is Grant Morrison’s last story arc writing ‘New X-Men’. Unsurprisingly, he isn’t going quietly…

By Mark Clapham on 06 January 2004 Comments Off

Ah, an issue zero. It feels like the early nineties all over again. ‘Ultimate Clone Saga’, anyone? In that spirit, this review is going to be loaded with continuity, and comes with seven different covers. I recommend the chromium plated version…

By Mark Clapham on 06 January 2004 Comments Off

Apparently this first issue of Marvel’s latest ‘Ultimate’ title has already shifted 200,000 units. That’s a lot of comics, certainly in today’s market. Does it deserve it? Well, no…

By Mags L Halliday on 05 January 2004 Comments Off

At first, these two exhibitions seem rather unrelated…

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By Jim Smith on 05 January 2004 Comments Off

Even now ‘Porridge’ is the best sitcom the BBC has ever made…

By Mags L Halliday on 04 January 2004 Comments Off

It is almost inevitable, in reviewing a book on grammatical punctuation, that I will make at least one mistake. ‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’ is not the book I would reach for checking my comma usage…

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By Lance Parkin on 02 January 2004 Comments Off

Bonjour, mes amis.

I’ve just returned from a lovely trip to Paris and, as with all journeys out of my house, my unerring Spidey sense led me to a comic shop…

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By Iain Hepburn on 02 January 2004 Comments Off

Anyone who thought Sofia Coppola might be trading in on the successful name of her dad had their doubts well and truly dispelled when her debut feature, ‘The Virgin Suicides’, was released…