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Archive for April, 2004

By Mark Clapham on 30 April 2004 Comments Off

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada returns to writing and drawing comics with this five-issue mini-series…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 29 April 2004 Comments Off

Even the studio name, 88MPH, firmly roots the Ghotsbusters comic as a product of 80s kids grown-up, the latest in a long trend of properties to have been revitalised, with differing degrees of success, for a new millenium…

By Mark Clapham on 29 April 2004 Comments Off

‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is a film about memory, and it uses every weapon in the digital cinematic arsenal to bring to life its characters dreams and recollections…

By Mark Clapham on 24 April 2004 Comments Off

Lots of discs from the last month or so: ‘X-Files’ season eight, the complete ‘Firefly’, ‘Roswell’ season one, ‘Buffy’ season seven…

By Mark Clapham on 24 April 2004 Comments Off

An undead Mexican wrestler? It’s hard to see how a concept that good could go wrong. Unfortunately, it’s such a good concept that it’s even harder to do it full justice…

By Mark Clapham on 23 April 2004 Comments Off

It’s time to spin the ‘Wheel of Rucka’ again. Will this highly variable writer deliver a good comic or a very, very bad one?

By Mark Clapham on 20 April 2004 Comments Off

A year ago, Image published artist Neil Vokes’ Parliament of Justice, a strangely moody and morally complex expressionist vigilante story written by Michael Avon Oeming…

By Jim Smith on 20 April 2004 Comments Off

I haven’t read any Trollope – not even ‘The Pallisers’ – and ‘He Knew Was Right’ (serialised October 1868 – May 1869, published in book form May 1869) is apparently far from typical of the author’s work.

By Eddie Robson on 17 April 2004 Comments Off

We haven’t seen a British film like this since ‘Trainspotting’…

By Mags L Halliday on 17 April 2004 Comments Off

‘Zat?ichi’ is the sort of Japanese film which Tarantino would weep to make. There’s revenge, splatters of blood, violent sword fights in serene gardens and a musical finale.

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By Mark Clapham on 16 April 2004 Comments Off

Well, here’s something unique – a Mark Millar book that’s better written than it is drawn. Which is not to say that this is a brilliant script, merely that the art is worse…

By Mark Clapham on 16 April 2004 Comments Off

Zack Snyder’s remake of George Romero’s original ‘Dawn of the Dead’ keeps faith with the original by the simple method of doing something completely different…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 16 April 2004 Comments Off

‘Scooby Doo 2: Monster Unleashed’ consciously tries to correct the flaws of its predecessor, and in many ways is able to take a more relaxed approach to proceedings…

By Jim Smith on 16 April 2004 Comments Off

Here’s a wacky idea – a ‘Star Trek’ part work with ‘free’ DVDs.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 16 April 2004 Comments Off

I was going to attempt to write this review in rhyme, but I didn’t have the time. Plus, as Mike Myers ‘Cat in the Hat’ says, ‘I don’t do the rhyming thing well.’

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 15 April 2004 Comments Off

The question of what would happen if one half of a relationship has their memory erased every time they go to sleep, meaning that each day the relationship begins anew, is an interesting high-concept idea…

By Jim Smith on 14 April 2004 Comments Off

The 26 episodes in this box set stand head and shoulders above any season of ‘Star Trek’ produced since although, to be frank, that isn’t really saying very much…

By Jim Smith on 14 April 2004 Comments Off

If the third season was the most inventive, and the fourth the most consistent then fifth was perhaps the most eclectic; no longer in the shadow of a TV legend, it spread its metaphorical wings and flew.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 13 April 2004 Comments Off

It’s hard to objectively review what some have called ‘Braindead Meets The Life of Brian’, the film that is to Mel Gibson what ‘Battlefield: Earth’ was to John Travolta…

By Jim Smith on 10 April 2004 Comments Off

‘Master and Commander – The Far Side of the World’ may be exhaustingly entitled but it isn’t a film which leaves you fuming at the director’s self-indulgence or fretting at wasted screen-time.

By Jim Smith on 07 April 2004 Comments Off

Watching ‘Clone Wars’ gives me an understanding of why people inject hard drugs. It makes me insanely happy for three minutes – and then I want to do it again.

By Mark Clapham on 07 April 2004 Comments Off

Here’s a challenge – develop an Alan Moore story idea in a way that lives up to the pitch, but without being pastiche of what an imagined Moore version might be like…

By Mark Clapham on 03 April 2004 Comments Off

‘The Matrix Revolutions’ is not the unmitigated disaster that some have claimed, but it’s certainly a very disappointing end to the trilogy…

By Mark Clapham on 02 April 2004 Comments Off

Hal Hartley’s first movie is the archetypal American independent movie, eccentric and witty with deadpan performances and an eye for incongruous detail…

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