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Archive for February, 2004

By Eddie Robson on 29 February 2004 Comments Off

Channel 4’s ‘back in time’ entries into the reality TV genre are certainly some of the best thought out, and they also produce some quite interesting results…

By Stephen Lavington on 27 February 2004 Comments Off

A gang of thieves and tricksters fool a ‘mark’ out of a small fortune while leading the audience through a convoluted plot, rife with misdirection and tailed with the obligatory surprise ending…

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By Jim Smith on 25 February 2004 Comments Off

Not John Prescott? Yeah, and Charles Foster Kane wasn’t William Randolph Hurst.

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By Mags L Halliday on 24 February 2004 Comments Off

The notion that ‘history is the new rock and roll’ has always struck me as ignorant. What this series does is demonstrate that there have always been historical superstars and rock and roll is the real newcomer…

By Eddie Robson on 23 February 2004 Comments Off

Six years ago this line-up would have been labelled ‘It’s Ross Noble Night on BBC2′ and a special BBC2 logo in the shape of Ross Noble would have been commissioned to mark the occasion…

By Mark Clapham on 22 February 2004 Comments Off

In theory, the combination of indie-comics creators with big mainstream properties is a win-win deal. This isn’t necessarily how it always works…

By Mark Clapham on 22 February 2004 Comments Off

Who could resist a title like that? Only a filthy swab or a dirty landlubber, let’s face it…

By Mark Clapham on 22 February 2004 Comments Off

Another week, another Marvel comic with Spidey on the cover but not in the actual story…

By Mark Clapham on 22 February 2004 Comments Off

‘Gotham Knights’ has been a blighted title since its inception. With issue #50, a change of approach has arrived…

By Iain Hepburn on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

It’s been more than three years since Christopher Brookmyre, Strathclyde’s answer to Carl Hiassen, revisited the character who started off his literary career…

By Iain Hepburn on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

After all the talk surrounding Lars Von Trier’s experiment in cinematic minimalism, you’d be forgiven for thinking ‘Dogville’ was some unique piece of film shining in the multiplex firmament, rather than an overlong stage play without sets…

By Eddie Robson on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

After a couple of issues mostly comprised of big long punch-ups, this issue of ‘Superman/Batman’ provides the payoff – and it’s more than I was expecting…

By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

Regular readers of this site will surely have realised by now that I’m a complete sucker for comic book movies, and in particular find the DVDs of these films impossible to resist…

By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

‘Godfall’ is an idea we’ve seen before, but creators Turner, Kelly and Caldwell add enough twists to the story to make it work in its own right…

By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

In comics, good titles don’t go unused for long – even if the concepts attached to them change. Back in the 1980s, ‘Secret Wars’ saw a few dozen Marvel superheroes and supervillains abducted from Earth for spurious reasons…

By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

A tale of two series: one faded bestseller, and one under-selling critical hit. Can this crossover revive the fortunes of both?

By Eddie Robson on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

My initial doubts about ‘Plastic Man’ – whether it would sustain itself over the long haul – have quickly vanished over the course of issues #2 and #3…

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By Iain Hepburn on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

Last time Bernardo Bertolucci was in Paris, he did wonders for the sale of butter…

By Stephen Lavington on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

Anyone who’s seen ‘High Fidelity’ will remember the character played by Jack Black – a grimy, pudgy, immensely sarcastic rock snob with face permanently locked into a demonic sneer…

By Iain Hepburn on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

It’s an enduring testimony to the legacy of ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ that even today the film, and its titular rock act, still get referenced and riffed upon everywhere from ‘The Simpsons’ to highbrow academia…

By Eddie Robson on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

There’s a certain amount of bravery in making this film at all, yet the end result is somewhat callow…

By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

‘Freddy vs Jason’ brings together two franchises that thrived on home video, so it’s no surprise this installment is as much fun at home as on its cinema release

By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

Some ideas are as good or as bad as the execution. So much of ‘New Frontier’ sounds terrible in abstract – but in the hands of writer/artist/genius Darwyn Cooke, this may well be the superhero series of the year…

By Eddie Robson on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

I read this latest issue of ‘Detective Comics’ under what are perhaps the ideal conditions for reviewing a mainstream comic…

By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

The other day I was asked for recommended comic purchases. I thought long and hard about this…

By Eddie Robson on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

I haven’t picked up a ‘Buffy’ comic in a while, not since losing patience with Andi Watson’s tedious run, but this anthology bears the Mark of Joss and hence has caught my attention…

By Jim Smith on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

‘Sword of Dracula’ # 2 delivers on the considerable promise of the first instalment…

By Jim Smith on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ is not a lean, direct action thriller like the first movie. Neither is it a pompous, overlong paean to a mediocre director’s ego like the second.

By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

The trouble with Cap…